Category: Volunteer Opportunity

Join us for the MLK March and Celebration

Join us for the MLK March and Celebration

This coming Monday we will celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His legacy of work pushing for and passing civil rights legislation signed by President Johnson has left an enduring mark on the fabric of our country. His work and this legislation showed how government could work with, not against, communities to bring about positive, meaningful change in our country.

His message of change and empowerment is just as important now as it was during the Civil Rights Movement. In the face of racism, xenophobia, sexism, and discrimination, we should all take time to consider the principled stand Dr. King took during his life and think about the principled stances we should take in our own lives.

On Monday, January 15 at 9am, we will honor the life and legacy of Dr. King with the annual MLK Celebration. The celebration will begin with a program at the University of Texas near the MLK statue (on the east side of the tower, off Speedway). We will then march to the Capitol for another program and then continue onto Huston-Tillotson University at 804 Chalmers St, where the MLK Community Festival will take place until 3 p.m.

TCDP will be marching in the parade to honor Dr. King, and we would love to have you join us. We’ll be standing near Speedway and the MLK statue, so keep an eye out for our banner. You can follow our Facebook event for further updates on the day of the march.

For more information on the program please click here. If you have questions about marching with TCDP please email us at info@traviscountydemocrats.org or give us a call at 512-477-7500.

With Trump and his Republican allies controlling our government, we cannot afford to have anyone sitting on the sidelines. Now is the time to stand up and help continue the work of Dr. King. I hope you join us for the march and, even more, help us pursue the dream of Dr. King.

 

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Now Hiring 2018 Primary Election Judges

Now Hiring 2018 Primary Election Judges

We are looking for motivated Election Day Poll Workers to help assist with voting in the 2018 Travis County Democratic Primary.

Working on Election Day is long and often intense, but very rewarding. Election Day Poll Workers must be:

  • Registered to vote in Travis County
  • Able to attend a required training prior to Election Day
  • Available to work from 6AM – 8PM (or until the polls close) on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
  • Able to transport election equipment
  • Bilingual in Spanish a plus

During the primary election, the pay is $8.00 per hour. For all other elections, the pay is $10.00 to $12.00 per hour.

Interested? Please fill out our Sign Up Sheet.

You will be responsible for picking up election equipment for your precinct, marking early voters in the poll book, locating clerks to work at the polls and making sure the election is fair and problem-free.

Election Judges are appointed by the Parties and hired, trained and paid by Travis County Elections.  Many precincts need your help, if selected, you can sign up to work at any vacant election site shown here in gray:

Interested? Please fill out our Sign Up Sheet.

Winter Comfort Packages for Veteran’s Day of Service

Winter Comfort Packages for Veteran’s Day of Service

Join us for a day of service this Veteran’s Day as we collect and assemble winter comfort packages for soldiers who will deploy before the holidays. Please bring the following items or pre-assembled packages in shoeboxes or tote bags to the Travis County Democratic Party office at 1311 E. 6th Street  beginning Saturday, Nov. 11th from 10am-4pm Donations will be accepted November 11- November 18.  Volunteer with us as we assemble these packages to show local soldiers our appreciation and ensure they have some comfort from Austin this holiday season.

  1. Nonperishable snack and drink items like:
  2. Powdered drink items
  3. Meal enhancers: ramen noodles, seasoned salt, individual hot sauce packets, mustard, relish, and ketchup
  4. Protein items: energy bars, peanut butter, tuna fish, sardines, non-perishable beef jerky, or beef summer sausage
  5. Snacks in small hard containers and not in bags that will burst under high pressure. Chips, pretzels, nuts, cheese crackers, snack cakes, cookies.
  6. Candy and gum
  7. Toiletries such as: toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving cream, disposable razors, shampoo, deodorant, mouthwash, baby wipes, lip balm, lotion, feminine hygiene products, eye drops, foot power, sunscreen, body spray, finger nail clippers, travel sized first aid kits
  8. Entertainment items such as: Letter writing supplies, Frisbees/sportsballs, holiday decorations, board games, playing cards, books, journals
  9. Additional items can include: thank you notes, ankle socks, boot socks, work gloves, AA and AAA batteries, a small blanket
OneTX Day of Action Nov. 12

OneTX Day of Action Nov. 12

TCDP and our allies at One Texas Resistance are teaming up again to start our campaigning efforts for the next election. We will be holding a day of action centered around the newest weapon in our arsenal, Knock 10, on Sunday, November 12 from 12-4PM at the Texas AFL-CIO, 1106 Lavaca St, #200, Austin, Texas 78701.

Knock 10
is the new cell phone-based app (currently only iPhones) that allows users to tap into VAN, the Democratic Party’s Voter Activation Network, to talk to voters door-to-door. It’s simple: load the app on your iPhone, download your list of 10 doors, and talk to voters about the issues in person.

