Category: Legislative Action

The Power of Joining a Committee

The Power of Joining a Committee

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:

Boards & Commissions Organized by County:

Upcoming Meetings of the Special Session

Upcoming Meetings of the Special Session

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.

Happy calling!

Lobby Day 101: A Guide for First-Timers and the Rest of Us

Lobby Day 101: A Guide for First-Timers and the Rest of Us

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Many of us are rediscovering the importance of civic engagement. Increasingly we are becoming active participants in our democracy to speak out against hate and injustice. From phone calls to elected officials and marches in solidarity to social media actions and organized protests, we are finding our voices and making them heard.

Direct action is a powerful part of an effective #Resistance playbook. Now that the 85th Texas Legislature is in session, it is time to add a page for Lobby Days. Hundreds of groups have scheduled Lobby Days during this session. A strong showing of grassroots support for organizations that are protecting progressive policies, supporting women’s rights and promoting social justice has never been more important.

Plan to attend at least one Lobby Day during this legislative session to let your representatives know you stand for progress. These tips from Lori Kleinfeld, WOW Dems Fundraising Committee co-chair and veteran Lobby Day-goer, will help you prepare. Read “Planning a Successful Lobby Day” for more information.

Before You Go:

  • Arrange meetings ahead of time with your legislators. Usually sponsoring groups, such as Planned Parenthood, will do this for you.
  • Familiarize yourself with the issues affecting the sponsoring group and how your representative is likely to vote.
  • Know the name and number of the Bill for which you are lobbying. You are there to persuade your representative to vote favorably for your cause.
  • Prepare for the day. Jot down a few key points you want to make about each issue you are there to discuss.

While You’re There:

  • Bring a positive, friendly attitude and be respectful.
  • Dress in business casual (no jeans) but wear comfortable shoes. You will be walking a lot!
  • Capitol security will inspect your purses, backpacks, and other personal items, so be prepared.
  • Expect to meet with either your representative or legislative aide. Don’t be disappointed if you meet with the legislative aide. They often have more time to listen to you—they may even agree with you. Hopefully they can persuade your representative.
  • Bring written information to leave with the office. Leave-behinds should include relevant and persuasive facts and figures, and may be provided by the organization sponsoring the Lobby Day. Be sure to include your name, contact information and a WOW Dems brochure or card.
  • Food is available in the Capitol cafeteria, but you may want to pack your own. Groups including the organizers of Blue Ribbon Lobby Day, may provide a box lunch.
  • Often there will be great speakers at the steps of the Capitol, so be sure to listen.
  • Spread the word! Take pictures and post updates on social media. Remember to tag the group that organized the day.

Most importantly have fun and remember that you are doing your civic duty!

What to do Next – Save the Dates!

What to do Next – Save the Dates!

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.




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]


Why Don’t You Run?

Why Don’t You Run?

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.

Why Don’t You Apply?

Why Don’t You Apply?

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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News from WOW Dems President

News from WOW Dems President

What exciting times! First, we are elated that the Supreme Court ruled 5-3 to overturn HB2, the Texas law that Wendy Davis filibustered 3 years ago. The court recognized that this law was a sham and was not really meant to protect women’s health, but instead imposed an undue burden on a woman’s constitutional right to have an abortion. What a victory for the women of Texas! Let us continue to stand up for women’s rights just as Wendy Davis did, by helping elect progressive Democratic women and men who will fight for our rights (and choose brilliant Supreme Court Justices who will do the same.)

Congratulations to our WOW Dems members who won election and are going to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July! Rebecca Arredondo, Lynn Wolfe, and James White are Hillary National Delegates. Kristi Lara and Samantha Morrow are Bernie National Delegates.

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We had a great time at the state convention in San Antonio, with many WOW Dems attending as delegates for the first time, some running for positions on committees at the convention. Celeste Kennedy, Nancy Bryant, Lynn Wolfe, Sharon Hirsch and I were just a few who won committee positions. Congratulations to Sharon Hirsch, past president of WOW Dems who will be the new State Democratic Executive Committeewoman from SD8!


We are proud to be Women Organizing Women Democrats. We organized, supported each other and won just about every position in which we were running! With this strategy, and with your help and commitment, we can win state and local elections as well! Stay tuned to hear from our Hillary National Delegates as they gear up with opportunities for us to get out the vote for Hillary! Please get involved by going to candidate websites, our website calendar and events below!

Lori Kleinfield
President, Women Organizing Women Democrats

Update: Sexual Assault in the Military

Update: Sexual Assault in the Military

Back in June, WOW Dems hosted a screening of The Invisible War, a powerful film about sexual assault in the military. As we mentioned in the discussion following the film, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has proposed legislation to change the prosecution of military sexual assaults.

Her efforts are gaining momentum within the Senate, most recently with Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) joining the bi-partisan effort to create an independent, non-biased military justice system for victims of sexual assault when the defense bill comes to the Senate floor. So far, the proposal has 34 co-sponsors with 41 Senators publicly supporting the legislation.

You can take action on this bill right now by contacting TX Sen. John Cornyn at 202-224-2934 and asking him to publicly support this legislation.

Rally in Dallas Monday

Rally in Dallas Monday

Subject: A Community Call for Action

Event: National Day of Action to Defend Women’s Rights in Dallas!

When: Monday, July 15, 2013, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: Dallas City Hall – 1500 Marilla Street Dallas, TX 75201

Who: The People who stand up to defend women’s rights and healthcare.
Dallas Rally is organized to oppose the Texas Legislature current senate Bill 1 Relating the regulation of abortion procedures, providers and facilities.

This bill impacts the millions of women, children and families negatively by forcing current clinics to shut down to unnecessary standard regulations, and requirements on abortion clinics throughout the state of Texas. The bill will restrict women from accessing the facilities, will discourage physicians from providing services, and will be in conflict with the United States constitution. The Governor requested a second special session as it failed to pass the regular session and the first special session. Tell the Governor to stop and LISTEN to the people! Thousands Marched in Austin Texas and around the State opposing this bill yet no proposed amendments were approved and no compromise have been achieved.

The Texas lawmakers are not medical professionals and we refuse to let them control our bodies and we refuse to let them make decisions about our health for us. Tell them NO!

Dallas will stand up with Texas women and oppose this poisonous bill. We demand for our voices to be heard!

Please come out and join the fight!

Organized by Dallas for Reproductive Justice and Texas Unified for Change
Contact the organizers at [email protected]

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