Stacey Abrams joins a Board and Elijah Cummings puts the WH on notice.
Stacey Abrams joins a Board and Elijah Cummings puts the WH on notice.
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December 20, 2018
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Little Money Moves Pay Off and Kamala Harris a Favorite Among Women of Color
TRY AND SHUT US DOWN, BUY ANOTHER ROUNDSenators approved a spending bill Wednesday night that would keep the government funded through February 8th and leave the question of funding Donald Trump’s southern border wall for the new year. SO MUCH WINNING? The president announced the return of 2,000 American troops, which brought a sudden end to the U.S. military campaign in Syria, and declared that it had “defeated ISIS” there -- bucking members of his own party, as well as military and civilian advisors. Who applauded the decision? Russian President Vladimir Putin. LYNCHING BILL… The Senate unanimously approved a bill on Wednesday introduced by the upper chamber’s three Black members -- Kamala Harris (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Tim Scott (R-SC) -- to make lynching a federal crime, after nearly 100 years of failed attempts. NO PROTECTIONFor the third time, Senate Republicans blocked bipartisan legislation to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller. MUSLIM BAN… Over 100 organizations are asking incoming committee Chairmen Congressmen Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Jerry Nadler (D-NY) to hold hearings within the first two months of the next Congress on the Trump administration's Muslim ban, saying millions of Americans have been impacted and complaining that the president nor anyone in the admin has been held accountable. LET’S FACE IT… There’s got to be stricter privacy laws. And Facebook, the world’s dominant social media platform, will get the ire of both (former) users and lawmakers in the coming months for failing to disclose the extent of its data-sharing deals, many of which went back to the social network’s early years. TRUMP THE TOAD? A blind amphibian creature that buries its head in the sand was recently discovered and has been named after Donald Trump. Meanwhile… BARACK O’SANTA... Former President Barack Obama made a Christmas stop at a children's hospital in the nation's capital on Wednesday, bringing along with him a sack of toys. THE TEMPTATIONS… To enjoy a real Silent Night, and not work until midnight and wake up at 4AM, is real! Hence, this is our last Beat for 2018. TWELVE DAYS OF BEATLESS… We’ll be back next year bigger and better, announcing new partnerships, gearing up for 2020, and excited to cover the most diverse Congress the country has ever seen. If you miss us too much, drop us a line with any tips at  EVERY YEAR JUST ABOUT THIS TIME… We celebrate it with a rhyme. DJ, drop that Beat
  • Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) puts the White House on notice.
  • Lawmakers intro bill on Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy.
  • Stacey Abrams joins CAP’s Board.
  • North Carolina GOP overrides veto to enact voter ID law.
  • Hawai’i AG Doug Chin announces next move.
  • Congressional Black Caucus Executive Director moves to bank policy.
  • Have a wonderful holiday season, and we’ll see you in 2019!
Access Hollywood's Diane Mizota, Sheer Gilt Co-Founder Kim Nguyen, CNN’s Lisa Ling, and Bijou Indochine Jewelry owner Natalie Bombet in LA last week.
 Women’s March Co-Chair Tamika D. Mallory, actress Amanda Seales, and rapper Mysonne filming for an episode of Street Politicians in NYC over the weekend.
Elijah Cummings Sends White House and Admin 51 Request for Documentation
Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD)
, who is set to become the Chair of House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a set of 51 letters on Wednesday to the White House, multiple federal agencies, and others requesting they fully comply with previous document requests. The administration has failed to provide the documentation even though the requests were made by Republican Oversight Committee members. The letters covered a variety of topics including the federal government’s response to the hurricanes in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands; immigrant child separations; the Flint water crisis; emoluments; White House and Cabinet travel; and Presidential Records Act compliance, among others. Cummings asked the administration to comply by January 11, 2019. “These are documents that even the Republicans on the Oversight Committee—at least at some point in time—believed we needed to conduct effective oversight, but when the Trump Administration refused to comply fully, the Republicans would not issue a single subpoena.  Many of these requests were bipartisan, and some are now more than a year old. As Democrats prepare to take the reins in Congress, we are insisting—as a basic first step—that the Trump Administration and others comply with these Republican requests,” Cummings said. See the 51 letters here.
