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Citizen Training on Redistricting

September 28, 2019

TDWJC members participated in training for the Redistricting Hearing coming to Fort Worth, October 2019.

Antique Alley—Cleburne

September 20–22, 2019

We participated in Johnson County's semiannual Antique Alley.

September 2019 TDWJC Chapter Meeting

Program: The 2019 Ballot—Texas Constitutional Amendments. Ten proposed constitutional amendments will be on the November ballot. Led by our Program chair, we compared the pros and cons of each, discussed information from the Texas League of Women Voters, and prepared to cast our votes on Election Day, November 5, 2019. Click here for a printable 1-page Voter Guide.

TDWJC members and friends went as a group to see the documentary about one of our favorite Texas Women.

Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

September 6, 2019

August 2019 TDWJC Chapter Meeting


Guest Speaker:

Brooke Vaughn
Family Crisis Center

Our guest speaker was Brooke Vaughn with the Johnson County Family Crisis Center. We donated paper goods for the Center's shelter program.

Burleson ISD New-Employee Luncheon

TDWJC had a table at the Burleson ISD New-Employee Luncheon to show our support for Public education.


August 1, 2019

Burleson High School
Burleson, Texas

Photo by Cindy Rocha

Photo by Carolyn Johnson

Second Democratic Presidential Debates

 

July 30–31, 2019
No Frills Grill
Burleson, Texas

Watch Party sponsored by TDWJC.

Photo by Carolyn Johnson

Some of Our Favorite Things: Books, Wine, Politics and Democrats!

Julie Oliver, our next Congresswoman from TX-25, spoke to a packed house.

July 28, 2019
Cleburne, Texas

Julie Oliver, Congressional candidate for District 25, was the keynote speaker at this event sponsored by What Happens in Texas (WHIT). Also speaking were Ken Shetter, mayor of Burleson; Sheryl Gray, Vice President of TDWJC; and Carl Jones, manager of Turn Rural Texas Blue. Emcee was Rodger Isom with Isom's Morning Coffee. Jim and Connye Hart hosted us at their bookstore, The Published Page.

July 2019 TDWJC Chapter Meeting

 

Our guest speaker was Charise Olson, executive director of ReInspire. A newly established nonprofit based in Cleburne and serving all of Johnson County, ReInspire provides support "from the inside out" to current and former foster youth to set and achieve goals around employment, housing, and community connection.

Lights for Liberty

July 12, 2019
Warren Park
Burleson, Texas

Nationwide on July 12, Lights for Liberty shined a light on the horrific abuses of the Trump administration* in human detention camps at the southern border and across the country. In a vigil sponsored by TDWJC, more than 120 people came together in solidarity in Burleson to protest the atrocities being inflicted upon refugees entering the United States. We believe that all human beings have the right to life, liberty, and dignity.

More pictures are in our public photo gallery on Facebook.

Independence Day Parade

July 4, 2019
Burleson, Texas

June 2019 TDWJC Chapter Meeting


Guest Speaker:

Lisa Deese
Meals on Wheels of Johnson & Ellis Counties

TDWJC members donated pet food for MOW's "Animeals" program.

National Democratic Training Event

All TDWJC officers attended the event.

June 8, 2019
Waco, Texas

Texas Democratic Secular Caucus

 

Quarterly Meeting /
Candidate Meet & Greet
June 1
Fort Worth, Texas

TDWJC met with Greg Alvord, candidate for State Board of Education District 14 (including Johnson County)

May 2019 TDWJC Chapter Meeting

 

Guest Speaker:
Kirk Kirksey

Beekeeper participating in the Texas A&M Master Beekeepers Program

Cinco de Mayo

Cleburne Celebration

May 5, 2019
Hulen Park

 

Johnson County
Family Crisis Center
Awareness Luncheon

April 30, 2019
Cleburne

 

April 2019 TDWJC Chapter Meeting

 

Guest Speaker:
Clayton Tucker

Healthy Texas
Our Revolution Texas
https://ourrevolutiontx.com/

Our Revolution Texas is organizing in rural and urban areas to demand that healthcare be treated as a human right in Texas. ORTX introduced TX House Bill #4127, demanding Healthcare for All Texans.

Blue Ribbon Lobby Day

April 2, 2019
Austin — Johnson County — Senate District 22

 

Julie Oliver for Congress! Real representation for TX-25

March 2019 TDWJC Chapter Meeting

Guest Speaker: Barbara Yoder
Zonta International
https://www.zonta.org/

 

TDWJC Officers met with Texas Democratic Party chair Gilberto Hinojosa

Texas Democratic Women
State Convention 2019

 

February 23
Austin, Texas

DL Barrett Awards Banquet

February 23
Cleburne, Texas


February 2019 TDWJC Chapter Meeting

Guest Speaker: Joanne Mason
Fair Maps Texas
A nonpartisan reform effort aimed at fixing the broken redistricting system in Texas.
https://www.fairmapstexas.org/

Martin Luther King Luncheon


January 21, 2019

Cleburne, Texas

January 2019 TDWJC Chapter Meeting

 

Guest Speaker: Hannah Sutton
Assistant Director
Educational Opportunity Center
218 S Ridgeway Dr.
Cleburne, TX 76033

TexRail, D/FW's newest train line

Democrats On a Train!


January 17, 2019

To Grapevine via TexRail

TDW of Johnson County 2018:

 

Look What We Accomplished!

