Univision names new CEO and Hispanic lawmakers want to meet with the SBA
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May 23, 2018
Tri-Caucus Intros Healthcare Bill, First Black Woman Governor Could be in Our Future, and Historic Wins in Texas
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SOUTHERN PLAYALISTICStacey Abrams claimed victory in Georgia’s Democratic primary, becoming the first Black woman in the nation to hold a major party's nomination for Governor. If she wins in November, she will become the country's first Black female Governor.  But she wasn’t last night's only historical winner. We talk Texas below. BOSS LADY... The New York Stock Exchange has named a woman at the helm, Stacey Cunningham, for the first time in its 226-year history. LOSS LADIES… The number of women leading the largest companies has always been small, but this year, it got even smaller -- by 25%. And the evidence shows that the obstacles for women executives include biases against women in power, mothers who work, or leaders who don’t fit the mold of the people who led before them. ACCESS DENIED... Journalists from CNN, AP, and E&E News, a publication that covers energy and environment issues, were barred from a national summit on Tuesday where Scott Pruitt, the agency's chief, was speaking. STOP SNITCHING… That may be what Michael Cohen is thinking after one of his old business partners has reportedly flipped and is now cooperating with federal and state prosecutors. POTHOLES IN MY LAWNA sinkhole has opened up on the White House lawn, and it is growing larger by the day. Not a metaphor. True story. PRISON BREAK…. The House passed the bipartisan prison reform bill as expected but consider the Senate a parole board. Making it out of the upper chamber is highly unlikely. SNAKE OIL… They also passed the “Right to Try” bill which would allow terminally ill patients to get access to experimental drugs. But House Dems warned that without FDA oversight, bad actors may peddle 'snake oil' to extremely vulnerable patients with the promise of a cure. We’re halfway through the week, and we’re kicking off Wednesday with this...
  • Univisión is set to announce a new CEO.
  • Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) wants Trump to explain his strategy in Syria.
  • Historic wins from the Texas runoffs.
  • Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ) and Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) lead Congressional Hispanic Caucus call for a meeting with the Small Business Administration.
  • Tennessee allows anti-sanctuary cities bill to become law.
  • Congresswoman Val Demings (D-FL) intros bill to counter Russian election meddling.
  • Amazon is selling face recognition technology to law enforcement. Check it out in Blogs.
Yale Law professor Amy Chua earlier this month discussing her book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, at a Goldman Sachs conversation series “Talks at GS.”
Congressmen Jimmy Gómez (D-CA) and Rubén Gallego (D-AZ) yesterday riding DC’s metro.
Tri-Caucus Intros Healthcare Bill
The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is leading the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) in introducing legislation they hope will help eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. Communities of color continue to face substantial cultural, social, and economic barriers to obtaining quality health care, achieving equitable health outcomes, and also experience poorer health statuses than their counterparts. Efforts to address these issues have fallen short. Spearheaded by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), a member of both CAPAC and the CBC, the Health Equity and Accountability Act aims to build on advances made by the Affordable Care Act and addresses a wide spectrum of health equity concerns. The bill addresses health inequalities and also immigration status, age, disability, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, language, and socioeconomic status. The bill calls for more health work diversity, as well as providing resources to fight high-impact minority diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and HIV/AIDS. “Everyone who lives in this country should be able to access quality care. But right now, health outcomes and life expectancy are too often determined by race, ethnicity, zip code, sexual orientation and immigration status. The Health Equity and Accountability Act would help us address these unacceptable racial health disparities. Health care is a justice issue – and until all people in America have quality care, Congress must do more,” Lee said. More here.
Val Demings Intro Bill to Counter Russian Interference
Congresswoman Val Demings (D-FL)
introduced legislation yesterday to protect U.S. elections from Russian interference. The Defend Against Russian Disinformation Act, co-sponsored by Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY), would strengthen federal cybersecurity, support intelligence gathering, and enhance NATO military activities. Since February, 13 Russians and three companies have been charged with 2016-election meddling so far, stealing the identities of American citizens, posing as political activists and using divisive points such as immigration, religion, and race to manipulate voters in Trump’s favor, the NYT reported. “American families deserve to know that their news is real, their power grid is secure, and their personal information won’t be stolen. Our allies deserve to know that America will respond strategically and strongly in their defense against aggression. All of us deserve a safe, free world—and the only way to get it is to stand up to the world’s dictators when they go on the offensive,” Demings said. More here

Natural Resources Dems Want to Arctic Halt Oil and Gas Drilling Exploration
Congressmen Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Donald McEachin (D-VA), Rubén Gallego (D-AZ), Jared Huffman (D-CA)
, and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) on Tuesday introduced the Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act to halt the oil and gas drilling exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act would protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas drilling by repealing the controversial provision tucked into the 2017 Republican tax law that mandated oil and gas leasing, development, and production in the Coastal Plain of the Arctic Refuge. “The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is unique, and it is too precious to hand over to oil and gas companies for oil that we don’t even need, and that the American people will see no benefit from,” said Grijalva, the top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee. More here.

