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July 18, 2018
Kamala Harris Teams with Catherine Cortez Masto, Oprah Drops Cash on Obama, and NFL Players Drop Cash on Candidates
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WHAT I HAD MEANT TO SAY WAS… Donald Trump tried, unsuccessfully, to walk back his remarks on Tuesday, saying he misspoke at a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word 'would' instead of 'wouldn't,' " Trump said Tuesday. No word on other comments he made, including criticism of the FBI and the DOJ, and his praise of Putin. YOUR MOVE GOPSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that "there's a possibility" the chamber will take up bipartisan legislation from Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) that would slap new penalties on Moscow if the Director of National Intelligence were to find Russian meddling in future U.S. elections. FOX AND FOES… Per Politico, the group Republicans for the Rule of Law plans to run an ad on Fox and Friends on Thursday criticizing the president for siding with Putin and calling on Congress to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. THE INTERPRETERSSecretary of State Mike Pompeo will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the president's recent meetings with Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next Wednesday. But Dems want to hear from the interpreters who sat in on the Putin meeting as well. TABLE MOUNTAIN T’CHALLA… Former President Barack Obama spoke to a crowd of about 15,000 in Johannesburg on Tuesday in his most public address since leaving office, celebrating Nelson Mandela's life and legacy. Without mentioning Trump by name, POTUS44 referenced politicians who lie repeatedly, leaders who don’t believe in facts, and the “strange and uncertain times” upon us. He also warned about growing nationalism, xenophobia, and bigotry in the U.S. and around the world. NEW ADDITION: COOL IT NOWSome Democratic lawmakers want NY congressional candidate, 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to cool it. They say she’s making enemies of soon-to-be-colleagues by attacking the party. MORALLY REPUGNANTFour members of a Homeland Security advisory council -- including a former Congresswoman -- have resigned in protest over the Trump administration's immigration policies, citing the “morally repugnant” practice of separating immigrant families at the border. DARK GREENThe Trump administration will end a longstanding requirement that certain nonprofit organizations disclose the names of large donors to the IRS -- a move that will allow some political groups to shield their sources of funding from government scrutiny. DJ GOLDMANGoldman Sachs named veteran investment banker David Solomon, who moonlights as a dance-music DJ, as its new Chief Executive succeeding Lloyd Blankfein. THE SWEETEST TABOOSade is reportedly emerging from her music slumber to bless us with new melodies. Her longtime collaborator and famed British musician, Stuart Matthewman, said in an interview, “We’re working on a new album.” Coast to coast, LA to Chicago, time to catch The Beat. We’re kicking off Wednesday with this...
  • DNC’s Tom Pérez gets a new Chief of Staff.
  • Congressman Joaquín Castro (D-TX) questions DoD over dismissed foreign-born military recruits.
  • Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) intros workplace harassment bill.
  • Lester Holt gets a lifetime achievement award.
  • Univisión announces changes in its leadership ranks.
  • Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) lands a book deal.
NBC’s Morgan Radford on a hike in Boulder, CO earlier this month.
Endeavor’s Bozoma Saint John and her daughter at #BeautyConLA over the weekend.
Catherine Cortez Masto and Kamala Harris Intro Bill to Immediately Reunite Separated Families
Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Kamala Harris (D-CA)
, and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced the Reunite Every Unaccompanied Newborn Infant, Toddler and Other Children Expeditiously (REUNITE) Act, a bill to immediately reunify all families and establish a permanent system of coordination between agencies and non-governmental organizations to protect detained immigrants with children. There are currently approximately 2,600 children still separated from their families who remain at risk of short and long-term health impacts as a result of the trauma they’ve experienced. "Three weeks ago, I traveled to the US-Mexico border in an attempt to gain access to the facilities where the Trump administration is holding immigrant children. While I was prohibited from entering these child-detention facilities, I did have the opportunity to speak to detained immigrant parents. I promised them that I would do everything in my power to reunite them with their children,” said Cortez-Masto. “I’m introducing this bill to make good on that promise.” Last month, a judge gave the federal government a July 10th deadline to reunite children under the age of 5 with their parents and a July 26th deadline for children ages 5 and older. The REUNITE Act requires, among other things, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services Secretaries to publish guidance describing how they will reunify families including how to ensure no-cost contact between parents and children, access to children by legal counsel and other advocates, and unannounced inspections by child welfare organizations. It also creates a presumption that parents will not be deported until their child’s immigration proceeding is over or the child turns 18 and redirects $50 million in appropriations from ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations for enforcement of the measure. "This is a crisis created by this administration and has resulted in thousands of children being ripped from their mothers and fathers," Harris said. "Government should be in the business of keeping families together not tearing them apart. A stunning lack of transparency and accountability has left thousands of children in need of reunification. That must happen immediately. We are better than this." More here.
