Tragedies in Dallas and Beyond

//Tragedies in Dallas and Beyond

It has been an emotional week in my hometown of Dallas, across Texas and across our country. Here at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, we mourn the recent killings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana, of Philando Castile in Minnesota, and of police officers Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens, and Michael Smith in Dallas. We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed and injured.

Particularly in these challenging times, CPPP feels strongly that we must remain focused and committed to our vision of a Texas where everyone is healthy, well-educated and financially secure. Achieving this vision requires a strong commitment to safety, justice and racial equity. We are grateful to have so many partners here in Texas and beyond who share our vision of a more just world.

The videos and stories of Black Americans killed by police are heartbreaking and infuriating. Likewise there is never justification for killing first responders. As I wrote in the Dallas Morning News earlier this year, it is time to stop the epidemic of hate in America. Like so many others, CPPP will continue to play our small part and to take comfort in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “The long arc of history bends toward justice.”

In April, CPPP was privileged to join Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and community leaders from Dallas Faces Race and other organizations to release our annual State of Texas Children report. This year’s report highlighted racial and ethnic disparities among Texas kids, acknowledged the structural racism that has created disparities and ongoing challenges in our society, and proposed concrete policy solutions that would leave the next generation a better world.

We will continue to advocate for the ability of Texans of all backgrounds to reach their full potential, and to that end offer below our most recent reports and analyses.



A renowned social justice lawyer, former philanthropy executive, and frequent public speaker and writer, Ann Beeson joined the Center in 2013. She was previously the Executive Director of U.S. Programs at the Open Society Foundations, where she promoted human rights, justice, and accountability nationwide. Beeson was the national Associate Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she worked from 1995-2007. She argued twice before the U.S. Supreme Court, litigated numerous cases around the country, and launched groundbreaking programs to stop the erosion of civil liberties in the name of national security and to protect free speech and privacy on the Internet. Beeson has been recognized as one of the nation’s top lawyers by American Lawyer Magazine and the National Law Journal. A proud Texan, Beeson has embraced a wide range of innovative strategies to advance social change. Before joining the Center, she launched a new non-profit to involve the creative sector in social change. In 2012-13, she was a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas, where she co-produced a public media series to inspire more people to get engaged in their communities. She grew up in Dallas, Texas, and received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Texas. Beeson obtained her law degree from Emory University School of Law, and served as law clerk to the Honorable Barefoot Sanders, then chief judge of the Northern District of Texas.

1 Comment

  • Thank you for your well written article on racism and social justice. We must find a way to close the gap in disparities and eliminate actions based on the color of one’s skin.

    Judi Bishop 14.07.2016

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