Lawmakers Intro Bill Aiming for More Transparency of Puerto Rico Bankruptcy
The Puerto Rican Financial Oversight and Management Board recently announced it would reduce public spending on the island to pay off the more than $70 billion it owes bondholders. However, The New York Times had previously reported that the Board’s consultant, McKinsey & Company, had bought millions of dollars’ worth of Puerto Rican bonds at a deep discount and had not disclosed that investment. The put the consulting firm, which is advising a federal oversight board as it leads the island through fiscal reforms and a debt restructuring, in a position to profit from the plans that it is helping to design -- and this has raised concerns about its partiality. In response, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) led her House colleagues, Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR), Rob Bishop (R-UT), and Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) -- the incoming Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, whose Committee would have jurisdiction -- in introduced a bipartisan bill on Wednesday to strengthen reporting requirements. The measure would require all professionals to make the usual sworn disclosures -- not just McKinsey, but also other experts working for Puerto Rico’s oversight board, including Citigroup, Ernst & Young and Proskauer Rose. It would also give the Justice Department’s bankruptcy watchdog, the Office of the United States Trustee, an explicit mandate to investigate possible conflicts of interest and empower the federal judge handling Puerto Rico’s case to block the payment of an advisor’s fees if a conflict is found. “The people of Puerto Rico can’t have faith that this oversight board is putting their interests first if consultants helping implement the restructuring could profit from how much debt service is available under the very fiscal plans they design,” said Velázquez. Grijalva told WaPo he will use the Committee’s authority to probe the board’s alleged conflicts of interest, as well as its proposals for having Puerto Rico pay back its creditors. More here.
Bobby Scott to Probe Fatal Disease Outbreak Among Coal Miners
Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA)
, the incoming Chair of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, said Tuesday he will hold hearings next year in response to an NPR and Frontline investigation which revealed the failure of government regulators to identify and prevent a fatal disease outbreak among coal miners. The reporting found that federal regulators and the mining industry knew more than 20 years ago that toxic silica dust in coal mines was leading to severe and fatal lung disease. However, no administration then or since has imposed direct and tougher regulation of silica dust in mines. Scott said the investigation "reveals how coal executives, regulators, and policymakers have failed coal miners and their families." More here.

Admin Ordered to Process Domestic Violence Asylum Seekers, As Advocates Accuse It of Lying About Capacity
A federal judge on Wednesday struck down the Jeff Sessions-era policy that made it harder for individuals fleeing domestic and gang violence to obtain asylum. Judge Emmet Sullivan found the policy to be "arbitrary, capricious and in violation of the immigration law." In a stunning turn, Sullivan also ordered federal officials to return plaintiffs who were deported and provide them with new credible fear determinations. The Department of Justice said it was still deciding whether it would appeal the decision. The ruling comes as Immigration advocates at the border accused the Trump administration of lying about its ability to process more asylum claims. In response to stories about 15 Honduran immigrants, including some children as young as five, who were not allowed into the border station at Otay Mesa, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said, "the processing system at CBP and our partner agencies has hit capacity." However, advocates pointed to their processing of the family of María Meza -- the Honduran mother whose photo of their running from tear gas at the border went viral on the internet -- and other unaccompanied children after CA Democratic Congressman Jimmy Gómez and Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán advocated for the group earlier this week, as evidence that the stations were not full. "They magically had the capacity to process the unaccompanied minors and to process the asylum seekers who were tear gassed in the picture," said Kara Lynum, a lawyer with American Immigration Lawyers Association, who was held outside the Otay Mesa border station with the 15 Honduran immigrants. A law enforcement official admitted to NBC News that while intake at ports of entry fluctuates, not all are at capacity. More here.
Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro and Congressman Joaquín Castro (D-TX) twinning backstage before their appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last week.
The Today Show’s Sheinelle Jones on-set Sunday  in NYC.
