The NFL makes a hire, Michelle Obama weds, & Andrew Gillum beefs up staff.
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September 24, 2018
Ben Carson Has Troubles at HUD, Harvard Honors Dave Chappelle and Colin Kaepernick, and Mazie Hirono Wants Keith Ellison Investigated
HER TOO? The New Yorker reported that Deborah Ramírez, who went to Yale with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, said he had exposed himself to her while drunk at a party. Kavanaugh says the accusation is “a smear, plain and simple.” BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE… Attorney Michael Avenatti claims he has evidence that at multiple house parties in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge plied women with alcohol and drugs "in order to allow a 'train' of men to subsequently gang rape them." PUT SOME RESPECT ON THIS TESTIMONYLawyers for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford said that she has committed to testifying in an open hearing on Thursday about her allegation of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, but she’s got terms. And Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) wants to delay the entire thing. UN WELCOME… The president returns to the United Nations today for the General Assembly, where he is set to meet this week with the leaders of Britain, Colombia, Egypt, France, and Israel. He dined with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last night. DARLING NIKKI… Leaders require followers. Trump will be stepping on the world stage with significantly fewer this time around. But UN Ambassador Nikki Haley will be in lock-step with POTUS45, as her influence has been blunted by Trump policy decisions that she supports and many other nations opposed. TRADING BLOWSTrump imposed fresh levies on $200 billion in Chinese imports, prompting Beijing to respond with tariffs on $60 billion in American goods which go into effect today, raising the stakes in an escalating trade war between the world's two largest economies. ISSA NEW NOMINEE… Trump last week named retiring California Republican Congressman Darrell Issa to head the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, setting up what could be a contentious confirmation battle in the Senate. For your Monday memory, a budget blueprint Trump released earlier this year proposed cutting the agency. YOU BROKE MY HEART, FREDO… Six siblings of Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) have appeared in a campaign video endorsing his opponent. In a lengthy response, Gosar called his siblings liberal Democrats and closed by saying, “see you at mom and dad’s house.” BAD GIRL AMBASSADOR RIRI… Singer Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, was named "Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary" for her home country of Barbados on Thursday. WORK, WORK, WORK, WORK… After former First Lady Michelle Obama officiated a wedding of the daughter of her close friends in Chicago on Saturday, she jetted off to Las Vegas, headlining her first rally for When We All Vote on Sunday. EYE OF THE TIGERTiger Woods won The Tour Championship by two shots for his first victory in five years. COMPLETE SENTENCESBill Cosby heads to a Pennsylvania courtroom today, where the 81-year-old comedian will face sentencing for sexual assault. The process is expected to take two days. IT’S A DIFFERENT WORLD… And The Beat DC helps you keep up with it all! We’re kicking off your week with this…
  • Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) presses federal government on facial recognition technology biases.
  • Hispanic lawmakers demand meeting with FEMA to get answers on Puerto Rico assistance post-Hurricane Maria.
  • NFL names a woman of color to its senior ranks. Meet her below.
  • Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) squares off with Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX).
  • Former DNC Chief of Staff joins Andrew Gillum campaign.
  • Ben & Jerry’s wants to add some flavor to Congress.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama and makeup artist Carl Ray getting stage-ready last week in San Diego.
Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA) at Jurapa Valley High School on Friday showing off his laser cutting skills at the school’s Innovation Center.
Mazie Hirono Says Allegations Against Keith Ellison Should Be Investigated
Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) 
told CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday that she believes there should be an investigation into the accusations of domestic violence against MN Democratic AG candidate and current Congressman Keith Ellison. The son of Karen Monahan, an ex-girlfriend of Ellison, published a Facebook post in August claiming that Ellison had abused his mother. Among other things, Monahan asserted that he had found a video on his mother’s computer of Ellison “dragging my mama off the bed by her feet, screaming and calling her a ‘fucking bitch’ and telling her to get the fuck out of his house.” Ellison adamantly denies the allegations, and Monahan has failed to produce any such video. At one point last month, she told CNN she didn’t know the whereabouts of the video. However, Monahan last week released medical records from 2017 that she says details some of the alleged abuse. Republicans have pounced on the story, calling congressional Democrats hypocrites for not investigating the claims, especially in light of their push to hear from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Dr. Christine Ford this week. Hirono has been one of the most outspoken lawmakers on the issue.  "I've been very clear that I make no excuses for anybody who engages in this kind of behavior," Hirono said. "And as far as Keith Ellison, these allegations need to be investigated and appropriate action taken." The DNC and MN state party have both said they are looking into the allegations. More here.

