You’re Invited to the Wilco Dems Picnic! May 26, 2017
Williamson Co Democrats are hosting a Summer Picnic Fundraiser on June 4 in Harper Park, with BBQ, music by the Sons of the Salt Fork, and guest Austin Mayor Steve Adler. Click here to see the poster .
Message from the President — Larry Buxbaum May 19, 2017
Five months into 2017 and my term as President of the Sun City Democrats Club, I have some thoughts on where we’ve been, where we are, and where we seem to be going. The past several months have been quite eventful as we have faced new challenges and new opportunities and addressed established issues.
What is most striking immediately is that we have increased our membership to over 435. When I was first approached to be your President, many veterans of the club described a general reluctance on the part of Democrats in Sun City to identify as Democrats. A history of malice and retribution, coupled with a belief that Democrats were a small and powerless minority, had encouraged a bunker mentality and a somewhat deafening silence in the community.
Howard Ryan Speaks at General Meeting May 20, 2017
Howard Ryan, author of Educational Justice: Teaching and Organizing Against the Corporate Juggernaut, spoke at the May 20th general meeting.
A former labor organizer, Ryan looked at period of education history since the 60’s and 70’s, examining both the activism of teachers in promoting the public schools and the corporate push for privatization and charter schools. He notes that many private/charter schools place an emphasis on military style obedience.
He wonders why corporations and the global market-based economy might want privatization, skills testing, and the evaluation of teachers based on their students’ text scores. He then theorizes that the corporate “juggernaut” (his word) has an interest in an obedient and docile majority, and in teachers whose major attention is on test results.
Ryan is an activist and writer who studied at the University of Texas at Arlington and at California State University Northridge. He currently lives in Pennsylvania.
Rumble at the Rally April 30, 2017
Mike Collier addresses the group
Approximately 225 Sun City Democrats, Georgetown community members, and assorted candidates assembled at the IMPACT fundraiser Rally to the Blue on April 30 — a first step in raising funds to elect Democrats in the 2018 elections. Mike Collier spoke about his bid for Lt. Governor, and Jim Hightower reminded all that persistence counts when he said, “the early bird may get the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese.” George Wagner was honored. Click here to see more.
Dems Turn Poppy Parade Blue April 29, 2017
Nearly 100 Sun City Democrats marched or rode the float in the 2017 Red Poppy Parade on April 29, 2017. We wore blue, carried signs and our banner, drawing applause all along the parade route. The Wilco Democrats and some of the Williamson County candidates were right behind us. All in all, a pretty good show of the BLUE! See more pictures by clicking here.
Office Visit April 19, 2017
On April 19, five concerned voters, including Robert Melendez, Marette Reid, Gale Radebaugh, and Brenda Alicea (pictured here), visited John Carter’s local office and talked with his Field Representative for an hour and a half on key issues.
The visit was part of a continuing campaign of office visits headed up by Brenda Alicea and Gale Radebaugh. Small groups of 4 to 6 will go to office hours and speak to whomever they can (staffers usually), try to get real appointments with real representatives, and, at the very least, leave letters or written comments in guest books on various issues.
March for Science April 22, 2017
On Earth Day, April 22, 2017, tens of thousands of people marched in the United States in support of science based public policy, with many more marching worldwide. 40,000 marched in Washington DC, and 10,000 marched in Austin. From Georgetown, many lovers of National Parks, defenders against climate change, and just plain appreciators of what science has done for their lives went to participate in Austin. But wait! That’s not all. Some marched in Georgetown.
Trish Lopacki led a contingent from the Sun City Democrat Club to join Georgetown community members and Southwestern faculty and students at the square. (More pictures below.)
Our team’s turnout far surpassed all others and made the March a huge success in the eyes of the Southwestern University coordinators. I loved seeing all the SCDs showing up with their signs and their energy. Without you, there may have been a quarter of the participation and it just wouldn’t have been as notable or memorable. Thank you so much everyone who marched at the first, ever, March for Science on Earth Day! So very Proud to be a member of the Sun City Democrats Activist group, With Admiration, Trish Lopacki
Sun City Democrats thank Trish Lopacki and the Activists group.
For more pictures of the Science March, click here.