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January 24, 2019
Elijah Cummings Unveils White House Investigation, Sheila Jackson Lee Resigns, and Van Jones Leads REFORM
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SHUTDOWN DAY 34The Senate plans to vote today on two competing proposals to end the shutdown. Both are expected to fail. More than 800K workers will likely miss another paycheck. COUNTER… House Dems say they are prepared to offer the president $5.7 billion for border security -- but not for a wall and not until he agrees to end the government shutdown. KUSH… First son-in-law Jared Kushner is apparently the White House negotiator. But there’s deep skepticism on Capitol Hill about his political abilities and influence. SOTUThe president told the House Speaker yesterday that he plans to deliver the State of the Union address. I SAID WHAT I SAIDLeader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) replied, again, nope. The president conceded. Pelosi, 1. Trump, 0. The American people? -800K. BUILD THE WALL… Around right-wing extremists. According to a new Anti-Defamation League report, right-wing extremists committed every single extremism-related murder in the U.S. last year. IT’S NOT SAFE TO FLY… That’s pretty much what air traffic controllers, pilots, and flight attendants said in a statement cautioning about the impact the shutdown is having. “In our risk averse industry, we cannot even calculate the level of risk currently at play, nor predict the point at which the entire system will break. It is unprecedented.” CAN’T MAKE ITHealth and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is refusing to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the administration’s child migrant separation policy. TEAM OF VIPERS… That’s what a former White House aide titled his memoir on his 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House. The book details beef between WH Senior Advisor (and alleged leaker) Kellyanne Conway and Kushner, Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon, and Sean Spicer. LET’S LUNCH… A Politico tipster spotted presidential candidate Kamala Harris lunching with former GA gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams at the Italian restaurant RPM on Wednesday. Lots of folks want Abrams to run for Senate. MARTIN SCORSESE PRESENTS… The MAGA White House. Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer and fixer for Donald Trump, indefinitely postponed his congressional testimony set for next month. Why? Because the president of the United States was threatening him. Meanwhile, in another mafia tale… THE SOPRANOSThe son of James Gandolfini has been cast as the young Tony Soprano in the planned Sopranos prequel, The Many Saints of Newark. Make the Sopranos great again, guys. You owe us for that series finale. SEE YOU ON THE HILL… I’m off to chat with House Homeland Security Chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS), former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and other former administration officials about the dangers of the shutdown. Catch the livestream at 10A EST. We’re back on Monday and kicking off your Thursday with this…
  • Julián Castro names a Campaign Manager.
  • The Financial Times hires Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) intros school choice bill.
  • See the new members of the House Judiciary Committee.
  • Congressmen Darren Soto (D-FL) and Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL) want TPS for Venezuelans.
  • Meek Mill helps lead REFORM.
  • Catch The Beat DC’s Tiffany D. Cross on MSNBC’s AM Joy on Sunday at 10A EST.
Actress/activist and Co-Founder of Latino Victory Eva Longoria Baston on Tuesday at Ava DuVernay's third annual National Day of Racial Healing event in LA.
Historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and CNN’s Lisa Ling on-set after taping an episode of PBS' Finding Your Roots.
Elijah Cummings Opens House Oversight’s First Investigation Into the Trump Administration
Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD)
, Chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, on Wednesday announced that his Committee was launching a wide-ranging investigation into breaches with the security clearance process at the White House and the Transition Team. In a letter to the White House, Cummings seeks information about reports of security clearance issues involving former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn; current National Security Advisor John Bolton; unofficial Advisor-on-all-the-things Jared Kushner; and former Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka, among others. “For the past two years, I have sought information with other Committee Members about a series of extremely troubling incidents regarding the security clearances of some of President Trump’s top aides, but the White House has refused to provide the information we requested, often ignoring our requests completely,” Cummings wrote. He also seeks documents relating to former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s review of security clearance processes in 2018, as well as documents regarding why the WH is currently violating the bipartisan SECRET Act -- which Donald Trump signed into law -- which required the administration to submit a report to Congress by August 2018 on its procedures for adjudicating security clearances. Letters were also sent to VP Mike Pence in his capacity as Chair of the Transition Team, the FBI, the Department of State, and the National Rifle Association. News of this investigation came hours before Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, postponed his testimony before the Committee -- citing threats he feels have come from the president and Rudy Giuliani against his family. More here.

