Corrine Brown gets an appeal and CA looks to expunge marijuana convictions.
Corrine Brown gets an appeal and CA looks to expunge marijuana convictions.
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August 27, 2018
Kamala Harris Focuses on Maternal Mortality, Tom Pérez Makes a Big Change, and Jemele Hill Exits ESPN
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MAVERICK MEMORIES… As the world mourns Senator John McCain (R-AZ), cable news networks were filled with heartwarming tributes to the former POW who was known for his bipartisanship and wicked sense of humor. TRUMPING DECENCY… But no such remarks came from the president, who instead, chose to post an Instagram photo of himself offering his deepest sympathies. BUILDING CHANGE… Lawmakers are moving to honor the Vietnam War hero by renaming the Russell Senate Office Building in his memory. The late Senator will lie in state at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday and in the Capitol Rotunda in DC on Friday. Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush will deliver eulogies at a full-dress service on Saturday at the National Cathedral. Trump is not invited. TWITTER TWERPS… Republicans have given Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey until Friday to decide whether he will testify next month or face a subpoena from the House Energy and Commerce Committee over allegations of censorship of conservatives on his platform. A WHOLE LOTTA BILLSHBO talk show host Bill Maher contributed $1 million to a super PAC aligned with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) that focuses on electing Democrats to the Senate. His contribution matches what he gave in 2012 to a super PAC, Priorities USA, backing President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. WHILE WE WERE AWAY… The president tweeted his first remarks about Africa in an all-too-familiar tactic of deflecting attention from yet another scandal saying he asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to look into land seizures and the “large-scale killing of farmers” in South Africa. ALTERNATIVE FACTS... The tweet is a lie. There is no genocide of white farmers going on in South Africa. The president was simply watching Tucker Carlson's Fox News show and saw the report criticizing Pompeo for not trying to influence South Africa's ongoing land debate. CAPITAL GAMESThe DC-Baltimore region has leaped past NYC to become the fourth-largest casino market in the country. IN LOVE WITH THE COCOThe 33rd annual Imagen Awards were announced Saturday night in LA, and Netflix’s One Day at a Time and Pixar’s Coco topped the list of winners. CRAZY RICH BOX OFFICE PART IIAlmost as many people turned out over the weekend for Crazy Rich Asians as they did for its opening weekend, with the movie dominating the top spot at the box office again -- an unheard-of outcome for a nonholiday release. MARY DON’T YOU WEEP… The choir will be full at Aretha Franklin’s funeral this Friday with artists Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, and Jennifer Holliday belting out tributes. Speakers will include former President Bill Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Smokey Robinson, and record mogul Clive Davis. STILL INVINCIBLE WITHOUT THE BODY ARMOR Today, Serena Williams is playing to clench another Grand Slam title. French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli announced that Williams would no longer be permitted to wear the all-black bodysuit, a specially designed compression outfit to help prevent blood clots. When you get to the tennis court just to do your job and cause a racket. SORRY… I AIN’T SORRY!  We’re kicking off the week with this...
  • Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) wants a Clean Slate.
  • Advocates urge the Senate to preserve Native American languages.
  • Telemundo adds to their DC bureau.
  • Meet the only on-air Latina talent at the NFL Network.
  • Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown’s appeal to be heard in ATL. Read to the bottom!
  • We’ll always have Paris. Or not.
  • Catch The Beat DC’s Tiffany D. Cross today at 4P on MSNBC’s Deadline: White House with Nicolle Wallace.
SiriusXM’s Zerlina Maxwell in NYC after interviewing actress Regina King about her new upcoming Netflix show Seven Seconds.
The Wilson Center’s Jean H. Lee last Monday skydiving over Hawaii.
Democratic Senators Call on DHS Secretary to Reverse Anti-Immigrant Policies
By the federal government’s own count, there are still roughly 700 children who were separated from their parents at the border and have not been reunified with those parents by the Trump administration. That’s one of the reasons why a group of 20 Senators last week sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, imploring her to reverse course on several anti-immigrant policies implemented by her agency. In the letter, the Senators pushed for the immediate reunification of all children separated at the border by the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy, restoration of DACA, and re-designation and extension the Temporary Protected Status for 10 countries currently meeting standards for the program. They also expressed their deep concerns for the policies implemented under Nielsen’s leadership and urged her to change course. “All this destruction is supposedly in the name of securing our nation and protecting the interests of American workers. However, the reality is that you are making us less safe by focusing immigration enforcement on Dreamers, migrant children, and others who pose no danger, which diverts attention from true security threats,” they wrote. “Some of the harm you have done is permanent. But it is not too late to prevent the crisis you helped create from spiraling out of control and doing untold damage to our nation’s values and countless lives.” The letter was led by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate’s Immigration Subcommittee, and fellow signatories on the letter included Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Bob Menéndez (D-NJ), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Kamala Harris (D-CA). Read the full letter here.
Kamala Harris Intros Bill to Reduce Racial Disparities in Maternal Mortality
The U.S. is one of 13 countries in the world where the rate of maternal mortality is now worse than it was 25 years ago. For Black women, the risk of death from pregnancy-related causes is three to four times higher than for white women, and Black women are twice as likely to suffer from life-threatening pregnancy complications. To help address those statistics, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), along with 13 fellow Democratic colleagues, introduced the Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies Act. If passed, the bill would create two grant programs aimed at reducing the racial disparities in maternal mortality and morbidity. The Implicit Bias Training Grants program would address implicit bias based on stereotypes by supporting special training programs in medical, nursing, and other training schools. The Pregnancy Medical Home Demonstration Project program would incentivize maternal health care providers to offer integrated health care services to pregnant women and new mothers and reduce adverse maternal health outcomes, maternal deaths, and racial health disparities. The bill would additionally require the National Academy of Medicine to study and make recommendations for incorporating bias recognition in clinical skills testing for U.S. medical schools. “Health equity for Black women can only happen if we recognize and address persistent biases in our health system,” said Harris. “This bill is a step towards ensuring that all women have access to culturally competent, holistic care, and to address the implicit biases in our system.” More here.

