Jun 292016
 

What exciting times! First, we are elated that the Supreme Court ruled 5-3 to overturn HB2, the Texas law that Wendy Davis filibustered 3 years ago. The court recognized that this law was a sham and was not really meant to protect women’s health, but instead imposed an undue burden on a woman’s constitutional right to have an abortion. What a victory for the women of Texas! Let us continue to stand up for women’s rights just as Wendy Davis did, by helping elect progressive Democratic women and men who will fight for our rights (and choose brilliant Supreme Court Justices who will do the same.)

Congratulations to our WOW Dems members who won election and are going to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July! Rebecca Arredondo, Lynn Wolfe, and James White are Hillary National Delegates. Kristi Lara and Samantha Morrow are Bernie National Delegates.

State Convention Photo

 

We had a great time at the state convention in San Antonio, with many WOW Dems attending as delegates for the first time, some running for positions on committees at the convention. Celeste Kennedy, Nancy Bryant, Lynn Wolfe, Sharon Hirsch and I were just a few who won committee positions. Congratulations to Sharon Hirsch, past president of WOW Dems who will be the new State Democratic Executive Committeewoman from SD8!

 

We are proud to be Women Organizing Women Democrats. We organized, supported each other and won just about every position in which we were running! With this strategy, and with your help and commitment, we can win state and local elections as well! Stay tuned to hear from our Hillary National Delegates as they gear up with opportunities for us to get out the vote for Hillary! Please get involved by going to candidate websites, our website calendar and events below!

Lori Kleinfield
President, Women Organizing Women Democrats

 Posted by at 12:39 pm
Jun 102016
 

4th of July

We are excited to be in the Plano and McKinney 4th of July parades, especially this year, when we have the first Democratic woman nominee for President, EVER!

For the Plano Parade: We will be meeting at 8:00 am at the Plano ISD admin building – 2700 West 15th St. Come at 7:00 am if you want to help decorate the Collin County Democratic Party float. Theme is Star Spangled 4th. Bring sunscreen, a hat and water. Contact Diane for more info.

For the McKinney parade: Meet at 8:15 am at the old Courthouse on Tennessee Ave and Henry Street. (East side of the parking lot) Contact Celeste for more info and to volunteer to help decorate the float on the afternoon of July 3rd (BBQ right after!).

 Posted by at 11:03 pm
Jun 292016
 

Painting with a Twist

Please join us Tuesday August 2nd, 2016 for an evening of fun while we raise more funds for our candidates.

Click here to go to the “Painting with a Twist” website and sign up for the WOW Dems party! We’ve got the place to ourselves. It’s BYOB but we will provide snacks, and they will provide all the materials you need to make a beautiful painting!

 Posted by at 1:08 pm
Jun 292016
 

Sharon WilsonOur next General Meeting will be held Thursday, July 14, 2016 at the Environmental Education Center. Our speaker will be Sharon Wilson, well-known environmental activist, organizer for the Texas Oil and Gas Accountability Project. She will give an overview of fracking in Texas and speak on the HB40 bill which severely restricts the ability of Texas towns to regulate local oil and gas drilling. She will also speak on the health and environmental impact of fracking and methane gas.

Meet and greet: 6:30 pm. Program 6:45 pm

Plano Environmental Education Center 4116 W Plano Parkway Plano Texas 75093

See you there!

 Posted by at 1:01 pm
Jun 292016
 

Annual Day of Service to Honor WOW Dems who have passed and those who inspired us!

From Laurie #1

SAVE THE DATE Thursday August 11, 2016. To honor the great contributions of WOW Dems who have passed away in recent years, we will have our annual Day of Service on Thursday August 11th. You can donate blood to Carter Bloodcare, who will be at the Plano Environmental Education Center. The link to sign up will be here soon. Instead of a regular educational program with a speaker, we will supply pizza and have an informal gathering where we share stories such as what went on at the State and National Democratic Conventions! BYOB. At the Plano Environmental Education Center 4116 W Plano Parkway Plano TX 75093. Time slots for donating will be 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm; we’ll be hanging out from around 5:30 pm until 8:45

 Posted by at 12:56 pm
Jun 102016
 

It is crucial that we win local elections so we can turn Texas blue, and assure women’s rights, funding for public education, healthcare, clean air and water, and other issues. Please take a look at our calendar and sign up for events with the candidates.

