Kamala Harris names another key hire and Chadwick Boseman preaches at SAG.
Kamala Harris names another key hire and Chadwick Boseman preaches at SAG.
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January 28, 2019
Maxine Waters Targets Ben Carson, Cedric Richmond Wants NFL Commissioner on Capitol Hill, and José Serrano Condemns Slow PR Aid
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SHUTDOWN ENDS… The president signed a stopgap funding bill Friday to pause the partial government shutdown. During the record-breaking 35-day standoff, S&P Global Ratings said the U.S. economy lost at least $6 billion. COUNTDOWN BEGINS… Now, negotiators from the House and Senate have less than three weeks to hash out a deal. Donald Trump has threatened to shut down the government once again or declare a national emergency if he does not get the $5.7 billion for his border wall funding. KAMALA 2020More than 20K people showed up to hear California Senator Kamala Harris’ vision as she officially kicked off her presidential bid at a rally in her hometown of Oakland. The enthusiastic crowd was bigger than President Barack Obama’s 2007 campaign launch speech. Harris hit the ground running and just made a key hire. More below. BERNIE’S BACKSources say Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) plans to announce his presidential bid imminently. AWW SCHULTZ… Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, a self-described “lifelong Democrat,” said on Sunday’s 60 Minutes that he was preparing to run for president as an Independent and has already begun the groundwork required to be on the ballot in all 50 states. NO STONE UNTURNEDVeteran political trickster and longtime advisor to Trump, Roger Stone, was indicted on Thursday by a federal grand jury on seven counts and was arrested Friday morning in Florida. NO NEWS HERE… And maybe no news anywhere. Layoffs of more than 1,000 people at three major media companies last week should sound the alarm as the important industry sustains attacks from the White House. YOU’RE FIRED... A dozen undocumented immigrant workers at one of Trump’s golf clubs in NY were fired this month even though managers had known about their legal status for years. ¿QUE? NBC News vet Tom Brokaw said on Sunday’s Meet the Press that Hispanics in the U.S. need to “work harder at assimilation" and “make sure that all their kids are learning to speak English.” He later “apologized,” twice, after his first apology non-apology fell flat. No comment from him so far on the improper English heard at MAGA rallies. YOUNG, GIFTED, AND BLACK… That’s how actor Chadwick Boseman described the feeling as he and his fellow Black Panther cast members won the top prize at Sunday night’s SAG awards. CURIOUS, ENGAGED, AND WOKE… That’s how we describe our faithful readers. We’re not just bringing you the news. We’re building a community eager to be activated. It’s time to catch The Beat! We’re kicking off the week with this…
  • Congressman José Serrano (D-NY) chides administration over Puerto Rico.
  • A 2020 candidate bows out of the race.
  • Congressman Anthony Brown (D-MD) wants to raise the minimum age to buy assault-style military weapons.
  • Latinx businesses less likely to get funding.
  • Former President Barack Obama meets with the Warriors.
  • Angela Davis gets awarded after all.
Activist David Hogg and Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-NM) volunteering at José Andrés World Central Kitchen in DC last week to help furloughed employees.
MSNBC’s Frances Rivera at the anchor desk at 30 Rock in NYC on Saturday.
Maxine Waters Welcomes New Committee Members and Rolls Out Financial Services Committee Targets: Ben Carson, CFPB, and Deutsche Bank 
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA)
, the new Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, warned HUD Secretary Ben Carson that she plans to scrutinize his efforts to weaken fair housing safeguards. Carson last year proposed new changes to an Obama-era rule aimed at combating segregation in housing policy. He wants the rule to focus more on reducing the regulatory burdens of local jurisdictions and on giving them more control, while encouraging actions that bolster housing choice and increase housing supply. Waters is not on board. She said housing finance reform would need to include a comprehensive strategy on access to affordable credit and rental housing.
