PAST MEETINGS

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 Is the Electoral College outdated?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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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