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Jul 252017
 

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

Jul 242017
 

WOW Dems,

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

Happy calling!

 Posted by at 12:09 pm
Jul 102017
 

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.

 Posted by at 6:05 pm
May 252017
 

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.

Sign up to bowl or to donate at Super Bowl Saturday or download the flyer to post and share.

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

 Posted by at 1:00 am
Apr 152017
 

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.

Voting in the May Municipal elections begins in just a few days.  Now we face the ultimate test.   Samantha Bee said it best (warning: this comic occasionally uses strong language which may be unsuitable for children).  The message is that it’s not enough to yell your opinions; protest is good, but in the end, your VOTE is the voice you must use! 
We’ve identified not one, not two, but 17 women who share our progressive values running for City Councils, School Boards, and Mayor in our neck of the woods. This includes the five women formally endorsed by WOW earlier this month. Plus there are six male candidates with like-minded values who are running for every position from Mayor on down.  These candidates are facing fierce and ugly competition in the Plano races.  We need to elect these brave, progressive candidates who’ve come forward to sacrifice sweat, money and precious family-time to run for office.
Turnout is abysmally low in municipal elections across the country.  In our area, the percent of voters in the last Mayoral races ranged from 3.9% in McKinney to 13% in Plano.  Pitiful! When so few people vote, a small fraction of residents have outsize influence in decisions about critical issues like schools, parks, housing, infrastructure, libraries, police, transportation and wages.
If you’re unsure who to support, we can guide you!  There have been numerous Candidate “Meet n’ Greets” and Forums, and we were there.  The candidates have held face-to-face discussions, and we were there and we talked to them, and read their survey responses.  If you don’t know who to vote for, read the League of Women Voters Guides or visit candidate’s websites.  Check for endorsements from political organizations you respect (See the WOW endorsements/suggestions link above).  On a personal note, I’ve developed a list of my choices (see sidebar top left).  Please forward this list to 10 friends and ask them to each share it with 10 more family members, neighbors and co-workers.
Turnout is everything! We need to have a mind-blowing turnout for the Municipal elections to empower candidates who can truly represent us.  Because if we don’t, we will continue to be patronized, discounted and ignored by the Pete Sessions’, Van Taylors’, and Matt Shaheens’ who think we are all “hot air and bluster” and don’t really matter.  We’ll continue to have discriminatory bathroom bills and “public education destroying” school voucher bills pushed in the Legislature.  But once they feel the tremor of a thundering herd of votes at the Municipal level, they’ll hear us and listen at the state and national levels too.
The ultimate resistance – the ultimate test – is the election!  We can win!  We must win!  We will win if we vote!  Early voting is from April 24th through May 2nd and election day is May 6th.  VOTE! And encourage every progressive voter you know to speak loudly and clearly through their vote too!
Hazel Weathers
President
Apr 152017
 

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.

  • Place 2 – Jeri Landfair Chambers*or Nancy Wurzman
  • Place 3 – Dr. Stacey Donald

PISD Board:  Everyone in Plano Independent School District can vote for them.

  • Place 1 – Carissa Picard
  • Place 2 –Sreedhar “Sree” Yedavalli
  • Place 6 –Marilyn Hinton or Trish Patterson (take your pick)

Plano City Council:

  • Place 2 – Ann Bacchus
  • Place 4 –Kayci Prince
  • Place 6(Mayor) – Harry LaRosiliere
  • Place 8 – Stirling Morris or David Downs (take your pick)

Allen City Council:

  • Place 2 –Tabassum Ahmad

Carrollton/Farmers Branch ISD Board

  • At-Large -Candace Valenzuela

Carrollton Mayoral Candidate

  • Michelle Beckley

Frisco City Council

  • Place 6 – K.D. Warach

Lewisville City Council

  • Place 3 – Elena K. Claros

Melissa City Council

  • Place 5 – Heather Martin

Melissa ISD Board

  • Place 1 – HeatherKurlinski

McKinney City Council

  • 3rdDistrict – Margaret Harsch* or Gavin Nicholson

Murphy City Council

  • Place 3 – Elizabeth Abraham

Richardson City Council:

  • Place 4 – Cory Montfort

Bond Referendums:

  • Vote Yes. Several communities have Bond issues on the ballot (Plano has 6).  In general, I support Bond issues because they are investments to improve infrastructure, enhance shared services, and keep our communities vibrant and strong.

