Bill Blum, Karla Hudson, Sharon Kyle
Sunday, 1:30-2:45 p.m.
The event panel will address a very simple question: Should Donald Trump, the 45th president, be impeached for what the Constitution terms high crimes and misdemeanors? To help answer that question, the panel will explore the nature and history of impeachment from the earliest days of the republic through Nixon (who resigned in the face of impeachment before he was formally impeached) through Clinton. We’ll concentrate specifically on the issue of whether progressives should support calls to impeach Trump, or whether they would be better served to focus on discrete political issues and winning elections. Bill Blum will present a PowerPoint that will cover the history and substance of impeachment. Kevin Mack will explain the Steyer group’s approach to impeachment, and discuss how the group interacts with other political organizations, particularly those on the left. Sharon Kyle will offer additional political and legal perspectives, including those of the ACLU.
Bill Blum is a former judge and death penalty defense attorney. He is the author of three legal thrillers published by Penguin/Putnam (“Prejudicial Error,” “The Last Appeal” and “The Face of Justice”) and is a contributing writer for California Lawyer magazine, and a columnist with Truthdig.com. His nonfiction work has appeared in such publications as Crawdaddy magazine, In These Times, The Nation, The Progressive, the ABA Journal, the Orange County Register, the San Jose Mercury News, the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly and Los Angeles magazine.
Karla Hudson currently serves on Tom Steyer’s senior staff as Director of Civic Engagement for Need to Impeach. She’s spent the last several months traveling the nation with Tom Steyer and heading up a 30-city town hall tour, taking Need to Impeach from a petition drive to a full-on movement. She was previously an on-air reporter at NBC affiliates in Illinois and Minnesota, and also worked with Northwestern University’s Innocence Project to help exonerate wrongfully convicted inmates. Most recently she held corporate communications roles at Google and Intuit. Karla holds a Bachelor and Master degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
For the past ten years, Sharon Kyle has been the publisher of the LA Progressive, an online social justice daily magazine. She is also the President of Peoples College of Law and has served as a law professor there for several years. But before immersing herself in the law and social justice, Ms. Kyle was a member of several space flight teams at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where she managed resources for projects like Magellan, Genesis, and Mars Pathfinder. Sharon also sits on several boards including the Board of Directors of the ACLU and is on the editorial board of the BlackCommentator.com.