Monday, December 9, 2013
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Private Home -- e-mail for information
Our annual holiday party--join us for wine and appetizers, and please bring a favorite dish to share.
We'll gather to review 2013, plan for 2014, and celebrate!
Gideon's Army Screening
Monday, February 3, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Alcorn Auditorium, UHV Campus -- 3007 N. Ben Wilson
GIDEON'S ARMY follows the personal stories of Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander, and June Hardwick, three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. Backed by mentor Jonathan "Rap" Rapping, a charismatic leader who heads the Southern Public Defender Training Center (now known as Gideon's Promise) they struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads so common that even the most committed often give up in their first year.
Nearly 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon vs. Wainwright that established the right to counsel, can these courageous lawyers revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and make "justice for all" a reality?
An official selection in the prestigious U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, GIDEON'S ARMY was awarded the editing prize at the festival. Listen to director Dawn Porter describe her motivation for making the film: "I made it because I'm hopeful."
UHV Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Michele Quiñones leads a post-screening discussion.
Topic: The Stand for Women's Health in Texas -- How Recent Legislation will Affect Healthcare for Texas Women
Date: Monday, September 23, 2013
Heather Busby is the Executive Director of NARAL Texas. Prior to this position, she served as an Assistant Travis County Attorney, procuring protective orders for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Heather was a founding board member of the The Lilith Fund, and served on the national boards of NNAF and Law Students for Reproductive Justice. While earning her bachelor of arts from the University of Texas in anthropology, she was on the founding committee of the UT Women's Resource Center. She earned her Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law where she was president of the ACLU at STCL, won the LBJ Civil Rights Award for her work in helping victims of human trafficking and co-founded the LSRJ chapter. Heather grew up in Victoria and graduated from Victoria High School.
Topic: Annie's List: Changing the Face of Power
Date: Monday, May 20, 2013
Grace Ann Garcia, incoming Executive Director of Annie's List, shared her hopes and plans for the organization and provided updates on Texas candidates. Annie's List is dedicated to changing the face of power in Texas politics by recruiting, training, and supporting women candidates across the state.
Grace Ann, a San Antonio native, is currently Senior Advisor to the Chief of Protocol at the U.S. Department of State under Secretary Hillary Clinton in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, Garcia worked for Austin-based GSD&M, and for President Bill Clinton at the White House as well as on both of his presidential campaigns. She is a co-founder of the PODER PAC, the first Latina PAC modeled after EMILY's List and Annie's List that provides resources and funding to Latina candidates at the local, state, and national levels.
Topic: VISD: Focusing on Every Child, Every Classroom, Every Day
Date: Monday, February 4, 2013
Robert Jaklich, Superintendent of Schools for the Victoria Independent School District, updated us on progress towards quality learning environments, community involvement, opportunities and resources for faculty and staff, and other efforts to make the Victoria ISD an exceptional school district.
Mr. Jaklich previously served as Superintendent at Harlandale ISD (on the south side of San Antonio) from December 2008 to June 2012. He holds a B.A. from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, a Masters from Texas A & M University-Kingsville, and has completed all course work toward his Doctorate in Education from the University of Texas at Austin.
Topic: Strengthening Public Schools--Save Texas Schools
Date: Monday, September 24, 2012
Allen Weeks, Executive Director of director of Save Texas Schools (STS), shared information on how budget cuts are impacting Texas teachers and students, and on STS's work to build support for public education.
Save Texas Schools is a statewide coalition of over 9,000 parents, students, teachers and community members dedicated to making sure ALL Texas children have a quality, fairly funded education.
Allen Weeks also serves as Executive Director of Austin Voices for Education and Youth, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works to turn around struggling schools in central Texas through community-based school reform efforts.