Joaquín Castro Presses Defense Secretary on Foreign-Born Recruits Being Terminated from Military
Congressman Joaquín Castro (D-TX)
, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, requested more information from Defense Secretary James Mattis regarding recent reports that the military is discharging immigrant reservists and recruits who enrolled under the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program. The NYT recently reported that a growing number of foreign-born recruits who joined the U.S. military through the MAVNI program are being terminated before they can qualify for citizenship. Lawyers for the recruits say at least 40 have been discharged in recent weeks and thousands more are stuck in limbo -- currently enlisted but unable to serve -- and may also be forced out. “It is concerning that the military would discharge these individuals, seemingly without explanation, and subject them to deportation,” Castro said. “Oftentimes, these recruits wait years before they are cleared for basic training due to enhanced security screenings.  These long wait periods subject them to expired visas, leaving their futures in the balance.” More than 10,000 troops have joined the military through the program — almost all of them in the Army. MAVNI was an entry point for personnel with critical language or medical skills who were in the U.S. temporarily, such as through student visas, or here seeking asylum. Most of its participants came from overseas -- Africa, Southwest Asia, China, India, and Eastern Europe -- places where the U.S. had a need for those language skills. Most did not come from Latin America or Mexico. See Castro’s letter to Mattis here.

Members Mike Johnson (R-LA), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), and Claudia Tenney (R-NY) recognizing #NationalDayofCivility last week.
Singer Patti LaBelle and CNN commentator Ana Navarro in Florida last month.
Black Lawmakers Chide Education Secretary Over Plan to Delay Obama-era Rule On Special-education Students of Color
Congressional Black Caucus members are concerned that portions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) -- legislation that ensures students with a disability are provided with Free Appropriate Public Education -- are being disregarded. The Trump administration has delayed by two years the implementation of an Obama-era rule that is intended to address the disparities in the treatment of students of color with disabilities. The regulation established a standard approach that states must use to assess whether students of color are 1.) disproportionately identified for special education, 2.) disproportionately placed in more segregated settings, and 3.) disproportionately disciplined. CBC Chairman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA), CBC Education and Labor Task Force Co-Chairs Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL), and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY) sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Assistant Secretary of Education Johnny Collett, criticizing the delay. “We are deeply troubled by the Department’s response to comments and justification of the delay asserting that racial bias does not exist in special education. Further we are concerned with the Department's oversight process to ensure compliance with IDEA’s requirement that state and local education agencies act to address significant disproportionality in the absence of any regulation,” the members wrote. Students of color have historically been marginalized in the education system through questionable special education placement, classification, and/or disciplinary outcomes as compared to their white counterparts. Read the CBC’s letter here.

Lisa Blunt Rochester Intros Workplace Harassment Bill
Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) 
is introducing a bipartisan, bicameral, and comprehensive bill to address workplace harassment. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) estimates that 90% of individuals who say they have experienced harassment never take formal action, such as filing a charge or complaint. And roughly three in four never speak to a superior about the conduct. In many workplaces, there is an expectation of silence reinforced by non-disparagement and non-disclosure clauses (NDAs) in their contracts that employees are effectively forced to sign as a condition of their employment. The Ending the Monopoly of Power Over Workplace harassment through Education and Reporting (EMPOWER) Act aims to address this by prohibiting non-disparagement and NDAs in workplace contracts. The bill requires public companies to disclose numbers of settlements and judgments to the SEC, and establishes a confidential tip-line for reporting at the EEOC. It also reforms the tax code so that survivors aren’t penalized and taxpayer money doesn’t subsidize payments for harassment claims, among other provisions. Rochester is joined in introducing the legislation by members Lois Frankel (D-FL), Ted Poe (R-TX), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), and Barbara Comstock (R-VA). A companion bill was introduced in the Senate by Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). More here.

Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) on Thursday with rescue pup, Pebbles, on Capitol Hill.
 'Ōlelo Community Media CEO Sanford Inouye, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), and Maui Community Media’s Jay April last Wednesday in Hawaii.
