Nov 242014
 

Hello Wow Dem B.R.O.A.D.S. (Book Readers of a Democratic Slant),

We had a great turnout at book club last week.  I know for a lot of us it was the first time we’d gotten together with a group to talk about what the heck  happened in the election. I’m personally grateful for Lynn Wolf’s tactical and optimistic thoughts on 2016!

Below are our book selections for January and March.  Our March selection is a book that was banned this year by Highland Park ISD in an effort to shield their kids from inappropriate topics – unbelievable .

Save the date for the next B.R.O.A.D.S Bookclub :

*  Wednesday January 28
*  6:30-7:15(ish) Social time with drinks and appetizers
*  7:15-8:45(ish).    Book Discussion

If you’d like to bring wine or an appetizer to share you may but don’t feel obligated.

Here are the Selections for January and for March.

Hope you can make it!

Diane Groves

JANUARY

I Don’t: A Contrarian History of Marriage  – By Susan Squire 

For 10,000 years, marriage – and the idea of marriage — has been at the very foundation of human society. In this provocative and ambitious book, Susan Squire unravels the turbulent history and many implications of our most basic institution. Starting with the discovery, long before recorded time, that sex leads to paternity (and hence to couplehood), and leading up to the dawn of the modern “love marriage,” Squire delves into the many ways men and women have come together and what the state of their unions has meant for history, society, and politics – especially the politics of the home.

This book is the product of 13 years of intense research, but even more than the intellectual scope, what sets it apart is Squire’s voice and contrarian boldness. Learned, acerbic, opinionated, and funny, she draws on everything from Sumerian mythology to Renaissance theater to Victorian housewife’s manuals (sometimes all at the same time) to create a vivid, kaleidoscopic view of the many things marriage has been and has meant. The result is a book that will provoke and fascinate readers of all ideological stripes: feminists, traditionalists, conservatives and progressives alike.

MARCH

The Working Poor: Invisible in America – By D. K. Shipler

Nobody who works hard should be poor in America,” writes Pulitzer Prize winner David Shipler. Clear-headed, rigorous, and compassionate, he journeys deeply into the lives of individual store clerks and factory workers, farm laborers and sweat-shop seamstresses, illegal immigrants in menial jobs and Americans saddled with immense student loans and paltry wages. They are known as the working poor.

They perform labor essential to America’s comfort. They are white and black, Latino and Asian–men and women in small towns and city slums trapped near the poverty line, where the margins are so tight that even minor setbacks can cause devastating chain reactions. Shipler shows how liberals and conservatives are both partly right–that practically every life story contains failure by both the society and the individual. Braced by hard fact and personal testimony, he unravels the forces that confine people in the quagmire of low wages. And unlike most works on poverty, this book also offers compelling portraits of employers struggling against razor-thin profits and competition from abroad. With pointed recommendations for change that challenge Republicans and Democrats alike, The Working Poor stands to make a difference.

 Posted by at 11:01 am
Nov 032014
 

WOW Dems Members:

Tuesday is election day – have you voted yet? If not, head to the polls and make your voice heard. I want to thank the many members of WOW Dems who have put in countless hours during this election cycle. Thank you for registering hundreds of new voters, making phone calls, block walking for miles, supporting candidates with your time and money, fundraising, serving as Precinct chairs, working at the election as clerks, judges, alternates, ballot board members, poll greeters, poll watchers, sign patrol, and more. You have made a tremendous difference and have inspired many.

Please “save the date” for our holiday celebration at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 3rd at Bread Winners in Plano. RSVP now and join us to celebrate another exciting year for our organization.

The DPCC will hold a “Win or Whine” wine tasting fundraiser on Thursday, November 20th, at the Landon Winery in McKinney. Tickets are discounted up to election day so act now to participate in this fun event. A disclaimer has been included that there will be no political speeches made!

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Sharon Hirsch
WOW Dems President
Email: president@wowdems.org

 Posted by at 6:32 am
Oct 202014
 

Early voting runs 8am – 5pm today. The best way to insure no one calls your or knocks on your door between now and election day is by voting early! Pick a day and time and put the appointment in your calendar.

