Amanda Seales gets Kennedy Center residency & Latino leaders call out NBC.
Amanda Seales gets Kennedy Center residency & Latino leaders call out NBC.
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January 30, 2019
Judy Chu Aims to Block Muslim Ban, Andrew Gillum Joins CNN, and Cardi B Heads to Iowa
AND SO THEY MEETHouse and Senate negotiators are meeting today to reach a border security deal -- just as they have for two years in a row. But should they succeed again, and whether the president will sign it, is another matter altogether. VERY LARGE BRAIN… Very little intel. North Korea is unlikely to give up its nuclear stockpiles, and Iran isn’t trying to make a nuclear bomb. That’s what top intelligence officials said to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, pretty much contradicting everything the president has asserted. MUELLER TIME… Democrats want to ensure that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report on the Russia probe is made public; House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said his Committee would subpoena the Department if the document is not released. 2020 VISIONNearly two million people tuned in to watch 2020 candidate Kamala Harris’ CNN town hall on Monday night -- the network’s most-watched town hall for a single candidate ever. FLAKES… Former Republican Senator Jeff Flake said he would not primary Donald Trump in 2020. And on the Dem side, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said he would not run for president, either. SOTU CLAPBACKDems have tapped former GA gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams to deliver the response to the president’s State of the Union address, and CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra will deliver the Spanish-language response. THIS IS MAGA COUNTRYThat’s allegedly what two assailants said to 35-year-old actor Jussie Smollett after physically assaulting him, pouring an unknown chemical on him, tying a noose around his neck, and yelling racist and homophobic slurs. BE BEST… At lying. Donald Trump falsely claimed to White House visitors that the Oval Office was in “rough shape” and had a hole in the wall because former President Barack Obama used it to “watch basketball all day.” Eye roll. WE’RE GOOD LUV, ENJOY… A majority of Black players from Clemson University’s football team reportedly skipped Trump’s fast food feast at the White House earlier this month. FREE TRIPS TO WAKANDA… Disney announced Monday that the Oscar-nominated film Black Panther will play for free February 1st -7th at 250 participating AMC theaters to celebrate Black History Month. FOR THE CULTURE… We present today’s Beat. Just don’t freeze when you read it. We’re kicking off your Wednesday with this...
  • Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) shares cancer diagnosis during a hearing on Obamacare.
  • Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) wants the government to hurry up with the backpay.
  • Reps. Linda Sánchez (D-CA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Rubén Gallego (D-AZ) target Trump admin with anti-corruption bill package.
  • Latinx leaders call on NBC to feature more Latinx voices.
  • HI Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s 2020 campaign appears to be in disarray.
  • LAPD disproportionately stopped Black drivers. Now the Mayor wants an audit. Read to the bottom!
Chef and author of Fresh Off The Boat Eddie Huang with actress Constance Wu at the SAG Awards in LA over the weekend.
Immigration rights activist Erika Andiola, Women’s March Co-Chair Tamika Mallory, and producer Amy Berg at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah over the weekend.
Judy Chu Reintroduces Bicameral Bill to Block Muslim Ban Implementation
Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) 
on Tuesday introduced legislation to block the implementation of Donald Trump’s executive order blocking travel from Muslim-majority countries. The bill, which comes two years after the president first implemented it, would prohibit the use of any funds or fees to implement the travel ban. “The Muslim Ban — now in its third iteration, but wrong in any form — is just one of the weapons Donald Trump is using to foment xenophobia and bigotry and drive wedges in our communities,” Chu said. “It is simply un-American. We do not create policies based on religion and we do not target people because of who they worship.” In June 2018, the Supreme Court upheld the most recent version of the travel ban, which does not apply only to Muslim-majority countries. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) unveiled companion legislation in the Senate. More here.

Linda Sánchez, Ted Lieu, and Rubén Gallego Target Trump Admin with New Anti-Corruption Bill Package
The U.S. has slipped out of the top 20 countries perceived to have the least corruption, according to an annual report released Tuesday by the watchdog group Transparency International. Fortuitously, Representatives Linda Sánchez (D-CA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Rubén Gallego (D-AZ) on Tuesday introduced a bill package which incorporates a number of pieces of legislation aimed at strengthening ethical standards in the federal government and to prevent government corruption. The Restoring the Public Trust Act rolls together several bills meant to curb corruption including the SWAMP Act, which would require the president to reimburse the Treasury Department for taxpayer dollars spent at properties in which he has a financial stake, like Mar-a-Lago; the E. Scott Pruitt Accountability for Government Officials Act:, which would create a federal criminal penalty for use of public office for private gain, endorsement of products, or aiding family and friends for corrupt purposes; CORRUPT Act, which would require the head of each agency to submit to the Office of Government Ethics a report on the amount expended by that agency to any property owned by the president or his family; the RIGGED Act, which would make  federal nepotism laws applicable to the Executive Office of the President; and the CLEARANCES Act, which would require the White House to report to Congress when it grants a security clearance in contravention of an unfavorable clearance recommendation, in part to prevent dangerous and heavily indebted individuals from entering the most sensitive positions in government, among many others. “Trump and his administration have made a mockery of government ethics, demonstrating the weak spots in our current laws,” the members said. “He has normalized unethical behavior in a way that was once unthinkable, proving that we need stronger ethics laws.” Joining them in the bill's introduction were Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA). More here.

Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA), who was recently appointed to the House Oversight & Reform Committee, on Capitol Hill Tuesday during the Committee's first full hearing.
Republican commentator Shermichael Singleton with Vox Media journalist Liz Plank on Tuesday before an episode of Consider It in NYC.
Nydia Velázquez Retakes Helm of Small Business Committee
Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY)
returned to the top role of the Small Business Committee after making history as the first Hispanic woman to serve as Ranking Member and Chair of a House standing committee. Velázquez said she will prioritize strengthening the Small Business Administration’s flagship lending and contract assistance programs. She will also hold hearings that give small business owners and stakeholders a platform to voice their concerns on how the administration’s immigration policies, trade war, and corporate tax policies are affecting small firms. Velázquez also welcomed new members to the Committee including Representatives Andy Kim (D-NJ), Sharice Davids (D-KS), Marc Veasey (D-TX), and Antonio Delgado (D-NY). “Hailing from rural America to our cities and everywhere between, these Members bring diverse perspectives to our Committee. I am confident they will serve as powerful voices in Congress for the issues important to America’s small business sector,” said Velázquez. More here.
Gwen Moore Shares Cancer Diagnosis During Obamacare Hearing
The Affordable Care Act guaranteed that more than 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions could get and keep health insurance coverage. During a Tuesday House Ways & Means Committee hearing focused on Obamacare and its protections for people with pre-existing conditions, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) shared her cancer diagnosis. She said that she has been fighting Small Cell Lymphoma for ten months, though she is now in remission. "This is a cancer I will live with for the rest of my life, but, because of my high-quality healthcare and insurance coverage, it is not a cancer I will die from," Moore said in a statement. "Republicans have voted to defund, undercut, and undermine our country’s health care system. They have made it clear as day that they care more about the cost of the ACA than the value of human life. I am announcing my remission today to remind everyone on this committee that I am a living example of the lifesaving value of essential health benefits.” Read her full statement here.

Mazie Hirono Wants the Government to Hurry with Furloughed Workers’ Back Pay
Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
wants the federal government to hurry up with the back pay for furloughed workers. She and her colleagues wrote to the Trump Administration urging the Office of Personnel Management to expedite paychecks after workers have gone without pay for 35 days -- the longest shutdown in U.S. history. “These federal workers have seen bills pile up during the government shutdown, and many of them are currently paying high interest on credit cards or even payday loans to afford basic needs. We have heard from civil servants who will not be able to make their February rent or mortgage payment without their back pay,” the lawmakers write. The letter follows the enactment of the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act, which was signed into law on January 16th, and ensures all federal workers who were furloughed or required to work during the government shutdown will receive back pay. The law also directs that the federal government provide back pay “at the earliest date possible after the lapse in appropriations ends, regardless of scheduled pay dates.” The lawmakers conclude in their letter, “This government shutdown made it clearer than ever just how dedicated civil servants are to their jobs, and how vital those jobs are to the nation. We ask that you publicize when exactly these civil servants can expect to receive their back pay, and we hope it will arrive very soon.” Unfortunately, more than a million federal contract workers won’t get back pay. Contract workers are among the lowest paid federal employees, earning between $450 and $650 per week. They’re often the cooks, guards, janitors, and other support workers at federal buildings. Last week, Hirono introduced legislation to secure back pay for these workers. The Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor Employees Act, introduced with Senator Tina Smith (D-MN), would provide back pay up to $600 per paycheck for employees of federal contractors who were furloughed or had their hours reduced due to the government shutdown. More here.

