May 21, 2020/Media, Press

RELEASE: The Texas Democratic Party Unveils Third Set of Panels, First Set of Exclusive Events for the Texas Democratic Convention

Exclusive events include a one-on-one interview with best-selling author Julissa Arce; a panel on art and activism with Grace Parra, Patrisse Cullors, Kristen Gunn, and Paola Mendoza; and an interview with celebrity stylist and activist Karla Welch

Austin, TX — Today, on the heels of announcing our first and second set of panelists for the Texas Democratic Convention, the Texas Democratic Party unveiled our third set of panels and panelists and first 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 TexasDemocraticConvention.com. Additional details and announcements on panels, panelists, and general session attendees coming soon.

Third Slate of Panels and Panelists and First Exclusive Events Listed Below:

*Panels in Blue*

*Exclusive Events in Orange*

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

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

Interview with Best Selling Author Julissa Arce

WHEN: 5:00PM CT

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

Panel: Art & Activism

WHEN: 6:30PM CT

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

A Conversation with the 2020 Statewide Democratic Judicial Slate

WHEN: 1:30PM CT

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.

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

WHEN: 4:30PM CT

WHO: Celebrity stylist and creative director Karla Welch and Texas Democratic Party Finance Director Cristina Gomez.

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Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“Texas is the biggest battleground state in the country. Leaders from all walks of life are joining the fight to ensure that Texas turns blue in November. There has never been a better time to be a Texas Democrat. With our innovative set of panelists, exhilarating special guests, and accessible and open convention that allows everybody in the state of Texas to participate, the 2020 Texas Democratic Convention will be the biggest and best in Texas Democratic Party history.

“Stay tuned for more announcements, surprises, and special guests.”

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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

RegisterTexas.com: 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

WHEN: 5:00PM CT

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

Panel: Art and Activism

WHEN: 6:30PM CT

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

WHEN: 1:30PM CT

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

WHEN: 4:30PM CT

WHO: Celebrity stylist and creative director Karla Welch and Texas Democratic Party Finance Director Cristina Gomez.

**** Times Subject to Change ****