Jun 302015
 

Be among the first to kick off Hillary’s 2016 Presidential Campaign!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Plano Environmental Education Center

4116 W. Plano Parkway

Plano, Texas 75093

Sign-In:                  6:30 p.m.

Meeting Begins:    7:00 p.m.

RSVP:  [email protected]

 Posted by at 8:21 am
Jun 302015
 

Hope you are enjoying your summer, while keeping abreast of history-making news! The opportunity to help shape our nation and work towards a better future for all is waiting for you. Get involved with WOW Dems, and the Democratic Party now.

What’s Been Happening:

First, I am deeply saddened by the horrific act of terror and racism in South Carolina. Where did this 21-year old learn so much hate? How can we help people see that deep down we have so much in common, no matter the color, religion or culture? I was in despair over this, but seeing and hearing how the victim’s families “forgave” the killer gave me pause. Hearing President Obama’s brilliant eulogy for the Reverend Pinckney gives me hope that, as a nation, our eyes are now open and we will no longer tolerate racism nor its symbols. The removal of the confederate flag is a step in the right direction and allows me to envision a country where we will all come together and learn to respect one another.

That begs the question: How can a presidential candidate, Donald Trump disparage people of Mexican decent, and the Republicans don’t repudiate this? We all must stand up to discrimination and hate towards any group.

In a time of mourning for the nine people killed, there were a few bright spots. On Friday, June 26, the Supreme Court ruled that marriage between same sex couples is constitutional and the law of the land! This has come after years of hard work. Now same sex couples have the right to marry in every state of our nation!

Other bright spots are that Fair Housing Laws have been upheld. For many, Obamacare, once again being upheld is a cause to celebrate!

This just in: The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked the severe restrictions Texas had put on women’s access to safe, legal abortion. It is vital we continue the fight for the right to control our own bodies!

Please join us. We at WOW Dems fight for women’s freedom and for fairness and equality for all. Our mission is to recruit, and elect Democratic women (and men) who will make sure we obtain and maintain our rights.

To get involved come to the Hillary for Texas Grassroots Event. Get in now on the effort to keep sanity in the White House and the Supreme Court!

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Tuesday July 7 Hillary for Texas North Texas Grassroots Organizing Meeting

Be among the first to kick off Hillary’s campaign and get involved in the 2016 Presidential campaign from the very beginning! All welcome. Bring friends. At the Plano Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Parkway, Plano 75093 6:30 PM sign in, 7:00 PM meeting. RSVP here

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Saturday July 4 Plano Independence Day Parade

Celebrate Independence Day in grand style by marching with fellow WOW Dems as well as other Democrats in the Annual Plano Lions Independence Day Parade. The Collin County Democratic Party will have a float, with the theme “Serve With Your Vote,” and WOW Dems will have a car! We need more WOW Dems to join us! Especially those who have ever worked the elections or registered people to vote! Click here to contact Beverly if you would like to march, ride or help with planning. The crew will begin assembling at 7:30 a.m. on July 4th at the Plano ISD Administration Building. Bring the whole family, wear your favorite patriotic garb, and join the fun!

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Apply to City of Plano Boards & Commissions

Join Plano’s Quest for excellence. Several of our WOW Dems are on these Boards, such as Cultural Affairs, Animal Shelter, Parks and Rec, Library, Senior Citizens, etc. Click here for more info. Stay tuned for opportunities in other cities.

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Annie’s List Scholarships Available

If you are a paid up member of WOW Dems and are interested in going to candidate training in Dallas on August 22, WOW Dems will offer scholarship reimbursement to the first five members who sign up and agree to share their experience with our group! Click here for more info and to sign up for Annie’s List trainings. Then contact our candidates committee to apply for the scholarship!

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July 22 B.R.O.A.D.S. Book Club

Get started with your summer reading! We have selected “Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free” by Charles P. Pearce”. Join us for a lively discussion.6:30 PM. For more details and to RSVP, click here.

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Time to renew your membership

WOW Dems relies on membership donations to pay for our regular operating expenses.

Please log on here to renew your membership for 2015 or to join for the first time. Our goal is to increase the number of women who are interested in learning more about the political process and possibly running for office. Our best recruiting tool is word of mouth so we encourage you to bring a friend to a meeting or event. Let’s make a concerted effort to expand our membership in 2015.

Thanks for your support.

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WOW Dems – How to Get Involved

To get the most out of WOW Dems, we encourage you to join one of our committees. Most of our organization’s work takes place at the committee level, and while we will have general meetings every 2 months as well as other social and political events and activities throughout the year, joining a committee is the best way to get know members and build relationships within our community.

WOW Dems Committees:

  • Candidates
  • Communications
  • Events and Outreach
  • Fundraising
  • Legislative Action
  • Membership
  • Programs

Committee descriptions can be found on our website.