She said her Committee would keep an eye on big banks and their activities; probe the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and credit reporting, which she said needed a comprehensive overhaul; pay close attention to financial technology firms; and address the lack of minority and women representation in the leadership ranks of corporate America by launching a new subcommittee focused on diversity and inclusion. Waters also plans to probe Deutsche Bank, a major lender to the Trump Organization, over their businesses and money laundering involving Russia. "It is a new day in Congress and for the Financial Services Committee," she said at a Washington event hosted by the Center for American Progress. She met privately with Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon for the banking tycoons to offer their views on various economic topics. Maybe they’re nervous about some of the new progressive committee members who repeatedly hit Wall Street billionaires during their campaigns. Those new members include Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Jesús "Chuy" García (D-IL), Sylvia García (D-TX), and Michael San Nicolas (D-Guam), among others. Re-elected members joining the Committee include Alma Adams (D-NC), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), and Al Lawson (D-FL). Congressman Anthony González (R-OH) is joining the minority side of the Committee. More here.
Anthony Brown Aims to Raise the Minimum Age to Purchase Assault Style Military Weapons
Congressman Anthony Brown (D-MD)
introduced bipartisan legislation last week that would raise the minimum age to buy assault-style weapons from 18 to 21. The only exceptions would be for active duty military personnel and some police officers. In most states, anyone 18 or older can buy an assault-style weapon, even though the federal purchasing age for handguns is 21. “I’m all about banning assault weapons,” Brown said. But the bill is a step towards some common sense gun legislation. “Where’d I get this idea from? I got it from President Trump,” he said. Last March, the president told a group of lawmakers, live on cable TV, that he supported raising the minimum age to purchase semi-automatic weapons to 21. The Raise the Age Act, which Brown introduced with Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), is unlikely even to be considered in the Senate, much less signed in to law by Trump. “We have not done enough to tackle the epidemic of gun violence Americans experience on our streets, in our movie theatres, and at our schools,” said Brown. “There is bipartisan support in Congress for common-sense laws that deter would-be perpetrators of gun violence from doing harm to our communities. Currently, an 18-year-old who cannot legally purchase a handgun can legally purchase a military-style assault weapon -- that’s a dangerous, outdated loophole in America's gun laws.” The vast majority of states allow young people younger than 21 to purchase semi-automatic weapons. The GOP-dominated state of Florida passed similar legislation, and the NRA is now suing the state over the restriction. More here.

Dems Condemn Trump Administration’s Statements and Lack of Action on Puerto Rico
Fifty-six House Democrats led by NY Congressman José Serrano last week sent a letter to Donald Trump condemning his constant attacks and undermining of recovery efforts in Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria. The rebuke came after reports that Trump was considering diverting U.S. Army Corps of Engineers funding appropriated by Congress for disaster recovery efforts in Puerto Rico in order to build the wall along the southern border. More recent reports revealed Trump to tried prevent disaster relief funding from HUD from being distributed to the government of Puerto Rico. And the members also mentioned the administration’s attempts to further undermine recovery in Puerto Rico by objecting to the inclusion of $600 million in funding for the Nutrition Assistance Program in Puerto Rico. “[The] pattern of continued pattern of ignorance and insults must end.  Puerto Rico’s recovery is ongoing, and the needs of the American citizens living on the island remain high. Damage estimates continue to dwarf the size of federal assistance, and threatening to take away what Congress has already appropriated is both counterproductive and harmful,” the members wrote. And we told you last week, Puerto Rico received slower and less “generous” federal assistance after Hurricane Maria than Texas and Florida did after hurricanes Harvey and Irma, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Michigan. More here.
Civil rights icon Dolores Huerta meeting “Freedom Writers” educator Erin Gruwell earlier this month in LA.
Former Michelle Obama Chief of Staff Tina Tchen and her daughter Emma watching the Golden Globes in LA earlier this month.
