Kamala Harris honors Queen of Soul and Justin Fairfax accuser speaks out.
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February 07, 2019
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Unveils Green New Deal, Hank Johnson Pleas for 21 Savage, and Bob Menéndez Pushes for Corporate Diversity
STOP INVESTIGATING ME… That’s what Donald Trump suggested during Tuesday’s SOTU address when he admonished "ridiculous partisan investigations” in his speech. NOT HERE FOR THE BULL SCHIFF…  The very next day, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced a broad investigation his committee would undertake "beyond Russia" into whether Trump's financial interests are driving his actions. ART OF THE DEAL? Congressional negotiators Wednesday worked toward a deal that could increase fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border without delivering Trump the wall money he wants. Funding will run out for a large portion of the federal government on February 15th. NO MAMESThe president will hold his first rally of 2019 on Monday in El Paso, which sits right on the U.S.-Mexico border and was referenced by Trump on Tuesday night in his State of the Union address as he sought to make a case for his border wall. THAT’S WHAT HE GAETZParents of students killed in the Parkland, FL school shooting repeatedly interrupted Trump ally Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) during a House hearing on gun violence as the lawmaker argued that “illegal immigrants” are a bigger threat than gun violence. The Congressman attempted to have the parents removed. They remained. MOTHER OF THE MOVEMENT… Newly elected Congresswoman Lucy McBath (D-GA) shared a personal story at the hearing about her son, Jordan Davis, who was shot in 2012 by an older white man who said Davis’ music was too loud. THE REAL NATIONAL EMERGENCYA House Energy and Commerce subcommittee will hold a hearing this morning on the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that led to the separation of thousands of migrant children from their families at the southwestern border last year. NEXT AGThe Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to approve William Barr's nomination to be Attorney General today. SALUTEThe longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history, 92-year-old former MI Congressman John Dingell, is in hospice care after his cancer diagnosis. STRANGE BEDFELLOWS… Democratic presidential candidate Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) is still declining to identify Syrian President Bashar Assad, whom she visited in 2017, as an adversary of the U.S. His military is engaged in a civil war with U.S.-backed rebels. I LIKE IT LIKE THATColombian reggaeton artist J Balvin will open the Grammy Awards on Sunday. The No. 1 globally streamed Latin artist of 2018 on Spotify is also up for “Record of the Year” for his appearance on “I Like It” with Cardi B and Bad Bunny. WE LIKE DOLLARS, WE LIKE DIAMONDSWe like stunting, we like shining. But mostly, we like dropping dope Beats. We’re back on Monday and kicking off your Thursday with this...
  • Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) want to “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” Aretha Franklin with a Congressional Gold Medal.
  • House Dems introduce an immigration package in response to Donald Trump.
  • DOJ opens an investigation into Labor Secretary Alex Acosta’s role in an underage sex plea deal.
  • CAP names a new Director of International Climate Policy.
  • Judge says the federal government is unconstitutionally discriminating against Puerto Ricans.
Pollster Cornell Belcher on Tuesday at MSNBC studios in NYC just moments before the SOTU address.
Uber's Meena Harris and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) at The Wing in San Francisco last week.
Lawmakers Intro Bill to Promote Corporate Diversity
Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ) 
was joined by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday in introducing legislation to require public companies to disclose specific information related to the racial, gender, and ethnic makeup of corporate boards and senior management. Menéndez’s 2017 Corporate Diversity Survey found that although most Fortune 100 companies believe in the idea of increasing diversity among their senior leadership and corporate boards, few are making tangible progress on the matter. “As our country undergoes tremendous demographic and economic change, it is time the leaders of America’s most successful companies recognize that diversity is not just a buzzword – it’s a deliverable,” said Menéndez, the highest-ranking Latino in Congress. Only 37.7% of the surveyed companies including numeric targets for diversity at the executive team levels and only 11.5% of companies setting specific targets for diverse recruitment among their Board of Directors. The Improving Corporate Governance Through Diversity Act responds to the findings of Menéndez’s Survey and addresses shortcomings in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s diversity disclosure rule. “This bill marks an essential step forward to ensuring that C-suites and boardrooms reflect the diversity of the people they employ, the consumers that use their products and the communities they reside in,” Booker said. Harris added, “When our country’s corporate leadership looks more like the rest of the country, it ensures that wider array of perspectives are heard in meetings and board rooms and that the needs and interests of more people are considered. We must do more to hold companies accountable for living up to their own diversity goals and make sure we have reliable data about their progress.” Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY) introduced the companion legislation in the House. “Revealing the gender, racial, ethnic and veteran makeup of these corporate C-suites and boardrooms will not only shed light on the value of diversity, but hopefully encourage corporate shareholders to increase diversity in the highest ranks of their corporations,” Meeks said. More here.