Lisa Blunt Rochester Intros Bill to Seal Criminal Records
Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE)
introduced legislation earlier this month which would require criminal records to be sealed exactly one year after a person serves out their sentence, so long as they don’t commit crimes again. If passed, the Clean Slate Act would allow eligible individuals (those convicted of federal, nonviolent marijuana offenses or drug possession) who have previously served out their sentence, to submit a petition to a U.S. district court to get their records cleaned. The bill would also require district courts to keep track of data such as how many petitions are granted or rejected -- information that would be included in a public report. This is the latest in a string of bills that aim to reform federal drug laws, with a particular emphasis on cannabis. Persons with a marijuana possession convictions are disproportionately either people of color or at the bottom of the economic ladder. Even a minor record can create lifelong barriers to employment, housing, education, and more, relegating many people with records and their families to a lifetime in poverty. “Your one or two encounters with the law should not stop you from supporting yourself or your family. This issue touches people’s ability to buy a home, to rent an apartment, to just live,” the Congresswoman said. “It was a no-brainer for me that this is an issue that cuts across parties.” More here

New York Knicks’ Enes Kanter catching up with comedian Hasan Minhaj in Miami for his comedy show, Patriot Act, over the weekend.
Uber’s Tony West celebrating his birthday with daughter and Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign’s Meena Harris earlier this month on Martha’s Vineyard.
DNC Strips Superdelegates of Power
The DNC voted Saturday to remove some of the power of superdelegates -- voters at the presidential nominating convention free to support a candidate of their choosing, regardless of how primary or caucus voters cast ballots in their state -- as part of a package of party reforms. The plan, which was supported by Chair Tom Pérez, removes superdelegates’ ability to vote on the first ballot at the presidential nominating convention unless a candidate already has such a large delegate advantage from caucus and primary wins that he or she would win the nomination without superdelegate support. The measure was not without controversy; a prominent and vocal group of Black DNC members were critical of the reform plan. They argued it would diminish the influence of minorities. The argument, led by veteran Black officials including 2016 DNC CEO Leah Daughtry and former DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile, was that Black Americans have a stronger representation among the ranks of superdelegates than ever before. Ultimately, the measure passed with more than 400 votes. “These changes are all about the future. They're about growing our party, increasing participation in our democracy, and putting Democrats in the best possible position to win in November and beyond,” Pérez wrote in an email to supporters. In addition to the superdelegate change, members also adopted language inclusive of nonbinary people -- those who neither identify as male or female. The change was made to the DNC's new charter, which requires all party committees be equally divided between genders. Additionally, members voted to overhaul the state party-run presidential caucuses, approved the creation of a new Ombudsman Committee, stronger safeguards against DNC members’ conflicts of interest, and greater oversight of the party body’s finances. More here.