Allen was in the classroom for 15 years, teaching high school English and coaching track and cross-country. He has been involved in school reform for over 30 years, both in the U.S. and overseas. He has an M.A. in Teaching from Duke University and a Masters in Asian Studies from UT-Austin. He received the Texas AFT Community Activist of the Year award in 2011, and has also been recognized as a "Hero of Education" by the Texas Education Agency. Allen lives in the St. John community in east Austin with his wife Julie and two children, Ashley (7) and Ryan (6) and is an active member of Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Topic: Voter Engagement Programs ~ Texas Organizing Project
Date: Monday, April 30, 2012
Ginny Goldman, Executive Director of Texas Organizing Project (TOP), gave inspiring information on Theory for Change in Texas and the impact of TOP's organizing and voter engagement programs. The Texas Organizing Project improves the lives of low- and moderate-income families by building power through community organizing and civic engagement. TOP is a membership-based organization that conducts issue advocacy, lobbying efforts, and electoral organizing on behalf of working families in Texas.
In two short years, Texas Organizing Project developed a staff of 25 leaders organizing in three counties, with a base of over 11,000 members and supporters. TOP's recent work has successfully blocked a $92 million tax rebate for oil giant Valero Energy and secured an historic agreement with the Mayor of Houston to invest $60 million in low-income neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Ike.
Ms. Goldman has over seventeen years of organizing experience. Since November 2009, she has been Director of the Texas Organizing Project Ed Fund. TOP Ed Fund conducts strategic, year-round community organizing centered on issue based campaigns, and engages tens of thousands of low-income voters of color during election cycles.
Robert E. Jones, Executive Director of Annie's List, shared information on Texas congressional and legislative redistricting and strategies for the upcoming election. Annie's List is dedicated to changing the face of power in Texas politics by recruiting, training, and supporting women candidates across the state.
Named a "Rising Star" in national politics by Politics Magazine, Robert has over thirteen years of experience managing issue and candidate campaigns, providing political support for Democratic legislators, and serving as a communications advisor on local, state and Presidential campaigns.
Prior to that, Robert was the director of the Campaign Corps program at EMILY's List. He was awarded a coveted "Pollie Award" by the American Association of Political Consultants for his work recruiting young people into the political process.
Before joining EMILY's List, he was the founding director of The Moratorium Campaign, a national non-profit started by Susan Sarandon and Sister Helen Prejean, the activist featured in the film Dead Man Walking.
Topic: Building a Destination University: Updates on Underclassmen at UHV
Date: Monday, September 26, 2011 5pm-7pm
Learn about new developments for students at the University of Houston-Victoria and tour the technology labs, classrooms, study areas, and social spaces that make Jaguar Hall a hub for campus life. Enjoy appetizers prepared by the award-winning dining facility chefs.
Topic: Legislative Update
Date: Monday, April 25, 2011 5pm-7pm
Mike Sizemore of Sizemore Media & Consulting reports on the latest Texas legislative session and its potential impact on the Crossroads area.
Building upon more than 30 years of experience in television, media, public policy, and politics, Mike Sizemore founded Sizemore Media & Consulting in January of 2007. Mike is a former award-winning broadcast journalist and television News Director for ABC and NBC network affiliates in Texas and New Mexico.
Sizemore left his television career to become the Press Secretary and District Director for Texas State Senator Ken Armbrister. During his more than 15 years working in the Texas Senate, he handled policy relating to water, education, transportation, and other issues important to Texas.
Topic: Communicating across Class Divides
Date: Monday, February 7, 2011 5pm-7pm
Compassionate and effective communication across differences in socioeconomic backgrounds is vital to a strong community. Cheryl Miller of Perpetual Help Home leads a presentation on generational poverty and the language of class.
Cheryl has been the Executive Director at Perpetual Help Home for 11 years. She is an advanced credentialed mediator specializing in mediation between victims of violent crime and their offenders.
She holds a BA in Education from University of Houston-Victoria and MAIS in Non-Profit Leadership and Communication from the University of Houston-Victoria.
