March 2017 General Meeting

Hello Capital Area Progressive Democrats!

Please join us for our next club meeting on Tuesday, March 7 at 5:30pm.  We will meet at the AFL-CIO building located at 1106 Lavaca Street.  We’re fired up and you don’t want to miss this meeting!  Here are highlights for the next meeting:

  1. Guest speakers from Caritas of Austin.  Forced to flee their home country due to war and persecution, international refugees are at a crossroads in life. Each year, Caritas of Austin serves more than 500 refugees from various countries as they transition to life in the US and work to achieve self-sufficiency.  We are fortunate to have Landlord Outreach Specialist Rick Schneider and Program Manager Mamadou Balde to speak with us about their work and what CAPD can do to help.  Click here for more info about Caritas of Austin’s Refugee Resettlement Program.
  2. Resolution supporting Nick Chu for JP 5 appointment.  As many of you know, the Honorable Herb Evans, Travis County Justice of the Peace, Precinct Five, is retiring effective May 1, 2017.  The Travis County Commissioners Court will appoint someone to serve in that role until January 1, 2019.  We will discuss and vote on a resolution supporting the appointment of 2016 CAPD Kick Ass Award Winner Nick Chu for JP 5.  Click on this link to find more info about Nick.
  3. Upcoming Fundraising Projects.  We plan to discuss some upcoming fundraising projects, including our annual Kick Ass Awards.  We raise funds every year to continue our fight for progressive, Democratic values in Austin/Travis County.  Please come out with any additional ideas to raise funds in the fight against Republican extremism.

Make sure to like us on Facebook and check out our website!  That’s all folks.  See you at the meeting on Tuesday.

Craig Moore, CAPD Communications Chair



CAPD Membership Meeting on Feb. 7 at 5:30pm

Please join us for our next club meeting on Tuesday, February 7 at 5:30pm.  We will meet at the AFL-CIO building located at 1106 Lavaca Street.  You don’t want to miss this meeting!  Here are highlights for the next meeting:

  1. Discussion about CodeNEXT and affordable housing, featuring District 5 Councilmember Ann Kitchen.  CodeNEXT is the new City of Austin initiative to revise the Land Development Code, which determines how land can be used throughout the city – including what can be built, where it can be built, and how much can (and cannot) be built.  This will be an informative discussion, so please come with your questions for CM Kitchen!
  2. Stand with Sheriff Sally Hernandez Resolution.  We are proud of Sheriff Hernandez and will take up a resolution of support for her.
  3. Upcoming CAPD Projects.  Thanks to all that participated in the Point-in-Time count. Come out to hear about all the CAPD projects that are forthcoming!

In addition to CAPD projects, don’t forget to check the TDCP calendar for other events to support progressive, Democratic values.

Make sure to like us on Facebook and check out our website!  See you on Tuesday.

CAPD fired up for 2017

Fellow Capital Area Progressive Democrats –

Thank you for joining us last night at our first meeting of 2017. We had one of the best turnouts for a regular meeting in years. Thank you to everyone that joined us!

We had a robust conversation about our goals for 2017 and agreed to focus our progressive efforts on affordability, housing and racial justice. To that end, we’re starting 2017 with some great volunteer opportunities and programs:

1.  Please sign up for the 2017 Homelessness Point in Time Count on January 28. We’re forming multiple teams which will participate in this crucial annual event.  Please sign up for the 3am shift and note that you’re a CAPD member.  Sign up here:

2. At our February 7, 2017 meeting, we’ll have a panel discussion on Austin affordability, housing and CodeNext led by a member of the City Council.

3. Later in February we’ll have a volunteer session with Inside Books Project whose mission is to get free books and educational material to people incarcerated in Texas prisons. Eva Gonzales will head up this effort.

4. At our March meeting we will have a panel discussion focused on addressing racial discrimination and criminal justice reform.

5. We will begin planning our club participation in a fall Habitat for Humanity build project.

A big thank you to Ken Craig for leading the discussion at our first meeting of 2017! And congratulations to all of the CAPD-endorsed candidates that were sworn into office this week.  We wish them well and continued success.

Thank you for standing up as a progressive Democrat in these challenging times. With Trump and the Republicans about to take over Washington, DC, now is the time for us to step up locally and fight for our values. Together, we shall overcome.

Democratically yours,

Rick Cofer
Chair, Capital Area Progressive Democrats

Runoff Election and CAPD Holiday Happy Hour at Donn’s Depot, 5pm – 7pm

Hello CAPD!  Congratulations to all of the CAPD-endorsed candidates that were elected into office.  Please don’t forget to vote in the Run Off Elections.  Early voting starts today, Dec. 1!  You can visit the Travis County Clerk’s Office for polling locations.

