PAST MEETINGS

From the Bench: A Primer on Harris County District Courts

Judges Dollinger, Collier, Warren, Tanner and Moore

 

As our judicial system is increasingly in the news, it's essential to have an understanding of the courts and how they work. Our October meeting features a panel of judges as they discuss the roles and responsibilities of the four different Harris County district courts: Civil, Criminal, Family and Juvenile. Judge Scot Dollinger will facilitate the discussion.

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Confronting the Conservative Agenda

State Sen. Carol Alvarado and State Rep. Mary Ann Perez

 

Get the scoop on Texas politics from two of the Democrats leading the charge – State Senator Carol Alvarado and State Representative Mary Ann Perez – as they discuss crucial issues and current legislation at the September BAAD Women meeting. 

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Straight Talk About Our Public Schools

Audrey Young

 

Audrey Young, a Republican, serves as the District 8 State Board of Education member representing parts of the Greater Houston and Southeast Texas area. Audrey is the Director of Student Support Services for Nacogdoches ISD. She served on the Board of Trustees for Apple Springs ISD in Trinity County for 6 years. As a Master Trustee, she is on the Executive Board of Leadership for the Texas Association of School Boards Alumni Association (LTASBAA).

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Harris County Issues and Initiatives

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo

 

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is the first woman and the first Latina to be elected County Judge and only the second to be elected to the Commissioners Court. As the county's chief executive and presiding officer of Commissioners Court, she oversees a budget of over $4 billion that funds key services including justice administration, flood control, public health and housing. Judge Hidalgo will talk about the issues impacting the county, the innovative policies she has developed, the vision for Harris County and her experiences as County Judge. 

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Strategy for Turning Texas Blue: A Report for the Texas Democratic Party

Terri Burke

 

An organizational and fundraising consultant, Terri Burke will share insights gained from her in-depth study and analysis for the Texas Democratic Party of best practices and what is needed to win Texas in 2022. Terri is the former Executive Director of the ACLU of Texas, a position she held for 12 years.

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Assault on Individual Rights and Social Justice

Courtney Cambers and Ash Hall

 

We have two great speakers to help us understand the impact of several harmful bills introduced this legislative session that pose serious threats to individual rights. Courtney Chambers with Whole Woman’s Health Alliance will discuss the women’s reproductive healthcare and abortion bills and Ash Hall will talk about the unprecedented attack on transgender people and bills targeting transgender youth.

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Principled and Proven Leadership

Joe Jaworski

 

It's time for a change. Too many of our public officials think they are above the law. We need someone who can restore integrity to public service in Texas. Someone who will use our legal system to fight for fairness and justice. And that’s Joe Jaworski, candidate for Texas Attorney General.

 

Come chat with Joe about Real Justice for Texas! 

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Sexual and Domestic Violence

Leigh Ann Fry

 

Sexual and domestic violence is growing at a tremendous rate. Did you know 1 in 3 women in the United States will experience some form of domestic violence and 1 in 6 women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime? A family member, a neighbor, a friend may be a survivor.  Come and talk with Leigh Ann Fry, President and CEO of Bay Area Turning Point, as she discusses this national crisis, the impact of the pandemic and the steps that need to be taken including legislative action, funding and community support.  

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National Organization for Women

Bear Atwood

 

Now is the time for action. Now is the time to set our priorities for the new year. The National Organization for Women has identified what it sees as the crucial issues impacting women across the country. Join us as Bear Atwood, Vice President of NOW, shares NOW’s agenda for the year.

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Electoral College

Dr. Paul Finkelman

 

Should the President be elected by popular vote? Is the Electoral College outdated? It is a system unique to the United States but is it an undemocratic way of electing a president? Dr. Paul Finkelman addressed the issue and put it in perspective at the  meeting.

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Black Lives Matter - Houston

Ashton P. Woods, Deanna Adams, Brandon Mack

Black Lives Matter has been growing and increasing in strength over the past few years leading to a national conversation on race. What is BLM and why is it happening? Is it a political or a social movement? Organizers with BLM-Houston will discuss what it means to be a Black person in America and the impact of the movement on the Black community and the country.

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Conspiracy Theories

Mark Bankston

From Sandy Hook to Pizzagate and QAnon, social media is awash with conspiracy theories, misinformation and outright lies. What’s the impact and what can be done about it? Mark Bankston, Houston attorney who took on Alex Jones and InfoWars, answered these questions and more.

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Women's Activism

Elizabeth Gregory, Poppy Northcutt, Kandice Webber

Throughout history women have suffered discrimination. And women activists have risen to the challenge, fighting for equal rights. On this centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment, we looked at women’s ongoing fight for equality.

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Free and Fair Elections

Amanda Gnaedinger, Barbara Radnofsky. Christian Menefee 

Our elections are in jeopardy. With the president continuously questioning the integrity and legitimacy of our elections, the impact of the coronavirus on voter suppression and our own lawmakers who are threatening our most basic civil right, we are on the edge of a voting crisis.

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The Path Forward

Rep. Sylvia Garcia

Rep. Sylvia Garcia from US House District 29 discussed these challenging times and how we can stay strong. She was one of seven impeachment managers tasked with making the case to the American people and the Senate for the removal of Donald Trump as President of the United States.

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Future of Vote by Mail

Glen Maxey

With the impact of COVID-19, Russian hacking, and the elimination of many polling places, our elections are at risk. Join us for a special program featuring Glen Maxey, Legislative Affairs Director of the Texas Democratic Party. Glen discussed the latest court decision on vote by mail in Texas and what we can do to promote mail voting for everyone in every election. He also provided an the inside scoop on what’s happening at the Texas Democratic Convention. 

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