July 4, 2019
Your Weekly News from the CCDP and Political Clubs
American Values and the American Dream
By Manu Lail,
CCDP Chair Candidate
 
While we celebrate Independence Day, it’s important to remind ourselves that the American Dream consists of the opportunity to work hard and achieve your dreams.
 
My parents and sister came to this country in 1977 with less than $20 in their pockets. I would be born two years later. In those first few years, my Mom and Dad both took factory jobs after arriving in America. While working in the factory, their hard work helped support us, buy our first house, and put my Dad through college at the same time. As a result, he was able to get a professional job as a software engineer. Decades later, he had risen to be one of the top Executives at Grainger, a multi-billion dollar Fortune 500 Company. Our family’s story is deeply rooted in the American Dream.

What’s interesting about listening to my parent’s generation is that you don’t hear them mention the lack of affordable healthcare or college during their time. This was the result of a non-monopolized market economy with strong union labor protecting workers rights and wages. Did they have their struggles? Yes. But, the basic demands of the household were met with the household income. Families earned enough within 40 hours per week, which left ample time to raise your children, cook nutritious meals, and save for the future.
 
Fast forward to today and the average American has been left struggling to earn their keep. Both parents work, mostly over 40 hours per week, and the challenges of providing for the household has increased exponentially. It’s heart wrenching to hear stories of people holding multiple jobs, not being able to spend quality time with their families, or not being able to deal with an emergency.
 
How do we get back to the times when an average American can achieve their dreams through hard work? We need to elect Democratic candidates who will represent the interests of hard-working Americans. But this won’t happen unless the majority comes out and votes. I have decided to run for Collin County Democratic Party Chair to energize, mobilize, and empower our base to help those in the shadows to get up and go vote !
 
Join our campaign. Let’s win this fight for our Country, our children, and our future!

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Lights for Liberty
On Friday July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps, will bring thousands of people to locations worldwide as well as to concentration camps across country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees.

Here in the DFW area, the vigil will take place at the Dallas City Hall ( 1500 Marilla Street , Dallas, TX 75201 Map )

For more information, click here . To share, invite or comment, go to the Lights for Liberty Facebook page .
Should I Run? Making the Decision
Are you ready to run for office? Thinking about running or helping someone run in 2020 or beyond? Curious about what running for office involves?

Join us for this informational session on how you can run or help someone else run for office and win right here in Collin County.

We'll cover how you get on the ballot, prepare your campaign to make running as smooth as possible, what to expect in a primary, and how the party can (and cannot) support you through November 2020.

Running for office is not only a political decision but also a personal one. What questions do you need to ask to make this important decision?

Sign up to attend this free 3-hour workshop. Save your spot today and see us there!
Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 12:30-3:30 pm at Hall Library in McKinney, 101 E Hunt St (downtown). Use this link to sign up.
The Eyes of Texas Are Upon Us
Collin College’s Conference Center was awash in a sea of BLUE on Saturday, June 29 with nearly 200 attendees for BITHOC. And what a day it was.

We formed neighborhood groups to start building our base. We learned about Texas accounting and also how dirty money crept into politics. We rocked the house at lunch with the HoUUse Jam Band and were energized for the rest of the day. We got the inside story on creating a strong base, canvassing, the power of the disability community and how to do research and put that into action. We found out about taking politics into the 21 st century and the digital age, how to get funky and have fun bringing more Dems into the fold. We got the scoop on training ourselves to train others and details about voters’ rights. We ended the day with an all women panel whose roar would have done Katy Perry proud and closing remarks to keep us inspired.

Here are the stats:
  • Nearly 200 attendees; 30 different speakers, panelists, and facilitators; 26 sponsors, 15 volunteer staff, and the CCDP office team made BITHOC come together.
  • Attendees joined one of seven neighborhood groups with other attendees in their area, discussed what they learned, and made plans to change their neighborhoods.
  • To see all the submitted presentations and handouts from BITHOC and other resources for organizing or running for office, see the BITHOC folder.