Democrats Focus on Racial Inequality
Democratic candidates are recognizing the important role communities of color play in deciding elections. Presidential candidates have been meeting behind the scenes to make sure their economic policies and messages address racial inequities, according to Axios’ Alexi McCammond. Arguably, they took lessons from last year’s exit polls. During the 2018 midterms, 76% of non-white voters supported House Democratic candidates, including 90% of Black voters. This was despite communities of color across the country still being explicitly targeted and disproportionately affected by anti-democratic voter-suppression laws and policies. A poll last November found that fighting for racial equity was a driving motivation for young voters of color to turn out to show up at the ballot box. The data -- produced by W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative, a coalition of racial justice and civil rights organizations -- focused on voters ages 18-24, with an intentional oversampling of young voters of color to gain insight into Asian and Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, and Native American voters. This cycle, the messaging around inequality appears more cohesive as the country’s increasingly diverse voters remain the Democratic party’s most loyal voting bloc. More here.
Kamala Harris Taps Historic Iowa Candidate to Run Hawkeye State Campaign
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) has nabbed Deidre DeJear to serve as her Iowa Campaign Chair, as the 2020 contender prepares to take questions from Hawkeye State voters during a live CNN town hall tonight. DeJear was Iowa’s first Black nominee for a statewide office from a major political party -- she lost the bid in November. Harris was one of her first big-name endorsements and even traveled with DeJear around the state during the race. DeJear is no stranger to national campaigns. The 32-year-old Duke University graduate and Mississippi native was a Field Organizer for President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. In a December Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll, 5% of likely Democratic caucus-goers said Harris was their first choice for president in a head-to-head comparison of 20 possible candidates. "I believe in her vision for a country that has an economy that works for working people, and she has shown she is the best candidate to lead our country towards a stronger future," DeJear said of Harris in a statement. "On a personal note, I believe in the idea of iron sharpening iron, women helping women, by supporting their journey. Kamala Harris has been one of those women for me." More here.
Richard Ojeda Drops Out of 2020 Presidential Race
West Virginia state Senator Richard Ojeda dropped out of the running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, saying he didn’t want to continue soliciting donations for a campaign that had little chance of success in a growing Dem field. "I don’t want to see people send money to a campaign that’s probably not going to get off the ground,” Ojeda said in a video. "I want you to know though that my fight does not end ... I may not have the money to make the media pay attention but I will continue raising my voice and highlighting the issues the working class, the sick and the elderly face in this nation. I expect to have an announcement very soon about what my next steps will be." Ojeda had filed papers to run for president in November 2018 after losing his bid to represent West Virginia in Congress. The 48-year-old retired Army paratrooper, who previously worked as a high school teacher, supported Donald Trump for president in 2016 because he said he initially believed Trump would do something for West Virginians. By 2018, he expressed regret for voting for Trump, saying that "he hasn't done shit" and he is "taking care of the daggone people he's supposed to be getting rid of.” Ojeda, who is of Mexican descent, was elected to the West Virginia Senate in 2016. Watch his announcement here.
DNC Officer Ponders Senate Run in 2020
Jaime Harrison, the former Chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party and first African American to hold the position, is considering a challenge against Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in 2020. During an appearance on The Bill Press Show, he said he is “really leaning into this”; but he stopped short of making an official announcement saying he had no website up and running. Harrison has been a constant critic of Graham, the new Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, who has shifted from criticizing Donald Trump to being one of his most staunch defenders. “I don’t know what Lindsey’s been sniffing, but there’s something wrong,” Harrison said. Harrison was also recently critical over the Senator’s support of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, calling Graham’s defense of Kavanaugh “Oscars-worthy” and an attempt to win approval from Donald Trump. Harrison is the author of the recent book Climbing the Hill, along with Republican staffer Amos Snead. In 2017, the South Carolina native ran unsuccessfully for national Chair of the DNC. He eventually ended his campaign and endorsed current Chair Tom Pérez, accepting a position as Associate Chairman and Counselor of the DNC. The 42-year-old Yale graduate, who earned his law degree from Georgetown, became involved in politics working for Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC) as his Floor Director of Operations while Clyburn was the Majority Whip. He also previously worked as a Lobbyist for the Podesta Group. He says he will make his final decision on a Senate run in two weeks. Listen to his interview on The Bill Press Show here.

