2022 Texas Democratic Convention — Dallas, Texas
Juneteenth 2022 — Cleburne, Texas
August 21, 2021
At our August 21 meeting, we welcomed guest speaker Norma Green, a retired educator for the Cleburne ISD and the only woman of color elected to the Cleburne City Council. Norma presented a fascinating history of her civic and educational work in Cleburne, the county seat of Johnson County. She was an original staff member of the TEAM School, Cleburne ISD’s alternative high school, along with Carolyn Myres, who was its first principal. TEAM School opened its doors to students in 1990. At the time of its inception, the campus served every school district in Johnson County and also students from Glen Rose ISD.
TDWJC hosted a Virtual Fundraiser for Johnson County community service programs:
- ReInspire, serving young adults leaving foster care.
- Meals on Wheels of North Central Texas, providing nourishing meals to seniors.
- East Cleburne Community Center, providing services and programs for Johnson County youth, especially elementary through high school students who are economically disadvantaged.
- Harvest House Burleson, providing groceries, clothing vouchers, and financial assistance to families in need.
- Johnson County Family Crisis Center, which strives to eliminate domestic and sexual violence. Donations may be made by check to: Family Crisis Center of Johnson County, PO Box 43, Cleburne TX 76033
December 17, 2019 — Impeach & Remove Rally
Johnson County Democratic Party
TDW of Hood County
TDWJC supported our sisters in Hood County by attending their annual scholarship luncheon, and we also had a great time at the fundraising dinner of the Johnson County Democratic Party, supporting JCDP through our attendance and by contributing many items for the JCDP's silent auction.
Citizen Training on Redistricting
September 28, 2019
September 20–22, 2019
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.
Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins
September 6, 2019
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
August 1, 2019
Burleson High School
Some of Our Favorite Things: Books, Wine, Politics and Democrats!
July 28, 2019
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.
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
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
National Democratic Training Event
June 8, 2019
Texas Democratic Secular Caucus
Quarterly Meeting /
Candidate Meet & Greet
Fort Worth, Texas
TDWJC met with Greg Alvord, candidate for State Board of Education District 14 (including Johnson County)
May 2019 TDWJC Chapter Meeting
Beekeeper participating in the Texas A&M Master Beekeepers Program
Texas Democratic Women
State Convention 2019
Martin Luther King Luncheon
January 21, 2019
Democrats On a Train!
January 17, 2019
To Grapevine via TexRail
35 Paid Members
97 Facebook Group members
Total Donations Received (dues, T-shirts, general donations):
$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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.