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.
This Thursday, Nov. 20, Bay Area Association of Democratic (BAAD) Women will discuss the changing political climate and make plans for the coming year. Diane Mosier, president of River Oaks Association of Democratic (ROAD) Women, will talk about efforts to collaborate with BAAD Women and other Democratic organizations and activate the Women's Issues Network (WIN).
BAND will celebrate the holidays with a dinner party at La Brisa Mexican Grill at 501 N. Wesley Dr. in League City. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the door or online at: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/bandholidayparty2014. As is our custom, we will join in the spirit of the season by honoring a local charity with a presentation and donation. This year, the honoree is again Bay Area Turning Point.