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September 10, 2018
Marco Rubio Staff Changes, Omarosa Drops New Tape, and Tammy Duckworth Wants an Investigation 
CATCH ME IF YOU CANVP Mike Pence said he would take a lie detector test to prove he didn’t write the anonymous NYT op-ed. Former GOP Chair Michael Steele speculates that it was a group effort. INVASION OF PRIVACY… Now, Donald Trump wants his favorite target, AG Jeff Sessions, to investigate the identity of the author though no one has been able to say what crime has been committed. How long before the beef between Trump and Sessions starts to look like Cardi B and Nicki Minaj at a New York Fashion Week party? At some point, Sessions may explode. GAZA STRIPPED… The Trump administration is expected to announce today that it will close the Palestine Liberation Organization’s office in DC. Senior Palestinian officials describe it as a “reckless escalation.” MISS JACKSON IF YOU’RE NASTYLongtime CBS CEO Leslie Moonves allegedly became obsessed with ruining Janet Jackson's career after her breast was exposed when Justin Timberlake tore a piece of her fabric during their 2004 Super Bowl halftime performance. Moonves quit on Sunday, just hours after The New Yorker published an article detailing accusations of sexual misconduct by six more women. MISS AMERICANia Franklin, a classically trained opera singer representing New York, was crowned Miss America 2019 on Sunday. Miss Michigan used her introduction at the Miss America pageant Sunday night to call out the Flint water crisis in her home state. Miss West Virginia was asked what she feels is the most serious issue facing the nation. Her response? Donald Trump. SOMEBODY FRESHER THAN MY CLIQUESenator Ben Sasse (R-NE) called the White House a reality show and said he thinks about leaving the Republican party every morning. JUST DO IT… Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson took a knee Sunday to peacefully protest police brutality. Their act of civil disobedience is the first highly visible player protest of the 2018 NFL season. SPEAKING OF… A Dallas police officer who fatally shot a man in his apartment after mistaking it for her own was arrested Sunday. NEVER LET THE NECESSARY OCCUR… The final installment of Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story airs tonight. In a series of text messages George Zimmerman, Trayvon’s killer, called Beyoncé a “broke whore” and promised that she and the film’s Executive Producer, JAY-Z, would “find themselves inside a 13 foot gator.” SORRY, I AINT SORRYThat’s what Serena Williams said after calling the USTA umpire a thief after he unfairly penalized her on Saturday. Naomi Osaka provided Japan (her father is Haitian) with its first tennis Grand Slam singles champion. HE’S GOT A BIG EGOTJohn Legend made history by becoming the first Black man to reach EGOT status after his Emmy win on Sunday night. The 39-year-old has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony -- considered the holy grail of performance awards. OKAY LADIES LET’S GET INFORMATION… We’re kicking off the busy week with this...
  • Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) presses the DOJ to investigate Rudy Giuliani.
  • Paramount Pictures names a new EVP.
  • Prison strike ends with little media coverage.
  • GOP official calls Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) “unlikable.”
  • Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) releases a report saying GOP failed to hold White House accountable for mishandling Hurricane Maria.
  • Netflix names a VP of Inclusion Strategy. 
  • The Congressional Black Caucus PAC did not support Ayanna Pressley. Now she’s set to join their caucus. Buzzfeed’s Darren Sands has the story in Blogs.
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and USTA Chairman Katrina Adams on Saturday at the U.S. Open Championship match in NYC.
ABC 7 NY’s CeFaan Kim on the MTA last week in NYC after the train got stuck on a particularly hot day in the city.
