Just What We Needed

///Just What We Needed

Last week was just what I needed. Over 300 advocates, policy experts, public officials and concerned Texans gathered in Austin for our biennial Dare Texas Summit. Surrounded by creativity, policy solutions, and great people, I recharged my batteries for the upcoming legislative session. Check out the photos from the event here and our recap video here!

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Creative Action performing at our Dare Texas Summit.

I was particularly inspired by seven young people from Creative Action. Their spoken word performance eloquently expressed what they need from our public education system, and how public policy impacts their lives, for better or worse.

At CPPP, we stand ready to advocate for them and for all hard-working Texans at the Capitol. As our latest video explains, we’ll work with lawmakers to ensure that all kids have access to a top notch public school education, to protect and expand health care coverage, and to make meaningful investments that will ensure a strong future for Texas.

The upcoming 140 days (and maybe more) at the Capitol will be contentious. Regardless of the headlines and hot button distractions, CPPP will stay focused on fact-based policy solutions that expand opportunity for more Texans.

I know 2016 has been a hard year for many, and it’s not quite over. But CPPP is ready to bring over three decades of experience and perseverance to the Capitol to give all Texans the chance to compete and succeed in life. Let’s get to work.

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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