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Houston’s Forgotten Historic Role Toward Women’s Equality

August 24, 2020

by Randall Morton, Founder of The Progressive Forum

The National Women’s Conference started with a torch relay from Seneca Falls with the final leg down Allen Parkway, a run led by conference leader Bella Abzug, Billie Jean King, and Betty Friedan.

With the recent celebration of the suffragists achieving women’s voting rights, let’s reflect on Houston’s forgotten history in furthering feminine equality and constitutional rights.

Now in The New Yorker! Houston Beyond Fossil Fuels.

The recent essay by Progressive Forum founder Randall Morton made The New Yorker!

Houston Beyond Fossil Fuels

July 28, 2020

by Randall Morton, Founder of The Progressive Forum, the Oilfield Breakfast Forum, and Randall Morton International, Inc.

A depression is a good time to start a business. This is what I learned in Houston’s 1985 oil bust. After losing my job in an oil supply company, I was overwhelmed by the shock of insecurity and grief, and lingered in an emotional limbo for months.

Robert Reich at The Progressive Forum April 6, 2020

The 22nd U.S. Secretary of Labor and co-founder of Inequality Media, with nearly 4.5 million social media followers, Robert Reich will speak and sign books for his latest book, The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It, at The Progressive Forum in Houston on Monday, April 6.  

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn at The Progressive Forum January 16

Popular New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and his spouse, Sheryl WuDunn, will discuss their new book, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope. They are the only married couple to share a Pulitzer Prize.

Karen Armstrong Returns to The Progressive Forum November 11

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One of the most admired writers on the topic of faith, Karen Armstrong returns to The Progressive Forum to discuss her new book, The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts.

Environmentalist Bill McKibben at The Progressive Forum September 15

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The world’s most famous environmentalist and a principal creator of the climate movement, Bill McKibben returns to The Progressive Forum on Sunday, September 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Emanu El in Houston.

John Paul Stevens, 1920-2019: Stories From His Houston Appearance


supreme-court-justice-john-paul-stevensby Randall Morton, President, Founder, The Progressive Forum

John Paul Stevens appeared at The Progressive Forum on November 16, 2010, at the age of 90. I was extremely nervous about the one-on-one interview, but he put me at ease with a joke. Backstage he asked to see the questions, which I thought was fine, all toward better answers. Emerging from his dressing room, I asked, "Sir, are there any questions I shouldn't ask?" He said, "Don't worry, I'll just change the question."

Jared Diamond at The Progressive Forum May 12

One of the deepest thinkers of our time, Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond returns to The Progressive Forum on Sunday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Emanu El. Diamond will discuss his upcoming book, Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis.

John Kerry at The Progressive Forum September 29


John Kerry

One of the world’s leading diplomatic figures, John Kerry, will appear at The Progressive Forum on Saturday, September 29, at 7:30 p.m. Kerry will sit in conversation with Randall Morton, Progressive Forum president, to highlight stories behind his memoir, recounting a remarkable 50 years in public service — from decorated Vietnam veteran, to five-term U.S. senator, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, and the 68th Secretary of State  during some of the mostimportant events in our shared history.