Volunteer Survey Form

Please fill out our volunteer survey form and email to [email protected]. If you are interested in participating on a committee, email the chair of the committee directly. If a committee is without a chair, email [email protected] for more information.

 

 Posted by at 9:00 pm
Jun 202015
 
Celebrate Independence Day in grand style by marching with fellow WOW Dems as well as other Democrats in the Annual Plano Lions Independence Day Parade.  The Collin County Democratic Party will have a float, with the theme “Serve With Your Vote,” and WOW Dems may have a car!  Click here to contact Beverly if you would like to march, ride or help with planning.  The crew will begin assembling at 7:30 a.m. on July 4th at the Plano ISD Administration Building. Bring the whole family, wear your favorite patriotic garb, and join the fun!
Don’t miss “Hillary for Texas, North Texas Grassroots Organizing Meeting” on Tuesday, July 7th at the Environmental Education Center, 4116 W. Plano Parkway, Plano TX 75093.  Sign-ins begin at 6:30 PM.  The meeting starts at 7:00 PM.  Be among the first to kick off  Hillary’s 2016  Presidential Campaign!  You can also come to learn more. Bring your friends and family. Please RSVP here.

Other Events:

Friday June 19,  5:30 PM – 9:30 PM:  Plano “Juneteenth” Festival  Celebrate the 150th anniversary of emancipation in Texas.  Haggard Park, 901 East 15th St, Plano 75075.

Friday June 19,  6:30 PM – 8:30 PM:  Living Liberally McKinney  Petra, 1751 Eldorado Parkway, McKinney.

Saturday June 20, 8:30 AM – 10 AM:  HD67 Democratic Meeting  A new group has formed dedicated to recruiting candidates for HD67 State Representative in 2016! Michael Handley will be speaking about the issues from the last  legislative session in Austin.  Tinos Too Mexican Restaurant, 2205 K Ave, Plano 75074.

Friday June 26, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM: DPCC Final Friday Social  Rover Grill, 8250 Gaylord Pkwy, Frisco 75034 .

 Posted by at 8:41 pm
Jun 122015
 

We had a terrific turnout at Thursday’s general meeting – thank you to everyone who came out to support WOW Dems and listen to the program by Mothers Against Police Brutality (MAPB).

John Fullinwider of MAPB gave an emotional and moving account of the problem of police brutality today including videos. He explained that over the past 40 years there have been many shootings of unarmed people (usually Black or other minority persons) but NO indictments. According to Fullinwider, we need to change laws to allow an independent prosecutor to bring charges.  In addition, we need to put pressure on elected officials, the District Attorney, Judges, Police Chief, and City Council members to hold police accountable. We also need to vote for good district judges since they pick the grand juries who decide whether there is a case in these instances. Dallas District Judge Elizabeth Frizell was also in attendance and shared her perspective with us as well.  All the more reasons to vote Democratic down the ballot!  Kristi Lara, a member of WOW Dems and MAPB, shared her experience as a counselor and provided an interesting psychological take on the problem. Mr. Fullinwider and Ms. Lara both put together a fabulous presentation.

To top it all off, WOW Dems made the 10 PM news on Telemundo 39!FullSizeRenderIMG_3193IMG_3199

 Posted by at 10:01 pm
Jun 112015
 

FullSizeRenderThe sun was shining brightly and the flowers were full of color for our Democrats Bloom fundraiser. We had more than 50 attendees who enjoyed the tour of the lovely garden  along with some excellent treats and mimosas. A WOW Dems thank you to Gayla Fredrick for opening her home and sharing her beloved garden with us, as well as all the other women who helped put this eventtogether.

We hope everyone who attended had a spectacular time and we look forward to seeing you at more of our events!
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 Posted by at 9:29 pm
Jun 112015
 

WOW Dems is pleased to feature Mother’s Against Police Brutality as the program for our general meeting tonight. We invited MAPB several months ago to learn what the coalition is doing to help prevent these tragedies from occurring.  Many of our WOW Dems members are women and mothers that are deeply concerned about this issue. As an organization we are not making a public statement about the recent McKinney incident, which continues to be investigated. We hope some positive change can come about in the aftermath.

We hope you will be able to attend this timely and informative program at the WOW Dems General Meeting tonight, June 11 at 6:30 at the Plano Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Parkway, Plano, 75093.