Darren Soto and Mario Díaz-Balart Want Temporary Protected Status for Venezuelans
Venezuela's political system is in turmoil, and on Wednesday, Donald Trump recognized Juan Guaido -- the president of the Venezuela National Assembly -- as the interim president of Venezuela minutes after the opposition leader declared himself the head of state. All this comes amid the country’s financial problems: 75% of the population is facing poverty and there is insufficient food, and the International Monetary Fund predicts that the country's inflation could reach 10 million percent this year. Congressmen Darren Soto (D-FL) and Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL) recently introduced the Venezuela TPS Act, legislation that would allow Venezuelan nationals to become eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the U.S. Under TPS, Venezuelans would be shielded from deportation and granted work authorization, allowing for individuals to pay taxes and contribute to their communities. The Venezuela TPS Act would also let these individuals travel abroad for emergencies and extenuating circumstances. “The now illegitimate Presidency of Nicolás Maduro has only brought suffering and despair to the people of Venezuela. ... The whole world has witnessed Maduro’s blatant disregard for human rights, including arbitrary arrests, media censorship, imprisonment of the opposition, and the use of lethal force against peaceful protesters. For these reasons, Venezuela should be added as a country designated for TPS as a way to help protect our brothers and sisters escaping Maduro’s terror,” said Soto. Díaz-Balart added: “Hyperinflation, drastic shortages, and egregious human rights abuses have forced many Venezuelans into exile, and the conditions in Venezuela remain too perilous for them to return. ... I am grateful to be able to provide a solution to so many who are escaping Maduro's totalitarian regime. We must not force Venezuelans who have sought safety in the United States to return to such dangerous conditions.” More here.

Sheila Jackson Lee Leaves from Judiciary Post and Resigns from Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Facing fallout from a lawsuit, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) has resigned from her post as Board Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF). She also stepped aside temporarily from her chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee’s Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee. Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-CA) will serve as interim Chairwoman of the Subcommittee "until the matter is resolved and Representative Jackson Lee can resume the role of Chair. "This all stems from a former staffer for Jackson Lee who filed a lawsuit claiming that the Congresswoman fired her in retaliation for legal measures she was getting ready to take against a former employee of the CBCF for an alleged sexual assault. Lynne Bernabei, a lawyer for the woman, said that the woman wished to remain anonymous to limit the fallout from the case. The woman alleges that Damien Jones, a former Intern Coordinator for the CBCF, raped her in October 2015 when she was a 19-year-old intern. She declined to press charges at the time, but years later changed her mind. She says she went to Jackson Lee’s Chief of Staff, Glenn Rushing, in early 2018 of her plans. Jane Doe then asked to speak with Jackson Lee -- whom she was working for when she decided to file suit -- but was not given a meeting and was fired weeks later, allegedly in retaliation. “We had nothing to do with any of the actions that have been cited and the person was not wrongfully terminated,” Rushing told BuzzFeed; Jane Doe was told she was being let go for budget reasons. Citing the legal proceedings, Jackson Lee’s office said it could not discuss specific details of the case but asserted that she would be cleared of any wrongdoing. “The congresswoman is confident that, once all of the facts come to light, her office will be exonerated of any retaliatory or otherwise improper conduct and this matter will be put to rest,” the statement said. More here.
Congressman Joaquín Castro (D-TX) and twin brother 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro at the MLK Parade in San Antonio over the weekend.
Father Michael L. Pfleger and political commentator Angela Rye speaking to Chicago youth at Saint Sabina Church in honor of MLK’s 90th birthday over the weekend.
New Members of Color on House Judiciary
The 2018 midterm elections changed control of the House of Representative and added new members, and as a result, top Committees have seen the addition of new faces. Members joining the House Judiciary Committee -- which is charged with overseeing the administration of justice within the federal courts, administrative agencies, and federal law enforcement entities -- in the 116th Congress include Lou Correa (D-CA), Verónica Escobar (D-TX), Sylvia García (D-TX), Lucy McBath (D-GA), Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL), and Joe Neguse (D-CO), among others. And they’ll have their hands full: the Committee will have to decide whether there are grounds to impeach the president, should it come to that, and Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) has already started requesting answers about the Robert Mueller probe from the FBI and others. They also have jurisdiction over immigration and border security, admission of refugees, voting rights, and all matters concerning the U.S. Constitution. And as we told you on Wednesday, the Committee may also look at Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. One more note: on Wednesday, we told you about some of the new members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government. Also joining the Committee: Jimmy Gómez (CA), Stacey Plaskett (VI), Brenda Lawrence (MI), and Robin Kelly (IL).
More here.
Marco Rubio Intros Bill to Help Vets Get STEM Jobs
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
introduced bipartisan legislation last week that would help veterans re-entering the workforce get jobs in STEM-related fields. The Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act, introduced with Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), would require the Office of Science and Technology Policy to coordinate programs to train and transition military veterans for jobs in science, technology, engineering and math. The bill would also require the Office of Science and Technology Policy to establish an interagency working group to coordinate federal programs for transitioning and training veterans for STEM careers, and to develop a strategic plan to address the barriers that veterans face when reentering the workforce. Veteran advocacy groups say many individuals leave their time in the service with practical experience in STEM-related fields. But they need more educational resources for private sector work. “Our veterans did not hesitate to answer the call to protect our great nation, and we must do everything we can to ensure that they have the skills and opportunities they need to successfully transition into the 21st century workforce,” Rubio said. “Our bill will help to identify the barriers to entry for veterans and support veterans pursuing careers in STEM.” More here.