Kamala Harris is Top Choice Among Women of Color for 2020
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA)
claimed more than 71% of the vote among politically involved women of color as their top choice among 2020 contenders, according to a straw poll released Tuesday by the group She the People. Among those surveyed, nearly 50% identify as African American, nearly 40% identify as Latinx, more than 16% identify as AAPI, and more than 5% as Native American. Women of color comprise a crucial voting bloc for the Democratic party. Democrats’ 2018 midterm wins across the country were dependent on voters of color, particularly Black voters, as a majority of white voters supported Republicans, according to a poll conducted by the African American Research Collaborative in collaboration with Latino Decisions and Asian American Decisions. A whopping 90% of Black voters supported Democratic House candidates, compared to just 53% of all voters; 45% of white voters; 73% of Latinos; and 72% of AAPI voters. Moreover, the Democratic primary schedule will run through states with high populations of people of color. This may be the first presidential election to drastically reflect the changing demographics of the country. More here.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tops List of Members Who Received Small Donations
NY Democratic Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had the highest percentage of small donors of any candidate during the 2018 midterm elections, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The 29-year-old received 62% of her donations from contributions of less than $200; She raised a total of $2 million during her campaign. Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) came in second, with 55% of his total campaign haul coming from small contributions. Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) came in third, with the contributions helping him fend off a challenge from Democrat Andrew Janz. More here.

North Carolina GOP Overrides Veto to Enact Voter ID Law
Starting in 2019, voters in North Carolina must show ID to vote after the Republican-led legislature overrode a veto by Democratic Governor Roy Cooper. He had vetoed the law last week because he said it was meant to "suppress the rights of minority, poor and elderly voters." Under the new law, voters must show one of seven types of ID, including driver licenses, passports, military and veteran IDs, tribal enrollment cards, college IDs, state ID cards, state and municipal employee IDs, and a new type of ID issued by local boards of election. People who don’t have one of these would cast a provisional ballot and sign an affidavit saying why they do not have one. There have already been legal challenges announced; The Southern Coalition for Social Justice has already filed a lawsuit challenging the voter ID law, and the state's NAACP also said it would sue. A previous voter ID law enacted in 2013 was struck down three years later after federal judges said it “targeted African-Americans with almost surgical precision.” More here.
Loretta Lynch Testifies, Likely Ending House Probe
Lawmakers from the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees on Wednesday questioned former Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch behind closed doors about her meeting on an airport tarmac with former President Bill Clinton, as well as former FBI Director James Comey's decision to leave her out of his announcement on the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Democrats said Lynch’s testimony had added nothing new to the probe, and even some Republicans downplayed Lynch’s testimony. "I think basically our Republican friends want to rehash issues that have already been resolved and investigated by the inspector general, and I think one of the greatest presents we could give the American people is by spending their dollars in a way that's effective and efficient," said Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the incoming Chair the Oversight Committee. Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), a member of the Oversight Committee, suggested that Lynch’s 2016 meeting with President Clinton on the tarmac was suspect because Clinton was “a very powerful and wealthy man,” and Lynch -- a Harvard educated lawyer and first Black woman to be the U.S. Attorney General -- might need Clinton’s help finding a job. Lawmakers said her interview was less contentious than Comey, and she and her attorneys didn’t object to questions like Comey did with certain topics. Lynch’s testimony is likely to be the final interview of this Republican-led investigation. More here.

Miss Walker River Kierra Dini, Chairwoman of the Walker River Paiute Tribe Amber Torres, and Miss India World Taylor Susan last month at a tribal pageant.
Activists and performers Lin-Manuel Miranda and Lady Gaga on-set for Variety's Actors on Actors series in LA earlier this month.
First Lawsuit Filed Against Facebook Over Cambridge Analytica
DC Attorney General Karl Racine on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Facebook over the Cambridge Analytica issue, becoming the first major suit filed against the social media giant as a result of the data sharing scandal. Cambridge Analytica purchased personal information from Facebook on about 70 million people, including 340,000 DC residents. The lawsuit is seeking restitution and damages, including civil penalties up to $5,000 per violation -- which in DC alone would total $1.7 billion -- but the case is likely to settle for much less. Racine said that other states have expressed interest in joining this lawsuit and added that, "We think that bringing suit is necessary in order to bring these issues to light." And he may be correct. The New York Times on Wednesday reported that it offered more of its users' data, including contact information and access to private messages, to companies than it had previously admitted. This revelation came one day after two bombshell reports found Russia had undertaken a disinformation campaign targeting minority communities -- and especially Black voters -- surrounding the 2016 election. As a response to those reports, Facebook on Wednesday released an update to an internal civil rights audit. However, civil rights groups are fed up with Facebook’s failure to fighting discrimination, and said the update was not sufficient. “This report is long on excuses and short on meaningful progress,” Color of Change wrote in a statement. “It is not enough to merely identify the many challenges that we have explained to Facebook. It is hard to take seriously a paper-thin promise without a timeline, benchmarks, or accountability mechanism.” More here.