Hispanic Caucus Demands Meeting with FEMA One Year After Hurricane Maria
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Michelle Luj
án Grisham (D-NM) wants to know what immediate steps FEMA and the federal government are taking to assist in Puerto Rico’s ongoing recovery efforts, and what concrete plans the agency is taking to ensure the poor response to this tragedy and loss of life that followed Hurricane Maria never happens again. She and CHC Caucus members on Thursday sent a letter to FEMA Administrator Brock Long and Tito Hernández, Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer at the Puerto Rico Joint Field Office, requesting a meeting to get answers to some of these pressing questions, specifically about funding. “[W]e have numerous questions regarding reports that the disbursement of federal funds to Puerto Rico have been extremely slow, and that the agency has decided to reject requests to extend the full federal cost share for much of FEMA’s ongoing work,” the members wrote. “The economy, infrastructure, electrical grid, and civic institutions are still rebuilding a year after the storm. It is clear that more must be done to assist Puerto Rico’s recovery.” Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló says it has been a hard recovery process. “The level of devastation and the magnitude of Maria is something that was really hard to plan for. Things that take seven days on a normal transaction from FEMA take over 140 days," he said. The CHC letter comes as FEMA has stopped paying for housing from some of the displaced residents who are now homeless. “The Trump Administration’s inability to acknowledge facts and continued attempts to distort reality about recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, erodes public trust that the government will come to the aid of its citizens after a disaster. Never again can we let so many U.S. citizens suffer while the President and Executive branch remain so publicly disinterested,” the lawmakers added. Read the full letter here.
Kamala Harris Presses Federal Government on Facial Recognition Technology Biases
Some facial recognition software programs, including Amazon’s Rekognition face-identifying software, have been the perpetrator of racial biases. That’s why Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) has written the FBI, Federal Trade Commission, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) telling them they need to face up to the very real biases and risks that accompany the controversial tech. In the three letters provided, Harris, joined by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), pointed out recent research showing how facial recognition can produce or reinforce bias, or otherwise misfire. In July, the facial recognition software sold by Amazon mistakenly identified 28 members of Congress as people who had been arrested for crimes. The test misidentified people of color 39% of the time. Other lawmakers and authorities have sent letters to various companies and CEOs or held hearings, but Harris says there is also a need to advance the issue within the government as well. She also expressed concern over the growing automation of the employment process. Recruitment is a complex process and AI-based tools are being brought in at every stage. The Senators ask in each of the letters: have there been any complaints along these lines, or are there any obvious problems with the tech under current laws? If facial technology were to become mainstream, how should it be tested, and how would the EEOC validate that testing? The Senators request a timeline of how the Commission plans to look into this by September 28th. More here.
PBS’ Alicia Menéndez on-set with journalist José Antonio Vargas on Tuesday to interview him about his new book, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen.  
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) stopping by FEMA headquarters earlier this month to thank the staff for their preparation for Hurricane Florence.
Ted Cruz Squares off with Beto O’Rourke in First Debate
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)
squared off with his opponent Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) on Friday in their first debate. Appearing at Southern Methodist University, the candidates highlighted their stark differences that have long been evident in the race. Of note were O'Rourke's pithy clapbacks after spending his campaign, until this point, largely ignoring the incumbent and his attacks. Cruz accused O'Rourke of stoking racial hatred against police following the shooting death of Black Dallas resident Botham Jean in his own apartment by off-duty, white Dallas police officer Amber Guyger. O’Rourke responded saying, “This is your trick and the trade, to confuse and incite based on fear and not to speak the truth.” Before the debate, Cruz tweeted a video of O’Rourke speaking on the incident at a Black church. “How can it be in this day and age, in this very year, in this community, that a young man, African American, in his own apartment, is shot and killed by a police officer? And when we all want justice and the facts and the information to make an informed decision, what is released to the public? That he had a small amount of marijuana in his kitchen.” Cruz captioned the tweet, “In his own words,” which prompted some to ask: is the Senator endorsing his opponent or endorsing the shooting of Jean? Cruz had accused O’Rourke of turning people against the police by supporting the right of NFL players to peacefully protest police violence and the inequality in criminal justice during the national anthem. The pair also sparred on DACA. O'Rourke charged Cruz with promising to "deport each and every single Dreamer -- that cannot be the way that Texas leads on this issue." Without denying it, Cruz shot back that O'Rourke is focused on "fighting for illegal immigrants" and that "Americans are Dreamers." Texas hasn't elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1988. Hours before their Friday debate, the Cook Political Report moved the Texas Senate race from “leans Republican” to “toss-up.” The Friday event was the first of three hour-long debates, and it comes as polls continue to show a tight race between the two. The next two debates are scheduled for September 30th in Houston and October 16th in San Antonio. Early voting begins October 22nd. See the full debate here.
