Kamala D. Harris Speaking at Annie’s List Luncheon
Kamala D. Harris is the 32nd Attorney General of California. She is the perennial glass ceiling breaker. She is the first woman, the first African American, and the first Asian American to hold that office.
Annie’s List executive director Patsy Woods Martin spoke about the importance of the organization. She spoke about its accomplishments in getting many progressive Texas women elected. She said she expected another Annie’s List endorsed candidate, Ina Minjarez of House District 124, to be added to its repertoire.
Kamala D. Harris gave an empowering speech. She spoke about many who believed it wasn’t her time. After-all, she was at 6% support when she started her run. She spoke about State Senator Rodney Ellis anointing her an Honorary Texan. She spoke about the reasons she wanted to be an attorney general. The one that stood out was the manner in which she framed legal cases. She said when someone is being judge in court, it is not the aggrieved vs the perpetrator. It is the state vs the perpetrator. Paraphrasing, “A crime against any citizen is a crime against us all.” Kamala D. Harris provided encouragement to women (and men) to engage in the body politic unabashedly.
In attendance was the who is who of Harris County Democratic Politics. Absent the congressional session in Austin, one would have expected even more. The Chairman of the Harris Country Democratic Party Lane Lewis and Harris County Department of Education member Diane Trautman among many others were present.
There was temporary suspense before a pleasant surprise. Immediate Board Chair Amber Anderson Mostin informed the audience that she would no longer be providing her customary generous donations. After an uneasy pause and silence in the room, she said she was kidding. In fact she offered to match dollar for dollar any donations resulting from the event.
It was a very informative and empowering lunch.
Annie’s List Mission
- Annie’s List recruits, trains, supports and elects pro-choice women in Texas.
- 22 women elected and re-elected statewide
- Over $4 million in candidate contributions
- 2,500 women trained statewide
- 75 campaign managers trained