Oprah Among the Donors Who Gave $1 Million to Obama Foundation
Oprah Winfrey
has donated at least $1 million to the Obama Foundation. The exact amount of the Oprah donation is not known because the Obama Foundation only posts broad ranges of gifts each quarter. This was her first gift to the Foundation. The organization usually provides donor giving details in what had been, up until this year, its May annual IRS filing which covered contributions for the previous year. But the Foundation has delayed filing its IRS 990 report, telling the Chicago Sun-Times that more preparation time was needed. In April, the Foundation had listed 47 gifts of at least $1 million. On Monday, there were 56 contributions of at least $1 million. Oprah was joined by one of the wealthiest families from Boston and a foundation representing one of the country’s most prominent African American billionaires in giving the largest new financial gifts to the Obama Foundation in the second quarter of the year. The foundation bearing the name of Reginald F. Lewis -- a Harvard Law School alum who became one of the nation’s richest businessmen and died in 1993 -- is listed among the newest, large-scale donors. In addition, Amy and Joshua Boger, The California Endowment, the Fidelity Charitable Fund, The Parker Foundation, the John & Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation, and Barbara Schmidt are listed as having recently given more than $1 million each. John Rogers, Ariel Investments Founder and Obama Foundation board member, was also listed among the contributors. The largest group of donors are people who have given less than $10,000 each. The Foundation is expected to break ground on the center in Chicago later this year. More here.
NFL Player’s PAC Raises Cash for Democrats and Republicans
The National Football League Players Association's One Team PAC is hosting a fundraising lunch today for Ohio Congressional candidate Anthony González, a Republican and former Indianapolis Colts receiver. The PAC maxed out in May to Colin Allred, the former Tennessee Titans player who's challenging Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX). The PAC is a first for the labor group and the only one among the major U.S. sports unions. Pros from all 32 teams donated to the PAC late last year, giving nearly $700,000 on a single day. The Association’s chief DeMaurice Smith, who made the maximum donation, said the PAC will allow the Association to have a voice in ongoing legislative fights, such as efforts at the state level to guarantee players access to workers' compensation benefits. Eric Winston, the Association's President and an offensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals, said about 90% of players have donated to the PAC. "It's not just three guys donating big checks," he said. "We’ve educated and tried to let guys know over the years, ‘Listen, this is how the NFL plays, this is how other people play, and we’re going to have to play on these different fields,' " Winston said. "The political field is one of them, and the PAC will allow us to be able to move the needle on issues that we care about.” From late May to mid-June, the PAC donated money to six politicians, including four Republicans and two Democrats. More here.
Linda Sánchez Announces Run for House Democratic Caucus Chair
House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Linda Sánchez (D-CA) announced that she will seek the position of Caucus Chair in the 116th Congress. She made the announcement in a letter circulated to colleagues on Tuesday. “I am encouraged by the conversations I have had with many members about continuing that work, and I am pleased to announce that I will run for House Democratic Caucus Chair for the 116th Congress,” she wrote in the letter obtained by The Beat DC. Though others have expressed interest in running for the position, Sánchez beat them to the punch as the first to announce. As a former Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the highest-ranking Latina in Congress, she’s likely to have the support of the 31-member group if no other CHC member enters the race. She has openly and defiantly called for a leadership overhaul for months, saying it’s time for a generational change at the top of the Caucus. “I want to be part of that transition because I don’t intend to stay in Congress until I’m in my 70s,” she said to reporters last week. Dem leadership Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and Jim Clyburn (D-SC) are all in their late 70s and have been in their jobs for more than a decade. “I am glad that we have begun to have conversations about how the Caucus should function to give every member increased opportunities,” Sánchez wrote in her letter to colleagues. “Leadership is about serving others, not serving yourself. As Caucus Chair, I will continue to work collaboratively and inclusively to utilize the full range of talent on our team.” More here.
PBS’ Alicia Menéndez, former Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards, and UnidosUS President Janet Murguía at UnidosUS’ #TheFutureIsLatina brunch and panel in DC last weekend.
GA GOP Regional Field Director Morgan Ackley, RNC Director for Asian American Pacific Engagement Adi Sathi, and GA GOP Director Josh Findlay on Sunday at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir temple in Atlanta.
