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April 24, 2018
Cory Booker Teams with Raja Krishnamoorthi, Barack Obama Gets a Highway, and IBM Names New Chief Diversity Officer
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President Emmanuel Macron of France will have to work Iran into the conversation at tonight’s state dinner. He’s hoping to persuade Donald Trump not to scrap the nuclear agreement in advance of the May 12th deadline that 45 imposed. Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany is expected to reinforce that message when she arrives in DC on Friday. In other news, WH Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had some trouble explaining the president’s words when he used the phrase “breeding concept” in a tweet last week, in which he railed against  “sanctuary” laws in California that protect undocumented immigrants. On the Hill, Senate lawmakers have postponed Wednesday’s confirmation hearing for Ronny L. Jackson, the president’s nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sources say that top Republicans and Democrats raised concerns about his qualifications and allegations including a hostile work environment, excessive drinking on the job, and improperly dispensing meds. Meanwhile, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved the confirmation of Mike Pompeo -- Trump's nominee to be Secretary of State -- following a last-minute reversal from Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) that averted a historic rebuke of the president's pick to be the country's top diplomat. A vote by the full Senate is expected by Friday. To the courts. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today on a case in which Texas lawmakers are accused of drawing state legislative and congressional maps that discriminated against Black and Latino voters. Tomorrow, the Trump travel ban will be argued before SCOTUS. The measure has produced a bipartisan coalition of intelligence and national-security heavyweights, who are urging the court to strike down the ban. And just days after the country laid former First Lady Barbara Bush to rest, former President George H. W. Bush was admitted to a Houston hospital on Sunday for treatment of an infection that had spread to the 93-year-old’s bloodstream. Lastly, almost two years to the date of his death, Prince's family has filed a wrongful death suit against Walgreens and an Illinois hospital where the singer was treated, then released, the week before his fatal overdose on April 15th, 2016. Controversy! We’re kicking off Tuesday with this...
  • Ready to cruise down the Barack Obama Highway? The Mile High City is on the road to make it happen.
  • Congressman Juan Vargas (D-CA) leads the CHC in asking DHS about the detention and treatment of pregnant immigrants by ICE.
  • Congresswomen Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) intro a bill to give Americans the opportunity to invest in clean energy tech.
  • Congressman José Serrano (D-NY) wants the GAO to evaluate and issue a report on public schools’ compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) want to lower the barriers to voting for millions of college students.
  • Congressman Donald McEachin (D-VA) promotes from within. Check out who’s been named Chief of Staff.
  • U.N. Women appoint Indian American to newly created leadership role. Meet her below.
  • Reddit names a new COO.
  • IBM names a new Chief Diversity Officer while suing its former one.
  • Latina leader named Chief Growth Officer and Executive Vice President at the National Council on Aging.
  • Venn Strategies hires a Vice President in its health policy group.
  • All eyes turn to the AZ special election today.
  • Juanita Pérez Williams gets BOLD PAC nod in New York’s 24th Congressional District.
  • Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) says Donald Trump turns GOP women off.
  • Dem candidate hoping to succeed Congresswoman Michelle Luján Grisham (D-NM) hits the airwaves.
  • MA Senate candidate claims Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D) hometown is infringing on his right to free speech.
  • Meet the female chef preparing tonight’s State Dinner.
  • Don’t forget to join The Beat DC’s Tiffany D. Cross on the airwaves today as she co-hosts Keepin’ It Real with the Rev. Al Sharpton at 1:20P ET.
Civil rights activist and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in Amsterdam, Netherlands on Saturday accepting the Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International.
Play ball! Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA) on Sunday with district youth during a baseball game.