DNC Chief of Staff Joins the Andrew Gillum Campaign
Brandon Davis
is the newly named Campaign Manager for Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. Davis fills the vacancy created by the firing of Brendan McPhillips, who was let go shortly after Gillum’s upset primary victory. Davis is a decorated Democratic strategist, having served nearly a decade in leadership positions at Service Employees International Union, and in 2016, he was the Chief of Staff at the DNC. He currently serves as the Managing Director of GPS IMPACT -- a creative and media buying agency. Over the past decade, Davis has served progressive causes in a variety of arenas, serving on the boards of America Votes, the Black and Latino Civic Engagement Funds (Democracy Alliance), Priorities USA, and State Voices. Prior to that, Davis worked extensively on electoral campaigns. Among other races, he helped lead the 2006 campaign for Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to victory as Political Director and Deputy Campaign Director. “The enthusiasm and activism of so many Floridians over the last two weeks has been inspiring, and this campaign isn’t letting up for a moment — we are going to take our message to every corner of the state,” Davis said in announcing the slate of new hires. Millie Raphael also joins the campaign as a consultant to advise on statewide Hispanic outreach. Doug Thornell, a Principal at SKDKnickerbocker, joins the team to assist with communications work as former Communications Director Geoff Burgan is now working with CATECOMM, the communications and consulting firm that’s long been favored by Gillum. Meet additional campaign staff here.

Ice Cream Screams for Challengers of Color
The co-founders of Ben & Jerry's on Friday announced a partnership with "Ben and Jerry take back Congress, flavor by flavor," the announcement by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield read, highlighting their effort to raise awareness for seven progressive candidates running for Congress in this year's midterm elections. The campaign asks for people to create ice cream names and flavors inspired by the candidates, including: Ammar Campa-Najjar, who is challenging Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter Jr. in California's 50th Congressional District; Stephany Rose Spaulding, who is running against Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn in Colorado's 5th Congressional District; Lauren Underwood, who is challenging Republican Congressman Randy Hultgren in Illinois's 14th Congressional District; and Aftab Pureval, who is running against Republican Congressman Steve Chabot in Ohio's First Congressional District. "We need a Democratic majority to check President Trump’s unrestrained power," the announcement read. "And we also need to send progressive champions to Congress who will fix our health care system with Medicare for All, protect clean air and water, and get big money out of politics." The other candidates include Jess King, who is running in Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District; J.D. Scholten, who is running in Iowa's 4th Congressional District; and James Thompson who is running in Kansas 4th Congressional District. Ben & Jerry’s will then create and raffle limited-edition pints to support the candidates. More here.
Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) speaking earlier this month at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference in DC.  
Women’s March co-organizers Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez last week promoting their book of the week, American Like Me, by América Ferrera. 
Harvard Names W.E.B. Du Bois Medal Recipients
Harvard University has announced the recipients of the 2018 W.E.B. Du Bois medal -- the highest honor in the field of African and African American studies. The list includes social justice activist Colin Kaepernick; artist Kehinde Wiley (who painted former President Barack Obama’s portrait for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery); comedian Dave Chappelle; former American Express CEO and Facebook Board member Kenneth Chenault; philanthropist Pamela Joyner; social justice activist and Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson; psychologist and author Florence Ladd; and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson. “The medal honors those who have made significant contributions to African and African American history and culture, and more broadly, individuals who advocate for intercultural understanding and human rights in an increasingly global and interconnected world," the university said in a press release. The honorees are set to receive the medals at the sixth annual Hutchins Center Honors ceremony, which will be presented by the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University on October 11th. More here.

