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The Republican tax plan overwhelmingly benefits the rich and lays the groundwork for cuts to crucial programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and public education. Call Sen. John Cornyn, 202-224-2934, and Sen. Ted Cruz, 202-224-5922 and demand that they reject it.
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Bring a cash donation to the monthly meeting, Nov 30. For more info.

Help us decorate a Christmas float and march with us in two parades!

Attend our holiday social on Dec 30 at 903!
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“If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the Internet … try talking with one of them in real life.” That’s former President Barack Obama at his farewell address last year, making the case for one of the simplest, most effective things we can do as engaged citizens:

Have good conversations.

Despite what some may think, communicating in a meaningful way isn’t a “natural gift” that only certain people have.

The ability to have an effective conversation is a learned skill — and OFA and Swing Left are teaming up to teach it to supporters across the country.

Together, we’re offering a free, five-part series to help people have more effective conversations — how to be a better listener, communicate why something is important to you, and make the case for your argument.

We’ll focus on talking to others about the health of our democracy and our future, and how we can use these effective conversations to get people involved in the issues that matter to them.

(At the very least, we’ll make sure you’re prepared for those upcoming holiday conversations with your extended family members).
Learn more here, and register for Wednesday’s first training
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From Indivisible about the Republican tax scam
Now that we have some details of the tax legislation, it’s time to light up those phone lines. We have major leverage right now: the GOP is struggling to get the votes they need to pass this bad bill. Republicans’ only chance to get this bill through is if it flies under the radar (spoiler alert: we’re not going to let that happen!). If we can show national, mobilized local opposition to this scam right now, before most MoCs make up their mind, we will stop them in their tracks. And we will win. Call our Republican member of Congress, John Ratcliffe, (202) 225-6673. We need him to feel the heat. Check out our Republican call script here.

Tell Rep. Ratcliffe to co-sponsor H.Res 523 with Rep. Bass to prevent Trump from pardoning himself or his family. Call 844-546-3099 to do this thru MoveOn.

Having failed in its attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration is attempting to sabotage it. They’ve cut the open enrollment time in half and gutted the ACA advertising budget—a strategy that the former Chief Marketing Officer of HealCare.gov estimates could result in 1.1 million fewer sign ups. Fight back by volunteering with Get America Covered to spread the word about open enrollment. Sign up to join one of their “street teams” and they’ll give you the tools you need to get the word out in your community.

Do you trust Donald Trump with the nuclear button? The Korean conflict is still escalating as the two country’s leader’s macho posturing intensifies. To head off an apocalyptic resolution, urge your elected reps to pass the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act, introduced by Senator Edward Markey and Representative Ted Lieu. Call the Congressional hotline at (202) 224-3121 and make your voice heard.

Calls to action for the week of Oct. 23, from Indivisible Sherman:
Call all of them to support Alexander-Murray, the bipartisan ACA stabilization bill.
Call all of them to reauthorize CHIP immediately!
Call all of them to support a clean DREAM Act.
Background on each of these issues is available at 5calls.org.
Rep John Ratcliffe: (202) 225-6673
Sen Ted Cruz: (202) 224-5922
Sen John Cornyn: (202) 224-2934
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Early voting is underway in Grayson County thru Nov 3, 2017!
– For more election information
– Sample ballot for City of Sherman and Sherman ISD

Make calls for candidates, Mondays, 6 – 8 pm. Email info@graysondemocrats.org for location.

Calls to action for the week of Oct. 16th:
Call all to ask them to pass legislation to stabilize the insurance market and ensure the ACA’s cost-sharing subsidies are fully funded.
Call all to ask them to craft legislation to preserve the Iran deal, which is an important element of our national security plan.
Ratcliffe: (202) 225-6673
Cruz: (202) 224-5922
Cornyn: (202) 224-2934

Posted Oct 10, 2017
Tweet at Congress to demand a clean DREAM Act.
This week, the Trump administration revealed the long list of anti-immigrant policies it expects in exchange for relief for nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought here as children. Use UnitedWeDream’s tool to tweet at key members of Congress to demand that they pass a clean DREAM Act, meaning no doors shut to children fleeing violence in Central America, no laws that will keep families separated, and no money for Trump’s wall.

Posted Oct 6, 2017
Call Rep Ratcliffe at (202) 225-6673, and Sens Cornyn and Cruz at 202-224-3121.
Demand that they re-authorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program
, which expired on Saturday. 400,000 children in Texas depend on this program. The fact that Congress let it lapse is unconscionable.