Cory Booker, Dick Durbin, and Raja Krishnamoorthi Intro Bill to Help Students Vote
Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) 
and Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), introduced a bicameral bill to lower the barriers to voting for millions of college students. Booker and Krishnamoorthi joined dozens of student leaders from around the country to announce the bill -- called the Help Students Vote Act -- last week at a press conference at the Capitol. The legislation would allow for federal guidance to institutions of higher education in order to ensure their students have the resources they need to register to vote. Historically, young adults have voted at the lowest rates of any age group in U.S. elections and this bill is designed to ease some of the unique barriers college students face when registering to vote and voting. “Some of the greatest movements in history have been driven by young people,” Booker said. “From the Freedom Riders of the 1960s to the Vietnam War protesters of the 1970s to the most recent student activism sweeping the country around gun violence – our nation’s young people have continuously pushed our country to a better, more just, and more progressive future.” Specifically, the legislation would require institutions of higher education to make a good faith effort to distribute voter registration forms to each student at least twice a year by sending a bi-annual email, and no less than 30 days before voter registration deadlines for federal and state elections, with links to voter registration information. It would also designate a staff member or office as the “Campus Vote Coordinator” to answer student questions about voter registration and authorize funds for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education grants to be awarded to institutions of higher education that greatly exceed the requirements to promote political engagement. “When students begin college each year, often having never voted or even registered, they frequently lack the institutional support and resources to navigate the voting process,” Krishnamoorthi said. “We need to do everything we can to ensure that all Americans have access to the ballot box and this legislation will help engage hundreds of thousands more young Americans in our democracy.” More here.
Vargas and CHC Call on DHS to Release More Info on the Detention and Treatment of Pregnant Immigrants
Congressman Juan Vargas (D-CA)
late last week led his Congressional Hispanic Caucus colleagues in a letter, released on Monday, to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen asking for more information about the detention and treatment of pregnant immigrants by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On March 29th, Congress learned that DHS had ended the presumption of release for all pregnant detainees and stated that pregnant women will be released on a case-by-case basis. This policy was initially issued and went into effect on December 14, 2017. In the letter, the members express grave concerns over the health and treatment of pregnant women in ICE custody and the recent policy change to detain pregnant women. Media reports say that immigration authorities have detained at least 506 pregnant women since the change in policy. “This ICE policy shift is troubling and could have potential health implications for immigrant pregnant women in detention,” said Vargas. “It is egregious that the Department of Homeland Security did not notify Congress about this policy change. We expect a thorough and prompt response regarding the treatment of pregnant detainees.” See the full letter here.
Latino USA anchor María Hinojosa with Founder and CEO of Define American, Jose Antonio Vargas, at the Define American Film Festival in Chicago over the weekend.
Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) on Saturday at the Sacramento Zoo’s ‘Earth Fest.’ 
Doris Matsui Teams with Zoe Lofgren to Help Sell Clean Energy Bonds
Congresswomen Doris Matsui (D-CA)
and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) introduced the Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act -- a bill they say will provide Americans the opportunity to invest in clean energy technologies and projects around the country. Modeled after the victory bonds sold during World War II, the Congresswomen say Clean Energy Victory Bonds would allow Americans to participate in the clean energy economy through safe investments while also helping create jobs and spur growth in clean energy technologies needed to increase domestic energy security. The legislation directs the Treasury Department to issue small-denomination, specifically designated treasury bonds to be widely sold and promoted. The proceeds will fund programs under the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy that encourage the growth of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The bonds are to be available for purchase by individuals for as little as $25. They predict that the proceeds are estimated to create up to $50 billion in direct investment that could be leveraged with proven incentives to accelerate the development of clean energy and clean energy technologies. “We have a shared responsibility to reverse the effects of our changing climate,” said Matsui. “This legislation gives Americans an opportunity to take action while spurring growth in clean energy technologies, increasing domestic energy security, and creating jobs. I’m pleased to join with Congresswoman Lofgren on this important legislation, which provides a pathway for investments in our country’s collective future.” More here.
Serrano Leads Push to Ensure Public Schools are Complying with ADA
Congressman José Serrano (D-NY)
late last week led fellow Congressmen Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) in a letter to the Government Accountability Office requesting that the agency evaluate and issue a report on public schools’ compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The three members are the Ranking Member of the House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee, Ranking Member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, respectively. “Students with disabilities, from New York City to coastal Virginia and all across the country, are entitled to a ‘free, appropriate public education’ under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). However, localities continue to undermine the law by limiting the number of schools students with disabilities can physically access through negligence and lackluster enforcement of the ADA. That is why we write to request the Government Accountability Office to analyze and issue a report on ADA compliance in our nation’s schools,” the members wrote. The letter asks the GAO to look specifically into the following matters: ADA compliance rate, compliance data available at the local level, plans in place to ensure removal of barriers necessary to provide equal access. See the full letter here.
