Oscar De La Hoya mulls a presidential run and Xavier Becerra presses DOJ.
Oscar De La Hoya mulls a presidential run and Xavier Becerra presses DOJ.
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September 12, 2018
Kamala Harris Protects Obama Policy, Uber Names New Global Policy Head, and Few People of Color on Capitol Hill Senior Staff
FLO SHIFTS SOUTHHurricane Florence has shifted southwest and slowed dramatically, but remains a Category 4 storm headed for Virginia, Georgia, and the Carolinas. This could be the most expensive natural disaster in recent history. CASH MONEY REPS… It’s not a rap label. It’s a Caucus. House Republicans unveiled a second round of tax cuts this week that could add more than $2 trillion to the federal deficit over a decade, aiming to cement the steep cuts they passed last fall despite criticisms of tailoring their policies to help the rich. NEW SUPREMESenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) expects to hold a full floor vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the final week of September, just in time for the beginning of the high court's session on October 1st. BURNING BUSHFormer President George W. Bush is hitting the fundraising circuit for a handful of Republican House and Senate candidates. He kicks off his comeback today at a closed-door event in Fort Worth, TX for Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX) who’s facing Gina Ortiz Jones in the state’s 23rd Congressional District. PRIME LOCATIONAmazon has joined the DC Chamber of Commerce, a move that further cements the company's presence in the nation’s capital, which is also on the short list for the online retail and web services giant's second headquarters. HOW YOU LIKE THEM APPLES? Apple is expected to unveil its latest iPhone today at 1P EDT, setting up a race to Mac stores to secure the newest model. ((And possible malfunctioning on whatever iPhone you have currently)) BRING ‘EM OUTRapper T.I. says New York Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon has earned his vote, and an invite to the cookout, after she called out racist marijuana laws. He’s not a registered voter in NYC. But we get you, T.I. SWAGGER LIKE US The Beat flows colder than February and spotlights the revolutionary. We’re kicking off your Wednesday with this...
  • FCC Chair Ajit Pai pauses Sprint/T-Mobile merger.
  • Lawmakers overseeing federal prisons knew nothing of the national prison strike. How Sway?
  • Will Oscar De La Hoya enter the ring in 2020?
  • Native American tribes sue the Trump administration.
  • Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) wants to extend veteran homeless programs.
  • Looking for women of color running for office? There’s a database for that. Read to the bottom!
Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY) and political organizer Chung Seto supporting NY state senatorial candidate John Liu in NYC this week.
Former HUD Secretary ‏Julián Castro last month repping his own MAGA fashion.
Very Few People of Color Among Senior Staffers for House Members 
Nearly 75% of House members -- 313 members -- have no persons of color on their senior staff, according to a new report by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. The report, titled Racial Diversity Among Top U.S. House Staff and released on Tuesday, found a troubling lack of racial diversity in the U.S. House of Representatives. While people of color account for 38% of the U.S. population, they make up only 13.7% of all top House staff. This demonstrates that the American public is more likely to elect a person of color to the House than House members are to hire top staff of color. Beyond members of color, there is little difference between Democrats and Republicans. Of the 329 white members of the House, only 10 Republican members and six Democratic members have Chiefs of Staff of color. In the personal offices of white Democratic members, only 7.4% of top staff are people of color even though, on average, 37.4% of these districts’ residents are people of color. In the offices of white Republican members, only 3% of top staff are people of color even though these members represent districts that are on average 26% people of color. The report also shows that more than a quarter of members -- 114 members -- represent districts that are over a third people of color but do not have any top staff of color. And much of the Democrats’ staff diversity comes from the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). While 53% of CBC members’ top staffers are Black, only 2% of white Democratic members’ top staffers are Black. The findings also show that almost 40% of the Democratic Congressional Hispanic Caucus members and half of the Republican Congressional Hispanic Conference members have no Latino top staff. There are no Latinos, Asian American Pacific Islanders, or Native Americans in any of the 40 committee staff director positions or in any of the 24 top staff positions in the four top leadership offices of Democrats and Republicans. “The House of Representatives cannot effectively create public policy that benefits all Americans if the people making policy decisions do not look like America,” said Spencer Overton, President of the Joint Center. “While these numbers are disappointing, this report is a critical step toward understanding and addressing this lack of diversity and inclusion in Congress. Members of Congress must take action to recruit and hire talented diverse candidates for senior staff positions to ensure that it better understands and more effectively represents all Americans.” Read the full report here
Members of Congress Had No Idea About Prison Strike
Lawmakers who oversee federal prison policy -- including the top Democrat on the committee and Congressional Black Caucus Member Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) -- told HuffPost that they hadn’t heard about any protests or strikes. Prisoners were protesting living conditions and the dissent included hunger strikes, boycotts of facilities and refusal to carry out work duties have been reported in many states, from Florida and South Carolina to Washington. A list of demands posted on the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee website calls for an end to unpaid labor, the restoration of voting rights, and the repeal of a federal law that blocks prisoner lawsuits. Congress doesn’t oversee state prisons, but federal laws have a direct bearing on state prison conditions. Jackson Lee did say she was aware of other recent protests by prisoners in her home state of Texas though not being aware of the national strike. She said she had toured one facility earlier this year and would pursue a prison reform agenda if Democrats can retake the House this fall. At the end of 2016, federal and state prisons in the U.S. held about 486,900 inmates who were Black and 341,200 who were Hispanic, according to Pew Research. For context, that same year, Blacks represented 12% of the U.S. adult population but 33% of the sentenced prison population; and while Hispanics represented 16% of the adult population, they accounted for 23% of inmates. The new push for inmates and returning citizens is to regain the vote for up to six million Americans who have been stripped of their democratic rights. Other members of Congress who didn’t know about the strike include House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), and the top Republicans on the subcommittee that directly oversees prisons, Congressmen Jim Sensenbrenner (WI) and Louie Gohmert (TX). More here.
Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) at a United Services Organization event on the Hill last week to assemble care packages for military spouses.
Author and activist Gloria Steinem, civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson, and WNYC's Tanzina Vega on Friday at the Prosperity Now summit in DC.
Mazie Hirono Intros BIll to Extend Veteran Homelessness Programs 
Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
on Tuesday introduced bipartisan legislation to extend several federal homeless veteran programs for the next fiscal year through 2020. Currently, these programs are set to expire on September 30th without congressional action. The Keeping Our Commitment to Ending Veteran Homelessness Act of 2018, introduced with Senator John Boozman (R-AR), aims to renew seven veterans programs within the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Labor including Healthcare for Homeless Veterans, Supportive Services for Veteran Families, and Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program, among others. “Organizations in Hawaii and nationwide are working hard every day to help ensure our country’s veterans have access to necessary resources and a permanent, stable roof over their heads,” said Hirono. “We cannot allow funding for these critical programs to lapse and I thank Senator Boozman for his strong support in this fight to keep our commitments to our veterans and their families.” More here

