Jun 102016
 

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!

If you are interested in volunteering or learning more, please click here. If we don’t get enough volunteers, we may not be able to participate. SO PLEASE RSVP ASAP! Thanks!
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Jun 102016
 

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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Jun 102016
 

July 14, 2016 (EEC) – Sharon Wilson “Fracking”Save the Date

September 8, 2016 (CHEC) – Rita Bevins “Water Conservation”

November 10, 2016 (EEC) – Stacy Raker “Running a Political Campaign”

EEC: Plano Environmental Education Center 4116 W Plano Parkway, Plano TX 75093
CHEC: Collin Higher Education Center 3452 TX-399 Spur, McKinney TX 75069 (Room 200)

All meetings start 6:30 pm with Meet and Greet; program at 6:45 pm, business meeting at 8:00 pm.

Special Event:  August 11, 2016 at the EEC WOW Dems Annual Evening of Service in Memory of WOW Dems who have passed.

 

 Posted by at 10:46 pm
May 192016
 

Thank you to everyone who came out to our May General Meeting. Kelly Hart gave a thorough and riveting review of Planned Parenthood in Texas, the history, the fantastic work they do, the challenges they face now and in the future – details below.  Also, our local candidates were presented with a WOW Dems endorsement ceremony. We hope you will consider supporting one or more of these great candidates.

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WOW Dems endorsement of local Democratic candidates and presentation of donation check.

Kelly Hart, Senior Director of Government Relations for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, updated our group about the current state of access to women’s healthcare in Texas. At present, there are 20 Planned Parenthood health centers throughout North Texas that provide services to women and men ranging from pap smears, birth control, testing for high blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, STD’s, mammograms, and other cancer screenings.  Some also perform vasectomies, colposcopies, and abortions.  In addition, Planned Parenthood provides sex education for young people with professional health educators that are trained to provide age-appropriate, medically accurate information.  In Dallas, there is a Teen Theatre group that performs interactive theater on relevant topics important to adolescents.  Kelly noted that the Texas Legislature first started cutting the budget for Planned Parenthood in 2011, and described how the subsequent cuts in funding and attacks have continued and increased dramatically. She also outlined how some areas in Texas have no access for health care services for uninsured women in need of financial support.  Currently, there is a shortage of providers serving this uninsured population, in spite of repeated assurances from the Texas Legislature that they would provide agencies to perform these services.  Planned Parenthood has been in Texas for 80 years and does not plan to leave.  Anyone that is interested in getting more information or that would like to volunteer can contact www.ppgreatertx.org  or call 1-800-230-PLAN.

Kelly Hart, Sr. Dir. of Govt. Relations, PPGT

Kelly Hart, Sr. Dir. of Govt. Relations, PPGT

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Apr 142016
 

Join us Saturday, April 16! We will be out and about in District 107 talking to the community about the Victoria Neave for Texas State Representative campaign and listening to our neighbors. Volunteers can help in several ways including:

-Block walking (talk to voters in person);Victoria Neave
-Phone-Banking (talk to voters over the phone);
-Driving (Drive our Block-Walkers);
-Voter Registration (Volunteer Deputy Registrars);
-Data Entry; and
-Spanish-Speakers.

Never been involved in a campaign before? Don’t worry! It’s easy and fun!

For more information about our campaign, please visit:www.VictoriaForTexas.com

Sign up here https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-5286961410853500928

 Posted by at 3:30 pm
Apr 102016
 

Access to Women’s Healthcare

Kelly Hart, Senior Director of Public Affairs Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas

The Supreme Court will be ruling on the Texas Law that severely restricts a woman’s access to safe, legal abortion.  Republicans are trying to complete their defunding of Planned Parenthood in Texas.

 Learn how Planned Parenthood has stood strong despite the attacks and how you can work to ensure access to healthcare and reproductive justice for all Texans.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016
Meet and Greet 6:30 p.m.  Program 6:45 p.m.

Note new location: Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC) Rm 200
3452 TX-399 Spur, McKinney TX  75069
https://www.collin.edu/chec/maps.html

We also invite our candidates to come for an endorsement ceremony, celebration, and photo op!

 

 Posted by at 10:29 pm
Mar 302016
 

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In addition to endorsing Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton for President of the United States, Women Organizing Women Democrats (WOW Dems) has formally endorsed the following Democratic Women Candidates:

Judge Dennise Garcia   Texas 5th District Court of Appeals Place 7
Jan McDowell                 U.S. Representative, District 24
Karen Jacobs                   Texas Representative House District 33
Gnanse Nelson               Texas Representative House District 66
Denise Hamilton            Texas Representative House District 89
Laura Irvin                      Texas Representative House District 102
Victoria Neave                Texas Representative House District 107
Dorotha Ocker               Texas Representative House District 115
Ramona Brumfield        Collin County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, Place 1

We also have endorsed 3 Democratic men running for office:

Adam Bell                       U.S. Representative, District 3
Scott Coleman                Texas Representative House District 67
John Bryant                    Texas Representative House District 70

Click  here to read the Press Release.

 

 Posted by at 11:29 am
Mar 192016
 

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BROADS (Book Readers of a Democratic Slant) Book Club is a value-added segment of WOW Dems membership and is open to interested members.

The last book and book club discussion was excellent and timely: Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirshman.

The next gathering will be on May 25th, 2016 and the book is Turning Texas Blue: What It Will Take to Break the GOP Grip on America’s Reddest State by Mary Beth Rogers.

Social time from 6:30 to 7:15(ish). Please feel free to bring wine or an appetizer to share but don’t feel obligated. Book Discussion from 7:15 – 8:45(ish).
***Please email Diane Groves at bookclub@wowdems.org to RSVP for May 25th BROADS***

If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2016, go to the Join tab to join WOW Dems. Contact membership@wowdems.org if you’re not sure!

We look forward to seeing you at BROADS!

 Posted by at 6:37 pm
Mar 172016
 

 

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The WOW Dems Candidate Forum, moderated by Donna Wood Martin, was a great success. Everyone was riveted as they listened to the candidates speak on a variety of topics. They spoke eloquently about the need for more public education funding, equal pay for equal work, Medicaid expansion, the environment, common sense gun laws, immigration and the need to stop government from intruding into women’s decisions about their own bodies. One candidate pointed out how the Republican-controlled Texas legislature wants to waste money on increasing border patrol; money that would be better spent on education and raising teacher’s pay.

The candidates present were: WOW Dems own Denise Hamilton, Karen Jacobs, Victoria Neave, Gnanse Nelson, Dorotha Ocker, Ramona Portlock-Brumfield and Laura Irvin. Also present were: Adam Bell, Jan McDowell, Dennise Garcia, Scott Coleman and John Bryant (husband of WOW Dem Nancy Bryant).

An information booklet was handed out to all in attendance and at the end of the forum, WOW Dems members voted to endorse all 12 Democratic candidates!

 

Candidate Forum #5

 

Check their websites for more information and volunteer to help their campaigns! We need these great candidates to represent us locally, in Austin and in Washington, DC!

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