Topic: Health Care Reform and You: Basics that Texans Need to Know
Date: Monday, September 27, 2010 5pm-7pm
Anne Dunkelberg, Associate Director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP), will take questions and address issues concerning the recent Health Care Reform bill and how it affects Texans.Ê The CPPP aims to help Texans prepare to make the most of health reform, inform them about the role our state government will play in shaping access to insurance, and let them know how to get involved in helping Texas do the best possible job of implementing health reform.Ê
The Center for Public Policy Priorities is aÊ nonpartisan, nonprofit policy institute committed to improving public policies to better the economic and social conditions of Texans through independent research, policy analysis and development, public education, advocacy, coalition-building and technical assistance. The center neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate for office, and focuses solely on evaluating public policy.
Topic: Women's Issues in Health Care Reform: Winners or Losers?
Date: Monday, April 26, 2010 5pm-7pm
CPW welcomes Mini Timmaraju, Vice President of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Planned Parenthood of Houston, Southeast Texas and Louisiana. Ms. Timmaraju has worked closely with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Lobby team and served as the lead advocate for the Houston and Southeast Texas region on health care reform, working closely with the regional Congressional delegation to secure passage of health care reform that is equitable for women.
Prior to her work with Planned Parenthood, Ms. Timmaraju was the District Director for the office of Congressman Nick Lampson (TX-22). Prior to joining the Congressman's office, she served as a political and fundraising consultant for numerous state and local elected officials, candidates, non-profit organizations, as well as an ethnic outreach consultant for various corporations and government entities in Texas.
Topic: Initiatives in Latino Education
Date: Monday, February 1, 2010 5pm-7pm
CPW welcomed Macarena Hernandez, Victoria Advocate Endowed Professor of the Humanities at the University of Houston-Victoria and director of Centro Victoria, a cultural literacy center focused on closing the achievement gaps in the Latino community. Ms. Hernandez spoke on the crucial need for innovative approaches to education as Latinos become the majority of Texas. She introduced CPW members to the Hecho en Tejas anthology of Latino writing that she is presenting to educators around the state.
Topic: Texas Politics and Election Analysis
Date: Monday, April 27, 2009 5pm-7pm
CPW welcomed Dr. Richard Murray, Director of the Center for Public Policy at the University of Houston. Dr. Murray is an election night analyst familiar to generations of Houston TV viewers as an expert commentator. He provided an overview of key elections in Texas and across the country, dissecting the dynamics of the presidential election and spelling out what the results tell us about the future of state politics.
Topic: Annie's List: Changing the Face of Power
Date: Monday, February 16, 2009
CPW welcomed Anne Bradley and Genevieve Van Cleve of Annie's List, a political action committee dedicated to electing progressive Democratic women to office in Texas. One of Annie's List's missions is to engage the next generation of progressives.
Topic: The Role of Women of Color in the Political Process
Date: Monday, November 17, 2008
CPW welcomes Clemetine Clarke, a true impetus of political change and one of the most influential players-to-watch in the political arena. The Austin American Statesman has called Clemetine "One to Watch" in political leadership.
Ms. Clarke owns and operates a governmental affairs, political strategy, fundraising and community relations firm called CMH & Associates. Her business's main focus is on electing women of color (African American, Asian and Latino) to political office. Clemetine has shaped local, regional and national politics over the years, and now provides leadership development in San Francisco.
Read Clem's blog on the inauguration, politics, education and economics.
Topic: Expanding UHV to a Four Year University: A Status Report
Date: Monday, September 15, 2008 5pm-7pm
Location: Private residence
CPW welcomes Dr. Tim Hudson, president of the University of Houston Victoria, to discuss the possible expansion of the Victoria campus to include classes for freshman and sophomore students. Dr. Hudson will address the impacts such an expansion might have on the Victoria community.
See the related article in the Sunday, August 9 Victoria Advocate on the Commission on Expanding Access to Higher Education created by the University of Houston System and Victoria College.
UPDATE! The University of Houston Board of Regents has approved downward expansion of the University of Houston-Victoria.
Topic: Democratic Party in Texas
Date: Monday, May 12, 2008 6pm-8pm
Location: Private residence
Matthew Angle, Founder of the Lone Star Project, discussed the changing political landscape in Texas, the rebuilt Democratic infrastructure and the potential to retake Texas for the Democratic party.
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