Kamala Harris Urges EPA and NHTSA to Extend Comment Period for Trump’s Emissions Rollback
The Trump administration last month announced a proposal that would roll back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards -- known as the One National Program -- and withdraw California’s Clean Air Act waiver which enables the state to set its own higher standards that other states can adopt. In response, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) on Monday led 31 Senate colleagues in a letter to EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Deputy Administrator Heidi King voicing their support for the current standard and urging them to extend the public comment period for the Trump administration’s proposed rollback. The Senators argued that the proposal would not only impact the fuel efficiency of passenger vehicles, but also harm human health, the auto industry workforce, increase consumer expenses, and stifle technological innovation. Additionally, the Senators added that the current allotted 60-day window for the comment period does not afford the public adequate opportunity to weigh in on the proposal. “Public participation is critical to our nation’s regulatory process. Therefore, we urge you to extend the comment period from 60 days to 120 days and extend the deadline for comments on NHTSA’s draft EIS to align with the requested 120 day comment period for the joint proposed rule,” they wrote. More here.
Salud Carbajal Wants to Improve Mental Health Services for Military
The rate of major depression among service men and women is five times higher than the civilian population, and the diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is 15 times higher than the civilian population. To help address this issue, Congressmen Salud Carbajal (D-CA) and Lloyd Smucker (R-PA) have come together to introduce a bipartisan bill to improve the mental health services provided to servicemembers by the Department of Defense (DoD). The legislation addresses the DoD’s mental health provider shortage and medication prescribing practices designed to treat PTSD by developing a strategy to better recruit and retain mental health providers. The legislation would also require the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to Congress that details the exact shortage of mental health providers at DoD -- as well as the reasons for a shortage and its impact on members of the Armed Services -- and also explain DoD’s efforts to review and monitor the medication prescribing practices of its providers based on its guideline recommendations to treat PTSD. “Far too many of our service men and women are returning home with untreated symptoms of depression, substance abuse, and other mental health conditions related to their service,” said Carbajal. “This legislation is critical to equipping the VA with the information and tools they need to take on this epidemic and help provide our veterans with the support they deserve.” More here.