Martin Heinrich Elevates Press Secretary to Lead Comms in Re-Election Campaign
Vanessa Valdívia
, Press Secretary for Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM), is shifting to the campaign side and will become the Communications Director for the Senator’s re-election campaign. Before joining Heinrich’s office, Vanessa served as the Latino Vote Director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, and shortly before that, was the Regional Organizing Director for the Colorado Democratic Party. Prior to that, the 2010 UC Santa Barbara graduate, who also holds a Master’s from the University of Southern California, was an Associate at Gonring, Spahn & Associates. More about her here
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DNC Names New Chief of Staff to Tom Pérez
Michael Tyler is being promoted to the role of Chief of Staff to DNC Chair Tom Pérez. He most recently served as the Spokesperson and National Press Secretary for the DNC. Tyler was elevated to the position of Spokesperson in 2017 after serving as a communications staffer on Pérez’s campaign for the chairmanship. The Atlanta native first joined the DNC in 2015 as the Director of African American Media. Prior to joining the DNC, the Georgetown University graduate was the Communications Director for former Senator Russ Feingold’s unsuccessful re-election campaign in 2016. The 31-year-old was also the Director of Communications for the Atlanta City Council and previously served as a field organizer on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign in Virginia. “I’m thrilled for this opportunity to help elect Democrats up and down the ballot. As Tom’s chief of staff, I’ll be working day-in and day-out with the chair as we lift up Democrats across the country, put our values into action, and put our party in the best position to win in November," Tyler said to The Beat DC. "
The Democratic Party is back and our base communities are at the heart of our resurgence. I couldn’t more excited for this new role and for our party’s future as we head into the most important midterm election of our lives.” He assumes the new position as the DNC’s Unity Reform Commission (URC) on Tuesday voted to advance new rules that would make superdelegates significantly less powerful. The compromise would prevent the hundreds of unpledged delegates from voting on the first ballot of a presidential nomination. While they would be free to make endorsements, their support would not count toward a candidate’s delegate total, except in the event of a brokered convention. More on that here.
Jamilah Lemieux to Join Cynthia Nixon’s Gubernatorial Campaign
Writer and culture critic Jamilah Lemieux has joined New York’s gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon’s campaign as a Communications and Engagement Advisor. Lemieux previously served as the VP of Men’s and Lifestyle Programming at NewsOne, where she spearheaded the creation of CASSIUS, a progressive digital lifestyle platform powered by young, Black content creators. Prior to joining NewsOne, the Chicago native was the Senior Editor of Digital at EBONY Magazine where she helped re-launch EBONY.com in 2012, and later became the Senior Editor for the print EBONY Magazine in 2015. The 2007 Howard University grad and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has had bylines in a host of print and digital properties, including Mic, Essence, The Guardian, Colorlines, The Washington Post, The Nation, and Jezebel. She has also been a commentator on CNN, BET, and MSNBC, as well as The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, MTV2’s Uncommon Sense, and more. Nixon will face incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo in the September 13th Democratic primary. Cuomo has a huge cash advantage with $31.1 million in the bank compared with about $660,000 for Nixon. The actress-turned-candidate has raised more than $1.6 million since she joined the race in March, with much of the money coming from small contributors. More here.

Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) at the 24th Annual Nanticoke Riverfest in Seaford, DE over the weekend.
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) back at it and fighting for the American people on the Hill on Monday.
Univisión Leadership Shake-Up Continues
Isaac Lee
, Univisión and Televisa’s joint Chief Content Officer, announced on Tuesday that he was resigning from the Spanish-language news company effective immediately. Lee has been with the media giant for over seven years and is departing to start his own television production company. At Univisión, Lee created the Los Angeles-based premium content development and production hub, Story House Entertainment, which produces scripted and non-scripted programming in English and Spanish. The Colombia-born son of immigrants is also the architect behind Univisión’s Fusion project, including the purchase of Gizmodo (and other Gawker-affiliated sites), The Onion, The Root, and others. News of Lee’s departure comes after Univisión announced its plans to sell many of these sites, as we told you on Monday. Televisa executive Patricio Wills will take over Lee’s duties as head of content. Before joining Televisa, Wills was the Executive Director and Partner of Productions RTI Colombia, President and Creator of Telemundo Studios, and in 2016 he created, along with Univisión, W Studios, a production company of which he is still President. Lee’s exit is the latest in the shake-up at Univisión -- the former head of Univisión, Randy Falco, and Entertainment President Lourdes Díaz both stepped down in June. More here.

