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Virtual Pints & Politics July 28th

Time again for our monthly Pints & Politics Happy Hour--virtual, of course. It will be on Tuesday, July 28th from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. If you are not receiving the reminders with the Zoom meeting info, submit a request to be added to the email list.

Last month we had Royce West on to speak with us, he was in the run off for Democratic US Senate candidate. Unfortunately for Royce, he did not win. M. J. Hegar will be the Democratic candidate for the US Senate this fall.

We also had Roberto Alonzo and Chrysta Casteneda, both from Oak Cliff who were the run off candidates for the Texas Railroad Commission. Chrysta won the run off and will be the Democratic candidate in the fall election.

As always, reduce your COVID-19 risk by wearing a mask in public, avoiding crowded confined areas and wash your hands frequently.

Virtual Happy Hour June 30th and other stuff

June Virtual (and virtuous) Happy Hour

We're holding our next virtual happy hour on Tuesday June 30th from 5:30 to 6PM. Due to the Memorial Day holiday, we held the last one on June 2nd. Admittedly it was during the state virtual convention so turnout was a bit light, but fun none the less.

Had a great time and look forward to seeing everyone again at the next one.

I will be sending out Zoom meeting info by email about a week before and Linda will post to our Facebook page.

Police Abuse Protests

Obviously the protests against police abuse have been big news, and I imagine that many activists here in Dallas have been active in marching and engaging our elected officials. I have a couple of websites that may be of interest in helping all of us understand the issues and data driven policy options to discuss with our local, state, and national elected officials. 

DeRay Mckesson's Campaign Zero is a wealth of policy information, data and a superb resource for anyone engaging our elected officials. DeRay's work has been heavily used by BLM to promote tangible reforms to policing in America and he has been interviewed many times on national podcasts such as Pod Save America.

https://www.joincampaignzero.org/

Another researcher with excellent policy ideas is Rashawn Ray. One of his ideas that may have merit is the idea of requiring police departments have liability insurance similar to hospitals holding malpractice insurance. Since our current police regulatory structures at the national, state and local levels are minimally effective at best, it would provide incentives for agencies to push out bad officers or see insurance costs rise. Rashawn has many other interesting publications and blog posts about structural racial biases and policy options to reduce those biases.

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2020/05/30/bad-apples-come-from-rotten-trees-in-policing/

Virtual Happy Hour

Our next Virtual Happy Hour 4/28/20 5:30-6:30 Connection link is being sent to our email list and posted to our Facebook page.

If you are not on our email list, please use the contact link to sign up for our event reminders or like us on Facebook.

Virtual Happy Hour

As everyone in Dallas is aware, we are under meeting and travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course this precludes sitting together eating at Norma's or having a drink at Canon's Corner. So, it's time to experiment!

We are trying a new virtual happy hour. If you would like to be informed on the next happy hour, please use the contact link to get yourself added to our email list and we will send you the information about when and how to join online.

March meeting cancelled.

Unfortunately we will be forced to cancel the March 2020 breakfast at Norma's due to the COVID-19 emergency. Please practice good hygiene and social distancing to protect yourself and the community. We will update this blog with further events as we monitor the progress of this emergency.

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