March 25, 2019

Houston Tara Member Honored


Congratulations to Carolyn Riggs, a charter member of the TARA Houston chapter, for being recognized by the Texas Democratic Women of Harris County as one of their four “2019 Women Making History” Honorees. At a special luncheon, held at the IBEW local 716, presenters shared information about each award winner. Carolyn has been working and volunteering for Democratic causes and on behalf of labor, for over 30 years. She is an example of the kind of behind the scenes workhorse that is lifting up Democratic women every day with no expectation of recognition. TARA Houston President Cheryl Anderson, along with members Marlin Phillips, Thelma Phillips, Richard Shaw, Gayle Fallon and TARA Field Organizer Judy Bryant were present to help honor Carolyn Riggs.

ARA- Endorsed Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia received the Leadership Award at the luncheon. ARA Hero Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee spoke to the group and shared special things about each honoree, as she’s worked with them over the years.

l-r  Cheryl Anderson, Marlin Phillips, Carolyn Riggs, Judy Bryant, Richard Shaw, Thelma Phillips


Five TARA constituents met with Chris Ramirez, District Outreach Coordinator for Texas CD 5 Congressman Lance Gooden. Field Organizer Judy Bryant, Dallas TARA Chapter President George Nolan and Secretary Treasurer Barbara Rojas were joined by activists Fernando Rojas and  Julie BrittonGeorge shared a personal story about the effects of rising prescription drug prices, while Judy told the group about how her earned Social Security is cut monthly due to the WEP because she’s a retired teacher.

All TARA members are encouraged to schedule visits with their Congresspersons during the April recess from Saturday, April 13, through Friday, April 26 to discuss issues of concern to seniors and retirees. If you get a meeting set, please contact Field Organizer Judy Bryant at for ARA Fact sheets and resources to assist you with your visit.

l-r Fernando Rojas, Barbara Rojas, Chris Ramirez, Judy Bryant, George Nolan, Julie Britton

Dallas Chapter Scores a Win

Members of the TARA Dallas Chapter co-sponsored and helped organize a Labor Fest in Grand Prairie on March 23. In addition to having a good time, participants raised over $1,000 to help the family of a fired union representative.

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