NFL Names SVP of Corporate Communications 
The NFL has named Traci Otey Blunt as SVP of Corporate Communications. She leaves her post as President of the Urban Movie Channel to assume the position on October 1st. In her new role, Blunt will lead communications strategies across key areas within the League, including current affairs, business operations, NFL Media, government affairs, health and safety, and social responsibility. The 1990 Tennessee State University graduate joins the NFL after having served for 10 years as a communications and corporate affairs advisor to Bob Johnson, founder of The RLJ Companies and BET. Prior to RLJ, the member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. worked in various communications and public affairs positions, including at two global PR agencies as well as on mayoral, gubernatorial, and on the 2000 Al Gore presidential campaign. “I am thrilled to join the NFL during this exciting and transformative time, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to further develop, promote, and execute the League’s strategic direction,” said Blunt. She will be based at NFL headquarters in New York and will report to Jocelyn Moore, EVP of Communications and Public Affairs. More here.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) with Claribel Mojica and Rafael Mojica on Friday at the Advance Community Outreach Center in Kissimmee, FL.  
ID gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan (D) visiting Valley County residents on the campaign trail last week.  
The Trump administration on Saturday proposed a rule that would make it harder for immigrants who have ever used certain public benefits, such as Medicaid, food stamps, or public housing, to obtain visas or green cards -- even if they are in the U.S. legally or attempting to enter legally. The proposed change edits a pre-existing rule that limited green cards for immigrants who were dependent on cash benefits. Potentially disqualifying benefits would now include Medicare Part D prescription drugs, Medicaid with some exceptions for emergency services and disability services related to education, food stamps, and Section 8 housing vouchers. Overall, federal officials estimate it would affect about 380,000 people annually. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the rule will “protect finite resources by ensuring that [immigrants] are not likely to become burdens on American taxpayers.” However, immigrants rights groups came out vocally against the proposal. Olivia Golden, the Executive Director of the Center for Law and Social Policy, said the policy "targets documented working parents who are playing by the rules. Everything that we know suggests that it's a terrible idea. We have to fight back." Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) said in a statement, "From the first day of the Trump campaign, the message has been that immigrants are a danger and a drain. Today he’s selling the lie that immigrants weaken the U.S. economy when exactly the opposite is true.” A study by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine release last year found that though first-generation immigrants cost U.S. taxpayers $57.4 billion a year, second-generation immigrants provided an economic boost of $30.5 billion and third-generation immigrants created a $223.8 billion gain. More here.
Ben Carson Makes Hires, Promotions, and Gives Raises to Loyalist -- Not Career Field Experts
HUD Secretary Ben Carson awarded promotions and pay increases to five political operatives without housing policy experience within their first months on the job, according to The Washington Post. The raises resulted in annual salaries between $98,000 and $155,000 for the five appointees, all of whom had worked on Donald Trump’s or Ben Carson’s presidential campaigns. The political hires were among at least 24 people without evident housing policy experience who were appointed to the best-paying political positions at HUD, an agency charged with serving the poorest Americans. Carson himself, a retired neurosurgeon, has no prior housing, executive, or government experience. Reports surfaced earlier this year that Carson spent $31,000 in taxpayer funds on a dining set for his government office. The former Republican presidential candidate said he was “as surprised as anyone to find out” about the lavish purchase. That’s because, he says, his wife was responsible for the decision. Candy Carson’s involvement at the department had already raised a number of questions, with former HUD official Helen Foster filing a whistleblower complaint with the department’s special counsel last year. And his son, Benjamin Jr., had played roles in official business, despite strong warnings from agency lawyers. All of these issues led to an ethics investigation. Carson also made more news over the weekend saying allegations against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are part of a century-old British socialist plot to control the U.S. More here.

