Harrison is not new to policy analysis. The former host of Greenwatch TV broadcast his biweekly conversations with subject matter experts on a variety issues for more than 15 years. He also ran as a Green for the State House from District 147 in 2016, amassing just under 3% of the vote against popular Democratic legislator Garnet Coleman.
Since that 2016 election, in which the Green Party lost its ballot line, Harrison's pet project has been Houston's chapter of Socialist Alternative. I dropped into SA's meeting at the Montrose Center Tuesday night, on the topic of curtailing gun violence nationwide, participating in the two-hour discussion and collecting ten signatures on the Green Party's ballot access petition.
This was my first SA meeting since the rather disappointing one I went to last January. That one, my own disappointment aside, packed a double-wide meeting space to overflowing; this one drew fewer than 20 attendees, even with a current hot-button topic in the afterglow of the March for Our Lives.