Wow! So excited to see everyone at the event this week! If you couldn’t snag a ticket, don’t worry! Keep an eye on our website for some highlights from the event.
Our hearts go out to the family of Heather Heyer who was killed and 19 others who were injured in last weekend’s horrific terrorist attack. In order to understand what happened in Charlottesville, VA, we have to go far back in time.
Bill Moyers, the noted journalist, produced a video on Inauguration Day that is still relevant and a must-see for everyone in America. He opens by reminding us that, lest we forget, Donald Trump rose to power on the wings of a dark lie – the Birther lie.
In a riveting, rational, intelligent discussion, four prominent historians are filmed by Moyers as they dissect the lie to help us truly understand how we arrived at this point. Neo-Nazis, KKK, and White Supremacists marched in Charlottesville with torches, baseball bats and long weapons to “take their country back.” Violent clashes ensued. A member of a White Supremacist group used a car as a lethal weapon to mow down the crowd, killing Heather — a 32-year old paralegal, someone’s daughter, friend, co-worker — and wounding 19 other peaceful counter-protesters. Make no mistake about it: This was an act of domestic terrorism.
For a long time, I resisted the notion that a significant number of Americans believed in white supremacy. However, now that Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists and other alt-right groups have been emboldened by electing their “leader,” they loudly and openly say and do what they feel. As one historian said in the video, “Donald Trump did us a favor because he shows us how active and significant white supremacy is in this nation.”
The 23-minute video click here features:
Chris Lebron, Political Philosopher, Yale University
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Historian, Harvard Kennedy School
Philip Klinkner, Political Scientist, Hamilton College
Nell Painter, Historian, Princeton University
They describe more than a century of white dominance in America to show how slavery, the 3/5 clause, the Civil War, the Jim Crow era, Goldwater, Wallace, Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” (and more) all led to absolute panic for many white Americans when Barack Obama won the White House. The decades of lies have fueled profound fear that Trump successfully lassoed and rode to victory. White Supremacists (a large part of his base) think his Presidency is their best chance to stop the country from being taken over by the browns, blacks, Muslims, Jews and gays, who are surely responsible for everything that is going wrong and return America to its rightful owners. So they are roused to take action. Sadly, Charlottesville is likely just the first of many such events.
This is a wake-up call. America must deal with race and its original sin in order to survive. We have to face the lie about “white superiority” that millions of people believe, to their core. And we must unite to rid our country of groups that choose to hate others. We can’t ever forget that we are the majority. We, the people of America who believe in equality for all, must speak up and speak out against this terrible evil.
Because of WOW Dems, I am hopeful. It is comforting to be surrounded by good people of all races, religions, genders, creeds, and sexual preferences, who reject the lies, embrace the values “dreamed of” at America’s inception, and work to make this a more perfect union. If we can accept and appreciate all people for who they are, surely others can too.
Please watch the video and then share it with others. We need all the people we can reach to be knowledgeable and to understand the depth of the problem of racism in this country. We must lead others in having open and honest conversations about race in America. Support a vigil or event this weekend to show your opposition to White Supremacy and hatred. See details on the upcoming Dallas Rally here. Write or call your local, state, and congressional Representatives and insist they respond to the Charlottesville terrorist attack with specific actions that help eliminate racism, sexism, religious intolerance and xenophobia.
Under our current President, we’ve seen a rise in the number of hate groups and hate crimes. He uses the bully pulpit and sends out constant dog whistles to encourage and support the alt-right. This is not going to be easy, but we are up to it. Together we can say “no to hatred” and make America better! Our children and grandchildren are depending on us.
Good morning WOW Dems!
Making calls and participating in rallies aren’t the only way to have your voice heard in your community. Actually, one would argue that participating on a county board or commission is one of the most effective steps citizens can take in having an active voice in their government.
If Democrats want to hold more positions at all levels of government, we have to build our bench of experienced candidates. By joining a board or commission, you can gain valuable experience at the city level that will be essential when seeking a higher office. Voters look for candidates with leadership experience in the community. Even if you have no intention of running for office, being on a board or commission gives Democrats an ear into local conversations and decisions that will help other Democrats who need that information when they run. We need to be “in” before we can break in.
We encourage every WOW Dem to apply for a committee that they are interested in. Simply click on the links below to find information on each Collin County Committee and Allen Committees as well as where to apply. Notice the deadlines to apply! Let’s get more democrats in powerful positions!
Descriptions of Boards: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YA508B-BLrKpvf7EFU1uJmhiRy_2k3E3R1zeUACHeUs/edit?usp=sharing
Boards & Commissions Organized by County: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Acc712VArUBmzeKMqWakCahe8F3H-9gZTKyPH1Qit_Q/edit?usp=sharing
For your activist ease, the Legislative Committee has created a simple document that will be keeping track of upcoming committee meetings regarding issues deemed as most important to the organization: women’s health, education, and LGBTQ rights within the Special Session. On this sheet, you will find the bill number, a brief summary, the time and day of the meeting, as well as a link to the committee members which will provide their individual phone numbers.
We hope that you will find this helpful in making calls to your representatives to express your opinion on these bills. As meetings are announced, they will be updated on the list.
Click on the link provided to be directed to the document. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1g8udLtQvcUZb7AO-iwbZwFBMmiK1GdtbMDnZkk8W8gg/edit?usp=sharing
Please join us for our July General Meeting to hear The Honorable Sarah H. Saldaña, immediate past Director of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) present “Immigration: Yesterday and Today”. This will be a special presentation and will be followed by the regular business meeting.
