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November 29, 2018
Black Lawmakers Pick New Chair, Alex Acosta Under Fire, and GOP Taps Tim Scott to Shape Committees
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TRUMPED BY COHENDonald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, is expected to plead guilty today for misleading Congress about Russia probe. MUELLER TIME TICKINGSenator Mike Lee (R-UT) blocked a vote Wednesday on a bill that would protect Special Counsels such as Robert Mueller. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) argued that the bill is not necessary since he believes there is no indication Trump is moving to fire Mueller. BIGGER GUT THAN BRAIN… "My gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else’s brain can ever tell me," Trump told the WaPo in a statement intended as a criticism of the Federal Reserve. CRY FOR US, ARGENTINAThe Group of 20 industrialized nations begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Friday. Trump is scheduled to meet President Xi Jinping of China on Saturday, and Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian ships has complicated Trump’s plan to meet with Russia President Vladimir Putin at the summit. SENATE V. TRUMP… Angry over having been denied a CIA briefing on the killing of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, Senators from both parties stunningly defied the Trump admin and voted to consider ending American military support for the Saudi-backed war in Yemen. RENEGEDThe VA told congressional staffers that it wouldn't reimburse veterans who were paid less money than they were owed, despite a promise VA officials made to a House committee earlier this month. PROPAGANDA… Sinclair Broadcast Group on Wednesday defended a mandatory segment it aired on its local networks this week from former Trump aide Boris Epshteyn justifying U.S. Border Patrol agents' use of tear gas at the U.S.-Mexico border as "commentary." The network required its stations to run the segment. STORMY SAYS BASTAAdult film star Stormy Daniels has accused her attorney, Michael Avenatti, of suing Donald Trump for defamation against her wishes and not sharing with her the details of a new fundraising site to raise money for her legal defense. CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM STALLED… A growing number of GOP Senators could tank a carefully crafted bipartisan compromise on the criminal justice reform bill that already has Trump’s seal of approval. GAME OF THRONES… House Dems on Wednesday elected Congressmen James Clyburn (SC) as the third-ranking Democrat and Steny Hoyer (MD) as their number two. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) overwhelmingly won the nomination for House Speaker, but 32 Dems voted against her. Hence, she could still face a fight to win a floor vote as the party assumes control in January. More below. RIPFormer Congressman Ed Pastor, Arizona’s first Latino Congressman, has died at age 75. 40/40 CLUBCalifornia Democrat TJ Cox declared victory Wednesday evening in the state's 21st Congressional District. Democrats now have a net gain of 40 seats in the House. THE BLACK PRINT… Entrepreneur JAY-Z, who has been embroiled in a legal battle over his Roc Nation clothing brand, won a court battle on Wednesday to temporarily halt arbitration proceedings on the grounds that there were not enough Black arbitrators eligible to rule on his case. CHANGE CLOTHES… and go! We’re back on Monday but leaving you with all this...
  • Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) elected as new Dem leader.
  • Hispanic lawmakers press GOP to reduce ICE funding.
  • Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) intros bill to address health disparities among communities of color.
  • The White House adds new Press Sec.
  • New report: devaluing homes is destroying Black wealth.
  • Amazon taps two Capitol Hill Chiefs of Staff.
  • Catch The Beat DC’s Tiffany D. Cross on Saturday at 8A on MSNBC’s Up with David Gura.
CNN’s Ana Navarro celebrating her dad Augusto "Tutu" Navarro’s birthday on Wednesday.
MA Democratic Congresswoman-elect Ayanna Pressley and her goddaughter on Sunday at church.
Hakeem Jeffries Elected Democratic Caucus Chair
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)
beat out fellow Congressional Black Caucus member Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) to Chair the Democratic Caucus -- the number five spot in Democratic leadership. Jeffries secured 123 votes to Lee’s 113. The position could be a launching pad for the 48-year-old to become the first African American Speaker of the House. The Brooklyn native graduated from New York University School of Law and obtained a Master's from Georgetown University. Jeffries previously worked at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison before becoming Assistant Litigator for Viacom and CBS, where he worked on litigation stemming from the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy. He then spent six years in the state legislature where he introduced over 70 bills. With such a high profile, he ruled out challenging NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio in 2017 and opted to stay on Capitol Hill where is widely considered a rising star. As for 72-year-old Lee, she would have been the first African American woman to serve in House leadership had she been elected. Asked after the vote whether ageism or sexism played a role in the results, Lee replied: “Well, I think you heard and saw what took place. So I absolutely think that’s the case.” Jeffries, however, said the race was just a “friendly competition of ideas.” Lee later said in a statement, “I want to congratulate Congressman Hakeem Jeffries on a hard-fought race. I look forward to working with him to advance a progressive, inclusive agenda for the American people. While I didn’t win today, I hope my candidacy will inspire other women, and women of color in particular, to run for elected office and seek leadership positions. Our Caucus can only succeed when every voice is represented in leadership.” More here.

