Can Texas Values Transcend Politics?

//Can Texas Values Transcend Politics?

The fall before a Texas Legislative session is always exciting, and this year is extra special. We are still glowing from our sold-out Legacy Luncheon in Austin, honoring Senator Lloyd and B.A. Bentsen as Texas Legacies. Future of Texas Award winner Brianna Brown of the Texas Organizing Project gave us hope for the next generation of Texas leaders. And Former Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin noted that political uncertainty can drag down our economy.

Though the politics at the Texas Capitol – and across America — are increasingly divisive, I have hope. As I wrote in the Texas Tribune, we can align our public policies with how we live our lives and care for our loved ones. Read my full essay, and let’s carry this energy into the legislative session.

At CPPP, we are ready to advance common-sense public policies to improve the lives of all Texans. From health care to education to budgeting, our 2017 legislative priorities have us testifying and advising on issues across the board.

It will take a deep understanding of current policy challenges and a strong coalition of partners to make the 2017 legislative session successful. Fortunately our DARE TEXAS Summit is coming up Nov. 30-Dec. 1, where hundreds of Texans will gather to shape our future. Don’t miss it – register today!

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.

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