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May 11, 2018
Bob Menéndez Probes State Department, Black Caucus Chair Pushes Upward Mobility Bill, and Common Joins Tina Tchen Task Force
TWO GUYS, ONE SUMMIT. The president says his historic summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un will take place in Singapore on June 12th. But first, trouble on the homeland. DEAR DONHomeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen reportedly drafted a resignation letter but has not submitted it, after the president berated her at a Cabinet meeting this week for what he said was her failure to secure the nation’s borders. Words can hurt. AN AMER-MCCAIN HERO... Consistent with the president’s rhetoric on Senator John McCain (R-AZ), a White House staffer dismissed the ailing Senator’s opposition to Trump’s pick to lead the CIA, saying McCain’s opinion "doesn't matter" because "he's dying anyway." Fox News’ Charles Payne weighed in on Gina Haspel’s nomination as well, championing torture saying “it worked on John [McCain].” KEEP OUT… Care to host the 2020 Republican National Convention? Nah, we good. Cities across the country are turning down the opportunity to host the RNC, saying Donald Trump and today’s divisive politics are not factors in their decisions, though the host city is expected to attract throngs of presidential critics. HIGH FIVESenator Kamala Harris (D-CA) becomes the fifth Senator backing a bill introduced by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) that would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and punish states that continue criminalizing weed. SWINGERSRetiring Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) confirmed he is not running for president in 2020 and will, instead, focus on mobilizing Latino voters in swing states. MOMMY’S GOTTA RUN… Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Federal Election Commission ruled on Thursday that federal candidates can use campaign funds to pay for childcare costs that result from time spent running for office. STEP TO THE LEFT...  Spotify announced it has removed R. Kelly’s music from its editorial and algorithmic playlists as part of its updated policy toward hate speech and hateful conduct. And speaking of music, time to catch this Beat. We’re kicking off the weekend with this...
  • Congressman Darren Soto (D-FL) wants DOJ and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to explore regulating "ghost guns."
  • Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) looks to strengthen operation countering foreign disinformation and propaganda campaigns.
  • Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) wants to ensure at least one person of color and one female candidate are interviewed for top Federal Reserve vacancies.
  • Tina Tchen announces a task force for female advancement at the Recording Academy.
  • Former CBC member sentenced to six months in prison. Read to the bottom!
  • Money isn’t the only green Oprah sees. Check out what her BFF Gayle King had to say about the TV mogul and weed, in Blogs!
NBC’s Jose Díaz-Balart last week on-set of Noticias Telemundo.
 LCCR's Kristen Clarke, NUL's Marc Morial, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Karine Jean-Pierre, NCBCP's Melanie Campbell, and Wade Henderson at the NUL Legislative Policy Conference in DC on Wednesday.
CBC’s Jobs and Justice Calls for Sweeping Change
We told you yesterday that the Congressional Black Caucus would be introducing new legislation -- the Jobs and Justice Act. Here’s a highlight of what’s included in the 1,300-page legislation. Among other things, the bill would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and target more funding to areas with high rates of poverty. It would also focus on criminal justice reforms, including setting up a commission to examine the impact of solitary confinement, eliminate the federal death penalty and push to end racial profiling. The bill would eliminate mandatory minimums for federal drug offenses and decriminalize marijuana as well as establish a reinvestment fund for communities negatively impacted by the War on Drugs. It also calls for a $100 billion investment in public schools for physical and digital infrastructure improvements. And in addition to restoring the Voting Rights Act, the bill would make midterm and presidential elections federal holidays. “President Trump and the Republican Party he leads would have you believe that our community is doing well because African-American unemployment is at a historic low, which is the result of policies and programs implemented by the Obama Administration,” said CBC Chair Cedric Richmond (D-LA). “But the African-American unemployment rate is not a good barometer of our community’s success ... As a result of racism and discrimination in our country, African Americans still face a number of economic and social barriers that the federal government can and should help our community address since it was and still is complicit in building them. Although we have come a long way, we still have a long way to go, and the Jobs and Justice Act of 2018 will help us get there.” More here.