Blavity CEO and Founder Morgan DeBaun earlier this month showing off new office decor (courtesy of her mom).
WNYC’s The Takeaway host Tanzina Vega  signing off after Tuesday’s show.
Catherine Cortez Masto Wants to Know About Trump’s Strategy in Syria
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)
wants Donald Trump to explain his administration’s strategy to combat threats facing the United States, Israel, and other allies from the conflict in Syria, where more than 500,000 people have died. Cortez Masto late last week introduced legislation that would require the president to submit a strategy for Syria to Congress. “We cannot turn a blind eye to the absolute human horrors of the conflict in Syria. And with the amount of money we spent to fight ISIS in that country, it is imperative that the President present Congress with a clear, descriptive strategy on how it will secure that victory. Iran is expanding its presence throughout Syria, and every day that the President fails to present a strategy is another day that Iran gets stronger,” she said. More here.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Leaders Want Meeting with Small Business Administration
Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ)
and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Small Business Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, have penned a letter requesting a meeting with Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Linda McMahon to discuss ways of working together to increase support for and create marketplace opportunities for minority-owned businesses. “The Congressional Hispanic Caucus remains deeply concerned about the SBA’s efforts to provide Hispanic-owned businesses with federal resources that are fundamental to improving the quality and scale of their business activities,” the Members wrote. A 2015 survey conducted by the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative found that 22% of Latino business owners have never heard of the SBA, 51% are unaware of Small Business Investment Companies, and 56% do not know about the Small Innovation Research program. The lawmakers highlight in their letter that the U.S. has experienced an explosion in the number of Hispanic entrepreneurs that far exceed their underlying population growth in the last 25 years. Read the full letter here.

Mia Love Joins Bipartisan Challenge to Education Departments’ Attempt to Block State Oversight of Student Loan Companies
Congresswoman Mia Love (R-UT)
last week penned a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos challenging the department’s recent decision to restrict state oversight of student loan providers. Joined by Members Rob Bishop (R-UT), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), and Jared Polis (D-CO), the bipartisan group of lawmakers argues that states have an important role in consumer protection regulation -- which includes enforcing regulations that protect residents from “predatory, unfair, and deceptive business practices.” The group argues that the Department’s interpretation, if implemented, would preempt state consumer protection laws and shield many of the largest private-sector student loan companies from oversight by state law enforcement officials and regulators. “My concern focuses on students who are not being assisted properly by some loan servicers,” Love said. “Those companies should be held accountable, and I’m troubled by the Department’s plan to preempt states from any oversight of these bad actors. I’m concerned that this move will only result in less transparency and accountability from the servicers, and in turn, will result in ever worse service for our students.” More here.
The Nathan Cummings Foundation is recruiting a Special Assistant (SA) to join the President’s office team. The SA will report to the President and also to the Chief of Staff/Board Liaison, and will play a critical support role in creating a highly functioning team and organization. 
Click here to learn more and apply!
Senator Elizabeth Warren, a champion for working families,is looking for a Graphic Designer to join her 2018 re-election campaign. The Graphic Designer will work with the digital team to create social mediagraphics, digital ads, email images, website landing pages, and more. 
Click here to learn more and apply!
Univisión Set to Name New CEO
Media veteran Vincent Sadusky will reportedly be named as the new Chief Executive Officer of Univisión, according to a report from Bloomberg. Sadusky most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Media General. Previously, he served as the President, Chief Executive Officer, and CFO of LIN Media and as the Director of International Game Technology. The Pennsylvania State University grad, who also holds an MBA from the New York Institute Of Technology, also spent nearly ten years at Univisión rival Telemundo as its CFO. In the wake of the canceled IPO, Univisión replaced its CFO, and then announced that current CEO Randy Falco planned to retire at the end of 2018. The troubled Spanish-language media giant has faced increasing competition from Telemundo and has worked to diversify its programming and portfolio. Univisión and the Latin Recording Academy yesterday announced a ten-year deal to keep the Latin Grammys on the network. More here.
VP Leaves Charter Communications
Howie Hodges
is leaving his post as VP of External Affairs at Charter Communications. The Morehouse graduate, who earned his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., will remain in DC to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities. Hodges, a long time public affairs exec, has held numerous senior positions at companies like Bank of America, One Economy Corporation, and Time Warner before they merged with Charter. His interim replacement will be Laura Berrocal, Charter’s Senior Director of Policy and External Affairs. The Temple University grad, who earned her MPA from George Washington University, has been with the company for just over a year after serving as Director of Public Affairs for CTIA. More here.

