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March 20, 2018
CBC Wants Answers on Austin Bombings, Tammy Duckworth Intros Tiny Boots Bill, and JAY-Z Invests in Bail Reform App
There was an explosion early this morning at a FedEx facility outside San Antonio, and authorities are trying to determine if it’s connected to the four bombings that have rattled the Austin, TX area in the past two weeks. Also breaking this morning, another school shooting. Multiple injuries have been reported at Great Mills High School in Great Mills, MD. The story is developing. Switching gears to the ubiquitous trouble in tech. Facebook is facing backlash over its role in spreading disinformation, an internal dispute over how to handle the threat, and public outcry as a self-proclaimed whistleblower recently revealed the surprising way data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica gathered personal data of more than 50 million American users without their knowledge. And a woman in Tempe, AZ died after being struck by an Uber-operated self-driving car, in what’s believed to be the first pedestrian fatality caused by an autonomous vehicle on a public road. To Congress. The House will need to pass a funding bill by mid-week to avoid a potential situation in the Senate, where one lawmaker could single-handedly provoke a shutdown. The Congressional Black Caucus, led by Congresswomen Yvette Clarke (D-NY) and Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), hosted a special order hour on the House floor Monday night, “2018: The Year of the Black Woman,” where members discussed contributions African American women have made to the country. Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX), and others will hold a briefing this morning on an FBI report that contends Black identity extremists are likely motivated to target law enforcement officers. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Congressmen Anthony Brown (D-MD) and Rubén Gallego (D-AZ) will hold a pen and pad briefing this afternoon reflecting on the 15th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. In campaign news, Illinois voters head to the polls today for the state’s primary. Sex & the City actress Cynthia Nixon officially launched her bid for Governor of NY. And former VP Joe Biden is headlining a Latino Victory Fund fundraiser tonight in Miami. Is Biden looking to make inroads with key Democratic constituencies who have helped elect Democrats for years?? And in #MeToo news, the Weinstein Co. filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday and announced that it was releasing any victims of or witnesses to Weinstein’s alleged misconduct from non-disclosure agreements. Welcome to Tuesday where the March Madness extends beyond college basketball. We’re kicking off the day with this...
  • CBC members want answers from the FBI on the Austin bombings.
  • Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) intros bill to help job-seeking veterans and their families.
  • Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) leads call for funding to preserve former Japanese American internment sites.
  • Bipartisan bill seeks to roll back old law barring distilleries on Native American land.
  • Congressman Juan Vargas (D-CA) leads effort to fund border water program.
  • JAY-Z throws his support behind an app designed to help reduce the number of people behind bars.
  • It looks like DACA legislation is less and less likely in omnibus spending bill.
  • Intel announces a new member of Board of Directors.
  • Conservative commentator alleges Elaine Chao had him blacklisted at Fox News.
  • LA Times en Español officially launches.
  • Check out the new CultureBanx, a central hub of business and financial news for Black professionals.
  • Univisión launches Edición Puerto Rico with local and national news affecting the Puerto Rican community on and off the island.
  • There’s a former bank exec in Philly hoping to make it to Congress.
  • Former GOP Congressman quits the party because of Donald Trump.
  • Racial justice groups sue the Department of Homeland Security.
  • SCOTUS to decide if immigrants jailed for past crimes can be detained while awaiting deportation.
  • The Leadership Conference to honor #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke and “Dreamers.”
  • Join Rev. Al Sharpton and Tiffany D. Cross this afternoon on Keepin It Real as they breakdown the week's political headlines
  • Today marks exactly six months since Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico. Tens of thousands are still without power, and there's a rally in DC today to bring attention to the issue -- details in FOMO.
Colin Kaepernick and girlfriend Nessa Diab earlier this month at the premiere of A Wrinkle in Time.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) last week with BET's Ed Gordon.