Kirby Bumpus with her mom, CBS News' Gayle King, and Oprah Winfrey in Paris over the weekend for a wedding.
MN Lt. Gov. candidate Peggy Flanagan (D) and MN congressional candidate Ilhan Omar (D) at the Minnesota State Fair last weekend.
Jeff Sessions Thinks Immigration Judges Should Show Less Sympathy
In a speech in front of 44 new judges on Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said immigration judges are creating “nebulous legal standards out of a sense of sympathy” for immigrants, and he urged them to resist being flexible with their judgements because of their personal stories. He also railed against immigrants’ attorneys, saying that they are trying to get around the law like “water seeping through an earthen dam.” BuzzFeed reported that Sessions said that it is the judge’s job to prevent this and focus on a “secure” border and a “lawful system” that “actually works.” However, the National Association of Immigration Judges -- the union that represents the country’s 350 immigration judges -- says otherwise. “The reality is that it is a political statement which does not articulate a legal concept that judges are required to be aware of and follow,” said Dana Marks, a spokesperson for the organization. “It did appear to be a one-sided argument made by a prosecutor.” Other judges noted that asylum laws were actually designed to be flexible enough for judges to make calls driven by their morality. This is just the latest message from the DOJ calling for an increased crackdown on immigrants. More here.

FEMA said that millions of water bottles meant for victims of Hurricane Maria were left undistributed at an airport in Puerto Rico for more than a year. The agency said on Wednesday that they had turned the water over to the General Services Administration, but a photographer working for a Puerto Rican police agency, Abdiel Santana, noticed that the water was still sitting at the airport runway one year later. This comes as BuzzFeed reported that FEMA Director Brock Long said that, as of July 30th, the agency had received 2,431 requests for funeral assistance from Puerto Ricans related to the hurricane but FEMA had approved just 75 of them. This means 97% have either been rejected or have not received a decision almost a year after Maria hit the island. Donald Trump on Tuesday touted the federal government’s response in PR as “an incredible unsung success” after Hurricane Maria, despite nearly 3,000 deaths in the hurricane’s aftermath. On the same day, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) released a document showing a transfer of nearly $10 million from FEMA to ICE. The transfer was a part of a $201.88 million shift in money toward ICE's detention facilities by the Department of Homeland Security. The lawmaker accused Trump's administration of diverting funds from hurricane relief just as hurricane season was starting. The document specifically mentions the money would come from the agency's budgets for travel, training, public engagement, and information technology work. The department denies that the money came from disaster relief funding. More here.
California AG  Xavier Becerra Presses DOJ to Include Him in Meeting Probe into Tech Bias
AG Jeff Sessions
is planning to speak with some state Attorneys General at an upcoming meeting on alleged bias against conservative views on social media and whether the companies "may be hurting competition and intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas on their platform." However, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a former Democratic Congressmen who represents a state that is home to Silicon Valley, has not been invited to the September 25th meeting. He raised his concerns about his potential exclusion in a letter to the DOJ. A Spokesperson for Becerra said, “If the proposed gathering is meant to be a legitimate examination of the role of technology companies in social media, then states like California, the nation's tech leader and home to a $385 billion tech industry, will be invited. If it's a political meeting, then that speaks for itself." A DOJ official told NPR that no official invitations have been sent out. Donald Trump has accused the tech platforms of suppressing conservative viewpoints and recently falsely claimed that Google "rigged" search results to surface "bad" stories about him and cited his loss of Twitter followers, which coincided with Twitter's purge of bots and spam accounts. In August, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was mocked after complaining that Twitter was censoring conservative voices after sharing a screenshot of a tweet from Fox News host Laura Ingraham that was covered by a warning of “potentially sensitive content.” Turns out the tweet was covered up due to settings in McCarthy’s own Twitter account, not because of a company campaign to silence conservative voices. Evidence for anti-conservative bias remains unclear. Nonetheless, tech watchers see the meeting as another sign of stricter government scrutiny looming over powerful tech companies. More here.

