Obama alumnus Kal Penn joins the Academy & POC dominate today's ballots.
Obama alumnus Kal Penn joins the Academy & POC dominate today's ballots.
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June 26, 2018
Nydia Velázquez Probes ICE, Cory Booker Questions Overdraft Fees, and Kendrick Lamar Joins the Academy
KILL BILL… House Republicans will likely vote tomorrow on a bill which would fund Donald Trump's border wall and curb legal immigration while providing a path to citizenship for “Dreamers.” The measure is expected to fail. SOOOO… BACK TO WHAT OBAMA DID? CBP announced that many families who are detained after crossing the Mexican border illegally will be quickly released if they promise to return for a court hearing -- the approach used during the Barack Obama administration. Meanwhile, nearly two thousand children remain separated from their parents. RIDE OR DIE… Motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson said Monday that it was shifting some production out of the U.S. to escape the European tariffs that had been imposed in retaliation for the president’s tariffs on steel and aluminum. Donald Trump praised the company last year for “building things in America.” This morning, he’s taunting them on Twitter. YOU LIKE YOUR WATERS CHILLED OR BOILING? The president falsely accused Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) of calling for harm to his supporters after she called for resistors to "push back on" Cabinet members and "tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere." Dem leadership said chill, but some in the base said let’s go. THE INTERN GAVE ONE F--K... An intern for Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) was suspended for a week for shouting “Mr. President, f--k you,” when 45  visited Capitol Hill last week. HEADLESS AND HEARTLESS… A staffer at the Department of Homeland Security found a burned and decapitated animal carcass left on their front porch, as DHS faces widespread backlash over its "zero tolerance" immigration policy. BELOW THE POVERTY LIESU.S. officials pushed back on a United Nations report highlighting 18.5 million Americans living in poverty, telling the UN Human Rights Council there only appear to be approximately 250,000 Americans living in extreme poverty. Supplemental data from the Census Bureau show about 15.7 million Americans live in “deep poverty.” PRIMARY COLORS… People of color dominate the ballot in today’s primaries as voters in six states head to the polls. We break it down below. We’re kicking off your Tuesday with this...
  • Congressman Lou Correa (D-CA) questions whether the feds are capable of reuniting separated immigrant children with their parents.
  • Colorado, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Utah: we break down the people of color running in today’s primaries, below.
  • Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) wants to extend overtime pay and minimum wage protections to farmworkers.
  • Meet the NFL’s EVP of Communications and Public Affairs.
  • Kal Penn, Gina Rodríguez, Mindy Kaling, and others are invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- the most diverse class yet.
  • The Beat DC's Tiffany D. Cross co-hosts Keepin' It Real with Rev. Al Sharpton today at 1:20P on SiriusXM Ch. 126. Tune in!
Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR) on Friday at the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce’s Convention in San Juan, PR.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai meeting with Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association & Columbia Basin Electric Cooperative members on Saturday to discuss ways to close the digital divide in eastern Oregon.
Kamala Harris Wants Farmworkers to Get Overtime and Minimum Wage Protections
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA)
on Monday introduced a bill that would extend overtime pay and minimum wage protections to agricultural workers. The new bill would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act which passed in 1938 and established a federal minimum wage floor and time-and-a-half pay for extra work. But farmworkers did not receive those protections when the initial legislation was passed. Farmworkers, as well as domestic help, were left out of the original legislation due to lobbying by those who wanted to keep farm labor -- most of it done, at the time, by African Americans -- as cheap as possible. Many of the original exclusions persist today and still disproportionately affect people of color, particularly Latino field workers. “This bill will attempt to correct some of the injustices they face and guarantee they will get paid for the hours they work including overtime, and minimum wage which right now they are not entitled to by law,” Harris said. “This is a matter of basic fairness and justice.” The bill has backing from more than one hundred labor and civil rights groups, and its co-sponsors include Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI). More here.