Darren Soto Presses DOJ on Ghost Guns
Congressman Darren Soto (D-FL)
is writing the DOJ asking for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to explore the options of regulating "ghost guns." There’s a loophole that allows anyone to buy the necessary parts to assemble an AR-15 without undergoing a background check. Delivered unfinished, every part needed to create an unregistered, untraceable AR-15 can be ordered online. Soto is a co-sponsor of the Ghost Guns are Guns Act, introduced by Congressman Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), which would require buyers to undergo background checks before purchasing any raw materials needed to make a weapon, even when the lower receiver is unfinished. However, the bill has never been called for a vote. "Since there hasn't been much movement, we're going to be sending a letter to ATF and the DOJ to look at regulatory reform to move on this," Soto said. More here.

Ted Lieu Wants to Fight Foreign “Disinformation Campaigns”
Congressmen Ted Lieu (D-CA)
and Brad Schneider (D-IL) introduced a bill this week to strengthen the Global Engagement Center (GEC) within the Department of State, the office tasked with countering foreign disinformation and propaganda campaigns. The bill comes after the NYT earlier this year reported the GEC had yet to spend any of the $120 million it had been given since late 2016 to counter Russian information warfare efforts, nor had it recruited a single analyst who speaks Russian. The Global Engagement Center Authorities Act of 2018, if passed, would clarify responsibilities for the GEC, expand its hiring authorities, and establish stronger congressional oversight requirements. “Our democracy and democracies around the world are being threatened by malign foreign powers, but the Trump Administration continues to balk at the proven fact that hostile foreign actors are using misinformation campaigns to challenge our faith in American institutions. I’m grateful to be partnering with Rep. Schneider to strengthen the Global Engagement Center within the Department of State, because it will serve as a vital tool to counter Russian interference in our upcoming elections,” said Lieu. More here
Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility President Cid Wilson on Tuesday with Target Chief Diversity Officer Caroline Wanga in Las Vegas for the HACR symposium.
GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), who presented Ava DuVernay with the Excellence in Media Award, at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards this weekend.
Bob Menéndez Calls for Independent Investigation of State Department Decision to Terminate TPS for Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti
Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ)
, the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called on the Government Accounting Office (GAO) to investigate the decision-making process which led the State Department to recommend terminating Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Honduras, El Salvador, and Haiti, despite warnings by Senior U.S. Diplomats and other experts that such an action could jeopardize national security, threaten the safety of TPS beneficiaries and their U.S. citizen children, and increase unauthorized immigration into the United States. TPS is a temporary, renewable program that provides relief from deportation and access to a work permit for foreign nationals from certain countries who are unable to safely return to their home country due to natural disasters, armed conflicts, or other extraordinary conditions. In a letter to the Comptroller General, Menendez writes, “Then-Secretary Tillerson appears to have disregarded warnings about how the complicated security and economic conditions in El Salvador and Honduras would leave returning TPS beneficiaries and their accompanying U.S.-citizen children vulnerable to recruitment by criminal gangs, such as MS-13...and that massive repatriation efforts, combined with these security and economic conditions, could accelerate unauthorized immigration into the United States.” Among other questions, the Senator asks, “What, if any, documentation exists that then-Secretary Tillerson reviewed the concerns presented in the above-mentioned documents before making his recommendation that DHS terminate the TPS designations for El Salvador, Haiti and Honduras?” Read the entire letter here.