Tammy Duckworth Presses DOJ to Investigate Rudy Giuliani
Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
wants the Justice Department to review whether Rudy Giuliani is complying with the law mandating that American advocates must register when they're working on behalf of foreign clients. In a letter to DOJ Assistant Attorney General John Demers, she and six of her fellow Democratic Senate colleagues, pointed to reports they said suggest Giuliani -- Donald Trump’s personal lawyer -- is not only working for the U.S. president, but representing foreign clients without disclosing that as required by the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The lawmakers argued that Giuliani reportedly receives compensation from the Party of Regions in Ukraine and the Mujahedin-e-Khalq, as well as unnamed clients in Colombia and Brazil. They also noted the press releases on Giuliani’s security company’s website which describe additional work on behalf of the governments of Chile, Dominica, Uruguay, the Dominican Republic, and El Salvador. “Mr. Giuliani’s numerous foreign clients and ongoing communications with senior U.S. government officials raise significant concerns,” the Senators wrote. “As President Trump’s personal attorney, Mr. Giuliani communicates in private with the President and his senior staff on a regular basis. Without further review, it is impossible to know whether Mr. Giuliani is lobbying U.S. government officials on behalf of his foreign clients.” Giuliani said he has never represented a foreign government in or before the U.S. The letter was also signed by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tom Udall (D-NM), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR). More here
Cory Booker Intros Bill to Stop Agricultural Mergers
Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)
introduced legislation that would impose a temporary moratorium on mergers and acquisitions between large farm, food, and grocery companies, and establish a commission to strengthen antitrust enforcement in the agribusiness industry. The Food and Agribusiness Merger Moratorium and Antitrust Review Act would be effective for 18 months, or until more comprehensive legislation is passed, to confront the effects of market consolidation in the food and farm sectors. It also directs the government to work on changing existing antitrust laws to tip the scales back in the direction of small- and medium-scale agriculture producers, who have been losing their market share for generations. The bill highlights the effects of concentration, along with some staggering statistics. In the past three decades, the four largest pork packers, beef packers, soybean crushers, and wet corn processors have captured ever larger shares of the supply chain, now controlling 71 to 86% of their respective markets. Four companies control 90% of the global grain trade. “This bill would put a much-needed pause on the largest, most consequential acquisitions and mergers in the food and agriculture sector, and give Congress an opportunity to update our antitrust laws in order to better protect America’s farmers, workers, consumers, and rural communities who are being harmed by the ever-increasing levels of corporate concentration,” Booker said. More here

Kamala Harris Wants FDA to Oversee Advertisement of Opioids
The opioid crisis kills an average of 116 Americans every day, and the crisis is increasingly affecting communities of color. Recent data shows that the percentage increase in the rate of death from opioids was 213% among Blacks and 137% among Hispanics. In an effort to fight the opioid epidemic, Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the Accountability in Opioid Advertising Act, legislation that would direct the FDA to provide greater oversight over advertising and other promotion materials for opioid drugs. The bipartisan measure aims to refocus the FDA’s efforts to fight the opioid epidemic by ensuring that these marketing materials don’t mislead consumers and exacerbate the existing crisis. “Manufacturers who are using misleading marketing materials about the efficacy of these drugs continue to take advantage of consumers and magnify the crisis so it’s clear the FDA needs to prioritize using its enforcement mechanisms to help provide transparency and accountability,” Harris said. “This legislation builds off my office’s ongoing efforts to tackle this crisis, and I believe will put us a step closer toward stabilizing it.” More here.

Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA) serving military families at the 46th Annual Military Appreciation Picnic at the March Air Reserve Base in CA.
Civil rights icon Dolores Huerta hanging out with comedienne Cristela Alonzo on Sunday.
Lucille Roybal-Allard and Pramila Jayapal Lead House Dem Call on Indefinite Immigrant Child Detentions 
The Trump administration is proposing to lift court-imposed limits on how long it can hold children in immigration detention, as The Beat DC highlighted last week. Under proposed regulations, the administration seeks to replace the Flores settlement -- a decades-old agreement that dictates how long the government can hold migrant children, and under what conditions. Not so fast, say Congresswomen Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), the co-chairs of the Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform. They led a group of 64 members of Congress on Friday in sending a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar urging them to support the Flores settlement. “The Departments’ proposed regulations … would strip crucial protections required under the Flores Settlement, leading to the prolonged detention of children in detention facilities,” the members wrote.  “Women and children have already experienced considerable violence, stress, and trauma in their home country and during their journey to the United States. They deserve to be treated with compassion and respect when they arrive at our borders and navigate their legal right to seek asylum.” See the letter here.