Native American Communities Suing Trump Administration Over Pipeline
Two Native American tribes are suing the Trump administration in an effort to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. They say it failed to adhere to historical treaty boundaries and circumvented environmental impact analysis. The Fort Belknap Indian Community of Montana and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota contend there was no effort to study how the 1,200-mile pipeline project through their respective territories would affect their water systems and sacred lands. They are asking a federal judge in Montana to rescind the 2017 permit and block any further construction or use of the controversial pipeline. President Barack Obama in 2015 had "ordered work halted on the Dakota pipeline after Native American groups and other activists protested its route near culturally sensitive sites in North Dakota." But shortly after taking office, Donald Trump approved the construction of the Dakota Access project and, on the same day, invited the Canadian company that owns Keystone to reapply for a permit. Less than two months later, the State Department greenlighted the project, paving the way for construction to begin as early as this summer. The proposed pipeline will cross the ancestral lands, sacred sites, and historic sites of tribes. More here.

NM congressional candidate Deb Haaland (D) with KS congressional candidate Sharice Davids (D) in Kansas on Monday.
Solidarity Strategies' Chuck Rocha on-set of Fox & Friends First in NYC last month.
Ajit Pai Pauses Sprint-T-Mobile Merger
FCC Chair Ajit Pai says he needs more time to review the proposed Sprint-T-Mobile $26 billion merger, according to a letter the federal the agency sent to the companies Tuesday. If the two companies are eventually allowed to merge, the number of wireless providers in the U.S. would drop from four to three with the new company competing against Verizon and AT&T. Chief executives of both companies have vowed to offer lower prices if allowed to merge. They say joining forces would also help increase competition in the telecom marketplace and that they need one another to roll out 5G service. The reasoning for this latest delay is to give the agency time to review newly submitted materials that break down a planned network engineering model, as well as T-Mobile's "Build 9" business model explaining the deal's financial backing. Sprint and T-Mobile have gone down a rocky road to a merger, calling off and resuming talks. Now that they’re back on, the deal is also being reviewed by the Justice Department. More here.

Uber Names Head of Global Policy, Accessibility, and Underserved Communities
Malcom Glenn
will now serve as the Head of Global Policy, Accessibility, and Underserved Communities at Uber. His promotion from Strategic Partnerships and Public Policy Manager comes as Uber makes its way out of the crosshairs of governments, employees, and customers one year after Dara Khosrowshahi took over for Travis Kalanick as CEO. Tech reporters have described the changes at the ride-sharing giant as “growing up.” In Glenn’s new role, he’ll lead global policy efforts to make current and future Uber products more accessible for historically marginalized communities, and manage outreach and day-to-day relationships with global issue groups, organizations, and nonprofits focused on underserved communities. He came to Uber from Google where he developed strategic communications for Google’s CFO and their leadership team. Before that, he was the National Director of Communications at the American Federation for Children, an advocacy organization focused on expanding educational options for children from low-income families. He also previously worked on issue campaigns as a Project Coordinator at the polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner. The 2009 Harvard College graduate is also a Board member of the World Institute on Disability. He will be based in DC. Uber also just hired its first-ever CMO, Rebecca Messina. More about Glenn here.