Poynter Honors Lester Holt with Lifetime Achievement Award
Lester Holt
, the first African American anchor of NBC Nightly News, will be awarded the 2018 Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism at Poynter’s annual Bowtie Ball in St. Petersburg, FL in December. The California native joined NBC News in 2000 and is known for his outstanding work in the field, reporting, and anchoring both locally and around the world. He’s covered everything from terrorist attacks in Manchester, Brussels, and Paris to natural disasters in Japan and Haiti. He’s reported on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and led coverage of presidential elections. Holt’s one-on-one with Donald Trump in May 2017 stands as the most consequential interview of the Trump presidency after Trump told Holt that the firing of former FBI head James Comey was tied to the Russia investigation. The 59-year-old joined NBC News after nearly 20 years of working in local TV news at WBBM-TV in Chicago, WCBS-TV in New York City, and sister station KCBS-TV in Los Angeles. The Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement recognizes the outstanding career achievements of a journalist whose work has made a lasting impact serving citizens in our democracy. More here.
Kamala Harris Lands Book Deal
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA)
has scored a book deal. Penguin Press announced Tuesday that it will publish Harris's book, The Truths We Hold: An American Journey, in January 2019. The title will delve into what Harris sees as "the core truths," and will recount her upbringing as a child of immigrants. The announcement fuels speculation that the 53-year-old is pondering a White House run. The Senator has said she is focusing on current issues and not thinking about the 2020 race. Scott Moyers, the VP and Publisher of Penguin Press, praised Harris’s “authentic” voice and said her backstory was especially compelling, including her “fascinating and formidable” mother, who was the first person in her family to leave India. More here.

SiriusXM’s Zerlina Maxwell wrapping up an interview with Far From the Tree author Andrew Solomon yesterday in NYC.
Congressman Rubén Kihuen (D-NV) on Friday discussing family separations at the border in an interview with Univisión in DC.
New Orleans Can Keep Katrina Grants
Congressional Black Caucus Chair Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) says New Orleans can keep $2 billion in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants approved to fix sewers and water pipes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. A Department of Homeland Security audit last July said FEMA should take back the money. It said the pipes were in bad shape before the 2005 storm, and the city couldn’t prove damages were disaster-related. Richmond says the Department recently told its Inspector General’s office to close the audit recommendations without further action. "I said all along that the OIG's conclusion was simply wrong. I'm glad that the Department agreed with what countless experts, local officials, and my colleagues in Congress knew instead of Monday-morning quarterbacks who showed up years after the disaster," Richmond said. Mayor LaToya Cantrell says she’s glad to have the matter resolved, and looks forward to moving ahead quickly with the work. In addition to fixing the pipes, the money will cover repairing streets afterward. More here.

Nydia Velázquez and Yvette Clarke Demand ICE Release Couple Detained While Visiting Family at U.S. Military Base
NY Dems Congresswomen Nydia Velázquez and Yvette Clarke are demanding that ICE officials release a couple detained while visiting family on a military base. The couple, Margarito Silva and Concepción Barrios, both longtime Brooklyn residents and Mexican immigrants, intended to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with their daughter and son-in-law -- a sergeant in the U.S. Army at Fort Drum army base. But upon presenting their municipal IDs to the guards, they were detained by ICE, and are being held in custody in Buffalo. In a letter penned to ICE Director Thomas E. Feeley, the lawmakers pushed for the couples’ release, citing that not only does the couple have a clear criminal record, but that the arrest “raises significant concerns,” given the health considerations of the detainees, and the relationship to the soldier whom they were there to visit. “Continued arrest is likely to impose significant medical hardship on the couple—your agents have had to store medication and receive specially prepared meals from the family. It is our view that the family has not received enough assurances that such practices will continue, or that appropriate accommodations will be provided consistently if the family exercises their available legal options while under ICE detention,” the letter reads. The Silvas are the second immigrants to be detained at a U.S. military base in New York in just over a month after presenting military police officers with municipal IDs. On June 1st, ICE agents detained Pablo Villavicencio-Calderón, an Ecuadorian pizza delivery-man from Queens, after he attempted to make a pizza delivery at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn. More here.

FOMO
Today, 8:30A: The Democratic Association of Secretaries of State and CA Secretary of State and DASS Chair Alex Padilla will host a breakfast and discussion of the 2018 elections. 1341 G St N.W., DC. To RSVP and for sponsorship information, email Patricia Brooks at Patricia.brooks@hklaw.com.