AOC’s Green New Deal is Here
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)
will release a six-page, non-binding resolution on a Green New Deal today -- a blueprint that she and Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) have been working on together. A copy obtained by Politico calls for the U.S. to transition to a 100% clean energy system -- though it doesn’t specifically call for an end to fossil fuels -- but does aim for "net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers." It also calls for the creation of "millions of good, high-wage jobs" within 10 years and pledges "to promote justice and equity" across all communities. The resolution advocates for an end to fossil fuels pollution and greenhouse gas emissions "as much as technologically feasible" in agriculture and transportation, two of the major sources of climate change gases. They also envision an electricity system that would run entirely on "clean, renewable, and zero-emission sources," and call for increased investments in public transportation, improving building energy efficiency, clean manufacturing, and green infrastructure. “[A] new national, social, industrial, and economic mobilization on a scale not seen since World War II and the New Deal era is a historic opportunity ... to create millions of good, high-wage jobs in the United States; to provide unprecedented levels of prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States; and to counteract systemic injustices," the resolution reads. Already, some 2020 contenders including Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have spoken out in favor of the idea, ensuring that the Green New Deal will be a top issue on the campaign trail. More here.
PR Governor Ricardo Rosselló and Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) on Wednesday in DC to discuss reconstruction funds and disaster recovery for Puerto Rico.
Historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Good Morning America’s Michael Strahan on the GMA set in NYC on Monday.  
House Dems Intro Immigration Package in Response to Donald Trump
Lawmakers on Wednesday introduced a legislative package to counter the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement tactics and protect the rights of immigrants in the U.S. The bills include the Protecting Sensitive Locations Act, which would prohibit immigration enforcement in “sensitive locations” such as courthouses, schools, community centers, and houses of worship; the Reunite Every Unaccompanied Newborn Infant Toddler and Other Children Expeditiously Act, which would require the immediate reunification of children who were separated from their parent or legal guardian as a result of the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy; and the ICE and CBP Body Camera Accountability Act, which would require Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Patrol officers to wear body cameras and would make footage available for any legal proceedings. The legislative package was introduced by Representatives Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), José Serrano (D-NY), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Jesús “Chuy” García (D-IL), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), and Donald S. Beyer Jr. (D-VA). “President Trump has made the targeting of immigrants a central part of his administration’s policies while persistently [lobbying] bigoted, verbal attacks at immigrant communities,” said Espaillat. “What we witnessed during the State of the Union address was more of the same – criminalizing immigrants, promoting inhumane policies that separate children from their families and raid sensitive locations such as public schools and courthouses. My colleagues and I are introducing this series of bills, a legislative package that will protect immigrants, immigrant families, and hold the Trump administration accountable.” More here.
Lisa Blunt Rochester and Lucy McBath Team to Save Obamacare
Congresswomen Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE)
and Lucy McBath (D-GA) are linking up to try and serve the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with a new piece of legislation that would make information about Obamacare more readily available to the public. The Marketing and Outreach Restoration to Empower (MORE) Health Education Act would reverse funding cuts to the ACA education, marketing, and outreach efforts by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This increase in funding will assist providers and navigators in educating Americans about open enrollment dates, coverage options, and financial support available to the public. “Millions across the country have fallen victim to marketplace sabotage efforts that increased premiums, reduced market choice, and decreased access to care,” Blunt Rochester said. “Health care is one of our most essential rights, and that’s why the new Democratic Majority is fighting to stabilize our health care system.” Over the past two years, the Trump Administration has cut paid advertising and outreach efforts for health care exchanges from $100 million to $10 million -- a 90% reduction. This dramatic funding cut, coupled with a shorter open enrollment period and repeal of the individual mandate, led to a steady decline in individuals who selected a marketplace plan -- dropping by over 4,250,000 enrollees between 2016 and 2019. The MORE Health Education Act, introduced with Representatives Kathy Castor (D-FL) and Dan Kildee (D-MI), aims to increase the number of Americans who select a marketplace plan -- helping to potentially stabilize the ACA exchanges and lower premiums for hardworking families across the country. “This legislation will help to ensure strong Marketplaces, encourage robust enrollment, and provide consumers the tools they need to stay healthy,” said McBath. More here.