Tim Scott Introduces School Choice Bill
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) 
introduced legislation that he says would give military families, families of students with disabilities, and low-income students access to greater educational opportunity. He says the Creating Hope and Opportunity for Individuals and Communities Through Education Act (CHOICE Act) would give more than 6.2 million students nationwide access to greater educational opportunity. In the public school system, where you live decides where you go to school. School choice adds more options into the mix including charter, magnet, and vocational schools. Private school choice is the more controversial because opponents claim they take funding away from public schools. These choices include a voucher program, in which the state essentially pays for the tuition of a private school using a portion of the funds that would have been spent educating the student at a public school; a tax credit scholarship program; and an education savings account. Scott says the CHOICE Act would ensure children with disabilities get educational options best suited for them by enabling states that already run disability school choice programs to expand educational options for children with special needs with federal dollars. The measure also, among other things, creates a pilot program under the Department of Defense on at least 5 bases without DoD Education Activity schools to provide scholarships to students in military families on base of up to $8,000 for elementary and $12,000 for high school. “In every county, across every zip-code, in every state, access to quality education is the greatest gift we can pass down to the next generation. At the end of the day, it is free thought and a hunger for learning that can never be taken away from a child,” Scott said. More here.

CNN commentator Van Jones on assignment earlier this month.
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) profiled in The New York Times this month for a feature on the diverse women of the 116th Congress.
White House Meets with Latino Orgs Today to Discuss Immigration Reform
The White House will hold a meeting with Latino stakeholder organizations this afternoon to discuss comprehensive immigration reform, which could include a pathway to citizenship for DACA and Temporary Protected Status recipients. Scheduled to participate in the meeting is White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, leadership from League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and two more right-leaning and conservative groups: the LIBRE Initiative and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. One source told CNN that at least one stakeholder was open to supporting a $3 billion-$6 billion border security plan if the plan included a virtual wall but no permanent wall -- though ultimately lawmakers are the ones who would ultimately decide. After news of the meeting surfaced, national networks representing immigrant rights groups across the country and along the Southern Border, FIRM Action, United We Dream, UndocuBlack Network, and the Southern Border Communities Coalition responded. “The groups negotiating behind the backs of immigrant communities don’t speak for the people actually affected by these policies. For those of us who represent and are accountable to immigrant communities helping Trump to advance his racist agenda is unconscionable,” they said in a statement. “A group of so-called ‘immigration advocates’ have agreed to serve as the White House’s puppets and help them advance their trojan horse deal. Groups actually representing immigrant and southern border communities are united in calling on Trump and Congress to reopen the government and shut down the racist wall. Together, we will continue to stand with immigrants and will fiercely defend our communities like we’ve been doing for decades.” More here.

