Meek Mill's doc with JAY-Z on criminal justice & CBC gets SMART with tech.
Meek Mill's doc with JAY-Z on criminal justice & CBC gets SMART with tech.
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May 07, 2018
Maxine Waters Teams with Norma Torres, Barack Obama Endorses, and Elaine Chao Faces Ethics Questions
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Straight outta recess … straight back to Capitol Hill. Congress returns today and the Senate this week will hear from Trump’s pick to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, who offered to withdraw over the weekend. Haspel, who has been at the CIA for 33 years almost entirely undercover but most recently as Deputy Director, anticipates facing a tough nomination hearing on Wednesday. Dems are sure to question her time at the agency when she was linked to a so-called "black site" in Thailand, a secretive overseas prison where techniques including waterboarding were used in a controversial interrogation program for terrorist suspects. Dealbreaker… In just five days, Donald Trump will decide if the U.S. will pull out of the Iran Nuclear Deal. Dealmaker… Britain, France, and Germany have all been working behind the scenes for weeks in an effort to preserve the deal -- which was orchestrated under the Barack Obama administration -- and includes Russia and China as signatories. How has the Trump administration been weighing this important decision with global consequences? By hiring an Israeli private intelligence agency to orchestrate a “dirty ops” campaign against key individuals from the Obama administration who helped negotiate the deal. True story. Snap for the kids three times… First Lady Melania Trump unveils her platform today during her first Rose Garden announcement. She is planning to focus on the general well-being of children through awareness. Her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham says Trump's approach will be multi-pronged. Stay tuned. Speaking of First Ladies, Michelle Obama wowed the crowd at the United State of Women in Los Angeles over the weekend, where she sat down for an interview with actress Tracee Ellis Ross and once again confirmed that she will not run for office. He’s not a businessman. He’s a business, man! JAY-Z sold the "Roc" suite of trademarks for more than $200 million to the brand management company Iconix. Now, a federal judge is granting the SEC's request that the hip-hop mogul be forced to testify in its investigation of Iconix after he ignored two previous subpoenas. Jay, who’s not accused of any wrongdoing, will appear in court tomorrow. You’re not invited… Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who is battling brain cancer, wants former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush to speak at his funeral -- but not Donald Trump. Heavenly bodies. That’s the theme for tonight’s Met Gala. And This Is America. That’s Donald Glover’s doppelganger, Childish Gambino’s, theme for the country. Heavy. We’re kicking off the week with this...
  • Barack Obama makes his first 2018 endorsement.
  • Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) tells FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to not make cuts or limit the agency's Lifeline program, especially for Puerto Rico.
  • Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) wants DoD to look into white supremacist activities in the military.
  • Herschel Walker and Dr. Oz among those nominated to WH Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition.
  • Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) calls for an investigation into whether Donald Trump broke federal ethics laws with Stormy Daniels repayment.
  • In Michigan, it’s Conyers v. Conyers and the gloves are off.
  • Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) faces allegations of molesting a teenage girl in 2007.
  • Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao latest administration official to face ethics questions.
  • Meek Mill inks deal with JAY-Z and Amazon on criminal justice documentary.
  • U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce names a new Board Co-Chair.
 Valerie Jarrett, Michelle Obama, and former Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama, Tina Tchen, at the United State of Women Summit this weekend.
Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA) in Lynwood, CA this weekend celebrating Cinco de Mayo.
Norma Torres and Maxine Waters Intro Bill to Help Homeowners with Mortgage Payments
Congresswomen Norma J. Torres (D-CA)
and Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services, introduced legislation they say will help homeowners in participating states struggling to get out from underneath their mortgage payments. The lawmakers say the Keep Your Home Act would bolster the Hardest Hit Fund, a supplementary homeowner assistance program that was established by President Barack Obama within the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to provide states with support to reinvest in impacted homeowner communities. In 2016, Congress extended authorization for the program and added $2 billion of TARP funds to assist additional homeowners. But now the program is running low on funds. This bill would transfer up to $5.5 billion of TARP funds into the Hardest Hit Fund to extend the authorization of the program and, they say, put in place safeguards to ensure that states assist homeowners in a timely fashion. More here.