Actor and activist Lin-Manuel Miranda and Dick Van Dyke on Saturday after being honored at the 16th Annual Backstage at the Geffen Fundraiser in Los Angeles, CA.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and her husband Michael Haley enjoying their date night last week.
Historic Wins in Texas
Lupe Valdez
has become the first openly gay and first Latina candidate to win a major party gubernatorial nomination in Texas. After a tight race, the former Dallas Sheriff pulled ahead to comfortably defeat Andrew White in the Democratic runoff for governor. Responding to facing off with the well funded Governor Greg Abbott (R) come November, 70-year-old Valdez said, “Please tell me when I didn't have an uphill battle.” On to another historic victory. Former Air Force Intelligence Officer Gina Ortiz Jones easily won her runoff against Rick Treviño for Texas' 23rd Congressional District. The 37-year-old will go on to face incumbent Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX), one of two African American Republicans in the House (the other is Utah Congresswoman Mia Love), in the fall. If she wins in November, the first generation American will be the first lesbian, first Iraq War veteran, and first Filipina American to represent Texas in Congress. Now to Texas’ 32nd Congressional District where 35-year-old Colin Allred claimed victory over fellow Obama alumna Lillian Salerno. The former NFL player, who’s currently a civil rights lawyer, will be aiming to unseat Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX) in November. More here.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is Coming for the Throne
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
is hoping to unseat Democratic incumbent Congressman Joseph Crowley (D), who hasn’t faced a primary challenge since 2004. The 28-year-old is the first woman of color to run in New York’s 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of Bronx and Queens. A former campaign organizer for then-presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Ocasio-Cortez has advocated for similar hopeful policies such as tuition-free college, Medicare for all, paid family leave, and raising the minimum wage to $15. “I don’t think we win by backing down. I don’t think we win by fading into the background,” she said in an interview with amNewYork. The 2011 Boston University graduate was born to a working-class Puerto Rican American family and is a third-generation Bronx resident. Additionally, half of the district’s residents are immigrants and 70% are people of color. More here

Meet Gregory Meeks’ Two Challengers
The race for New York’s 5th Congressional District, represented by Congressman Gregory Meeks (D), is getting more crowded heading into the June 26th primary. One of the two Democratic challengers is Carl Achille -- a child of Haitian immigrants, an Iraq war veteran, and criminal justice professional. The City University of New York at John Jay College of Criminal Justice graduate, who holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s from the school, most recently served as a local Civic Association President and as a past Vice President of the Elmont Chamber of Commerce. He also spent more than ten years in law enforcement, first as a patrol officer in Brooklyn, then a street narcotics enforcement officer in Harlem, and lastly as a Detective in the Organized Crime Control Bureau in the Gang Division. The second candidate challenging Meeks in the Democratic primary is Mizan Choudhury, an area business owner. Choudhury, a Bangladesh immigrant, previously worked as a busboy -- once serving Donald Trump at the Trump Tower complex. Choudhury completed his Master’s Degree from Dhaka University, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is CCIE certified from CISCO from the USA. He has worked in IT for Brioni’s, Verizon, New York Community Bank, Vodafone, and Northwell Health, where he currently works as an Operations Manager and manages a group of engineers. More here

Greg Carr, Chair of the Howard University Department of Afro-American Studies, receiving the nomination for Male Faculty of the Year for the 2018 HBCU Awards.
Puerto Rican American jockey John Velázquez visiting Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló this weekend.
Tennessee Allows Controversial Anti-Sanctuary Cities Bill to Become Law
Tennessee allowed a controversial anti-sanctuary cities bill to become law. The legislation, which takes effect January 1st, 2019, requires local law enforcement officials to comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests to hold immigrants for purposes of deportation. If city and county governments don't comply, the state government could withhold economic and community development grants for those communities going forward until such time they comply. Republican Governor Bill Haslam said he is allowing the controversial bill to become law without his signature, arguing it does little in light of current federal policies and the "best thing is to move on." He told reporters the legislation has "stirred up on both sides what I think is some irrational fear." More here.

