Rapper TI curates a museum & Judy Chu intros resolution written by students
Rapper TI curates a museum & Judy Chu intros resolution written by students
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September 26, 2018
Pete Aguilar Announces Run, White House Names HBCU Advisors, and Carlos Curbelo Calls Out DOJ Over Cannabis
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VOTE OR DIE… The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a Friday morning vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. Once it moves out of committee, party leaders will have to work overtime to get their Caucus in order and wrangle votes. WILD CARDSSeveral Senators remain on the fence. On the GOP side: Jeff Flake (AZ), Susan Collins (ME), and Lisa Murkowski (AK). On the Dem side: Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Joe Manchin (WV), and Joe Donnelly (IN). Stay tuned. BUT FIRST … WOMEN’S BUSINESS. The all-white male GOP side of the Senate Judiciary Committee (except for Ted Cruz whose father is Cuban) opted to have a woman -- a prosecutor with expertise in sex crimes -- question Dr. Christine Blasey Ford about her sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh on Thursday. SHE WAS DRUNKThat was the president’s response to Kavanaugh’s second accuser, Deborah Ramírez, who has said that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when they were undergraduates at Yale. THE WORLD IS LAUGHING AT US… Donald Trump uttered those words repeatedly throughout the campaign trail and during the first year of his administration. When he took the stage at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, he proved his own words true. AGAIN? The House is set to vote today on a massive spending package that funds a large section of government and aims to avert a shutdown, just weeks before the midterm elections. CHANGEMAKER, CHANGE GIVERAmazon is fighting back against the image of poor working conditions at its warehouses and giving raises of 25 to 55 cents an hour, according to employees. CEO Jeff Bezos makes $275 million a day, FYI. MEET ME IN THE TRAPRapper T.I. has curated a pop-up trap museum in Atlanta that will serve as a nod to the city's deep-rooted music culture and those helped to shape trap into one of hip-hop's most prominent sub-genres. It opens on September 30th and coincides with the 15th anniversary of his album Trap Muzik. FALL LINE, FALL SALESMichael Kors said on Tuesday that it would buy Versace for $2.1 billion in a bid to challenge Europe’s conglomerates at a time of rapid consolidation in the global luxury market. FALL BACK… It’s time to catch this Beat! We’re kicking off your Wednesday with this…  
  • Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) intros a resolution written by students.
  • Cannabis company names a new board member. Read to the bottom!
  • CBS names Richard Parsons as Interim Chair of the Board.
  • Raj Shah is set to leave White House for good.
  • Court reverses ruling, leaving Native American voters in peril.
  • FHFA Director Mel Watt's accuser heads to Capitol Hill to testify.
  • Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) wants more parks.
Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) and newly elected LULAC National President Domingo García at the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts Gala in DC last week.
News personality Tamron Hall in Chicago over the weekend.
Judy Chu Intros Gun Control Resolution Written Entirely by Students
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) introduced an anti-gun violence resolution on Tuesday that was inspired by a resolution written by high school students in her district in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Following that attack, which killed 17 students and staff members, students from Alhambra High School reached out to the president and Congress to demand action to keep themselves and their peers safe. When those calls went unanswered, they drafted legislation of their own and presented it to Chu. The resolution calls for the outlawing of individuals with violent criminal records from purchasing guns, require background checks and age checks for all buyers, and raise the minimum age for purchasing guns from 18 to 21. “For mass shooting after mass shooting, Congressional Republicans responded only with silence, throwing their hands up in the air as if they were helpless, when the reality is we are anything but,” Chu said. “The amount of research and work that the students … put into this resolution is truly impressive. They had vigorous debates on each provision, from banning assault weapons to true universal background checks. They had a vote on each of those provisions.  They were thoughtful and impassioned as they presented their views to one another and to the public. And it worked.” The resolution was adopted unanimously by the local school district. And now, Chu says she is hoping to help them do the same at the federal level. “A movement is growing, and these students are not afraid to stand up to the NRA if it means saving their lives. And I’m proud to stand with them.” More here.