Ben Ray Luján Elected Assistant Democratic Leader
Outgoing DCCC Chair Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) was unanimously elected Assistant Democratic Leader by his House colleagues on Wednesday. He becomes the number four Democrat and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ highest-ranking representative in the House. The 46-year-old, who is entering his sixth term in office, is much younger than the three Democrats ahead of him in the leadership. He said his position will help him push job creation, access to health care, clean energy, and other priorities. “As Assistant Democratic Leader, I will welcome ideas from all corners of our Caucus to build our agenda, protect our majority, hold the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans accountable, and make a positive difference in people’s lives,” Luján said. While Luján successfully led the efforts at the DCCC, flipping 40 House seats, the organization spent heavily across the country. With the 2018 midterms becoming the most expensive in history, the DCCC spent over $100,000 in more than 80 districts as well as investing heavily in minority outreach. Consequently, the House campaign arm is now $18 million in debt. More here.

Black Lawmakers Elect New Leadership
The 55 members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Wednesday elected Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) as their new Chair for the 116th Congress. She will replace Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA), who wraps up his term as Chair this year. Prior to making her way to the nation’s capital in 2011, Bass made history as the first African American woman to serve as Speaker of the California Assembly. Bass is soon to become the Chair of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations, a position she says she will use to continue her work to build capacity in African countries and examine voter suppression, mass incarceration, and recently implemented immigration policies under the lens of global human rights abuses. She also serves on the House Committee on the Judiciary, where she says she will continue to push for criminal justice reform, and hold the Department of Justice and the rest of the Trump administration accountable for their conduct. The 65-year-old California State University, Dominguez Hills graduate represents California's 37th Congressional District, which includes many neighborhoods west and southwest of Downtown Los Angeles. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH) was elected as 1st Vice Chair; Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) as 2nd Vice Chair; Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) as Secretary; Congressman A. Donald McEachin (D-VA) as Whip; and Congressman-elect Steven Horsford (D-NV) as Parliamentarian. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus will elect their leadership on Friday, and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus will elect their leadership early next year. More here.

CHC Leaders Want GOP to Reduce Funding for ICE
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) wants Republican leaders to slash funding for immigration enforcement in the upcoming appropriations bill to fund Homeland Security. In a letter sent to GOP leaders on Wednesday, CHC Chair Congresswoman Michelle Luján Grisham (D-NM) and Congressman Joaquín Castro (D-TX) called for cuts to ICE for money that funds detention capacity and enforcement operations. The pair also called for reduced funding for ICE agents and for a rejection of monies to increase ICE law enforcement officers. Additionally, they called for "zero funding" for Donald Trump's proposed border wall, calling the five billion dollars the president wants a waste of taxpayer money to build “an unnecessary and operationally ineffective wall.” The lawmakers wrote that the Trump administration’s immigration policies “have been devastating to families, and we as members of Congress and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus have a responsibility to mitigate this harm by reducing the funding that goes toward further attacks on our country’s immigrants and their families.” The letter was sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL), and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ). Read it here

