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Making an Impact: Voting, Good Public Policy and Overcoming Partisanship

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Hendrik Hertzberg, Timothy McNulty, and Cecile Richards with introduction by Jeb Brooks

Why does it matter if everyone votes? Have politics become more partisan?

Please join 92Y in collaboration with The Jack Brooks Foundation, for a virtual discussion with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Cecile Richards (Supermajority, Make Trouble), Timothy McNulty (Chicago Tribune, The Meanest Man in Congress), and Hendrik Hertzberg, staff writer at the New Yorker and former chief speechwriter in the Carter White House.

The discussion will explore the political, social, and economic influence Texas has played throughout American history, and how it has stood as both a reflection and bellwether of national political trends. Texas Congressman Jack Brooks’ (1922-2012) career spanned the tenures of 10 US presidents. Brooks authored important legislation during his 42 years in Congress that remains foundational to our nation’s laws to this day. The Congressman was known for working both sides of the aisle to secure important legislation such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and drafted the articles of impeachment for Nixon.

Enjoy a rich conversation with some of our greatest thought leaders about how politics is practiced today as seen through the lens of Congressman Brooks’ amazing story.

Join authors Brendan McNulty and Timothy McNulty for an exclusive virtual book-signing of The Meanest Man in Congress, before the event. We have a limited capacity for this opportunity—sign up now!

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Sheila Jackson

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is serving her eleventh term as a member of the United States House of Representative …

Hendrik Hertzberg

Hendrik Hertzberg is an American liberal journalist, best known as a longtime political commentator for the New Yorker magazine …

Timothy McNulty

Timothy McNulty’s long career in journalism includes years as a national, foreign, and White House correspondent for the Chicago Tribune

Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards is a national leader for women’s rights and social and economic justice, and a co-founder of Supermajority …

Jeb Brooks

Jeb Brooks founded the Jack Brooks Foundation, an apolitical non-profit focused on increasing citizen participation in the voting process in 2017 …

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