Nydia Velázquez Probes ICE and Military Over Detained Pizza Delivery Man
After the detention of Pablo Villavicencio, a Brooklyn pizza delivery man, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) and thirteen other members of Congress have sent two letters probing the circumstances of his arrest and asking for his release from ICE custody. At Fort Hamilton Army Base simply to deliver a pizza, Villavicencio was subject to a background check by the guards and taken into ICE custody where he remains. In the first letter, lawmakers pressed the Commanding Officer at Fort Hamilton for transparency into the policies at the base that led to Villavicencio’s arrest. Villavicencio was detained for presenting a municipal identification card instead of a license, and reports indicate that a background check was performed despite a fellow officer’s plea not to run the check. “The actions taken by the post generate pressing questions about Fort Hamilton’s current policies, which are critical to maintaining public trust and safety,” wrote the lawmakers. “Furthermore, it can be argued that the practices employed in this particular scenario may fall outside the immediate responsibilities of Fort Hamilton’s guards.” In the second letter to New York’s Director of ICE, lawmakers are asking for Villavicencio’s release from ICE custody so he can exhaust all his legal options before deportation. Villavicencio is married to an American citizen and is the father of two young daughters. He filed a green card application in February. More here.

Cory Booker Questions Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Decision on Bank Overdraft Fees
Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)
wants to know why the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) decided to halt regulatory action on predatory bank overdraft fees. Together with Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Booker led more than a dozen of their colleagues in a letter to Leandra English, Acting Director of the CFPB, and Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, which highlighted the CFPB’s decision to leave out overdraft protection from its regulatory agenda despite the fact that it has been one of the Bureau’s top priorities for four years. Banks offer account holders the option of overdraft protection, however, more than half of the people who overdrew their checking accounts and paid an overdraft fee in the past year could not recall consenting to the service. These fees disproportionately fall on customers who are least able to afford them, especially workers living paycheck to paycheck and people of color. “Overdraft fees contribute to a vicious cycle from which vulnerable consumers struggle to recover. This action undermines one of the CFPB’s core functions: to protect consumers from unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices,” they wrote. Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Bob Menéndez (D-NJ), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) were among the signatories of the letter. More here.

Lou Correa Asks If Agencies Are Capable of Reuniting Children with Their Parents
Congressman Lou Correa (D-CA)
led 122 of his colleagues in writing to the Inspectors General of the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting immediate investigations into whether the Departments have records capable of reuniting children with their parents to ensure the Departments can put families back together. Correa said, “We need to know exactly how much information DHS and HHS have if we are to have any hope of reuniting 2,300+ children with their parents. As a father, I cannot imagine the terror and pain these families must be experiencing. This administration took these children. They must be held accountable for reuniting them with their families.” DHS said in a statement late Saturday that ICE has “dedicated the Port Isabel Service Processing Center as the primary family reunification and removal center for adults in their custody.” However, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) visited the facility and said there were no reunifications to report. A jointly issued statement by DHS and HHS said ICE will implement a system for tracking separated family members and reuniting them before their deportation as a unit. See Correa’s letter here.

 Congressman Joaquín Castro (D-TX), Voto Latino’s María Teresa Kumar, and MSNBC's Joy-Ann Reid reporting from Tornillo, TX on Sunday where migrant children are being detained.
Author Anthony Ray Hinton and Oprah earlier this month, discussing his new book, The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row.
Meet the New HHS Commissioner for Native Americans
The Beat DC reported in February that Jean Hovland had been nominated to serve as Commissioner of the Health and Human Services Administration for Native Americans. Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, on Thursday announced that the Senate had approved her nomination. The enrolled member of the Flandreau Santee Sioux was serving as the Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior. Previously, Hovland was a long-time staffer to Senator John Thune (R-SD) who most recently served as his tribal affairs advisor. Hovland has worked for Thune since 2005 and played a key role in developing the Tribal Law and Order Act, the Tribal Veterans Health Care Enhancement Act, and the Restoring Accountability in the Indian Health Service Act of 2017. She also served as the CEO of Wanji Native Nations Consultants which offered training services for Tribal programs and Tribal governments pertaining to homeland security, emergency management, stress management, and time management. More here.