Today, 12PThe Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, in conjunction with The Sentencing Project, and the ACLU, host "Quelling the Crisis: The Case for Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Reform," congressional briefing on sentencing reform. Senate Dirksen Room G50. Click here for more information
Today, 2P: Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) hosts a roundtable on Policy Solutions to Address Automation and the Future of Work. Cannon House Office Building, Room 421, DC. 
Today, 5:30P: Join the first Latina Speaker of the House in Colorado and the U.S, Crisanta Duran, for a conversation about the 2018 election. 40 Ivy Street SE. Washington DC. Suggested Contributions: $250 to Host / $50 to Attend. RSVP to DuranForColorado@gmail.com.
Today: NAACP’s 109th Annual Convention. Henry B. González Convention Center. San Antonio, TX. Click here for more information.
Today: The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) 2018 National Women’s Conference. Phoenix. Click here for more information.
Today - Friday, July 20th: March On Washington Film Festival. DC. Click here for more information.
Today - Friday, July 20th: Inaugural Black Women’s Congressional Alliance Week. A series of events that will help Black women navigate Capitol Hill, compete for senior roles, build brands, sharpen political skills, and more. Click here for more information.
Today - Saturday, July 21st: The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) 2018 National Convention and Expo. Phoenix. Click here for more information.
Today - Saturday, 21st: NAHJ International Training Conference and Career Fair. InterContinental Miami Hotel. 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL. Click here for more information.
Thursday, July 19th, 8:30A: DNC African American Leadership Summit and IWillVote Gala with Chair Tom Pérez. Special guests include Stacey AbramsSenator Cory Booker (D-NJ)Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), New York Assemblyman & DNC Vice Chair Michael Blake, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance BottomsEric Holder, and more. Address upon RSVP. AtlantaClick here to RSVP.
Thursday, July 20th, 8:30A: "The Color of Surveillance: Government Monitoring of American Religious Minorities." Georgetown Law Hart Auditorium. 600 New Jersey Ave., N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, July 19th - Saturday, July 21st: The National Black Chamber of Commerce's 26th Annual Conference. Senate Hart Building, DC. Click here for more information.   
Friday, July 20th, 8:30A: “Ballots & Black Women: Marching to the Polls.” National Political Strategist L. Joy Williams joins the March on Washington Film Festival and The Raben Group to explore the role of electoral participation as a vital part of our democracy, the importance of the upcoming midterm elections, and the impact of Black women candidates nationwide. 1341 G Street, N.W., Fifth Floor, DC. Click here for more information
Friday, July 20 - Sunday, July 22nd: The 2nd Annual Black Campaign School, hosted by The Collective. Atlanta, GA. Click here for information
Monday, July 23rd, 12P: The Center for Native American Youth at The Aspen Institute is partnering with the Congressional Native Staff Association, the Senate Diversity Initiative, and the House Diversity Initiative to provide a unique training opportunity for Native youth in the DC area. Location provided upon follow-up email. Click here for more information

Wednesday, August 1st - Saturday, August 4th: The National Urban League's 2018 Annual Conference “Save Our Cities: Powering the Digital Revolution.” Columbus, OH. Click here for more information and to register.
Wednesday, August 1st - Sunday, August 5th: NABJ Annual Convention & Career Fair. Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. 400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit, MI. Click here for more information
Monday, August 6th - Saturday, August 11th: 16th Annual Run&Shoot Filmworks Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, August 8th - Saturday, August, 11th: AAJA National Convention. Marriott Marquis Houston. 1777 Walker St., Houston, TX. Click here for more information.
Friday, August 17th - Sunday, August 19th: Martha’s Vineyard celebrates Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s (D-CA) 20 years of service. Special guests include House Assistant Minority Leader Jim Clyburn (D-SC)Congressional Black Caucus Chair Cedric Richmond (D-LA), and more. Harbor View Hotel, 131 North Water Street Edgartown, MA. Kelley House, 23 Kelley Street Edgartown, MA. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, September 11th - Wednesday, September 12th: CHCI's Annual Leadership Conference. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, September 12th - Saturday, September 16th: Congressional Black Caucus Foundation 48th Annual Legislative Conference. Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Click here for more information.
Thursday, September 13th: CHCI's 41st Annual Anniversary Awards Gala. Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. 901 Massachusetts Avenue N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, September 25th - Saturday, September 29th: NBMBAA 40th Annual Conference & Exposition. Detroit, MI. Click here for more information.
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