Black Caucus Unveils S.M.A.R.T. Tech Diversity Principles
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus Diversity Task Force last week unveiled their set of S.M.A.R.T. principles to help guide the tech industry in their efforts to diversify -- especially within the Black community. Led by CBC Diversity Task Force Co-Chairs Congressman G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), a delegation of members unveiled the “S.M.A.R.T. Investment Principles” to build a more inclusive and equitable technology sector after their return of a diversity tour of Silicon Valley. Joined by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY), the task force announced the five principles -- Support STEAM Education & Job Training, Make Tech Available & Affordable, Address Economic Stability of Communities, Recruit & Retain Black Talent, and Target Investments in Diverse Companies & Communities -- to address building the talent pipeline and building Black wealth in tech. “During our visit to Silicon Valley last year, we were appalled at the slow progress tech companies were making to ensure diversity and inclusion. It is unacceptable for companies of this magnitude to not lead in the building of an economy that works for all, where everyone has a fair shot to thrive,” said Butterfield. “While we’ve made some progress toward techquity recently, the pace of change in the tech sector has been far too slow. ... We must make intentional investments in communities of color. This is why the CBC’s TECH 2020 initiative developed goals with these new S.M.A.R.T. investment principles.  These actionable steps are ideas that companies can adopt toward achieving meaningful representation and inclusion in the tech industry,” said Lee. See the S.M.A.R.T. principles here.
Nydia Velázquez to Ajit Pai: Don’t Cut Puerto Rico’s Lifeline
Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY)
led 47 Members of Congress in a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai that he should not make cuts or limit the agency's Lifeline program, which subsidizes telecom service for low-income households, due to its importance for Puerto Ricans. Pai has visited Puerto Rico multiple times following last year's hurricanes and said he prioritizes helping the territory recover. “Lifeline fills a critical gap in Puerto Rico, and given the devastation from Hurricane Maria, this program is now more important than ever,” lawmakers wrote in the letter. “After many communities endured widespread lack of communications post-Maria, they should not be forced to endure additional hardship. Continued, reliable access is essential for the Island’s economy to recover and to help stop the outmigration of the Island’s residents.” Read the entire letter here.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) last week working with the Miami community to find solutions to ending street violence.
AURN’s April Ryan with Iyanla Vanzant on Friday at Vanzant's show Get Over It! in Baltimore.
Keith Ellison Wants DoD to Look Into White Supremacist Activities in Military
Following a ProPublica and Frontline PBS report which identified three members of Atomawaffen, a white supremacist organization, currently employed by the Army or Navy, Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) wants to know what the Department of Defense is doing about it. Ellison sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis requesting information on reports of and investigations into white supremacist activities within the military. At least one service member was allegedly involved in the violent activity in Charlottesville, Virginia last August. “The involvement of service members in white supremacist or other hate groups is cause for significant concern, particularly given their combat and weapons training,” Ellison said, adding that he is "concerned these actions may be indicative of a broader problem within the military.” The letter notes that nearly 25% of respondents to a September 2017 Military Times survey of over 1,100 active duty troops reported they had seen examples of white nationalism among their fellow service members. See the full letter here.
About That Stormy Daniels Payment
Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD)
, the Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is calling for an investigation into whether the president broke federal ethics laws by repaying his personal attorney Michael Cohen for a $130,000 payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. Citing the Ethics in Government Act, Cummings noted in a letter to Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) that federal officials are required to disclose any “financial liabilities that could affect their decision-making on behalf of the American people.” Cummings said the DOJ’s investigation into Cohen would not prevent the committee from looking into whether the president complied with the law after POTUS45’s friend and attorney Rudy Giuliani spoke about the payment on Fox News. “With respect to potential campaign finance violations, Mr. Giuliani acknowledged in a subsequent interview with Fox & Friends that the payment was made to benefit the Trump campaign directly before the election,” Cummings said. “He stated, ‘Imagine if that came out on Oct. 15, 2016, in the middle of the, you know, last debate with Hillary Clinton.’ Instead, he said, Mr. Cohen ‘made it go away.’” Now, Cummings wants the receipts. More here.
