Walker County Democrats
Huntsville, Texas



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              13th Annual Molly Ivins-First Amendment Award Banquet
                           Saturday, February 23, 2019, 6:00 pm



The Club's 13th Annual Molly Ivins- First Amendment Award Banquet will be held at 
Walker Education Center on 19th street.  Tickets are $50 and $25 for students.
Open bar from 6 - 6:30 pm.  Tickets available at Dem HQ (936) 293-8110. There will be a brief live auction toward the end of the evenings's program. Thanks for your participation.

The First Amendment Awardee and speaker for this year's event
is Alfredo Corchado who is an award-winning Mexican-American journalist and author.
He has covered Mexico for many years, and is currently the Mexico City bureau chief of The Dallas Morning News. He specializes in covering the drug wars and the U.S.-Mexico border, writing stories on topics such as drug cartels and organized crime, corruption among police and government officials, and the spread of drug cartels into U.S. cities.*

​Corchado is the author of Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey  (2013  Penguin Press),
"the story of a journalist’s dangerous and notable efforts to report on Mexico’s horrible drug wars."
Corchado's latest book is Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration (2018 Bloomsbury Press). Corchado's new book has been praised by many including David Axelrod, who commented, "This personal, moving tale illuminates the very heart of the polarizing immigration debate that is roiling America today." *


Rich Heiland, first recipient of the First Amendment Award, will introduce 

speaker Alfredo Corchado.


* From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfredo_Corchado

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​ First Amendment Award recipients presented by the Walker County Democrat Club annually at their Moly Ivins Dinners

2007  First Molly Ivins Dinner, no award given

2008  Rich Heiland, Publisher, Huntsville Item, Huntsville, TX

2009  Jack Wagamon, Community Commentator, Huntsville, TX

2010  The Texas Observer, Austin, TX

2011  Texas Freedom Network (www.tfn.org) Kathy Miller, President/Executive Director

2012  Lisa B. Trow , Editor, Huntsville Item, Huntsville, TX

2013  Evan Smith, CEO and Co-Founder, The Texas Tribune (www.texastribune.org)

2014  Melissa del Bosque, Investigative Reporter, The Texas Observer

2015  Jim Hightower, Political Commentator, Author and Writer. Austin, TX

2016  Andrea Greer, Political Commentator and Fundraiser, Houston, TX

2017  KPFT Pacifica Radio, 90.1 FM, Houston, TX

2018  Susan DuQuesnay Bankston, Political Blogger (www.juanitajean.com), Richmond, TX