Elijah Cummings Releases Report Saying GOP Failed to Hold Trump Accountable for Hurricane Maria
Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD),
the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued a new Democratic staff report accusing Republicans on the committee of shutting down efforts to investigate the Trump administration’s response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The report entitled, A FAILURE OF OVERSIGHT, says that the committee has received some documents requested from the administration, but that the GOP members have refused to subpoena documents and emails that the Trump administration is still withholding, and that they’ve refused to ask for a single record from the White House. The Committee has scheduled only one full hearing to analyze the administration’s response to Maria, which happened nearly a year ago. The response is in stark contrast to Congress’ reaction to Hurricane Katrina, when Republican leaders held nine hearings about the federal response, obtained more than 500,000 documents from the Bush administration, and, within five months, had prepared a 569-page report outlining the government’s failures in responding to the disaster. “Unfortunately, over the past year, Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy and other House Republicans failed to conduct a credible, fact-based investigation of what went wrong and who was responsible,” the report reads. “Instead, the Republican response was to insulate President Trump and his aides from scrutiny, wall off the White House from criticism, shut down key aspects of congressional oversight, and disregard the lessons learned after Hurricane Katrina.”  See the full report here.

CNN commentator Angela Rye during New York Fashion Week over the weekend.  
CBS News’ Weijia Jiang enjoying breakfast at the Sassy Biscuit Co. in Montana last week. 
Marco Rubio Dep Press Sec Leaves
Anthony Cruz
is leaving his post as Deputy Press Secretary for Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). After serving the FL Senator on Capitol Hill for three years, the bilingual New York native, who is fluent in English and Spanish, is accepting a job a little closer to home ... kind of. Cruz has accepted a position to serve as DC-based Communications Director for Congressman Dan Donovan (R-NY) -- NYC’s only Republican Congressman. The 2015 University of Pennsylvania graduate had spent his entire career in Rubio’s office. “I arrived in DC in September 2015 from New York knowing no one and literally rolling my suitcase from office to office in search of a job. I would never have imagined then that I would be where I am today,” he said in a farewell email to friends and colleagues. He starts his new role immediately. More about him here.

Obama Alums Join The Education Trust
Takirra Winfield Dixon
has been named VP for Strategic Communications at The Education Trust, a nonprofit that promotes equity in education for students of color and those from low-income families. Prior to joining The Education Trust, she led communications for Democrats for Education Reform. Before that, the Baltimore, MD native served as Director of Strategic Media Initiatives for Education Secretary John B. King Jr., as VP of National Communications for Teach For America, and spent six years as a senior member of former MD Governor Martin O’Malley’s administration. The University of Maryland, College Park graduate, who has a Master’s from Howard University, also has experience as a communications consultant to national organizations and principals including DeRay Mckesson, Brittany Packnett, and John Legend. Ary Amerikaner, who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education in President Obama’s Department of Education, has also been named VP for P-12 Policy, Research and Practice. More about Winfield Dixon here.
MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid and actress Candice Bergen on Saturday in NYC at a taping of CBS’ rebooted show Murphy Brown.
NY congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) posing on the stoop in NYC last month for an article in Interview Magazine.
Obamas Make Campaign Come Back
Former President Barack Obama kicked off his campaign comeback over the weekend with a speech at the University of Illinois immediately followed by a campaign stump in Orange County, CA. The first speech, in his hometown, was a biting indictment on the divisive environment in politics today and a challenge to citizens to play an active role in American democracy. This time, he did mention his predecessor by name, saying that Donald Trump is not the problem but a symptom. Obama also reminded the audience that the economic recovery began on his watch. “When you hear how great the economy’s doing right now, let’s just remember when this recovery started,” he said. “When you hear about this economic miracle that’s been going on, when the job numbers come out, monthly job numbers, suddenly Republicans are saying it’s a miracle. I have to kind of remind them, actually, those job numbers are the same as they were in 2015 and 2016.” Michelle Obama also stepped into the national spotlight this weekend with a videotaped appearance for BET’s Black Girls Rock. During the star-studded celebration of Black girls and women, FLOTUS44 premiered a new PSA for her voting initiative, When We All Vote. “We’ve all seen the difference we can make when we choose to cast our ballots. And we’ve all seen the consequences when we don’t bother to show up to the polls,” Obama said. “When we use our voices, people listen. When we lead, people follow.” The initiative's Week of Action is slated to run from September 22nd to September 29th with co-chairs Janelle Monáe, Common, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chris Paul, Tom Hanks, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw. Flagship events are scheduled for at least a dozen cities. See Michelle Obama’s message here.