We are also collecting canned goods for Minnie’s Pantry, so if you are able, bring canned veggies, cereal or other non-perishable food item for donation.
Thursday, July 13th, 6:30 pm, Plano Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano, Texas 75093.
The WOW Dems are hosting a family-friendly ‘fun’draiser on June 24 . Register today to join us for an afternoon of bowling, food and fun at the newly renovated Plano Super Bowl! For $25 you can enjoy two hours of bowling and shoes and children 12 and under can bowl for $15. Your support allows us to support progressive candidates in local elections to turn North Texas blue – one candidate and one election at a time.
The following sponsorship opportunities are available (and greatly appreciated). All $100, $200, and $300 sponsors will be recognized at the event.
$300 “Strike out Hate” Sponsor: Bowling and shoes for 5 and 5 free drink tickets
$200 “Spare Our Future” Sponsor: Bowling and shoes for 3 and 3 free drink tickets
$100 “Don’t Split our Country” Sponsor: Bowling and shoes for 2 and 2 free drink tickets
$20 “Gutter Ball” Sponsor: If you can’t bowl, come anyway, cheer your team on to victory and enjoy 1 free drink ticket.
What: WOW Dems Super BOWL Saturday
When: June 24, 2017 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Plano Super Bowl, 2521 Avenue K, Plano 75075
WOW Dems are everywhere these days. The Pete Sessions Town Hall in Richardson received national coverage; it even made the Rachel Maddow show, and we were there. The Town Hall in Plano with Senator Van Taylor and Representative Matt Shaheen made the evening news, and we were there. Many WOW Dems (but not all) appeared on the Channel 8 news video including John Stafford, Tarek Radjef (yes, WOW has male members), Prissy Wisnewski, Karen Beck, Barb Korman, Beverly Vasta, Barbara Oldenburg, Marcie King, Irene Slovin and yours truly Hazel Weathers. We vocally and enthusiastically expressed our opinions. Our enthusiasm fell on deaf ears as both Senator Taylor and Representative Shaheen exhibited a chronic case of selective hearing loss and treated us as if we are not constituents whose concerns matter.
The Municipal elections are non-partisan and sometimes it’s hard to determine who to vote for if you don’t have time to attend Forums and research each candidate. That’s one reason turnout is typically so low. Yet, it is absolutely critical that we vote instead of ceding our power to a handful of voters to make decisions that affect our lives, families and communities. I have personally met and talked to most of the candidates listed below and believe they support my values. They care about public education and community. They support human rights for all and see value in diversity. They believe in fiscal responsibility, while appreciating the role government plays in improving our lives. They support equal pay for equal work and a living wage. They are progressive (or at least moderate) in their views. In a partisan election, most of them would identify as Democrats, but some are moderate Republicans or Independents.
I recommend the candidates below. In races where two progressives/moderates are competing, I’ve listed them both (and in some cases, indicated my preference with an *). For races with no progressives/moderates running, I have NOT listed them and have no recommendations.
Collin College Board of Trustees: Everyone in Collin County can vote for them.
PISD Board: Everyone in Plano Independent School District can vote for them.
Plano City Council:
Allen City Council:
Carrollton/Farmers Branch ISD Board
Carrollton Mayoral Candidate
Frisco City Council
Lewisville City Council
Melissa City Council
Melissa ISD Board
McKinney City Council
Murphy City Council
Richardson City Council:
These are my opinions. Take them for what it’s worth. Or do your own research. But please vote! In the last mayoral elections, turnout in these cities ranged from a low of 2.8% to a high of 13%. If you share these recommendations (and I hope you will), please include the paragraphs at the top. Help get these solid, qualified candidates elected! Vote!
Hazel Weathers, President
WOW Dems formally endorsed five progressive female candidates in the upcoming May Municipal elections. Now it’s time to take the next step and help them get elected by volunteering to be a Poll Greeter. Poll Greeters distribute candidate flyers, hold a sign, or smile, greet, and thank voters outside the polling places. It’s surprising how many voters are influenced by this final gesture just before they vote. Election Day is Saturday, May 6th and Early Voting is April 24th through May 2nd. If you can spare a few hours for this important work (especially on Election Day), please contact [email protected]. We’ll coordinate dates, times and locations to ensure we can support our candidates with Poll Greeters at some of the major polling places. You can make a difference! And our endorsed candidates sincerely appreciate your help:
Women Organizing Women Democrats Endorses Candidates for May Municipal Election
Plano, Texas – Mar. 29, 2017 – Women Organizing Women Democrats (WOW Dems), a political action committee dedicated to expanding the participation of women in politics, today announced endorsements of following candidates for election in the May 6, 2017 Municipal Elections for Collin County:
“These candidates are prepared to advance practical solutions to address the community’s challenges and to support its opportunities, and each is prepared to listen closely to residents to address their concerns for the future of Collin Co. We are proud to support this qualified field of candidates,” said Hazel Weathers, president of WOW Dems.
Each candidate was selected for endorsement after a review of written documents provided to us by their campaigns. WOW Dems may add additional endorsements prior to the May 6 election.
WOW Dems is a North Texas-based organization whose mission includes expanding the participation of women in politics by increasing their political engagement, raising awareness about women’s issues, and recruiting, supporting, and electing progressive women for partisan and non-partisan offices. We expand our awareness of relevant issues through our educational and related activities.
WOW Dems meet bi-monthly, on second Thursday evenings at the Plano Environmental Education Center. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Hazel Weathers, President
972-618-9291, [email protected]