Democrat Stacey Abrams and National Domestic Workers Alliance’s Ai-jen Poo in Atlanta over the weekend.
Venezuelan lawyer and former political prisoner Antonio José Ledezma Díaz being recognized by Miami, FL Mayor Francis Suárez over the weekend.
Latinx Businesses Less Likely to Get Funding
The Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative (SLEI) last week released a report which took a closer look at national trends underlying Latinx business growth. The 2018 State of Latino Entrepreneurship report found that while Latinxs launch more businesses than any other group, their companies often start small and stay small -- a trend that can be at least partially attributed to lack of funding. When applying for financing, only 28% of Latinx business owners receive full funding, compared with 48% of white business owners. SLEI found that if the current number of Latino-owned businesses grew to match the size of their non-Latino counterparts, it would add 5.3 million new jobs and $1.5 trillion to the U.S. economy. There are an estimated 5 million Latinx-owned businesses in the U.S, and about half of employer Latinx firms are owned by immigrants. While the total number of businesses in the U.S. declined from 2007 to 2012, the number of Latinx-owned businesses grew by 46%. More here.
Amazon Rekognition Misses the Mark on Women of Color, Too
A new study on Rekognition, Amazon’s facial-detection technology, often misidentifies women, particularly those with darker skin. According to researchers from MIT and the University of Toronto, Rekognition labeled darker-skinned women as men 31% of the time. Lighter-skinned women were misidentified 7% of the time. Darker-skinned men had a 1% error rate, while lighter-skinned men had none. Amazon continues to market Rekognition to law enforcement and federal entities despite privacy and civil rights advocates’ calls for a stop to the selling of the technology over worries about discrimination against minorities. Members of Congress, including Representatives from the Congressional Black and Hispanic Caucuses, have also pressed Amazon about the misidentifications, repeatedly asking for answers and updates from the tech giant. Some Amazon investors have also asked the company to stop out of fear that it makes Amazon vulnerable to lawsuits. “These test results published in the paper today are based on facial analysis and not facial recognition,” Amazon said in a statement. “It’s not possible to draw a conclusion on the accuracy of facial recognition for any use case – including law enforcement – based on results obtained using facial analysis. The results in the paper also do not use the latest version of Rekognition and do not represent how a customer would use the service today.” Stay tuned. More here.
CNN’s Natasha Chen reporting live from Capitol Hill on Friday, covering the end of the government shutdown in DC.
Native American activist Samantha Eldridge at the Indigenous Peoples March in DC last weekend.
Cedric Richmond Wants to Hear from NFL Over Botched Call
Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA)
may summon NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to Capitol Hill over a botched call that cost his hometown team a chance at the Super Bowl. The league botched a non-pass interference call in the NFC Championship Game between the New Orleans Saints and LA Rams. The NFL is reportedly considering options that would make pass interference reviewable in the future. “The Saints should be on their way to Atlanta to play in the Super Bowl. Instead, they are left with the memory of officials who failed to create an equal playing field and deprived them of that opportunity,” Richmond said. “Officials should not have the ability to determine the fate of a team who rightfully earned their place in NFL championship history.” The Morehouse College graduate and immediate past Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus said he had since spoken with colleagues on the Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee about inviting Goodell to answer some important questions about the call -- a call that the NFL Commissioner has the jurisdiction to overturn. “I stand with Saints owner Gayle Benson on the urgency and significance of having this issue addressed so that it does not happen again,” Richmond said. Congress exempted the NFL in 1961 from some antitrust law so that its teams could negotiate television contracts as a monopoly, instead of competing among themselves, which have helped make the NFL a multi-billion-dollar enterprise. Richmond did not outright threaten congressional hearings on the exemptions. But he made it clear that lawmakers hold that authority. More here.

