The timing of your support could not be more important and powerful for our democratic values. As you may well know, it has been a continuous fight to protect what we have worked so hard to accomplish. My fellow members, Democrats are under attack. This past legislative session has proven that. The Republicans are not sitting back…let’s be aware of it. They have come to use the same tools we as Democrats have used for many years. I’m sorry to say they are succeeding.
In order to tackle the Republicans, we need to uproot our people, wake them and really stress the very critical need for everyone to stand up and fight using all of the strength within us. We should be alarmed by the erosion of what has happened to us as they have slashed women’s health care, money for education and the list goes on. The stakes are high my dear friends. Today, right now we must say enough is enough. Ya Basta! Let’s show them that we are angry and that we won’t stand for it. Let’s help restore what the Republicans have ripped from us.
I’m asking for all chapters to get together with their local Democratic Party and have a plan. Make sure that we turn every page and connect with every democrat. Get them to see what is happening to us and what we stand to lose. Remind them of what is at stake for them and their families. We can turn Texas Blue again if we all exercise our right to vote and vote DEMOCRAT….together we CAN!
Gloria Caceres, President
TDW Members Attend the 2012 Summer Retreat in Waxahachie July 20-21
TDW members participated in the annual Summer Retreat hosted by the Ellis County TDW Chapter. The event was held at the LaQuinta Inn in Waxahachie. Participants began the retreat with activities designed to get to know members from other chapters. A round table discussion was held with participants sharing ideas and activities from local chapters. Members identified issues they felt were most relevant in the upcoming election. These included Education, Health Care, Women’s Issues, and Immigration. Following the round table discussion, members took part in games and other social activities.
Saturday opened with a presentation by Past President, Betty Richie. She talked about the proud history of Texas Democratic Women, stating that we should be proud of what has been accomplished. She also acknowledged the contributions that the women of TDW had made to the Texas Democratic Party.
Boyd Richie, Immediate Past Chairman of the Texas Democratic Party, spoke to members about message. He said that, “we can no longer afford to be ‘nice’ (polite).” He went on to say that when we hear lies, we must call them out.
Aleica Hux, Sharon Teal, Donna Beth McCormick and Gloria Caceres enjoy the opening activities
Sharon Teal, TDW Vice-President presented a workshop on Fundraising. Participants were urged to know their area and set realistic goals. Logistics of planning for a successful event includes the when, where, and how in planning. A list of possible events was discussed.
Volunteer Organizing was the session presented by Barb Walters of Collin County TDW. She discussed how attract and retain volunteers.
Gloria Caceres, TDW President talked about Chapter President Duties. She said that presidents are responsible for setting goals and expectations. They also have the responsibility of establishing committees and setting clear and specific duties for each.
We can each learn from the experience of those in other chapters. All of us are gearing up for the 2012 Election. Let’s promise anew to work hard to get Democrats elected.
Texas Democratic Women—
25 Years Ago
In March 1988 two new clubs were chartered—Harris and Upshaw TDW
In June clubs added were Hopkins County and Harrison County.
Ann Mauzy was asked to organize a club in Austin. The group began with 25 members. It was known as the Capitol Area DW.
TDW applied for charter from NFDW which was granted in June 1988 making TDW the only democratic women’s organization in Texas officially recognized by the DNC.
The minutes revealed in June 1988: the first recognition of women in the party at the state convention was a reception. It was a coffee honoring Democratic Women Candidates, after the Blue Star breakfast at the state convention in Houston. Anne Mauzy was the chair with U.S. Senator’s wife B.A. Bentsen, Lt. Governor’s wife Dianna Hobby, Texas Speaker’s wife Sandra Lewis serving as honorary chairs. It was touted as a success.
From: Texas Democratic Women, the First Twenty Years
News from the Democratic National
Committee: Betty Richie, Chair Rural Council
I would like to share with you some good news from the Democratic National Committee.
This is my third term to be elected to the DNC and I could not be more proud. I was able to help start the first rural group. It soon became a Council of the DNC and now has bylaws and elected offices.