Mazie Hirono is Face of the Battle Against Judicial Nominees
Starting this week Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) will become the face of an online ad campaign, paid for by Demand Justice, that aims to get Democrats fired up about the future of the federal courts. The nonprofit’s Executive Director is Brian Fallon, who is a former Press Secretary for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, and houses several Barack Obama campaign alumni. Hirono, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been openly critical of the confirmation process. In January, Hirono pledged to vote against Donald Trump’s judicial nominees as a way of pushing back on his administration’s attempt to fast-track far-right conservatives for lifetime appointments. “The American people depend on the Senate to fully consider and vet each judicial nominee because throughout the course of their lifetime appointment, judges will issue rulings and opinions that touch each of our lives,” she said. More here.

Bishop Mark J. Seitz meeting with Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX) in Ysleta, TX on Saturday to discuss the immigration crisis at the border and principles to guide the way forward.
NYC Small Business Commissioner Gregg Bishop and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) on Friday discussing initiatives that help immigrant, women, and minority-owned businesses in NY.
NFL Names EVP of Communications and Public Affairs
The NFL has promoted Jocelyn Moore to EVP of Communications and Public Affairs after she served as the league's SVP of Public Policy and Government Affairs. In her new role, Moore will oversee the Communications, Social Responsibility, and Government Affairs areas. Prior to joining the NFL, Moore was a Managing Director in the Glover Park Group's Government Affairs Division and co-led the firm's Health and Wellness practice. This was after her 15-year career on Capitol Hill, where she held numerous roles in the Senate, including Deputy Staff Director of the Senate Finance Committee, Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director for Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Legislative Director for former Senator John D. Rockefeller IV. The Georgia native began her career in the office former Senator Zell Miller and later worked as a Senior Policy Advisor to former Senator Bob Graham. The double University of Florida graduate and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will continue to be based in NYC. More here.

Kendrick Lamar, Kal Penn, Gina Rodríguez, Mindy Kaling, and Others Invited to Join Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- Most Diverse Class Yet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited a record number of new members, 928 people, in an attempt to further diversify its membership. After two years of #OscarsSoWhite, the Academy vowed in 2016 to double the number of women and minorities in its ranks by 2020. According to figures it released on Monday, the new class is 49% female, bringing up the total representation of women in the group from 28% to 31%. Thirty-eight percent of the new class is comprised of people of color, raising their proportion in the Academy from 13% to 16%. Some of the new members include Kendrick Lamar, Daniel Kaluuya, Mindy Kaling, Gina Rodríguez, Tiffany Haddish, Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Chappelle, Hong Chau, Rashida Jones, former Obama WH staffer Kal Penn, Damon Wayans, and Questlove, among others. More here.
Senior Advisor to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Julius West and CBC Director of Member Services Kemah Dennis-Morial (daughter of NUL's Marc Morial) celebrating their engagement this past weekend in NJ. 
Matter of Fact's Soledad O'Brien and NPR's Aarti Shahani on Sunday horseback riding in NYC.
Investigative Reporter Group Elects First Black Woman President
The Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), the nonprofit organization that focuses on the quality of investigative reporting, Cheryl W. Thompson as president during the organization’s annual conference in Orlando. She makes history as IRE’s first African American Board President, who will lead the 5,700 member organization. “I actually never thought that when I joined IRE, I would one day be its president ... I like becoming a mentor to other young Black journalists who want to do watchdog journalism. Being a woman of color who just happens to be board president allows me the opportunity to show everyone that IRE is about inclusivity. Our organization should reflect the tapestry of this country, which is not just Black and white,” she said. Thompson writes investigative stories for The Washington Post and teaches investigative journalism at The George Washington University. Earning her undergraduate and Master's degrees from the University of Illinois, award-winning investigative journalist covers politics, crime, and corruption. IRE collaborates with international partners and Thomson says she would like to do a cross-border collaboration in Africa. “African journalists do amazing, sometimes dangerous work as investigative journalists, so it would be great to do more training and collaboration.” More here.