Obama Meets with Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors met with former President Barack Obama last Thursday instead of the customary visit to the White House for NBA champions. POTUS44 hosted the team at his DC office ahead of their game that night against the Wizards. ESPN reported that the meeting was set up by star player Steph Curry, who has become a golfing buddy of Obama’s over the years. Curry described the meeting as “very low key” and “a great time for us to kind of talk about life and not basketball.” They were pretty tight-lipped on the specifics. “We all have met him once or twice before in other situations, so [it’s] always just great conversation,” Curry said. Curry and fellow star player Draymond Green also had a post-game chat with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA). In 2016, Obama hosted the team in celebration of their 2015 NBA championship. During the visit, Obama, a well-known basketball fan, was given a commemorative jersey with the number "44" emblazoned on the back. In September 2017, Curry publicly criticized Donald Trump's attacks on Black athletes peacefully protesting justice inequalities during the National Anthem. And Trump rescinded an invitation to the White House -- the same invite the team had already declined. More on the Obama meeting here.

Compton, CA Mayor Aja Brown with her husband Van Brown and their daughter on Thursday at the BlogHer Health Conference in LA.
Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (D-CA) who was named to the Tax, Social Security, and Oversight Subcommittees of the Ways & Means Committee earlier this month.
The Arizona Republic Taps Indigenous Communities Reporter
The Arizona Republic has elevated Shondiin Silversmith to Reporter, where she’ll exclusively cover Arizona’s indigenous communities. She most recently worked as a Digital Producer there where she managed stories seen on the azcentral.com website, scheduled social media, and pushed breaking news alerts. Prior to that, Silversmith was a Digital Producer at USA Today, where she provided digital production work for 14 websites within the USA Today network. A member of the Navajo Nation, she’s also worked for The Navajo Times. Silversmith is a member of the Journalism and Women's Symposium, National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, Native American Journalists Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. The 2013 University of New Mexico graduate earned her Master’s from Northeastern University in 2017. More about her here

WaPo Adds Reporter to Politics Team 
The Washington Post has added Toluse “Tolu” Olorunnipa to their White House coverage team. He’ll transition later this year to become a full-time Campaign Reporter focused on the Democratic primary. Olorunnipa most recently was a Washington Correspondent at Bloomberg, where his coverage included in-depth analysis of the administration’s economic policies, including on taxes, trade, wages, and inequality. He was the first person of Nigerian descent to become a White House Correspondent for Bloomberg. He previously worked for the outlet as a National Correspondent, based in Florida. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Olorunnipa was a Business and Politics Reporter at The Miami Herald, where he covered real estate, natural disasters, and crime. The two-time Stanford University graduate is fluent in English and Yoruba. He starts his new role on January 28th. More here

Martin Luther King III, National Action Networks’ Rev. Al Sharpton, and former VP Joe Biden last Monday at NAN's annual MLK Jr. Day Breakfast in DC.
Women’s March Co-Chair Linda Sarsour visiting Muhammed Ali’s Hollywood star in LA last week.
Tom Malinowski Names a Legislative Director
Eliza Ramírez
has joined the office of Congressman Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) as his Legislative Director. She previously served as a Legislative Aide in the Office of Congressman Michael Capuano (D-MA), where she worked on foreign policy, defense, veterans, telecommunications, and trade issues. Prior to that, she worked for Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ) and former CA Senator Barbara Boxer. Ramírez is a former President of the Women’s Congressional Staff Association and a Founder of the Latinos in Foreign Policy Group, where she focuses on promoting career development and mentorship opportunities among women and people of color on Capitol Hill. She’s also an alumna of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. The bilingual staffer -- who is fluent in English and Spanish -- graduated from California State University at Fullerton in 2012. More about here.
