Meeting Announcement, October 20, 2016

13 October 2016

AFSCME Sub-chapter 161

Dear member:

We will meet at Wildwood Tavern at 6480 W. Touhy, Niles, Il. That’s the NE corner of Caldwell and Touhy. On Wednesday, The 19th of October. The meeting starts at 11:30 AM.  

This meeting’s business is getting out the vote. I’ll be bringing letterhead stationary and envelopes we can send to members. If you have names and addresses of people who need information and encouragement, bring them  with you and we’ll include them with our mailing.

Bring any news clippings and campaign stories you would like to share with us during the work and the meal that will follow.

David Amerson has resigned as Retiree Coordinator. He mailed me a Long letter that I’ll share with you.


Charlie Hogan  

Regarding TPP, from Lora Chamberlain  <>

 To all,

The TPP is the corporate “Death Star” designed to destroy America. The time to fight back is now through the lame-duck session. Here is a look at what is to come if the TPP passes:

“Ecuador’s Legal Battle With Chevron Foreshadows Global Corporate Coup D’état”

Please attend the 2 fun actions below either tomorrow,
Sun, Oct 16th
and/or Wed. Oct 19th,
and also please sign this petition:


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Information on Voting and TPP


A message forwarded to us by Chaya Rubenstein (S.O.R.E.). Contact me, John Metz, for more information:

I realize some of you are not in Chicago/area, but please forward to your area friends, relatives, colleagues who might go. Thank you!–Chaya

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Lora Chamberlain
Date: Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 12:37 PM
Subject: We need a little NO TPP help this Monday, Oct 3rd, 10:15am at the: Duckworth / Kirk Debate at the Tribune Tower, Chicago – please reply if you can attend

Hi all – I am having a hard time gathering up folks from the Kirk / Durbin No TPP team to come to this short action on Monday, Oct 3rd, 10:15 – 11:15am, at the Tribune Tower – Can anyone help us out?

Kirk and Duckworth are sparing off in front of the editorial board of the Chicago Tribune on
Mon. Oct 3rd at 11 am – there are no seats inside.

Shall we go down at 10:15a to welcome Kirk with No TPP signs?

We can stand in front of the 2 entrances, Michigan Ave and Cityfront Plaza with signs.

Can anyone come?
Does anyone else have a bull horn? – I have one but we need a second.
I will put up a FB event if I get a core group going – please let me know asap – thanks.


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Highlights of monthly meeting, September 21, 2016

President Charlie Hogan distributed materials that may provide useful information when speaking to voters about our interests

Graph of Revenue vs. Appropriations

Voting Records on Key Legislation, Federal

Voting Records on Key Legislation, Illinois

Vice-president Mary Bennett

Announced the Illinois People’s Summit


For further information and to register click here.

Recommended an article:

What has the GOP done for black people lately? Part 2 of 8: Fighting the Empowerment

Guest speaker Jeanne Cameron from the Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans


Alliance position on TPP

Endorsements for Illinois General Assembly

Guest speaker Tara Pink from the Alzheimer’s Association


Upcoming events of the Association and implications of Alzheimer’s Disease

Early stage services

The end of Alzheimer’s starts with you


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Meeting Announcement, September 21, 2016

13 September 2016

AFSCME Sub-chapter 161

Dear member:

We will meet at The Cheesecake Factory Restaurant at 4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, Il. on Wednesday, 21th of Sept. The meeting starts at 11:30 AM. The Location is on the North side of Mall. It’s visible from the parking lot adjacent to Old Orchard Rd. Meeting room is on the second floor and accessible by elevator.

The subject of the meeting will be the election and work to be done.


Charlie Hogan

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Meeting followup, July 20, 2016

At today’s monthly meeting Walter Esler spoke about how H-1B non-immigrant visas are costing American workers white collar jobs. The video that he showed can be viewed at:

Below are some pictures Walter took of members at work organizing to support Social Security.

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Meeting Announcement, July 20, 2016

16 July 2016

AFSCME Sub-chapter 161

Dear member:

We will meet again at Ruby Tuesdays Restaurant at 5203 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL on Wednesday, 20th of July. The meeting starts at 11 AM. This will be a working meeting for members.

We will use it as part of our effort to build an active membership through person-to-person efforts and alliances with other organizations. I will have written materials as background for discussions. Mary and I have been active with members of ONE north side and the Jane Addams Senior Caucus doing canvassing, and demonstrations for the living wage. We gathered petition signatures supporting the living wage and to protect Social Security and Medicare.

Up until now AFSCME and community organizations have conducted defensive blocking actions. You don’t win a fight being on defense.

Before the political season comes up to full speed, we have time to think, build a consensus around a plan, and a schedule of member activity.

With the situation as it is in Illinois, we and our families cannot wait for elections and lame duck session decisions. Our focus will be on a plan and short term schedule for creating and applying pressure. Organized coalition pressure gets us a place at decision’s table.

If you aren’t at that table; you’re on the menu.

If you or your family depend on a check, we need to be working for a comprehensive, just change that reverses past damage. The graph showing the budget gap will only grow wider if the current groups remain stalemated.

Charlie Hogan


To view email forwarded by Mary Bennett, “Do Pensions Cost Too Much $$$?”, click here.

To view exchange of letters between Roberta Lynch and members of the Illinois General Assemply, click here.

To view minutes of the May 11 Subchapter meeting, click here.

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Meeting Announcement, June 15 2016

June 10, 2016

AFSCME Sub-chapter 161

Dear member:

We will meet again at Ruby Tuesdays Restaurant at 5203 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL on Wednesday, 15th June, 2016. The meeting starts at 11 AM.

Our speaker is Ms. Ana Marin, an organizer with the Jane Addams Senior Caucus. This organization has a proud local history of fighting for senior issues. Ana will be talking about past and current work. Several of our retirees have worked with this organization. By working with them as individual members or as a sub-chapter, we will have an opportunity to advance our concerns for social justice here in northern Illinois.

In addition, there will be a reports from the AFSCM Retirees June meeting in Springfield and the first meeting of the new Metro Seniors group of the

Illinois Alliance of Retired Americans.

See you at the meeting.

Charlie Hogan




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