We have added two new bloggers to our team covering the Tavis Smiley Presidential Forums tonight.
John Fleming is a staff member of the Center for African and African American Studies with The University of Texas at Austin, College of Liberal Arts. He has lived in Austin for over 36 years. John is a freelance flutist/musician and co-owner of a music consulting business, Fleming and Fong. John is also the co-founder of the Austin Summer Flute Camp. John has worked extensively as a private lessons teacher providing flute and theory lessons to students within AISD and Pflugerville ISD assists Mrs. Daphne McDole and the Keys of Life program (www.kol-kidz.com). John’s community involvement has been with organizations such as Reading Is FUNdamental, KLRU and served as chair of the KLRU Community Advisory Board and former president of the University of Texas Longhorn Alumni Band Association.
Allaina Wilson has run the circuit as a political lackie. Catching political fever as a volunteer on various local campaigns led to a stint in Washington D.C. where she learned first hand the workings of the capital as an intern for an NGO. This life experience learning continued in New Hampshire where she campaigned on behalf of John Edwards during the last primary, gaining valuable knowledge of party politics. No longer working in the political sphere, Allaina continues to keep abreast of all the happenings in American politics from her home in Portland, Oregon.