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Donald McEachin Names New Chief of Staff
Congressman Donald McEachin (D-VA)
has promoted Keenan Austin Reed to Chief of Staff after she served as his Deputy for just over a year. Prior to that, Keenan served as the Statewide Political Director in Florida for the Hillary Clinton campaign. Previously, she served as Chief of Staff to Councilmember David Grosso of the DC City Council. This is not the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority member’s first time at the helm. She previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL), managing a portfolio including political outreach, stakeholder engagement, constituent services, and legislation. And in 2010, she managed Wilson's first election to Congress. A proud Rattler, Keenan received her Bachelor's degree and MBA from FAMU. More about her here.
U.N. Women Appoint Indian American to Newly Created Role
U.N. Women, the United Nations entity working as a global champion for gender equality, announced that it has created a new role: the Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Addressing Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Discrimination. And Indian American policy leader Purna Sen has been appointed to the position. Sen brings almost three decades of work as an activist, violence against women and human rights expert, academic, and politician to the post. She led the “Above the Parapet” project at the Institute of Public Affairs at The London School of Economics, which explored the experiences of high profile women in public life -- politics, diplomacy, academia, and civil society -- and how the lessons learned could benefit women who follow. She has also served as Head of Human Rights for the Commonwealth Secretariat and as Director for the Asia-Pacific Program at Amnesty International. She also has a Ph.D. from Bristol University on the subject of Violence Against Women. In this new role, Sen will call upon supporting states, government administrations and the private sector to ensure actions are taken to respond to women’s experiences of sexual harassment. She will ask women to share their experiences of sexual harassment and assault and also ask for examples of good practices, policies, and laws dealing with harassment. More here.
Creative Rights Caucus Co-Chairs Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) and Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA), last week with with singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb at the GRAMMYs on the Hill event after being honored for their support of the Music Modernization Act.
American Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan with Anita Hill at The Links, Incorporated Capital City (DC) Chapter’s 7th Annual Women’s Recognition High Tea on Sunday.
Reddit Names New COO
Jen Wong is the new Chief Operating Officer of Reddit where, among many duties, she will also be in charge of Reddit’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Most recently, the Yale grad, who also has a Master’s from Stanford and an MBA from Harvard, served as Time, Inc.’s President of Digital, earning a promotion soon after that to become Chief Operating Officer, where she oversaw dozens of online media properties, like People, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated. She first began her career as an entrepreneur, co-founding a children’s entertainment startup before joining McKinsey & Company’s Telecom, Media, and Technology practice. In 2010, Jen joined AOL as Global Head of Business Operations, where she oversaw major acquisitions of companies like TechCrunch, 5Min, and The Huffington Post. She also served as General Manager and Senior Vice President for some of the company’s biggest brands. After AOL, Jen became Chief Business Officer at PopSugar, Inc., where she led the company’s day-to-day operations, business, and product engineering while bringing global growth to the company’s media entities. “Reddit has a community unlike any other on the internet, where people can be themselves and have authentic conversations,” Jen said. “This honesty can be intimidating, whether you’re a new user or an advertiser, but I believe it’s not only the reason behind Reddit’s success, but the future of the internet as a whole.” More here.
IBM Names New Chief Diversity Officer While Suing Its Former One
Tia Silas
has been named IBM’s Chief Diversity Officer. She comes to the position after having served as the Head of IBM’s Human Resources Department for more than two years. Before that, she held several leadership positions with the global technology firm Pitney Bowes including as Vice President and Director of Talent Management -- a position she also held at Macy’s before leaping to the more senior position of Northeast Regional HR Leader at JCPenney. The 2003 Cornell University graduate went on to earn her MBA from NYU in 2016. IBM is one of the tech firms that has not released their diversity data. In fact, the company just filed a lawsuit saying that its efforts to recruit and maintain a diverse workforce are trade secrets. The suit stems from its former Chief Diversity Officer, Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, who left for a similar job at Microsoft Corp. The lawsuit alleges McIntyre violated a one-year non-competition agreement and could disclose IBM’s diversity data and hiring plans. IBM cited in its complaint McIntyre’s knowledge and oversight of its plans to hire 50 diverse candidates to executive positions and its development of artificial intelligence-based tools to track the career development of women and minorities at the company. IBM’s stance puts it at odds with trends in the tech industry and the broader corporate world towards sharing diversity success stories and best practices, instead seeming to view diversity as a zero-sum game. More about IBM’s new Chief Diversity Officer here.