Pete Aguilar Announces House Democratic Leadership Run
Congressman Pete Aguilar (D-CA)
announced on Tuesday that he will run against Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA) -- 
who announced her plans to run in July -- for Democratic Caucus Vice Chair. Aguilar is the Whip for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and is serving his second term in Congress. The 39-year-old centrist led the failed attempts on the discharge petition to force a series of floor votes on various DACA solutions with Congressman Jeff Dunham (R-CA). “Thanks to the hard work of Democrats across the country, we are experiencing an outpouring of support for an agenda that puts working people first, expands access to affordable health care, and roots out the corruption that plagues Washington,” Aguilar said. “I’m running for Caucus Vice Chair because I believe that all Members of the Democratic Caucus should have a seat at the table as we work to advance that agenda.” The Vice Chairmanship position is being left open by California Congresswoman Linda Sánchez as she and fellow California Congresswoman Barbara Lee are facing off for Caucus Chair -- a position left open after NY Congressman Joe Crowley lost his primary to rising Democratic star, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. More here.
Mel Watt Accuser Invited to Testify Before House Panel on Thursday
Simone Grimes
, the woman who accused Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt of sexual harassment, has been invited to testify before the House Financial Services Committee on Thursday. Her lawyer said she met with both Democratic and Republican staff on the committee on Tuesday. Grimes, a senior FHFA employee, alleged that 73-year-old Watt engaged in “unwelcome and unwanted sexual advances” toward her and repeatedly tied her professional advancement to his sexual interest in her. She has filed harassment and retaliation claims against Watt, seeking damages and other relief. Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), a colleague of Watt from when he served in Congress, asked the Committee’s Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) to allow Grimes to appear before the committee. “We must face the reality that women throughout all sectors feel that existing practices and procedures have worked against them and left them silenced when they have complaints about discrimination and harassment,” said Waters in the letter to Hensarling sent on Monday, citing the “seriousness of this matter.” He had previously declined a request by Grimes to testify, according to the WSJ. The hearing was expected to focus on FHFA’s oversight of housing-finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Coincidentally, Grimes will appear on the same day Dr. Christine Ford is set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions from an outside counsel about her accusations against SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh. More here.

The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah and actor Lakeith Stanfield, who’s dressed as Atlanta character Teddy Perkins, at the Emmys in LA last week. ((shutter))
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and her District Director, Rachel Berkson, headed to Vashon Island over the weekend.
Bobby Rush Pushes Twitter CEO on Civil Rights Audit Commitment
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told members of Congress that he would have a civil rights audits of the platform conducted, and Congressman Bobby Rush (D-IL) wants to know where the process stands. Dorsey made the commitment to have an independent, third party conduct a civil rights audit of the platform during his testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on September 5th. Rush and Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) sent a letter to Dorsey about the progress of the audit. In their letter, they say that a civil rights audit of Twitter is warranted due to concerns that some users misuse the platform to promote divisive content and misinformation. Other technology platforms, such as Facebook and Airbnb, have undertaken similar audits of their platforms. “An audit of Twitter would be a positive step forward. We also are watching your efforts to provide greater consistency and transparency in the enforcement of your rules,” Pallone and Rush wrote in their letter. “Swift, fair enforcement of your policies—regardless of who is behind an offending account—would go a long way toward regaining the public’s trust in your service.” Pallone and Rush are expecting a robust report from Twitter on its progress by October 5th. More here.

José Serrano Wants Federal Commitment to Puerto Rico Recovery Efforts
One year after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, there is significant work to still be completed. Despite public pressure and requests from members of Congress, FEMA announced that it would not continue covering the cost of recovery expenses. To recognize the anniversary and ensure federal support for recovery efforts, Congressman José E. Serrano (D-NY), introduced the Continuing Our Mission in Puerto Rico to Optimize and Modernize Infrastructure and Sustain Obligations Act, or “compromiso”, the Spanish word for commitment. The bill aims to extend 100% of the cost-share waivers for FEMA -- specifically the debris removal and emergency protective measures in Puerto Rico to ensure that the federal government covers the costs of emergency assistance to the island as a result of the Hurricane. “While we’ve made tremendous progress in Congress by securing significant emergency relief funding for the island, most of this funding hasn’t been disbursed and the island is still going through a financial crisis. Puerto Rico’s local government still can’t bear the burden of FEMA’s cost share requirement, and demanding that it do so now will only further slow and hinder local recovery efforts,” said Serrano. “This bill will extend the cost share waivers to ensure the federal government continues covering this cost as it did in the Gulf Coast states after Hurricane Katrina.” More here.