Elaine Chao Faces Ethics Questions
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is the latest Trump administration official to face ethics questions. In a series of interviews with Chinese and Chinese American media outlets since her nomination, Politico reports that Chao has appeared beside her shipping magnate father James Chao -- the Founder and Chairman of the Foremost Group shipping company which carries goods between the U.S. and Asia. The Secretary’s sister Angela serves as CEO and her sister Christine serves as General Counsel. One interview features the Secretary sitting with her father in what appears to be the Department of Transportation, with DOT flags in view, as James Chao talking about his life story, with a copy of his biography on the screen, and Elaine Chao extolling her father’s success story as “lifting the status of Asian Americans in America.” She also touts his $40 million gift to Harvard University. He has also given Chao and her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), at least $5 million in the past 10 years. The media appearances raise ethical concerns because the appearances might violate a regulation that prohibits federal employees from using their public office for their “own private gain, for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity.” More here.
Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers Association, Dolores Huerta, at the United State of Women Summit in Los Angeles last week.
Congresswoman Michelle Luján Grisham (D-NM) with members of the New Mexico Professional Fire Fighters Association for a “Fire Ops 101” training.
Barack Obama Makes First 2018 Endorsement
Former President Barack Obama has made his first official 2018 cycle endorsement by throwing his support behind incumbent Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Obama Spokeswoman Katie Hill said that it's his only primary endorsement in congressional races so far in 2018. POTUS44 called on Californians to send "one of America's most effective champions for progress to the Senate. ... She's always been an indispensable leader for California, and we became dear friends and partners in the fight to guarantee affordable healthcare and economic opportunity for everybody; to protect our planet from climate change, and our kids from gun violence.” California state Senate President Kevin de León is aiming to unseat the five-term U.S. Senator. More here.
Cárdenas Faces Allegations of Molesting Daughter of Former Employee
There was a lawsuit filed in late April by a woman alleging that an unnamed politician in Los Angeles County had sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager in 2007 after he gave her an unusual-tasting drink. Rumors and speculation ensued after the woman’s attorney, Lisa Bloom, said that the man in the lawsuit was still an elected official living in the LA area. Late last week, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) confirmed that he is the subject of the lawsuit and he has vehemently denied the allegations."My client is sickened and distraught by these horrific allegations, which are 100%, categorically untrue," an attorney for Cárdenas said in a statement. "We respect victims who have found the strength to come forward and call out misconduct when it has actually occurred, but the type of baseless and reckless allegations that are contained in the complaint against my client can ruin the lives and careers of innocent people. His legal team also said the woman who filed the suit is the daughter of a "disgruntled former employee" and "may be the victim of manipulation." Former LA City Councilman Richard Alarcón had a meeting which could possibly corroborate that theory. Alarcón told the LA Times that he had a meeting in 2016 with a former Cárdenas employee who he now believes is the accuser's father after Alarcón announced plans to run for Congress against Cárdenas in the primary. During the meeting, the man said he had negative information on Cárdenas but would only provide it to the media in exchange for a job on Alarcón's campaign. Late last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called for a House Ethics Committee investigation into the matter. More here.