CBC Members Call on FBI to Brief Congress on Austin Bombings
Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA), and Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Ranking Member Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) on Monday called on the FBI to brief Congress on the recent bombings in and around Austin, TX that have left two people dead and, as of this morning, five wounded. “We call on Congressional leadership to join us in insisting that Members of Congress be briefed on these heinous acts by the Federal Bureau of Investigation before Congress adjourns on Thursday. We also call on the Chairmen of the Committees we serve on - Homeland Security and Judiciary - to recognize the gravity of the domestic terrorism threat and work with us on developing concrete and common sense solutions to counter it. For too long we have focused only on certain sources of terrorism and violence while ignoring others,” the lawmakers said in a statement. They went on to say, “To be clear, these bombings must be classified as ongoing terrorist attacks and should be investigated as such. Also, we need to understand if these attacks are ideologically or racially motivated ... This has become a national security issue and the full investigative force of the federal government must be focused on stopping these attacks.” Read their full statement here.
DACA Fix Unlikely in Spending Bill
It’s looking less and less likely that any measure to protect “Dreamers” will be part of the upcoming omnibus funding bill. Yesterday, Democrats refused a deal that would have extended protections for “Dreamers” through 2020 in exchange for $25 billion for Donald Trump’s border wall. Democrats reportedly countered back by saying they would provide the $25 billion if the larger "Dreamers" population, roughly 1.8 million, were provided a pathway to citizenship. Despite the prior support of this measure by the president, the WH said no. “The White House proposal gave them everything they asked for while leaving Dreamers in limbo,“ a senior Democratic aide told Politico. “Our counteroffer lined up perfectly with what the president had proposed, but of course, he said no to his own deal. Again.” More here.
Duckworth Intros Bill to Help Job-Seeking Veterans and Their Families
Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
last week introduced a bill to support veterans and veteran families reduce veteran unemployment by helping improve access to child care services for veterans participating in workforce and job training programs. The Veteran Employment and Child Care Access Act would create a federal program modeled after the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ “Tiny Boots” program to help ensure veterans transitioning to civilian life can access affordable child care during their job-seeking process, which is especially important for low-income veterans, those on the cusp of homelessness, or those already homeless. “Transitioning back into civilian life can be challenging for any Veteran, especially those struggling to find a new job,” said Duckworth. “It can be even harder when a Veteran searching for a new job also has young children to care for. Far too many men and women who have sacrificed in uniform – especially female Veterans – struggle to secure employment after their service because they can’t afford to pay for child care while job searching. We can do so much more to support Veterans who are also working parents, and my new bill will go a long way toward that goal.” The new legislation is co-sponsored by Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and six other Democratic Senators. More here
Janet Murguía of UnidosUS on Wednesday with Mónica Ramírez of the farmworker women rights group Alianza Nacional de Campesinas.
CA congressional candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar last week with students during National School Walkout Day.
Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) led a bipartisan letter with 57 members of Congress addressed to the Appropriations Committee, calling for continued funding for the preservation of historic sites where Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II. While Congress has approved $3 million annually in funding to preserve these sites in recent fiscal years, Donald Trump’s 2019 Department of Interior budget request zeroed out funding for the program. “I’m extremely disappointed that the Department of Interior failed to prioritize the preservation of sites where American citizens were confined through no fault of their own,” said Matsui. “This history was a dark period in our country’s past, which is why we have a solemn responsibility to ensure these sites are preserved. I’m pleased that there is bipartisan support for this funding in Congress, which will play a critical role in allowing future generations to better recognize history’s greatest lessons.” The letter was signed by more than two dozen Tri-Caucus members. Read the full letter here.
Bipartisan Bill Rolls Back Centuries-Old Law Barring Distilleries on Native American Land
Lawmakers have introduced a bipartisan bill designed to roll back a 184-year-old law that prohibits distilleries on Native American land. The bill was introduced by Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-WA) last week. The legislation repeals a section of the precursor to the U.S. Code, to “remove the prohibitions on certain alcohol manufacturing on Indian lands.” The initial prohibition was passed June 30, 1834, by the 23rd Congress. Violators of the law faced a $1,000 fine. Herrera Beutler said the nearly two-century-old law has prevented the Chehalis Tribe from building and operating a craft distillery. The proposed project, the permitting process for which has already started, includes a brewery, craft distillery, and educational and restaurant facilities. “It’s time we move this outdated rule and allow tribes to pursue the same economic opportunity on their land allowed on non-tribal land,” Herrera Beutler said in a statement. “Economic empowerment for tribes, skills training for students and jobs for the community would add up to a win for Southwest Washington, and I’m pleased to partner with the Chehalis Tribe and my colleagues to help achieve it.” More here.
