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Jan 252017
 

Like most of you, I felt a sense of dread and despair after the election in November and again on Inauguration Day, January 20th.  But what got me out of the “fetal position” then, and what keeps me going now, is organizing to take action.

Throughout history, women have played essential roles in every battle for human rights.  And on January 21st, the Women’s March on Washington and its 600+ “sister marches” worldwide showed the Trump administration that we will vigorously resist actions that endanger our Democracy and destroy civil rights. Millions of women marched in support of human rights and solidarity in opposition to the Trump agenda.  It was inspiring and exhilarating to see huge, diverse crowds gathered in every major city in the US and around the world!  WOW Dems chartered a bus to Austin and marched alongside 50,000 Texas women, and members also participated in marches in Dallas, McKinney, and D.C.

And, this is just the beginning.  We also plan to support upcoming Lobby Days to influence TX Representatives during the 85th Legislative Session.  I encourage everyone to read “Indivisible, a Practical Guide to Resisting the Trump Agenda.”

As President of WOW Dems, I can assure you that our newly installed leadership team will enact many of the recommended actions and we will support other organizations that are fighting for common objectives.  But, we need all hands on deck.  No one can afford to just sit back and complain – not now.  We must all get involved in our important role as citizens of this great country to keep it a great country – a Democracy that honors women’s rights and human rights and civil rights and economic rights for all, not just the wealthiest.

The WOW Dems’ mission is to expand women’s political engagement, raise awareness about women’s issues, and recruit, support and elect women for partisan and non-partisan office.  Members pay annual dues each year in January.  If you haven’t yet joined or renewed your membership, please do so now.  Your dues enable us to operate and support progressive candidates.

As President Obama often says “Democracy is hard work.”  So, join a committee and help us do the work.  Be knowledgeable and prepare to speak out loudly and clearly to let our Representatives know where we stand on the issues; we must remind them that they work for us and if they don’t support us (their constituents), they will be replaced.  Amp up your technical game – get on Facebook and Twitter so we can rapidly and effectively communicate and respond.  Finally, support local progressive candidates.  And consider running yourself; check out Annie’s List “Ready to Run” for upcoming classes.

Never again will we simply cede local and state politics to people who don’t support our values.  We are not giving up; we will not be silent; we must fight back using tools and techniques that are effective in today’s world.  The battle has just begun!  Join us!

Hazel Weathers, President

 Posted by at 7:44 am
Jan 152017
 

IMG_9802On Thursday, January 12, WOW Dems gathered for the January meeting and heard a great presentation by Ramiro Luna and Clay Arnold from State Representative Victoria Neave’s campaign. Ramiro and Clay gave us all of the details on how they ran the campaign that resulted in Victoria Neave’s election. The importance of organization and voter contact were emphasized as well as the details on exactly how much time, money and hard work is involved in an election. This information was timely with the filing periods for local elections coming soon! Thank you to Ramiro and Clay for sharing with our group.

This was the largest meeting every hosted by WOW Dems and we were excited to welcome many new members and guests. It was an engaged and interested crowd and we look forward to working with everyone in 2017 and beyond!

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After the presentation, the new WOW Dems officers for 2017 /2018 were elected and the new board was introduced by president Hazel Weathers. A list of board members and contact information can be found on the Officers & Committees tab. As the committees are forming for the coming year, please take a look at the descriptions and join a committee that best fits your interests and abilities. We need everyone to be involved to bring your ideas, take action to make a difference and accomplish our mission.

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Dec 112016
 

There are so many ways to get involved and make a difference! Save the dates for the activities below and be sure to check the calendar regularly for updates and additional activities.

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Wednesday April 5 2017: Planned Parenthood Lobby Day. Preregister here.

 

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Tuesday April 10, 2017: Blue Ribbon Lobby Day, Austin TX. Click here for more information.

 

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Thursday May 11, 2017: WOW Dems General Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Plano Environmental Education Center.
Thursday July 13, 2017: WOW Dems General Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Plano Environmental Education Center.
Thursday September 14, 2017: WOW Dems General Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Plano Environmental Education Center.
Thursday November 9, 2017: WOW Dems General Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Plano Environmental Education Center.

Contact: [email protected]

 

 Posted by at 7:17 pm
Aug 302016
 

 

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WOW Dems was well-represented at the 2016 Ann Richards dinner. As can be seen from the smiles in the photos below, a good time was had by all in the lovely new venue. Gilberto Hinojosa, Mary Beth Rogers and Jim Hightower energized, enlightened and entertained the large crowd. What a great way to spend the evening and a great success for the Collin County Democratic Party!!!

Thanks to Tom Pond and Sharon Hirsch for sharing their photos of the evening’s festivities for WOW Dems.

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 Posted by at 8:21 pm
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

 

 

 Posted by at 3:15 pm
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!!!

 Posted by at 12:29 pm
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!!!!

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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.

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 Posted by at 12:21 pm
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.

 

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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?

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 Posted by at 3:55 pm
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)

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