Advocates Pressure Senate to Preserve Native American Languages
Advocates told the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs during a hearing last week that the government must help reverse generations of federally backed assimilation programs that left Native Americans “robbed of the ability to speak our own language.” The hearing, “Examining Efforts to Maintain and Revitalize Native Languages for Future Generations,” included few specific proposals but plenty of support from Senators on both sides of the aisle. Several speakers at the hearing mentioned the Esther Martinez Act, which would dedicate $13 million for Native American languages each year from fiscal 2019 to 2023. That bill, sponsored by Senator Tom Udall (D-MN), passed the Senate in November and was referred to the House, where it has yet to get a hearing. This year, the Health and Human Services Department’s Administration for Native Americans plans to give out $2 million for new projects under the act. The total budget for the Administration for Native Americans this fiscal year is $54 million. The quickly disappearing Native American languages are vanishing as their speakers become increasingly assimilated into mainstream America. The result of discrimination and political pressure to assimilate, Native American languages have nearly been wiped out over the decades. The National Indian Education Association expects that by 2050, only 20 Native American languages still will be spoken in the U.S. without assistance to continue teaching them to children. More here.

Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and HI Governor David Ige on Friday at a briefing in Honolulu to coordinate a response to Hurricane Lane.
Teen Vogue’s Lauren Duca, CNN commentator Symone D. Sanders, Teach for America’s Brittany Packnett, Planned Parenthood’s Alencia Johnson, and former MI Governor Jennifer Granholm on Friday at the #RiseUpForRoe tour in Des Moines.
Consumer Reports Adds Althea Chang
Althea Chang
is joining Consumer Reports as its new Associate Director of Content Development. Chang was most recently with Time Inc./Meredith Corp., where she spent the past year as a Senior News Editor at The Drive and managed over two dozen writers and editors. Prior to that, the 39-year-old served as a Senior Writer for mobile technology and reported on and reviewed technology for Tom’s Guide and LaptopMag.com. Chang has also served as a Digital Video Producer and Writer for CNBC, Auto Blogger for Forbes, Associate Producer for CNN Money, and more. The 2001 New York University graduate, who earned her Master’s from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in 2012, is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association. More about her here

Telemundo Adds to DC Team
Javier Vega
has joined Telemundo’s DC bureau as a Correspondent. He had previously been with Noticias Telemundo in Mexico. The trilingual reporter -- he is fluent in English, French, and Spanish -- began his career as a local reporter at Televisa Puebla. Later, he joined Milenio where he specialized in political affairs covering the Congress and Senate, the State Department, and the president. As part of the outlet’s Special Affairs team, he produced reports and anchored newscasts on Milenio Televisión. Vega was also an investigative journalist on Televisa’s Punto de Partida with Denise Maerker -- a bi-weekly show covering social, political, and security issues, and an anchor and Reporter at the teleSUR network. He holds a Communications degree from Universidad de las Américas de Puebla and other diplomas from Tecnológico de Monterrey, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, and the University of Guadalajara. “Javier Vega comes to the epicenter of political activity in the United States to reinforce our philosophy of ‘telling it like it is,’” said Victoria Rivas-Vázquez, Noticias Telemundo's DC Bureau Chief. “In Washington, information is being generated at an unprecedented rate and the inclusion of a journalist of Vega’s talent and experience reaffirms our commitment to the Latino community at this critical time.” More here.

Public Radio Works on Diversifying Sources and Staff
Several public radio newsrooms are putting data behind evaluations of whether diversity in their sourcing -- or a lack of it -- perpetuates stereotypes or presents truthful journalism. KUT in Austin, TX, along with Philadelphia’s WHYY, Seattle’s KUOW and San Francisco’s KQED, are all engaged in efforts to gather and analyze data on their sourcing in news reports or show segments. The work involves logging the race, gender, and role of the interviewees and the stories they appear in. Newsrooms have found that developing diverse sources creates better journalism and also makes business sense. Research has shown that people of color don’t often feel their stories are reflected on public radio. A study released by NPR in 2010 found that news consumers from some demographic groups felt excluded from public radio programming, reporting that these perceptions were a barrier to audience growth. Collecting data helps to measure progress, invest resources, and guide discussions. Efforts to diversify sourcing also call for a closer look at staff diversity. WHYY is in the midst of a broad effort to diversify its audience, membership, and staff, which is 7% Black, whereas the city of Philadelphia is 43% Black. More here.

Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ) in New Jersey teaching his granddaughter how to play bocce earlier this month.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta and UT Medical Center’s Craig Towers during a taping for Erin Burnett OutFront earlier this month.
Jemele Hill Exits ESPN
Jemele Hill
is finally calling it quits with ESPN next month. Her exit comes one week after new President Jimmy Pitaro articulated his bold new vision for the future of ESPN, emphasizing that ESPN’s role is to cover sports news without any particular political bias. Hill is believed to have met recently with Pitaro to discuss her exit. According to sources, Hill will accept a buyout of the remainder of her contract with the network. Her deal with ESPN still has at least two years to run, and she stands to walk away with millions of dollars from ESPN-parent Disney while she pursues other career opportunities. The 42-year-old National Association of Black Journalists member left SportsCenter earlier this year to join The Undefeated -- a hub for journalism about sports, culture, and race. She says she still stands by her much-noted assessment from last September when she tweeted that Trump is a “white supremacist,” which lead to the White House calling for her firing during a press briefing. Last October, she was suspended after criticizing Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and suggested people boycott sponsors. “So much of my career at ESPN – almost exclusively at some points – has been in commentary,” she told Variety. “They hired me as a columnist. I’ve been giving my opinion since day one.” The exit is said to be amicable. More here.

Meet the Only Latina On-Air at the NFL Network
MJ Acosta
is leaving NBC and Telemundo San Diego to join the NFL Network. In her new role, she will contribute to shows such as NFL Total Access, NFL GameDay Morning, and NFL Up to the Minute. The former Miami Dolphins cheerleader will be based in the Bay Area to cover the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders. When she starts the job September 1st, she will be the only Latina on-air talent at the NFL network. The bilingual reporter -- fluent in English and Spanish -- previously served as the Sports and Entertainment Reporter at WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. She was also a licensed boxing announcer with the Florida Boxing Commission for two years, during which she announced dozens of boxing and MMA matches in Miami. The 2011 Barry College graduate has spent several years as an Anchor for Generation Nexxt Youth Sports Network -- a multiplatform youth sports news company. The 39-year-old began her career working for an affiliate of Telemundo on a show called The Roof, where she was one of the dancers. A native of New York, she grew up watching sports. Her father, a former pro basketball player from the Dominican Republic, played in the Optimist League. More here.
The Peculiar Timing of Paris Dennard’s Downfall
We’re sure you’ve heard by now that political commentator Paris Dennard has been suspended by CNN after a Washington Post report detailed allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior during his tenure as the Events Director for Arizona State University’s McCain Institute for International Leadership. The suspicious timing of the story’s emergence came after Dennard falsely accused former CIA Analyst Philip Mudd of profiting off of his national security clearance. Mudd, who has also served as Deputy Director of the National Security Branch of the FBI and still serves as an advisor on the National Counterterrorism Center, was discussing Donald Trump’s decision to revoke former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance. Days later, The Washington Post reported that Dennard “was fired from Arizona State University four years ago for making sexually explicit comments and gestures toward women.” According to the report, Dennard was removed from his previous position at Arizona State University after an “internal investigation by the university concluded that Paris Dennard ... told a recent college graduate who worked for him that he wanted to have sex with her.” He also
“pretended to unzip his pants in her presence, tried to get her to sit on his lap, and made masturbatory gestures.” Dennard did not dispute those claims but said he committed the acts jokingly. A CNN spokeswoman said, "We are aware of reports of accusations against Paris Dennard. We are suspending Paris, effective immediately, while we look into the allegations." Paris is known for his peculiar loyalty to the president and his often-bizarre defense of the administration frequently coupled with unhinged attacks on critics. See the exchange with Mudd here.
The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah in Australia visiting Wild Black Women hosts Angelina Hurley and Chelsea Bond over the weekend.
WGN radio’s John Williams, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), and humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson at the Thomas Jefferson Show last weekend at the McAninch Arts Center in Illinois.
Multicultural Cultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council Names President and CEO
The Multicultural Cultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) Board of Directors on Thursday officially named Maurita Coley Flippin as their President and CEO. She had been serving in the position as the acting President and CEO since December. Previously, Coley was MMTC's EVP and COO, and also served as a member of its Board of Directors. The 1977 Michigan State University graduate, who also earned a law degree from Georgetown University in 1981, has more than 30 years of experience in law, business, and nonprofit management to the organization. Before joining MMTC, the Detroit native served as the CEO of Capital Area Asset Builders -- a leading nonprofit in community economic development, asset building, and financial literacy in the DC area. Previously, Coley served EVP of Network Operations for BET Networks. She was also a former partner with the Davis Wright Tremaine and the Cole, Raywid & Braverman law firms. “I look forward to working with MMTC’s board and stakeholders to sharpen our shared vision for MMTC’s role as a convener and subject matter expert on media and telecom policy, workforce development, bridging the skills gap, and advancing diversity and inclusion in the media, telecom, and tech sectors,” Coley stated. More here.