To join the coordinated campaign effort and connect with people organizing your area, contact win@collindemocrats.org.
Demand John Cornyn hold a town hall – Petition
You remember John Cornyn. He's that tall guy with white hair that keeps lurking around behind Mitch McConnell in the photo ops. He is also one of the two senators from Texas. Since Cornyn is supposed to represent ALL Texans and not just the ones who contributed to his campaign or voted for him, it might be nice to see him in person occasionally.

Senator John Cornyn has not held a town hall in 2017, 2018, or 2019. Like all Republicans, Cornyn doesn't want to face the voters and defend the GOP's abhorrent policies of separating families at the border, tax cuts for the rich, sabotaging Obamacare, and elimination of women's reproductive rights. Sign the petition and demand Senator Cornyn hold a town hall now!
CCDWD Monthly Meeting: New Day & Time! 
We want to be as inclusive as possible and to accommodate those who could not attend during working hours. We're happy to announce that we are trying out an evening meeting on the third Monday, July 15th from 5:30-7:30 pm.
View the Tentative Agenda here .

Light refreshments will be served.
We meet at the fully accessible office of
REACH of Plano
720 E Park Blvd, Suite 104, Plano 75074 ( map )

Questions? Email to disabilitydemocrats@gmail.com
Call 307-314-ABLE (2253)
Money-in-Politics Collin County Training Part 1
Let's Get Big Money Out of Politics! This is the first of a two-part nonpartisan training for Collin County volunteers (part 2 is July 27).

Learn about the Supreme Court decisions, including Citizens United, that opened the floodgates for big money in politics; American Promise's national strategy for a #28thAmendment to #GetMoneyOut and our plans for North Texas, and skills that will help you become an effective citizen advocate. The training is free with lunch included, but space is limited, so please RSVP in the Facebook event .

When: Saturday, July 20, 10:30 a.m.
Where: ArtCentre of Plano 902 East 16th Street (Enter at H Ave gate), Plano, TX, 75074
Frisco Democratic Club-General Meeting
Featuring Annie's List Exec Director
Angie's List Executive Director
Join the Frisco Democratic Club on Sunday, July 21st at 5:00 p.m. at Rudy's Country Store & BBQ ( map ) where we'll have our own private room to hear Royce Brooks, Executive Director of Angie's List .

Annie's List's vision is to achieve equity for women by changing the face of power in Texas. They recruit, train, support and elect progressive women who are dedicated to advancing the self-determination, health, safety and financial security of Texas women and their families. We work with candidates who are passionate about these pillars of progress, women who work hard to make them policy realities.

Please R.S.V.P. For more information, please contact Ira Bershad at (972) 979-0670.
You Can Make the Difference. Become a Sustaining Donor
Your Collin County Democratic Party office provides a wide range of resources throughout the year to our candidates and communities. Your contributions allow us to have a central location for candidates and voters during elections. Strengthen the Democratic Party in your city by becoming a sustaining donor to the Collin County Democratic Party. Donate with FastAction or with automatic payments from your bank to the Collin County Democratic Party 1915 Central Expy #150, Plano, TX 75075.
Yes, We Can Talk Politics
Drinking Liberally and Living Liberally provide progressive people an opportunity to meet like-minded people and speak freely. You can converse, joke, and vent to your heart's content. If listening is more your style, that's cool too. Your politics are welcomed here.

Allen - Cafe Del Rio
When: Friday, July 5, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 401 Central Expy S, Allen ( map )

Plano - Rugby House Pub
When: Friday, July 12, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 8604 Preston Rd #100, Plano ( map )

When: Friday, July 12, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 2600 W, FM 544, Wylie ( map )

McKinney -  New location: Foxiis Restaurant & Grill
When:  Friday, July 19, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where:   301 E Virginia St #103, McKinney, TX ( map )