Speaker: Brett Parker, State Policy Manager, American Atheists
Main Talk: State Attacks on Roe v. Wade and How to Advocate Effectively.
Texas has been front and center in state efforts to effectively repeal Roe v. Wade. More anti-choice legislation will follow in Texas and states around the country. We will look at the landscape of state legislation and how citizens can most effectively advocate for reproductive justice.
Musician: Ken Gaines and Wayne Wilkerson
Brett Parker is an experienced political advocate having served as a lawmaker, member of caucus and campaign leadership, a union leader, and congressional campaign staffer. Brett serves as the State Policy Manager for American Atheists where he manages state-level advocacy efforts through grassroots engagement, communication with state lawmakers and partner organizations, and the development of testimony and advocacy resources in order to advance positive legislation and block negative legislation.
Houston area singer/songwriter, guitarist, producer, and teacher Ken Gaines has the goal of writing great songs in just about every genre and style you can come up with. “For all the great songs that have been written I belong to a wonderful tribe who believe there are a least as many great ones still to be written.” His voice has the range to cover all styles and his supple guitar work lays down arrangements instead of just chords. His lyrics are both powerful and poetic and highlight the skills of a story teller and observer of life. In 2005 he was voted Singer Songwriter of the Year by the Academy of Texas Music and in 2007 his song “Einstein’s Violin” was nominated Song of the Year at the Texas Music Awards.
Ken Gaines and Wayne Wilkerson play together often and can been seen at local favorites like Anderson Fair, The Mucky Duck, and have played at Houston Oasis many times.
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