Sheila Jackson Lee refuses to step down and Rashia Tlaib gets GOP pushback.
Sheila Jackson Lee refuses to step down and Rashia Tlaib gets GOP pushback.
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January 22, 2019
Kamala Harris Names Campaign Team, Hispanic Lawmakers Intro New "Dreamer" Bill, and Rubén Gallego Eyes Senate Run
SHUTDOWN DAY 32Calls for Donald Trump to end the partial government shutdown are growing louder, from the boardroom to the street corner. Government employees are set to miss another paycheck this week. And the shutdown is also hurting some of the most vulnerable, including the homeless and those who depend on federal rent subsidies. RANSOMThe Senate will vote this week on Trump's proposal to reopen the government, which includes $5.7 billion for the border wall and temporary protections for some undocumented immigrants. Dems have already replied nope. RESPONSEThe House will continue voting on a package of government funding bills, and Dems have added an extra $1 billion in border-related spending. GRAND WIZARD OF 1600 PA AVEThat’s how Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) referred to Donald Trump during an MLK Day celebration hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network in New York. MAGA TEENSA group of white teens in DC over the weekend for the March for Life mocked Native American elder and Vietnam vet Nathan Phillips. A well-crafted rebuttal by the teens attempted to change the narrative. But the receipts show the truth. NO NEWS HERETrump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, over the weekend said something crazy. And then said something crazier. Then did an about-face. You know. Rudy being Rudy. A RUSSIAN MODEL, OLIGARCH, AND TRUMPA chilling story about the Trump administration freeing an oligarch from hundreds of millions of dollars in debt is worth a watch. NOTORIOUS RBGFox & Friends mistakenly aired a graphic saying 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died. LIFE AFTER DEATH… She’s very much alive. A robe-clad animated Lego version of RBG yields her gavel in a promo for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. “The team has arrived,” she declares. MUTE R. KELLYSpotify is getting ready to enable a block feature in its apps to mute artists you don’t want to hear from after the streaming service came under pressure for offering the Pied Piper’s music despite allegations of sexual abuse. WEEDING THROUGH SUPER BOWL ADSCBS has rejected a television advertisement that calls for the legalization of medical marijuana which would have aired during the February 3rd game. AND THE OSCAR GOES TO… Actors Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross joined Academy President John Bailey to reveal the nominees in 24 categories. See the full list here. AND THE BEAT GOES TO… You! We’re kicking off your Tuesday with this...
  • Governor Ricardo Rosselló calls out Trump admin over food assistance for Puerto Rico.
  • Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) gets pushback from GOP over trip to West Bank.
  • Radio One Founder, Cathy Hughes, resigns from CBCF board amid lawsuit.
  • Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) calls on banks to help furloughed government workers.
  • Carlos Curbelo heads to Telemundo and MSNBC.
  • The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility names a new Board Chair.
  • Catch The Beat DC’s Tiffany D. Cross today at 1:20P EST on SiriusXM Ch. 126 on Keepin’ It Real with Rev. Al Sharpton.
DJ Steve Aoki and The Daily Show’s Ronny Chieng on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Former BET CEO Debra Lee, Tina Knowles, and Nina Cooper celebrating philanthropist Cookie Johnson’s birthday over the weekend.
Tammy Duckworth Requests Immediate Investigation Into Allegations of Misconduct at EPA with Cancer-Causing Chemical
Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) 
has asked the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately launch an independent investigation into a serious allegation that the agency is failing to protect the American public from cancer-causing emissions of Ethylene Oxide (EtO). Duckworth’s staff received information this week alleging that EPA senior political appointees instructed career civil servants to avoid conducting inspections of facilities that emit EtO, a known carcinogen. Duckworth -- the top Democrat on the Senate Subcommittee on Fisheries, Waters and Wildlife -- questioned EPA Administrator nominee Andrew Wheeler during his Senate confirmation hearing this week over this report, and to answer for why no EPA staff are currently inspecting any facilities that emit ethylene oxide in Region 5 (located in IL) or across the country. He replied that they are looking into it. EPA spokesman John Konkus said no order has been issued to stop inspections at EtO facilities. He says EPA staff have been “actively examining” emissions and pollution controls for those facilities. Duckworth was joined by Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) in writing a letter to the EPA OIG to address the issue. “We urge the EPA OIG to swiftly begin a thorough independent investigation into allegations that senior EPA political appointees instructed or impeded investigations of facilities that emit EtO,” the Senators wrote. “Americans rely on EPA to protect them from public threats posed by contaminated air and water. The allegation that EPA may be preventing its personnel from carrying out this critical mission as a result of politically-motivated interference is disturbing and must be investigated to determine the truth.” Read the full letter here.