Civil rights activist DeRay McKesson and former NY gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon at the Out100 Gala in NYC earlier this month.
NY Democratic Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with Congresswomen Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) on Wednesday in DC.
Mazie Hirono Intros Bill to Address Health Disparities Among Communities of Color
Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
introduced a bill Wednesday that she says is a roadmap to address health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities, the LGBTQ community, rural populations, and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities. The Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA) reforms policies and expands federal health care resources. Racial disparities in health care remain prevalent. Diseases such as cancer, diabetes, HIV, heart disease, and hepatitis continue to disproportionately affect African American, Latino, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian populations. And despite coverage gains made under the Affordable Care Act, Latinos and African Americans are still at a higher risk of being uninsured. There are many reasons for these disparities including higher uninsured rates, language and cultural barriers to care, social determinants, elevated poverty rates, and greater exposure to pollution -- these are just some of the factors that lock communities of color out of quality care. It’s also an economic issue. Between 2003 to 2006, health disparities and premature death amongst racial and ethnic minorities cost more than one trillion dollars. Hirono aims to address these issues. “Minority communities and other traditionally underserved populations have faced health care disparities for decades, and we have a long way to go to ensure that these communities have equal, affordable access to culturally competent health care services,” the Senator said. “HEAA lays out a bold blueprint to deliver on the idea that quality, affordable health care is truly a right for all and not a privilege reserved for some. I thank my Senate and House colleagues, and the hundreds of advocacy groups who support HEAA for their work to ensure that all Americans can access and afford the care that may save their lives.” A House version of the bill was introduced by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus’ Health Task Force Co-Chair, earlier this year. More here.

Tim Scott Assigned to Committee as Judicial Nomination Lands in His Hands 
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) 
was selected by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to assist on the Senate Republicans’ Committee on Committees -- the panel responsible for committee assignments for the 116th Congress. After general elections, Senate party leaders negotiate the ratios on standing committees. The assignment comes as Scott cast a decisive vote that kept the controversial judicial nomination of Thomas Farr alive. Farr, who is accused of actively working to disenfranchise Black voters, is nominated to be a federal judge in the Eastern District of North Carolina. A final vote is expected on Thursday on his confirmation. Scott, the Senate’s only Black Republican, will be the deciding vote. Scott suggested that whatever decision he makes on Farr’s nomination, the current controversy was perhaps of the Republican Party’s own making. “We are not doing a very good job of avoiding the obvious potholes on race in America and we ought to be more sensitive when it comes to those issues,” Scott told reporters. “There are a lot of folks that can be judges, in states including North Carolina, besides Tom Farr.” More here.

#TBT

Broadcast journalist Connie Chung in the 1960s.
Activist Colin Kaepernick during his youth football league years in the 90’s.
Alex Acosta Accused of Giving Sweetheart Deal to Accused Pedophile
Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has come under fire after reports surfaced that he gave hedge-fund manager and accused sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein a “deal of a lifetime” when Acosta was a Federal Prosecutor in the Southern District of Florida. In a sweeping review, the Miami Herald revealed how Acosta made an agreement with the politically connected multimillionaire, even though a federal investigation identified 36 underage victims. Acosta forged a deal with one of Epstein's attorneys where he pleaded to two state prostitution charges, ultimately serving only 13 months and avoiding a federal trial. The agreement, the Herald said, "essentially shut down an ongoing FBI probe" and further granted immunity to "any potential co-conspirators" in the case. The Herald reported that Epstein provided information to federal investigators, but it did not detail what the information was. It did note, however, that the Epstein case happened around the same time as the 2008 economic crisis; records showed Epstein was a witness in the prosecution of executives at the failed investment bank Bear Stearns. The paper found approximately 80 women Epstein allegedly molested or sexually abused over a five-year period. Acosta is on a short list of names rumored to be under consideration to be nominated for Attorney General. More here.
Devaluing Homes is Destroying Black Wealth
A new report from the Brookings Institution shows that owner-occupied homes in Black neighborhoods are undervalued by $48,000 per home on average, amounting to $156 billion in cumulative losses. Majority-Black neighborhoods hold $609 billion in owner-occupied housing assets and are home to approximately 10,000 public schools and over 3 million businesses. Andre Perry and David Harshbarger, the authors of the report, found that in the average U.S. metropolitan area, homes in neighborhoods where the share of the population is 50% Black are valued at roughly half the price as homes in neighborhoods with no Black residents. Home appreciation results in higher home values which brings wealth to owners. The large wealth gap between Blacks and other racial groups in the U.S. can, in large part, be attributed to differences in homeownership rates and the value of housing. “Black homeowners realize lower wealth accumulation, which makes it more difficult to start and invest in businesses and afford college tuition,” the authors wrote. “By controlling for commonly held causes of price differences including education, lower home quality, and crime, this paper suggests that bias is likely to be a large part of the unexplained devaluation of black neighborhoods.” Nationwide, a $48,000 devaluation works out to a square-foot pricing discount of about 23%, relative to similar homes in similar white neighborhoods. But in Rochester, NY -- the city with the highest levels of devaluation -- the typical home in a majority-Black neighborhood is worth 65% less than a similar home in a similar white neighborhood. By contrast, in a small number of cities, Black homeowners actually enjoy a price premium relative to homes in majority-white neighborhoods. In Boston, for instance, that premium works out to a gain of about 23%. Read the full report here.

