According to their own site:
“Northside DFA (Democracy for America) is grassroots political organization dedicated to electing socially progressive, fiscally responsible, ethically committed Democrats to all levels of government. Northside DFA is registered as a political committee with the state of Illinois.”
They endorse (and fund raise and campaign for) progressive state and local candidates in the Chicagoland area. This includes listening to candidate pitches, going door to door, envelope stuffing, phone calls, etc.
I’ve been really happy with this group so far! Everyone is very “action” focused in terms of their mission of getting progressive candidates elected, and they strongly encourage members to run for offices as well.
This meeting in particular focused on 3 of the 5 individuals running in the Evanston Mayoral Democratic Primary. Ps, Evanston is insanely interesting and let’s all start googling now. Start Here
Only members can vote (to become a member attend at least 2 meetings and participate in 2 volunteer activities per year) but anyone attending the meetings is welcome to voice concerns. I definitely geeked out during the debate and voting. ACTUAL DEMOCRACY.
Meetings are held at Chief O’Neil’s restaurant in Avondale the second Wednesday of every month! I haven’t been able to volunteer yet, but at their fundraiser someone won accolades for volunteering OVER 100 HOURS so I’m confident I’ll have a chance soon.