Members of President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Named
Donald Trump last week announced the appointment of individuals to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, which works with all the agencies of the federal government to improve the health, education and economic status of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao was named Co-Chair of the WH Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Michelle Park Steel, a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, and Paul Hsu, an entrepreneur and first-generation immigrant from Taiwan, will be designated Co-Chairs of the Commission upon their official appointment. Other members of the Advisory Commission include Jennifer Carnahan, the first Asian American Chairwoman for the Republican Party of Minnesota; David B. Cohen, former George W. Bush appointee; Grace Y. Lee, Commissioner at Michigan Asian American Pacific Affairs Commission; George Leing, former Colorado GOP congressional candidate; Jan-Ie Low, Nevada businesswoman and entrepreneur; Herman Martir, President of the Asian Action Network and Asian Prayer Network; Prem Parameswaran, Group Chief Financial Officer and President of Eros International's North America operations; Congresswoman Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-American Samoa); Sean D. Reyes, Utah Attorney General; and Chiling Tong, President and Chief Executive Office of The Asian & Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship. In 2017, 10 members of the Advisory Commission on AAPIs submitted their resignation to Trump, citing his "portrayal of immigrants, refugees, people of color and people of various faiths as untrustworthy, threatening, and a drain on our nation." More here.

Puerto Rico Received Less Federal Aid than Texas and Florida After Hurricanes
Puerto Rico received slower and less “generous” federal assistance after Hurricane Maria than Texas and Florida did after hurricanes Harvey and Irma, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Michigan analyzed federal spending estimates and other statistics which revealed the differences in aid among the municipalities. "The variation in the responses was not commensurate with storm severity and need after landfall in the case of Puerto Rico compared with Texas and Florida," the researchers wrote. According to the study, within nine days of landfall in the U.S. for Harvey and Irma, survivors in Texas and Florida received approximately $100 million in FEMA funds, while Maria survivors received about $6 million in FEMA assistance in the same amount of time. There was also staffing. At its peak, 19,000 federal employees were stationed in Puerto Rico a month after Maria made landfall, compared to the peak in Texas of 31,000 emergency workers. Puerto Rico also received less food, water, tarps, and helicopters than Texas and Florida, according to the study. The new report is the latest headline that punctuates how the federal government has failed the island. Last week, the Trump administration released a statement officially opposing an additional $600 million in post-hurricane Nutritional Assistance Program -- the island’s food stamps -- calling the funding “excessive and unnecessary.” The news comes after reports that Donald Trump didn’t want a single dollar going to the disaster-stricken island. More here.

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Congresswoman Sharice Davids (D-KS), one of the first Native American women elected to Congress, back when she was a mixed martial arts fighter in 2013.
Rapper and, as of late, Instagram Political Commentator Cardi B in the late 1990s in her hometown, the Bronx.
Van Jones to Serve as CEO of New JAY-Z Initiative to REFORM Criminal Justice System
Van Jones 
will serve as CEO of the REFORM Alliance, a new organization committed to advancing criminal justice reform and eliminating outdated laws that perpetuate injustice, starting with probation and parole. He will oversee the implementation of the organization's mission to drastically reduce the number of people who are under the control of the criminal justice system while keeping communities safe by changing laws and public opinion. "This is the opportunity of a lifetime," Jones said. "I have spent my entire adult life preparing myself to help lead an initiative of this magnitude. I'm looking forward to working with this powerful group of founders to disrupt the status quo and shift the criminal justice system landscape for generations to come." REFORM is backed by a bipartisan and diverse group of sports, entertainment, and business leaders, including award-winning recording artist Meek Mill; Philadelphia 76ers Co-Owner and Fanatics Executive Chairman Michael Rubin; entrepreneur and business mogul Shawn "JAY-Z" Carter; Kraft Group CEO and New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft; Brooklyn Nets Co-Owner and philanthropic investor Clara Wu Tsai; Third Point LLC CEO and Founder Daniel S. Loeb; Galaxy Digital CEO and Founder Michael E. Novogratz; and Vista Equity Partners Founder, Chairman, and CEO Robert F. Smith. The board will be co-chaired by Mill -- whose high-profile case and battles with probation and parole brought national attention to the issues -- and Rubin. More here.
Alphabet’s X Hires First-Ever VP
Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has hired veteran British tech entrepreneur Wendy Tan White as their first-ever VP of X -- Google’s "moonshot" factory in California. The "moonshot" factory is a diverse group of inventors and entrepreneurs who build and launch futuristic technologies that aim to improve the lives of people. In her new role, she’ll manage, mentor, and support a range of teams across X. Tan White most recently served as a Partner at BGF Ventures, a British early-stage venture capital fund. Prior to that, she was a General Partner at Entrepreneur First, a London-based company builder that invests in individuals “pre-team, pre-idea” to help those individuals found new startups. She is a Board Trustee of the Alan Turing Institute (the U.K.’s National AI Institute), a member of the U.K. Digital Economy Council, and a member of the U.K. entrepreneur network Tech Nation. The 1992 Imperial College London graduate completed her Master’s at University of the Arts London. More here.