Florida Must Provide Spanish-Language Sample Ballots
A federal judge in Florida on Friday issued a ruling saying 32 county election officials must provide Spanish-language ballots, a move that could help more than 30,000 Puerto Ricans -- many of them recent arrivals to the state after Hurricane Maria -- in the state vote. Chief Judge Mark Walker’s injunction says the Spanish-language sample ballots must be identical to the English-language official ballots and that can be used to mark the official ballots. He also required that they take steps to make Spanish-speaking voters aware that these ballots will be available and how to use them. Finally, he ordered local election officials to post Spanish signs and notices on their websites. Walker ruled that failing to help these eligible voters is likely a violation of the Voting Rights Act. "It is remarkable that it takes a coalition of voting rights organizations and individuals to sue in federal court to seek minimal compliance with the plain language of a venerable 53-year-old law … Puerto Ricans are American citizens,” Walker wrote. “Unique among Americans, they are not educated primarily in English — and do not need to be. But, like all American citizens, they possess the fundamental right to vote.” More here.

Lawmakers Question ICE and DOJ Request to Seize Voting Records
ICE and the Justice Department wanted to seize eight years of voting records from North Carolina but on Thursday, officials said nah. The North Carolina state elections board on Friday unanimously voted to ask the state's attorney general to quash the subpoena and a federal prosecutor agreed to postpone the deadline for North Carolina election officials to turn over millions of voting records two months before the midterm elections. Now, top Democrats are voicing strong concerns and have called for an investigation into the legality and political motivation behind the unprecedented request for private voter information. Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Bennie Thompson (D-MS), North Carolina members Alma Adams and G.K. Butterfield were joined by Congressmen Robert Brady (D-PA) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) in asking the Inspectors General of the DOJ and ICE to promptly undertake an investigation to determine the legal implications of and rationale for the subpoenas. “These subpoenas are overly broad, request private voter information, and appear to target voters of color,” the members write.  “Accordingly, we respectfully request that you undertake an investigation to examine the circumstances by which these subpoenas were issued, the scope of the subpoenas, and the seemingly political motivations behind them.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Sebastian Kielmanovich agreed Thursday to postpone compliance until January 2019 but the question still remains: why is the DOJ subpoenaing voting records? More here.

GOP Official Says Ted Cruz is “Unlikable”
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)
is trying to hold on to his Senate seat, but Congressman Beto O’rourke (D-TX) is hot on his tails. One of Cruz’s biggest challenges is he’s not “likable,” according to Office of Management and Budget
Director Mick Mulvaney. "There's a very real possibility we will win a race for Senate in Florida and lose a race in Texas for Senate, O.K.?," Mulvaney said to party officials and donors at a closed-door event in NYC on Saturday. "I don't think it's likely, but it's a possibility. How likable is a candidate? That still counts." A Quinnipiac University poll last week showed the Texas Senate race as deadlocked. Who else does Mulvaney describe as unlikable? Donald Trump. “You may hate the president, and there’s a lot of people who do, but they certainly like the way the country is going,” Mulvaney said, adding of voters: “If you figure out a way to subtract from that equation how they feel about the president, the numbers go up dramatically.” Trump is planning to travel to Texas in October to rally support for Cruz, another clear sign that Republicans are nervous about a possible O'Rourke upset. More here.
Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) and her Chief Morale Officer Carmela last week on Capitol Hill.
The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah and comedian Kevin Hart at the U.S. Open Championship match in NYC over the weekend.
CNBC Names New Reporter to Cover Tech Sector
Salvador Rodr
guez is joining after a year and a half at Reuters, where he covered the enterprise software and cloud computing markets with a focus on Microsoft, Tesla, AWS, Salesforce, Google Cloud, and Slack, as well as Europe's GDPR and tech diversity. In his new role, the San Francisco-based Reporter will focus on Facebook and other tech companies. Rodríguez has also covered the tech industry for the Los Angeles Times, IBT, Cronkite News Service, and Inc. The bilingual journalist, fluent in English and Spanish, was born in Mexico and grew up in Texas. He received his journalism training at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in Phoenix. There, he earned his Master's and Bachelor's degrees in journalism and completed a specialization in business reporting. He got his start as a breaking news Reporter for the Arizona Republic while he was still a college student. More about him here.
Omarosa to Drop New Tape on The View
Move over DJ Khaled, Omarosa dominates mixtapes these days. The former White House staffer is appearing on The View today where, according to Page Six, she is expected to drop another tape. Insiders won’t say who’s on the reality TV villain’s latest secret recording from her time in the White House. However, Page Six sources say it’s “multiple people; both men and women” and that “they are high up in the administration. One of them has left [the job since the recording was made].” The Unhinged author also claims to have also recorded Donald Trump during her White House tenure. Will he drop a verse on the latest tapes? Stay tuned. More here.