 

 Posted by at 10:43 am
Jun 102015
 

Summer is almost here, and that means vacation and relaxation for many! But along with the fun, we at WOW Dems offer you the following important and timely programs, especially in light of the recent disturbing events in McKinney.  Please join us…

June 11 WOW Dems General Meeting

Come and listen to John Fullinwider co-founder of Mothers Against Police Brutality (MAPB) speak about the problem of police brutality in our society today. Mothers Against Police Brutality is an emerging, Dallas-based, multi-racial, multi-ethnic coalition uniting people nationally from all walks of life to hold law enforcement agencies more accountable. Collette Flanagan founded MAPB in 2013 after her son, Clinton Allen, an unarmed young man in custody, was shot to death by a Dallas police officer. MAPB is leading the way to change deadly force policy throughout the US and to help restore trust between the police and the communities they are sworn to serve and protect.

At the Plano Environmental Education Center
4116 W Plano Parkway Plano Tx 75093
Meet & Greet 6:30 PM. Program begins 6:45 PM (note earlier start time)


Democrats Bloom – A Success!

FullSizeRender (2)FullSizeRender (4)After all the rain, the sun came out for our fundraiser “Democrats Bloom!” Everyone had a wonderful time touring Gayla’s beautiful garden, drinking Mimosas, and enjoying a lovely spread of tea sandwiches and other yummy delights. Thanks to all who supported WOW Dems, with a special thank you to our fundraising committee and volunteers and our lovely hostess Gayla Fredrick!


July 7 – Save the Date: Hillary for Texas, North Texas Grassroots Organizing Meeting

 

Be among the first to kick off Hillary’s campaign and get involved in the 2016 Presidential campaign from the very beginning! At the Plano Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Parkway, Plano 75093  6:30 PM sign in, 7:00 PM meeting.

 


July 22 – B.R.O.A.D.S. Book Club

Get started with your summer reading!  We have selected “Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free” by Charles P. Pearce. Join us for a lively discussion. Begins at 6:30 PM. For more details and to RSVP, click here.


Time to Renew Your Membership

WOW Dems relies on membership donations to pay for our regular operating expenses.  Please log on here to renew your membership for 2015 or to join for the first time. Our goal is to increase the number of women who are interested in learning more about the political process and possibly running for office. Our best recruiting tool is word of mouth so we encourage you to bring a friend to a meeting or event. Let’s make a concerted effort to expand our membership in 2015. Thanks for your support.


WOW Dems – How to Get Involved

To get the most out of WOW Dems, we encourage you to join one of our committees. Most of our organization’s work takes place at the committee level, and while we will have general meetings every 2 months as well as other social and political events and activities throughout the year, joining a committee is the best way to get know members and build relationships within our community.

WOW Dems Committees: Candidates, Communications, Events and Outreach, Fundraising, Legislative Action, Membership, Programs. Committee descriptions can be found on our website.

Volunteer Survey Form Please fill out our volunteer survey form and email to[email protected]. If you are interested in participating on a committee, email the chair of the committee directly. If a committee is without a chair,email [email protected] for more information.

 

 

 Posted by at 9:55 pm
Jun 042015
 

Join us on June 11 for our WOWDems general meeting, and come listen to John Fullinwider from the Dallas chapter of Mothers Against Police Brutality (MAPB) speak about the problem of police brutality in our society today. Mothers Against Police Brutality is an emerging, Dallas-based, multi-racial, multi-ethnic coalition uniting people nationally from all walks of life to hold law enforcement agencies more accountable. Collette Flanagan founded MAPB in 2013 after her son, Clinton Allen, an unarmed young man in custody, was shot to death by a Dallas police officer. MAPB is leading the way to change deadly force policy throughout the US and to help restore trust between the police and the communities they are sworn to serve and protect.

Location: Plano Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Parkway, Plano, TX 75093

Meet & Greet 6:30 PM. Program begins 6:45 PM (note earlier start time).  WOWDems business meeting starts after program ends, around 7:45PM.

Please bring a friend to this very important informative program. Open to all!

 Posted by at 4:31 pm
May 202015
 

Looking forward to a beautiful day after all this rain!  Please join us at the WOW Dems event “Democrats Bloom – A Garden Tour and Fundraiser!” We also have our famed BROADS (Book Readers of a Democratic Slant) coming up.  And don’t miss our General Meeting on June 11th with John Fullinwider of Mothers Against Police Brutality, discussing the facts of this important issue in society today, and what we can do to help.


“Democrats Bloom – A Garden Tour and Fundraiser”  Sunday May 31st

WOW Dems member Gayla Fredrick has opened up her amazing gardens for a tour!  What a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.  Come, bring friends and family to enjoy this wonderland of natural beauty!  Refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres will be served (including Mimosas!) Suggested donation $15. All proceeds will go to WOW Dems to help Democratic women get elected! Click here for more info and to get your tickets on Act Blue today.