The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah last week on set behind the scenes.
MSNBC’s Mariana Atencio on Sunday planning her work week from Miami.
Tulsi Gabbard’s 2020 Campaign Operation Falters Before Official Launch
Hawai’i Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard hasn’t officially launched her campaign, and already, she’s losing her Chief of Staff. Politico reports that Campaign Manager Rania Batrice is set to depart after this weekend’s official kickoff in Hawai’i. Gabbard is leaning on her sister, Vrindavan, to fill the role. Also reportedly leaving is Gabbard’s consulting firm, Revolution Messaging. The campaign downplayed both departures, saying Batrice remains “a longtime adviser and friend,” while Revolution was only hired to help through the launch. But Gabbard’s troubles don’t end there. She is under fire back home for fighting with Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), after Gabbard accused the Democratic Senator and others of having “weaponized religion for their own selfish gain.” Plus, as The Beat told you last week, state Sen. Kai Kahele -- a prominent Democratic state lawmaker -- is already challenging Gabbard in next year’s congressional primary. She could lose her 2020 presidential bid as well as her congressional seat. More here.

Cardi B Heads to Iowa
Rapper and occasional Instagram political commentator Cardi B is heading to Iowa. The Hawkeye State is on the 26-year-old Bronx native’s tour schedule on May 3rd. The Polk County Democrats (the county that includes state capital, Des Moines) invited Cardi B to "a reception of her choice" during her visit, in a pitch on both Twitter and Instagram. No response so far. But, if you follow Cardi, it’s best to stay tuned. Iowa hosts the first presidential nominating contest of 2020 and is an important stop for White House hopefuls. The "Bodak Yellow" rapper has always been outspoken on politics. However, she got the attention of Democratic leaders earlier this month when she spoke out about Donald Trump’s government shutdown using very ... colorful (??)... language. She didn’t brag about grabbing women by their genitalia or anything, but she got her point across. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)(who also happens to be Cardi B's home-state Senator) weighed in on Twitter asking Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), "Guys, I'm still holding my breath. Are you gonna RT Cardi B or not?" There were also multiple online requests to have Cardi deliver the Democratic response to this year’s State of the Union. Late Show host Stephen Colbert even made the request on his CBS show. “Why not,” she replied on Twitter. But former GA gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is going to do it this time. Okurrrr? The former stripper -- who doesn’t dance anymore but, instead, makes money moves -- is a great entré for 2020 hopefuls to reach an audience who may not otherwise pay attention to politics. It will be interesting to see which, if any, candidate employs her as a surrogate on the trail. We’ll be watching. More here.

Latino Victory Fund Names Key Staff
The Latino Victory Fund (LVF) -- a progressive PAC co-founded by Eva Longoria Baston, which works to grow Latino political power by increasing Latino representation at every level of government -- has made two key hires and made two promotions as it prepares for the 2020 presidential cycle. Javier Gamboa has come on board as Communications Director. He was most recently the Hispanic Media Director for the DCCC, where for the past two election cycles, the University of Wyoming graduate led their communications for Hispanic media. He was also a leading strategist for the DCCC's unprecedented $30 million investment in base engagement and turn out. His efforts helped to deliver a 174% increase in Latino early and absentee votes across the DCCC’s targeted races. Tomás Kloosterman has joined LVF as Digital Director. He most recently served as a Digital Advocacy and Social Media Strategist at Mothership Strategies. The American University graduate is currently pursuing his Master’s at the George Washington University. Mayra Macias has been promoted to VP. Before joining LVF, the South Side Chicago native was the Florida Democratic Party’s Political Director -- the first Latina to hold this position. Previously, she spent three years working for the Florida Democratic Party. The Yale University graduate previously worked with Teach for America in Miami. María Del Rosario González has been promoted to National Press Secretary. Before joining Latino Victory, González worked on Capitol Hill. She was also a reporter for The Rio Grande Guardian, an online political news publication specializing in Texas politics. The Texas A&M International University graduate, who has a Master’s from Texas State University, is fluent in English and Spanish. More here.
Young People’s Caucus, Future Forum, Names Executive Director
Future Forum, an influential group of young Democrats in the House, led by Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), has named Dao Nguyen as its new Executive Director. Nguyen will help steer the generational Caucus’ work to engage young Americans and provide them with a voice in Congress. This year, the organization’s membership is set to double in size to approximately 50 members and will continue its focus on issues like gun violence prevention, college affordability, and equality of opportunity. The 29-year-old daughter of Vietnamese refugees is already a Capitol Hill vet. She has worked in Congress for seven years, most recently as Murphy’s Senior Policy Advisor. Before that, she served in the same role for Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA). The 2011 UC Berkeley graduate got her start in politics in 2011 as an intern in the office of now-Congressional Black Caucus Chair Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA). “Future Forum is lucky to have Dao as its new Executive Director,” said Murphy. “She brings to the role a dedicated career in public service and a deep understanding of how policy can directly affect young lives. I look forward to working together to provide a platform for young voices across the country and ensure Congress shares this new generation’s passion for building a better and brighter future.” More here.
Houston, TX Mayor Sylvester Turner and Latino Leaders Network Chairman Mickey Ibarra last Wednesday in DC at the 30th Tribute to Mayors. 
Filmmaker Michael Green with wife and NBC News’ Simone Boyce last week in Salt Lake City at the Sundance Film Festival.
Latinx Leaders Call on NBC, Tom Brokaw to Feature More Latinx Voices
Latinx leaders from the political, advocacy, and media sectors called on NBC and Tom Brokaw to do more to address Brokaw's appearance Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press. The 78-year-old said Hispanics in the U.S. should "work harder at assimilation." A letter, which was addressed to Steve Burke, President, NBCUniversal; Andrew Lack, President, NBC News and MSNBC; Chuck Todd, Host, Meet the Press; and Tom Brokaw, Special Correspondent, NBC News, asked that Meet the Press more regularly include Latinx voices on the program and called on NBC to make a "significant contribution" to the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. “Brokaw’s comments did nothing more than repeat the ugly history of racist and xenophobic tropes that nearly every immigrant or ethnic group has had to endure. It is unacceptable that a major network news program would give a platform to one of their most well-respected personalities to repeat and extend these untrue and harmful stereotypes to Latinos,” the letter reads. “In California and Texas, Latinos submit more applications to college than any other racial group. By age five, English acquisition among U.S. born children of Latin American immigrants is 100%, higher than for previous waves of immigrants at the turn of the 20th century.” Signatories include Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, NALEO; Chuck Rocha, President, Solidarity Strategies; Estuardo Rodríguez, President & CEO, Friends of the American Latino Museum; Matt A. Barreto, Co-Founder, Latino Decisions; and Stephanie Valencia, former Special Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Director of Public Engagement, Barack Obama White House, and many others. Read the full letter here.

