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

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Feb 202017
 

The WOW Dems Mar. 9 meeting features an update from the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America (CLCMA). Ms. Catherine McDonald, Managing Attorney and Immigration Attorney Ms. Sehla Ashai will present “Where Are We Now? The Trump Administration and Immigration.”

Ms. McDonald and Ms. Ashai will discuss what is happening now and how CLCMA is protecting the rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution.

Ms. McDonald obtained her undergraduate degree in International Studies from the University of Washington. She graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 1994. Over her 22 years of legal practice in high volume criminal defense, Ms. McDonald has moved her practice from State criminal matters to a National Security practice in Federal Courts. In addition to handling a criminal caseload, Ms. McDonald is often the first point of legal contact for most clients seeking assistance from the law center.

Ms. Ashai is an immigration attorney with a background in human rights advocacy. She was a Beneficial-Hodson Scholar at Johns Hopkins University who pursued her passion for human rights at University of Michigan Law School. Ms. Ashai received a Henry Bates and Clara Belfield Travel Fellowship after graduation to conduct research on gender discrimination and citizenship law in Indian Administered Kashmir. She has worked as a federal judicial law clerk, a labor organizer for taxi drivers in Chicago, a legal aid attorney for victims of violence, a consultant for relief projects in post-earthquake Haiti, and a specialist in nonprofit program development.

The WOW Dems meeting will be on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 6:30pm, at the Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano, TX.

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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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]

 

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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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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

 

 

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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!!!

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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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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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Jul 182016
 

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We had a great turnout for our July 14th meeting. Sharon Wilson, environmental activist and citizen expert on fracking and the environment gave a great presentation which was both enlightening and frightening. She spoke about the climate change consequences of methane gas (which comes from fracking shale) and how it is a more powerful agent of global warming than carbon dioxide. She spoke about HB40, the bill which banned the ban on fracking in Denton. See below for more info:

 

The Solutions Project. We have enough Wind Water and Solar WWS to energize the entire planet. http://thesolutionsproject.org/

Some great information about methane’s impacts on the climate is here http://www.eeb.cornell.edu/howarth/index.php

This is a 2-page summary

http://www.eeb.cornell.edu/howarth/summaries_CH4.php

https://www.earthworksaction.org/voices/detail/citizens_empowerment_project#.V4hLI46_3aY

Sharon Wilson, Fracking Insurgent http://texassharon.com
In North Texas on top of the Barnett Shale

Read about the very real health risks from oil and gas extraction in our reports Reckless Endangerment and Gas Patch Roulette.

 

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