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January’s Guest Speaker
Tracy Pratt, is currently our Chair of the Democratic Party in Manatee County. Prior to becoming our chair, Pratt and her husband, a Bradenton physician, worked in New Orleans helping to rebuild the community after Hurricane Katrina. She was an attorney for the Innocence Project — which helps people who may have been wrongfully convicted — and the Louisiana Civil Justice Cen-ter.
Since returning to Florida in 2012, Pratt has focused her legal practice on criminal appeals, civil rights and post-conviction matters. She has worked for the ACLU on a con-tract basis and has operated her own law practice for the past few years.
Pratt is the former vice president of the Healthy Start Coalition of Manatee County and currently is vice chair of Project 180, a nonprofit that helps released offenders adjust to life outside prison. She also is the founder of a home school cooperative, the Sarasota Cooperative Learning Project. She currently home schools one of her two children
Pratt said she is passionate about a range of issues, from criminal justice reform to protecting the environment and public education. She also feels strongly about implementing stricter gun control measures, including a ban an assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
We will be meeting again live and in person when this national tragedy is over.
President elect Joe Biden is declaring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day a National Day of Serviceand is asking all citizens to participate.
What can we do here in Manatee County? Individuals can donate nonperishable pantry items to county food banks and pantries as an example.
The Manatee County Food Bank accepts donations of nonperishable items (and of course cash) at 2 locations: The Manatee County Food Bank, 811 23rd Ave. East, weekdays between 8:30 and 5 pm and at the Renaissance on 9th , 1816 9th Street West weekdays between 8:30 and 5 pm. You can also drop off nonperishable items anywhere you see the yellow bins and that includes Goodwill locations, Libraries, etc.
There are lots of other food pantries that you may prefer and lots of other charitable organizations to which you may want to make a gift.
Thanks so much for helping!
The Democratic Women's Club
is an autonomous organization chartered by the state Democratic Women's Club. Its goal is the furtherance of women's issues. The club meets monthly for business and fellowship, and to hear talks on issues of interest to women. The Club joins with the Democratic Party of Florida in supporting candidates who support the Democratic Party and its platform.
We meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at IMG Academies Golf and Country Club at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon is $20.00. For reservations call Call Sandy Gander 941.758.7187 or email her at San.firstname.lastname@example.org
Come join us for stimulating conversation, interesting speakers and good food!
Each year, the DWC is proud to offer scholarships to deserving young people of Manatee County. Click here for a scholarship rules and application form. Learn more about our 2019 Scholarship Winners here!
Click here for a membership application.