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

Apr 152017
 

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:

  • Tabassum Ahmad, Allen City Council, Place 2
  • Stacey Donald, Collin College Board of Trustees, Place 3
  • Heather Kurlinski, Melissa ISD Board, Place 1
  • Ann Bacchus, Plano City Council, Place 2
  • Carissa Picard, Plano ISD Board, Place 1
 Posted by at 10:49 am
Mar 282017
 

PRESS RELEASE:

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:

  • Tabassum Ahmad, Allen City Council, Place 2
  • Stacey Donald, Collin College Board of Trustees, Place 3
  • Heather Kurlinski, Melissa ISD Board, Place 1
  • Ann Bacchus, Plano City Council, Place 2
  • Carissa Picard, Plano ISD Board, Place 1

“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.

About Us

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.

Contact:

Hazel Weathers, President

972-618-9291, [email protected]

Mar 182017
 

Are you ready to WOW the voters, make history, and secure our future on May 6?

Activism is up everywhere, with many activities led by WOW’s Legislative Committee.  We’ve phoned and met with our Representatives on ACA, EPA, Social Security, Planned Parenthood, Medicare/Medicaid, school vouchers, the “bathroom” bill and other bills moving through the 85th TX Legislative Session.  We’ve marched and protested against the Muslim ban and heartless ICE deportations that separate families.  We’ve demanded our Congressmen hold town halls, lobbied for “independent” investigation into ties to Russia, and pressed for the release of Trump’s tax returns.  And we’ll continue all those efforts.  Now it’s time to make our voices heard in a way that is the very underpinning of Democracy – our vote!

In the upcoming May election, many school boards, city councils, mayors and other local races will be decided.  We have an unprecedented number of progressive candidates running in Plano, McKinney, Allen, Melissa and other cities — highly qualified individuals who are sacrificing personal time, energy, and money.  We met six dynamic, talented, progressive, female candidates at our General Membership meeting in March (and there are many more out there).

Pictured here l-r top are Carissa Picard, Ann Bacchus, Heather Kurlinski, and l-r bottom Trish Patterson, Tabbasum Ahmad and Dr. Stacey Donald.  These women can’t succeed without you.  They need literally hundreds of volunteers to help block walk and phone bank.  They must raise thousands of dollars for road signs, yard signs, robocalls, and mailings.  They need your vote and for you to solicit others in your “sphere of influence” to vote for them too.

She wins; we win!  You have an opportunity to elect individuals who share your values for human rights and inclusiveness, quality public education, health care for all, appreciation of diversity, tax fairness, good government services, a living wage, a worker’s right to bargain, a strong middle class, and more.  When progressives win local races, we have representatives who actually work for us!

In the next few days, WOW Dems will publish a list of candidates we endorse.  Typically, the turnout is so low for municipal races that less than 9,000 votes equals a win.  If every person reading this note does SOMETHING to support these candidates, they will win.  Help them walk neighborhoods to reach voters. If you can’t do that, then make phone calls.  If that’s too much, then donate to the campaigns (no amount is too small).  Put up a yard sign.  And, finally….. vote!  Early voting is April 24th to May 2nd.  Election Day is Saturday, May 6th.  There is no time to waste.  We have only six weeks to do the work necessary to get them elected, and we are counting on you!  Bring your families and vote!  Bring your friends and vote!  Bring your neighbors and vote!  Turnout is everything!

As we learned from Indivisible, our Members of Congress care more about their own re-election than just about anything else.  When progressives launch successful races in their own backyards this will get the attention of our state and federal representatives and amplify our voices when we call, write, and protest (as we will continue to do).

What can you do?  Visit progressive candidates’ websites to learn more about their campaigns, volunteer, and make donations.  Follow WOW Dems on  Facebook and Twitter and visit WOWDems.org for up-to-date news and announcements on endorsements.  Let’s elect progressive candidates so we can keep our local communities financially strong, vibrant, welcoming places to live and work.  We’ll leverage those wins to achieve goals for 2018 and beyond.  Join me in building our Future by taking charge of the Present.  It’s in our hands.  Volunteer in ways that are right for you and VOTE!