Democratic Congresswomen Deb Haaland (NM), Norma Torres (CA), and Sharice Davids (KS) on Tuesday in suffragette white for the SOTU address.
MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid on Sunday with young fans at 30 Rock in NYC.
Justin Fairfax Accuser Details Accusation
The woman who accused Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax of sexual assault detailed her side of the story in a lengthy statement on Wednesday. Vanessa Tyson, now a professor at Scripps College, says that while the two were at in a hotel room at the 2004 DNC convention in Boston -- things went left. According to Tyson, what began as consensual kissing “quickly turned into a sexual assault.” She said that while Fairfax’s initial advance was “not unwelcome,” he soon “forcefully pushed” her head towards his crotch. “Utterly shocked and terrified, I tried to move my head away, but could not because his hand was holding down my neck and he was much stronger than me,” Tyson says in the statement. “As I cried and gagged, Mr. Fairfax forced me to perform oral sex on him.” Tyson says she also tried to alert Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) about the incident as well. For his part, Fairfax has vehemently denied that the encounter was non-consensual. He issued another statement on Wednesday saying, “I wish her no harm or humiliation, nor do I seek to denigrate her or diminish her voice. But I cannot agree with a description of events that I know is not true.” The 39-year-old Democrat has consistently questioned the timing of the accusations, which came just as he was being seen as potentially ascending to the Virginia governorship in the wake of the blackface scandal dogging incumbent Governor Ralph Northam. Should Northam step down, Fairfax would ascend. Next in line would be state AG Democrat Mike Herring who, on Wednesday, also admitted to wearing blackface. Next in line would be the Speaker of the House of Delegates: Republican Kirk Cox. More here.

DOJ Opens Investigation Into Alex Acosta’s Role in Underage Sex Plea Deal
The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into whether its attorneys -- which were led by now-Labor Secretary Alex Acosta -- “may have committed professional misconduct” negotiating a controversial plea deal in the case involving millionaire Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein is accused of molesting more than 100 underage girls in Palm Beach -- a federal investigation identified 36 underage victims. Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) sent the DOJ a letter demanding a probe into the Department’s handling of the Epstein case. Acosta, then the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, cut Epstein a lenient deal where he pleaded to two state prostitution charges, ultimately serving only 13 months and avoiding a federal trial. Epstein had faced life in prison on sex trafficking charges. This all comes after an investigation by the Miami Herald revealed the details of the agreement that Acosta made with the politically connected multimillionaire. More here.


The Today Show’s Hoda Kotb in the 1970's.
2020 Democratic presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) with friends at Howard University.
Lawmakers Intro Bill to Award Aretha Franklin Congressional Medal of Honor
Lawmakers are paying homage to Aretha Franklin with legislation to posthumously award the "Queen of Soul" a Congressional Gold Medal. Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Gary Peters (D-MI), and Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) on Wednesday introduced the Aretha Franklin Congressional Gold Medal Act. The measure would honor Franklin’s role in shaping the nation’s culturally and socially relevant discography and highlight her life as an example of how one person’s talents can make a difference in the lives of millions of people across the globe. Franklin’s music served as a 1960s call to action that inspired thousands to join civil rights movements and still maintains a social context that resonates across these movements today. “Aretha’s songs were the soundtrack of my childhood, from listening to ‘Mary Don’t You Weep,’ to standing in the living room dancing to ‘Rock Steady’ over and over again, to hearing from the Queen herself how lucky I was to be young, gifted and black,” said Harris. “Aretha was simply a legend. Her work and impact will be felt for generations to come, and it’s long past time Congress honors her with the Congressional Gold Medal.” Beyond her contributions to music and arts, Franklin was a philanthropic individual who supported causes related to civil rights, human health, and gender equality, in addition to causes within the creative arts. “Aretha Franklin was soul personified and she gave us the gift of her voice, her truth and her unapologetic passion to demand compassion, love and R-E-S-P-E-C-T for women everywhere,” said Lawrence. The R&B icon died last August at the age of 76. Read the bill here.