Kamala Harris Intros Bill to Provide Funding for Parks in Underserved Communities
Currently, one in three Americans does not live within a 10-minute walk of a quality local park. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) said it’s time for a change, and on Tuesday introduced the Outdoors for All Act. The bill aims to increase access to outdoor recreation opportunities in cities and urban areas by creating a dedicated source of funding for the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP). The ORLP was established by Congress in 2014, and provides competitive grants to communities that lack outdoor recreation spaces to build parks and outdoor recreation facilities. If passed, the bill would specifically allocate 20% of the Land and Water Conservation Fund's revenues to the ORLP. “As our cities and urban areas continue to grow, outdoor recreation opportunities have failed to keep up,” said Harris. “This is an issue affecting communities across the country from Bakersfield, California to Memphis, Tennessee, where less than 50% of the populations live within a half mile of a park. Our children and future generations deserve to be able to enjoy our parks and open spaces, and it’s time we take steps to ensure that.” This is the Senate companion to legislation introduced last year by Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA) and Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH). More here

White House Reporter April Ryan on-set for Monday’s episode of The Real in LA.
Investigation Discovery’s María Elena Salinas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil over the weekend.
Meet the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
The White House on Friday announced the members of the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs. For nearly 30 years, the Board of Advisors has provided counsel to five U.S. presidents. The advisory board writes an annual federal plan for assistance to HBCUs, advises the Education Secretary, and makes recommendations to the president. The appointed members are Aminta Breaux, President, Bowie State University; James Clark, President, South Carolina State University; Phyllis Dawkins, President, Bennett College for Women; Rodney Ellis, Chancellor, Southern University at Shreveport; Marshall Grigsby, former President, Benedict College; Billy Hawkins, President, Talladega College; Jerry Hunter, former General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board; Nickolas Justice, retired U.S. Army Major General and Executive Director of PowerAmerica, the public-private power electronics manufacturing institute that will be located on Centennial Campus; Ronald Johnson, President, Clark Atlanta University; Harold Martin Sr., Chancellor, North Carolina A&T State University; Bernard Milano, President and a trustee of the KPMG Foundation, as well as President and trustee of the KPMG Disaster Relief Fund; Connie Rath, President of the Clifton Foundation; and Kevin Wilson Williams, former President and Managing Director of General Motors Canada, and member of the Tennessee State University Foundation Board. The Committee is chaired by former Thurgood Marshall College Fund President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor Jr. In February, Trump named former Cincinnati Bengals player Johnathan Holifield to serve as the Executive Director of the White House initiative on HBCUs. More here.
Raj Shah Set to Leave White House For Good
White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah, who is currently leading communications for Brett Kavanaugh's SCOTUS nomination, is reportedly planning to leave after that process is over. A source said that Shah’s exit “calculus” included his assumption that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is also planning to leave the White House soon. The source said to Yahoo! News that Shah knows he won’t be in line for the Press Secretary job when Sanders leaves and wouldn’t be interested in the position if he was offered it. Sanders has denied that she has any plans to leave. Before joining the Trump administration, Shah called Donald Trump “a deplorable” and referred to the release of the Access Hollywood tape as “some justice,” according to private messages that were leaked to the press earlier this year. Shah, who worked at the RNC during the 2016 election, also asked a colleague to dig up an old video clip of Trump that shortly afterward showed up in a Jeb Bush commercial. Multiple sources say Shah has already lined up a new job. A former White House staffer separately told Yahoo! News they heard the 33-year-old has a new gig ready as soon as Kavanaugh’s process is complete. More here.
Is “America First” a Racist Dog Whistle?
A federal judge in San Francisco wondered if Donald Trump’s “America First” stance is a racist signal being used to cover the administration’s immigration policies. U.S. District Judge Edward Chen on Tuesday heard arguments on whether or not to block the Trump administration’s decision to end temporary protected status (TPS) for immigrants in the U.S. legally from El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Sudan. During the hearing, Chen brought up a memo written by former DHS Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke where she wrote that TPS “must end for these countries soon” to be aligned with Trump’s “America first” agenda. Referencing the president’s comments reportedly calling the African continent and Haiti “shithole countries,” Chen said to  Adam Kirschner, the DOJ’s attorney: “The inference plaintiffs make is that this is code for ending immigration status for those who are non-white. What do you make of that?” Kirschner’s response? He said that the TPS rescission policy came from Duke and her former boss, John Kelly, and that neither of them are accused of racial discrimination. However, The Beat DC takes you back to comments Kelly made earlier this year where he said that the “vast majority” of undocumented immigrants “don’t integrate well” and “don’t have skills.” He also said that some DACA-eligible immigrants were “too lazy to get off their asses” and sign up. Both of these comments were met with uproar and many accused Kelly of racial discrimination. More here.