DOJ Doubles Funding to Combat Violence Against Native American Women
More than 5,646 Native American women were entered as being missing into the National Crime Information Center's database in 2017, with 5,711 names added in 2016. In the first six months of this year, 2,758 women had been declared missing. More than half of Native American women faced sexual or domestic violence at some point in their lives. On some reservations, Native American women are killed at a rate more than 10 times the national average. In response to these staggering numbers, the Department of Justice is doubling funding dedicated to combating high rates of violence against Native American women in the country. Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio on Wednesday announced that DOJ will be awarding up to $246 million in grants to improve public safety in Native American and Alaska Native communities. More than $133 million of the funds will be awarded to tribes to go towards supporting survivors of violence. “We recognize the serious nature of the problem we’re facing, and we are trying, through a variety of strategies — both through the funding and the use of our own prosecutors and building up awareness — to address these issues,” Panuccio said. For decades, tribes had largely been unable to access funding in a program aimed at supporting crime victims nationwide. The announcement comes after a series of stories by the AP put an increased focus on the deaths and disappearances of Native American women and girls. More here.
Film crew members Amrita Kundu, Kyler Griffin, Jamiyl Campbell, Director Ava DuVernay, and H.H. Cooper in NYC filming the Central Park Five
CA congressional candidate Andrew Janz (D) on Friday introducing his new intern, Mahlon, in CA.  
California Suspends Black and Native American Students at Higher Rates
California is still suspending Black and Native American students way more than whites, according to a new report by the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA. The report highlights a number of troubling trends. Black and Native American students who were suspended missed more days per capita than any other racial or ethnic group. The gap for Black students of all ages compared to the statewide average was between 13 and 45 days and between six and 23 days for Native American students. The disparities were also present in students with disabilities, who lost 22 more days of instruction than their peers. The gap widened by as much as 48 days if the students were Black, 28 days if they were American Indian, and 23 days they were a Pacific Islander. The number of instruction days lost due to suspension remains much higher for students in middle school, specifically seventh and eighth grades, than any other group. Though this study focused on California, it’s not that far off the mark on a national level. Earlier this year, the Department of Education released data on school discipline, and it showed that Black boys still made up 25% of all students suspended out of school at least once in 2015-16, and Black girls accounted for another 14%, even though they each only accounted for 8% of all students. And a report by Brookings found that suspensions of African American students occur at rates three to four times higher than the state average for all students. More here.

GOP-Led Northern Mariana Islands See Green
The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands -- a U.S. territory in the Pacific Ocean -- made history on Thursday by becoming the first place in the U.S. to launch a commercial cannabis legalization system through an act of lawmakers. All other legalization efforts have been enacted after approval by voters with a ballot initiative. The Commonwealth is also the first U.S. jurisdiction to go from having cannabis totally illegal to allowing recreational use without first having a medical marijuana program. Perhaps most surprisingly, it did so with a Republican-led legislature. It had been unclear if Republican Governor Ralph Torres was going to sign or veto the legislation -- he had previously expressed “public safety” concerns. Under the new law signed, adults over the age of 21 will be able to legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana, as well as infused products and extracts. Regulators will issue licenses for cannabis producers, testing facilities, processors, retailers, wholesalers, and lounges. Home cultivation of a small number of plants will be also allowed. More here.
Rockefeller Foundation President Rajiv Shah before meeting with the International Fund for Agricultural Development earlier this month to talk about new technologies that can help transform agriculture in Africa. 
FL resident Olga Fernández running into Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) at Whole Foods earlier this month.  
DuPont Fund Names New President
The Jessie Ball duPont Fund has selected Mari Kuraishi as its next President. The Co-Founder of GlobalGiving will be leaving her post as President of the organization in January to assume her new role. Kuraishi previously worked at the World Bank in the Corporate Strategy Group and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for GuideStar, USA; Chair of the Board of Directors for DataKind; Chair of the Board of Directors for APOPO US; and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University. In addition to her native Japanese, Kuraishi also speaks Russian, Italian, and French. Kuraishi earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Harvard University. “I am honored to have been selected by the board to take over the helm of the Jessie ball duPont Fund,” Kuraishi said. “The Fund’s accomplishments over the last 40-plus years, its catalytic role in collaborative place-based philanthropy, and its fidelity to Mrs. duPont’s vision form an exciting foundation for the next chapter.” More here. To meet her replacement, read on...