Conyers v. Conyers
John Conyers III,
who is aiming to claim the seat his father held in Congress for 52 years, only turned in 623 valid petition signatures, less than the 1,000 required for the primary ballot. Peter Ruddell, a Detroit-area elections attorney for the former Congressman’s great-nephew state Senator Ian Conyers -- who wants to be the only Conyers on the primary ballot, filed a formal challenge asking the Wayne County Clerk’s office to toss out 617 of the 1,240 signatures that Conyers III submitted. He claims those signatures came from nonregistered voters, voters outside the district and voters who signed the petition more than once. The Wayne County Clerk’s office has not yet weighed in on the challenges. Other Democrats who filed for the race include state Senator Coleman Young II, former state Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Shanelle Jackson, Westland Mayor Bill Wild, and former Conyers staffer Kimberly Hill Knott. David Dudenhoefer, who chairs the 13th Congressional District Republican Party, will run unopposed in the GOP primary. More here.

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) visiting staff from the Lanai Community Health Center last week.
Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL) at Stillman College, presenting a degree to her niece Neshambia Nicole Sewell this weekend.
Lily Fu Claffee Joins Fox News as General Counsel
Lily Fu Claffee
has joined Fox News as General Counsel. Most recently, Claffee was the SVP, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where she oversaw legal operations and was the principal legal advisor to the Chamber’s President & CEO Tom Donohue. Prior to that, Claffee was a Partner at Jones Day in DC, where she represented corporations in federal litigation, regulatory, and national security matters. She also previously served as Deputy General Counsel at the Department of the Treasury -- where she was awarded the Treasury Medal for her service -- and as Deputy Associate Attorney General at the DOJ. The University of Wisconsin graduate, who went on to earn a law degree from the University of Minnesota, began her law career in private practice at Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago, IL before becoming a partner at the firm’s DC office. Fox News is currently facing a few lawsuits including one from the family of Democratic aide Seth Rich as well as one from former pundit Scottie Nell Hughes. More here

Reuters Hires WSJ’s Imani Moise to Cover Banking
Imani Moise
will join the finance team at Reuters later this month as a Banking Reporter, covering Wells Fargo and Bank of America. She arrives from the Wall Street Journal, where she was a Breaking News Reporter for two years. Prior to that, the Duke University graduate was the news blog editor for her campus newspaper The Chronicle, and a reporter and editor for their digital site The Tab. She also interned for NY state Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, MSNBC’s PoliticsNation, and was a research assistant for the conservative political think tank, The John Locke Foundation. Her bylines have appeared on MSNBC, Fox Business, MarketWatch, and Morningstar. More here
Meek Mill Inks Deal with JAY-Z and Amazon on Criminal Justice Documentary
Rapper Meek Mill has inked a deal with Amazon and JAY-Z’s Roc Nation for a documentary series examining his odyssey through the criminal justice system during the past decade. The Philadelphia-based rapper, whose government names is Robert Rihmeek Williams, was released from jail last month after serving nearly five months for a probation violation -- for popping a wheelie in an Instagram video without wearing a helmet. The six-part docuseries, which is set to debut in 2019, will chronicle Mill’s rise to fame and his 10-year battle with Philadelphia Judge Genece Brinkley. Most importantly, it will address the larger issue of high incarceration rates for people of color as thousands of faceless, nameless Meek Mills are still sitting in prisons across the country. Roc Nation is producing the untitled project. Mill granted his first interview since being released to NBC’s Lester Holt where he spoke about the criminal justice system on an edition of Dateline which aired Sunday night.
More here.
GA gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in Atlanta with actresses Aisha Hinds, Rashida Jones, Tracee Ellis Ross, Uzo Aduba and Sandra Williams of The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union last week.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) in Kauai on Wednesday lending a hand to support recovery efforts after weeks of flood damages in the city.
Herschel Walker and Dr. Oz Among Group Nominated to Join WH Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition
Donald Trump has announced his nominees to the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition (PCSFN), a part of the Office of Public Health and Science under the Department of Health and Human Services, which aims to engage, educate, and empower all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. Former NY Yankee Mariano Rivera and former NFL running back Herschel Junior Walker were nominated to serve as Co-Chairs and members of the PCSFN for two years. Other nominees of color to the Council included Former Major League Baseball player Johnny Damon; and cardiologist and TV personality Mehmet “Dr. Oz” Oz. Additional notables included Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor as the third Co-Chair and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, The Hulk actor and bodybuilder Louis Ferrigno, and former Congresswoman Nan A.S. Hayworth as members. See the entire list of nominees here.