Marco Rubio Introduces Data Privacy Bill
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) 
last week introduced legislation that would provide a national consumer data privacy law that he says protects both consumers and the innovative capabilities of the internet economy. The American Data Dissemination Act would task the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to update the nation’s 1970s privacy laws. The measure would task the FTC with developing a list of rules and regulations related to data privacy. Then, after 180 days, the FTC would submit suggestions to Congress for approval. If lawmakers don’t pass legislation within two years, the FTC could approve and enforce their own rules without final Congressional approval. Right now the agency can only enforce rules, not create their own. The bill would preempt state laws and Democrats have indicated that they will only agree to this in exchange for national rules that make sense. Given the strength of California’s recent landmark consumer privacy law passed in 2018 and going into effect in 2020, federal law could wind up hurting states that would be more secure on their own. Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) warned earlier this month that Congress shouldn't "dilute" California's rules, which he argued should be the "floor" for a national framework. This measure is also contrary to the anti-Big Government stance the GOP takes. Yet, the bill is timely after a series of data privacy scandals rocked the telecom industry in 2018. “There has been a growing consensus that Congress must take action to address consumer data privacy,” Rubio said. “However, I believe that any efforts to address consumer privacy must also balance the need to protect the innovative capabilities of the digital economy that have enabled new entrants and small businesses to succeed in the marketplace.” More here.

Hispanic Caucus Members Want “Dreamers” to Work for Congress
As Donald Trump tries to use a temporary extension of protections for “Dreamers” as part of his deal to try and get funds for a southern border wall, a group of Hispanic Caucus members wants to make sure the DACA recipients are welcome in the halls of Congress. Representatives Juan Vargas (D-CA), Darren Soto (D-FL), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Jesús “Chuy” García (D-IL), Grace Napolitano (D-CA), and Norma Torres (D-CA) have introduced the DREAMer House Employment Act which would make “Dreamers” eligible for employment by an office of a member of the House of Representatives. Currently, DACA recipients cannot work for House members because their status is granted by executive order, not a law. To be employed by a House office in a paid position in the continental U.S., an individual must be a U.S. citizen; be lawfully admitted for permanent residence and seeking citizenship; be admitted as a refugee or granted asylum and have filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible; or “owe allegiance to the U.S. (i.e., qualify as a non-citizen U.S. national under federal law).” The legislation would grant “Dreamers” authorization to work for the House under this last option. “Our DREAMers embody the very best of our American values. ... There is no question, DREAMers are America’s children and like any other young person in this country, they deserve the opportunity to work in Congress,” said Vargas. Espaillat and Soto expressed regret over not being able to permanently hire “Dreamers” who have interned for them. Torres added that “DREAMers represent the best of who we are—they are lawyers, doctors, and engineers. They are just as American as any us, and they deserve to be represented in the United States Congress.” García concluded with, “America is the only country most DREAMers call home. They share our ideals and patriotism. If they have an employment authorization document obtained through the DACA Program, there is no reason why they should be excluded from the possibility of employment in the U.S. House of Representatives.” More here.
Omaha tribal elder and Native American activist Nathan Phillips, previously profiled by Vogue, who became an icon of resilience at the Indigenous Peoples March in DC on Friday.
Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen and Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) on Tuesday in DC.
Sheila Jackson Lee Refuses to Step Down from Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
was told by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Board to resign from her position as Chair during a lengthy call on Thursday night. She, however, is refusing to step down. The calls for her resignation stems from a former staffer for Jackson Lee who filed a lawsuit claiming that the Congresswoman fired her in retaliation for legal measures she was getting ready to take against a former employee of the CBCF for an alleged sexual assault. The woman alleges that Damien Jones, a former Intern Coordinator for the CBCF, raped her in October 2015 when she was a 19-year-old intern. She declined to press charges at the time, but years later changed her mind. She says she went to Jackson Lee’s Chief of Staff, Glenn Rushing, in early 2018 of her plans. The unnamed staffer, Jane Doe, asked to speak with Jackson Lee -- whom she was working for when she decided to file suit -- but was not given a meeting and was fired weeks later, allegedly in retaliation. “We had nothing to do with any of the actions that have been cited and the person was not wrongfully terminated,” Rushing told BuzzFeed; Jane Doe was told she was being let go for budget reasons. Politico reports that following Jackson Lee’s refusal to step aside, Cathy Hughes -- a media executive who founded Radio One -- resigned from the board. More here.

