Spring break activities occupied our usual meeting place this month, but Bay Area New Democrats (BAND) will be back at the Children's Activity Room at the Freeman Branch Library, 16616 Diana Ln., Houston 77062 for the Wednesday, April 11 meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m.
If you would like to be more involved with the local and state Democratic Party, this weekend's Senate District 11 convention is a good place to start. Please sign in beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 24 to obtain your credentials at the IBEW Union Hall Local 66 at 4345 Allen Genoa Rd., Pasadena 77504. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. We will conduct party business, choosing who will attend the June state convention as a delegate and providing our resolutions for use on the state party platform. A number of candidates will stop by.
BAND will not hold the usual monthly meeting in March, but we'll gather with Bay Area Democratic Movement (BADM) members to watch election returns 7 - 11 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6. BAND's usual meeting place, the Freeman Branch Library, is unavailable for meetings during spring break. The watch party will be at the Krist Law Firm at 17100 El Camino Real, Houston 77058. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/194837631273891/ and sign up on the link there to bring food or drink to share.
If you signed up to block walk Sunday in Sagemont, plan to meet at 1 p.m. at the Burger King in the 12900 block of Scarsdale Boulevard. Please bring a pen, a clipboard if you have one, and your cell phone. Wear comfortable shoes.
Leah Shapiro, candidate for judge in the 315th Juvenile District Court, will be the guest speaker at the next BAND meeting. Shapiro, an assistant public defender in the Juvenile Division of the Harris County Public Defender's Office, has also worked in the county District Attorney's office and as a private defense attorney. She is a founding member of Creating Acceptance Recovery Empowerment (CARE), which works with victims of sex trafficking and their families as they rebuild their relationships and lives.
At the January 2018 meeting, Bay Area New Democrats voted to endorse several primary candidates based on the recommendations of the screening committee, which met face-to-face with the candidates. Not all races will appear on the ballots of Clear Lake area residents. Check your voter certificate to confirm the districts in which you reside. The committee has not completed its recommendation for the Texas governor's race.