June 11  WOW Dems General Meeting

Come hear John Fullinwider from the Dallas chapter of Mothers Against Police Brutality (MAPB) speak about  the problem of police brutality in our society today. Mothers Against Police Brutality is an emerging, Dallas based  multi-racial multi ethnic coalition uniting people nationally from all walks of life to hold law enforcement agencies more accountable. Collette Flanagan founded MAPB in 2013 after her son, Clinton Allen, an unarmed young man in custody, was shot to death by a Dallas police officer. MAPB is leading the way to change deadly force policy throughout the US and to help restore trust between the police and the communities they are sworn to serve and protect.

At the Plano Environmental Education Center

4116 W Plano Parkway Plano Tx 75093

Meet & Greet 6:30 PM. Program begins 6:45 PM (note earlier start time)


May 27 B.R.O.A.D.S. Book Club

We are reading “The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour and the (Ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in TV News.” Join us for a lively discussion.  Begins at 6:30 PM. For more details and to RSVP, click here.


Planned Parenthood Needs Your Help!

We are down to the final weeks of the Texas Legislative session, and a number of legislators are trying to push through bills that restrict access to reproductive health care. Volunteer phonebanks will be set up 11 am – 2 pm, or 3 – 6pm Wednesday to Friday. Please click here to sign up.


Time to renew your membership

WOW Dems relies on membership donations to pay for our regular operating expenses.  Please log on here to renew your membership for 2015 or to join for the first time. Our goal is  to increase the number of women who are interested in learning more about the political process and possibly running for office. Our best recruiting tool is word of mouth so we encourage you to bring a friend to a meeting or event. Let’s make a concerted effort to expand our membership in 2015.  Thanks for your support.


WOW Dems – How to Get Involved

To get the most out of WOW Dems, we encourage you to join one of our committees. Most of our organization’s work takes place at the committee level, and while we will have quarterly meetings and other social and political events and activities throughout the year, joining a committee is the best way to get know members and build relationships within our community.

WOW Dems Committees: Candidates, Communications, Events and Outreach, Fundraising, Legislative Action, Membership, and Programs

Committee descriptions can be found on our website.

Volunteer Survey Form

Please fill out our volunteer survey form and email to [email protected]. If you are interested in participating on a committee, email the chair of the committee directly. If a committee is without a chair,email [email protected] for more information.

 

 Posted by at 1:42 pm
May 082015
 
Election Day Saturday May 9th

REMINDER: PLEASE VOTE FOR SHARON HIRSCH  FOR PLANO ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES PLACE 4! 

 Sharon Hirsch, Past President of WOW Dems, is running for Plano ISD Board of Trustees Place 4. An excellent leader, she will work hard and effectively for our children, our schools, and our community. Sharon has been endorsed by former Plano ISD School Board Presidents Allan Bird, Mary Beth King, and Lloyd “Skip” Jenkins, as well as Dr. Doug Otto, former Superintendent of Schools! Here is what WOW Dems member Prissy Wisnewski said in her endorsement of Sharon:

 I am very excited and thrilled to offer my support and endorsement to Sharon Hirsch for Plano ISD School Board Place 4.  I am a 20 year Plano ISD employee and have worked with Sharon in the school district and also in many volunteer activities, including WOW Dems.  Sharon has been deeply involved in all aspects of PISD including as a parent of PISD graduates, a long time District employee, spouse of a PISD administrator, parent to a PISD teacher, and as a grandparent of a PISD daycare child and future PISD student.  One example of her continued support of students and PISD programs is that she and her husband established and fund the Hirsch AVID Scholarship, providing first year tuition and textbooks for a deserving PISD AVID graduate to attend Collin College.  Sharon is by far the best school board candidate in Place 4 to continue the high quality level of education that Plano students and parents expect and deserve.  Please tell all your friends and family to get out and vote for Sharon!!
Prissy Wisnewski, Plano ISD employee  


Click here for more information about Sharon’s campaign. Visit the Dallas Morning News voter guide to see Sharon’s views on the issues or the League of Women Voters guide.  After you see her exceptional qualifications and what she will do for our schools, please help Sharon’s campaign by calling all your Plano friends and family! We also have other excellent candidates running. Check out Matt Lagos, James White and Steven Spainhouer.

We need ALL Democrats to get out and vote; this is not the time to sit home! Please read the voter guides (see above links) to find out more about all the candidates in YOUR local elections. This is important. Sharon and other great candidates  have a great chance of winning if we all get out and vote, and get others to do the same.  Even non-Democrats want  strong leaders like Sharon to work hard for our schools and our communities!   There are other interest groups sending mailers to vote for candidates who are against equality, who have no interest in supporting public schools and who will harm Plano’s business community’s fine reputation.  So talk to ALL your friends and family (moderates, Republicans, Independents too) and remind them that it is their civic duty to get out and vote! 

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