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August 29, 2018
Andrew Gillum Delivers an Upset in FL, Maxine Waters Contacts FBI, and Ajit Pai is Cleared
WHERE DID ANDREW GILLUM COME FROM? … Asked certain cable news pundits all last night who clearly don’t read The Beat DC. Gillum is poised to make history in FL after pulling off one of the biggest upsets in last night’s primaries. More on this below. IN ARIZONA… In the hotly contested Senate race, Republican Congresswoman Martha McSally handily defeated former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Kelli Ward. With the changing demographics in the state, Democrats could turn it blue if Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema defeats McSally in November. We have a lot more on all the primaries below. VIOLENT BATTLEGROUND… The president, unaware he was being recorded, told evangelical leaders that Democrats "will overturn everything that we've done and they'll do it quickly and violently" if they take over the House. Remember all those peaceful campaign rallies Donald Trump held? YOU’RE FIRED… The president is reportedly thinking of reviving one of his favorite sayings when it comes to his Attorney General. And support for Jeff Sessions appears to be weakening in the Senate despite Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) throwing his weight behind one of Trump’s favorite targets. GOOGLE ME… Trump accused Google on Tuesday of suppressing conservative news outlets that are supportive of his administration. It’s safe to assume that Fox News and self-googling take up a good chunk of the president’s time if you don’t count golfing. Trump’s top economic advisor, Larry Kudlow, said the WH is “taking a look” at whether, and how, Google should be regulated by the government. BTW, regulating search results could violate the First Amendment. Google it. BUILDING BIPARTISANSHIPSenate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's (D-NY) effort to rename the Russell Office Building after the late John McCain was met by some GOP skepticism. The building’s namesake, former GA Democrat Richard Russell, supported white supremacy and filibustered the Civil Rights Act. BACK TO SCHOOLFormer First Lady Michelle Obama released a video on Tuesday appealing to high schoolers to commit to a college education. HAIR AND MAKEUP… It’s where I’m supposed to be right now! Be sure to tune in to MSNBC at 10A. The Beat DC will return after Labor Day. But we’re leaving you with all this…
  • Upsets and triumphs. We recap the election results below.
  • Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) wants a council focused on rural communities.
  • Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) wants to make sure federal funds are not being used to arm teachers with guns. The concept is rumored to be a thing.
  • Facebook names a Public Policy Manager.
  • United Farm Workers makes history with a Latina at the helm.
  • MSNBC signs a new contributor. Read to the bottom! 
  • Be sure to catch The Beat DC's Tiffany D. Cross on MSNBC at 10A. She'll be live with Hallie Jackson.
The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah and CBS News’ Alex Wagner in NYC on-set to talk about his new book, The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library, earlier this month.
Seton Hall University professor Jessica Cavagnaro with Latino USA’s María Hinojosa in NYC earlier this month.
Andrew Gillum Delivers an Upset in Florida
The surprise of the evening was undoubtedly Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who clinched the Democratic nomination in Florida’s gubernatorial primary. Gillum defeated four wealthy rivals who far outspent the progressive FAMU graduate. “My opponents have spent, together, over $90 million in this race. We have spent four” million, he said campaign in Miami over the weekend. “Money doesn’t vote. People do.” He was right. The 39-year-old built a devoted following of progressives, many of them young and African American, with his campaign message of social justice and lifting up poor people, appealing to Florida’s growing diversity. He will face Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL) in November. If he wins, he will make history again by being the first Black Governor of the state. Dr. Jennifer Zimmerman claimed victory in Florida’s First Congressional District Democratic primary. The Philippines native immigrated to the U.S. 25 years ago. After graduating from the University of the Philippines, she obtained her medical degree at the University of the East, then moved to America, where she completed her residency training in Pediatrics at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York. She owns her own practice in Milton. She will face incumbent Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz. Retired educator Yvonne Hayes Hinson is the victor in the Third Congressional District and will go on to face her Republican rival Congressman Ted Yoho. After retiring from Miami-Dade Public Schools as a Principal, the University of Florida grad became an entrepreneur launching her own company providing consultation and supplementary services to low performing schools. Chair of the Brevard County Democratic Executive Committee Sanjay Patel ran unopposed in the 8th Congressional District and will go on to face Republican Congressman Bill Posey in November. Ecuador native Debbie Mucarsel-Powell will face incumbent Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) in November in Florida’s 26th Congressional District. The former Associate Dean at Florida International University Medical School graduated from Pitzer College and went on to earn her Master’s from Claremont University. She has spent the last 25 years working for a host of nonprofit organizations. Donna Shalala, former Health and Human Services Secretary under President Bill Clinton, is the winner of the Democratic Primary in the state’s 27th Congressional District. Shalala currently serves as Trustee Professor of Political Science and Health Policy at the University of Miami, and had been President of the Clinton Foundation until March 2017. She will face in November Republican Cuban American journalist María Elvíra Salazar, as both aim to replace retiring Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Salazar is a former news anchor for Miami-based Mega TV who previously hosted a political news show called Maria Elvira Live. More on all the results here.