Abbvie Taps New Director of Government Affairs
Binta Beard 
has been named the Director for Government Affairs at the pharmaceutical company AbbVie. She previously served as a Managing Partner at EQUINOX Strategies, where she provided strategic consulting to clients on a range of health and public policy issues. Prior to that, she was a Principal at Podesta Group. Beard also spent time on Capitol Hill as a Senior Policy Advisor to Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), where she led the Senator’s health portfolio. She also served as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA), where she managed health legislative priorities including the passage of health care reform. The 2002 Wellesley College graduate, who also has a Master's and Ph.D. from Harvard University, began her career as a Research Analyst at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. More about her here.
CNN commentator Bakari Sellers rocking Nike on-set in NYC. Just do it.
Civil rights icon Dolores Huerta with a copy of activist Julissa Arce's first book My (Underground) American Dream.
Will “Golden Boy” Enter the Ring in 2020?
Oscar De La Hoya
is an Olympic gold medalist, six-division world boxing champion, Boxing Hall of Famer, and a lead promoter. Now, he is considering adding a much different title to his résumé: President of the United States. Speaking to reporters Tuesday while promoting one of his clients’ matches, De La Hoya said that he has "real" interest in making a presidential bid in 2020. "It's real. That's the beauty of our nation. If Arnold [Schwarzenegger] can be governor, if Trump can be president, then why can't a Mexican American who won an Olympic gold medal, who's over 35 and a U.S. citizen, run for presidency?," he said. The 45-year-old said he has been considering making a run for a few years now, that he would run as a Democrat, and that he believes he has serious financial backing. De La Hoya has had very public personal issues, including infidelity and alcohol and substance abuse, but he remains confident that people would support his bid. “As I got older, I get wiser and as I get wiser, I get smarter, and as I get smarter, I start to realize the millions and millions of people who’ve told me, ‘Oscar, why don’t you run for some kind of office? … Because you can make a difference,’” De La Hoya said. More here.

New Hampshire Voters Select First Black GOP Nominee
New Hampshire voters selected Eddie Edwards in Tuesday’s Republican primary. The U.S. Navy veteran and graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA is a former police chief of a small town who also served as the state liquor commission’s Chief Law Enforcement officer. Endorsed by Rudy Giuliani, who described Edwards as a “strong conservative who believes in low taxes and is a supporter of the ‘America First’ agenda of President Trump,” Edwards could be the state's first Black representative in Congress. He’s the second African American to be nominated, but the first Republican nominee. Democrats picked openly gay Manchester politician Chris Pappas as their nominee in the First Congressional District. Either way, the November race will be historic. More here.

Ricardo Rosselló Will Stump for Candidates that Support PR Statehood
Democratic Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló on Tuesday said that he plans to hit the campaign trail and use his social media presence to elevate candidates that support statehood and increased recovery efforts for the island. He said that his priority is to ensure that eligible Puerto Ricans living on the mainland are registered to vote and to give them “some direction as to which candidates are friends of Puerto Rico and which ones are not." NY has traditionally had the largest population of Puerto Ricans outside of the island, but experts believe that Florida has now surpassed it due to an influx of recent arrivals as a result of Hurricane Maria and the financial crisis. Nearly half of the island’s evacuees, over 135,000 people, now call the Sunshine State home. "Make no mistake about it, come midterm elections I am going to use every little opportunity I have to either go to places where I think I can help, influence and make sure the candidates that will support the positions of Puerto Rico get elected or reelected," Rosselló told The Hill. He has already come out in support of Congressman Darren Soto (D-FL) and NY Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), though he has declined to endorse either candidate in the FL Senate race because both have been “friends” of Puerto Rico. Rosselló’s pronouncement comes as the island and one of its leaders, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, continues to come under attack by Donald Trump; he tweeted this morning that she was “incompetent” and that federal efforts on the island were “underappreciated.” More on Rosselló here.
Journalist and Dr. Oz contributor Mara Schiavocampo with her son on Sunday. 
Comedian David Fung, The Daily Show's Ronny Chieng, and Crazy Rich Asians' Victoria Loke grabbing lunch in NYC last week.
New Political Digital Firm Launches to Help More Progressives Win
Cheryl Contee
helped launch Do Big Things this month. She is the new digital media agency’s Co-Founder and will serve as CEO. The firm -- which currently has a staff that is 50% people of color and has a majority-minority technology development team -- will specialize in digital advertising, content, fundraising, and products including websites and apps. "We’ve built an agency that looks and lives like the people we want to reach… we know how to reach the audiences our clients care about -- because we are them,” Contee says. Contee is the Co-Founder of Fission Strategy and #YesWeCode with Van Jones of CNN. The Yale University graduate, who also has an International Executive MBA from Georgetown University, also serves on several boards and advisory committees including Netroots Nation, Citizen Engagement Lab, and Digital Undivided. Do Big Things has more than 45 political campaign, nonprofit, foundation, and corporate clients already on its roster, with staff members located across the country in DC, Chicago, Atlanta, New York, and San Francisco. More here.

