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Annie's List Executive Director Royce Brooks talks with a student during a visit to the LBJ School on March 27, 2019
Annie's List Executive Director Royce Brooks talks with a student during a visit to the LBJ School on March 27, 2019.
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The event was part of a new civic engagement speaker series.

On Wednesday, March 27, Royce Brooks, the executive director of Annie's List, a progressive group dedicated to electing women to office, delivered remarks at the LBJ School as part of a new civic engagement speaker series. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, the director of civic engagement at the LBJ School, leads the series.

Brooks spoke to a packed classroom of approximately 75 students and encouraged them to make a place for themselves in politics.

"You have a place at the table," Brooks said.


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Transcript: The students absolutely reminded me of myself today. Eager, yet skeptical. It was really fun to get to talk to such an intelligent group of students with so many great questions.

 

Later that evening, Annie's List Texas returned to the LBJ School to conduct a customized Candidate/Campaign 101 training. The training gives students a game plan for running for office.

Transcript: We trained over a thousand women last cycle to run for office. It's not just a blip, it's a trend. And I am so excited to see these women running not only for state legislature, but in local offices and county offices, running for Congress, and not backing down from a fight. It's exciting.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

"When we at Annie's List talk about changing the face of power in Texas, we're not talking about taking advantage of some projected demographic shift. We're talking about lifting up voices and communities who are already here. We’re talking about helping those communities achieve the Texas they deserve." -Annie's List ED Royce Brooks Thank you to the The LBJ School for an incredible day with your students, who are already doing so much to build a better, more equitable world! - - - Repost from @thelbjschool - On Wednesday, March 28, Annie's List joined the LBJ School for a noontime keynote with executive director Royce Brooks. The keynote was part of the school’s new civic engagement series, led by Professor Victoria DeFrancesco Soto. Later that evening, Annie's List led a campaign/candidate 101 training for students. Many thanks to Annie's List and Royce Brooks for unpacking issues of representation and civic engagement, as well as for providing essential campaign training to LBJ students.

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