Bay Area Association of Democratic (BAAD) Women will present “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: The Truth Behind School Vouchers” at their Feb. 19 meeting. Dee Scott, Clear Creek ISD Board of Trustees member, and Sherrie Matula, president of BAAD Women and education consultant, discuss school vouchers - the history, the politics and the impact on public education.
"Houston Chronicle" business columnist Chris Tomlinson will be the featured guest speaker at the next Bay Area New Democrats meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 11. BAND meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at the Harris County Courthouse Bay Area Annex, 16603 Buccaneer, across the parking lot from the Freeman Branch Library.
Texas Muslim Capitol Day is a day-long event at the State Capitol in Austin on Thursday, Jan. 29, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. People from all over Texas, including Muslims and non-Muslims, will attend. The registration cost covers buses for the trip there and back, box lunches and water. Morning sessions will be on political activism, and in the afternoon, participants will meet with our state representatives. Texas Muslim Capitol Day 2015 is an opportunity for community members to learn about the democratic political process and how to be an advocate for important issues.
Bay Area Association of Democratic (BAAD) Women regularly meets on the third Thursday of the month, and in January, the club meeting date is the day after the BAND meeting, on Thursday, Jan. 15. At the first 2015 meeting, the focus will be on effective lobbying and how to better communicate with elected officials on legislative issues.
BAND's first meeting for 2015 will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14 at the Harris County Courthouse Bay Area Annex. We will discuss election results, form the nominations committee for April board elections and hear about the upcoming legislative session.
If you were a local deputy voter registrar during the last two years, your certification expired as of Dec. 31, 2014. BAND is encouraging members to be retrained as soon as possible so that we can continue to register voters in Harris County and elsewhere. Even if you have not been a deputy voter registrar before, please join us. Voter registration is a core component of the long-term Democratic effort to turn Texas blue.