Inside This Issue:
- HCDP Volunteers Extend Democrat Messaging County Wide
- News from the Harris County/SD Convention
- Meet Our New Candidate & Events Coordinator America Garcia
- Voter Registration Deadline for May Election is April 7
- Review Shows Dramatic Increase in Mail Ballot Rejections
- Top 3 Credit Agencies to Remove Most Medical Debts from Reports
- Get Involved: Find a Democratic Club or Organization Near You
- For Our Precinct Chairs
- Help Support HCDP Through Our Membership Program
- Pick Up Some HCDP Gear as We Head into Spring
- Celebrate Trans Day of Visibility on March 31
- Thank you to the Q1 CEC Attendees
HCDP Volunteers Extend Democratic Messaging County Wide
We cannot express how grateful we are for all the incredible things our volunteers accomplished in the weeks leading up to the primary election. Together, they placed more 4,000 door hangers on doors in neighborhoods across Harris County. They sent tens of thousands of text messages and called almost 11,000 voters. They delivered signs, attended events and helped educate eligible voters about how to register and where to learn about the candidates running.
We have amazing volunteers here at HCDP. We literally couldn’t have accomplished all this without you, and we can’t wait to see what we will do together moving forward! Because, we are just getting started!!
Find Out How to Volunteer for HCDP
News From the Harris County/SD Convention
The Harris County Joint Senate District convention was held Saturday, March 19.
At the pro forma meeting, the following Permanent Committee Chairs were appointed by the Harris County Senate District Committee:
Credentials: Linda Jamail Nominations: Doris Fears Platform and Resolutions: Chuck Crews Rules and Procedures: Rose Salas
Then each Harris County Senate District Chair gave the following report of their quantity of allotted delegates to the Texas Democratic Party State Convention AND the quantity of voters expressing interest to be a delegate at the State Democratic Convention.
You can indicate interest in being a delegate at the Texas state convention by registering here.
Meet Our New Candidate & Events Coordinator America Garcia
Congratulations to HCDP staff member America Garcia, who is now HCDP’s new candidate coordinator! America previously worked in finance and decided to get involved with HCDP to help improve the quality of life for the people of Harris County and their families.
“People should get involved in Harris County politics because we have many talented people who have great ideas to make Harris County a better place!”
- America Garcia
Voter Registration Deadline for May Election April 7
Are you registered?! The deadline to register to vote in the May 7 election is April 7. You can check your registration status here.
Review Shows Dramatic Increase in Mail Ballot Rejections
“A new Republican voting law led to the sharp rise in rejected ballots in the state’s recent primary election. An analysis shows that Black areas of Houston disproportionately had votes thrown out….
“The thousands of ballot rejections, and the racial disparity in rejections in Harris County, provide the clearest evidence yet that the major voting law passed last year by the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature has prevented significant numbers of people from voting.” Learn more.
Top 3 Credit Agencies to Remove Most Medical Debts from Reports
The three biggest credit-reporting agencies say, starting this summer, they will change to how they report medical debt.
“Debts that are paid off after they go to collections will be removed, instead of staying on credit reports for up to seven years.”
“The companies said the changes would eliminate up to 70 percent of the medical debt accounts on consumers’ credit reports, which contain reams of data used to calculate the all-important three-digit credit score that is the key to mortgages, car loans, rental agreements and more.”
Get Involved: Find a Democratic Club or Organization Near You
HCDP-recognized clubs and organizations work to strengthen the Democratic party by building groups of Democratic volunteers and leaders. Our clubs and organizations help engage and inform members through voter education, organizing and events, candidate support, party platform support and community outreach.
Join a Democratic club in your neighborhood!
For Our Precinct Chairs
The 2022 Q1 CEC will be held in-person on Thursday, March 24, at 7 PM at the IBEW Local 716 building. Those who are unable to attend can watch from wherever they might be via the HCDP YouTube livestream.
HCDP 2022 Road Show
Before COVID shut things down, HCDP went to 8 different State House districts to reach out to Democrats around Harris County. We had over 100 participants, many who had not been engaged before, but were ready to start mobilizing for 2020. By bringing in new people, as well as activating volunteers already working in those neighborhoods, we expanded our capabilities and reach. We hosted canvasses and phone banks for each House District we visited as well— and were able to call over 15,000 voters and knock over 6,000 doors.
This year, we would like to go even bigger, and would be grateful for your participation and support for these outreach events! We plan to have training, lunch, and have the House District Candidate share a few words with the volunteers. Then immediately after, go out and canvass for the district!
Here are the first 4 HD’s we’re going to:
HD 135 - Jon Rosenthal
Event & Canvass on 4/9
Phone Bank on 4/12
Canvass on 4/16
HD 128 - Chuck Crews
Event & Canvass on 4/23
Phone Bank on 4/26
Canvass on 4/30
We are going to pause in May to focus on the Primary Runoff Election- but please feel free to join us in calling votes every Monday and Thursday at 5pm! Sign up here.
HD 138 - Stephanie Morales
Event & Canvass on 6/4
Phone Bank on 6/7
Canvass on 6/11
HD 150 - Ginny Brown Daniel
Event & Canvass on 6/18
Phone Bank on 6/21
Canvass on 6/25
We will also hold weekly trainings on Wednesdays at 6pm. The first one will be next week, March 30. Week 1: Organizing Your Precinct.
Help Support HCDP Through Our Membership Program
Work by the Harris County Democratic Party is supported through our membership program.
- Friend of HCDP - $10 a month
- Ally of HCDP - $15 a month
- Activist of HCDP - $30 a month
- Advocate of HCDP - $60 a month
- Champion of HCDP - $125 a month
Sustaining members who donate a regular monthly or annual amount allow us to underwrite our day-to-day operations. This is how we pay our staff. This is how we support Democratic candidates. This is how we fund our voter outreach.
This is how we help elect more Democrats to office.
Pick Up Some HCDP Gear as We Head into Spring
Now that Spring has arrived, why not refresh your rally wardrobe with an HDCP-branded hat or t-shirt? Every purchase goes toward supporting HCDP’s work to elect Democrats up and down the ticket. Show your support of the Harris County Democrats and the Democratic Party with some HCDP merchandise!
Check out the selections!
Celebrate Trans Day of Visibility on March 31
On this Trans Day of Visibility, HCDP celebrates the lives and stories of our trans and non-binary community members! Whether you are trans, non-binary, questioning, gender non-conforming, or an ally, we love you for yourself.
Thank You to the 2022 Q1 CEC Attendees
Thank you to everyone who attended the 2022 Q1 County Executive Committee meeting on Thursday! We are excited to continue work with you on this journey for a better tomorrow! If you missed the meeting you can watch it here.
Fighting for your Rights!