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Thursday, October 17, 2019: Redistricting in Texas

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Rockfish Seafood and Grill Richardson

Our presenter will be an attorney from the Texas Civil Rights Project who will speak about the historical and political background of redistricting, current state laws and rules governing redistricting, and alternative methods available.

We are going back to Rockfish. Note: if you plan to have dinner, please arrive early enough that your dinner can be served before the program begins at 7 p.m.!

 

 


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Thursday, September 19, 2019: Reproductive Rights

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Rockfish Seafood and Grill Richardson7639 Campbell Rd Ste 800, Dallas, Texas 75248

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Representative Ana-Maria Ramos, HD102, will discuss the status of legislation regarding women’s reproductive rights after the 2019 session.

Jessica Pires-Jancose, DFW Regional Organizer at NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, will be speaking about the national status of abortion rights.

Kelly Hart, Sr Director of Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood, will be discussing the impact of the decrease in federal funding.

Maleeha Aziz, Texas Equal Access Fund

Our panelists have been told that we are particularly interested in hearing statistics about demographics of women seeking abortion. Particularly, issues of age, income, number of children, and principal reasons given for seeking abortion (financial issue, medical issue, loss of employment, other). Also, discussion of what can and cannot be discussed with a patient about abortion and alternatives.

 

 

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019: Deportation and Immigration Issues

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Rockfish Seafood and Grill Richardson7639 Campbell Rd Ste 800, Dallas, Texas 75248

We are pleased to present George Rodriguez and Patricia Freshwater to discuss the current policies on immigration and deportation in the United States. George Rodriguez is a practicing attorney with an emphasis on deportation and was a former candidate for US Congress. Patricia Freshwater is a practicing attorney with an emphasis on immigration law. In light of the ICE deportation roundup this week, you don’t want to miss this meeting.

We are partnering with Rep. Victoria Neave’s office in collecting supplies for the immigrants that have been bussed to Dallas. Please bring donations of the following items:

  • Travel size shampoos
  • Soaps
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • New toothbrushes
  • Baby wipes
  • Crayons
  • Coloring books
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Men’s and women’s underwear
  • Small toys

Bring a friend!!

 

 

 

Thursday, June 20, 2019: Sandy Greyson

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Sonny Bryan’s

Guest of Honor: Sandy Greyson, in recognition of 16 years of service on Dallas City Council.
Guest Speaker: David Jung, Dallas County Epidemiologist, speaking on measles and other vaccinations, West Nile Virus, public health issues and prevention.

 

 

 

Thursday, April 18, 2019: Workers Defense Project

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Sonny Bryan’s

Our speaker will be a representative from the Workers Defense Project. The WDP is a membership-based organization that empowers low-income workers to achieve fair employment through education, direct services, organizing and strategic partnerships.

Meaningful, positive change for the workers of Texas.

  • WDP has led coalitions that passed groundbreaking policies requiring paid sick days for all employees in the cities of Austin and San Antonio—the first ordinances of their kind in the South
  • Published “ Build a Better South,” a regional study of working conditions on construction sites across the southern United States
  • Ensured fair wages and safe working conditions for more than 19,000 construction workers through WDP’s innovative Better Builder® program
  • Won a Houston ordinance requiring developers receiving tax abatement to provide construction workers with OSHA safety training
  • Won a Dallas Independent School District policy that ended their practice of notifying immigration enforcement when they encounter undocumented persons
  • Together with partners, successfully moved every major city in Texas to join a lawsuit against the state over SB 4
  • Won paid rest breaks for construction workers in Dallas and Austin, the first ordinances of their kind in Texas
  • Recovered more than $2 million in back wages or injury compensation for more than 1,900 low-wage workers through legal and direct action
  • Educated more than 27,000 workers on their employment rights and how to defend them

Find out what they are currently working on! Join us Thursday at Sonny Bryan’s, 1251 W Campbell Rd, Richardson, Texas 75080. Visit and Eat at 6:30 pm, Program starts at 7:00 pm.

 

 

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019: Janna Connolly

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Sonny Bryan’s

Janna Connolly, Organizational Development Specialist at Texas State Teachers Association, will speak on teacher retention, teacher pay, teacher benefits and labor protections, charter schools, school security. She had a deep CV and is a really good source of information. Don’t miss this meeting.

 

 

 

Thursday, February 21, 2019: Meet the Candidates for Dallas City Council District 12

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Sonny Bryan’s

District 12 will have a new City Council Member, as Sandy Greyson is term-limited. Meet the three candidates for this office: Cora Mendelsohn, Carolyn Peadon, and Daniel Powell.

 

 

 

Thursday, January 17, 2019: Training for Texas Volunteer Deputy Registrars

6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Sonny Bryan’s

January meeting for Dallas County volunteer deputy registrar training. We have municipal elections coming in May, and we will need to register new voters to keep the momentum going!

 

 

 

Thursday, October 18, 2018: Kristin Kuhne and Suzanne Smith

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Sonny Bryan’s

EDUCATION ISSUES FORUM:
— Kristin Kuhne, RISD Board Member, on the TRE Ballot Initiative, &
— Suzanne Smith, Candidate for TX Bd. of Education.