Netflix Names New Head of Production
Netflix is about to score name the well-regarded Disney Executive VP of Production Tendo Nagenda to become head of production for its big-budget film division, according to multiple reports. Nagenda spent the past 8 1/2 years at Disney where he shepherded films such as Queen of Katwe, A Wrinkle in Time, and the upcoming Mulan. The digital streaming giant in recent months has been bulking up its original content programming and raided Disney talent pool last year by signing Shonda Rhimes and Kenya Barris to lucrative production deals. Prior to Disney, Nagenda served as VP of Production at Good Universe. The 1997 Claremont McKenna College graduate first enjoyed a lucrative position as a financial consultant with global firm Deloitte before making a major transition into the world of cinematic storytelling. His career in production spans more than a decade including his beginnings at HBO Films to a junior creative executive position at Warner Independent Pictures and a stint with Plan B Entertainment (Brad Pitt’s company). The son of a Ugandan father and Belizean mother, Nagenda was born and mostly raised in Los Angeles. Nagenda is one of the most high-profile Black film executives and Netflix, like most Hollywood companies, is said to want to increase the racial diversity of its executives. The company appointed Susan Rice, former U.S. National Security Advisor and Ambassador to the UN during the Obama administration, to its Board of Directors. More here.
Democratic TX gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez last Monday serving food to the less fortunate members of the community in Odessa, TX.
Congressman André Carson (D-IN) on Thursday spending the afternoon with Major General Courtney P. Carr of the Indiana National Guard.
Georgia Elections Board Nixes Plan to Close Polling Stations in Black Community
A Georgia elections board took less than a minute to reject a proposal to close seven of nine polling places in a majority-Black county. The plan to consolidate polling places in Randolph County, GA was clearly a brazen attempt to suppress the Black vote in the state’s governor race, which pits former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams -- who stands to make history as the country’s first Black woman governor-- against Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp -- who is well known for voter suppression tactics. At the meeting, Board of Elections member Michele Graham quickly offered a motion that the board make no changes to the county's voting precincts. "There is a motion, and I second it," said J. Scott Peavy, rocking back and forth in his chair. "And the vote shall be -- all in favor, say 'aye.'" Graham said "Aye," Peavy said, "Aye." The next comment? "This meeting is adjourned." And just like that, the plan was nixed. More here.

High Time for Change as California Legislature Passes Bill to Expunge Marijuana Convictions
The California state Senate voted this week to pass legislation that will help to expunge or reduce past marijuana-related convictions handed down before weed was legalized in the state. The bill will require the California Justice Department to review past convictions from between 1975 and 2016 and identify cases that could be overturned or reduced by July of 2019. More than 218,000 convictions could be either erased or reduced should Governor Jerry Brown sign the bill into law. Studies have shown that Blacks and whites use and sell marijuana at similar rates. Yet California police arrested Black people for marijuana offenses at more than twice the rate of Latinos in 2015, according to the Drug Policy Alliance, and more than triple the rate of white people. "While many people believe that marijuana is essentially legal in California, data show us that thousands continue to be arrested annually for marijuana activities,” said Jolene Forman, an attorney with the Drug Policy Alliance. "These arrests fall disproportionately on Black and Latino Californians. The only way to begin to repair these disparities is to move marijuana into a fully regulated market and to reduce or eliminate criminal prohibitions for minor marijuana activities." More here.