Labor Department Alleges Oracle Underpaid People of Color and Women by $400M
Oracle has allegedly withheld approximately $400 million in wages from racially underrepresented workers (Black, Latinx, and Asian) and women. In a filing on Tuesday, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs alleges that company discriminated against people of color and women by allegedly setting initial pay based on prior salary and "channeling" these groups into career paths with lower pay. The complaint states that the tech giant “impermissibly denies equal employment opportunity to non-Asian applicants for employment, strongly preferring a workforce that it can later underpay. Once employed, women, Blacks and Asians are systematically underpaid relative to their peers.” DOL also alleges that Oracle underpaid workers that rely on visas and "destroyed records relating to its hiring process as the case was ongoing." This complaint is part of a lawsuit the Department filed in 2017, which said Oracle paid white male workers more than people of color and women. The suit was stayed to allow them to mediate the dispute but this latest filing shows DOL is opening the issue once again. More here.

Chef and humanitarian José Andrés with children of furloughed government employees in DC this week.
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) speaking at an MLK Memorial Breakfast in Boston over the weekend.
NYT Adds A Deputy Weekend Editor 
Farah Mohamed
is joining The New York Times’ DC bureau as Deputy Weekend Editor. She was previously a Senior Staff Editor at the NYT, where she worked on a wide range of stories, including breaking news in DC, photo features, and daily briefings. Prior to joining the Gray Lady, Mohamed was the Managing Editor at The WorldPost, a world news and opinion platform she helped start at HuffPost. She previously covered politics and local news for the Washington bureaus of McClatchy and HuffPost, and worked for The Washington Post’s Metro desk. The 2013 American University graduate begins her new role on March 1st. More here

Financial Times Hires Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion
The Financial Times has tapped Priscilla Baffour to its newly created role of Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion. She most recently served as Head of Inclusion at Independent Television News (ITN), a UK-based television production company, where she oversaw the organization’s diversity and inclusion strategy and pioneered its work around the gender and minority pay gap. Prior to joining ITN, Baffour spent five years at Channel 4 -- a British public-service television broadcaster -- as their Industry Talent & Diversity Specialist, where she developed and ran 4talent, the Broadcasters outreach, and talent development program. The 2006 University of Bedfordshire graduate has also led diversity initiatives at BBC, British Council, ITV, Media Trust and News International. She starts her new role in March. “I’m absolutely delighted to be joining the FT and looking forward to leading on a vital part of the company’s strategy,” Baffour said. “It will be an honor to work with such an ambitious team who have already made such great progress in this space.” More here.

National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García on Tuesday marching with Los Angeles teachers.
MSNBC’s Morgan Radford on Tuesday beating the cold weather in NYC.
Julián Castro Names Campaign Manager
Maya Rupert has teamed up again with former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, this time to serve as Campaign Manager for his 2020 presidential campaign. She’s currently the Executive Director of Opportunity First -- Castro’s political PAC -- which has endorsed Democratic candidates across the country, including former FL gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum. Rupert was previously the Senior Director at the Center for Reproductive Rights, where she was responsible for overseeing the Center’s federal, state, and local policy work in the U.S. and forging new partnerships and opportunities in DC. She also served as Senior Policy Advisor to then-Secretary Julián Castro at HUD, and earlier served as Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel in the Office of General Counsel. Before HUD, she was Policy Director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. The veteran political strategist has also contributed to a number of media outlets including O Magazine, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and HuffPost. The University of California, Santa Barbara graduate earned her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley and clerked for the Honorable Eric L. Clay of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. More here.