Obama alums Gautam Raghavan and Heather Foster with The Hill TV’s Jamal Simmons on-set to discuss their new book, West Wingers.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Monday -- she pledged to ride public transit to work as part of the city’s Transit Week.
Richard Parsons Named Interim Board Chair of CBS
The CBS Corporation on Tuesday named Richard Parsons as Interim Chairman of the Board of Directors. The longtime business and media executive -- he’s the former Chairman of both Time Warner and Citigroup -- replaces Leslie Moonves, who was ousted this month after accusations of sexual misconduct. Parsons’ appointment is the latest shake-up in the turbulence that has rocked the company the few months for the company. The announcement fuels speculation that the 70-year-old Albany Law School graduate could hold the post on a more permanent basis. We told you earlier this month that the Brooklyn native had been installed as one of six new Board members who will help oversee the media company as it transitions to new leadership. Parsons is an ally of Shari Redstone -- the Board’s Vice Chairwoman whose National Amusements is a controlling shareholder in CBS, as well as Viacom. She had been involved in a protracted legal fight with Moonves, but all parties have now agreed to dismiss the lawsuit. CBS also said that Directors Bruce Gordon, the former President of the NAACP, and William Cohen, the former Secretary of Defense, will leave the company’s Board. Redstone had been seeking a potential reunion between CBS and Viacom, which Moonves and some directors, including Cohen and Gordon, had opposed. Parsons is Co-Founder and Partner of Imagination Capital, a venture capital firm launched in November. He also has been a Senior Advisor for private equity firm Providence Equity Partners since 2009 and was interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team for a few months in 2014. More here.


DOJ Vows to Cut Merger Review Time
Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim -- the DOJ’s antitrust chief -- is pledging to significantly cut the length of time it takes to review proposed mergers. The announcement comes amid complaints from companies that the regulatory clearance process has become painfully slow. “I agree that it is a problem,” Delrahim said Tuesday in a speech at Georgetown University. Mergers valued at more than $84 million that meet certain conditions, and all deals valued above $337 million, need government approval before they can be consummated. The overwhelming majority of mergers raise no antitrust issues and are approved within 30 days of paperwork being submitted to the government, WSJ explains. In a small percentage of deals, however, the government makes a so-called “second request” for information about the transaction, a move that triggers a full investigation that can take a year or longer to resolve. Companies want to reduce regulatory burdens. Consumer advocates, however, want antitrust officials to thoroughly vet potential concerns about mergers and to build strong legal cases against problematic deals that can succeed in court. Delrahim said the government would take steps to ensure that third parties with relevant information about a merger comply with civil subpoenas in a timely manner. Those third parties often include competitors and customers of the merging companies. He also said the Justice Department was withdrawing a policy guide issued during the Barack Obama administration on what remedies the government would accept to address concerns that a merger would harm competition. That 2011 guide expressed an openness to accepting commitments from companies to limit certain business conduct after they merged. More here.