Universal Music Group Names New Managing Director 
Universal Music Group has promoted Alejandro Duque to Managing Director of Universal Music Latino, Machete, and Capitol Latin. In his new role, he’ll oversee all projects, new signings, A&R and the marketing and digital teams. Duque most recently served as a General Manager for the group, where he was a key factor in the success of artists such as Luis Fonsi, Juanes, J Balvin, Sebastián Yatra, and Karol G, among others. He also served as VP of Business Development & Digital for Latin America, Director of Sales & Business Development, and Digital Manager for Latin America. Prior to joining Universal Music Group, Duque worked as International Development Director for JAN Music LTDA. The Berklee College of Music graduate is also fluent in English and Spanish. More here
Hank Johnson Pleads for 21 Savage’s Release
Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA)
is backing 21 Savage after the rapper was arrested in Atlanta over the weekend by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The artist, whose real name is She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, allegedly entered the U.S. legally in July 2005 at age seven on an H-4 visa. However, ICE says he failed to leave under the terms of his "nonimmigrant visa" when it expired in 2006. They said the 26-year-old rapper is a British citizen who was convicted on felony drug charges in October 2014 in Fulton County. However, the attorney representing Abraham-Joseph told a local Atlanta TV station that there is no drug conviction. Johnson pushed back on claims ICE made that the rapper was in hiding. The Congressman also penned a letter to the agency touting 21 Savage’s deep connection to the city and pleaded for his release. "He was raised and spent his formative years in and around Atlanta, and he has developed deep family roots and personal ties to our wonderful State of Georgia," the letter reads. "She'yaa's immediate family members residing there include his mother, three sisters, two brothers, and three children. She'yaa is the primary breadwinner for most of his siblings, and for his children." Read the full letter here.

Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (D-CA) with her SOTU guest DACA-holder Diana Laureano Léon on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.
 Aldis Basil Hodge, The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, and actor Aldis Hodge at the New York Knicks game last week.
CFPB Plans to Roll Back Payday Lending Rules
African Americans are more than twice as likely to take out a loan relative to other demographic groups, and payday lenders are often found clustered in African American and Latino neighborhoods. So it is very significant that the nation's federal financial watchdog has announced its plans to roll back most of its consumer protections governing the payday lending industry. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Wednesday released its plan to remove a requirement directing payday lenders to verify that borrowers can afford the loans they are being offered and delay the rule’s implementation until 2020 -- it is supposed to go into effect in August. People of color have disproportionately been victims of predatory business practices and abusive lenders. Consumers of color were found to be two to three times more likely to be the target of abusive lending than white borrowers. Advocates say this decision will put already struggling families in a cycle of debt and leave them in an even worse financial position. And Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the C
hair of the House Financial Services Committee, almost immediately called on the CFPB to withdraw their new proposal. “This proposal essentially sends a message to predatory payday lenders that they may continue to harm vulnerable communities without penalty,” Waters said. “I urge Director Kraninger to rescind this proposal and work on implementing a comprehensive federal framework -- including strong consumer safeguards, supervision, and robust enforcement -- to protect consumers from the cycle of debt.” More here.
Judge Says Federal Government Unconstitutionally Withholding Benefits from Puerto Ricans
The U.S. government gives social security benefits to help the elderly, blind, and disabled people who are struggling economically -- but the government excludes U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. A judge on Monday said that the federal government is violating the Constitution by prohibiting people who live in Puerto Rico from receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The decision is part of a lawsuit the U.S. government filed against a Puerto Rican man to recoup money in Social Security supplemental payments he obtained after moving to the island from NY. In the ruling, District Judge Gustavo Gelpí accused the federal government of unconstitutionally discriminating against Puerto Ricans by using a clause in the Constitution that allows federal legislators to enact rules and regulations for U.S. territories to violate their equal protection rights. “This clause, however, is not carte blanche for Congress to switch on and off at its convenience the fundamental constitutional rights to Due Process and Equal Protection enjoyed by a birthright United States citizen who relocates from a State to Puerto Rico.’” he argued. Gelpí concluded that the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality also means Puerto Ricans have the full privileges of citizenship. After the decision was announced, Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR) introduced a bipartisan bill to make SSI extensive to the Americans in Puerto Rico and the other territories “who are currently suffering this unequal and indignant treatment,” González-Colón said. “This bill is a temporary fix; the only true, permanent solution is Statehood.” More here.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) on Tuesday.