Members:
35 Paid Members
97 Facebook Group members

Total Donations Received (dues, T-shirts, general donations):
$2,427

Major Expenditures:
$455 to State TDW — supporting Democratic women running for office in Texas
$267 T-shirts — custom Democratic Donkey logo
$700 Postcards and postage — membership and “Vote Blue” drives

Special Guest Speakers:
Joan Ridley — Texas Redistricting
Tiffany Fojtasek — Children’s Advocacy Center of Johnson County
Lillian Scott — March for Our Lives
Sue Spell and Carol Cappa — Tarrant County Stonewall Democrats
Marvin Sutton, Linda Foley, and Kris Savage — Democratic and Indivisible Leaders
Julie Oliver — 2018 Democratic Candidate for Congress
Isabel Fripp and Pat Kriener — Champions for the Environment

Other Highlights:
East Cleburne Community Center’s D.L. Barrett Awards Banquet (setting up and attending)
Texas Democratic Convention (participating as delegates and volunteers)
Men On a Mission’s Juneteenth BBQ (staffing a Democratic booth)
Cleburne Chamber of Commerce Luncheon with Roger Williams (representing Democrats)
Voter Registration Drives (at Hill College and in downtown Cleburne)
Rallies for Beto, Julie, Lupe, Mike, Justin, Joi, Miguel, Kim, Roman, and Kathy!

October 2018 TDWJC Chapter Meeting

 

Our guest speaker on October 20 was Joan Ridley from Texas Redistricting, who gave a highly informative presentation on gerrymandering. Texas is the seventh most gerrymandered state in the U.S. Gerrymandering silences your voice about how you are governed, and it discourages candidates from running. Joan's presentation included several suggestions for information and action, including:

• League of Women Voters
Independent Texas Redistricting
• Common Cause
• Clean Elections Texas
• Public Citizen
• The Brennan Center for Justice

A printable copy of Joan's PowerPoint presentation is available upon request.

September–October 2018

Voter Registration Drives

Our members who are trained and certified Deputy Voter Registrars registered many new voters during drives held at the Burleson and Cleburne campuses of Hill College from September through early October.

August 2018 TDWJC Chapter Meeting

 

TDWJC's regular meeting on August 18, 2018, featured a special guest speaker: Tiffany Fojtasek from the Children’s Advocacy Center of Johnson County (CAC). CAC provides services to child victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, and child witnesses to homicides and other violent crimes. The agency provides forensic interviews, advocacy, medical evaluation and treatment, and therapeutic intervention for child-abuse victims. CAC provides crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, play therapy, court school, court accompaniment, resource referrals, assistance with crime victim’s compensation paperwork, and personal advocacy.

Want to make a real difference in the lives of abused or traumatized children? Please consider donating to the CAC. Opportunities include the Center's Wish List, cash Donations, and the ongoing Capital Campaign.

Tiffany Fojtasek from the Children’s Advocacy Center of Johnson County (CAC). Photo by Rodger B. Isom

August TDWJC meeting attendees. Photo by Rodger B. Isom

August TDWJC meeting attendees. Photos by Rodger B. Isom

Texas Democratic Convention
June 21-23, 2018
Fort Worth, Texas

 

TDWJC made good noise and good trouble as members of the Johnson County delegation at the 2018 Texas Democratic Convention in Fort Worth. We volunteered, cheered, voted, shouted, rallied, caucused, donated, laughed, cried, and came away inspired, energized, and ready to Turn Texas Blue! The pictures here capture a few moments from a jam-packed three days.

More than 7,500 delegates attended, plus guests / Bud Kennedy photo

Johnson County delegation / Photo by Gary Yawn

TDWJC members and supporters / TDWJC photo

Kim Olson, candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner / Palo Pinto Dem Party photo

Lupe Valdez and another Caring Democrat / Palo Pinto Dem Party photo

Families Belong Together rally at TexDem 2018 / Photo by Leo Wesson

Families Belong Together rally at TexDem 2018

Three from the TDWJC board / TDWJC photo

Lupe Valdez and Beto O'Rourke / Photo by Joan Brook for The Texas Tribune

TDWJC President Crystal Cotton in Good Company / TDWJC photo

Young Americans protesting gun violence / Palo Pinto Dem Party photo

TDWJC Booth at 2018 Juneteenth Celebration

We had great participation at our TDWJC booth on Saturday, June 16, at the 2018 Juneteenth Parade and BBQ in Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas. Thanks to everyone who made a fine success of it! And special thanks to Men On A Mission (M.O.A.M.) for organizing the event; as well as Rodger B. Isom of Isom's Morning Coffee for supporting us and taking pictures.

Photo by Rodger B. Isom/Isom's Morning Coffee

April 2018 Chapter Meeting
& March for Our Lives

At our April 21 meeting (our first at Spring Creek Barbecue in Burleson) we were honored to welcome Lillian Scott, a high school junior who was a co-organizer of the 8,000-strong March for Our Lives in Fort Worth. Lillian spoke about the Fight for Our Lives movement and addressed some next steps, including a May 5 protest at the National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meeting in Dallas. We also heard from longtime Democratic activist Linda Foley offering insight into "how activism works" within the Democratic Party and at the Texas Democratic Party convention, which will be held in Fort Worth in June. Posted here are pictures from the student-led March for Our Lives and from our April 21 TDWJC chapter meeting with its focus on common-sense gun safety laws.

March 2018 Chapter Meeting

March 17 meeting

For St. Patrick's Day, we went Green! Isabel Fripp presented a program on solar energy and drip-bucket irrigation. Pat Kriener shared information about the best trees to plant in Johnson County.

Protest Best Contest

 

TDWJC got ready for the January 2018 Women's March with a "Protest Best" Contest, at which we made our signs and awarded prizes to the winning designs.

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