May 25, 2020/Media, Press

RELEASE: Texas Democratic Party Unveils Fourth Set of Panel Announcements and Second Set of Exclusive Events for the Texas Democratic Convention

Panels include fighting back against Republican Anti-Asian Racism, the future of healthcare in Texas, a discussion featuring prominent progressive women leaders, and the growing Democratic movement across the state

Austin, TX — Today, on the heels of announcing our first, second, and third set of panelists for the Texas Democratic Convention, the Texas Democratic Party unveiled our fourth set of panelists and second set of exclusive events for the Texas Democratic Convention. 

Hosting the largest virtual state convention in the country, the Texas Democratic Convention will run from June 1 to June 6 and will include panels, a live general session, and special events. 

To tune into these panels, please visit Additional details and announcements on panels, panelists, and general session attendees coming soon. 

Fourth Set of Panels and Panelists and Second Exclusive Events Listed Below:

*Panels in Blue*

*Exclusive Events in Orange* 

Monday, June 1, 2020

Fighting Back Against the Rise of Anti-Asian Racism

WHEN: 3:00 PM CT

WHO: AAPI Victory Fund President Varun Nikore, Democratic nominee for Texas’ 22nd Congressional District Sri Preston Kulkarni, Democratic nominee for Texas’ 2nd Congressional District Sima Ladjevardian, and Texas Representative Gene Wu.

The Future of Healthcare in Texas, Sponsored by the Texas Medical Association 

WHEN: 3:30 PM CT

WHO: Texas Public Health Coalition Chair Dr. John Carlo, Texas Senator Nathan Johnson, Harris County Medical Society President-elect Dr. Gary J. Sheppard, Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force Vice-Chair Dr. Carla Ortique, Texas Medical Association President-elect Linda Villarreal, and a special message from Texas Representative Donna Howard.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Women Doing the Work, Sponsored by Annie’s List 

WHEN: 12:00 PM CT

WHO: The Rabble Co-Host Ashley Cheng, Tarrant County Commissioner Devan Allen, Annie’s List Executive Director Royce Brooks, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes Executive Director Dyana Limon-Mercado, and former Political Director for Julián Castro for President Natalie Montelongo.

Workers and Their Stories 

WHEN: 1:00 PM CT

WHO: Texas AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay, AFGE, District 10 National Vice President Cheryl Eliano, IBEW 583 Business Manager Leticia Marcum, CWA Legislative Director Derrick Osobase, and UNITE HERE, Local 23 President Marlene Patrick-Cooper.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Building an Equitable Future Through Education

WHEN: 3:30 PM CT

WHO: Texas Democratic Party Treasurer Mike Floyd, Texas Representative Dr. Alma A. Allen, Texas Democratic Party Vice-Chair Dr. Carla Brailey, Texas Senator Beverly Powell, and Paul Quinn College President Dr. Michael Sorrell.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

People with Disabilities and the Fight for Equal Access

WHEN: 1:00 PM CT

WHO: Texas Democratic Party People with Disabilities Constituency Organizer Alejandrina Guzman, Lifelong civil rights advocate for people with disabilities Judy Heumann, American Association of People with Disabilities President and CEO Maria Town.

Featured Session: Texas Democrats and Our Growing Movement

WHEN: 3:30 PM CT

WHO: Texas Democratic Party Senior Brand Director Brittany Switzer, Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Manny Garcia, Texas Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign Director Brooklynne Mosley, Texas Democratic Party Chief Technology Officer Lauren Pully, and Texas Democratic Party Deputy Executive Director Cliff Walker.

The Future of Belonging

WHEN: 8:00 PM CT

WHO: Department Of The Future Chair and Kennedy Center Fellow Mark Gonzales.