Arizona Results In Despite Polling Place Snafus
Polling place issues plagued Tuesday’s Arizona primary, as 62 Maricopa County polling places were not ready for voters. The check-in equipment that allows poll workers to verify voters' identity had not been set up, leaving some voters unable to secure ballots for hours. Still, the results are in, and education activist and veteran David García will be the Democratic nominee for Governor of Arizona in November. The Arizona State University grad was the first in his family to finish college, and he then received both a Master’s and doctorate from the University of Chicago. In addition to his service in the Army, García served as a research analyst for the Arizona State Senate and led the Arizona Department of Education as Associate Superintendent. If the Arizona State University professor is able to best incumbent Republican Governor Doug Ducey, he would become Arizona’s first Latino chief executive in more than 40 years. However, he faces an uphill battle against the well-funded Ducey. Winning the Democratic nomination for Attorney General is January Contreras, a former Assistant AG and a Barack Obama alumna. Contreras was an advisor to former Governor Janet Napolitano on health policy and served on President Obama’s White House Council on Women and Girls. The University of Arizona graduate, who also received her law degree from the school, will face incumbent Republican AG Mark Brnovich in November. Dr. Hiral Tipirneni will once again face current GOP Congresswoman Debbie Lesko in November’s general election. The Northeast Ohio Medical University grad is an emergency room physician and cancer research advocate. Hiral and Lesko first faced off in an April 24 special general election to replace former Republican Congressman Trent Franks, who resigned following a sexual misconduct allegation. The Indian immigrant came close to defeating Lesko -- 52% to 47% -- in the right-leaning 8th Congressional District of Arizona, which Donald Trump carried by more than 20 percentage points in 2016. More here.

Cherokee Nation Citizens Win in Oklahoma Runoff
Cherokee Nation citizen Kevin Stitt won Oklahoma’s Republican Gubernatorial runoff. The founder of a Tulsa based mortgage company has never held elective office. The 45-year-old conservative holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Oklahoma State University and is pro-life and supports the death penalty. Stitt will face former state Attorney General Democrat Drew Edmondson
in November. If Stitt wins, he will make history as the state's first Native American governor. Oklahoma, which is home to 39 federally recognized tribes, has never had a Native governor. Native Americans represent 9.2% of Oklahoma's population, second to California with the largest Native populations. Cherokee National citizen Jason Nichols claimed victory in the states 2nd Congressional District’s Democratic primary. The Northeastern State University graduate currently enjoys a career as an instructor of Political Science at his alma mater. He will go on to face Republican Congressman Markwayne Mullin in November. More on the election results here.
FBI Probes Maxine Waters’ Opponent
Republican Omar Navarro in December tweeted a fake letter that appeared to have the signature of his political opponent Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) that says she is creating a program to settle “41k refugees” in her district, which is centered in Los Angeles County. As a result, the FBI wants to talk to him. Waters asked the Justice Department to investigate the source of the letter. Navarro told the LA Times in December that someone sent the letter to his campaign on Facebook. He also told the Times that he didn’t vet the letter, and he has not deleted the tweet. “I don’t know why they are looking into me since I’m not the one who fabricated the letter,” he said on Monday. The letter included multiple errors, including listing committees on which Waters does not sit. Waters’ Chief of Staff Twaun Samuel in December called the letter a “forgery and a fake.” Navarro has since tweeted complaints about the FBI wanting to talk to him and used the issue as a fundraising motivator for his supporters. Waters and Navarro previously faced off for the congressional seat in 2016, when Waters won by more than a 50-point margin. More here.