Monday, October 20 – Friday, October 24: 8am – 5pm.

Saturday, October 25: 7am – 7 pm

Sunday, October 26: 1pm – 6pm

Monday, October 27 – Friday October 31: 7am – 7pm

For polling locations for Collin County, click here. For Dallas County, click here. For other counties, google “<Your County> elections” and you should be able to find information.

 

 Posted by at 6:00 am
Oct 132014
 

WOW Dems Members:

On Thursday, October 16th, WOW Dems will be phonebanking at the DPCC office in east Plano. This is a great opportunity to call area women and urge them to get out and vote during this important election. Here are the details:

Who: Women Organizing Women Democrats (WOW Dems)
What: Phonebank – Women Calling Women
When: Thursday, October 16, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: DPCC office, 2504 K Avenue, #200, Plano, 75074 (972-578-1483)

If you can’t commit to the entire three hours, come for part of the evening. We need your help in order to turn Texas blue.

Reminder: Leticia Van de Putte, candidate for Lt. Governor, is coming to Collin County on Thursday, October 16th. Join the rally from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Conference Center, Spring Creek campus of Collin College. Hear what Leticia has to say about issues facing Texans.

Thanks to those of you who attended the October 9th quarterly meeting. There was great interest in the information shared by Carolyn Daniel from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America/TX. If you are interested in starting a Collin County Chapter, contact me for more information.

See you on Thursday!

Sharon Hirsch
WOW Dems President
Email: president@wowdems.org

 Posted by at 10:52 am
Oct 072014
 

WOW Dems Members:

We hope you plan to attend our last quarterly meeting of 2014 this Thursday, October 9th at the Environmental Education Center, 4116 W. Plano Parkway in Plano. Carolyn Daniel from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America/TX will be our featured speaker. As an advocate for gun violence prevention, she is passionate about her work to promote common sense gun legislation and raise awareness about our gun culture. Meet and greet begins at 6:30 p.m. with the program following at 7 p.m. We will conduct our business meeting after the program.

There are still numerous opportunities to get involved in the election process. Phonebanks and blockwalks are excellent ways to spread the word about our candidates and encourage people to get to the polls. Many of our members have been working with the county party offices, Battleground Texas, and individual candidates. For Collin County opportunities, email elections@collindemocrats.org or call 972-578-1483. Join Sameena Karmally’s TX House District 89 team here. Contact Denise Hamilton, candidate for Justice of the Peace, Collin County Precinct 3, Place 2 at this link. Together we can turn Texas blue.

Leticia Van de Putte, candidate for Lt. Governor, is coming to Collin County on Thursday, October 16th. Join the rally from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Conference Center, Spring Creek campus of Collin College. Hear what Leticia has to say about issues facing Texans.

I’m looking forward to seeing you this Thursday! Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Sharon Hirsch
WOW Dems President
Email: president@wowdems.org

 Posted by at 8:17 am
Oct 022014
 

The final quarterly meeting of 2014 will be held on Thursday, October 9th at the Environmental Education Center, 4116 W. Plano Parkway, Plano 75093. Meet and greet begins at 6:30 with our program starting at 7 p.m.

We are pleased to have Carolyn Daniel from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America as our guest speaker. Carolyn is an Ambassador for the DFW/TX area, an educator, and mother of two young boys. As an advocate for gun violence prevention, she is passionate about her work to promote common sense gun legislation and raise awareness about our gun culture. Please join us for what is sure to be an enlightening presentation.

A business meeting will follow the program. The nominating committee will be presenting a slate of candidates to serve as WOW Dems officers for the upcoming two-year term starting in 2015.

 Posted by at 8:00 am
Sep 292014
 

Join a conversation about issues including education, women & children’s health, employment, the economy, family, seniors, the military, and veterans. Registration begins at 6:15 p.m. at the Stone Cottage, 15650 Addison Road 75001. Program begins at 7 p.m, Wednesday, October 1.