Call Rep Ratcliffe at (202) 225-6673 and demand that he reject NRA-backed legislation that makes us less safe. There are two bills to focus on: the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, a section of which would make it easier to buy silencers, and the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow someone with a concealed carry permit in one state to carry their gun in other states (effectively loosening concealed carry regulations across the country). Call your representative in the House by dialing (202) 224-3121 and demand that they reject these dangerous bills.

Need phone bank volunteers every Mon evening, 6 pm to 8 pm
For location, email info@graysondemocrats.org

Printable calendar of Events

Spend 5 minutes, make 5 calls.
Facebook likes and Twitter retweets can’t create the change you want to see. Calling your Government on the phone can. https://5calls.org/

Monthly GCDP meeting, Thurs, Oct 26 at Grandy’s
Dine & visit 5:30—meeting starts at 6:00, ends around 7:00 pm.
Action Committee meeting at 7:00.

Archives

Action Committee meeting, Wed. Nov 8, 6:00, Grandy’s. Note from Jan:
The meeting this week will be to work on plans for the winter. We have candidates in 2018 and need to be planning FUNdraisers!

First, we are taking up canned foods/non perishables at the November 30 meeting. In discussing this, I have learned cash donations may offer North Texas food more for their money. I will get Terri a notice to send out to the members and will deliver the items after the total is figured. More on Wed…

Next, at Liberal Ladies this week, it was suggested GCDP should put a float in the Holiday parades. I have the forms for the Snowflake in Sherman and the Denison parades. We need your ideas and your energy! Come help us create a plan to put Grayson Dems in the Holiday Spirit. And on that same theme, we need to come up with a location to hold our 1st New Year’s Eve, Eve Social on Dec 30.

And, we need your fundraising ideas to be of help to our local, State and National Candidates running in 2018.

Please try to join us for some of this planning. Hope to see you Wed at 6 at Grandy’s
BE PART OF THE SOLUTION!!! RESIST!!
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Peanut  Festival, Whitesboro, October 21, 8:00 – 4 pm
Ron and Jeanne Briggs. More volunteers needed to staff booth.

Meet Sherman City Council Candidates
Wednesday, Oct 18, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Grayson Hall at Kelly Square
Do you have a question about a hot topic for our Sherman City Council Candidates? We’ll see you on Oct 18th for a great debate and general local politics forum.
Hosted by North Texas Young Professionals
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Information on Texas amendments to the state constitution

Let People Vote, Sunday October 1, 6:00, Grandy’s*
Going on the offensive at state and local levels to expand access to the ballot and talk about how to make our democracy more representative.
https://go.peoplepower.org/event/voting_rights/9820

*Sunday, October 1, 6:00 at Grandy’s
Trump is engaging in an assault on voting rights. We’re going to respond by going on offense at the state and local levels to expand access to the ballot and make our democracy more representative. Join us at a launch event on Sunday, October 1 as we kickoff a big new push to Let People Vote.
Register: https://go.peoplepower.org/event/voting_rights_attend/9820

Frontier Days in Pottsboro Sat 9/30 9 am – 4 pm Success!
Marie & Mickey Allen

Solidarity March for Racial Justice
with Indivisible-Sherman on Fri, 9/29 from 11:30 – 1 at Grayson County Courthouse
We have signs you may carry, or bring your own. Signs not necessary, but you are!

Sept 24, 2017: We prevailed again!
The U.S. Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on the Graham Cassidy bill
Monday, Sept 25, at 2 pm Eastern. The hearing record needs to be filled with strong statements of opposition from organizations and individuals and stories of the devastating impact this would have on people, including people with disabilities and pre-existing conditions.
The following email address will be temporarily active for the public to submit testimony for Monday’s hearing on the Graham Cassidy bill:
GCHcomments@finance.senate.gov. This is where groups and individuals can send letters, testimony, video links, photos, stories, etc. regarding the proposed legislation. Comments to be submitted by Monday at 1 pm Eastern.
Please contact your own Senators to let them know the contents of your submitted testimony:
https://www.cornyn.senate.gov/contact
https://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=form&id=16

Call Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn and demand that they reject Graham-Cassidy, the GOP’s latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The effects of this bill would be disastrous: we would see huge funding cuts to Medicaid, people with pre-existing conditions would be discriminated against, Planned Parenthood would be defunded, and millions would lose coverage. Luckily, time is on our side; Senate Republicans need to pass the bill by September 30th if they’re going to do so without Democratic support. Call Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn at 202-224-3121. You can find scripts from Indivisible for both Republican and Democratic senators here.