Okta Names New Board Member
Okta, a publicly-traded identity management company based in San Francisco, has announced the addition of Shellye Archambeau to its Board of Directors. The 56-year-old Wharton School of Business grad is the former CEO of MetricStream, an American governance, risk, and compliance apps company. She previously served as Chief Marketing Officer and EVP of Sales for Loudcloud, Inc., Chief Marketing Officer of NorthPoint Communications, and President of Blockbuster Inc.’s e-commerce division. Before she joined Blockbuster, she held domestic and international executive positions during a 15-year career at IBM. Archambeau also serves on the Boards of Nordstrom, Verizon, Roper Technologies, and Arbitron, Inc. “I am honored to serve on Okta’s board of directors,” said Archambeau. “Today, identity is essential to the success of every organization, and Okta has the team and strategy to continue to grow and thrive.” Okta was founded in 2009 and had its initial public offering in 2017. It’s currently valued at over $6 billion. More here.


Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele in costume for The Music Man at Johns Hopkins University in the 1970’s.
Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA) at John F. Kennedy High School in the early 80’s.
Telemundo Stations Launch ‘Telemundo University’ to Staff Newsrooms
Telemundo Station Group has launched Telemundo University to help expand the next generation of bilingual broadcast and digital journalists across the country. The program will bring experienced TV veterans on campus to meet journalism students and provide students with the necessary skills they need to succeed in the newsroom that they may not be learning in academia. “We needed journalists we could place at our stations and I started looking for pipeline opportunities,” said Ozzie Martínez, Senior VP of News, Digital, and Standards for the Telemundo Station Group. The program currently features four courses -- On-Air Presentation, Digital Media, Technical Operations, and Writing/Producing -- where students receive one-on-one practical training from NBC and Telemundo journalists including news directors, executive producers, anchors, and investigative reporters. Students that successfully complete Telemundo University can then apply to be considered for full-time positions at any NBCUniversal-owned television station or NBC and Telemundo news network. The program is currently available to students at the University of Florida and will expand to the University of Texas at Arlington in early 2019. “Bilingual reporting has become increasingly important for reaching local audiences,” Martínez said. “We look forward to working with more universities that are interested in giving aspiring journalists the experiences they need to jump-start their careers and serve our communities.” More here.
NYT Books Names Audience Editor
Joumana Khatib
will join The New York Times’ Books desk as Audience Editor. In her new role, she’ll be charged with making sure NYT book reviews, recommendations, features, profiles, columns, and reported stories reach their audience, and bring more readers into the world of books. Khatib is currently a Senior Staff Editor on the Express desk. She also served as a Paperback Row Columnist, Editor, and News Assistant. Prior to joining the NYT, Khatib produced publicity materials for the Brooklyn Museum and The Kenyon Review. The 2013 Kenyon College graduate starts her new role in January 2019. More here.
Politico Names New Reporter to Cover 2020
Politico’s Nolan D. McCaskill had an impressive run as a Congressional Reporter and author of the Huddle, but he is now shifting roles to cover the 2020 campaign as a National Political Reporter. He joined Politico as a Fellow and an inaugural member of the outlet’s Journalism Institute. He works as a Reporter and Web Producer, and briefly joined the White House beat. The 2014 Florida A&M University graduate was Editor-In-Chief of his college newspaper and a former news producer FAMU’s TV station. More about him here.