PLUS — GET OUT THE VOTE

 

 

 

Thursday, September 20, 2018: Dallas County Candidates John Creuzot and Marian Brown

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Sonny Bryan’s

 

Topics: Dallas District Attorney’s Office, Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, Ana-Maria Ramos Campaign for House District 102, DCDP Coordinated Campaign

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Our guests were distinguished Democratic candidates John Creuzot and Sheriff Marian Brown, who shared their plans for criminal justice reform, building trust between citizens and law enforcers, and lowering crime. Candidate for District Attorney John Creuzot emphasized the need for criminal justice reform to defeat mass incarceration by treating drugs and mental issues as health problems rather than criminal justice problems and embracing cite & release, particularly in minority neighborhoods. Sheriff and candidate Marian Brown reported on the several programs she has developed within the department to help some of the most vulnerable populations with life skills: inmates, at-risk women, and homeless people. Under her leadership, the sheriff department’s motto is “Integrity out loud, professionalism out front, accountability in all,” citizens are informed and involved, and law enforcers are committed to core values.

 

Staff members on our brilliant candidate Ana-Maria Ramos‘ campaign for House District 102 shared their progress and asked for help. If you want to get Ana-Maria elected, please join the campaign’s Tuesday night phonebanks and postcard parties at Cafe Brazil or Wednesday postcard parties at Panera. They are also in need of poll greeters. Support Ana-Maria at the Far North Dallas Richardson Dems Block Walk on Saturday, Sep 29 or get in touch with the campaign at Ramos4Texas to find out how you can help!

 

Our board member Zach Bullard gave us an update on the outstanding impact of the DCDP Coordinated Campaign. Your help is needed to reach even more voters! If you want to phonebank, blockwalk, text, or distribute voter guides and slip cards, please come to one of the two Dallas County Democratic Party offices (4209 Parry Ave and Greenville & Royal) and they’ll put you to work.

 

We were joined by Judge Theresa Hawthorne, write-in candidate for the 203rd District Court.

 

 

 

Thursday, August 16, 2018: Training for Texas Volunteer Deputy Registrars

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Sonny Bryan’s

 

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Esmeralda Garcia, Program Coordinator VRO/VDR with the Dallas County Elections Department, kindly attended our club meeting, where she trained and certified 70+ new volunteer deputy registrars!

More information: Volunteer Deputy Registrar Program

 

 

 

Thursday, July 19, 2018: Christopher Cambises of Refugee Services of Texas, Nathan Johnson for Texas Senate District 16

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Sonny Bryan’s

 

Topics: Refugee resettlement in Texas, Texas Senate District 16 election

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Chris Cambises (RSTX Area Director) spoke to our club about the impact the administration’s policy changes have had on Texas, the largest refugee resettlement state. Even though refugees are rigurously screened and 80% of them are self-sufficient within 6 months of arrival, the resettlement process has been made even more difficult and the refugee admission number, the lowest in history, is being treated as a maximum rather than a goal.

Read: Refugee Arrivals June 2018 – Report Card | The Rigorous Process of Screening Refugees for Resettlement to the United States | Refugee Resettlement in the United States

Get involved: RSTX.org

 

Texas Senate District 16 candidate Nathan Johnson reminded us only two state senate seats need to flip to block the Republicans’ destructive agenda and vote in measures benefiting local communities. He shared good news about his campaign and the passion and committment of his team, who have been reaching many thousands of voters. Recent polls show Nathan within 1 point of his opponent!

 

We were joined by Mauri Long for Dallas County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3, Place 2 and Chika Anyiam for Judge of Criminal District Court #7.

 

 

 

Thursday, May 17, 2018: Alexa Garcia-Ditta and Emily Martin of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Sonny Bryan’s

 

Topic: How to talk about abortion

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Alexa Garcia-Ditta (NARAL Communications Director) and Emily Martin (NARAL Program Director) spoke about constructive ways to discuss abortion as a personal healthcare decision that should be available and affordable. Both speakers underlined the importance of holding conversations from a place of values rather than emotions or hostility, by finding common core values — such as autonomy, fair treatment, recognizing unique circumstances, health and wellbeing — and following up with facts.
Find plenty more information and ways to help at prochoicetexas.org.

 

We were joined by Ana-Maria Ramos for Texas HD102, Aly Eber on behalf of Colin Allred for Texas CD32, and Marilynn Mayse for Dallas County Court of Criminal Appeals No. 2.

 

 

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018: Carol Donovan, Lillian Salerno

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Sonny Bryan’s

 

Topics: Dallas County Democratic Party coordinated campaign, Texas 32nd Congressional District

Dallas County Democratic Chair Carol Donovan spoke to the club about the coordinated campaign, which starts after the primary runoff election on May 22 and will work to promote all the Democratic candidates on the general election ballot. In preparation for the kickoff, the county party has created a development council to reach out to more local supporters and a unity council to help unify the efforts of area Democratic clubs and Resistance groups.

 

Texas CD32 candidate Lillian Salerno addressed the vital need to win CD32—to stop the national GOP leaders from tearing down the essential programs that help Texans’ lives. Lillian mentioned the three most important local issues as being healthcare prices, access to public education, and economic justice.