Pence Physician Resigns Amid VA Secretary Fallout
VP Mike Pence
’s physician, Dr. Jen Peña, resigned last week amid the fallout following former Secretary of Veterans Affairs nominee and WH doctor Ronny Jackson’s downfall. Peña was reportedly one of the high-ranking officials that alleged professional misconduct against Jackson which derailed his confirmation. The Army doctor last month briefed the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on allegations that Jackson over-prescribed medications to White House staff and crashed a government vehicle while intoxicated after a party. CNN reported last week that Peña had privately raised alarms within the WH about Jackson -- from the allegations above to concerns that he may have violated federal privacy protections for a key patient: Pence's wife, Karen -- as far back as September. More here.
Governor David Ige (HI) volunteering with state Senator Russell Ruderman (D-HI) on Friday at the Pahoa Gym in Hawaii.
Obama alum Stephanie Young, now with BET Networks, on Saturday at the United State of Women Summit in LA over the weekend.
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Names New Board Co-Chair
The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) has announced Carmen Castillo as the new Co-Chair of their Board of Directors. Castillo is the President and CEO of SDI International Corp. (SDI), the largest Latina-owned business in the country, which she founded in Florida in 1992. She will join Interim USHCC President Fernand Fernández and Peter Villegas who is VP of Latin Affairs at The Coca-Cola Company. Castillo is rumored to have been involved in the ousting of USHCC’s former President Javier Palomárez who stepped down earlier this year after allegations of sexual harassment. Reportedly, Castillo was involved with the hiring of two law firms to meticulously go over the group's finances, with a focus on Palomárez's yearly compensation as well as the bonuses he gave himself. Her response to the rumor? "If a decision to retain legal counsel for the USHCC is needed, a decision of this type is made by the board of directors, not by any one individual," she replied. USHCC also announced that their board will also expand its size to include up to six local chamber representatives that will represent various regions of the country. More here.

Clinton Campaign Alumna Joins Akin Gump 
Christina M. Carrica-Haley 
has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld as a Senior Policy Advisor in its DC office. She previously served as CEO of Connectiva, a strategic political consulting firm, leading fundraising efforts for Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ), Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), and several other CHC members. Prior to that, the Marymount University graduate was the National Latino Finance Director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign where she raised $35 million dollars, distinguishing herself as one of the top Latino fundraisers in the country. “I’m obviously very excited to join a firm that has such expansive reach in public policy, especially in Latin and South America and to be part of such a historically amazing team here in Washington,” she said in a Politico interview. Carrica-Haley is a first-generation Argentinian American and a new member of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute’s Advisory Council. More here.
Diego Sánchez Joins The Raben Group
Diego Sánchez will join The Raben Group later this month as a Senior Associate. He was previously a policy advisor at the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) where he represented Governor Ricardo Roselló and the Puerto Rican government, advancing policy in healthcare, tech, education, and infrastructure. Prior to PRFAA, Sánchez was a Director at the U.S. Consumer Coalition. Before that, Sánchez served as the Director for Digital Campaigns and Hispanic Engagement at Wise Public Affairs. Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, was also a legislative intern for Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO) before graduating from American University in DC in 2014. He’s appeared as a political analyst on cable networks Univisión, NTN24, Telemundo, and Voz de América and has contributed political commentary for El Nuevo Herald, Morning Consult, and more. More here.

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Today, 10A: The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans holds "Reimagining the Educator Workforce: African American Teacher Diversity Summit." The Education Department, 400 Maryland Ave. SW.
Tuesday, May 8th 1:30P: 2nd Annual State of Black America Townhall Live Taping with TV ONE. Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW. Click here to learn more.
Tuesday, May 8th, 2P: Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) will host a roundtable discussion on how automation might affect retail workers of color. Jana Barresi, a top lobbyist for Walmart, is scheduled to attend along with several other witnesses. Cannon House Office Building, Room 421.