Anna María Chávez Named National Council on Aging’s Chief Growth Officer and Executive Vice President
Anna María Chávez
has been named Chief Growth Officer and Executive Vice President at the National Council on Aging (NCOA), a newly created role where she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of NCOA and leading the national team in advancing the organization’s mission to improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020. She previously served as Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President for External Affairs for the organization. From 2011-2016, Chávez was the first woman of color to lead the Girl Scouts of the USA. The Yale University grad, who received her law degree from the College of Law at the University of Arizona, held numerous posts in the Clinton administration, including as Senior Policy Advisor to then-Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater and Small Business Administration Administrator Aida Alvarez. Chávez also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Urban Relations and Community Development under then-Governor Janet Napolitano where she launched the Aging 2020 initiative and created the Arizona Division of Aging and Adult Services. She is currently a member of the National Board of Directors for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. ¡Felicidades Anna María! More about her here.
Shanta Whitaker Joins Venn Strategies
Venn Strategies, a national political strategy and public affairs firm, has hired Shanta Whitaker as a Vice President in its health policy group. Dr. Whitaker joined Venn from her position at LMI Consulting as a Health Policy Consultant to agencies including CMS, where she served as a subject matter expert on Medicare and Medicaid Shared Savings Programs and worked extensively with Accountable Care Organizations. The Virginia Union University grad, who has a Master’s in public health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Doctorate from Yale University, was previously a senior health disparities analyst for the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, an Editor for American Journal Experts, and as a Fellow with the North Carolina State Public Health Laboratory. More about her here.
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) with Breakfast Club radio host Charlamagne tha God and DJ Envy after her interview Monday morning.
CA State Treasurer and Gubernatorial candidate John Chiang (D) visiting The Apothecarium, a recreational medical cannabis dispensary in San Francisco, on Friday, 4/20.
All Eyes on AZ Today
Voters in Arizona head to the polls today for the special election in a House race just outside of Phoenix. Indian American candidate, Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, is hoping to become the next Democrat to pull off an upset victory in a reliably Republican district. This is another key test for Dems heading into the midterm elections in Arizona's 8th Congressional District, where Donald Trump won in 2016 by 21 points. The makeup of the district -- where Republican Congressman Trent Franks resigned in December amid sexual harassment allegations -- poses a significant challenge for Tipirneni, who is facing off against Republican Debbie Lesko. So far, slightly more than 151,000 early ballots have been cast, and registered Republicans are outvoting Democrats 49% to 28%, with a median voter age of 67. Arizona Dems lean on voters of color, especially Latinos, for a large share of their support. However, people of color have historically been among the least likely people to vote in off-year elections. That makes the district, which is 30% non-white -- including 19% Latino, more vulnerable to a Democratic drop-off in special and midterm elections. But the GOP showed signs of worry when outside Republican groups began pouring a steady stream of campaign spending on behalf of Lesko. Will older, predominantly white voters break their traditional voting patterns? Will people of color dominate the polls with Dem enthusiasm? Polls close at 10P ET and we’ll be watching. More here.
Dem Candidate Hoping to Replace Michelle Luján Grisham Hits the Airwaves
Damon Martínez, a Democrat who was one of 46 U.S. Attorneys for New Mexico who resigned last year at the request of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is running for Congress and hit the airwaves today with his first TV ad. An Albuquerque native, Martínez was appointed U.S. Attorney for New Mexico by then-President Barack Obama in 2014 and helped spearhead an initiative that targeted heroin and opioid trafficking suspects in the state, while also ramping up drug education efforts. He led the local U.S. Attorney’s Office during a federal investigation into excessive force allegations against the Albuquerque Police Department that led to an eventual settlement agreement. Martínez said he decided to run for Congress because he feels he still has “unfinished business” when it comes to addressing New Mexico’s drug addiction problems, high crime rates, and sexual assault issues. After earning his BA, MBA, and JD from the University of New Mexico, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve after the attacks on September 11th. He continued to serve in the armed forces for the past 15 years and holds the rank of Lt. Colonel. He has served in both the U.S. Army Reserve and the New Mexico National Guard, and he was deployed to Egypt in 2012. So far, he has spent $34,384 to air his TV ad starting today and running into next week. The ad features Martinez taking on Trump by using "Apprentice" boardroom footage to create a faux conversation between the two and ends with Martinez saying "when I'm in Congress, you're next to get fired." Martinez is one of six Dems hoping to replace Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Congresswoman Michelle Luján Grisham (D-NM) who is running for Governor. On the June 5th primary, he will face Albuquerque City Councilor Patrick Davis, Former Democratic Party State Chair of New Mexico and Native American Debra Haaland, Attorney Damian Lara, Business owner Paul Moya, and nonprofit Executive Director Antoinette Sedillo López. See Martinez’s ad here.
