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Gun Violence Prevention Legislation Moving through the Illinois General Assembly

2018-05-07T09:48:04+00:00

Gun Violence Prevention Legislation Moving through the Illinois General Assembly by Colleen Daley, Executive Director, Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, @NoGunViolence The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence is the oldest and largest statewide organization in the country working to stop the devastation caused by firearms.  For 43 years, we have been pushing for common sense gun violence prevention measures that will help save lives while respecting the Second Amendment. Gun violence prevention advocacy has been growing at a rapid rate over the last five years with more people getting involved and raising their voices than the movement has seen before.  [...]

Gun Violence Prevention Legislation Moving through the Illinois General Assembly 2018-05-07T09:48:04+00:00

Dignity in Pay Act

2018-05-07T09:36:02+00:00

Dignity in Pay Act by Ryan Croke, Executive Director of the Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living, @IllinoisCILs In America’s long struggle for worker’s rights and fair wages, one segment of the workforce has too often been left out of the discussion. Workers with disabilities represent a substantial (by some estimates, more than a fifth) portion of the population. They face staggeringly high levels of unemployment and underemployment. What’s worse – federal and state law allow employers to pay workers with disabilities less than the minimum wage. The well-intentioned law that allows for this was written in the 1930s, [...]

Dignity in Pay Act 2018-05-07T09:36:02+00:00

#fortheWIN2018! A New NewFounders Conference

2018-05-07T09:18:09+00:00

A New NewFounders Conference, #fortheWIN2018! by Jes Klass, New Founders Conference, @newfoundersHQ We’re proud and happy to announce that this year we will be hosting not only another NewFounders Conference, but a fundraiser, as well! Last November we hosted over 700 new leaders, entrepreneurs, thinkers, movers, and shakers for the ultimate meeting of the minds. We set out with a mission to bring together the new progressive ecosystem with tools to win elections, and that’s what we’re doing. So, what is a NewFounders Conference? It’s the opportunity to learn, grow, listen, and make a difference in a room of your [...]

#fortheWIN2018! A New NewFounders Conference 2018-05-07T09:18:09+00:00

Social Media, A Necessary Evil

2018-04-09T12:05:14+00:00

Social Media, A Necessary Evil by Jessica Ellison Thomas, @ActionMetroEast On April 5th, Southern Illinois Representative John Shimkus announced on Twitter that he was leaving the platform. Of the 32 comments that tweet received, all but two were negative. Some examples: "Yet another tactic to avoid communicating with your constituents. Your lack of accountability is shameful." - @AntoinePapadap "Are you going to be like Rodney Davis & turn your FB comments off too?" - @suzee_Q These comments make clear that people are upset and concerned at the lack of access to their elected officials. In this day and age of [...]

Social Media, A Necessary Evil 2018-04-09T12:05:14+00:00

Veterans & The Democratic Party: The Fight to Leave No One Behind

2018-04-09T11:15:12+00:00

Veterans & The Democratic Party: The Fight to Leave No One Behind by Will Attig, Union Veterans Council, Executive Director, @UnionVeterans It was mid-march, I found myself in a pavilion in southwestern Pennsylvania. The building was filled with retired coal miners, steelworkers, and enough media that you would have thought the President himself was coming. We were all there for the same reason, a young veteran running for Congress in a district that Democrats had lost by over twenty points in the recent Presidential Election. What made this candidate different from the others? For one, he dressed differently than what [...]

Veterans & The Democratic Party: The Fight to Leave No One Behind 2018-04-09T11:15:12+00:00

Motorcycle Issues in the State of Illinois

2018-04-09T11:10:28+00:00

Motorcycle Issues in the State of Illinois by Josh “SKI” Witowski, ABATE of Illinois, State Legislative Coordinator, joshua.witkowski@gmail.com ABATE (A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education) of Illinois is the State Motorcycle Rights Organization (SMRO) for all of Illinois. We work with other SMROs throughout the country, and the Motorcycle Riders Foundation in Washington DC to address the concerns of the motorcycling community and educate the public on our issues.  ABATE has thousands of members throughout Illinois. Our members are very passionate and active in politics, volunteering on many campaigns on both sides of the aisle. ABATE is mainly known as an [...]

Motorcycle Issues in the State of Illinois 2018-04-09T11:10:28+00:00

It’s The Corruption, Stupid!

2018-04-09T11:04:57+00:00

It's The Corruption, Stupid! By Art Friedson, @artfri Most of us remember or have been told about the time in 1992 when James Carville hung a sign at the Bill Clinton campaign headquarters that read, "It's the economy, Stupid!" It was designed to keep everyone up and down the campaign focused on one message. Many pundits are giving that some thought as we approach 2018 and 2020, and a clear consensus seems to be emerging about the next Democratic mantra:  It's the corruption, Stupid! The thought seems to be that the Russian scandal is difficult to describe and hasn't caught [...]

It’s The Corruption, Stupid! 2018-04-09T11:04:57+00:00

A New NewFounders Conference, #fortheWIN2018!

2018-04-09T10:52:56+00:00

A New NewFounders Conference, #fortheWIN2018! by Jes Klass, New Founders Conference, @newfoundersHQ We’re proud and happy to announce that this year we will be hosting not only another NewFounders Conference, but a fundraiser, as well! Last November we hosted over 700 new leaders, entrepreneurs, thinkers, movers, and shakers for the ultimate meeting of the minds. We set out with a mission to bring together the new progressive ecosystem with tools to win elections, and that’s what we’re doing. So, what is a NewFounders Conference? It’s the opportunity to learn, grow, listen, and make a difference in a room of your [...]

A New NewFounders Conference, #fortheWIN2018! 2018-04-09T10:52:56+00:00

Letter from NARAL Pro – Choice America

2018-03-11T22:56:46+00:00

Letter from NARAL Pro – Choice America by Kaylie Hanson Long, @NARAL Me Too– started in 1997 by activist Tarana Burke – has transformed the national conversation about sexual harassment and assault, transcending industries from politics to business to Hollywood. Women and survivors from all corners are using their collective voices to force the epidemic into the spotlight, igniting a fire that helps fan the flames of the Resistance today. The outpouring of #MeToo stories by people all over the country, from iconic celebrities to women in the workplace, to friends on our Facebook feeds, is simultaneously tragic and cathartic. [...]

Letter from NARAL Pro – Choice America 2018-03-11T22:56:46+00:00

Organic vs Paid Reach – What Does It Mean?

2018-03-11T22:51:58+00:00

Organic vs Paid Reach – What Does It Mean? by Jessica Ellison Thomas, @ActionMetroEast Now that we’re well into political season, and you’ve been managing your campaign’s Facebook page for a while, you’ve probably noticed that Facebook includes metrics on everything you post. If you haven’t yet paid to reach anyone, your metrics will only show organic reach only, but, once you start paying, the results will be divided by organic vs paid reach. Facebook is constantly adjusting its algorithm, but it recently announced a significant change to how and why posts are displayed in a News Feed – it [...]

Organic vs Paid Reach – What Does It Mean? 2018-03-11T22:51:58+00:00