Kamala Harris Intros Bill to Make Fed Reserve Bank Presidents More Diverse
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA)
on Thursday introduced legislation to ensure that at least one person of color and one female candidate are interviewed for each vacancy for the Presidency of a reserve bank at each of the twelve reserve banks in the Fed (San Francisco, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Richmond, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Dallas). Of the more than 130 individuals who have served as Presidents of the twelve reserve banks, only 3 have been non-white. In 2017, Raphael Bostic became the first African American Reserve Bank President when he became President of the Atlanta Fed. In addition to ensuring diverse candidates are interviewed for the position of president, the Diverse Leadership Act would also require that reserve banks submit a report to the Senate Banking Committee, the House Financial Services Committee, and the Office of the Inspector General of the Federal Reserve System within 60 days of filling a vacancy for a presidency detailing how many candidates were considered and providing demographic information on them. This bill is the Senate companion to the Ensuring Diverse Leadership Act introduced by Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH) in the House in 2016 and reintroduced in 2017. “Diversity is critical to ensuring all voices are represented and heard in our government, and critically important on matters that affect our nation’s economy,” said Harris. “It’s long past time the Federal Reserve do more to guarantee that their heads of the table reflect those they serve. With the president of the Federal Reserve of San Francisco leaving next month and the search for his replacement underway, the need for this Diverse Leadership Act is urgent.” Read the bill here.
Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) meeting with U.S. Army War College Students to discuss the National Defense Authorization Act and communications between Congress and our military.  
Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) at the Center for Reproductive Rights on Wednesday addressing the right to choice.
Tina Tchen Announces Task Force for Female Advancement at the Recording Academy 
Tina Tchen
, former Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama and current Chair of the Recording Academy’s newly formed task force on diversity and inclusion, announced 16 members joining her in examining barriers and biases affecting women and other underrepresented voices in the music industry and, specifically, the Recording Academy. The task force includes rapper Common, BET Networks CEO Debra Lee, journalist Giselle Fernández, artist Jimmy Jam (of Terry Lewis), and a host of others who span several musical genres, artistry, label and publishing executives, managers, and more. The task force is set to meet shortly to begin its work with a review of Recording Academy operations and policies across the areas of corporate governance, hiring and promotion, membership, awards, and the Grammy Awards telecast. “I’m honored to lead such an esteemed group of visionaries who possess the experience and passion needed to drive real change in building a more inclusive and equitable music community,” said Tchen. “This is an important first step made possible by the Recording Academy’s leadership, which recognizes the benefit of examining these issues with fresh eyes.” More here.

Ballot Initiative Strategy Center Names New Executive Director
The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC) has named Chris Melody Fields Figueredo their new Executive Director. BISC is a liberal American advocacy organization which tries to motivate voters to go to the polls through the strategic deployment of liberal-oriented ballot initiatives. The group provides legal advice and political expertise for left-leaning ballot measure campaigns. The Venezuela native, who grew up in Texas where she graduated from Austin College, is currently the Associate Director for Voting Rights at ReThink Media. Prior to that, Chris worked at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law where she led comprehensive strategy to expand and protect voting rights as well as to combat efforts curbing access to the ballot box. She also previously worked at Common Cause on a congressional public financing campaign. She will officially assume the helm at BISC on June 25th. More here.
Jackson, MS Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba at Jackson State University last weekend preparing to give the commencement address.
Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) on Monday visiting students of Maclary Elementary School in Newark, DE.
María Elena Salinas Returns to TV
Just six months after anchoring her final Univisión network newscast, María Elena Salinas returns to TV with her English-language news magazine The Real Story which premieres on Discovery ID in June. Over the 10-episode season, the series mixes recreations of the crimes with archival footage and one-on-one interviews to find “the truth behind headline-making crimes in search of new evidence, unheard perspectives, and the latest updates,” according to a press statement. Salinas spent over three decades as Co-Anchor and Correspondent of Noticiero Univisión and Co-Host of news magazine Aquí y Ahora. She has interviewed every U.S. president since Jimmy Carter, as well as Latin American heads of state, rebel leaders, and influential newsmakers. “I have had a busier schedule now than when I was at Univision. That wasn’t the plan,” says Salinas, who decided to leave the network looking for a “needed change.” More here.