GCDP Action Committee sign making at Grandy’s at 6 on Tues 9/26

Sept 6
Please contact your Congressional representatives to express your support for our DACAmented young people. Our representatives are on  Judiciary Committees, so you have a special part to play here because that’s where both of these bills will be considered first.
Call Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz: support SB 1615, the Dream Act of 2017
Call House Rep John Ratcliffe: support H.R. 496, the BRIDGE Act
Capitol switchboard: (202) 224-3121
Use Resisbot. Text “Resist” to 50409 and they’ll set you up to send faxes.

Sept 2
Organizations directly aiding Houston and the surrounding areas that are accepting monetary donations online:

South Texas Blood and Tissue Centerhttps://bloodntissuefoundation.org/give

Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategieshttp://www.portlight.org/hurricane-harvey-announcement.html

Central Texas Food Bankhttps://www.centraltexasfoodbank.org/get-involved/donate

San Antonio Food Bankhttps://safoodbank.org/

Texas Diaper Bankhttps://texasdiaperbank.networkforgood.com/…/33717-change-a…

SPCA of Texashttps://spca.org/give

Texoma Regional Blood Center is open on weekdays from 8-5 and Saturday from 9-1 if you would like to donate: http://texomablood.org/

Post date Aug 15
Learn about the history of white supremacy in the United States and arm yourself with the knowledge you need to fight back. Students at the University of Virginia’s Graduate Student Coalition for Liberation have created a syllabus that lists articles and books that give historical context to the white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville, and people across the country are sharing even more resources using the hashtags #CharlottesvilleSyllabus and #CharlottesvilleCurriculum. You may also want to check out The Nation‘s Collier Meyerson and Mychal Denzel Smith on why fighting white supremacy means confronting our own history.

Suggestion from an Aug 15, 2017 Facebook post from Lander Bethel: 
We could look at a monument to William Durham, a black civil rights attorney who was admitted to the bar in 1926, whose office was burned in 1930 during the riots that followed the killing of George Hughes and the courthouse burning. He practiced in Sherman for many years, was active in the NAACP in Texas, and brought a case before the Supreme Court, which integrated the University of Texas Law School in 1950 – before Brown vs Board of Education.

Aug 9.  We just got word that the disastrous Committee Substitute to House Bill 7 will reach the Senate Floor tomorrow, Aug 10, for a vote.
House Bill 7 has been amended to fulfill the Governor’s demands to eradicate local control and allow for the clear cutting of Texas’ Trees. We were able to essentially defeat this legislation in the House because folks spoke up about the importance of local environmental regulations.
Call Senator Craig Estes (up for re-election in 2018) and tell him to reject any efforts to take away local environmental:  512-463-0130.

During the special session going on right now, the Texas Legislature is considering several bills to stop cities from protecting its trees. Over 90 municipalities in Texas have passed ordinances to preserve trees because trees help cool our cities, improve air and water quality, reduce erosion and flooding, enhance property values, and improve our quality of life. Still, developer friendly politicians in the Legislature want to make it easier for developers to cut them down.
Take 2 minutes to email your state representative expressing your opposition to HB 70 and SB 14. Let them know that you want them to defend our environment and local control!

Tell Texas Republicans we will not tolerate their attacks that disproportionately impact women, LGBTQ individuals, people of color, immigrants, parents, young Texans, folks working hard to make ends meet, and rural communities. Bills like HB 14 and HB 214, peddled by anti-choice leaders in Austin, will directly cut off access to preventive care, family planning, cancer screening, STI testing and prevention, and abortion care

8/8/2017, 6:30PM-9:00 PM
Dallas Area W.O.W. Democrats: Exclusive Showing of
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
Join W.O.W. (Women Organizing Women) Democrats for an exclusive screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Starring Al Gore.
Join us for reception at 6:30 pm
Movie starts at 7:00 pm (1 hr 40 mins)
After the screening, we are proud to present a discussion with our esteemed panel of experts:
*Rita Beving, Clean Water Fund and Clean Water Action
*Dr. Theresa Daniel, Dallas County Commissioner
*Robert Haley MD, who will speak on the health effects of air pollution.
$20 Advance Ticket Price, $25 Day of Ticket Price
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/truthmovie
 Angelika Plano: Shops of Legacy – 7205 Bishop Road , Plano, Texas
 Texas Democratic Party
 http://https://secure.actblue.com/donate/truthmovie