Latina Media Ventures’ Woes Continue
Problems continue for Latina Media Ventures (LMV) -- the parent company of LATINA Magazine. Earlier this month, it lost its last remaining Co-President, Asten Morgan. It is also facing a lawsuit from Michelle Cortes, the former top sales representative, who says she did not get paid from March 1st until she left on April 11th. Cortes had worked there since 2011. Still, it appears not all is bad news for LMV -- the Magazine’s online presence, Latina.com, which had been dark for two months, was finally updated on June 18th. And Solera Capital, the venture firm that owns Latina, begun issuing checks to unpaid freelancers after facing pressure from the National Writers Union. More here.

WSJ Hires Kimberly Chin as Breaking News Reporter
Kimberly Chin
started at The Wall Street Journal on Monday as a Breaking News Reporter on the real-time news desk. The Hofstra University graduate, who also has a Master’s from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, previously covered institutional investors for Institutional Investor's Money Management Intelligence and Foundation & Endowment Intelligence (now Pageant Media). A native New Yorker, Chin’s bylines can be found in the Mott Haven Herald, Financial Planning, On Wall Street, The Street, the Village Voice, among others. She is a recipient of the New York Financial Writers' Association scholarship for young and aspiring financial journalists and a member of the Asian American Journalists Association, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Society for Professional Journalists, and Society of American Business Editors and Writers. More about her here

NYT’s Race/Related Names New Editor
Lauretta Charlton
will be joining the NYT’s Race/Related, a team that works across departments covering race issues, as its Editor. The California native and current Brooklyn resident was most recently an Assistant News Editor at The New Yorker. Charlton previously worked as an Associate Editor for New York Magazine and Complex Media, as Publicity Manager for NYC’s The Public Manager, as an Account Executive with Shore Fire Media, and in the editorial departments at Simon and Schuster and HarperCollins Publishers. The 2005 University of San Francisco graduate has contributed to Vulture, Complex, Billboard, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications. More here

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and constituents last Thursday in DC for the Young Adult Cancer Action Day.
Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA), actor and activist Danny Glover, and staffers in DC on Friday to discuss human rights issues in Latin America.
Republican Candidate Aims to Be Colorado’s First Latino Governor and House Candidates Color the Ballot
In Colorado, Republican candidate former Parker Mayor Greg López is aiming to be the state’s first Latino governor. The son of Texas migrant workers checks the boxes on conservative values. Anti-abortion. Pro-limited government. Anti-sanctuary city. Pro-religious freedom, gun rights, school vouchers. In a final debate, he proclaimed support for Donald Trump calling him a role model, said separating children from parents is wrong, and was the only one on stage who said he didn’t believe the global phenomenon stemming from greenhouse gases is caused by humans. The Air Force veteran will face an uphill battle today sharing the ballot with state Treasurer Walker Stapleton (establishment pick, first cousin of George H.W. Bush) and Doug Robinson (would-be establishment pick, nephew of Mitt Romney) and Victor Mitchell (former state lawmaker, multimillionaire). In the House races, 44-year-old former Wall Street Lawyer Saira Rao says she feels like women of color being left out of the conversation so she’s challenging Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO). Attorney Joe Neguse, the son of refugees from Eritrea, will square off with fellow Dem Mark Williams in an effort to represent the Second Congressional District. Air Force veteran and failed U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn is one of four Republicans challenging incumbent Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO). More here.