Alabama Sues Federal Government Over Undocumented Immigrant Census Question
Alabama has filed a lawsuit against the federal government, challenging the practice of counting undocumented residents in U.S. Census counts used for congressional reapportionment. The lawsuit filed in federal court Monday, which names Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) and Alabama as plaintiffs, argues that the new census numbers for 2020 will result in Alabama losing a congressional seat and a vote in the Electoral College to a state with a bigger “illegal alien population.” Seventeen states have sued over administration plans to include a census citizenship question, saying that would undermine population counts. More here.

Texas Ordered to Make “Motor Voter” Registration Easier 
Texas has 45 days to put a new process in place for taking voter registrations and changing registration information when residents use the state’s online information portal. Federal Judge Orlando García ruled that the state’s current practice was illegal under the National Voter Registration Act and has ordered Texas’ Department of Public Safety to "permit simultaneous voter registration with online driver's license renewal and change-of-address transactions." The ruling also directs the state to develop a public education plan within two weeks. Once all parties agree to the plan -- which should use tools such as television, radio, social media, and state websites -- it should also be implemented within 45 days. From 2013 to 2015, more than 1,800 people complained they were unable to register to vote when updating their information online. Texas’ AG Ken Paxton has already said that he plans to appeal the ruling. More here.

 Rev. Jesse Jackson this weekend at the Rainbow Push Coalition Convention in Chicago, IL.
San Juan, PR Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz after delivering the commencement address at Boston University this weekend.
Viacom Taps Director of Lifestyle
Viacom has hired Nick Guillory as Director of Lifestyle at MTV where he will help conceive and execute a vision for a new digital lifestyle vertical focused on food and fashion for the Gen-Z/millennial audience. Based in Los Angeles, he will be responsible for developing content strategy and new video franchises as well as finding opportunities for collaboration with talent embedded in the digital/social space. The University of Missouri graduate previously spent three years at BuzzFeed, where he most recently oversaw the entire Tasty Snapchat Discovery feed. Prior to that, he worked as a Social Media Coordinator for The Queen Latifah Show. More about Nick here.

Meet the NYT’s Parenting Team
The New York Times has announced that they are releasing a new parenting product -- but they don’t know what it is yet. They’re bringing in a team of experts to develop the new product. Among the additions to the parenting team is Youngna Park, the product lead. Most recently, Park was the COO at Tinybop, a Brooklyn-based creative studio designing award-winning educational apps for kids around the world. Prior to Tinybop, she worked at HUGE, 20x200, and The Washington Post. In 2011, she was a Producer on the viral dance film, Girl Walk // All Day. David Yee will lead the technology team. Yee previously ran the CMS team at Vox, and prior to that, worked at the startups Editorially as Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder and as Chief Architect at 20×200. Vhanya Mackechnie the NYT’s New Products Program Management Director, will lead the parenting team’s project management efforts. The Fordham University grad was previously at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she served as a Product Manager, Digital Program Manager, and a Research Manager. Jessica Grose, previously the Editor-in-Chief of Lenny Letter will serve as lead Editor, and Barbara deWilde, the NYT’s New Products and Ventures Executive Creative Director, will serve as the parenting team’s design lead. Stay tuned for what they come up with. More here.
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Today, 12P: Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), together with Congresswomen Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Michelle Luján Grisham (D-NM), will join parents, advocates, and caregivers to demand the Department of Homeland Security stop separating families. House Triangle, U.S. Capitol.
Today, 6P: The Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association (CAPASA) celebrates their 20th anniversary and commemorate the legacy of AAPI leaders lost by presenting the Mark Takai Award and Jose M. Montano, Jr. Award. RSVP here.
Thursday, May 24th, 12P: The Center for American Progress presents “Latinas in the Resistance.” This discussion will examine the power of Latinas in American society. 
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.
Saturday, June 16th, 6:30P: The March On Washington Festival hosts a fundraiser celebrating Black trailblazers in entertainment featuring acclaimed actress, singer, and philanthropist Sheryl Lee Ralph in a one-woman show of storytelling and song. Studio Theatre. 1501 14th Street Northwest. 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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