Business Day Announces News Director
Mohammed Hadi 
will join Business Day as the newly created position of News Director. He joins from Business Insider, where he is Executive Editor and oversees financial, markets, and companies coverage. In his new gig, he’ll put his digital experience to work, helping to coordinate coverage as Business Day strives to make their report faster and more responsive to the needs of the audience, both online and in print. Before joining Business Insider in 2015, Hadi was an Editor and team leader at Bloomberg in Asia and New York. And before that, he was an Editor and Reporter for the WSJ and Dow Jones Newswires. The University of Richmond grad, who earned his Master’s from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, will be based in NY. More here.

Sports Newsrooms’ Dismal Diversity Numbers
The recently released 2018 Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) Racial and Gender Report Card shows that sports media leaders remain largely white and male. The report highlighted that 85% of the ASPE sports editors, 77% of the Assistant Sports Editors, 80% of the Columnists, 82% of the Reporters and 78% of the Copy Editors/Designers were white. The percentages of Black men holding the positions of Sports Editor, Assistant Sports Editor, and Reporter only increased by two, three, and two percentage points, respectively. The percentage of women and people of color as assistant sports editors increased most substantially, by 20 and 14 percentage points, respectively. Latino men increased in percentage for all categories: specifically, 0.6% for sports editors, 2% for Assistant Sports Editors, 0.8% for columnists, 0.5% for reporters and 5.5% for Copy Editors/Designers. Asian American men as Sports Editors, Assistant Sports Editors, Columnists and Reporters increased by 0.8, 3.0, 0.2 and 0.7 percentage points, respectively. The percentage of Latinas and Asian women as Sports Editors, Columnists, and Copy Editors/Designers increased. These increases for Latinas were 2, 0.4 and 0.6 percentage points for the positions listed above. For Asian women, the increases were 1.3, 0.4 and 0.5 percentage points, respectively. More here.
LA Times Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor
The LA Times yesterday announced their endorsement of former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for CA Governor in an op-ed. In the piece, they write that “the next governor of California will inherit a crippling housing crisis, crumbling roads, an ongoing drought that could last forever, a looming pension crisis, failing schools, rampant homelessness and regular ravages by megafires, mudslides and floods.” While the LAT says that none of the 27 candidates in this year's race are perfect, Villaraigosa is their choice. However, the paper was not fully complimentary, calling Villaraigosa a “complicated character with a big ego and a thin skin” and questioned some of his post-mayoral career judgments. They spoke on other candidates as well, notably, state Treasurer John Chiang for whom the LAT “initially had high hopes — has been surprisingly unwilling to take strong stances or unpopular positions.” See the full endorsement here.

Trump campaign surrogate Katrina Pierson in LA this weekend with friends.
CNN’s Manu Raju reporting from Capitol Hill last week.
FCC Kills Net Neutrality -- Funeral in June
The FCC has announced that net neutrality rules will end on June 11th, and new regulations handing providers broad new power over how consumers can access the internet will take effect. The revised rules were a win for internet service providers, whose practices faced significant government oversight and FCC investigations under the 2015 order, but are opposed by internet firms like Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc. A group of 22 states led by New York and others has sued to try to block the new rules from taking effect, and the Senate may vote as early as next week to reject the December repeal. The FCC in December repealed the Barack Obama-era open-internet rules set in 2015, which bars providers from blocking or slowing down access to content or charging consumers more for certain content. Comcast Corp, Verizon Communications Inc, and AT&T Inc have all pledged to not block or discriminate against legal content after the net neutrality rules expire. More here.