MI Democratic Congresswoman-elect Rashida Tlaib inspiring young citizens to be unapologetically Muslim at the Council on American-Islamic Relations California's annual banquet last week.
CNN’s Keith Boykin on Tuesday vacationing in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
White House Adds a New Press Secretary
Elena Hernández
is joining the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy as the Press Secretary. She was most recently the Press Secretary for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Prior to that, Hernández was the Press Secretary for Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), where she was responsible for constituent correspondence and drafting press releases, statements, and talking points. The NJ native previously served as Digital Communications Manager for Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR). The 2015 Boston University graduate has also worked on the campaigns of former NJ Governor Chris Christie, MA Governor Charlie Baker, and Jon Golnik's 2012 congressional campaign. She also worked at The Blaze. More about her here.
Promotions on the Hill
John Christie
has been promoted to Legislative Director in the office of Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC). In his new role, he’ll be responsible for managing the legislative team and education, labor, judiciary, trade, and transportation portfolios. Before being promoted from Senior Legislative Assistant, Christie was a Legislative Aide for Congresswoman Norma Torres (D-CA) where he managed the Congresswoman's veterans, criminal justice, U.S. Postal Service, and small business policy portfolios. The 2011 Hampton University graduate went on to earn a law degree from Georgetown. Roberto Sada has been promoted to Legislative Director for Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) after serving as a Legislative Assistant, where he focused on healthcare, education, and tax legislation for Pallone. Prior to that, Sada was a Senior Legislative Assistant in the office of former Congressman Rubén Hinojosa. The bilingual staffer, who is fluent in English and Spanish, was also a Field Representative in Hinojosa’s district. The 2009 Harvard College graduate began his career in government as a Crew Leader for the U.S. Census Bureau. More about them here.
Amazon Brings on Two Capitol Hill Chiefs 
Amazon has hired Capitol Hill veterans Troy Clair and LaDavia Drane as Senior Managers to work on diversity issues, including Amazon's relationships with the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Clair currently serves as Chief of Staff to Congressman G. K. Butterfield (D-NC). He was previously the North Carolina State Director for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. Prior to that, he worked as a Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Financial Stability at the Department of the Treasury. Clair also previously served as External Relations Deputy Director for then-Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD). The 2003 Duke University graduate has also worked for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and on John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. “I am excited to join a company at the forefront of innovation. The tech sector provides abundant opportunities for a new generation of creators. That is why I look forward to working on STEM policy and engaging lawmakers who are committed to unlocking the human potential that will define our future,” Clair said. Drane most recently served as Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY). Prior to that, she worked on Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign as the Director of African American Outreach. The Cleveland native served as Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus under Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH). Before that, she was Director of Federal and Regional Affairs for DC Mayor Muriel Bowser. The 2004 Miami University graduate, who earned her law degree from Cleveland State University, has also served in leadership roles at the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the National Community Investment Coalition. “I will be forever grateful to Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and the Congressional Black Caucus for giving me the opportunity to serve on Capitol Hill,” Drane said. “Joining Amazon will grant me the opportunity to continue the important work that I began on Capitol Hill and allow me to work with incredible people in a fascinating industry.” Both start Monday. More about them here.
Tim Scott Staffer Heads to Aetna
Stinson Rogers
has joined healthcare giant Aetna as a Project Manager in the federal affairs department. He previously served as a Legislative Correspondent in the office of Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), where he was responsible for constituent correspondence and the Senator’s health, education, labor, and family issues portfolios. He also served as a Staff Assistant under Scott, where he analyzed proposed legislation and assisted congressional staffers, and previously worked for Congressman Tom Rice (R-SC). The 2017 University of South Carolina graduate began his career as an Associate at First Tuesday Strategies. More here.

