In what may be another sign of changing times, an independent political activist group, Northside Democracy For America (NDFA), has decided to hold its monthly meetings at the Lincoln Restaurant in Northcenter, 4008 N. Lincoln Ave.
NDFA, originally founded in Edgewater, has gained a reputation in Chicago politics as one of the few non-candidate oriented political organizations able to field a large group of campaign volunteers every election cycle. Each election season the volunteer-driven group interviews prospective candidates and votes on who to support. NDFA endorsed candidates can count on a group of volunteers committed to door-knocking and phone banking for the candidate.
After a series of losing campaigns, the organization came off a very successful 2011 election campaign, after backing the winning campaigns of Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) James Cappleman (46th) John Arena (45th) and Michelle Smith (43rd).
Melissa Lindberg, the Interim Chair of NDFA says politics played no role in moving to Northcenter. ”We moved to the Lincoln Restaurant for practical reasons: it fits the bill for our needs at the moment. Accessible, close to public transportation…It doesn’t hurt that Ameya is now Alderman. But we didn’t move there because of that.”
NDFA is holding it’s first Lincoln Restaurant meeting next Tuesday, June 7, at 7:00 p.m., with a social hour beginning at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will include reports from Center Square representatives Greg Harris and Ann Williams.