Juan Vargas Leads Bipartisan Effort to Fund the U.S.–Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Program
Congressman Juan Vargas (D-CA) is leading a bipartisan effort to request funding for the EPA U.S.-Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Program and the EPA's Office of International and Tribal Affairs, which supports vital programs such as the Border 2020 environmental program. Vargas says the programs are integral to making improvements on both sides of the border to protect public health and improve wastewater infrastructure. “It is critical to fund infrastructure improvement programs along the U.S.-Mexico border to protect public health, keep our beaches and waterways free from pollution, and prevent more sewage spills from impacting our communities,” he said. “I urge the Appropriations Committee to make the funding of these programs a priority.” In a letter to the House Appropriations Committee, the bipartisan group of lawmakers from San Diego, New Mexico, and Texas is asking for the inclusion of $10 million in funding for the border water infrastructure program. See the letter here.
Comedian and The Daily Show correspondent Ronny Chieng making the case earlier this month against artificial intelligence.
Fox News' Outnumbered Overtime Host Harris Faulkner getting hair and makeup touched up last week before airtime.
JAY-Z Invests in Bail Reform Start-Up
We’ve got 99 problems, and the criminal justice system is one. Hence, JAY-Z is throwing his support behind a mobile app created to help address part of the challenge. Leadership at the Roc Nation company have teamed up with organizers behind the Promise app to create "a sustainable and scalable program that will reduce the number of people behind bars." Prince's former manager Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins came up with the idea for the app, which will be made available to government officials and users on parole. "We are increasingly alarmed by the injustice in our criminal justice system," a statement from JAY-Z reads. "Money, time and lives are wasted with the current policies. It's time for an innovative and progressive technology that offers sustainable solutions to tough problems. Promise's team, led by Phaedra, is building an app that can help provide liberty and justice for all to millions." According to the Vera Institute of Justice, 62% of the jail population is comprised of people who can’t afford bail. It isn't just a human rights issue, it's economic as well because it costs about $38 million a day to keep these largely nonviolent people behind bars, according to A message on the app's sign-up sheet says that Promise assists users during the pre-trial process by setting them up with a plan for their case and tracking their progress. The app launches today. More here.
Intel Announces Newest Board Member
Intel Corporation announced that Risa Lavizzo-Mourey was elected to their Board of Directors. Until 2017, Lavizzo-Mourey served as the President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest U.S. philanthropy organization dedicated to health. She has also served since January of this year as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation PIK Professor of Population Health and Health Equity at the University of Pennsylvania. A specialist in geriatrics, she previously worked on the White House Health Care Reform Task Force and served on numerous federal advisory committees. Lavizzo-Mourey also sits on the boards of General Electric Co. and Hess Corp., and she previously served as a Director at Genworth Financial Inc. and Beckman Coulter Inc. After obtaining an undergraduate degree at the State University of New York, Lavizzo-Mourey went on to earn an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, and the Board of Fellows at Harvard Medical School. More here.
NM congressional candidate Deb Haaland on Sunday with supporters at a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood of New Mexico.
Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) on Saturday meeting constituents in Santa Clara.
Did Elaine Chao Get Fox to Blacklist Commentator Because He Criticized McConnell?
Conservative commentator Erick Erickson yesterday posted a blog alleging that Fox News took him off the air after Elaine Chao complained to then-Fox CEO Roger Ailes about Erickson's criticism of Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), her husband. This allegedly occurred about four years ago, while Chao -- now the Secretary of Transportation -- was on the Newscorp Board of Directors. “[A]ccording to Roger, Elaine was "riding [his] ass" about me being on Fox. I was supporting Matt Bevin in the 2014 Republican primary in Kentucky against McConnell,” wrote Erickson. “And it didn't matter why I was on television and on what topics I was or was not talking, Chao had told Roger I was an unwelcome presence on Fox and not a team player. ... Roger felt the need to apologize, but told me that as long as I was writing about McConnell at RedState that I would find my appearances on Fox limited. I kept writing about McConnell.” More here.