Author and sociologist Nancy Yuen showing off her new book, Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism, last week.
Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday with his daughter over the weekend.
NYT Names Pui-Wing Tam Deputy Business Editor
Pui-Wing Tam
has been named Deputy Business Editor at The New York Times. She is currently a Technology Editor at the paper, where she runs the tech coverage out of the San Francisco office. She was deeply involved in the coverage of Facebook, sexual harassment at Google, Silicon Valley, and more. Tam was previously the U.S. Tech Team Leader at Bloomberg. Prior to that, the Hong Kong native spent nearly two decades at The Wall Street Journal as a Staff Reporter and as San Francisco Deputy Bureau Chief. The 1993 Oxford University graduate, who earned a Master’s from Columbia, began her career as a Staff Reporter for the WSJ in Hong Kong. More here.
Politico Names New National Political Reporter
Politico has named Laura Barrón-López as one of their new national political reporters. She joins the team from the Washington Examiner, where she most recently covered midterms and focused on Congress and the Democratic party's strategy heading into 2020. The 2013 California State University at Fullerton graduate previously reported for HuffPost, where she covered Congress, criminal justice reform, energy, and environmental policy, the Obama and Trump administrations, and more. Before that, Barrón-López was an Energy and Environment Reporter at The Hill. The 27-year-old Corona, CA native began her journalism career as a Reporter at E&E News. More about her here.
The Beat DC’s and The Raben Group's Brenda Arredondo donating her hair to Locks of Love as part of her Giving Tuesday donations.
The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah on-set in NYC for Good Morning America.
CNN International Names New Digital Editor
Caitlin Hu 
is joining CNN International as a Digital Senior Editor. She joins from Quartz, where she served as a Geopolitics News Editor and their first-ever Visual Culture Editor. There, she was responsible for managing projects such as the investigation into deaths caused by Hurricane Maria and Quartz’s coverage of the UN General Assembly. Hu also oversaw Quartz’s editorial photography, and created and co-edited Quartz’s first book, The Objects that Power the Global Economy. Prior to that, the bilingual journalist -- who is fluent in English and French -- was the Editor of COLORS magazine. She was also previously a Contributing Editor for the Asian Review of Social Sciences. The 2007 Wellesley College graduate, who also earned a Master’s from Pantheon-Sorbonne University, starts her new role in January and will be based in NYC. More here.
Meet Colorlines’ Inaugural 20 x 20 Class
Colorlines, a daily news site on race matters, announced its inaugural class of the Colorlines 20 x 20 -- a group of transformative leaders who “use a narrative shift strategy to reimagine what it means to advance racial justice” in issue areas such as environmental justice, gender rights, labor, education, and religion. The 20 honorees of color include Alisa Bierria, who focuses on how victims of domestic and sexual violence -- particularly Black women -- are treated and perceived in courts, the media and in public; Amariyanna “Mari” Copeny, who infamously penned a letter to then-President Barack Obama in 2016 about the water crisis in her hometown of Flint -- which resulted in his visit to the city -- and is now known as "Little Miss Flint"; Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, the “embodiment of LGBTQ history,” and trans-rights and prison reform activist; Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, who has covered racial injustice for publications including ProPublica, The Atlantic, Essence, and The New York Times Magazine; Mona Haydar, the Syrian American who wrote a rap song titled, “Hijabi (Wrap My Hijab),” which was declared one of the 25 top feminist anthems of all time by Billboard; Buddhist teacher Mushim Ikeda, who instructs people of color, social justice activists, and women in mindfulness and meditation; Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), who was recognized for using “her platform to fight for women’s, immigrant, civil and human rights”; Co-Founder of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United), Saru Jayaraman; human trafficking survivor and Native American environmental justice advocate, Jeri Jiménez; Shereen Marisol Meraji, co-host of NPR’s Code Switch podcast; Wendi Moore-O’Neal uses storytelling to support the missions of social and economic justice groups; Alan Peleaz López, an Afro-Indigenous LGBTQ immigrant rights activist, multimedia artist, and educator; Criminal justice reform advocate Marlon Peterson; Gender rights activist for Indigenous LGBTQAI+ people and CEO of Two Spirit Nation, Candi Brings Plenty; Samuel Sinyangwe, a Policy Analyst and Data Scientist with the Human Rights Data Analysis Group and Co-Founder of We the Protesters, which is developing data-driven strategies to end systemic racism in America; Sonya Renee Taylor, the founder of the self-love movement, "The Body Is Not An Apology"; Maribel Valdez González, an educator and one of the faces of the "We the People" series of protest posters in response to the presidential election; Keith Wattley, Founder and Executive Director of UnCommon Law, a nonprofit that provides advocacy and education to equip the incarcerated to improve their life prospects; Founder of the Disability Visibility Project, Alice Wong; and Puerto Rican environmentalist Elizabeth Yeampierre. “This year’s honorees remind us that no matter how dark the tunnel gets, we can always create our own light,” Colorlines wrote. More here.