Andrew Gillum Joins CNN
Former FL gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum is joining CNN as a Political Commentator. His recent meetings with former President Barack Obama and other Democratic donors fueled speculation of a possible presidential bid. He may not be on the 2020 trail, but he will certainly be an asset to whomever he ultimately endorses. Gillum boasts 70,000 supporters and organizers, more than one million cell phone numbers, and over one million email addresses. The news of the FAMU graduate joining CNN comes days after the Florida Commission on Ethics accused Gillum of violating the state's ethics laws -- including rental accommodations in Costa Rica, a boat ride to see the Statue of Liberty with undercover FBI agents and a lobbyist, and tickets to see the Broadway musical Hamilton in 2016. Gillum maintains he committed no wrongdoing. A state commission found probable cause late last week on five of six counts, meaning the case will proceed to an administrative law judge sometime in the next several weeks. More here.

NYT Names Traveling Reporter for 2019
The New York Times has named Sebastián Modak as the 52 Places Traveler for 2019. The multifaceted reporter will chronicle 52 destinations from the NYT’s annual "Places to Go" list. He most recently was a freelance writer, where he covered travel, culture, the arts, science, and technology. Prior to that, he worked for Condé Nast Traveler as an Associate Digital Editor and later on as a Staff Writer. Modak, who is of Colombian and Indian descent, was also Producer on the MTV World series Rebel Music and worked at MIT as a Writer and Researcher. The 2010 University of Pennsylvania graduate started his journey in San Juan, Puerto Rico -- the number one destination -- last week. More here.
The View’s Sunny Hostin in her dressing room at ABC studios in NYC.
Actress Kerry Washington backstage with MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid in NYC over the weekend after Washington’s performance in the Broadway play, American Son.
Amanda Seales Gets Residency at The Kennedy Center
The Kennedy Center will present comedienne, writer, and producer Amanda Seales in a three-night, multifaceted residency. In the first-of-its-kind residency, the 37-year-old artist will explore the intersection of comedy, hip-hop, and jazz creating a multi-genre performance that utilizes commentary on culture to entertain and inform. In collaboration with composer and pianist Kris Bowers, Seales will reinterpret "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)" through the lens of jazz. The SUNY graduate, who earned her Master’s from Columbia, is best known for her role as Tiffany DuBois on HBO’s Insecure. "Amanda Seales brings her authentic self to every performance. She is brilliant, fearless, and her reflections on race and culture are a poignant example of why Black women need a seat at every table" said Simone Eccleston, The Kennedy Center’s Director of Hip Hop Culture and Contemporary Music. "She has found the perfect balance of insight, truth-telling, and humor that makes her comedy resonate in our current social landscape." More here.