LA Times en Español Officially Launched
The LA Times expanded its brand to include Spanish-language print and online properties. The paper officially launched LA Times en Español this past Saturday. The Hoy Fin de Semana Saturday edition, which has a circulation of 840,000 home-delivered copies, was rebranded and relaunched as LA Times en Español Fin de Semana. Already in beta testing for the past couple of months, the company also officially debuted its global online news platform LA Times en Español. The site will include translated content from the LAT’s English-language journalists, as well as Hoy staff. There won’t be any changes to the Hoy Los Angeles Friday edition, which has a circulation of 140,000. These changes were conceptualized prior to the sale of the LAT, announced in late February, when Los Angeles billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong agreed to pay $500 million to buy The Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune, Hoy, and several community newspapers from Chicago media company Tronc. Federal regulators approved the purchase last week. More here.
Meet CultureBanx
Kori Hale, a former anchor for Cheddar, has co-founded a new business media company called CultureBanx -- a central hub of business and financial news for Black professionals. The Hampton University grad, who has a Master’s from Syracuse University, will also serve as the lead reporter for the website. Prior to Cheddar, Hale worked for CNBC, TheStreet, and Bloomberg, as well as an analyst at Goldman Sachs and UBS Investment Bank. “This news platform is important because I now have the opportunity to cover business news through a diverse lens like never before,” Hale said. Read more here.
Univisión Launches New Puerto Rico Impact News Show
Univisión has launched a new newscast, Edición Puerto Rico, which premiered yesterday. While the daily 30-minute news show is anchorless, it combines graphics, soundbites, and video packages of local and national news affecting the Puerto Rican community. Edición Puerto Rico is being produced in Miami and includes stories from local Univisión stations, content from Puerto Rico’s WLII and WKAQ’s political analysis program, Jugando Pelota Dura, and more. The new show airs in the morning on local UniMás stations in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Raleigh, as well as Entravision affiliates in Boston, Hagerstown, MD, Hartford, Orlando, and Tampa. “We are bringing together our resources to inform the millions of Puerto Ricans, regardless of where they live,” said Chris Peña, Senior Vice President of News, Local Media, for Univision Communications Inc. “In face of relentless challenges, this 30-minute program is another example of how Univision is committed to informing our communities through news and delivering the content our audience is looking for.” More here.
Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) on Sunday visiting a local business in Newark.
Congresswoman Val Demings (D-FL) with her husband Jerry out on Saturday celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary.
Former Bank Exec Running Against Fellow Dem in Philly
Michele Lawrence
is hoping to unseat Congressman Bob Brady (D-PA) in Pennsylvania's First Congressional District. Lawrence, a Democrat, is an ordained minister whose campaign platform is “Service, Opportunities and Solutions.” The 49-year-old 1991 Rutgers graduate spent more than 25 years working her way up the ranks at Wells Fargo Bank, eventually rising to SVP of the Philadelphia retail market, which includes 39 locations. She became an ordained minister in 2016 and left the bank in January 2017 to start Michele Speaks, through which she runs “workshops, boot camps, conferences and empowerment seminars ... to allow individuals to seek their true calling or master their gift,” according to the website. She hosts a talk radio show by the same name. “I care about our community,” Lawrence said. “And I care from a place, quite frankly, that my heart is in this ... For me this is an assignment to give back to the people, and so that the people have a voice in Washington. And so that is why I’m running.” Lawrence also founded a mentoring and personal growth organization for at-risk boys in Philadelphia and sits on a number of local boards, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and the Urban League of Philadelphia. In addition to Brady, she will be facing off against former Deputy Mayor Nina Ahmad, Lindy Li, Casey McLeod, and Willie Singletary in the May 15th primary. More here.
Former GOP Congressman Quits Party Because of Trump
Former Hawaii Congressman Charles Djou announced in an op-ed published by the Honolulu Civil Beat that he is leaving the Republican Party because of Donald Trump and the direction of the GOP. Djou -- who represented Hawaii in Congress for a brief period in 2010-2011 -- said that Trump’s behavior, stance on immigration, and tweets, coupled with GOP leaders’ unwillingness to challenge Trump, have pushed him to leave the party. "I can no longer stand with a Republican Party that is led by a man I firmly believe is taking the party of Lincoln in a direction I fundamentally disagree with, and a party that is unwilling to stand up to him," he wrote. "Most of all, I have long believed that our government leaders must lead by example ... Character counts." Read the full op-ed here.
Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors on Sunday with National Urban League's Marc Morial.
CBS News Correspondent Errol Barnett on Sunday reporting from the White House.
SCOTUS to Decide Whether Immigrants Jailed for Past Crimes Can be Detained Pending Deportation
The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a case challenging whether immigrants convicted of crimes are exempt from mandatory detention during removal proceedings if they aren’t immediately detained by immigration officials after being released from criminal custody. The case is an appeal by Donald Trump's administration of a lower court ruling it says hampers the deportation of immigrants who have committed crimes. The San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in 2016 that convicted immigrants who are not immediately detained by immigration authorities after finishing their sentences cannot later be placed into indefinite detention awaiting possible deportation. In deciding the case, the 9th Circuit said that more than 30,000 non-citizens are held every day in the United States in "prison-like conditions" while they challenge the government's efforts to deport them. The judges said the mandatory detention rule covers those with a "broad range of crimes" on their records, from violent felonies to simple drug possession. And it applies to longtime, lawful residents who have lived and worked in the United States for decades. More here.
Racial Justice Groups Sue DHS
On Monday, racial justice organizations -- The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Color of Change -- filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security to release the contents of the agency’s blacked-out memo referred to in government documents as the “Race Paper.” The groups say they first uncovered the existence of the “Race Paper” via a Freedom of Information Act request to DHS, which sent them a fully redacted version with only the name of the attachment visible. Advocates argue that the existence of the “Race Paper,” among other documents they obtained, confirms the targeted surveillance that many Black activists and organizers around the country have reported, and raises alarming questions about the agency’s approach to Black people engaging in protected First Amendment activity. “The FBI and Department of Homeland Security are at war with Black activists,” said Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color of Change. “The documents we’ve forced the federal government to release expose how these agencies are demonizing and intimidating Black activists – people who are rightly demanding that our country be more just – through coordinated and systemic surveillance.” Senior CCR Staff Attorney Omar Farah said, “Black and brown activists and the public in general should not be left to speculate as to why DHS prepared a document called the ‘Race Paper,’ circulated multiple versions of it, and called for in-person meetings to discuss its contents, but now fights to keep every word from seeing the light of day.” More here.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Friday attending the grand opening of the Mercedes-Benz USA headquarters.
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) last week meeting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District.
The Leadership Conference Announces Honorees
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights will host its annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner in May and will honor Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement and tireless advocate for all survivors of sexual violence; "Dreamers," youth who are inspiring a country and leading their own movement for justice; and Cecile Richards, lifelong activist and outgoing President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “Instead of merely romanticizing American values, these honorees marshal the courage, hope, and integrity to make our values real,” said Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference. “Through their strength and determination, they advocate for a vision of what America should and can be. We are proud to add their names to the roll of civil and human rights activists who continue to make this country as good as its ideals.” The emcee for the dinner this year is Michele Norris, journalist, author, and former host of NPR’s All Things Considered. More here.
