It was a great conference thanks to all of you wonderful grassroots conservatives who came out. Great solutions were presented, great ideas were exchanged, great food was consumed 🙂 and after the closing dinner, C.L. Bryant sent us off with a bang. For a recap of the Conference, click this link:
We’ll use this website and emails to stay connected, so watch for new posts coming soon. We’ll include links to as many of the sessions as we have video, and upload PDF files of the presentations. Thanks again for investing your precious resources—your time and money—to come together as conservatives united to save our great state. #ILWorthFightingFor
July 4th — OUTRAGED. That’s how most of us reacted over the Independence Day holiday, as many of our so-called “public servants” in Springfield betrayed the citizens of Illinois once AGAIN. In addition to outrage, many of us felt genuine fear: How much more will this cost me? What else will I have to cut from my budget, which is already so tight?! How are we going to make it? Like so many others, should I sell my home and flee the state? But where will I go? My children (and grandchildren) are here! I was born and raised here! I don’t WANT to have to split up my family and leave! WHY should OUR lives be destroyed because of wicked, evil and corrupt politicians??!!
I don’t know about you, but as these thoughts raced through my mind, my fear was soon replaced by white-hot anger, and determination. I will NOT allow them to divide me from my loved ones! I will NOT allow them to force me to flee my home! I will NOT allow this darkness, this evil to overtake every inch of this state. The famous quote from Edmund Burke kept coming back to me, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil, is that good men do nothing.” It appears that the people of Illinois are reaping the bitter harvest of too many for too long doing too little. And I was reminded: you can’t run away from evil. That darkness will follow you wherever you go, because our lives here on earth are a constant battle of good vs. evil. When confronted by evil, you must stand up to it, you must stand against it, because if you don’t defeat it, sooner or later it will catch up to you and overtake you.
That, my friends, is why we must go “From Outrage to Action.” Serious conservatives, who are fed up and refuse to allow evil to force them from their homes, divide their families, and overtake them, are going to gather together to FIGHT. Yes, those of us who have been fighting for years are weary. That’s why we join together in this fight. When one is weary, the others help hold up his shield and his sword. And when he has rallied, he does the same for another.
Registration for the conference, “Strategy 2017: From Outrage to Action” is NOW LIVE—Click on “Registration” at top right on this page.
This is NOT a “conservative pep rally”—it’s a “roll up your sleeves, put new tools in your toolbox, and let’s get to work” event. Thank you for staying in the fight.
A conference for conservative grassroots activists is taking place on Friday afternoon, August 18 and Saturday, August 19. This conference is NOT a “conservative pep rally”! While those are fun and they help to motivate us, this event will be different. This will be a “roll up your sleeves, let’s get to work; let’s fill our toolboxes with useful tools and learn how to use them” kind of event. This is a serious conference for serious reformers, BUT we’ll have fun while we’re learning. Conference focus:
ELECTION INTEGRITY – Catherine Engelbrecht, Founder of True the Vote (see video below) will be our keynote speaker. At this conference, we will form and train dedicated teams from all across Illinois to clean up our voter rolls; train Election Judges in techniques to STOP fraudulent voting in the polling place BEFORE it happens; form a legislative team to draft and lobby hard for a voter ID law that will withstand every court challenge!
CANDIDATE/CAMPAIGN TRAINING – nationally-known organizations which train candidates – and whose graduates go on to WIN their elections – will lead training for grassroots activists who are considering a run for office and those who want to be part of a winning campaign team. Too often, our good conservative candidates waste valuable time and money figuring out HOW run their campaigns, while the establishment candidates hit the ground running and win. Don’t be left in the dust! Give your campaign a fighting chance by learning from the experts, before signature gathering on petitions begins for the 2018 Primaries.
GRASSROOTS COALITION-BUILDING – Refer to the illustration at the top of this page. Sadly, that first image is what often happens to our conservative grassroots efforts here in Illinois – we get eaten alive. BUT, as in the second image, if we organize we can be powerful. The goal is NOT to supplant independent local groups of activists, but to build a network between us. At the conference, we’ll help to connect activists and groups in various sectors of the state. We all know there is power in numbers. We must take back our rightful power.
IF YOU WANT TO HELP US – FIRST, plan to attend the conference. Details to come soon. Yes, it will cost some money, but this is NOT being done for profit, so the cost will be kept as low as possible. We want people who are willing to devote time and resources to save our state. SECOND, if you can help with planning and implementation, WE NEED YOU. No one can do it all, but EVERYONE can do SOMETHING to help. Contact the team leader in one of these areas that interest you:
• Election Integrity – Team Leader Claire Van Horn VoterImpactProject@gmail.com • Candidate training/campaign training – Team Leader James Marter 630-269-3503 OR email firstname.lastname@example.org
Team Member Linda Iverson 847-431-0989 • Logistics – (Where, when, how to pay for a late summer conference, how much needed, who will attend, what to charge attendees, etc?) –
Team Leader Jane Carrell IllinoisICU@gmail.com • Conservative Coalition-Building – Team Leader Carol Davis Carol@tolgraphics.com • Sponsorship – We need sponsors to step up to help defray the cost of this event, so all of the good, hardworking grassroots activists can afford to attend. If you have the means, please step up. ICU= Illinois Conservatives United, but ICU is also an acronym for Intensive Care Unit. The patient, the once-great state of Illinois, is on life support. It’s time for all-hands-on-deck to save her.
Catherine Englebrecht, Founder of True the Vote, statement on election integrity. This was published on Oct 27, 2016, about a month prior to Trump being elected.
C.L. Bryant Addresses Milwaukee Black Conservative People
Donations welcomed and gratefully accepted. Donations can be acknowledged or anonymous—just let us know which you prefer. Make checks payable to West Suburban Patriots, and please note “ICU conference” on your check.
West Suburban Patriots
P.O. Box 88341
Carol Stream, IL 60188-8341
West Suburban Patriots is organized as a not-for-profit 501(c)(4), non-partisan, State of Illinois Certified Bona Fide State Civic Organization. Contributions to West Suburban Patriots, Inc. are not deductible as charitable contributions for income tax purposes.
Welcome to Illinois Conservatives United. This is an opportunity to connect with other activists in our state. Whether you are solo or you lead a group or organization, the goal is to join with other grassroots conservative activists and make an impact on key state-wide issues.
Our first key issue is to ensure election integrity to Illinois. We hope to form and train teams from around the state to clean up our voter rolls statewide. The formation of teams and the training will take place at an election integrity training conference in late August or early September, 2017. If this conference is going to happen, we all need to work together to bring it about! If you want to attend, help to organize, or provide sponsorship for this conference, please contact us. It’s “all hands on deck” — no one is capable of doing everything, BUT everyone is capable of doing SOMETHING!