Democrat Stacey Abrams before giving the SOTU Democratic response on Tuesday.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Names Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Nimesh Patel has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. He most recently was the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at WilmerHale. Prior to that, Patel was the Executive Director for Diversity & Inclusion at the Department of Homeland Security, where he designed and executed the department’s first Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan. He was also previously Division Chief for Diversity and EEO Management for Transportation and Security Administration, Assistant General Counsel at the DOJ Federal Bureau of Prisons, Associate at Holland & Knight LLP, and more. Patel is a past president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and a member of the Board of Directors of Asian Americans Advancing Justice. The Michigan State University graduate, who earned his law degree at The Ohio State University, also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. More here.
LinkedIn Names Group Manager, Corporate Communications
Riki Parikh
has joined LinkedIn as a Group Manager for Corporate Communications. He most recently served as Counsel and Senior Adviser to Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), where he helped coordinate strategic policy, communications, and engagement priorities. Prior to that, Parikh was on the Corporate Responsibility & Crisis Management Strategy team at Cone Communications, where he created and managed cross-functional project plans to develop corporate responsibility and crisis communications strategies for Fortune 500 clients, including FedEx, Keurig Green Mountain, The Hartford, and Time Warner Cable. He also worked as a legal intern for the Obama White House, Communications Director and Policy Director for CO state Sen. Mike Johnston, and Associate Writer at National Journal. The George Washington University graduate earned his law degree at the University of Denver. More about him here
CAP Announces Senior Fellow, Director of International Climate Policy
The Center for American Progress announced that Alan Yu is joining the Energy and Environment Policy team as a Senior Fellow and Director of International Climate Policy. In his new role, he’ll be tasked with promoting clean energy policies and work to strengthen U.S. partnerships with the international community to address climate change. Yu was most recently the Director of Asian Affairs at the Department of Energy, where he worked with the department’s senior leadership, technical offices, and national labs to coordinate a unified strategy on energy policy and technical engagement with countries in East, Southeast, and South Asia. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles with the State Department under President Barack Obama, including stints in DC, China, Japan, and Afghanistan, and worked on a wide range of regional and foreign policy matters, with a focus on East Asia and international environmental issues. The 1983 University of Michigan graduate, who also holds a Master’s from the University of California, Berkeley, began his career as Peace Corps volunteer. More here.

Today, 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.
Today, 5PDonna Brazile hosts "The State of Black America" with NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson, a spirited discussion regarding the state of race relations, civil rights and voting rights in this country today. Interdisciplinary Research Building (IRB), Multipurpose Room (1st Floor), 2201 Georgia Ave. N.W., DC Click here for more information.
Monday, February 11th, 6;30P: Google Policy and the DC Black Googlers Network host, “New Women Members of the Congressional Black Caucus: A Conversation about Leadership,” a fireside chat and reception with newly elected women members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Participants include Congresswomen Lucy McBath (D-GA) and Lauren Underwood (D-IL). Google DC, 25 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., 9th Floor, DC. Click here for more information.
Friday, February 15th, 10AThe Brookings Institution hosts a conversation with Stacey Abrams, “Race and political power in the United States.” Abrams will discuss the increasing political power of African Americans after the 2018 elections. She will be joined in conversation by The New Yorker's Jelani Cobb. Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue N.W., 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.
Wednesday, March 6th - Thursday, March 7th: The ninth annual International Women’s Day Forum: The Equality Opportunity, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State. The event gathers the business community, civil society, and government representatives to advance progress, partnerships, and prosperity through gender equality around the globe. Actress, singer, and philanthropist Keke Palmer will keynote. U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H Street, 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.
Thursday, March 14th, 8A-3P: The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Health to address emerging health issues, developments, challenges and opportunities in the healthcare sector. Newseum, Summit Knight Conference Center, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Saturday, March 30th: The 50th NAACP Image Awards, celebrating the accomplishment of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature, and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. The Dolby Theater, 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA. 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, 7P: 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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