So join TCDP and all of our allies in OneTX as we help roll out this new app. All of the support will be vital in field testing Knock 10 before the 2018 elections!

OneTX will also be hosting a Holiday Party on December 14th. Additional details can be found here.

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Hurricane Harvey Resources

Hurricane Harvey Resources

 

Hurricane Harvey Resources

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has been affected by the events of this weekend. This has caused an unimaginable amount of destruction and heartache across our great state. Though the rain may have stopped in Austin, many areas in Texas and Louisiana are still seeing large amounts of rain. If you are able, there are many organizations on the ground actively helping those affected by the storm that could use your help.

If you or anyone needs any assistance, the state Texas Democratic Party has created a resource page with hurricane relief and assistance information as well as an FAQ.

Here are some charities that desperately need your help:
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
Blood donations for the Red Cross

Red Cross volunteers
Red Cross donations
Austin Pets Alive! needs long-term foster homes
Austin Diaper Bank
Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team

Stay safe out there Texans. Our thoughts are with you!

Join One Texas Resistance

Join One Texas Resistance

Special Session has officially begun. Abbott and Patrick have an agenda slated to attack our families, friends, and communities. TCDP and a coalition of allied organizations have joined for One Texas Resistance. We need your help more than ever! 

Please join the Facebook group to stay engaged on what is happening at the Capitol. The Facebook page will be updated routinely with actions taking place during the Special Session. Make sure that Travis county shows Abbott and Patrick that Austin means business. Austin loud, Austin proud!

One Texas Resistance Coalition Allies:
ACLU of Texas
The Afiya Center
Deeds Not Words
Equality Texas
Human Rights Campaign
Indivisible Austin
Indivisible #TXLege
The Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity
Mi Familia Vota
NARAL Pro-Choice Texas
Pantsuit Republic
Planned Parenthood Texas Votes
Planned Parenthood Summer of Defiance Austin
Progress Texas
Shift.
Travis County Democratic Party
Texas Democratic Party
Texas Equal Access Fund – TEA Fund
Texas Freedom Network
Texas League of Conservation Voters
Texas Stonewall Democrats
Transgender Education Network of Texas
United We Dream – Houston
Voto Latino
Whole Woman’s Health
Women’s March – San Antonio
Workers Defense Action Fund

 

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Get Involved TODAY!

Get Involved TODAY!

For those of you looking for clear and simple ways to get involved, look no further! Here is your one-stop shop for information on things you could do TODAY.

Want to get involved at the Texas Legislature?

  • Sign up on this form to get emails from our #txlege resistance team! Emails include links to daily bill lists with room numbers and committees. Pick up bill packets in Rep. Chris Turner’s office in E1.408 or print them from the lists below to share with your supporters.

Want to register voters?

  • First, become a Volunteer Deputy Registrar. There is a required one-hour training by the Travis County Tax Office that must be done.
  • Click here for the monthly training held at the Tax Office (no sign up required) every first Tuesday of the month
  • Click here to for the monthly training held at the First UU Church every second Saturday of the month (sign up required)

Want to become a Precinct Chair?

  • Here’s what a Precinct Chair is and what they do
  • First, find out what your precinct is
  • Second, check to see if your precinct is vacant
  • If your precinct is vacant on the website, email Cindy Flint at info@traviscountydemocrats.org saying that you’re interested in becoming a precinct chair and live in Precinct ___, which is vacant
    • NOTE: It may say on the website that the precinct is vacant, but we also have a list of folks who are still being vetted and/or haven’t been sworn in as precinct chairs. Email Cindy just to make sure.
  • If your precinct already has a chair, click on their name to get their email address. Contact them and let them know you’d like to help them organize the precinct!

Want to find daily events to attend? Click here to go to our calendar. It is updated regularly with events from different organizations, Senators and Representatives, and neighborhood teams.

Call the House B&I Committee and Oppose HB 577 Today!

Call the House B&I Committee and Oppose HB 577 Today!

Did you know that Rep. Paul Workman (R) from Austin has filed a bill, HB 577, that would prohibit municipalities from implementing fair change hiring ordinances, just like the one the city of Austin passed?

The House Business & Industry heard the bill on 3/20 and we need you to call the committee members and tell them to oppose the bill.

Rep. Rene Oliveira- Chair – (512) 463-0640
Rep. Hugh Shine- Vice Chair – (512) 463-0630
Rep. Nicole Collier – (512) 463-0716
Rep. Ramon Romero – (512) 463-0740
Rep. Paul Workman – (512) 463-0652
Rep. Jason Villalba – (512) 463-0576
Rep. Jonathan Stickland – (512) 463-0522