 Posted by at 1:36 pm
Sep 292014
 

We are still basking in the glow of our successful fundraiser “Wearing it for the Win.” Speaker Gloria Campos energized and entertained the capacity crowd with her wit and wisdom. Several members and friends of WOW Dems participated as models for our resale fashion show. The silent auction featured fabulous selections ranging from a hand-made quilt to a chuck wagon dinner. All proceeds from this spectacular event have been disbursed to Democratic women candidates selected by the WOW Dems board and members. These efforts are in alignment with our mission to support and help elect Democratic women in partisan and non-partisan races.

Thanks again to all who attended and those who generously gave their time and talents to make this event a success.

This is a critical time to get involved in the election process. Please sign up to make calls, knock on doors, donate to candidates, and talk to your friends and neighbors about our great slate of Democratic candidates. Remember, your vote is your voice!

Quarterly Meeting – Thursday, October 9th
The final quarterly meeting of 2014 will be held on Thursday, October 9th at the Environmental Education Center, 4116 W. Plano Parkway, Plano 75093. Meet and greet begins at 6:30 with our program starting at 7 p.m.

We are pleased to have Carolyn Daniel from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America as our guest speaker. Carolyn is an Ambassador for the DFW/TX area, an educator, and mother of two young boys. As an advocate for gun violence prevention, she is passionate about her work to promote common sense gun legislation and raise awareness about our gun culture. Please join us for what is sure to be an enlightening presentation.

A business meeting will follow the program. The nominating committee will be presenting a slate of candidates to serve as WOW Dems officers for the upcoming two-year term starting in 2015.

Dallas Morning News Recommends
Sameena Karmally for TX House District 89
Sameena Karmally, WOW Dems member and candidate for Texas House District 89, was recently recommended by the Dallas Morning News. Sameena is running against long-time incumbent Jodie Laubenberg.

In their recommendation, the DMN described Sameena as a “top-notch opponent” with a vision that is “more constructive and forward-looking than what Laubenberg has offered.” The paper goes on to note an impressive list of examples outlining Sameena’s vision for Texas. The paper expresses what we already knew – that Sameena Karmally will work hard and focus on creating a better future for all Texans.

Congratulations Sameena! Anyone interested in helping the campaign, please sign up here.

Volunteers Needed
The Democratic Party of Collin County (DPCC) is asking for volunteers during this busy election season. Here are some opportunities for you to help out:

Phone banking – Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4:00-8:00 p.m. and Fridays from 5:00-8:00 p.m. @ DPCC Office

Office Help – volunteers needed to staff the party office 7 days a week. Hours will expand to 10 a.m. through start of phone banks in the evenings (usually 6 p.m.)

Blockwalking for Sameena Karmally every Saturday at 9:00 a.m. Staging location varies. Contact Karmally Campaign.

Precinct Chair activity – if you have a Precinct Chair, contact him/her to help call and walk the precinct.

Paid Blockwalking Program on weekends from September 27 – November 4th. Training will be provided. Apply here.

Contact the DPCC office to sign up or get more information about any of these activities.

email: office@collindemocrats.org
phone: 972-578-1483

WOW Dems – How to Get Involved
To get the most out of WOW Dems, we encourage you to join one of our committees. Most of our organization’s work takes place at the committee level, and while we will have quarterly meetings and other social and political events and activities throughout the year, joining a committee is the best way to get know members and build relationships within our community.

WOW Dems Committees
Communications  – Karen Beck, communications@wowdems.org
Fundraising – vacant
Membership – Hazel Weathers, membership@wowdems.org
Programs, Events, Training – Barb Walters, programs@wowdems.org
Voter Registration – Diane Groves & Hazel Weathers, voterreg@wowdems.org

Committee descriptions can be found on our website.
 
Volunteer Survey Form
Please fill out our volunteer survey form and email to volunteer@wowdems.org. If you are interested in participating on a committee, email the chair of the committee directly. If a committee is without a chair, email president@wowdems.org for more information.

 Posted by at 7:04 am