8/11/2017, 6PM-8PM
Equality Texas Dallas Summer Mixer
Join us for a mid-Special Session evening in Dallas! Mix and mingle with Equality Texas Board Members, Dallas Steering Committee Members, and Special Guests: Julian Castro, former US Secretary of HUD and San Antonio Mayor; Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry; Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes, marriage equality plaintiffs; Amber Briggle, advocate; and Momma Bear David Collins, author of Accidental Activists.
The event, with hors d’oeuvres and drinks, is free. Anyone donating $100 or more at this event will receive an autographed copy of Accidental Activists!  Please RSVP through the link for tickets by Wednesday, August 9, 2017.
 Meetup
 IQ Haus – 1107 Dragon Street, Dallas, Texas
 Equality Texas
 http://https://www.eventbrite.com/e/equality-texas-summer-mixer-tickets-35526119580

July 2017
My name is [YOUR NAME] and I’m a Texan who won’t stand for the Texas Senate’s all-out, wasteful attack on public education, LGBTQ rights, women’s reproductive rights, and our communities’ local control. I demand REAL solutions for our kids, families, and communities. -From Manny Garcia, yellowdog@txdemocrats.org
Texas Senate Dist. 30, Senator Craig Estes: 512-463-0130

Our legislators should be focused on fully funding our schools and making sure all Texans have a fair shot to get ahead. Instead, they’re wasting time on a bill that hurts working families and doesn’t save taxpayers any money. While Gov. Greg Abbott would have you believe otherwise, payroll dues deduction carries no cost to taxpayers – a fact acknowledged on the Senate floor even by supporters of the bill.
Senate Bill 7 assaults the freedom of public employees who keep our state educated, safe, and prosperous. It’s their paycheck, and how they spend their money ought to be their choice. -John Patrick, texasaflcio.org

Join Indivisible Sherman for schedule and information on the Texas legislature’s special session currently in progress.
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Mondays. Every Monday we’ll be call banking to generate a list of Democratic voters in Grayson County. The call banks will start at 6pm and end at 8:30. Locations will change due to availability issues, so watch your emails. Not on our email list? Sign up here.
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Thursday, July 27
Get to know your wonderful Democratic neighbors at our monthly meeting:
Grayson County Democratic Party
Thursday, July 27, (every fourth Thursday) at Grandy’s  MAP
5:30 meet, greet & eat, 6:00 monthly meeting and planning discussions.
New friends always welcome!
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Everything you need to continue pressuring your senators to reject TrumpCare is
available here.

When you call your Republican Senator’s office regarding healthcare, ask to speak to the staffer who deals with healthcare!
Senator Ted Cruz, (202) 224-5922, Joel Heimbach, joel_heimbach@cruz.senate.gov
Phone numbers for the local offices of Sen. Ted Cruz: (512)916-5834, (214)599-8749,(713)718-3057, (210)340-2885, (903)593-5130, (956)686-7339
Senator John Cornyn, (202) 224-2934, Beth Nelson, beth_nelson@cornyn.senate.gov
Phone numbers for the local offices of Sen. John Cornyn: (512)469-6034, (903)593-0902, (972)239-1310,(956)423-0162, (713)572-3337, (210)224-7485, (806)472-7533.

Click here for more information about this horrible bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Text HEALTH to 668366 to get the latest alerts and info about health care actions near you. (You’ll receive mobile alerts from MoveOn. Periodic messages. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to 668366 to stop receiving messages. Text HELP to 668366 for more information.)

Hardly any Republican members of congress held town hall meetings for this recess. It’s pretty clear why—they’re scared, and they don’t want to answer questions. Since Rep. Ratcliffe is hiding from constituents after this life-and-death vote to repeal and replace the ACA, now’s a good time to refer back to our Missing Members Action Plan for ramping up the pressure on him to hold a town hall and show up for it. An in-person district office visit is also an excellent opportunity to put some of the “die-in” tactics to use. Use our Act Locally map to find an upcoming Indivisible action near you, or add actions that your group is already planning so that other local activists can join you.