Federal Street Strategies Adds Senior Strategist
Derron Parks
is joining the Federal Street Strategies firm as a Senior Strategist. He most recently served as Senior Manager and Counsel for Government Relations at Samsung. Prior to joining Samsung, Parks was a Democratic Staff Director in the Senate, where he led efforts to address a variety of issues affecting older Americans, including consumer protections and health care. He also previously served in the Senate as Counsel to former MO Senator Claire McCaskill, where he focused on healthcare, labor, and judiciary issues during the debate and passage of the Affordable Care Act. The public policy strategist was previously the Director of Federal Government Affairs for DaVita HealthCare Partners, where he was responsible for all of the company’s relationships with Democratic members of the House and Senate, and the Obama administration. Parks has served as Prosecutor, Civil Litigator, and Adjunct Professor, and is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. The 2001 Michigan State University graduate earned his Law degree from Georgetown University in 2005. "Because I am entrepreneurial by nature, I’m excited to work with clients at a growing, multi-client firm,” Parks said. “I believe my various professional experiences in the Senate and working for some of the world's largest technology and health care companies will serve clients well. And, I will learn a lot along the way." More about him here.
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Today - Friday, January 25th: The Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, the National Congress of the American Indians, and the Tohono O’odham Nation host the Tribal Border Summit. Pascua Yaqui Casino Del Sol Resort Conference Center, 5655 W Valencia Rd, Tucson, AZ. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, January 30th, 3:30P: "New Chiefs of Staff Empower Hour." Join new Chiefs as they share their paths to Capitol Hill and give tips on how you can start preparing for senior roles in 2020. Location provided upon RSVP. Click here for more information.
Friday, February 1st - Saturday, February 2nd: The Washington National Cathedral hosts “A Long, Long Way: Race and Film, 1989–2019,” which will compare historical and contemporary film to explore narratives of race and prejudice over time. Films showcased: Do the Right Thing (1989) and BlacKkKlansman (2018). Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here for more information
Monday, February 4th, 6P: APAICS Celebration of Senior AAPI Congressional Staff to kick off Lunar New Year, join us as we celebrate AAPI staff leadership on Capitol Hill. TBD, DC. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, February 5th, 7P: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's 20th Annual Washington, D.C. Opening Night Gala Benefit, kicking off Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s annual engagement at The Kennedy Center. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Opera House. 2700 F Street, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, February 7th, 12-6PCongressman Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) will host the first annual Dominicans on the Hill, a day at the U.S. Capitol where Dominican Americans from communities around the nation will attend workshops on issues ranging from immigration, education and the workforce, the U.S. economy, and trade. DC. Click here for more information.
Saturday, February 16th: The Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s 93rd Annual Black History Luncheon. Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, February 21st – Sunday, February 24th: The Power Rising Summit, a space for Black women to turn their power into action and create an actionable agenda. Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, February 27th - Saturday, March 1st: Black Women Talk Tech presents the 3rd annual Roadmap to Billions 2019 Conference, the only annual tech conference created exclusively by Black women founders for Black female founders and their supporters. Union West, 535 West 28th Street, New York, NY. Click here for more information
Thursday, February 28th - Sunday, March 3rdThe Women of Power Summit, a professional leadership conference designed especially for executive women of color. Confirmed speakers include Valerie JarrettStacey Abrams, and Merary Simeon, Diversity Vice President, Pepsico, among others. The Mirage, 3400 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, March 6th, 5:30P: The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) will honor Congresswoman and former NALEO President Sylvia R. García with the 2019 Edward R. Roybal Award for Outstanding Public Service at the organization’s annual NALEO Gala. Marriott Marquis Hotel, 901 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Friday, March 8th - Sunday, March 17th: SXSW 2019. Featured speakers include Co-Founder of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Priscilla ChanCongresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI); and Endeavor's Bozoma Saint John, among others. Austin, TX. Click here for more information.
Monday, April 1st - Tuesday, April 2nd: HACU 24th National Capitol Forum on Hispanic Higher Education. Washington Marriott at Metro Center, 775 12th St., N.W. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, May 14th: APAICS 25th Anniversary Awards Gala Dinner to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The evening honors Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders, both current and pioneers, and recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations that continue to politically empower the AAPI community. 1000 H Street, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
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