The Healthy King County Coalition presents the 2019 Health Equity Summit, Strategies for Community Centered Health: Designing Equity Based Solutions on September 18th, 2019 in Renton, WA. Dallas S. Jones will be featured as the keynote speaker for this amazing event, aimed at mobilizing communities to achieve health equity.
HOUSTON – (August 20, 2019) – Houston Public Media announced today the addition of two new personalities to its local public affairs programs, Red, White & Blue, and Party Politics, providing even stronger platforms to share and discuss topics leading up to this year’s City of Houston elections and the 2020 general elections.
After 18 seasons, Red, White & Blue brings a new perspective into play with the addition of Dallas Jones to the long-time public affairs TV program that brings together the brightest minds from across the political spectrum for in-depth conversations on important issues facing our region and state. Jones serves as President and CEO of Elite Change, Inc., a public affairs and strategic communications firm. Gary Polland, a Houston attorney and former Harris County Republican Party Chairman, returns as co-host. The new season of the weekly half-hour conversations will premiere on Friday, September 6 at 7:30 pm on Houston Public Media TV 8. The show will maintain its character of providing a platform that is diligent in its commitment to a balanced exchange of opinions, while bringing in a new look and feel.
Dallas S. Jones traveled to London, England to address the British Parliament about the success of the 2018 judicial midterm campaign, ’Harris Black Girl Magic’ and what it tells us about the future of our Democratic Party.
Jones, President and CEO of ELITE Change Inc. and longtime Democratic political analyst, addressed members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords about the US midterm elections, mobilizing ethnic communities, and the historical success of ‘Harris Black Girl Magic’— a judicial campaign Jones created to bring awareness to a record number of African American women running for judge in Harris County. The campaign successfully seated all 19 women and received heavy national and international news coverage, including CNN, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, CBS National News, BBC News and Independent UK, amongst others.
In addition to addressing Parliament, Jones was featured as the keynote speaker at an event hosted by Friends of Labor USA, Deputy Leader of Lambeth Council Jennifer Brathwaite, and Councilor Sonia Winifred at the Black Cultural Archives, which is the only national heritage centre dedicated to the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain. Jones also had the opportunity to address the Democrats Abroad UK (DAUK), at an event hosted by Adrienne Johnson of the DAUK Black Caucus, and share his experience during the ‘Harris Black Girl Magic' campaign and the future of the Democratic Party and our nation.
By Adeel Hassan via The New York Times
The photo was unforgettable: 19 black women, all dressed in black, gathered in a mock courtroom in Thurgood Marshall School of Law. All of them were running for judgeships in November.
On Tuesday, 17 of them won their races by double-digits in Harris County, Tex., the nation’s third largest county, which includes Houston. Each of the lawyers, all Democrats ranging in age from 31 to early 60s, will join the bench in January for four-year terms in the civil, criminal, family and probate courts.
“Although we were doing everything we could — block walking, phone banking — I wasn’t confident that it would turn out the way it did,” said Latosha Lewis Payne, 44, a longtime lawyer in Houston who was one of the 17.
Each of the women decided individually to run. Some in the group had to win primary races in March. But once they realized they were all running against Republican incumbents in the fall, they rallied around a slogan called “Black Girl Magic” to celebrate the accomplishments of black women.
“We thought that it would probably make sense to develop a campaign around us,” said another winning candidate, Germaine Tanner, 43. “In the course of that, we got to really know each other. We became not only colleagues, but friends. It really kind of just happened.”
The photo was featured on hundreds of posters across the county, especially prominent in African-American neighborhoods, on billboards and even door hangers.
“All of the data suggests that African-American women are the core of the Democratic Party base, so it made sense to excite the electorate and design something around them,” said Dallas Jones, a Houston-based political consultant who came up with the “Black Girl Magic” campaign. “We wanted to show the power of having diversity in the courts.”
By Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN
(CNN)Seventeen black women made history Tuesday night in winning judicial seats in Harris County, Texas.