Ro Khanna Wants Answers From AT&T CEO
Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA), a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, wants AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson to appear before Congress and explain why his company retained the services of Essential Consultants -- the law firm of Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen -- in early 2017 as Donald Trump was preparing to take office. Stephenson visited the president at Trump Tower less than two weeks before Trump took office. AT&T’s plan to acquire Time Warner was, at the time, awaiting government approval, and the FCC’s Ajit Pai was considering ways to dismantle Obama-era net neutrality rules. “I will be asking Congress to hold hearings to find out what work was produced, what advice was given, who made the decision to retain the firm, and what policy issues were discussed,” Khanna says. “Did they discuss network neutrality? Did they talk about the FCC? Did they discuss antitrust?” Khanna acknowledges that there may be a perfectly innocent explanation for what AT&T did. “I’m calling for a release of all the documents and for full transparency,” he says. According to reports, Cohen pitched himself to numerous potential clients saying, “I don't know who's been representing you, but you should fire them all. I'm the guy you should hire. I'm closest to the President. I'm his personal lawyer.” More here.

White House Announces New Nominees
The White House has announced Donald Trump’s latest judicial nominees. If confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee -- which includes Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) -- the nominees will serve out the lifetime appointments. Among them Diane Gujarati who is nominated to serve as a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The Columbia University grad, who completed law school at Yale, currently serves as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she was nominated by then-President Barack Obama and has served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the past nineteen years. María Chapa López would serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida if confirmed. The University of Texas graduate, who received her law degree from South Texas College of Law and her L.L.M. from the Judge Advocate General’s School, is currently the interim U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida. She previously worked as a DOJ Deputy Attaché in the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she served in the U.S. Army JAG Corps, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. See all the nominees here.
Ohio Democratic Congresswomen Joyce Beatty and Marcia L. Fudge and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority President Beverly Smith on Wednesday with moms advocating for gun reform.
Jack and Jill Executive Director Dy Brown and Birmingham, AL Mayor Randall Woodfin last week.
A Look at This Years Roster for the Congressional Baseball Game
Congress is gearing up for this year’s Congressional Baseball Game on June 14th, where they’ll face off on the field instead of on the floor. The Dems’ roster includes members Pete Aguilar (CA), Tony Cárdenas (CA), Raúl Ruíz (CA), and Jimmy Gómez (CA), Hakeem Jeffries (NY), Rubén Gallego (AZ), Rubén Kihuen (NV), and Cedric Richmond (LA).  Congresswomen Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA) and Linda Sánchez (CA) return for the game as well. Both were the only women to play in last years’ bipartisan showdown, making decisive plays that contributed to an 11-2 victory over Republicans. Sánchez, who suffered a hand injury last week, is unlikely to start during the first inning of this year’s game but remains on the roster and plans to participate as a utility player. On the GOP team is Congresswoman Mia Love (UT), who will make her congressional baseball debut this year, and is also the only woman on the Republican roster. Love hopes to show that “no one is shying away” after five people were shot last year at a GOP baseball practice, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) who is among the Republican team roster. In addition to practice for the baseball game, Love and Barragán are putting in overtime this year with practice for the 10th Annual Women’s Congressional Softball game, which pits members of Congress against DC media, on June 20th. More here

Former Congressman Sentenced to Six Months In Prison
Former Congressman Mel Reynolds was sentenced Thursday to six months in prison for failing to file federal income tax returns. The Illinois Democrat was convicted last September on tax charges after he failed to file a federal return from 2009 - 2012. Reynolds earned $433,000 for consulting work he did in Africa during that time, but did not file income tax paperwork, arguing the money was not income and therefore did not need to be reported. Reynolds, who represented himself at trial, will serve four months in prison since he already served two months in custody. The sentencing followed Reynolds’ previous conviction for sexual assault, child pornography, bank fraud, and misuse of campaign funds. Reynolds, first elected to Congress in 1992, was indicted in 1994 for having a relationship with a 16-year-old campaign worker and was re-elected that year in his Chicago district without opposition. More here.

Today, 9A: The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights holds a public briefing on hate crimes and bias-related incidents. The Commission will examine best practices for local law enforcement on collecting and reporting data, and the role of the Education and Justice Departments in prevention and prosecution. USCCR, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 1150. RSVP to publicaffairs@usccr.gov. Click here to watch a livestream of the briefing.