December 1 – 9 is Early Voting
December 13 – Run Off Election Day

CAPD proudly endorses Sean Hassan for ACC Board of Trustees, Place 4 and Alison Alter for Austin City Council, District 10 in the Run Off Election.  Please vote for Sean and Alison!

December 6, 2016 at 5:00pm – 7:00pm – CAPD Holiday Happy Hour at Donn’s Depot.  Instead of our regular club meeting we will celebrate the end of the year and the holidays on Tuesday, December 6 at Donn’s Depot located at 1600 W. 5th Street.  We hope to see everyone there!  HH starts at 5:00pm!

January 3, 2017 at 5:30pm – Next scheduled club meeting, but we may need to reschedule since this will be after a long weekend –  so look for more details to come later.

CAPD Endorsements for November 2016 General Election

CAPD is proud to endorse the following candidates and issue for the November 2016 general election:

City of Austin Endorsements:
City of Austin Transportation Bond – Yes
Delia Garza
Greg Casar
Jimmy Flannigan
Leslie Pool
Alison Alter
AISD Endorsements:
Jayme Mathias
Ann Teich
David Quintanila
ACC Endorsements:
Sean Hassan
Thomas Miranda
Nora de Hoyos Comstock

Congratulations to the above candidates.  We are truly appreciative to all of the candidates for stepping up and running great campaigns.  At the end of the day we’re all Democrats and we will work together to make Austin and Travis County a better place for everyone!

September Events

CAPD has a busy schedule in September. We have our regular monthly meeting, our annual KickAss Awards, and a special endorsement meeting. So, get your calendar out and mark these dates!

August 28 – Membership Deadline for Endorsement Meeting
According to our bylaws, new members must have joined by August 28th to vote in the September endorsement meeting. If you have any questions about your membership status, please contact You can join online here.

September 1 – Individual Tickets Become Available to KickAss Awards
On September 1st, individual tickets for our Annual KickAss Awards will go on sale! We’ll send out additional information at that point. We look forward to seeing you at the Awards!

September 6, 5:30pm – Monthly Club Meeting
We will be holding our regular monthly club meeting at the AFL-CIO building. Speaker TBA.

September 20, 5:30pm – KickAss Awards Event
Our Annual KickAss Awards will be a night to celebrate Democrats who are making a difference in our community. Sponsorships and host committee memberships are now available. More information can be found here.

September 27 – Endorsement Meeting
We will be holding our endorsements meeting on the 27th. The endorsement committee is preparing for this event. Additional information will be sent out soon. Location TBA.

October 4 – Cancel October Club Meeting
Finally, we will NOT be holding our regular club meeting in October. Our endorsement meeting the prior week will replace this club meeting.

July Club Meeting

Please join us for our July Club meeting. We will have important updates from the Bylaws committee & the Nominations committee, in addition to regular club business and a speaker.

Tuesday, July 5th, 5:30pm

1106 Lavaca St.
Austin, TX 78701

We are fortunate to have Jan Soifer as our speaker for Tuesday’s meeting. She is our next 345th District Court Judge and Hillary Clinton Delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Jan’s involvement in the Whole Women’s Health case will allow us to gain expert insight about the recent Supreme Court ruling in that vital abortion rights case, and where we are currently in the struggle. Members and non-members alike are encouraged to attend and bring a friend to learn from Jan’s valuable insight. And if that weren’t enough she has also agreed to share her views as a national delegate on the convention season.

Nomination of New Officers:
The Capital Area Progressive Democrats’ Nominations Committee, chaired by Ken Craig, is recommending the following individuals for the following CAPD offices for the upcoming year:

Rick Cofer, Chair
Catherine O’Neill, Vice Chair for Membership
James Nortey, Vice Chair for Endorsements
Edward Garris, Secretary
Deena Estrada-Salinas, Treasurer
Eva Gonzales, Editor, CAPD Editorial/Opinion Webpage and on CAPD Facebook page(Newsletter)
Ken Craig, Programs Chair
Barbara Rush, Fundraising Chair
Sean O’Neill, Counselor
Lorena Watson, Youth Coordinator
Vacant, Communications Chair

Proposed Changes to the Bylaws:
The Capital Area Progressive Democrats’ Bylaws Committee, chaired by Rick Cofer, is recommending the following changes to the bylaws:
Proposed Amendment to the Capital Area Progressive Democrats Bylaws