Prison Strike Ends with Little Media Coverage
A nationwide strike by prison inmates came to an end on Sunday -- the 47th anniversary of the Attica massacre, the 1971 prisoner uprising where inmates rioted and took control of the prison resulting in 43 deaths. Since August 21st, some prisoners have chosen to forgo meals, organize peaceful sit-in protests, refuse to work, and halt commissary spending. Meanwhile, allies on the outside stood in solidarity with the protest by marching, chanting, and pressuring government officials to take action against what rally organizers call modern-day slavery. Coverage of the strike has been limited not because it isn’t noteworthy, but because prisons officials are notoriously clandestine about what happens inside their walls and are known for stonewalling reporters who inquire. Additionally, prisoners are often severely punished for communicating with the press including being sent to solitary confinement or sentenced to decades in “disciplinary detention." At the end of 2016, federal and state prisons in the U.S. held about 486,900 inmates who were Black and 341,200 who were Hispanic, according to Pew Research. For context, that same year, Blacks represented 12% of the U.S. adult population but 33% of the sentenced prison population; and while Hispanics represented 16% of the adult population, they accounted for 23% of inmates. More here.

NFL Network’s MJ Acosta, the only Latina on -air at the network, on Thursday getting ready for the football season kick off.
Congresswoman Mia Love (R-UT) and her husband Jason Love at the Utah State Fair over the weekend.
Paramount Pictures Names New EVP
Paramount Pictures has named longtime Viacom executive Michael Armstrong as EVP Worldwide Television Licensing and Operations. He was most recently General Manager at BET Networks. Before that, Armstrong was the  EVP and General Manager over Revenue and Emerging Brands for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) where he managed the development and expansion of BET, Paramount Channel, and Spike internationally and oversaw International Program Sales, Affiliate Sales, and Viacom Velocity International, VIMN’s ad sales division. In the newly created position Paramount, Armstrong will be charged with leading third-party series distribution efforts with studio partners; managing -- in partnership with Paramount Television -- distribution efforts on local language productions; and overseeing Paramount’s digital monetization team. The 1994 Hampton graduate, who also earned his MBA from the University of Chicago in 2002, will also work closely with Viacom International Studios as it explores the creation of an unwired network for the distribution of series content to international partners. He starts his new role on September 17th and will be based in NYC. More here.

Netflix Names VP of Inclusion Strategy
Netflix has named veteran culture expert Verna Myers as its VP of Inclusion Strategy. The Baltimore native runs her own consultancy on diversity and inclusion, where she has collaborated with hundreds of elite international law firms, Wall Street, Fortune 500 companies, and other powerhouse clients developing comprehensive strategic diversity action plans. In her newly created Netflix role, Myers is charged with including cultural diversity, inclusion, and equity in the streaming giant’s fast-growing operations worldwide. The Harvard-trained lawyer, who completed her undergraduate studies at Barnard College in 1982, spent time at several prestigious law firms before assuming the role of Deputy Chief of Staff for the Attorney General of Massachusetts. Myers is also the author of the best-selling books Moving Diversity Forward: How to Move From Well-Meaning to Well-Doing and What If I Say the Wrong Thing? 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People. "I have been a longtime fan of the inclusive and diverse programming and talent at Netflix, and then I got a chance to meet the people behind the screen. I was so impressed by their mission, their excellence, and decision to take their inclusion and diversity efforts to a higher level," Myers said. Her hire came as Netflix fired its top communications spokesman, Jonathan Friedland, after remarks he made to his team included the use of the N-word. More here.

Today, 11A-1P: The Brookings Institution hosts “Claiming seats at the table: Black women’s electoral strength in an era of fractured politics.” The Metropolitan Policy Program, in partnership with Higher Heights Leadership Fund, will explore the tapped and untapped electoral strength of Black women. The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Today, 12:30P – 2P: DNC Chair Tom Pérez hosts the DNC Hispanic Heritage Month Lunch, 2018 Briefing & Strategy Session. Democratic National HQ. Invite only.