New CEO for GlobalGiving
Alix Guerrier
has been appointed as CEO of Global Giving -- the first and largest global crowdfunding community for nonprofits. Guerrier is the Co-Founder and former President of LearnZillion, an education software company. The first-generation American, whose parents immigrated from Haiti and rural Brazil, brings both personal and professional experience to the role. Prior to founding LearnZillion, Guerrier was a Social Sector Office expert at McKinsey & Company. Prior to that, the 42-year-old was a math and science teacher, and then became an Investment Banking Analyst at CitiGroup. The soon-to-be CEO says he will push the crowdfunding website to direct more money to local groups, not just to household-name charities. Having proved its early trust-based global crowdfunding model during its first decade, GlobalGiving now seeks to grow and refine the model and influence other actors in corporate giving, philanthropy, and official aid -- to drive more resources to local, community-led organizations. Guerrier is a 1998 graduate of Harvard College and went on to earn two Master’s from Stanford University. He will be based in DC. More here.

Tuesday, September 25th: The Washington Area Boys and Girls Clubs of America hosts the National Youth of the Year Gala with special guest, Denzel Washington. VIP reception and Gala to follow. National Building Museum, 401 F Street, N.W., DC. Click here to learn more.
Tuesday, September 25th - Wednesday, September 26th: National Action Network’s Annual Legislative and Policy Conference. Capitol Hill, DC. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, September 25th - Saturday, September 29th: NBMBAA 40th Annual Conference & Exposition. Detroit, MI. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, September 26th, 6P: The Constitutional Accountability Center hosts “CAC@10: A Decade of Progress, A Charge for the Future.” Honorees include former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Chair of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, Shirley Higuchi, and Brittany Packnett, Co-Founder of Campaign Zero. Mayer Brown, 1999 K St N.W., DC. Click here for more information
Thursday, September 27th: Telemundo and Horowitz Research host an insights forum focused on the Hispanic and multicultural media environment at the Cultural Insights Forum, an annual multicultural conference for the media industry. Telemundo Center, 2350 NW 117th Place, Miami. Click here for more information.
Friday, September 28th, 6P: MALDEF's 50th Anniversary San Antonio Gala featuring special guests, Antonia Hernández and Vilma Martínez, past MALDEF Presidents and General Counsels, and honoring former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, among others. The Westin Riverwalk, 420 W Market Street, San Antonio, TX. Click here for more information.
Monday, October 1st, 8:30A: The Marshall Project hosts, "What's The Story? Criminal Justice and Narrative Change." The convening will feature Sherrilyn IfillPresident and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, in conversation with Grover Norquist. Moderated by Bill Keller, Editor of The Marshall Project, and featuring an introduction by Weldon Angelos. The Google Space, 25 Massachusetts Ave, N.W., DC. Click here for more.
Monday, October 1st, 7:30P: Los Angeles Times Ideas Exchange hosts a conversation with DeRay Mckesson. DeRay will be joined by special guests for a live, no-holds-barred talk about inclusion, community, and progress designed to empower a new generation of leaders. The Theater at Ace Hotel. Los Angeles, CA. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, October 2nd: The Indian American Impact Project hosts Women Who Impact, an evening celebrating Indian American women advocates, influencers, and power brokers. Featuring Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA)Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), DNC CEO Seema Nanda, and others. Covington & Burling LLP, 850 10th Street N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, October 4th: Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC hosts their 22nd annual American Courage Awards reception. JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Monday, October 8th - Tuesday, October 9th: Black Enterprise's TechConneXt Summit featuring the first annual Black Tech Awards. Summit speakers include Damien Hooper-Campbell, Chief Diversity Officer at eBay, The Breakfast Club's Angela Yee, among othersSan Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront, 1800 Old Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame, CA. Click here for more information.
Thursday, October 11th, 6P: The Muslim Public Affairs Council hosts the 2018 Empowering Voices Awards. Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Sunday, October 21st - Friday, October 26th: National Congress of American Indians’ 75th Annual Convention & Marketplace, “Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future.” Hyatt Regency Denver, 650 15th St., Denver, CO. Click here for more information.
Sunday, October 28th - Tuesday, October 30thThe Atlantic, The Aspen Institute, and Bloomberg Philanthropies' CityLab 2018, convene a summit to address the most urgent urban issues of our time. Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, 1114 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI. Click here for more information.
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