Today, 9A: The Historically Black Colleges & Universities STEAM Day of Action. The Bipartisan HBCU Caucus and STEAM Caucus invite you to join this initiative, which will center around how policymakers, educators, and industry leaders can work together to strengthen STEAM pipelines by investing in HBCUs. 234 Cannon HOB. Open to the press. RSVP to
Today, 10A: The Congressional Black Caucus Task Force on Foreign Affairs and National Security hosts a hearing-style briefing to examine and investigate the FBI’s report that asserted that "Black Identity Extremists" are likely motivated to target law enforcement officers. Participants include Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA)Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX), and other CBC members. 2255 Rayburn HOB. Free. Click here for more information and to register
Today, 11A: Hamilton actor Anthony Ramos, Congressmen Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) and Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), the Power 4 Puerto Rico coalition, and families displaced by Hurricane Maria rally in front of FEMA headquarters and march to the Capitol. FEMA Headquarters, 500 C Street, S.W., and Hart SOB, 20 Constitution Avenue, N.E. For more information, contact Daniel Herrera at 202.930.6805,, or Samy Nemir Olivares at 929.285.9623,
Today, 2PCongressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Democratic leadership will host a forum to examine issues of school climate, school safety, and violence prevention. U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room HVC-215. Open to press. RSVP to Stephanie Lalle at
Wednesday, March 21st, 8ACongresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA)Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Congressman Joe Crowley (D-NY) participate in The Hill and The Hill Latino "Newsmaker Conversation: Leadership in Action." Editor-in-Chief Bob Cusack interviews them about their values, leadership styles, and vision for the nation. To RSVP, email Keely Sullivan at 
Wednesday, March 21st, 10A: The Center for American Progress sponsors, "Latinas in the Resistance," a panel discussion examining the power of Latinas in American society. 1333 H Street, N.W., 10th Floor. Open to press. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
Thursday, March 22nd, 3P: The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute holds a congressional briefing, “CHLI Tech Talk - How Innovation + Technology Impacts our Daily Lives.” Participants include Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX). Myrna Soto, Corporate Senior Vice President & Global Chief Information Security Officer at Comcast, is the keynote speaker. 902 Hart Senate Office Building. Click here for more information and to RSVP
Thursday, March 22nd, 5:30P: District Democrats House and Senate Chiefs of Staff Meet and Greet. A career development-focused event where junior staffers can talk with some of the Chiefs of Staffs and hear about how they climbed the Hill ladder. National Democratic Club, 30 Ivy Street, S.E. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
Thursday, March 22nd - Sunday, March 25th: The National Hispanic Medical Association 22nd Annual Conference, "Conquistando el Futuro: Clinicians Leading Latino Health Care.” Gaylord National, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD. Click here for more information and to register. Congressional staffers or federal government workers: email for a discount code.
Thursday, March 29th, 8P: Jazz, hip hop, and soul combine in August Greene, the newly formed supergroup featuring emcee Common, pianist and composer Robert Glasper, and percussionist and producer Karriem Riggins. Kennedy Center. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Tuesday, April 3rd, 9A: The National Civil Rights Museum's MLK 50 Symposium. Scholars, historians, and thought leaders from across the country will present on the state of civil and human rights issues including Moving Memphis Forward, Economic Equity & Justice for All, and The Promise of Education. Moderated by former NPR Host Michele Norris. Rose Theatre, University of Memphis, 470 University, Memphis, TN. Free. Click here to register.
Wednesday, April 18th, 6P: The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) 2018 Gala and Awards. Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. To purchase tickets, contact Heaven Ocampo, or 213.629.2512 ext. 143. 
Wednesday, April 18th - Saturday, April 21st: The National Action Network hosts its annual conference, this year commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Sheraton Times Square, NYC. Click here for more information
Thursday, April 19th: The University of North Dakota sponsors a conference on the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Standing Rock protests. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, April 24th - Thursday, April 26th: The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Legislative Conference. The Willard Intercontinental Hotel, DC. Click here for more information and to register.
Wednesday, April 25th - Friday, April 27th: The African American Mayor Association 2018 Annual Conference. DoubleTree Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA. Click here to purchase tickets
Wednesday, June 6th - Saturday, June 9th: The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit. Charlotte, NC. More than 1,000 CEOs, investors, and business experts are expected to attend.Click here for more information and to register
Thursday, June 21st - Sunday, June 24th: The Black Millennial Political Convention, which aims to increase engagement of Black millennials in the political sphere and shed a light on policy issues impacting black communities. This year’s theme is The Advocacy of Policy, Pipeline and Power for the People. Hyatt Regency, Crystal City, VA. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Saturday, July 7th - Tuesday, July 10th: The 2018 UnidosUS annual conference, Marriott Marquis Hotel, DC. Click here for more information and to register.
Tuesday, July 17th - Wednesday, July 18th: The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) 2018 National Women’s Conference. Phoenix. Click here for more information and to register.
Wednesday, August 1st - Saturday, August 4th: The National Urban League 2018 Annual Conference “Save Our Cities: Powering the Digital Revolution.” Columbus, OH. Click here for more information and to register.
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