Rep John Ratcliffe, (202) 225-6673, voted YES to help pass Trumpcare, the Republican healthcare plan – the American Health Care Act. The House bill would kick 24 million people off of their healthcare, take billions of dollars from Medicare and gut Medicaid. And it give states the option of letting health insurance companies charge sky-high rates to people with pre-existing conditions. This is especially dangerous to the tens of millions of Americans in their 50s and early 60s who are not yet eligible for Medicare. It is now up to the Senate to defeat this heartless legislation. House members who voted to strip 24 million Americans of health care coverage and then celebrated with beers and a White House pep rally must be held accountable. Senators who are considering doing the same must be put on notice.

If Ratcliffe isn’t your representative, use this link to find out how your representative voted: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll256.xml.
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In 2013, Senator Ted Cruz led a government shutdown that failed in its goal of de-funding the Affordable Care Act, but not before Cruz read the Dr. Seuss classic “Green Eggs and Ham” as part of a 21-hour floor speech. Cruz today is reportedly pushing to allow states to waive Obamacare’s requirement that insurers cover everyone, regardless of health status, and that they not charge people with pre-existing conditions any more than healthy people. Time Magazine.

Senator John Cornyn’s donations from health care industry: $57,450.
His third largest donor, “was Mednax Inc., a medical solutions group and one of the nation’s leading providers of health services, with donations of $57,450,” according to Time.

Call Rep Ratcliffe to ask him to support HR 676, John Conyers’ Medicare for All Act. Also ask him when he’s going to have an in-person town hall!
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].
I’m calling to urge Rep Ratcliffe to support HR 676, which would expand Medicare to all Americans. The bill would save billions of dollars while giving every American the chance to get the care they need and live healthy, productive lives. [IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
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Check with Indivisible Sherman for updates on local actions.
Demand an independent investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.

We demand a select committee to investigate the administration’s ties to Russia.

Reclaim Recess Toolkit Our recess activities made a difference in the Republican agenda on health care last month. Let’s do it again this recess! Missing member of congress town hall guide
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Every bill before the Texas legislature and status
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Call Rep. Ratcliffe now so he knows you want the truth about Trump + Russia:
877-959-8439
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Tweet to Trump directly. Thin-skinned Trump lives on Twitter. If enough of us call him out he will respond, creating massive media coverage and shining a bright light on what they are doing. Sample tweets are here, here, and here — or send your own.
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Tell Trump’s White House what you think about Obamacare: 
https://www.whitehouse.gov/obamacare-share-your-story
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https://www.5calls.org/ Pick your issue and make a call with number and script provided.
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The following bills have been introduced in DC by House Republicans:
1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency
2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education
4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act
6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
7. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one ends unions)
8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)
10. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran
Call Rep John Ratcliff to express your opposition. Pick one per phone call, postcard, email, note on his website, note on his facebook page, fax. Ratcliffe contact info
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Call Sen. Cornyn regarding Russian interference in the election:
202-224-2934 DC, 972-239-1310 Dallas, 512-469-6034 Austin, 903-593-0902 Tyler
or use his online contact form, https://www.cornyn.senate.gov/contact

Call Sen. Cruz:
202-224-5922 DC, 214-599-8749 Dallas, (512) 916-5834 Austin, (903) 593-5130 Tyler
or use his contact form, https://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=form&id=16

Call Rep. John Ratcliffe: (202) 225-6673, (972) 771-0100, (903) 813-5270, (903) 823-3173
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#KillTheBill: National Day of Action

Tues, July 18 from noon to 1:00
Indivisible groups plan visits to as many of our senators’ in-state offices as we can. We’ll be holding rallies outside while groups visit staffers inside offices. We’ll be leaving behind photos and stories of people impacted by TrumpCare for them to remember when they vote. We’ve got a brand new toolkit out to help you plan your local Day of Action event. Rally at Sen Ted Cruz’s Dallas office.
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From Indivisible Sherman:
Wed, July 19, 2017, 5-7 pm,
postcard writing party at Panera in Sherman for the start of the special session of the TX lege. Postcards, stamps, addresses, and information about issues provided. –Lindy Olsen
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Meet the Candidates luncheon on Tues, 9/19 from 11:30 – 1:30. Lindy of Indivisible-Sherman & GCDP host luncheon catered by Kathleen’s Kitchen (rsvp Lindy indivisiblesherman@gmail.com by Thurs, Sept 14 for a lunch) present Commie Linson for Sherman City Council-District 2 and Kim Olson for Agriculture Commissioner at Venue Off the Square (2230 South Travis)

GCDP Social on Sat, 9/23 from 5 – 7 at 903 Brewery… just for fun!
GCDP Action Committee meeting Sat 9/23 before the Social from 4 – 5