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Friday, September 28 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Latina Moment

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Politically speaking, demography is destiny in Texas this election cycle. Why did it take so long, and how will it change us?

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Victoria DeFrancesco Soto

Lecturer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin
Soto specializes in immigration, race and gender in politics, and campaigns as a lecturer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, where she was selected as one of the University’s Game Changing faculty. Her research on political behavior has been featured in The New York Times, the... Read More →

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Veronica Escobar

Democratic Candidate for Texas's 16th Congressional District
Escobar has served two terms as El Paso County judge and is the Democratic nominee for Texas’ 16th Congressional District. Previously, she served as county commissioner for Precinct 2 and as a member of numerous boards and commissions in El Paso, where she focused on border policy... Read More →
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Sylvia Garcia

State Senator, D-Houston, and Democratic Candidate for Texas' 29th Congressional District
Garcia, D-Houston, has represented Senate District 6 since 2013. In June 2018, she announced her resignation to seek the congressional seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Rep. Gene Green, D-Houston. Previously, Garcia served as director and presiding judge of the Houston Municipal... Read More →
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María Teresa Kumar

President and CEO of Voto Latino
Kumar has served as president and CEO of Voto Latino since 2004. She is also a contributor and political commentator for MSNBC and past host of “Changing America” on msnbc.org. Kumar serves as a board member of Planned Parenthood, EMILY’s List and the Latino Leaders Network... Read More →
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Cristina Tzintzún

Founder and Executive Director of Jolt Texas
Tzintzún is founder and executive director of Jolt Texas, a Latino civic advocacy and leadership organization. She is also a co-founder of the Workers Defense Project, a worker’s rights organization focusing on immigrant workers in Texas. Tzintzún has written for NPR, Vogue and... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Central Presbyterian Church