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.
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]
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!