Please also go to the candidate websites for more information and to find out how you can help!candidates%20&%20check%20001

Adam Bell
Ramona Brumfield
John Bryant
Scott Coleman
Dennise Garcia
Denise Hamilton
Laura Irvin
Karen Jacobs
Jan McDowell
Victoria Neave
Gnanse Nelson
Dorotha Ocker
Hillary Clinton

 

 Posted by at 10:55 pm
Jun 102016
 

July 14, 2016 (EEC) – Sharon Wilson “Fracking”Save the Date

September 8, 2016 (CHEC) – Rita Bevins “Water Conservation”

November 10, 2016 (EEC) – Stacy Raker “Running a Political Campaign”

EEC: Plano Environmental Education Center 4116 W Plano Parkway, Plano TX 75093
CHEC: Collin Higher Education Center 3452 TX-399 Spur, McKinney TX 75069 (Room 200)

All meetings start 6:30 pm with Meet and Greet; program at 6:45 pm, business meeting at 8:00 pm.

Special Event:  August 11, 2016 at the EEC WOW Dems Annual Evening of Service in Memory of WOW Dems who have passed.

 

 Posted by at 10:46 pm
May 192016
 

Thank you to everyone who came out to our May General Meeting. Kelly Hart gave a thorough and riveting review of Planned Parenthood in Texas, the history, the fantastic work they do, the challenges they face now and in the future – details below.  Also, our local candidates were presented with a WOW Dems endorsement ceremony. We hope you will consider supporting one or more of these great candidates.

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WOW Dems endorsement of local Democratic candidates and presentation of donation check.

Kelly Hart, Senior Director of Government Relations for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, updated our group about the current state of access to women’s healthcare in Texas. At present, there are 20 Planned Parenthood health centers throughout North Texas that provide services to women and men ranging from pap smears, birth control, testing for high blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, STD’s, mammograms, and other cancer screenings.  Some also perform vasectomies, colposcopies, and abortions.  In addition, Planned Parenthood provides sex education for young people with professional health educators that are trained to provide age-appropriate, medically accurate information.  In Dallas, there is a Teen Theatre group that performs interactive theater on relevant topics important to adolescents.  Kelly noted that the Texas Legislature first started cutting the budget for Planned Parenthood in 2011, and described how the subsequent cuts in funding and attacks have continued and increased dramatically. She also outlined how some areas in Texas have no access for health care services for uninsured women in need of financial support.  Currently, there is a shortage of providers serving this uninsured population, in spite of repeated assurances from the Texas Legislature that they would provide agencies to perform these services.  Planned Parenthood has been in Texas for 80 years and does not plan to leave.  Anyone that is interested in getting more information or that would like to volunteer can contact www.ppgreatertx.org  or call 1-800-230-PLAN.

Kelly Hart, Sr. Dir. of Govt. Relations, PPGT

Kelly Hart, Sr. Dir. of Govt. Relations, PPGT

Planned Parenthood Logo

 Posted by at 11:35 am
Apr 142016
 

Join us Saturday, April 16! We will be out and about in District 107 talking to the community about the Victoria Neave for Texas State Representative campaign and listening to our neighbors. Volunteers can help in several ways including:

-Block walking (talk to voters in person);Victoria Neave
-Phone-Banking (talk to voters over the phone);
-Driving (Drive our Block-Walkers);
-Voter Registration (Volunteer Deputy Registrars);
-Data Entry; and
-Spanish-Speakers.

Never been involved in a campaign before? Don’t worry! It’s easy and fun!

For more information about our campaign, please visit:www.VictoriaForTexas.com

Sign up here https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-5286961410853500928

 Posted by at 3:30 pm