The Ringer Adds Tyler Tynes
Tyler Tynes
is joining the Ringer to cover the intersection of race, politics, and sports and launch a new podcast. He is currently a Staff Writer at SB Nation. Prior to that, he was on the Politics Desk at Huffington Post, where he wrote about the Congressional Black Caucus, the Flint water crisis, and more. The Philly native was previously a Staff Writer at The Press of Atlantic City where he wrote on minority issues in Atlantic City, police brutality, crime, and the courts. Tynes has also contributed to the Philadelphia Inquirer, ESPN, and Ebony Magazine. The 2015 King’s College graduate is also the Chair of the Print Journalism Task Force for the National Association of Black Journalists. More about him here

FL Democratic Congresswoman-elect Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, former FL Congressman Joe García, and Investigation Discovery’s María Elena Salinas on Monday in Miami.
 JAY-Z, OWN’s Deon T. Jones, and photographer Elton Anderson, Jr. at the 2nd Annual Holiday BLeBRiTY game night over the weekend.
Stacey Abrams Joins CAP Board of Directors
Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is joining the Center for American Progress’ (CAP) Board of Directors, making her the only Black member. In Wednesday’s announcement, CAP CEO Neera Tanden said Abrams had “energized and galvanized progressives” with her gubernatorial run and praised her work on issues ranging from education to economic growth to voting rights. “CAP has been at the forefront of progressive policy development and activism for years. Together, we will find and support bold solutions on health care access, voting rights, the economy, and other critical issues our nation faces,” said Abrams. More here.
HI AG Joins Law Firm
Following his unsuccessful run for Congress this year, Doug Chin has joined the law firm of Starn, O'Toole, Marcus and Fisher. The former Attorney General of Hawaii will be a Director focusing on commercial litigation and government relations. Chin had led Hawai'i's fight against the Trump administration's travel ban. Under Chin, the state office took positions against more than 20 of the administration's policies, filing lawsuits, legal briefs in support of other states' lawsuits, and letters to the president or federal lawmakers. Chin ran for outgoing Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa’s seat, who also lost her bid for Governor of Hawai'i to the Dem incumbent David Ige. Democrat Ed Case later won the House seat. The 52-year-old Stanford graduate who completed law school at the University of Hawai'i. “My experience as attorney general, lieutenant governor, prosecutor and city managing director will help me to find solutions for my clients in Hawaii's changing economy," Chin said in a statement. More here.

Capitol Hill Consulting Group Taps House Chief of Staff
Luis Baco
has joined Capitol Hill Consulting Group as a Senior VP. He most recently worked as Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR). Prior to that, Baco spent almost a decade as the Capital Member and Director at McConnell Valdes LLC in DC. The bilingual lawyer -- who is fluent in English and Spanish -- has also worked as Chief of Staff to former PR Governor Luis G. Fortuño, and Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to former PR Congressman Carlos Romero Barceló. The 1989 University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez graduate holds a Master of Law from Georgetown University and a law degree from Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law. More about him here
Banking Policy Institute Taps Black Caucus Executive Director
Fabrice Coles, the outgoing Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus, is joining the Bank Policy Institute (BPI) in February as VP of Government Affairs. The 35-year-old Capitol Hill veteran is slated to work on consumer and financial technology issues. BPI represents domestic and foreign lenders including JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp., and Deutsche Bank AG. Before taking the helm of the CBC, Coles was at the Treasury Department. He began his Capitol Hill career as a Research Assistant for the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, then worked as a Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY). He went briefly into the private sector, then became Legislative Director for Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) before moving to the Senate side, where he served as Economic Policy Counsel to Senator Gary Peters (D-MI). The proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. completed Howard Law School in 2008 after graduating from Wesleyan University in 2005. In 2017, he earned his Master of Laws and is currently pursuing an MBA at NYU. Despite his degrees, Coles says the best education he has received has been through his work on Capitol Hill. More here.
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) speaking at the National Immigrant Integration Conference in Arlington, VA last weekend.  
CBS’ Gayle King and artist Lenny Kravitz getting ready to appear on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live last week in NYC.
