Inside This Issue:
- Show Support for the Texas House Democrats Fighting Voter Suppression
- HCDP to Host July 26 Virtual Save Our Democracy Rally
- Action Alert: Swing TX Left ‘Model’ Community-Building Block Walk in Spring Branch
- Volunteer Deputy Registrars: Join the HCDP Rice Military Voter Registration Event
- In the News: Odus Evbagharu in the Texas Signal
- Headlines: Hervis Rogers May Spend Life in Prison Because of Trump’s Big Lie
- 2022 Coordinated Campaign Kicks Off
- Houston’s Got Talent — Democrat Karaoke Event Set for July 18
- HCDP Volunteer Highlights: Jean Thomas & Sylvia Pitre
- Upcoming Training: Swing TX Left — Be Ready to Use MiniVAN
- Help Support HCDP Through Our Membership Program
Show Support for the Texas House Democrats Fighting Voter Suppression
Texas Democrats left the state this week to prevent the State House from having enough members to pass restrictive voting legislation that was being fast-tracked by GOP legislators. The push by Republicans to pass a bill that would ban drive-thru and 24-hour voting and add other restrictions forced state Democrats to break quorum, with most heading to Washington, D.C. While there, they are advocating for two voting rights bills: the For The People Act and The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
We stand with the Texas Democrats who are doing everything to ensure everyone in our state has an equal right to vote. Show your support for them on Facebook and Twitter.
Support HCDP’s work to register as many voters as possible so we can re-elect these local State Legislators who took this bold move to save democracy! Donate here!
HCDP to Host July 26 Virtual Save Our Democracy Rally
HCDP Chair Odus Evbagharu will moderate a Virtual Rally with members of the Texas Legislature on Monday, July 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. The Harris County Democratic State House delegation will participate in a panel discussion about Voting Rights.
The panel includes Texas Reps. Alma Allen, Garnet Coleman, Harold Dutton, Ana Hernandez, Ann Johnson, Jarvis Johnson, Christina Morales, Mary Ann Perez, Jon Rosenthal, Penny Morales Shaw, Shawn Thierry, Senfronia Thompson, Hubert Vo, Armando Walle and Gene Wu.
Action Alert: Swing TX Left ‘Model’ Community-Building Block Walk in Spring Branch
Join Swing TX Left for a "model" community-building block walk in Spring Branch on Saturday, July 17, from 9 to 11 AM. This is a friendly mini-block walk that will provide training on the community-building approach to organizing.
Learn why community-building walks are important to Democrats' success and how you can use them in your precinct or area. After a short training session, we’ll knock doors in teams of two for an hour, and then come back to share our experiences with each other.
This training is open to anyone that would like to try block walking for the first time, learn to launch their own block walks, or share their knowledge about block walking with others.
Saturday, July 17, from 9 to 11 AM at Starbucks 12035 Northwest Fwy Houston, TX 77092
Volunteer Deputy Registrars: Join the HCDP Rice Military Voter Registration Event
Join Team HCDP as we register voters at Memorial Park!
We will meet at the Eastern Glades Entrance, then go out to register voters in the park.
Please make sure you are deputized to register voters and bring comfortable shoes, water, and a friend!
In the News: Odus Evbagharu in the Texas Signal
"I really want to make sure that our precinct chairs and volunteers are well taken care of, they know what the mission is and they are well equipped to handle the mission,” HCDP Chair Odus E. Evbagharu tells Texas Signal.
That mission is to turn out as many votes as possible for Democrats in Harris County.
Headlines: Hervis Rogers May Spend Life in Prison Because of Trump’s Big Lie
From New Republic: “If (Hervis) Rogers’s case is meant to be proof that voter fraud is a genuine scourge in American elections, it’s not very persuasive.
If anything, his situation underscores the pernicious ways Texas and other states obstruct voters from participating in American democracy.”
2022 Coordinated Campaign Kicks Off
Running for office in 2022? Visit harrisdemocrats.org/run-office or call us at 713-802-0085 to learn more about our coordinated campaign.
Houston’s Got Talent — Democrat Karaoke Event Set for July 18
Join ROADwomen, Southwest Democrats, and Spring Branch Democrats at a karaoke event for friendship, food, and fun on Sunday, July 18, from 1 to 4 PM at Spotlight Karaoke on 5901 Westheimer Rd. (It's also new HCDP Chair Odus Evbagharu's birthday!) Money raised will go to ROADwomen, Southwest Democrats, and Spring Branch Democrats equally.
Become an Event Sponsor Coffee Shop Singer - $150 Bar Band - $250 Club Performer - $500 Super Star - $1000
The event will be free to attendees, but please RSVP so we have a proper count for catering.
HCDP Volunteer Highlights: Jean Thomas & Sylvia Pitre
Jean Thomas decided to volunteer when Barack Obama was running for president. “I felt the excitement, and I wanted — and needed — to help.”
A South Carolina native who has lived in Texas for 36 years, Thomas retired after working as a flight attendant for Pan Am and Delta.
“Volunteering for HCDP gives me the opportunity to help our voters, while enjoying being among like-minded folk,” she said.
When Sylvia Pitre retired from General Electric in 2007, she decided to volunteer for HCDP. “I was a precinct chair and an election judge, and I wanted to get even more involved.
“Working with a friendly staff gave me motivation and comfort. I learned a lot, answering phones, talking to people, helping people and working on special projects,” said Pitre. “I like meeting candidates and elected officials.
“My experience as a volunteer has motivated me to become more active in my community and church. I look forward to an interesting day each week.”
Upcoming Training: Swing TX Left — Be Ready to Use MiniVAN
Organizers and canvassers: Make sure you are ready to use MiniVAN when knocking doors and recording data by attending this Swing TX Left virtual training session. MiniVAN is a mobile tool that allows campaigns and organizations to contact voters or supporters, collect data, and instantly sync that data so campaign staff can make real-time decisions about where to send volunteers.
Thursday, July 22 from 7 – 8 PM Virtual
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.
Happy Eid-Al-Adha to Everyone Who Celebrates
HCDP sends Eid greetings to all who celebrate. Eid al-Adha is a public holiday in many Middle Eastern countries. This year, it will be observed on July 20 in most countries, depending on the sighting of the moon. The holiday marks the end of the Hajj, or the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, which is one of the five pillars of Islam.
We stand with our Texas Democrats!
Harris County Democratic Party