CNN’s Jim Acosta with an NYPD officer on Monday while reporting from the UN General Assembly in NYC.
Former BET Host Terrence J, rapper and activist David Banner, and TV personality Jeff Johnson at a male empowerment panel at North Carolina A&T; State University over the weekend.
FL Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Gillum Gets $5 Million Boost
The campaign for Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum just got a $5 million boost from Tom Steyer, the billionaire investor and Democratic activist. Steyer, who is based in California and has led the crusade to impeach Donald Trump, said he would spend more money in Florida this fall than any other state. Steyer endorsed Gillum praising him for being a fierce gun control advocate and climate champion. He says that’s why he directed his political operation to spend more than $5 million aiding the 39-year-old Tallahassee mayor. Gillum has held a slim lead over his opponent Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL) since the Florida primary last month. DeSantis has struggled to move past a series of racial controversies involving him and his political supporters. Florida has not elected a Democratic governor this century. Of note, more than 1.5 million in Florida have lost the right to vote due to their criminal records -- a higher number than in any other state. There’s now a proposed ballot initiative would automatically restore the right to vote to people with a felony conviction who have completed their sentences. (The initiative makes two exceptions: no voting rights for people convicted of murder or sex offenses.) Voters will now weigh in on the state certified the initiative called Amendment 4 on the November ballot. Like any change to Florida’s Constitution, Amendment 4 needs 60% of the vote to pass. The amendment could change the Florida electorate. White people represent a majority of the state’s former felons. However, Black people are disproportionately affected by the current ban. More than one in five Black voters can’t vote in Florida, compared with about one in 10 voters in the state’s general population (and one in 40 nationwide). More on Gillum here.

Court Reverses Ruling Saying North Dakota Voter ID Law Disproportionately Affects Native Americans
Many homes on Native American reservations lack traditional postal addresses. Instead, some Native voters often rely on P.O. boxes for their mail, and they are often located outside their voting precincts. The distinction is key, especially when it comes to voter ID. Since North Dakota does not require voter registration, voters can just show up at the polls on election day and vote if they present valid ID. Drivers' licenses and tribal ID cards are accepted if they bear a current residential street address -- and that’s the problem. Although voters can produce other documents such as utility bills, bank statements, or government documents with a current street address to back their traditional postal office, many Native voters’ supporting documents list their P.O. boxes. Members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa sued the state, alleging its ID requirements discriminated against Native Americans. But a federal appeals court on Monday reversed a lower court’s ruling which said that North Dakota’s voter ID law placed a significant burden to Native voters. A three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals said a lower court’s ruling -- which had required the state to accept a longer list of potential forms of identification at the polls -- would “irreparably harm” the state ahead of November’s election. Previously, U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland had ruled against the state after finding that nearly 5,000 otherwise eligible Native Americans and nearly 65,000 other voters didn't possess a qualifying ID. He added that nearly 49% of Native Americans who lacked a qualifying ID also lacked sufficient supplemental documentation, so around 2,300 would be prevented from voting. Matthew Campbell of the Native American Rights Fund said the “Court acknowledged that thousands of Native American voters will not be able to vote under the State's system, and that certain North Dakota communities lack residential addresses. [W]e plan to continue our fight for Native American voters in North Dakota." More here.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) on Monday meeting a young constituent in DC.
CNN’s Abby Phillips on Monday reporting from UN General Assembly in NYC.
Carlos Curbelo Calls Out Jeff Sessions on Medical Marijuana
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) signed off on allowing Canada-based company Tilray Inc. to import marijuana products for use in a clinical trial in the U.S. to test its effectiveness in treating essential tremor -- a nervous system (neurological) disorder that causes involuntary and rhythmic shaking. Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) immediately spotted the irony and is calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has vowed to use federal law to get tough on marijuana, to reverse course. “Allowing a Canadian company to do what American companies are still waiting on the Department of Justice to grant them permission to do is incomprehensible. The United States has countless companies, including several in my home state of Florida, that are well-equipped to provide high quality cannabis extracts, but they are being roadblocked by Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ senseless witch hunt against an entire industry of legal, state-regulated small businesses.” Currently, in the U.S., only the University of Mississippi is licensed to grow and harvest research-grade marijuana plants. More than 25 U.S.-based manufacturers have reportedly applied to the DEA to produce cannabis, but no action has been taken on those applications while Tilray was granted approval. “With this announcement, the Attorney General and the Department of Justice’s arcane prohibition on researching the effects of cannabis are now complicit in shipping American jobs and dollars abroad,” Curbelo said. This month, the House Judiciary Committee voted to move a bipartisan bill forward that would loosen the restrictions on sourcing medical cannabis for research. More here.

