March 5, 2020
Your Weekly News from the Collin County Democratic Party
Stories of a Re-Sister, Per-Sister
By Brenda Willis
(Canada late 1980s)
A girl is nervous as she’s escorted to a new first grade class.
“No need to fear, take my hand, we’ll go together.” the teacher says, “Where are you from?”
“Texas!”, the girl says proudly.
“Oh, so it’s not even a city. It’s just “Texas”?, she smiles.
The girl nods her head.
“Well okay , welcome.” “Everyone, this is Brenda from Texas. Take your seat.”

(Fast-forward) El Paso, Lower Valley 6th grade recess
a group of girls ask “Where are you from? Why do you talk so funny way?”.
The girl responds “I’m from here again and no YOU talk funny. I bet I can beat you at jump rope!”
The girls look at each other, take the girl’s hands and lead her back down a hallway “Okay, but not now. You’re already late. Your class is down that way. Do you want to borrow my lipstick?”

Later that day – the girl’s older sister laughs and says, “No, dummy they didn’t say “way”. They said “guay” it’s a slang term here. It depends on how they said it…”
Her eyes narrow, “Were the girls mean to you?”
She grasps her little sister’s hand and makes it into a fist, “If you need to defend yourself, keep your thumb outside. Otherwise it’ll break if you hit someone hard enough.”

There are thousands of "life" snapshots - many thousands of stories of female guidance.
I’m sure you have your stories too.

So since it’s International Women’s Day on Sunday, it's relevant to point out those standing up, speaking out…voting.
Basically not anesthetizing yourselves to what’s going on.

It's really important. It’s truly brave. Because yes, it’s definitely exhausting.

You have influence, even if you think you don’t.
Y’all moms look to moms, we all women look to women, - I, as a Latina look to other Latinas. All of us have multiple angles.

A nod of acknowledgement to my fellow gals - take my hand if you need to, and I’ll take yours. Let’s do this.

P.S. - an ode to men on another day (because of course there are many stories there as well)

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Ann Richards Dinner
We are so grateful for everyone who’s supporting this April’s Ann Richards Dinner. With their help and yours, we will find new Democrats, flip Collin County, and win Texas this year.

We asked a few sponsors why they’re joining us on April 18 th for this year’s Ann Richards Dinner featuring Kathy LeMay as our keynote speaker.

“We care about the local Democratic Party. We want to elect local candidates and turn Collin County blue,” said  Robert and Janet Miller , long-time sponsors of CCDP.



For  William Newbill , his reason is the critical role of our local party.  "The Collin County Democratic Party is the architecture, the structure that supports all our candidates and principles. [It] is an indispensable link advancing the cause of liberty, equality, and justice.”

Jeanne Curtis  believes that "There’s never been a more crucial time to support the Democratic agenda! For Collin County, the Ann Richards Dinner is a fun, vital, and important way to do that!”

We are so grateful for these supporters and all our guests this year. You know how important our party’s work will be in 2020 and your support is what will make it all possible.



Reserve your ticket or sponsorship now, then tell us why you believe in building a better, bluer Collin County. We can’t wait to see you then and build our party for 2020 and beyond.

We'll see you there ,

Carrie Petersen and Karen Hearne
Ann Richards Dinner Co-Chairs
Collin County Democratic Party

Purchase your tickets today for the Ann Richards dinner at: txdp.cc/ardtickets
Office Manager Wanted
The Collin County Democratic Party is hiring an Office Manager.

About Us: 

The Collin County Democratic Party is a diverse and inclusive county organization of the Democratic Party of Texas, and is organized to promote and support the nominees of the Democratic Party in all national, state, and local elections. We seek to educate the public on the ideals of the Democratic Party and the qualifications of our nominees for office and encourage individuals to register to vote, join the Party, and become active. 

Supervisory Duties:

  • Oversee day to day operations of the Party office, including staffing office with volunteers, setting office hours, dealing with contacts from the public including phone calls, emails, and walk-ins
  • May assist with supervision of Party Volunteers in accordance with CCDP Guidelines.

General Duties:

  • Train volunteers in office procedures and oversee compliance to ensure integrity of meeting requirements of a political party.
  • Provide office support for field programs
  • Provide office support for Party committees as needed
  • Develop and oversee special in-office projects as appropriate
  • Coordinate with the Executive Director, who will provide projects for office volunteers and help ensure their success
  • Other duties as assigned by the County Chair

Desired Skills/Experience:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required; Associates degree in office administration or related field preferred and at least three years of administrative and clerical experience required
  • Demonstrated commitment to the Democratic Party
  • Excellent organizing skills - detail oriented
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Proven people skills and the ability to work with volunteers in a diverse and dynamic environment
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office and Office 365
  • Basic Constant Contact skills, including managing contacts and creating simple email campaigns, is a plus 

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times. 

Salary:

Negotiable and commensurate with experience. Please submit salary expectations in cover letter. Relocation assistance is not available. 

Application and Interview Process:

To apply, email a cover letter expressing interest in the position (reference: Office Manager) with salary expectation and resume. One or more professional references desired.

Send applications to  vicechair@collindemocrats.org . Deadline for applying is Sunday, March 22 , 2020 .

Start date is tentatively April 1, 2020 .
Collin County Upcoming Events
Frisco Democratic Club General Meeting
FDC March 2020 General Club Meeting. The second meeting of the most important election year of our lives. Join us to hear about the primary election results, a look forward to the city council and school board elections in May and the Frisco Municipal Forum that FDC is hosting on 3/31.

When: Sunday, March 15, 5 p.m.
Where: Rudy's Country Store and BBQ, 9828 Dallas Parkway, Frisco, TX 75034
CCDWD Meeting -- Mar 16th at REACH of Plano!
Collin County Democrats with Disabilities Meeting. You don't have to live in Collin County or have a disability to participate. We welcome allies and advocates!

When: Monday, March 16, 5:30 p.m.
Where: REACH of Plano, 720 E Park Blvd, Suite 104, Plano, TX 75074
Yes, We Can Talk Politics
Drinking Liberally and Living Liberally are informal, inclusive progressive social groups. Raise your spirits while you raise your glass, and share ideas while you share a pitcher. Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics. You don't need to be a policy expert and this isn't a book club - just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk politics.

Allen - Pinstack (New Location)
When: Friday, March 6 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 635 Central Expressway North, Allen [ Map ]

Frisco/Little Elm - Rotolo's Craft & Crust
When: Friday, March 6 , 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 9250 N Dallas Pkwy #130, Frisco [ Map ]

Plano - Rugby House Pub
When: Friday, March 13, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 8604 Preston Rd #100, Plano [ Map ]

Wylie - Josephine's (New Location)
When: Friday, March 13 , 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 960 W Farm to Market Rd 544, Wylie [ Map ]

McKinney -  Mellow Mushroom
When:  Friday , March 20 , 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 218 E Louisiana St, McKinney [ Map ]

Please drink responsibly and use liberally designated drivers. Like a neocon war or a Wall Street tax cut, drinking and driving hurts real people. Don't do it!