Texas Railroad Commission candidate Roman McAllen (D) campaigning with Congressman Joaquín Castro (D-TX) in Sharpstown, TX over the weekend.
Fox News’ Eboni K. Williams at the Black Girls Rock royal red carpet event in NYC over the weekend.
Catherine Cortez Masto Wants to Create a Council On Rural Innovation and Economic Development
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)
wants to create a standing ‘Council on Rural Community Innovation and Economic Development’ to work across executive departments, agencies, and offices to streamline the work of agencies and programs specifically designed to support rural communities. She and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) are asking Congress to make it happen. The lawmakers say the council will maximize the impact of federal investments across the different agencies in order to promote economic prosperity and quality of life in rural communities and encourage the use of innovative technologies that resolve local and regional challenges. More than 59 million people live in rural America, and nearly 9 million, or 18%, are living in poverty. This compares with 12% poor in the suburbs and 20% in central cities. The digital divide is also still present in the adoption of certain technologies as well. According to a Pew survey, adults in rural America are between seven and 12 percentage points less likely than urban and suburban dwellers to own and use a smartphone, desktop computer, laptop or tablet. If the lawmakers’ bipartisan bill passes, it would require a report on “Rural Smart Communities,” describing efforts of rural areas to integrate “smart” technology into their communities to solve local challenges relating to energy, transportation, health care, law enforcement and housing. The council would also, among other things, distribute a Smart Community Resource Guide, a compilation of existing federal and non-federal programs available to rural communities that could aid them in adopting smart community practices, strategies, and technologies. More here.

Democrats Demand Betsy DeVos Prohibit Use of Federal Education Funds for Arming Teachers with Guns
Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA)
, Ranking Member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, and more than 170 House Democratic colleagues want Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to issue formal guidance prohibiting the use of federal education funding to buy guns for teachers and school staff. They sent a letter on Tuesday to DeVos after a New York Times report revealed the administration was considering a proposal that would allow schools to redirect federal K-12 education funding, for services like mental health counseling, for the purchase of firearms or firearms training. They argue that the Every Student Succeeds Act, which was signed into law in 2015, specifically promotes activities that support “a school environment free of weapons.” “Any use of funds to purchase weapons not only violates intent, but it also clearly contradicts the plain reading of the statute,” the members wrote. “Students and school staff deserve a learning environment that is safe, welcoming, and conducive to quality instruction and student learning.” Earlier this year, Congress opposed spending federal funds to put guns in schools when it authorized the STOP School Violence Act -- which prohibited program funds from being used for the purchase of firearms or firearms training -- in the aftermath of the Parkland, FL school shooting. The members asked DeVos for written confirmation, by the end of this week, of the Department’s intent to issue formal guidance prohibiting the use of federal education funding for the purchase of guns. Read the full letter here.

National Domestic Workers Alliance’s Ai-jen Poo and GA state Senator candidate Nikema Williams (D) in Chicago last week.
CNN’s Lisa Ling enjoying the outdoors with her daughter in Santa Monica last weekend.
Hurricane Maria Death Toll 4,548% Higher Than Reported
A long-awaited study commissioned by the Puerto Rican government estimates Hurricane Maria killed 2,975 people on the island -- 4,548% higher than the 64 originally counted. "The official government estimate of 64 deaths from the hurricane is low primarily because the conventions used for causal attribution only allowed for classification of deaths attributable directly to the storm, e.g., those caused by structural collapse, flying debris, floods and drownings," the new report reads. “Many [physicians] stated that the Puerto Rico Department of Health (DoH) and the Puerto Rico Department of Public Safety (DPS) did not notify them about the CDC special guidelines for correct documentation of cases.” Following the report, PR Governor Ricardo Rosselló raised the official death toll to 2,975. He also announced that he is creating a commission to implement recommendations in the new report, and creating a registry of the people expected to be most vulnerable in a future storm, such as the elderly, bedridden or kidney-dialysis patients. Rosselló has been criticized for his response and there have been concerns that he kept the tally low until after a visit from Donald Trump. "I agree I made mistakes. I agree on that. ... This could have been done differently. I recognize all that," he said. "However, I reject the notion that this was somehow connected to any political consideration.” Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) said that, “If one thing is clear from this latest estimate it is this – our nation failed the people of Puerto Rico and we can never allow such an inexcusable moral lapse to occur again.” By comparison, at least 1,833 people died as a result of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. More here.
Omarosa Blocked Leaders on White House HBCU Initiative
From reality TV villain to White House staffer to Trump nemesis, more is coming out about Omarosa's time in the administration. Omarosa reportedly insisted she be appointed Director of the HBCU office, and in the process angered Black lawmakers and college presidents which led to months of delay, according to a report by McClatchy’s Anita Kumar and William Douglas. Omarosa was the only Senior Black face in the White House and apparently, she wanted to keep it that way. As an Assistant to the President, she allegedly blocked prominent African Americans from being hired for the HBCU initiative and other administration positions. McClatchy reports that some Black Republican leaders were so worried about her outsized influence that they arranged a call with VP Mike Pence’s office to urge the administration to listen to others, including former Congressman J.C. Watts and former administration official and current Heritage Foundation President Kay Cole James. Omarosa blames, in her book, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for hurting the HBCU office. But the receipts say it may have been Omarosa herself who caused the most damage. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., who stepped down last summer as President and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, said several university presidents told him that Omarosa “told them they had to go through her to get anything,” he said. In February, two months after Omarosa was fired, Trump named Taylor chairman of his HBCU advisory board. In September of 2017, the White House named lawyer and former NFL player Johnathan Holifield as Executive Director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs. More here.