The Rural Council will have four hours at the National Convention to hear speakers and discussions concerning issues or rural areas.
Being the first elected chair, I am so pleased with the actions by our President.
Under President Obama’s leadership, over 50,000 rural small businesses now have access to new credit and financing. Through the Obama administration’s investments in rural communities, more than 360,000 rural businesses and nearly 7 million rural Americans now have access to broadband, helping them become more competitive in our economy—and more connected with each other. Today, agriculture is one of the fastest-growing parts of our economy, creating one out of every 12 American jobs. President Obama has stood up for rural Americans and small towns.
The 2013 Convention—February 22-24, 2013—Strong Women for a Democratic Texas
By Donna Beth McCormick
In about six months, we will gather at the Wyndham Hotel in Austin for our annual convention. As you know, TDW is in our 26th year. More than ever, our convention theme, STRONG WOMEN FOR A DEMOCRATIC TEXAS, indicates a need for all of us to work to get out the vote. Did you know that Texas women are 50th in voting? That is not acceptable! Some of the workshops planned will include:
– getting women out to vote
– organizing your county or precinct (this will be geared to smaller counties but useful to large counties)
– social media (how to promote yourself and your organization in the modern age)
– fundraising (a never ending project!)
– treasurer’s duties and compliance
If any of you have other suggestions, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have also asked for suggestions of extracurricular activities. The only problem is that our time is limited and there is much to see and do in Austin. I welcome vendor suggestions. Some of my best ’stuff’ has come from conventions.
My goal is to have participation from all of the chapters. I need help with the auction, centerpieces, fundraising, and the awards committee. Bexar County has volunteered to help with registration. I will continue to send letters and emails to the chapters with updates on the convention and soliciting your help. Much of the speakers’ invitations will depend on the outcome of the election in November, so I am waiting! But, remember, the Legislature will be in session so come early, contact your representative and arrange a visit to their office.
One more important note: information has been sent to chapters about the awards presented at the convention, complete with forms. The deadline is December 31, but it is never too early to get your nominees in.
Texas Democratic Women – Press Release
For Immediate Release: August 27, 2012
Contact: Gloria Caceres, President
Texas Democratic Women (TDW) Denounce Backward Policies of Romney/Ryan Ticket and TX Republicans, Ted Cruz, Francisco Canseco and Mark Shelton
“If you want to see what a Romney/Ryan Administration would look like in 2013 – look to Texas” said TDW President, Gloria Caceres. Texas is a state in which Governor Rick Perry and a Super Majority Republican State House have instituted some of the most regressive measures in the country on education, children and women’s health care, Medicare and immigration. Rick Perry’s measures are the same as those in the Ryan Budget and Romney Republican Platform. We issue a warning – buyer beware!
Texas Democratic Women (TDW) deplore the recent outrageous remarks by Congressman Todd Aikn. Those offensive beliefs are similar to Texas Republicans like Mark Shelton who broke with all 31 state senators and more than 90 percent of the entire House membership to take the position of shielding rapists from investigation and prosecution.
Every member of the Texas Republican Congressional Delegation cosponsored the Akin/Ryan legislation that attempts to distinguish between ‘forcible rape’ and other sexual assaults. Among them is Francisco Canseco who also voted for the Paul Ryan budget that dismantles Medicare.
Republican Senate candidate and TEA Party advocate, Ted Cruz, supports the Texas refusal to fund Planned Parenthood that provides health care for 130,000 low income women.
“These Republican policy positions show shocking callousness towards women, children and seniors who need the help and support of their government at both the national and state level,” said TDW President, Gloria Caceres. “Texas Democratic Women will continue our fight to insure the rights and protections necessary for our children, parents, neighbors and all women against Republican policies that strip them away.”
This is the press release issued to coincide with the speech given by Ted Cruz at the Republican National Convention. If you have any questions, contact Joanna Reagan.
Thanks to the Ellis County TDW Members for a great summer retreat!!
A nation is formed by the willingness of each of us to share in the responsibility for upholding the common good.”