The 17 Democratic candidates were elected under a campaign they called “Black Girl Magic Texas,” hoping to be the largest number of black women elected judges in Harris County.
Harris County, which includes Houston, is the largest county in the state.
Some of the women celebrated their success on social media.
“This election is still sinking in,” LaShawn Williams, judge-elect for one of the county civil courts at law, wrote on Facebook. “I am speechless and overjoyed by all of your kind words and powerful actions to help us make a court system which ensures that everyone will be heard.”
Of the 17 history-making women, Shannon Baldwin will be the county’s first openly LGBTQ African-American judge after winning her race, according to Out Smart magazine.
Tuesday’s midterm elections were a historic night for female candidates, more of whom will be serving in Congress than ever before.
Latosha Lewis Payne, judge-elect for the 55th Civil Judicial District, told a local Houston TV station that having a diverse bench would provide “equal opportunity for justice — regardless of who you are.”
“I think that having an African-American judge or having a female judge, those are the kinds of things we bring to the bench, and we bring an understanding of a person who may come from that similar background,” Payne said.
As of Friday, CNN projected that at least 100 women would win US House seats, with 35 women newly elected to the House and 65 female incumbents.
CNN projected as of Friday that 12 women would win Senate seats, with two newly elected women joining 10 female incumbents. CNN projected that nine women would win gubernatorial races.
We’ve heard a lot about what’s at stake in this election. The reality is that this will be one of the most defining elections in the history of our country. We’ve watched over the last two years how the United States of America, once a beacon on the hill, has become a circus to the rest of the world. Never before in modern history have we seen such divisiveness and chaos come from the White House, or from an American President for that matter. We have watched as our country has been turned against each other, and the most vulnerable of us be made to feel left out of the American dream. It is clear, with the Republican control of the White House and both chambers of Congress, that the American people are in desperate need of the checks and balances that our democracy was designed to provide.
Throughout the country, states are being governed by Republican leadership that has fallen in line with ultra conservative ideology that speak more to party than to the well-being of the citizenry. In Georgia, where Stacy Abrams is poised to become the first African American Female Governor in the history of our country, we see a record of voting laws that are designed to suppress minority voters— and there is evidence of their success. In Florida, where Andrew Gillum is poised to make history as the first African American Governor of that state, his opponent has resorted to racial rhetoric in attempt to invoke remnants of the old south. These are examples of why it is important to diversify our government, not in terms of race but in ideology. The fact of the matter is that these candidates would bring about a fresh change in direction to their states. They are qualified, they are capable, and they deserve to lead.
We can’t only look at the big picture. In local races, we see diverse and progressive candidates throughout the country rising to the duty of public service. Their perspectives and stories matter to make everyone feel included in their governments. In Harris County, where I live, there are 18 African American women running for judicial seats, an unprecedented number at one time. The diversification of the courts throughout Harris County is not only needed, but can help to pave a way for the rest of the country. Much of what happens in the Harris County criminal system has been a litmus for the rest of the country. In Harris County, more people are sentenced to the death penalty than any other place in the country. While Harris County has a Democratic District Attorney, there is still the need for reform in the actual court rooms.
These races matter. Whether they are happening in your back yard or in other places around the country, they speak to an overarching need for change in our governance. Perhaps we thought because we elected the nation’s first African American President that the remnants of racism and racist policies would just disappear. On the contrary, it unleashed the fears of many and got us to this place that we are currently experiencing. Now, more than ever, is the time we must exercise our right to vote. We must exercise our vote not just for our pocket books, but for our children’s future and the country they will inherit. Sure, it sounds simple— but believe it or not, many among us don’t understand what’s at stake in this election. It’s easier for us to complain about the problem than it is for us to understand that collectively we are the solution. If we can muster up enough courage to stand up and let our voices be heard, then we will collectively see our country change. At this point is not an option, it’s a necessity.
Dallas S. Jones is a political consultant and commentator based in Houston, Texas. He is the President/CEO of Elite Change Inc., a Public and Government affairs firm.