New Political Database Launches to Elect More WOC  
WOC for America is a new database that aims to be a resource and part of the broader movement to get more progressive women of color elected to office. It allows people to search by state to find women of color candidates who are running for office, and includes information about their seat and core issues. Additionally, the site provides resources such as links to finding your polling place, how to support a pipeline of women of color candidates, and how to check if you're registered to vote. When creators of the site, Abigail Omojola and Susan Varghese, found out they shared the same birthday, the two began talking about the difference and impact they would like to make in their 30th year. Hence, the WOC for America database was born. “We were looking for a list of progressive woc running and we couldn't find one. We know other women were looking too, so we decided to create it ourselves,” Varghese told The Beat DC. “We definitely want to make sure we’re as comprehensive as possible in the candidates we cover on the site and make sure the importance of the local offices are out there as well. Those are often the people that control much of what happens in our daily lives and they're just as important as members of Congress,” Omojola added. Omojola is an attorney and Director at The Raben Group’s DC office. Varghese currently serves as a Senior Associate at The Raben Group in NYC. More here.

Today: CHCI's Annual Leadership Conference. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Today - Thursday, September 13th: National Congress of American Indians’ Tribal Unity Impact Days. 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building, DC. Click here for more information.
Today - Saturday, September 16th: Congressional Black Caucus Foundation 48th Annual Legislative Conference. Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Click here for more informationClick here for a 2018 Congressional Black Caucus ALC events directory
Thursday, September 13th, 11:30A: Walker’s Legacy and the African American Mayors Association host the 2018 Women in Business and Civic Leadership Awards. Honorees include Constance Logan, MI District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration; Inez Long, President/CEO of the Black Business Investment Fund, Inc.; and Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes, Interim Director of The Washington DC Department of Employment Services. The Hamilton Live, 600 14th Street, N.W., DC. 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
Saturday, September 15th, 6P: CBCF Phoenix Awards Dinner. Rev. Dr. William Barber II will keynote the event. Washington Convention Center, Hall D. 801 Mt. Vernon Place, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Monday, September 17th, 5:30P: The Creative Artists Agency hosts "Cocktails and Conversation," featuring Valerie Jarrett. Sofitel Lafayette Square, 806 15th Street, N.W., DC. Invite only. 
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.
Wednesday, September 26th, 6P: The Constitutional Accountability Center hosts “CAC@10: A Decade of Progress, A Charge for the Future.” Honorees include former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Chair of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation Shirley Higuchi, and Brittany Packnett, Co-Founder of Campaign Zero. Mayer Brown, 1999 K St N.W., DC. 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.
Tuesday, October 2nd: The Indian American Impact Project hosts Women Who Impact, an evening celebrating the Indian American women advocates, influencers, and power brokers. Featuring Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA)Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), DNC CEO Seema Nanda, and others. Covington & Burling LLP, 850 10th Street N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, October 4th: Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC hosts their 22nd annual American Courage Awards reception. JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, October 11th, 6P: The Muslim Public Affairs Council hosts the 2018 Empowering Voices Awards. Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., DC. 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 30thThe 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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