Sundance Institute Announces Merata Mita Fellowship Recipients
The Sundance Institute has named Briar Grace-Smith and Ainsley Gardiner as the 2019 recipients of Sundance Institute's Merata Mita Fellowship. The Fellowship -- named after New Zealand’s first female Indigenous filmmaker, Merata Mita -- will award each recipient with cash grants and a year-long program of support from the Sundance Institute including mentorships and attendance of the Sundance Film Festival. Grace-Smith, who is of Ngā Puhi descent, is a filmmaker and writer with credits spanning stage plays, fiction, television scripts, and screenplays, including The Strength of Water, which was developed in the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters’ lab. Gardiner -- who is of Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Pikiao, and Te-Whānau-ā-Apanui descent -- has produced television, shorts, and features, including Two Cars, One Night and Tama Tu by Taika Waititi, and Waititi’s features, Eagle vs Shark and BOY. She also directed Mokopuna, which won the best short film award at the 2008 Canadian indigenous film festival, Dreamspeakers. The two are currently collaborating on a new feature film. More here

Indian Country Media Network’s Mark Trahant and Portland, OR Mayor Tom Wheeler on Tuesday at the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians' winter convention in Portland.
CNN en Español’s María Elena Requena on Monday heading to the studio in Miami.
LAPD Disproportionately Stopped Black Drivers, Mayor Calls for Audit 
To combat a surge in violent crime, the LAPD doubled the size of its elite Metropolitan Division in 2015, creating special units to swarm crime hot spots, the Los Angeles Times reported last week. By 2018, the number of drivers stopped by Metro was nearly 14 times greater than before the expansion, but nearly half the drivers stopped were Black. This pushed the share of African Americans stopped by the LAPD overall from 21% to 28% in a city that is only 9% Black. Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Monday the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will be conducting an audit of the unit. Garcetti said that "we will get information instead of having speculation" via the audit. The OIG report will detail "the story and not just the statistics" about the division's policies, the mayor said. The data analyzed by The LA Times does not show why an individual officer pulled over a driver and does not contain information about whether a motorist was searched, ticketed, or arrested after the stop. More here.

CBP Spent $60.7M to Hire 33 New Agents
One of the president’s key campaign promises, along with his border wall, was to hire more border patrol agents and immigration officers. These efforts continue to move at a glacial pace. In December, we told you that Customs and Border Protection had so far paid a firm $13.6 million to hire recruits; it hired two. A month and a half and $47.1 million later, the total number hired has grown to 33. The private consulting firm Accenture was originally awarded a $297 million contract to recruit and hire 7,500 agents and officers over five years. However, nearly a year into the contract, they had fallen drastically short of their hiring goals. As a result, CBP scaled back the Accenture contract from $297 million to $83 million and issued a partial stop-work order; the agency will decide in March whether to cancel the rest of the contract. CBP currently has more than 3,000 job vacancies, according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) office -- about 2,000 more than when Trump signed the orders, according to a Government Accountability Office report on the CBP’s hiring challenges. House Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said the contract issues reinforced his doubts about CBP leadership. “CBP cannot simply farm out its hiring and spend hundreds of millions without addressing systemic problems at the agency,” Thompson stated. More here.
Friday, February 1stSenator Doug Jones (D-AL) hosts his first annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities Summit. The HBCU Summit will provide students, educator, and administrators an opportunity to exchange ideas and earn skills through workshops on grant-writing and career preparation. HBCU students will also be able to meet with prospective employers at an on-site job fair. Lawson State Community College - Birmingham Campus, Alabama Center for Advanced Technology and Training Building (third floor), 3060 Wilson Road, SW, Birmingham, AL. Contact Jones' office 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. Eaton Hotel, 1201 K Street, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, February 5th, 8:30A: The Raben Group hosts "The 116th Congress & the Women's Mandate." Congresswomen Lauren Underwood (D-IL) and Haley Stevens (D-MI), VA state Delegate Hala Ayala, and President of the National Partnership for Women & Families Debra Ness have a candid conversation about the path to family-friendly policies at the federal level, and what state and local governments can do to advance progressive policies, too. 1341 G Street, N.W., Fifth Floor, 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. García with 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.
Wednesday, March 6th - Thursday, March 7th: The ninth annual International Women’s Day Forum: The Equality Opportunity, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State. The event gathers the business community, civil society, and government representatives to advance progress, partnerships, and prosperity through gender equality around the globe. Actress, singer, and philanthropist Keke Palmer will keynote. U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H Street, 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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