House Agriculture Committee Names Chief Counsel
Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN)
, Chair of the House Agriculture Committee, has promoted Kellie Adesina to Chief Counsel for the House Agriculture Committee. Adesina has served as Senior Counsel on the Committee since 2016. Prior to that, she was a Senior Counselor at the USDA, where she served as Chief of Staff to the General Counsel and provided legal advice for the General Counsel's action. Adesina has also worked as Legislative Director for Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Legislative Counsel for Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA), and in various staff roles for Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ). The 2003 Bethune-Cookman University graduate earned her law degree at The Ohio State University. More here

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Reverses Course, Again, on Angela Davis Honor
Angela Davis 
has been re-offered an award by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute after the museum rescinded its decision to honor the activist. Earlier this month, the Institute decided to revoke an award from Davis after the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center drafted a letter to the board of the institute lambasting Davis for her support of BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) -- a global campaign promoting various forms of boycott against Israel until it ends what activists call an oppression of Palestinians. After an uproar, the civil rights museum on Friday released a statement announcing that it was, once again, reversing its decision to honor Davis with its 2018 Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award. “Dr. Angela Davis, a daughter of Birmingham, is highly regarded throughout the world as a human rights activist,” the museum said in the statement. It also cited Davis’ “significance in the movement for human rights, her involvement in raising issues of feminism, as well as her leadership in the campaign against mass incarceration.” Davis, who turned 75 over the weekend, has fought for civil rights for decades. She was an active member of the Black Panther Party, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and Communist Party USA. In a January 14th public apology issued by the museum, they said there should have been more conversation with diverse points of view before making the decision to withdraw the honor. More here.

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Wednesday, January 30th, 3:30P: "New Chiefs of Staff Empower Hour." Join new Chiefs as they share their paths to Capitol Hill and give tips on how you can start preparing for senior roles in 2020. Location provided upon RSVP. Click here for more information.
Friday, February 1st - Saturday, February 2nd: The Washington National Cathedral hosts “A Long, Long Way: Race and Film, 1989–2019,” which will compare historical and contemporary film to explore narratives of race and prejudice over time. Films showcased: Do the Right Thing (1989) and BlacKkKlansman (2018). Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here for more information
Monday, February 4th, 6P: APAICS Celebration of Senior AAPI Congressional Staff to kick off Lunar New Year, join us as we celebrate AAPI staff leadership on Capitol Hill. TBD, DC. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, February 5th, 7P: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's 20th Annual Washington, D.C. Opening Night Gala Benefit, kicking off Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s annual engagement at The Kennedy Center. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Opera House. 2700 F Street, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, February 7th, 12-6PCongressman Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) will host the first annual Dominicans on the Hill, a day at the U.S. Capitol where Dominican Americans from communities around the nation will attend workshops on issues ranging from immigration, education and the workforce, the U.S. economy, and trade. DC. Click here for more information.
Saturday, February 16th: The Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s 93rd Annual Black History Luncheon. Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, February 21st – Sunday, February 24th: The Power Rising Summit, a space for Black women to turn their power into action and create an actionable agenda. Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, February 27th - Saturday, March 1st: Black Women Talk Tech presents the 3rd annual Roadmap to Billions 2019 Conference, the only annual tech conference created exclusively by Black women founders for Black female founders and their supporters. Union West, 535 West 28th Street, New York, NY. Click here for more information
Thursday, February 28th - Sunday, March 3rdThe Women of Power Summit, a professional leadership conference designed especially for executive women of color. Confirmed speakers include Valerie JarrettStacey Abrams, and Merary Simeon, Diversity Vice President, Pepsico, among others. The Mirage, 3400 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, March 6th, 5:30P: The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) will honor Congresswoman and former NALEO President Sylvia R. Garcíawith the 2019 Edward R. Roybal Award for Outstanding Public Service at the organization’s annual NALEO Gala. Marriott Marquis Hotel, 901 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Friday, March 8th - Sunday, March 17th: SXSW 2019. Featured speakers include Co-Founder of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Priscilla ChanCongresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI); and Endeavor's Bozoma Saint John, among others. Austin, TX. Click here for more information.
Monday, April 1st - Tuesday, April 2nd: HACU 24th National Capitol Forum on Hispanic Higher Education. Washington Marriott at Metro Center, 775 12th St., N.W. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, May 14th: 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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