John Kerry at The Progressive Forum on Sept. 29
Former U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. senator and Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry will appear at The Progressive Forum at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Congregation Emanu El, 1500 Sunset Blvd.
Kerry will sit in conversation with Randall Morton, Progressive Forum president, to highlight stories behind his memoir, recounting 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.
All attendees will receive a free copy of Kerry’s memoir, “Every Day Is Extra.”
“Kerry’s book is a passionate, insightful, and, at times, humorous sharing of wonderful stories about colleagues such as Ted Kennedy, John McCain, President Obama, and many others,” Morton said. “He provides a forceful testimony for the importance of diplomacy and American leadership in our increasingly uncertain world.”
Tickets are available at ProgressiveForumHouston.org or at 888-695-0888 seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. General admission tickets are $70 each. Discount tickets for students with valid IDs and seniors 65 and older are $40 each. Tickets for reserved seats and speaker reception are $150. Tickets will also be available on event night at the door.
A Yale graduate, Kerry enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1966, serving in Vietnam. He returned highly decorated (three Purple Hearts, Silver Star and Bronze Star with Valor for Heroic Achievement), but disillusioned. He testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in April 1971 as a young veteran opposed to the war at the age of 28, saying, “How do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do you ask a man to die for a mistake?” The next day, he was arrested during a VVAW (Vietnam Veterans Against the War) march near Boston honoring American POWs held captive in North Vietnam.
Kerry served as a prosecutor in Massachusetts, then as lieutenant governor, and was elected to the Senate in 1984. In 2004, he lost his presidential bid to President George W. Bush. Kerry returned to the Senate, chairing the important Foreign Relations Committee. As Secretary of State, he tried to find peace in the Middle East, dealt with the Syrian civil war while combatting ISIS, and negotiated the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement. He is currently a Distinguished Fellow for Global Affairs at Yale University, as well as the inaugural Visiting Statesman for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.