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 - Thursday, September 13th: National Congress of American Indians’ Tribal Unity Impact Days. 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building, 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. Click here for a 2018 Congressional Black Caucus ALC events directory
Thursday, September 13th, 11:30A: Walker’s Legacy and the African American Mayors Association host the 2018 Women in Business and Civic Leadership Awards. Honorees include Constance Logan, MI District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration; Inez Long, President/CEO of the Black Business Investment Fund, Inc.; and Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes, Interim Director of The Washington DC Department of Employment Services. The Hamilton Live, 600 14th Street, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, September 13th, 6P: “An Evening Reception in Washington D.C. with Stacey Abrams.” Event chaired by Toni Cook Bush & Dwight BushSharon Malone & Eric Holder, and Leslie & Spencer Overton, among others. DC. Address provided upon RSVP. Click here for more information
Thursday, September 13th: CHCI's 41st Annual Anniversary Awards Gala. Honoring Univisión’s Jorge Ramos, education activist Anna Michele Bobadilla, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion for Comcast Corporation Juan Otero, and Chief of Staff to Congressman Jimmy Gómez (D-CA) Bertha Alisia Guerrero. Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. 901 Massachusetts Avenue N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Friday, September 14th: The Black Women's Agenda, Inc.’s 41st Annual Symposium Workshop & Awards Luncheon. Honorees include GA gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, NJ Lt. Gov. Sheila Y. Oliver, and AT&T Assistant VP of Public Affairs Tonya L. Lombard, among others. Marriott Marquis. 901 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here for more information
Friday, September 14th - Saturday, September 15th: 2018 Puerto Rican Diaspora Summit, a two-day conference that will provide a space for the discussion of policy issues and the articulation of community response from the perspective of Puerto Ricans in the National Capital region and other stakeholders. UDC School of Law. 4340 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here for more information
Saturday, September 15th, 6P: CBCF Phoenix Awards Dinner. Rev. Dr. William Barber II will keynote the event. Washington Convention Center, Hall D. 801 Mt. Vernon Place, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Monday, September 17th, 5:30P: The Creative Artists Agency hosts "Cocktails and Conversation," featuring Valerie Jarrett. Sofitel Lafayette Square, 806 15th Street, N.W., DC. Invite only. 
Wednesday, September 19th: "The Political LEAP: The Role of Women in 2018" a women empowerment luncheon focused on the role of women in politics, featuring Symone Sanders and Alencia Johnson. The Hamilton, 600 14th Street, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, September 20th, 7P: PEN America hosts Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist José Antonio Vargas in conversation with Latino USA’s María Hinojosa for the launch of Vargas’ new book, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen. The Great Hall, The Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, NYC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, September 20th: The She the People Summit, a national gathering of women of color transforming U.S. politics. Guest speakers include Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, Women’s March co-organizer Linda Sarsour, and Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza, among others. The Julia Morgan Ballroom, 465 California Street, San Francisco, CA. Click here for more information
Tuesday, September 25th - Wednesday, September 26th: National Action Network’s Annual Legislative and Policy Conference. Capitol Hill, DC. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, September 25th - Saturday, September 29th: NBMBAA 40th Annual Conference & Exposition. Detroit, MI. Click here for more information.
Friday, September 28th, 6P: MALDEF's 50th Anniversary San Antonio Gala featuring special guests, Antonia Hernández and Vilma Martínez, past MALDEF Presidents and General Counsels, and honoring former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, among others. The Westin Riverwalk, 420 W Market Street, San Antonio, TX. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, October 2nd: The Indian American Impact Project hosts Women Who Impact, an evening celebrating the Indian American women advocates, influencers, and power brokers. Featuring Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), DNC CEO Seema Nanda, and others. Covington & Burling LLP, 850 10th Street N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, October 4th: Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC hosts their 22nd annual American Courage Awards reception. JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, October 11th, 6P: The Muslim Public Affairs Council hosts the 2018 Empowering Voices Awards. Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Sunday, October 21st - Friday, October 26th: National Congress of American Indians’ 75th Annual Convention & Marketplace, “Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future.” Hyatt Regency Denver, 650 15th St., Denver, CO. Click here for more information.
Sunday, October 28th - Tuesday, October 30thThe Atlantic, The Aspen Institute, and Bloomberg Philanthropies' CityLab 2018, convene a summit to address the most urgent urban issues of our time. Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, 1114 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI. Click here for more information. 
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