Emanuel Cleaver Calls on Banks to Work With Federal Employees During Government Shutdown
As the government shutdown enters its second month, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) last week called for banking institutions to work with federal employees who are impacted. In a letter to four major banking associations, the Congressman urged banks to contact customers and offer short-term loans and concessionary agreements to alleviate financial pressures. “Many of these workers live paycheck to paycheck and are facing extraordinary financial hardship as they struggle to make payments on mortgages, student loans, car loans, medical care, and other various financial obligations,” wrote Cleaver, a member of the House Financial Services Committee -- which handles legislation regarding the banking industry. “I’d like to see these banks reciprocate the same loyalty these customers have shown them by reaching out directly to federal workers and collaborating with them during these trying times.” Cleaver also called for the institutions to ensure that federal workers have access to no-interest short term credit lines with generous repayment terms, a practice that would be consistent with the guidance offered by federal financial regulators in a notice issued on January 11th and has already been implemented by a select number of financial institutions. The letter went to the American Bankers Association, Independent Community Bankers Association, Consumer Bankers Association, and the Mortgage Bankers Association. “These dedicated employees should not be penalized for the President’s refusal to sign the appropriations deal that Congress had agreed upon in December,” Cleaver wrote. Read the full letter here.
GOP Congressman Pushes Back on Rashida Tlaib’s Planned West Bank Trip
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI)
, who is aiming to take a delegation of congressional representatives to the West Bank, is getting some pushback from Congressman Brian Babin (R-TX). He wrote a letter to every Democratic House Committee Chair urging them not to authorize Tlaib's trip, which is commonly referred to as a CODEL or a congressional delegation. Babin claims the trip would threaten the U.S.' relationship with Israel and would be a misappropriation of taxpayer dollars. “It's disappointing that during a historic government shutdown, my colleague from Texas, Congressman Babin, would send a letter full of falsehoods and fear-mongering to attempt to block my plans to take a delegation to Palestine--disappointing but not surprising. Representative Babin has a history of supporting discriminatory policies, including President Trump's Muslim ban--a degrading executive order,” Tlaib replied. As the first Palestinian American woman elected to Congress, she said her group would focus on issues like the detention of Palestinian children, education, access to clean water, and poverty. “I want us to see that segregation and how that has really harmed us being able to achieve real peace in that region,” Tlaib said. The trip is a counterbalance of the regularly scheduled trip to Israel for newly elected members sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the powerful pro-Israel lobby group. “I don’t think AIPAC provides a real, fair lens into this issue. It’s one-sided. ... [They] have these lavish trips to Israel, but they don’t show the side that I know is real, which is what’s happening to my grandmother and what’s happening to my family there,” Tlaib said. She also said, “Right now, I'm focused on taking action to re-open the government. I hope Rep. Babin does the same.” More here.
Congresswoman Verónica Escobar (D-TX) on Saturday with constituents at the Women’s March in downtown El Paso.
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams with his daughter visiting the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in DC.
