Upcoming Parades and Events

Rolling Meadows Memorial Day Parade
Saturday, May 27th11 am to noon
Meet at southwest corner of Kirchoff Road and Meadow Drive at 10:30

Join GPAD and Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi for the Rolling Meadows parade. This is always a high point of our parade season. it’s a short parade, easy to walk. We always get a great reaction from the crowd. We’ll assemble at 10:30 at the southwest corner of Kirchoff Road and Meadow Drive. Park in the Jewel lot on the northwest corner of Kirchoff Road and Meadow Drive. To RSVP, email Lyn or Frank Huckin at luv8paws@att.net.

Palatine Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 29th — kickoff 10:15 am (assemble at 9:30)
Eric Drive and Cornell Ave. (just east of the Post Office and west of Smith St.)

Join GPAD for the Palatine Memorial Day Parade! The parade kicks off at 10:15. We will meet at the assembly area between 9:30 and 10:00. The assembly area is on Eric Drive and Cornell Avenue, just east of the Post Office and west of Smith St. There will be parade marshals at the staging area to assist you in locating our assigned line-up position. Free parking in the Palatine municipal garage. To RSVP or for more info, contact Maggie Trevor at mct6@yahoo.com.


Ameya Pawar Virtual Town Hall
Thursday, June 15th – 6:30-8pm
Northwest Suburban Democrats Headquarters
1310 W. Northwest Highway, Arlington Heights

On June 15th, Alderman Ameya Pawar, progressive Democratic candidate for governor, will host a virtual town hall to connect with people across Illinois. Join us for a watch party to hear from Ameya. This isn’t a campaign rally. It’s an opportunity for us to get to know Ameya and what he stands for, and to have a conversation around issues that are important to all of us in Illinois. We will have pizza & beverages. Feel free to bring a snack to share. Please arrive no later than 7 p.m. If you’d like to learn more about Ameya ahead of time, visit the issues page of his website and watch his video. To RSVP, go to https://actionnetwork.org/events/tv-town-hall-with-ameya-pawar. (Note: GPAD has not endorsed any candidate in the primary. We will take every opportunity to help local Democrats get to know our Democratic candidates for Governor and other offices.)

98th Annual Arlington Heights Memorial Day Parade

Please join the Congresswoman Jan and Congressman Raja with the Wheeling Township Democrats marching in the 98th Arlington Heights Memorial Day Parade.

Wheeling Township Democrats position #39 –
3 blocks EAST of Station #1                                   
Parade steps off at 9:30AM

Support Cook County’s $13 Minimum Wage

Sundays 4pm to 6pm through June
GPAD Headquarters
1310 West Northwest Highway, Arlington Heights

A new Cook County ordinance increases the minimum wage to $13 over 3 years. Some suburban Mayors and Boards of Trustees are seeking to opt out of the minimum wage. They need to hear from residents and businesses who support paying a livable wage. Join Reclaim Chicago NW Suburbs’ campaign to phonebank residents of Cook County to alert them and urge them to contact their elected representatives. Bring laptops& phones. (We have several desktop computers for those who don’t have laptops.) Contact Peg Lane at marylanep@aol.com. West Northwest Highway, Arlington Heights

The Comeback Illinois Agenda

Our state is falling apart, but our state government is paralyzed by partisan bickering instead of solving problems. Things are working just fine for the wealthy and powerful special interests, but the rest of us are left behind.

It’s time for a comeback. We have a real plan to put people above special interests, to create long-term solutions for our budget crisis, and to make Illinois a better place to earn a living and raise a family.

Visit the website for more information


Help Immigrants in Our Community

February 24, 2017

Dear friends,

In more than 20 years working with marginalized immigrants I’ve never been as concerned as I am now.  Things are headed in a dangerous direction and I’m disheartened by the toll this wave of discrimination and hate is taking on our communities.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed to the point of tuning out, but we cannot do that.  We must not do that.  Think about how people in a choir sustain a note longer than is humanly possible.  They learn to take breathing breaks at staggered times so the note plays on even as individuals stop singing momentarily.  This is what we must do.  Individually we may feel powerless but together we can keep pushing and advocating for the world we want.  We must share the task of standing up for what is right and good, what our faiths command, and we need to sustain each other for the long haul that lies ahead. 

Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.   ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This is a critical time.
We know the wonderful things that happen when we welcome the stranger because are doing just that in our Houses of Hospitality.  Currently we are providing community and care for 30 men and women from 15 countries.  That’s why we need your support.  With your gift you’ll be saying no to hate and yes to building beloved community.  Join us now.

Light and Blessings,

Melanie Schikore
Executive Director
Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants

Nekritz comments on State of the State

See Elaine Nekritz on Dem Talk Page

State Senator Morrison’s legislative update

See details in Dem Talk

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