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Full Schedule So Far

Monday, June 1, 2020

Making History: The Story Behind the First-Ever LGBTQ+ Caucus

WHEN: 4:00 PM CT

WHO: Dallas Morning News Investigative Reporter Lauren McGaughy, Texas Representatives Jessica González, Mary González, Celia Israel, Julie Johnson, and Erin Zwiener

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 How we are registering voters during COVID-19

WHEN: 2:00 PM CT

WHO: Democratic nominee for Texas Congressional District 21 Wendy Davis and Texas Democratic Party Voter Expansion Director Luke Warford

The Fight to Protect and Expand the Vote in 2020

WHEN: 2:30 PM CT

WHO: Texas Democratic Party Voter Protection Director Rose Clouston, Partner at Brazil & Dunn, Attorneys at Law Chad Dunn, Texas NAACP President Gary Bledsoe, and Voting Rights Attorney Jose Garza

Democratic Veterans: Serving Veterans, Winning the Veteran Vote

WHEN: 3:30 PM CT

WHO: Texas Representative, District 76 César Blanco, Lieutenant General, United States Air Force (Retired) Arlen “Dirk” Jameson, Democratic nominee, Texas’ 23rd Congressional District Gina Ortiz Jones, and Texas Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign Director Brooklynne Mosley

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The Latinx Community: Movimiento and Voting

WHEN: 12:00 PM CT

WHO: DNC Member Texas Emmy Ruiz, Mexican-American Legislative Caucus Chair Rep. Rafael Anchia, and Latino Victory Project Executive Director Mayra Macias, with a message from League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) President Domingo Garcia.

Earning the Black Vote

WHEN: 1:00 PM CT

WHO: Texas Coalition of Black Democrats Chair Carroll Robinson, Next Wave Strategies Managing Partner Shekira Dennis, Texas Black Women’s PAC President Tracy Scott, Democratic nominee for Texas House District 94 Alisa Simmons

Building Democratic Strength in Rural Texas

WHEN: 2:00 PM CT

WHO: DNC Rural Council Chairwoman and Founder of National Rural Council Betty Richie, Tom Green County Democratic Party Chair David Currie, former Mayor of Lubbock David Langston, and Webb County Democratic Party Chair-Elect Sylvia Bruni

Building a Sustainable Economy through Renewable Energy and Green Jobs

WHEN: 3:00 PM CT

WHO: Progress Texas Executive Director Ed Espinoza, and Centennial Professor in Energy Resources at the University of Texas at Austin Dr. Michael Webber

Interview with Best Selling Author Julissa Arce


WHO: Best selling author and immigrant rights advocate Julissa Arce and organizer and campaign strategist Samantha Robles.

Panel: Art and Activism


WHO: Host and writer Grace Parra, artist, activist, and Co-founder of Black Lives Matter Patrisse Cullors, film director, activist, author, and Co-founder of the Women’s March Paola Mendoza, and Texas artist, democratic activist, and co-host of The Rabble Podcast Kristen Gunn.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Young Voters and the Future of Democratic Politics

WHEN: 12:00 PM CT

WHO: Run for Something Co-founder and Chief Recruitment Officer Ross Morales Rocketto, Alliance for Youth Executive Director Action Sarah Audelo, MOVE Texas Political Director Raven Douglas, and Travis County Associate Judge Aurora Martinez Jones

A Conversation with the 2020 Statewide Democratic Judicial Slate


WHO: Democratic nominee, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3 Judge Elizabeth Frizell, Democratic nominee, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 4 Judge Tina Clinton, Democratic nominee, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 9 Judge Brandon Birmingham, Democratic nominee, Texas Supreme Court Place 6 Kathy Cheng, Democratic nominee, Texas Supreme Court Place 8 Justice Gisela Triana, Democratic nominee, Texas Supreme Court Place 7 Judge Staci Williams, and Democratic nominee, Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Judge Amy Clark Meachum.

Saving Texas: The Movement to End Gun Violence

WHEN: 2:30 CT

WHO: Texas American Federation of Teachers President Zeph Capo, Texas Representative Gina Hinojosa, Everytown Survivor Network Member Calandrian Simpson-Kemp, and Moms Demand Action Founder Shannon Watts

The Politics of Fashion: An interview with celebrity stylist and activist Karla Welch


WHO: Celebrity stylist and creative director Karla Welch and Texas Democratic Party Content Strategist Hannah Lifshutz.

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