Kamala Harris Kicks Off White House Bid and Names Team
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) 
kicked off her White House bid by first announcing her run on ABC’s Good Morning America. She then sprinted to Howard University, her alma mater, for a press conference on her candidacy. Next stop? Friday, she heads to South Carolina where her sorority sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will host a fundraiser. Harris will speak at the Pink Ice Gala, which will take place at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia. On Monday, she’s off to Iowa to face questions from the state's influential voters at a town hall hosted by CNN's Jake Tapper. It will broadcast live at 10P EST from Drake University in Des Moines. Harris has selected Baltimore for her campaign headquarters because of its diversity, its proximity to Washington, and because it is in the Eastern time zone. She will also have an office in her hometown of Oakland, where the 54-year-old will hold a rally on Sunday at Frank Ogawa Plaza outside City Hall. Harris’ choice to announce her candidacy on MLK Day, as The Beat DC reported earlier this month, evoked memories of Shirley Chisholm; the first Black woman to make this bid announced her historic presidential campaign on January 25th, 1972 -- nearly 47 years to the day before Harris. The Senator has already named a diverse team starting with her Campaign Manager, Juan Rodríguez. He held the same role in her 2016 Senate campaign and was also a Senior Advisor to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s campaign. Chairing her campaign will be her sister, Maya Harris. She named David Huynh, who was Clinton's Director of Delegate Operations in 2016, as Senior Advisor. Angelique Cannon, another Howard University and Hillary Clinton alum, will serve as her National Finance Director. She tapped Andrew Gillum’s campaign for her Deputy National Press Secretary and Director of African American media, Kirsten Allen, who is also a Howard University alumna and the Senator’s sorority sister. Her General Counsel is Marc Elias, who held the same role for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and for John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign. Her Comms Director is Lily Adams, and her National Press Secretary is Ian Sams. Other advisors include Ace Smith, Sean Clegg, and Laphonza Butler. If elected, Harris would be the first woman, the first person of Asian heritage and the first African American woman as president. Watch her campaign video here.

Rubén Gallego Considers Run for Senate
Congressman Rubén Gallego (D-AZ)
last week met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) Chairwoman Catherine Cortez Masto (NV) at the DSCC’s headquarters about running for the seat that former Senator John McCain’s death left open in 2020. “I’m strongly considering it,” Gallego said. “I’m basically making the final decision and we’ll have that in the next couple weeks.” The former Marine and son of Colombian and Mexican immigrants serves as Senior Whip for the Democratic Caucus, Second Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and Vice Chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. But Gallego is not the only person that Schumer and Cortez Masto met with -- they also spoke with former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ husband and astronaut Mark Kelly and former AZ Attorney General Grant Woods. Whoever the Democratic nominee is will likely face current Republican Senator Martha McSally, who was appointed to fill the rest of McCain’s term. We will keep you posted. More here.

Tom Pérez Faces Another Russian Hacking Attempt at DNC
The DNC said in a new court filing last Thursday that it was likely targeted by Russian hackers after the November midterm elections. DNC email accounts were the subject of a spearphishing campaign on November 14th and leadership at the party has a prime suspect for who orchestrated the operation -- Russian hacking group Cozy Bear, one of two groups linked to Russian intelligence alleged to have hacked the DNC in the lead-up to the 2016 election. The new claim is the fourth addition to a 2018 lawsuit by the DNC alleging that the Russian government, the Trump campaign, and WikiLeaks conspired to help Donald Trump win the 2016 election. The suit seeks millions of dollars in damages. A source told CNN that hackers posed as a State Department official for the attack. The spearphishing campaign included a PDF that would give hackers access to users' computer systems if opened. The DNC says they don’t believe the midterm hacking campaign was successful. Chairman Tom Pérez said previously of the lawsuit: "This constituted an act of unprecedented treachery: the campaign of a nominee for president of the United States in league with a hostile foreign power to bolster its own chance to win the presidency." More here.

State Sen Announces Congressional Bid
Hawai'i state Senator Kai Kahele (D) on Monday announced his bid to replace Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) in Congress. Gabbard, who just began her fourth term in the House, announced last week that she is running for president in 2020. Kahele is currently the Hawaii State Legislature’s Senate Majority Floor Leader and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Water and Land. He is a commissioned officer in the Hawaii Air National Guard, United States Air Force, where he continues to serve as a Major with the 201st Air Operations Group. The 1998 University of Hawai‘i graduate also flies as a civilian pilot for Hawaiian Airlines. His early announcement shows vulnerability for Gabbard who has come under criticism for her LGBTQ views and for meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad in January 2017. As for Kahele, he said he doesn’t think his announcement is coming too early because he has to balance his personal and professional roles. “We need elected leaders working together, leaders who put the common interests of Hawaii’s people ahead of their own,” Kahele said at Monday’s announcement. More here.
Political commentator Ana Navarro thanking American Air employees for their service during the government shutdown over the weekend.
Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) last Tuesday at APIA Votes' 2019 Celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Members of the 116th Congress event in DC.