Cannabis Company Names New Board Member
Cannabis Science -- a biotech company based in Irvine, CA specializing in the development of cannabinoid-based medicines -- has appointed Dr. Jermane Bond to its Scientific Advisory Board. The noted research scientist -- who earned his Master's from Fisk and Ph.D. from Howard University after graduating from Morehouse College -- has more than 15 years of research and public health experience and is expected to contribute significantly to the direction of Cannabis Science as it pertains to research, development, clinical translation, and collaborations. Bond is expected to aid in developing a transdisciplinary framework to address specific illnesses, integrating and extending discipline-based concepts and methods to advance treatment. He is currently an Assistant Research Professor at George Washington University and previously served as a Research Science Director for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. The WSJ this week reported that entrepreneurs and investors are fueling the marijuana industry with a stock craze reminiscent of the late 1990s dot-com bubble and the recent bitcoin mania. Big companies, wealthy families, and amateurs alike are taking stakes in speculative companies, many of which have scant revenue or history, all to get a piece of what some economists say could sprout into a $100 billion annual business in the U.S. There has been a historic shift in public opinion for legalizing marijuana over the last generation. The racial disparity, however, hasn’t changed. Data shows that Blacks and Hispanics continue to be disproportionately arrested for marijuana-related charges compared to whites. And while business booms, there are still thousands of people of color who remain behind bars on marijuana charges that were brought before the public shifted their opinion. More here.

FOMO
Today, 6P: The Constitutional Accountability Center hosts “CAC@10: A Decade of Progress, A Charge for the Future.” Honorees include former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Chair of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, Shirley Higuchi, and Brittany Packnett, Co-Founder of Campaign Zero. Mayer Brown, 1999 K St N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Today, 6:30P: A reception for Antonio Delgado for Congress with NY members Adriano Espaillat, Yvette Clarke, and Grace Meng, among others. Address provided upon RSVP. DC. Click here for more information.
Today: National Action Network’s Annual Legislative and Policy Conference. Capitol Hill, DC. Click here for more information.
Today - Saturday, September 29th: NBMBAA 40th Annual Conference & Exposition. Detroit, MI. Click here for more information.
Thursday, September 27th: Telemundo and Horowitz Research host an insights forum focused on the Hispanic and multicultural media environment at the Cultural Insights Forum, an annual multicultural conference for the media industry. Telemundo Center, 2350 NW 117th Place, Miami. Click here for more information.
Friday, September 28th, 1:30P: A fundraiser for Lauren Underwood for Congress hosted by Isaac FardjourChaka BurgessLauryl JacksonAlethia Jacksonand others. Charlie Palmer Steak, 101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., DC. 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.
Monday, October 1st, 8:30A: The Marshall Project hosts, "What's The Story? Criminal Justice and Narrative Change." The convening will feature Sherrilyn IfillPresident and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, in conversation with Grover Norquist. Moderated by Bill Keller, Editor of The Marshall Project, and featuring an introduction by Weldon Angelos. The Google Space, 25 Massachusetts Ave, N.W., DC. Click here for more.
Monday, October 1st, 7:30P: Los Angeles Times Ideas Exchange hosts a conversation with DeRay Mckesson. DeRay will be joined by special guests for a live, no-holds-barred talk about inclusion, community, and progress designed to empower a new generation of leaders. The Theater at Ace Hotel. Los Angeles, CA. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, October 2nd: The Indian American Impact Project hosts Women Who Impact, an evening celebrating 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.
Wednesday, October 3rd, 12:30P: Meet and greet for former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy, candidate for U.S Senate, hosted by Marcus Sebastian Mason & Patrice Willoughby. Madison Group, 1030 15th St., N.W. Suite 1080 West, 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.
Monday, October 8th - Tuesday, October 9th: Black Enterprise's TechConneXt Summit featuring the first annual Black Tech Awards. Summit speakers include Damien Hooper-Campbell, Chief Diversity Officer at eBay, The Breakfast Club's Angela Yee, among othersSan Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront, 1800 Old Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame, CA. 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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