MA Senate Candidate Fights to Keep Anti-Elizabeth Warren Signs Up
Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai
, an Independent candidate who claims he invented email, is running against incumbent Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and suing her hometown of Cambridge, MA for an order from the city telling him to take down a pair of campaign signs calling the Democrat a “fake Indian.” The MIT grad over the weekend filed a federal lawsuit accusing Cambridge violating his free speech after he was told to remove two identical signs showing the Democrat in an Indian headdress with the slogan “Only a real Indian can defeat the fake Indian.” The city claims that the signs were posted without proper permits, but the Indian immigrant contends that this is not the case since the signs are on a bus. “We will not remove the slogan from our bus. We will defend the First Amendment, and we will fight this egregious attack on the First Amendment, at any cost,” Ayyadurai said. They didn’t say anything when we had the first sign. It was only when we put, ‘Only a real Indian can defeat the fake Indian,’ so it’s clearly trying to censor speech.” The scientist and entrepreneur is currently the Founder and CEO of CytoSolve, Inc, which is working to discover cures for major diseases. He is notable for his controversial claim to be the "inventor of email," based on the electronic mail software called "EMAIL" he wrote as a New Jersey high school student in the late 1970s. In 1982, he registered the copyright for his software, called "EMAIL," as well as for the program's user documentation. He holds four degrees from MIT including a Ph.D. in biological engineering. More here.
Miami, FL Mayor Francis Suárez and his wife Gloria Suárez welcoming their newborn, Gloriana Pilar Suárez, home last week.
Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) in Las Vegas with Congressman Rubén Kihuen (D-NV) on Sunday at the Touro University Nevada Gala.
Juanita Pérez Williams Gets BOLD PAC Nod
We told you yesterday that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ campaign arm, BOLD PAC, had made new endorsements; well, add Juanita Pérez Williams, who is running in New York’s 24th Congressional District to the list. "(Perez Williams) is a mother and veteran running for Congress to continue her life's work of fighting for working people," Bold PAC tweeted. "She won't stop until our country's infrastructure is improved, and every family in (NY-24) has a good paying job and access to quality healthcare." The endorsement came as Onondaga County Democratic Committee member Diane Dwire made a general objection last week to the petitions collected by Pérez Williams in the race. More here.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Says Donald Trump Turns GOP Women Off ... From Running for Office
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) is not parsing her words ahead of her retirement. The Florida Republican told CNN that GOP women are not inspired to run for office and placed part of the blame on Donald Trump and his rhetoric. "Just stop with the name calling. It turns women off. It turns a lot of people off, but especially young women. They just say this is ugly,” she said. Ros-Lehtinen recognized that Trump is having the opposite effect on Democratic women. "It's inspiring Democratic women to run," she added. "Unfortunately, it's not inspiring Republican women to run. The rhetoric of the White House is a recruiting tool for liberal women to counter that." There are 494 women candidates running for Congress, the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University found. 332 Democratic and 108 Republican women are running for House seats, and 32 Democratic and 22 Republican women are running for Senate seats. More here.
Lydia Polgreen, Editor-in-Chief of HuffPost, on Monday taking a breather in her Brooklyn home.
CNN’s Abby Phillip and friends enjoying brunch on Sunday.
Meet the Woman Preparing Tonight’s State Dinner
Cristeta Comerford
is a Filipino American chef who has been the White House Executive Chef since 2005. She is the first woman and first person of Asian descent to hold the post. She grew up in Sampaloc, Manila and attended the University of the Philippines majoring in food technology. She left school before completing the degree when she emigrated to the United States at the age of 23. Her first job was in Chicago at the Sheraton Hotel near O'Hare International Airport. She later moved to DC and worked as a chef at two restaurants. She also spent six months in Vienna as a rotating chef. Comerford was recruited in 1995 to work in the Clinton White House and was appointed by First Lady Laura Bush in 2005 to the position of Executive Chef. Tonight she is serving up a three-part spread. The first course will feature a goat cheese gateau, tomato jam, buttermilk biscuit crumbles and young variegated lettuces. The main course: a rack of spring lamb and a New Orleans-inspired Carolina gold rice jambalaya -- scented with celery, peppers, and onions, and spiced with herbs from the South Lawn. Finally, the denouement will come in the form of a nectarine tart dessert infused with White House honey and accompanied by crème fraîche ice cream. Bon appétit! More about her here.