Ricardo Rosselló Asks Donald Trump for Meeting After Admin Calls Food Assistance “Excessive and Unnecessary"
The Trump administration is calling the $600 million in supplemental food assistance funding for Puerto Rico passed by the House of Representatives "excessive and unnecessary” -- its latest attempt to remove funding from the still-recovering island. In response, Governor Ricardo Rosselló is calling for a meeting with Donald Trump so he can "correct the ill-informed advice and disconcerting notions you are getting on Puerto Rico, particularly on the NAP program, which provides much-needed nutritional assistance to over one million U.S. citizens living in Puerto Rico." The $600 million would go to PR’s Nutrition Assistance for Puerto Rico (NAP) -- the island's version of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- which Rosselló said would help more than one million Puerto Ricans who are in desperate need of services. In a video message to Trump last week, Rosselló stated, "There is a patent, severe lack of knowledge regarding the inequalities sustained by the U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico and of the use of the recovery funding in all the reports that have been attributed to your administration." The administration said it would not sign any bill with supplemental funding -- unless that funding was for Trump’s border wall or security. This comes after the White House had directed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this month to figure out how much of the $13.9 billion in emergency funds for Puerto Rico could instead be used for the border wall -- a move that has angered island officials. Watch Rosselló’s message here.
Ajit Pai’s Attempts to Delay Net Neutrality Case Denied
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s attempt to postpone oral arguments in a court case over his agency’s repeal of net neutrality rules has been denied. The FCC had asked the DC Circuit Court of Appeals for a delay out of “an abundance of caution” because the government shutdown will cause its funding to lapse starting January 25th -- arguments are scheduled to begin February 1st. The Court agreed with net neutrality groups who opposed the delay though it did not comment on why the request was denied. A group of 22 state attorneys general and DC have asked the court to reinstate the Obama-era internet rules and block the FCC’s effort. More here.
Political commentator Marc Lamont Hill and Me Too Founder Tarana Burke on Saturday at the 2nd Annual Radical MLK Symposium at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books in Philadelphia.
The Atlantic’s Natasha Bertrand and MSNBC's Katie Phang on Saturday at MSNBC studios in NYC.
Viceland Reboots Primetime Show Vice Live
Viceland is remixing its primetime lineup with the relaunch of Vice Live, a nightly two-hour variety talk show covering pop culture, social media, and all things Vice. The show will be hosted by comedian/actress Marie Faustin, Houston-based underground hip-hop artist Fat Tony, photographer/comedian Sandy Honig, and writer/comedian Zack Fox. Faustin was named a “New Face of Comedy” at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, and also hosts the podcast, The Unofficial Expert. She’s also been featured by Comedy Central, GQ, MTV, VH1, the BET Awards, and TruTV. Fat Tony (whos real name is Anthony Lawson Jude Ifeanyichukwu Obiawunaotu) is a Nigerian American underground hip-hop artist who hosted and co-created Super Deluxe’s Thrift Haul with Fat Tony. He’s also a three-time winner of the Houston Press Music Awards’ Best Underground Hip Hop award. Honig is a part of the comedy sketch group “Three Busy Debras,” who recently shot an Adult Swim pilot from Amy Poehler, and has shot for various publications including Refinery29, VICE, The Village Voice, New York Magazine, and Vulture, among other outlets. And Zach Fox, who has performed stand-up around the country, co-wrote and acted in the horror-comedy Kuso, which premiered at Sundance in 2017. Vice Live aims to fill the void left by Desus & Mero, who’s hosts moved to Showtime network. The show is set to premiere on February 25 and will air Mondays through Thursdays from 9P to 11P EST. More here.

Carlos Curbelo Joins Telemundo and MSNBC
Former FL Congressman Carlos Curbelo has joined Telemundo and MSNBC (both owned by Comcast) as a Contributor. The 38-year-old Republican will likely provide GOP analysis on gridlock in Congress and the stalemate with the Executive Branch. He will also undoubtedly weigh in on the 2020 campaign. Curbelo was considered a centrist while in Congress and was, in fact, one of the first Republicans to raise impeaching the president. Curbelo made his debut over the weekend the same day Donald Trump spoke from the White House offering a “deal” to Democrats to reopen the government. Having appeared multiple times on the network that day, Curbelo appeared opposite MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid just moments after POTUS45 spoke. He tried to argue that the Democrats deserve a fair share of the blame for the immigration stalemate in DC to which Reid replied nope and the two debated their points. Expect similar debate across both networks in the months to come. Watch the clip here.