FOMO
Today - Saturday, December 1st: National Black Caucus of State Legislators host their 42nd Annual Legislative Conference, “Rejecting Walls That Divide and Building Bridges That Bring Us Together.” New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY. Click here for more information.
Saturday, December 1st: LULAC's Latinx Tech Summit, in partnership with Capital Factory and Prospanica Texas, bringing together Latino tech leaders, designers, innovators, corporate and government leaders, and scholars. 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX. Click here for more information.
Monday, December 3rd, 6P: The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum host, “Women of Color in the Era of #MeToo,” a conversation on how women of color experience harassment in the workplace and what can be done to prevent it. 1500 K Street, N.W., Suite 900, DC. Click here for more information
Tuesday, December 4th, 5:30P: A conversation and book signing with AURN White House Correspondent April D. Ryan moderated by CNN's Don Lemon. 1 Time Warner Center, NYC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, December 6th - Sunday, December 9th: National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators host their 16th National Summit. Kona Kai Resort, 1551 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA. Click here for more information.
Monday, December 10th, 10A: The Aspen Institute hosts “Future of Sports Activism: Reimagining its Bottom Line,” a conversation about the implications in a number of areas, such as fan engagement, sponsorships, relationships within teams, athlete health and welfare, and society in general if more athletes spoke out. Featuring Etan Thomas, former NBA player and author of We Matter: Athletes and ActivismJoe Briggs, NFL Players Association Public Policy Counsel; and Ellis McKennie, University of Maryland football player, among others. The Aspen Institute, 2300 N St. N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, December 12th, 6P: CBCPAC Chairman Gregory Meeks (D-NY) hosts the CBCPAC’s Annual Holiday Reception. Click here for more information.
Friday, January 18, 2019, 9A–3P: The Indigenous Peoples Movement hosts the Indigenous Peoples March to bring awareness to the injustices affecting Indigenous men, women, and children. DC. Click here for more information.

Saturday, February 16, 2019: 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.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019: 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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