This month at True Texas Project – Dallas county, we are excited to be hosting Shad Sullivan from R-Calf USA, to speak about the issues affecting the livelihoods of ranchers and others in the agriculture industry. Shad comes to us straight from a ranching background and has an interesting perspective on the affect that our government has had on this critical line of work. We are also hosting Dr. Brooks McKenzie, a family court/law expert, who will give us insight into the current state of the Texas judicial system. He will also touch on how we can be supporting the nuclear family and 50/50 parental rights.
True Texas Project
Speakers: Brooks McKenzie & Shad Sullivan
Thursday, May 12
6301 Riverside Dr, Irving, TX 75039
5:30-6:00pm – prayer meeting (open to all)
6:30-8:00pm – meeting
No dues. No fees. No memberships. No RSVPs.
About Shad Sullivan:
Shad Sullivan is the R-CALF USA Private Property Rights Committee Chair. Sullivan is a fifth generation native to southeast, Colorado. Raised in the family stocker operation on Antelope Mesa in northwestern Crowley County, Shad learned early on the importance of hard work, dedication, loyalty and integrity. He is a graduate of Crowley County High school and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture/Animal Science from West Texas A&M University in 1996. After a short stint instructing and coaching equine evaluation at Clarendon College, Shad returned to the family ranching operation to help perpetuate family tradition of land stewardship and beef production. His greatest love is watching the cattle grow.
In 2002, Shad built a small preconditioning yard at the headwaters of Bitter Creek, in Archer County, Texas. Procurement of fly-weight stocker cattle takes place in the Mississippi/Alabama region. These calves are then sent to the family grow yard where they take part in a short weaning period and then turned out to graze wheat through the winter. They are then sent north in the spring and summer to utilize the short-grass prairies of southeast, Colorado on owned and leased ranches. The cattle are sold in the fall. Wherever the cattle are, is where you will find Shad.
After falling victim to and witnessing the tragic loss of family farms and ranches through bureaucratic, market and industry corruption he came to realize that liberty in production is at “steak” and it all starts with private property rights. Shad and his wife Thea have one daughter named Lynsey, a Jr. High Mathematics teacher and one son, Beatty Lane, a flash of lightning and a big surprise!
As a researcher and former Assistant Director for the TCU Institute of Child Development, Dr. Brooks McKenzie has worked with at-risk children and families for more than 16 years, always advocating for the “best interest of the child” in all circumstances.
Born and raised in Texas, Dr. McKenzie has spent his entire professional career presenting the body of empirical research in Developmental Psychology to agencies and organizations that are tasked with supporting children and families. He has trained DFPS/CPS, attorneys and judges, and worked directly with non-profits and the families they serve, only to find a systemic ignorance/apathy that has been actively harming our children for decades.
Texas has utterly failed to protect one of our most vulnerable populations and it has to stop. Texas has for decades lagged behind the rest of the Nation in addressing the needs of our families and children. Dr. McKenzie has devoted his time and passion to effecting change in a system that is destroying our nuclear families and damaging our children for a lifespan. Our legislators and judiciary must be reformed, otherwise our children and families are doomed.