Minutes – March 27, 2017

MINUTES OF MARCH 27, 2017 MEETING
TEXAS DEMOCRATIC WOMEN OF HARRIS COUNTY METRO

Board members present: Laura Nicol, Mary Morrison, Kathy Stabe, Marie Dobay, Barbara Gardner, Almeda Dent, Lenora Sorola-Pohlman, and Katie Leininger.

President Laura Nicol called the meeting to order at 7:07 p.m.

Elected officials and candidates present at the meeting were: Deborah Kerner for Congressional District 7; Pat Bryan for Congressional District 2; Kara DeRocha for HISD District 5 Trustee; and Bill McLeod for Harris County Court at Law #4.

Announcements were made regarding a meet-and-greet being held with Beto O’Rourke, who is running for Ted Cruz’s U.S. Senate seat; a reminder that there are still spots open for members interested in joining one of TDW Harris’s committees; and Blue Ribbon Lobby Day on April 10, 2017. Diane Trautman announced that the Harris County Department of Education was holding an emergency Republican board meeting, and invited members to attend.

Reading of the minutes from the February 2017 meeting was waived and the minutes were accepted as written.

The March speakers were Legal and Policy Director of the ACLU of Texas Rebecca Robertson, and co-founder of Jane’s Due Process and member of the Texas Civil Rights Project Rita Lucido. They spoke about their work fighting for voting rights, civil rights, immigrant rights, and reproductive rights, and additional upcoming or pending attempts by lawmakers to limit, restrict, or deny the rights of a number of marginalized groups in Texas.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:04 p.m.