Tuesday, May 8th - Thursday, May 10th: The Wall Street Journal's The Future of Everything Festival. Speakers include Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund Leader Tina TchenWSJ Editors, and more. Spring Studios, 50 Varick St, NYC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, May 10th, 6P: Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC hosts Cherry Blossoms for Choice with special guest Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, an American transgender rights activist and the first openly transgender person to work as a White House staffer under then-President Barack ObamaClick here for more information and to purchase tickets
Friday, May 11th, 9A: The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights holds a public briefing on hate crimes and bias-related incidents. The Commission will examine best practices for local law enforcement on collecting and reporting data, and the role of the Education and Justice Departments in prevention and prosecution. USCCR, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 1150. RSVP to publicaffairs@usccr.gov. Click here to watch a livestream of the briefing.
Monday, May 14th - Thursday, May 17th: Federal Asian Pacific America Council's 33rd National Leadership Training Program. Keynote address by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. Sheraton Pentagon City, 900 South Orme Street, Arlington, VA. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, May 16th, 12P: The 2018 CAPAC congressional ceremony for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Kennedy Caucus Room, 325 Russell Senate Office Building. Click here to RSVP.
Wednesday, May 16th, 5P: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights hosts the 42nd annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner. This year’s honorees include Tarana Burke, Founder of the #MeToo movement; “Dreamers,” the brave immigrant youth who are inspiring a country; and Cecile Richards, outgoing President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. Click here to learn more and buy tickets
Wednesday, May 16th, 5:30P: 2018 Mission Forward Spring Reception: “Building Equity and Breaking Bias,” a powerful conversation on equity, diversity, and inclusion. Speakers include Ed Yong, science writer for The Atlantic, and Liz Neeley, Executive Director of The Story Collider. Mission Partners, 7201 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 780, Bethesda, MD. RSVP here
Thursday, May 17th, 9A: In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders hosts a Community Leaders Forum, an opportunity to engage with senior level federal officials to discuss issues impacting the AAPI community. U.S. Department of Education, Barnard Auditorium. 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.Click here to learn more and RSVP
Monday, May 21st - Tuesday, May 22nd: Common Cause Pennsylvania will host their Democracy Works Summit. Sheraton Downtown Hotel on 201 N. 17th Street in Philadelphia, PA. Click here for more information
Thursday, May 24th 6P: Third Annual Multicultural Media Correspondents’ Dinner. The National Press Club. 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC. Invite only. 
Wednesday, June 6th - Saturday, June 9th: The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit. Charlotte, NC. More than 1,000 CEOs, investors, and business experts are expected to attend. Click here for more information and to register.
Sunday, June 10th - Tuesday, June 12th: The ACLU Membership Conference. Speakers include Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse CullorsCongressman John Lewis (D-GA), and founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, AL Bryan Stevenson. Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Place NW) and Marriott Marquis Washington D.C. (901 Massachusetts Avenue NW). Click here for more information
Thursday, June 21st - Sunday, June 24th: The Black Millennial Political Convention, which aims to increase engagement of Black millennials in the political sphere and shed a light on policy issues impacting black communities. This year’s theme is The Advocacy of Policy, Pipeline and Power for the People. Hyatt Regency, Crystal City, VA. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Saturday, July 7th - Tuesday, July 10th: The 2018 UnidosUS annual conference, Marriott Marquis Hotel, DC. Click here for more information and to register.
Thursday, July 12th - Friday, July 20th: March On Washington Film Festival. 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 and to register.
Friday, July 20 - Sunday, July 22nd: The 2nd Annual Black Campaign School, hosted by The Collective. Atlanta, GA. Click here for information
Wednesday, August 1st - Saturday, August 4th: The National Urban League 2018 Annual Conference “Save Our Cities: Powering the Digital Revolution.” Columbus, OH. Click here for more information and to register.
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