FCC Inspector General Report Clears Ajit Pai on Sinclair-Tribune
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said that an investigation into allegations of impropriety or favoritism by his office toward Sinclair Broadcast Group, which was seeking to merge with Tribune Media, has concluded and found no evidence anything improper. Pai released excerpts on Monday of FCC Inspector General David Hunt’s report prior to its publication. Hunt launched the investigation at the request of Democrats on Capitol Hill, including top Democrat on the House Committee on Government Oversight Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-GA). They outlined a series of moves they said raised questions of whether Pai was favoring Sinclair, especially after he relaxed a rule prohibiting the number of stations a media company was allowed to own -- allowing for an easier path for the merger. However, Pai effectively killed the deal in July after announcing he would send the transaction through a lengthy administrative process. "I'm pleased that the Office of Inspector General has concluded that there was 'no evidence, nor even the suggestion, of impropriety, unscrupulous behavior, favoritism towards Sinclair, or lack of impartiality related to the proposed Sinclair-Tribune Merger,'" Pai said in a statement. More here.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) bidding aloha to soldiers of the Hawaii National Guard’s 29th BCT who are headed to Kosovo and the Sinai.
CBS News’ Errol Barnett and his fiancée Ariana Tolbert in Great Falls Park, VA posing for their engagement photos over the weekend.
Meet the Immigrant Woman Taking the Helm of the United Farm Workers
Teresa Romero
is becoming the United Farm Workers’ (UFW) third President. Not only is the Mexico-born immigrant the first woman to lead UFW, but Romero will become the first immigrant woman to lead a national union in the U.S. A nine-year veteran of the UFW, she has served as both Secretary-Treasurer and Chief Administrative Officer of the organization. During her time, Romero has overseen the complex financial management, administrative, staff recruitment, personnel, fundraising, IT, and social media operations of the UFW. She ran fundraising that collected $1 million to build the UFW’s new state-of-the-art 10,294-square foot facility in Salinas, CA, serving the largest concentration of unionized farmworkers in the nation. Before joining the UFW, she managed a construction company and a law firm that helped workers with immigration and workers' compensation claims. Romero said fighting for immigration legislation would be one of her priorities. "Everything we do here – everything I do here – is for the benefit of farmworkers," she said. "That's why immigration reform is important." Arturo Rodríguez -- who became president of the UFW after his father-in-law, farmworker and civil rights leader César Chávez, died unexpectedly in 1993 -- is stepping down after twenty-five years on December 20th. More here.

Obama Alum Joins Latino Victory Project as EVP
Adrian Saenz
is joining the Latino Victory Project as EVP. He currently serves as the Founder of Mosaic Media Strategy Group, and Co-Founder and Partner at public affairs agency New Paradigm Strategy Group. From 2013 to 2017, Saenz served as the Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. Prior to his service at the White House, Saenz served as the National Latino Vote Director on the Obama-Biden 2012 reelection campaign and as a Senior Advisor at Organizing for Action. The Texas native has spent nearly a decade on Capitol Hill working for several former members of Congress -- including former Members Ciro D. Rodríguez and Harry Teague -- as a Chief of Staff and Communications Director. The University of Texas at San Antonio graduate is a veteran of three presidential campaigns, and was additionally the National Field Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee during the 2006 election cycle. More about him here.