Monday, May 14th - Thursday, May 17th: Federal Asian Pacific America Council's 33rd National Leadership Training Program. Keynote address by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. Sheraton Pentagon City, 900 South Orme Street, Arlington, VA. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, May 15th, 6P: Asian Pacific Institute for Congressional Studies 25th Annual Awards Gala Dinner. Tamlyn Tomita and Sonya Gavankar emcee. Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, May 15th, 6:30P: MD gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous (D) will host a fundraising reception. La Vie. 88 District Square S.W., DC. Click here for more information
Wednesday, May 16th, 12P: The 2018 CAPAC congressional ceremony for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Kennedy Caucus Room, 325 Russell Senate Office Building. Click here to RSVP.
Wednesday, May 16th, 5P: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights hosts the 42nd annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner. This year’s honorees include Tarana Burke, Founder of the #MeToo movement; “Dreamers,” the brave immigrant youth who are inspiring a country; and Cecile Richards, outgoing President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. Click here to learn more and buy tickets
Wednesday, May 16th, 5:30P: 2018 Mission Forward Spring Reception: “Building Equity and Breaking Bias,” a powerful conversation on equity, diversity, and inclusion. Speakers include Ed Yong, science writer for The Atlantic, and Liz Neeley, Executive Director of The Story Collider. Mission Partners, 7201 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 780, Bethesda, MD. RSVP here
Wednesday, May 16th: Hadassah hosts the National Women's Health Empowerment Summit. Congressman Raúl Ruíz (D-CA) and Fatima Goss Graves, CEO and President of the National Women's Law Center, serve as keynote speakers. Click here for more info
Thursday, May 17th, 9A: In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders hosts a Community Leaders Forum, an opportunity to engage with senior level federal officials to discuss issues impacting the AAPI community. U.S. Department of Education, Barnard Auditorium. 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.Click here to learn more and RSVP
Monday, May 21st - Tuesday, May 22nd: Common Cause Pennsylvania will host their Democracy Works Summit. The Beat DC's Tiffany D. Cross will be a panelist. Sheraton Downtown Hotel on 201 N. 17th Street in Philadelphia, PA. Click here for more information
Thursday, May 24th 6P: Third Annual Multicultural Media Correspondents’ Dinner. The National Press Club. 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC. Invite only. 
Wednesday, June 6th - Saturday, June 9th: The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit. Charlotte, NC. More than 1,000 CEOs, investors, and business experts are expected to attend. Click here for more information and to register.
Sunday, June 10th - Tuesday, June 12th: The ACLU Membership Conference. Speakers include Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse CullorsCongressman John Lewis (D-GA), and founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, AL Bryan Stevenson. Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Place NW) and Marriott Marquis Washington D.C. (901 Massachusetts Avenue NW). Click here for more information
Thursday, June 21st - Sunday, June 24th: The Black Millennial Political Convention, which aims to increase engagement of Black millennials in the political sphere and shed a light on policy issues impacting black communities. This year’s theme is The Advocacy of Policy, Pipeline and Power for the People. Hyatt Regency, Crystal City, VA. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Saturday, July 7th - Tuesday, July 10th: The 2018 UnidosUS annual conference, Marriott Marquis Hotel, DC. Click here for more information and to register.
Thursday, July 12th - Friday, July 20th: March On Washington Film Festival. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, July 17th - Wednesday, July 18th: The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) 2018 National Women’s Conference. Phoenix. Click here for more information and to register.
Friday, July 20 - Sunday, July 22nd: The 2nd Annual Black Campaign School, hosted by The Collective. Atlanta, GA. Click here for information
Wednesday, August 1st - Saturday, August 4th: The National Urban League 2018 Annual Conference “Save Our Cities: Powering the Digital Revolution.” Columbus, OH. Click here for more information and to register. 
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