Aug 172016
 

Our next General Meeting will be held on Thursday September 8, 2016 at the Collin Higher Education Center. Our speaker will be Rita Beving, who is the North Texas Outreach Coordinator for Clean Water Fund and Clean Water Action. She works within the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and surrounding communities on water conservation and water quality issues. Rita has more than twenty years’ experience working both as a volunteer and consultant for various environmental organizations, including Public Citizen and the Sierra Club’s Lone Star chapter.

Rita has worked on a variety of environmental issues, building coalitions to fight permits for cement kilns which burn hazardous waste, coal-fired power plants, bad landfill projects, and other polluting projects. Before coming to Clean Water Fund in 2014, she worked full-time organizing landowners and citizens against the Keystone XL and Seaway pipelines in East Texas.

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Thirsting for Our Water Future

As DFW’s population is expected to double by 2060, how will our region meet its growing need for water? Currently, our local Region C water planning group has proposed more than $21 billion (more than 40%) out of the total $53 billion of proposed reservoirs and water projects to the Texas Water Development Board.

Are there more economical alternatives than reservoirs?  What are the impacts on Texans when we build these projects? Water will be one of the most controversial topics of this century – and probably one of the most fought over. See what’s happening with water in our region – and while we’re at it, we’ll explore what practical measures you can take yourself to conserve this precious resource.

 

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

Collin Higher Education Center, 3452 Texas 399 Spur, McKinney TX 75069

 

 

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Aug 132016
 

Texas Blue Hillary

Time to call for ALL!

WOW Dems will be calling on Wednesday, in fact – EVERY WEDNESDAY from now until Election Day.

Starting Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at the Collin County Democratic Party office from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. we will begin by calling orphan precincts in Collin County.

At some point in the upcoming weeks, we will also begin calling for Hillary in Collin County.

Grab your iced tea and granola bars and lets WOW THEM on WEDNESDAYS!!!

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Aug 132016
 

Two recent WOW Dems events show that not only do we give back to our community, but we also know how to have a good time while raising funds to support our mission!!

On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, WOW Dems held a fundraiser at Painting with a Twist in Plano. The sold out event involved wine and paint and fun and let us all show our creative sides!!!!

PWAT #2PWAT #4PWAT #3

 

 

 

PWAT #1

 

On Thursday, August 11, 2016, WOW Dems held a Day of Service with a Blood Drive for Carter BloodCare.  Twelve donors participated with a total of 7 whole blood units and 1 double red unit. These donations can save the lives of 27 patients! The event also had a pizza and social time for the participants.

DOS #1

 

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Jul 302016
 

Annies List ImageAnnie’s List invites everyone to join them and their guest speakers Victoria Neave and Monica Lira Bravo on August 30. The Preparing to Run program helps women at all stages of leadership to begin answering questions they have about running for office and take steps toward becoming a strong candidate. Choosing to run for public office is a big decision that raises lots of questions about when to act and how to get started. If you are considering how and when to run for office, start now with Annie’s List. Don’t see yourself on a ballot? Share with a friend who you know will do amazing things for her community.

 

Preparing to Run Annies List

 

Dallas – August 30, 2016

For more information about programs or to inquire about Grace Ann Garcia Scholarships reach out to Training Director Kimberly Caldwell.

 Posted by at 4:07 pm
Jul 302016
 

Get Involved

 

If you have interest in serving, there are a number of ways that you can help, right in your own community. Attached below is a list of Boards and Commissions in Collin County and in many towns and cities in the County. This is a great idea since you can find something that fits your interests, you are serving the community you live in, you have a good change of getting in and this sort of public service is extremely helpful if you ever choose to run for any office later. Several WOW Dems members already serve on boards and commissions, so you’re also in good company!!! So, Why Don’t You Apply?

Boards and Commissions 2016

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Jul 182016
 

Join WOW Dems and the Collin County Democratic Party to watch history being made as Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic nomination for President – the first woman ever to be nominated for President of the United States by a major party!

6:30 pm- 10:00 pm at the Rugby House Pub

8604 Preston Rd #100 Plano 75024 (corner of Preston and 121)

Debate Watch #1

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Jul 182016
 

July Meeting #1July Meeting #2

We had a great turnout for our July 14th meeting. Sharon Wilson, environmental activist and citizen expert on fracking and the environment gave a great presentation which was both enlightening and frightening. She spoke about the climate change consequences of methane gas (which comes from fracking shale) and how it is a more powerful agent of global warming than carbon dioxide. She spoke about HB40, the bill which banned the ban on fracking in Denton. See below for more info:

 

The Solutions Project. We have enough Wind Water and Solar WWS to energize the entire planet. http://thesolutionsproject.org/

Some great information about methane’s impacts on the climate is here http://www.eeb.cornell.edu/howarth/index.php

This is a 2-page summary

http://www.eeb.cornell.edu/howarth/summaries_CH4.php

https://www.earthworksaction.org/voices/detail/citizens_empowerment_project#.V4hLI46_3aY

Sharon Wilson, Fracking Insurgent http://texassharon.com
In North Texas on top of the Barnett Shale

Read about the very real health risks from oil and gas extraction in our reports Reckless Endangerment and Gas Patch Roulette.

 

 Posted by at 7:46 pm
Jun 292016
 

Painting with a Twist

THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT!!

Get out of the Heat! 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 the folks at Painting with a Twist will provide all the materials you need to make a beautiful painting!

4001 Preston Rd #510, Plano, TX 75093 (Lakeside Market next to Mi Cocina)
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 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, Gulf regional organizer for the Texas Oil and Gas Accountability Project. Sharon is considered the leading citizen expert on the Barnett Shale and the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials, major news networks, national environmental organizations, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating effects of natural gas development in their own backyards.

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.

We want to honor trauma surgeon Dr. Brian Williams, who gave his all and spoke from his heart after treating many injured Dallas police officers at Parkland Hospital. Listen to his poignant words here.  We will be  collecting donations of new unused homemade or newly purchased items such as slippers, pillows, quilts, robes, stuffed animals or dolls. We will bring them to Parkland Hospital this weekend to say thank you to Dr. Williams for his work, and for his strong message on need for open dialog on race relations. Cash donations will also be helpful. Thank you! 

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

Plano Environmental Education Center 4116 W Plano Parkway Plano Texas 75093

See you there!

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