Corrine Brown Appeal Set to be Heard in ATL
Former Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown's appeal will be heard before judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on December 10th in Atlanta. Her attorneys appealed her conviction on fraud and tax evasion charges, saying in a 76-page document says Judge Timothy Corrigan erred when he removed Juror 13 from a deadlocked panel of jurors. That decision came after another member of the panel, Juror 8, wrote a note saying Juror 13 claimed a "higher power" told him Brown was not guilty. In January, the 71-year-old began serving a five-year sentence at a minimum-security prison camp in Central Florida. Her attorney William Kent also filed a brief this month with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit that argues the Supreme Court's ruling in Honeycutt vs. United States applies to Brown's case. In the 8-0 ruling in Honeycutt, the nation's highest court ruled that in conspiracy cases, defendants could not be held jointly and severally liable in a forfeiture order. That means a court must determine how much each defendant is financially responsible for based on his or her role in the conspiracy. Brown and her co-conspirators were each ordered to collectively forfeit $654,292.39. More here.

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Wednesday, September 5th - Saturday, September 8th: The Hispanic National Bar Association’s 43rd Annual Convention, “The Breakthrough Convention!” CNN’s Jim Acosta will keynote the Gala. 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA. Click here for more information.
Friday, September 7th, 11A: Dialogue on Diversity's 2018 Entrepreneurship/IT Conference, "STEAM -- Power for the XXI Century." 2043 Rayburn House Office Building. 45 Independence Ave., S.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Friday, September 7th, 6:30P: The AT&T Performing Arts Center and Interabang Books host Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to celebrate the release of her two new children's books, TURNING PAGES: My Life Story and THE BELOVED WORLD OF Sonia Sotomayor. Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St, Dallas, TX. Click here for more information
Tuesday, September 11th - Wednesday, September 12th: CHCI's Annual Leadership Conference. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, September 12th - Thursday, September 13th: National Congress of American Indians’ Tribal Unity Impact Days. 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building, DC. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, September 12th - Saturday, September 16th: Congressional Black Caucus Foundation 48th Annual Legislative Conference. Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Click here for more information
Thursday, September 13th, 6P: “An Evening Reception in Washington D.C. with Stacey Abrams.” Event chaired by Toni Cook Bush & Dwight BushSharon Malone & Eric Holder, and Leslie & Spencer Overton, among others. DC. Address provided upon RSVP. Click here for more information
Thursday, September 13th: CHCI's 41st Annual Anniversary Awards Gala. Honoring Univisión’s Jorge Ramos, education activist Anna Michele Bobadilla, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion for Comcast Corporation Juan Otero, and Chief of Staff to Congressman Jimmy Gómez (D-CA) Bertha Alisia Guerrero. Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. 901 Massachusetts Avenue N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Friday, September 14th: The Black Women's Agenda, Inc.’s 41st Annual Symposium Workshop & Awards Luncheon. Honorees include GA gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, NJ Lt. Gov. Sheila Y. Oliver, and AT&T Assistant VP of Public Affairs Tonya L. Lombard, among others. Marriott Marquis. 901 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here for more information
Friday, September 14th - Saturday, September 15th: 2018 Puerto Rican Diaspora Summit, a two-day conference that will provide a space for the discussion of policy issues and the articulation of community response from the perspective of Puerto Ricans in the National Capital region and other stakeholders. UDC School of Law. 4340 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here for more information
Wednesday, September 19th: "The Political LEAP: The Role of Women in 2018" a women empowerment luncheon focused on the role of women in politics, featuring Symone Sanders and Alencia Johnson. The Hamilton, 600 14th Street, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, September 20th, 7P: PEN America hosts Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist José Antonio Vargas in conversation with Latino USA’s María Hinojosa for the launch of Vargas’ new book, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen. The Great Hall, The Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, NYC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, September 20th: The She the People Summit, a national gathering of women of color transforming U.S. politics. Guest speakers include Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, Women’s March co-organizer Linda Sarsour, and Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza, among others. The Julia Morgan Ballroom, 465 California Street, San Francisco, CA. Click here for more information
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.
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.
Thursday, October 4th: Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC hosts their 22nd annual American Courage Awards reception. 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 30th: The 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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