Donna Edwards Joins WaPo Opinion Section
Former MD Congresswoman Donna Edwards has joined The Washington Post’s Opinions section as a contributing Columnist. The 60-year-old North Carolina native will cover a broad range of topics for the paper. She served in Congress until 2016, when she launched an unsuccessful Senate campaign -- she was defeated by Democrat Chris Van Hollen. She was the first African American woman elected to represent Maryland in Congress. In her nine years in the House, Edwards earned a reputation as a leading progressive and worked as a strong advocate for protecting women from domestic violence. The 1980 Wake Forest University graduate earned her law degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1989. Fred Hiatt, the Editorial Page Editor for The Washington Post said he is delighted to have Edwards on board. “With impressive experience in public office and activism, Donna will write thought-provoking pieces, exploring issues in politics and beyond,” he said. More here.

Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-NM) and Native American activist Samantha Eldridge at the Indigenous Peoples March on Friday in DC.
Comedian Wali Collins with Sirius XM’s Dean Obeidallah and commentator Nayyera Haq wrapping up a show last weekend in NYC.
HACR Announces New Board Chair 
The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) elected Mary Ann Gómez Orta as the new Chair of the Board of Directors. She succeeds Ignacio Salazar, who remain on the full Board of Directors. Orta most recently served as Vice Chair of the HACR Board and is currently the President and CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI). Prior to joining CHLI, she was the Executive Director of the National Association of Hispanic Publications. Before that, she worked as a Diverse Markets Manager with Coors Brewing Company, Marketing Manager at McDonald’s Corporation, and as the National Alliance Development Consultant at PhRMA. Orta holds several leadership roles including as Co-Chair of the New America Alliance Latina Caucus’ DC Chapter; Co-Chair of the College Relations Committee for the Public Relations Society of America-Miami Chapter; and is a member of the Latino Jewish Leadership Council. The 1989 University of the Pacific graduate, who earned her MBA from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2002, is fluent in English and Spanish. She began her career in advocacy as an Account Executive at Deen + Black Public Relations. “I am deeply honored to be elected as the new board chair and look forward to working with my board colleagues to move HACR’s mission forward,” said Orta. “Together with our board of directors, staff, and stakeholders, we are making a positive difference and continue to work towards a vision to be the premier national organization promoting and advocating for the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America at all levels of corporate leadership and community involvement.” More here
Thursday, January 24th - Friday, January 25th: The Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, the National Congress of the American Indians, and the Tohono O’odham Nation host the Tribal Border Summit. Pascua Yaqui Casino Del Sol Resort Conference Center, 5655 W Valencia Rd, Tucson, AZ. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, January 30th, 3:30P: "New Chiefs of Staff Empower Hour." Join new Chiefs as they share their paths to Capitol Hill and give tips on how you can start preparing for senior roles in 2020. Location provided upon RSVP. Click here for more information.
Monday, February 4th, 6P: APAICS Celebration of Senior AAPI Congressional Staff to kick off Lunar New Year, join us as we celebrate AAPI staff leadership on Capitol Hill. TBD, DC. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, February 5th, 7P: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's 20th Annual Washington, D.C. Opening Night Gala Benefit, kicking off Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s annual engagement at The Kennedy Center. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Opera House. 2700 F Street, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, February 7th, 12-6PCongressman Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) will host the first annual Dominicans on the Hill, a day at the U.S. Capitol where Dominican Americans from communities around the nation will attend workshops on issues ranging from immigration, education and the workforce, the U.S. economy, and trade. DC. Click here for more information.
Saturday, February 16th: The Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s 93rd Annual Black History Luncheon. Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, February 21st – Sunday, February 24th: The Power Rising Summit, a space for Black women to turn their power into action and create an actionable agenda. Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, February 27th - Saturday, March 1st: Black Women Talk Tech presents the 3rd annual Roadmap to Billions 2019 Conference, the only annual tech conference created exclusively by Black women founders for Black female founders and their supporters. Union West, 535 West 28th Street, New York, NY. Click here for more information
Thursday, February 28th - Sunday, March 3rdThe Women of Power Summit, a professional leadership conference designed especially for executive women of color. Confirmed speakers include Valerie JarrettStacey Abrams, and Merary Simeon, Diversity Vice President, Pepsico, among others. The Mirage, 3400 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV. Click here for more information.
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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