People of Color Dominate the Ballot in Today’s Maryland Primary
In Maryland, former NAACP President Ben Jealous and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker are battling for the top spot to face incumbent Republican Governor Larry Hogan in November. The two contenders will share today’s ballot with state Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr.; Alec Ross, a tech entrepreneur; James Shea, former chairman of the Venable law firm; and Krishanti Vignarajah, a former Policy Director to Michelle Obama. Democratic Senator Ben Cardin is favored to win re-election, but will have lots of company on the ballot including restaurant owner Rikki Vaughn who says Cardin “takes voters for granted;”Debbie “Rica” Wilson, a nonprofit director in Charles County who, as a disabled African American woman, she said she is running to increase representation for marginalized groups in Congress; Lih Young, of Montgomery County; and Erik Jetmir, a Navy Reserve officer in Prince George’s County. On the Republican side, Tony Campbell, Nnabu Eze, Albert Binyahmin Howard are among the candidates running for Senate. In the House races, Republican candidate 49-year-old Lamont Taylor is hoping to unseat the First Congressional District incumbent Congressman Andy Harris (R-MD). In the Second Congressional District, Army combat veteran Hubert Owens Jr. will square off with three Republicans in an effort to unseat Charles Albert “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-MD). In the Third Congressional District, U.S. Navy veteran Eduardo Rosas who founded the nonprofit organization LIFT A VET is aiming to oust fellow Dem Congressman John Sarbanes. On the Republican side, Special Education Teacher Thomas E. “Pinkston” Harris will face two Republicans in the same district. Air Force veteran Dennis Fritz is aiming to unseat fellow Dem Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD). In the Sixth Congressional District, 53-year-old state Rep. Aruna Miller has made an impressive effort to take the top spot on the Dem ticket. She will face six contenders including Nadia Hashimi, a pediatrician who worked in the Emergency Department of Children’s National Medical Center and best-selling novelist. Maryland, which has no women in its congressional delegation for the first time in more than 40 years. Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is facing four challengers including Charles U. Smith, a formerly a failed candidate for Maryland Governor and U.S. Senate. In the Eighth Congressional District, Democrats Utam Pail and Summer Spring are hoping to claim the seat of Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD). On the GOP side, Bridgette Cooper is facing two fellow Republicans in her effort represent the district. Nearly 19,000 Maryland voters will have to file provisional ballots if they want to participate in today’s primary after the state Motor Vehicle Administration failed to transmit updated voter information to the State Board of Elections. More here.

Politico's Elana Schor, Heather CaygleWaPo’s Seung Min Kim and Politico's Ashley Gold celebrating ‘Hawaii on the Hill’ day in DC earlier this month.
Congresswoman Michelle Luján Grisham (D-NM) and civil rights icon Dolores Huerta over the weekend in Tornillo, TX at a rally to protest the family separation policy at the border.
NY Congressional Primaries Pit Challengers Against Incumbents
Congressman Gregory Meeks
is facing two Democratic challengers in today’s Democratic primary for the 5th Congressional District: Carl Achille -- a child of Haitian immigrants, an Iraq war veteran, and criminal justice professional, and Mizan Choudhury, an area business owner and Bangladesh immigrant, who previously worked as a busboy -- once serving Donald Trump at the Trump Tower complex. Adem Bunkeddeko is challenging incumbent Congresswoman Yvette Clarke in today’s 9th Congressional District Democratic primary. The longtime resident of Crown Heights, who is the son of war refugees who fled Uganda, serves on Brooklyn Community Board #8. Suraj Patel, the President of the Indiana-based hospitality company Sun Group and a lawyer who lectures on business ethics at NYU, is hoping to unseat Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney in today’s 12th Congressional District Dem primary. Last time we checked in on the race, Patel was outraising Maloney four-to-one. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is challenging incumbent Congressman Joe Crowley for the Democratic nomination for the 14th Congressional District. The 28-year-old Bronx-born Puerto Rican first-time candidate is hoping to be the one to take on Anthony Pappas, who is running unopposed in the Republican primary. Former Navy JAG Juanita Pérez Williams hopes to best fellow Democrat Dana Balter in today’s 24th Congressional District primary. The winner will take on Republican Congressman John Katko, who is running unopposed, in November. Antonio Delgado is hoping to beat six fellow Democrats to become the party’s nominee for the 19th Congressional District. The former hip-hop performer, under the name "AD The Voice," is hoping to be the November challenger to incumbent Republican Congressman John Faso. Businessman and activist Derickson Lawrence, a Howard University grad who went Baruch College for his Master’s, and Joyce Briscoe, a John Jay College of Criminal Justice graduate who is a single mother of two, an activist, humanitarian, and has a background in paralegal/administrative work, are running for the Democratic nomination for the 16th Congressional District against incumbent Congressman Eliot Engel. TV Producer Omar Vaid and union leader Radhakrishna Mohan are each hoping to best not only one another but also four contenders as they try to become the Democratic nominee for the 11th Congressional District. The winner will go on to challenge Republican incumbent Congressman Dan Donovan. United States Army veteran DuWayne Gregory is running in the Second Congressional District. Gregory was first elected to the Suffolk County Legislature in 2008, and in 2014, became the first person of color to be elected as Presiding Officer of the Suffolk County Legislature. He is hoping to top fellow Dem Liuba Grechen Shirley today and would face incumbent Republican Congressman Peter King in November. More here.