Travel Down the Barack Obama Highway in the Mile High City
A Democrat in the Colorado House of Representatives is trying to rename a portion of the state’s Interstate 25 through Denver the “Barack Obama Highway.” The proposal from state Representative Dan Pabon passed with bipartisan support last week. If the resolution passes through the Democratic-controlled state legislature, Colorado will become the first state in the country to honor former President Barack Obama in such a way. “It’s a historic stretch of highway near Mile High Stadium where he accepted the Democratic nomination and went on to become president,” Pabon said, referring the Democratic National Convention held in Denver in 2008. The resolution does not involve money to erect signs commemorating Obama but allows for gifts, grants, and donations to cover the costs. The measure could come to the House floor for a vote as soon as Thursday night. More here.
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Today, 7P: Arrival of President Emmanuel Macron of France and Mrs. Macron to the State Dinner. The North Portico at the White House. 
Today - 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, 12P: Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) will hold a policy discussion on the Investing in Opportunity Act, as part of his National Opportunity Tour. The Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW. Contact raynard@raynardjackson.com for more information.
Wednesday, April 25th, 5:30P: Please join Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) for an evening of #BlackGirlMagic. CBCI Townhouse 413 New Jersey Ave, SE. RSVP to Brandon Neal at pylorus.contact@gmail.com.
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
Thursday, April 26th, 12P: The Raben Group presents “Being Muslim in America: Current Political Climate and What's Next After the SCOTUS Travel Ban Hearing.” Farhana Khera, Executive Director of Muslim Advocates, sits with Roy L. Austin, Jr. for a discussion. 1341 G Street, NW Fifth Floor, DC. RSVP here.
Thursday, April 26th, 5:30P: Latino/AAPI Unity Event. Join Glen S. FukushimaHelga Flores Trejo, CAPA21, and Latino Victory Fund on for a joint event celebrating the friendship between the Latino and AAPI communities. Click here for more information.
Thursday, April 26th, 6:30P: Lab 29 presents “Equity in Education: Why Keeping Culture in the Classroom Matters,” a discussion on how the connection between culture and education is a key aspect in empowering Native Americans in the U.S. George Washington University, 2121 I Street Northwest, Funger Hall, Room 209. RSVP here.
Wednesday, May 2nd, 6P: The Latino Victory Fund hosts Latino Talks 2018, on how Latinos are changing America. Special guests include former Univisión anchor María Elena Salinas. Click here to purchase tickets.
Friday, May 4th, 5P: Please join the Friends of the American Latino Museum and LatinVIP to celebrate the 7th anniversary of the American Latino Museum Commission report and Cinco de Mayo. Los Gallos Negros perform. VIP admission and specials with donations of $50 and more. Decades DC, 1219 Connecticut Ave NW. RSVP here
Friday, May 11th, 9A: The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights holds a public briefing on hate crimes and bias-related incidents. The Commission will examine best practices for local law enforcement on collecting and reporting data, and the role of the Education and Justice Departments in prevention and prosecution. USCCR, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 1150. RSVP to publicaffairs@usccr.gov. Click here to watch a livestream of the briefing.
Wednesday, May 16th, 5:30P: 2018 Mission Forward Spring Reception: “Building Equity and Breaking Bias,” a powerful conversation on equity, diversity, and inclusion. Speakers include Ed Yong, science writer for The Atlantic, and Liz Neeley, Executive Director of The Story Collider. Mission Partners, 7201 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 780, Bethesda, MD. RSVP here
Monday, May 21st - Tuesday, May 22nd: Common Cause Pennsylvania will host their Democracy Works Summit. Sheraton Downtown Hotel on 201 N. 17th Street in Philadelphia, PA. Click here for more information.
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.
Sunday, June 10th - Tuesday, June 12th: The ACLU Membership Conference. Speakers include Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse CullorsCongressman John Lewis (D-GA), and founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, AL Bryan Stevenson. Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Place NW) and Marriott Marquis Washington D.C. (901 Massachusetts Avenue NW). Click here for more information
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.
Friday, July 20 - Sunday, July 22nd: The 2nd Annual Black Campaign School, hosted by The Collective. Atlanta, GA. Click here for information
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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