Facebook Adds Zuraya Tapia-Hadley as Manager for Public Policy
Zuraya Tapia-Hadley
has joined Facebook as Manager for Public Policy. She previously served as a Principal at The Raben Group, where she represented clients from the public and private sector and developed tailored policies, messages, campaigns, and coalitions to improve U.S.-Mexico relations, international trade, and more. Prior to that, the Tapia-Hadley served as the VP of Public Affairs at UPS on the Global Government Affairs team, advocating on behalf of UPS before the U.S. federal government and various Latin American governments on trade and Customs issues and more. From 2012 to 2015, the bilingual strategist -- who is fluent in English and Spanish -- was the Director of Development and Director of the Mexican American Leadership Initiative at the U.S.-Mexico Foundation where she set and guided outreach, communications, and development strategy. Tapia-Hadley has additionally served as the Executive Director of the Hispanic National Bar Association, and in 2007 worked for Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) on the Small Business Committee. The 2003 Universidad de las Américas, Puebla graduate, who went on to earn a Master of Laws from Georgetown University, began her career as a Foreign Attorney at international trade law practice at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. More about her here.

CNN’s Don Lemon and his pup Boomer Ma Lemon flying over Oyster Bay, NY over the weekend.
Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) in DC last week speaking on what’s at stake with Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS nomination.
Native America Premieres on PBS
A new four-part series, Native America, will premiere on PBS stations nationwide in October. Weaving history and science with living indigenous traditions, the series will highlight massive cities connected by social networks spanning two continents, with unique and sophisticated systems of science, art, and writing. Made with the active participation of Native American communities and filmed in some of the most spectacular locations in the hemisphere, producers say Native America will reveal an ancient and still thriving culture whose splendor and ingenuity is only now beginning to be fully understood and appreciated. Robbie Robertson (pictured), Mohawk and member of the famed rock group, The Band, narrates the series. Producers were given remarkable access to Native American communities, going behind the scenes at special events, including a pilgrimage to ancestral ruins at Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, a trek across lost territories in the American West, and an investiture ceremony for a chief in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by cedar totem poles and centuries of tradition. Tribal members and descendant communities, whose ancestors built this world, share their stories, revealing long-held oral traditions as the thread that runs through the past to these living cultures today. The first episode offers a sweeping answer to the question: Who were America’s first peoples? The episode combines ancient wisdom and modern science to answer that question and shows viewers Amazonian cave paintings, Mexican burial chambers, New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon and waves off California’s coast. The series is set to premiere at 9P EDT on October 23rd and run through November 13th. More here.

Judge Denies Tavis Smiley’s Motions in Court Battle Against PBS
Tavis Smiley 
in February sued PBS after it dropped his show amid sexual misconduct allegations. PBS in March filed a countersuit that claimed Smiley violated the morals clause in his contract and sought to reclaim nearly $2 million it had paid him. This month, a judge denied Smiley's request for a motion to compel PBS to hand over certain documents as part of a discovery request the network challenged as overbroad. Smiley also sought information related to PBS' decision to cancel his show. He contends the sexual misconduct allegations were a smokescreen and claims the network is "racially hostile." PBS disputes the claim but argues that it had the contractual right to cancel the show for any reason, including a racially discriminatory one, and therefore documents concerning its motives are irrelevant. Judge Anthony Epstein denied Smiley's motions without prejudice and chided both parties for not trying harder to resolve the issue on their own before seeking his intervention. More here.

Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) and Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC) at a campaign meet-and-greet on Sunday before her primary in Florida.
CNN’s Athena Jones reporting live in NYC last week.
Boston Globe Columnist Becomes Interim Editorial Page Editor
Shirley Leung
, Business Columnist for the Boston Globe, has been named the paper’s Interim Editorial Page Editor. In her new role, she’ll serve as the leader of the editorial board for the next six months. She replaces Ellen Clegg, who retired last week. Since 2013, Leung has served as the Globe’s Columnist writing on everything from the intersection of business and politics to gender issues in the workplace. Prior to that, Leung was their Assistant Managing Editor where she managed the Globe’s Business, Sunday Money & Careers, and Real Estate sections. Before that, she was a Senior Assistant Business Editor. She was also a Staff Reporter at The Wall Street Journal. The 1994 Princeton University graduate began her career as a Staff Reporter for the Baltimore Sun, and is a regular contributor to Boston Public Radio, Greater Boston, and New England Cable News. More here.