Diversity Colors Oklahoma Primaries
Former Oklahoma state Senator Connie Johnson is one of the 15 Democratic primary candidates on the ballot to replace term-limited Republican Governor Mary Fallin. The University of Pennsylvania grad, who received her Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling Program from Langston University, recently retired after serving 33 years in the state Senate. She made history in 2014, when she became the first woman and African American to win the U.S. Senate nomination of any major political party in OK. In the race for the state’s Attorney General, Angela Bonilla -- an Oklahoma Indigent Defense System attorney -- is challenging incumbent Mike Hunter for the Republican nomination for AG. The daughter of immigrants and Northeastern State University in Tahlequah grad completed law school at the University of Tulsa. In the House races, Democrat Gwendolyn Fields will face four for the party’s nomination to represent the First Congressional District. Northeastern State University grad and former Marine Elijah McIntosh, a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and of Cherokee descent, is attempting to become the Democratic party’s nominee in the Second Congressional District. The winner of the four-way race for the Dem nomination will go on to face the Republican candidate, which includes incumbent Congressman Markwayne Mullin, an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation. Pastor and teacher James Taylor is running for the Republican nomination in the Fourth Congressional District. The Senior Pastor of Christ's Church in Norman, OK, is a 1980 graduate of Kansas State University and earned his Doctorate in Ministry from Andersonville Theological Seminary in 2003. He faces incumbent Congressman Tom Cole in today’s Republican primary. Also on the ballot in OK: voters have the chance to give the okay to State Question 788, which would allow physicians to approve medical marijuana licenses for people to legally grow, keep, and use cannabis. More here.

Utah and South Carolina Primaries Today
Democratic voters in South Carolina's 4th Congressional District will choose between Brandon Brown and first-time candidate Doris Lee Turner. In 2004, Brown became the first African American to run for Congress in the 4th District. The winner of today's runoff will compete against the winner of the Republican runoff between Lee Bright and state Sen. William Timmons, as well as American Party candidate Guy Furay. In Utah, Congresswoman Mia Love -- the only Black woman Republican in Congress -- already secured her party’s nomination and won’t be appearing on the ballot. In Utah’s First Congressional District, first-time candidate Lee Castillo will face Kurt Weiland for the chance to challenge incumbent Republican Congressman Rob Bishop in November. More here.

