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WOW Dems General Meeting – Thirsting for Our Water Future – Thursday, September 8, 2016

WOW Dems General Meeting – Thirsting for Our Water Future – Thursday, September 8, 2016

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

 

 

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.

 

Preparing to Run Annies List

 

Dallas – August 30, 2016

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?

Boards and Commissions 2016

Save the Date: Democratic Convention Watch Party – Thursday July 28th, 2016

Save the Date: Democratic Convention Watch Party – Thursday July 28th, 2016

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)

Debate Watch #1

WOW Dems July General Meeting – Update: Fracking in Texas – Thursday, July 14, 2016

WOW Dems July General Meeting – Update: Fracking in Texas – Thursday, July 14, 2016

Sharon WilsonOur next General Meeting will be held Thursday, July 14, 2016 at the Environmental Education Center. Our speaker will be Sharon Wilson, well-known environmental activist, Gulf regional organizer for the Texas Oil and Gas Accountability Project. Sharon is considered the leading citizen expert on the Barnett Shale and the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials, major news networks, national environmental organizations, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating effects of natural gas development in their own backyards.

She will give an overview of fracking in Texas and speak on the HB40 bill which severely restricts the ability of Texas towns to regulate local oil and gas drilling. She will also speak on the health and environmental impact of fracking and methane gas.

We want to honor trauma surgeon Dr. Brian Williams, who gave his all and spoke from his heart after treating many injured Dallas police officers at Parkland Hospital. Listen to his poignant words here.  We will be  collecting donations of new unused homemade or newly purchased items such as slippers, pillows, quilts, robes, stuffed animals or dolls. We will bring them to Parkland Hospital this weekend to say thank you to Dr. Williams for his work, and for his strong message on need for open dialog on race relations. Cash donations will also be helpful. Thank you! 

Meet and greet: 6:30 pm. Program 6:45 pm

Plano Environmental Education Center 4116 W Plano Parkway Plano Texas 75093

See you there!

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.

State Convention Photo

 

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

Volunteer to Walk in the 4th of July Parade with WOW Dems and Collin County Dems

Volunteer to Walk in the 4th of July Parade with WOW Dems and Collin County Dems

4th of July

We are excited to be in the Plano and McKinney 4th of July parades, especially this year, when we have the first Democratic woman nominee for President, EVER!

For the Plano Parade: We will be meeting at 8:00 am at the Plano ISD admin building – 2700 West 15th St. Come at 7:00 am if you want to help decorate the Collin County Democratic Party float. Theme is Star Spangled 4th. Bring sunscreen, a hat and water. Contact Diane for more info.

For the McKinney parade: Meet at 8:15 am at the old Courthouse on Tennessee Ave and Henry Street. (East side of the parking lot) Contact Celeste for more info and to volunteer to help decorate the float on the afternoon of July 3rd (BBQ right after!).

Local Candidate Events

Local Candidate Events

It is crucial that we win local elections so we can turn Texas blue, and assure women’s rights, funding for public education, healthcare, clean air and water, and other issues. Please take a look at our calendar and sign up for events with the candidates.

Please also go to the candidate websites for more information and to find out how you can help!candidates%20&%20check%20001

Adam Bell
Ramona Brumfield
John Bryant
Scott Coleman
Dennise Garcia
Denise Hamilton
Laura Irvin
Karen Jacobs
Jan McDowell
Victoria Neave
Gnanse Nelson
Dorotha Ocker
Hillary Clinton

 

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