WSJ Hires Work Culture Beat Reporter
Te-Ping Chen will join The Wall Street Journal’s Philadelphia bureau as a Work and Work Culture Reporter. She currently serves as a Correspondent for WSJ in Beijing, covering politics and society. Prior to that, the bilingual storyteller, who is fluent in English and Chinese, spent a year in China as a Fulbright Fellow for the State Department. The 2007 Brown University graduate began her career as a Staff Reporter for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. More here

MSNBC Signs Maya Wiley
MSNBC has signed civil rights activist Maya Wiley as a contributor. Wiley is currently the Senior Vice President for Social Justice at The New School and the Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management at The New School's Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. Before that, the DC native served as counsel to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. She also previously worked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Open Society Institute. She also founded and served as president of the Center for Social Inclusion, a national policy strategy organization dedicated to dismantling structural racism. The Dartmouth College graduate completed law school at Columbia University. More here.

Wednesday, September 5th - Saturday, September 8th: The Hispanic National Bar Association’s 43rd Annual Convention, “The Breakthrough Convention!” CNN’s Jim Acosta will keynote the Gala. 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA. Click here for more information.
Friday, September 7th, 11A: Dialogue on Diversity's 2018 Entrepreneurship/IT Conference, "STEAM -- Power for the XXI Century." 2043 Rayburn House Office Building. 45 Independence Ave., S.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Friday, September 7th, 6:30P: The AT&T Performing Arts Center and Interabang Books host Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to celebrate the release of her two new children's books, TURNING PAGES: My Life Story and THE BELOVED WORLD OF Sonia Sotomayor. Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St, Dallas, TX. Click here for more information
Tuesday, September 11th - Wednesday, September 12th: CHCI's Annual Leadership Conference. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, September 12th - Thursday, September 13th: National Congress of American Indians’ Tribal Unity Impact Days. 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building, DC. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, September 12th - Saturday, September 16th: Congressional Black Caucus Foundation 48th Annual Legislative Conference. Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Click here for more information
Thursday, September 13th, 6P: “An Evening Reception in Washington D.C. with Stacey Abrams.” Event chaired by Toni Cook Bush & Dwight BushSharon Malone & Eric Holder, and Leslie & Spencer Overton, among others. DC. Address provided upon RSVP. Click here for more information
Thursday, September 13th: CHCI's 41st Annual Anniversary Awards Gala. Honoring Univisión’s Jorge Ramos, education activist Anna Michele Bobadilla, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion for Comcast Corporation Juan Otero, and Chief of Staff to Congressman Jimmy Gómez (D-CA) Bertha Alisia Guerrero. Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. 901 Massachusetts Avenue N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Friday, September 14th: The Black Women's Agenda, Inc.’s 41st Annual Symposium Workshop & Awards Luncheon. Honorees include GA gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, NJ Lt. Gov. Sheila Y. Oliver, and AT&T Assistant VP of Public Affairs Tonya L. Lombard, among others. Marriott Marquis. 901 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here for more information
Friday, September 14th - Saturday, September 15th: 2018 Puerto Rican Diaspora Summit, a two-day conference that will provide a space for the discussion of policy issues and the articulation of community response from the perspective of Puerto Ricans in the National Capital region and other stakeholders. UDC School of Law. 4340 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here for more information
Wednesday, September 19th: "The Political LEAP: The Role of Women in 2018" a women empowerment luncheon focused on the role of women in politics, featuring Symone Sanders and Alencia Johnson. The Hamilton, 600 14th Street, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, September 20th, 7P: PEN America hosts Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist José Antonio Vargas in conversation with Latino USA’s María Hinojosa for the launch of Vargas’ new book, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen. The Great Hall, The Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, NYC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, September 20th: The She the People Summit, a national gathering of women of color transforming U.S. politics. Guest speakers include Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, Women’s March co-organizer Linda Sarsour, and Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza, among others. The Julia Morgan Ballroom, 465 California Street, San Francisco, CA. Click here for more information
Tuesday, September 25th - Wednesday, September 26th: National Action Network’s Annual Legislative and Policy Conference. Capitol Hill, DC. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, September 25th - Saturday, September 29th: NBMBAA 40th Annual Conference & Exposition. Detroit, MI. Click here for more information.
Friday, September 28th, 6P: MALDEF's 50th Anniversary San Antonio Gala featuring special guests, Antonia Hernández and Vilma Martínez, past MALDEF Presidents and General Counsels, and honoring former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, among others. The Westin Riverwalk, 420 W Market Street, San Antonio, TX. Click here for more information.
Thursday, October 4th: Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC hosts their 22nd annual American Courage Awards reception. 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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