Today: IGNITE National’s 2018 Young Women Run. Congresswomen Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA)Pramila Jayapal (D-WA)Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and others will train over 200 politically ambitious young women to run for office. AT&T Forum. 601 New Jersey Avenue N.W., DC. Click here for more information
Wednesday, June 27th, 8:30AThe Hill and The Hill Latino host their second annual "Latina Leaders Summit." Speakers include Congresswoman Norma Torres (D-CA), WH Director of Media Affairs Helen Aguirre Ferré, NPR's Lulu García-Navarro, and more. The Newseum. Knight Broadcast Studio. 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here to RSVP.
Wednesday, June 27th, 2P: The U.S. Office of Personnel Management holds an informational online presentation on their Pathways Programs, an initiative available to HBCU students and recent graduates searching for careers in Federal public service. Click here to register
Wednesday, June 27th, 3P: DCCC Hispanic Engagement Briefing to discuss efforts to take back the House. Democratic National Headquarters, 2nd Floor, Main Conference Room. Email Megan Jackson at jackson@dccc.org to RSVP.
Wednesday, June 27th, 5P: The Center on American Progress will host “Ending the War on Marijuana,” a live podcast with Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Weldon Angelos, who was sentenced to 55 years as a first-time offender for marijuana sales, for a discussion on sentencing reform and the path forward for marijuana legalization. Moderated by CAP’sMichele Jawando and Igor VolskyClick here to RSVP
Thursday, June 28th - Sunday, July 1st: The Color of Conversation Film Series. Program debuts with the documentary, MR. SOUL!, winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature at AFI DOCS 2018. Other highlights include festival favorite, BLINDSPOTTING; acclaimed documentary, MAYNARD; and Boots Riley's highly anticipated feature debut, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, with the filmmaker in attendance. AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Silver Springs, MD. Click here for more information
Friday, July 6 - Thursday, July 12th: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 68th Boule. Houston, TX. Click here for more information.
Saturday, July 7th - Tuesday, July 10thUnidosUS’ 2018 Annual Conference. Speakers include Ilia Calderón, Co-Anchor of Noticiero Univisión, Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, Maria Teresa Kumar, President and CEO of Voto Latino, among others. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, DC. Click here to register.
Thursday, July 12th - Friday, July 20th: March On Washington Film Festival. Click here for more information.
Saturday, July 14 - Wednesday, July 18th: NAACP’s 109th Annual Convention. Henry B. González Convention Center. San Antonio, TX. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, July 17th - Wednesday, July 18th: The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) 2018 National Women’s Conference. Phoenix. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, July 17th - Saturday, July 21st: The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) 2018 National Convention and Expo. Phoenix. Click here for more information.
Friday, July 20 - Sunday, July 22nd: The 2nd Annual Black Campaign School, hosted by The Collective. Atlanta, GA. Click here for information
Wednesday, July 18th - Saturday, 21st: NAHJ International Training Conference and Career Fair. InterContinental Miami Hotel. 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, August 1st - Saturday, August 4th: The National Urban League's 2018 Annual Conference “Save Our Cities: Powering the Digital Revolution.” Columbus, OH. Click here for more information and to register.
Wednesday, August 1st - Sunday, August 5th: NABJ Annual Convention & Career Fair. Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. 400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit, MI. Click here for more information
Monday, August 6th - Saturday, August 11th: 16th Annual Run&Shoot Filmworks Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, August 8th - Saturday, August, 11th: AAJA National Convention. Marriott Marquis Houston. 1777 Walker St., Houston, TX. Click here for more information.
Friday, August 17th - Sunday, August 19th: Martha’s Vineyard celebrates Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s (D-CA) 20 years of service. Special guests include House Assistant Minority Leader Jim Clyburn (D-SC), Congressional Black Caucus Chair Cedric Richmond (D-LA), and more. Harbor View Hotel, 131 North Water Street Edgartown, MA. Kelley House, 23 Kelley Street Edgartown, MA. 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.
Thursday, September 13th: CHCI's 41st Annual Anniversary Awards Gala. Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. 901 Massachusetts Avenue N.W., 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 25th - Saturday, September 29th: NBMBAA 40th Annual Conference & Exposition. Detroit, MI. Click here for more information.
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