National Domestic Workers Alliance Adds Mónica Ramírez as Gender-Justice Campaigns Director
Mónica Ramírez has joined the National Domestic Workers Alliance as its Gender-Justice Campaigns Director. She was most recently the Co-Founder and President of the Alianza Nacional De Campesinas (National Farmworker Women's Alliance), where her work gained national prominence after she wrote a letter to women in the entertainment industry on behalf of Alianza --  which is largely credited with helping spark the founding of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund. In 2018, she attended the Golden Globes with Laura Dern, and Ramírez continues to be a thought leader and partner in the TIME’S UP movement. She became the first Director of Gender Equity and Advocacy for the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda and also served as the Director of Gender Equality and Trabajadoras’ Empowerment for the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement. Prior to that, Ramírez was the Deputy Director of the Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc.; founded the first national legal project to end workplace sexual violence and other forms of gender discrimination against migrant farmworker and low-paid immigrant women during her time at the Southern Poverty Law Center; and founded the first state-based legal project aimed at combating gender discrimination against women employed in agriculture in Florida. Ramírez holds a Bachelor's from Loyola University, a law degree from Ohio State University, and a Master’s from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. “A long-time admirer of the domestic workers movement, I know it is more urgent than ever to win rights for low-paid workers, who are largely excluded from employment protections. I am committed to ensuring that the cross-sector movement of domestic workers and farmworker women continues to transform the lives of all working women,” she said. More about her here.

Black AIDS Institute Announces New President
The Black AIDS Institute has announced Raniyah Copeland as its next President and CEO. Copeland is currently the Director of Programs at the Institute, where she serves as the organization’s chief HIV prevention expert and manages all HIV treatment/prevention and community mobilization programming. The 34-year-old public health advocate has also served as the Director of Training & Capacity Building and as Training and Capacity Building Manager. Prior to joining the Institute, Copeland worked as a Crisis Case Manager at Beyond Shelter, a Reproductive Health Assistant for Planned Parenthood Pasadena, and was the Executive Director of the Black Recruitment and Retention Center at the University of California at Berkeley. She’s also a proud member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., an AmeriCorps alumna, and a Co-Founder of the African Black Coalition. The University of California at Berkeley graduate, who also holds a Master’s from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, starts her new role on January 1, 2019. More about her here.

Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation Names New President 
Rini Banerjee
has been named President of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation -- becoming the first woman to lead the organization. The Foundation makes grants to grassroots groups working to advance racial justice, gender equity, and environmental sustainability. Banerjee was previously an Integrated Capital Fellow at the financial services organization, RSF Social Finance. Before that, she served first Executive Director for the Foundation for a Just Society, where she led the organization from its startup phase to its growth into one of the top global funders committed to advancing the rights of women, girls, and LGBTQI people. She’s also led programming at Overbrook Foundation, the New York Women's Foundation, and is a Co-Founder of the Asian Women’s Giving Circle in NYC. The NYU graduate, who also holds a Master’s from Columbia University, starts her new role on January 1st. “I look forward to building upon the foundation’s track record of integrating social justice grantmaking and mission-aligned investing strategies in ways that are accountable to those on the frontlines who work toward a creating just, equitable and sustainable world,” Banerjee said. More about her here

Thursday, January 3, 2019, 6P: A reception honoring Congresswomen-elect Sharice Davids (D-KS) and Deb Haaland (D-NM), the first Native American women elected to the U.S. Congress. National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street & Independence Avenue, S.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, January 8th, 2019, 7P: APAICS hosts a ceremonial swearing-in and welcome reception for the members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus of the 116th Congress. U.S. Capitol Visitor Center - Congressional Auditorium & Atrium, East Capitol St NE and First St SE, DC. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, January 9th, 2019, 6P: The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute hosts a swearing-in ceremony and welcome reception for the Hispanic members of the 116th Congress. U.S. Capitol Visitor Center - Congressional Auditorium & Atrium, East Capitol St NE and First St SE, DC. Click here for more information.
Friday, January 18, 2019, 9A–3P: The Indigenous Peoples Movement hosts the Indigenous Peoples March to bring awareness to the injustices affecting Indigenous men, women, and children. DC. Click here for more information.
Saturday, February 16, 2019: The Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s 93rd Annual Black History Luncheon. Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019: APAICS 25th Anniversary Awards Gala Dinner to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The evening honors Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders, both current and pioneers, and recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations that continue to politically empower the AAPI community. 1000 H Street, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
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