Safe, accessible voting should not be a partisan issue. In Wisconsin this month, Republicans from their state legislature to the US Supreme Court forced voters to risk their lives to exercise their right to vote.
A new state judge’s ruling to allow vote by mail in Texas, as early as the June runoffs, will save lives and should not be appealed by multiple felony indicted AG Ken Paxton and Gov. Greg Abbott, at our taxpayer expense.
State Democratic Executive Committeewoman Libby Willis and Committeeman Emad Salem will discuss the coalition of voting rights partners who brought the suit, the hearing and ruling.
Then we will hear about the upcoming Texas Democratic Party State Convention, now an entirely virtual event. (https://texasdemocraticconvention.com/)
Friends, due to the current need for social distancing to protect the most vulnerable among us, we are postponing our March meeting, with a new date to be announced.
Meanwhile, take five minutes to be counted in the 2020 Census. Results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow to states and communities each year, and the results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.
We care about all of you. Practice social distancing, avoid social gatherings, wash your hands, and take care!
It’s the case that’s making national headlines, thanks to the successful settlement between penalized art teacher Stacy Bailey and Mansfield ISD. The district will give Bailey $100,000 and a letter of recommendation after a federal judge ruled her suspension unconstitutional. The district will also include LGBTQ training for human resources employees, and vote on whether to include sexual orientation in its non-discrimination ordinance.
Bailey was an award-winning teacher, twice recognized as Teacher of the Year for Charlotte Anderson Elementary. In August 2017, she was placed on administrative leave for showing her students a picture of her soon-to-be wife during an introductory slideshow at the start of the school year, because a parent complained she “promoted the homosexual agenda.”
Hear from her attorney about the case, the settlement, and the status of Texas law concerning sexual orientation discrimination.
Then, just in time for local ISD elections, we’ll share the current ordinances of Birdville, Carroll, GCISD, and HEB independent school districts.
Thursday, March 26 7:00 p.m. meeting 6:30 p.m. to eat and visit
We’ve invited candidates (or their surrogate) from your primary ballot to attend our February general meeting to give a final pitch to members and guests, as early voting is underway. Campaigns who have accepted our invitation include:
US Congress TX 24 John Biggan for Congress Kim Olson for Congress
Texas Railroad Commission Roberto Alonzo for TXRRC Chrysta Castañeda for TXRRC
Texas Legislature HD 92 Steve Riddell for State Representative Jeff Whitfield for State Representative
Then, we’ll get to work. SwingLeft 24 will provide templated Get Out the Vote letters to Democratic voters for the November election.
Mid-Cities Dems have written HUNDREDS of personalized letters! Let’s keep going. Bring a friend or two!
Thursday, February 27 7:00 p.m. meeting 6:30 p.m. to eat and visit