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March 12, 2018
Kamala Harris Honored by Black Press, Cory Booker Teams with Tammy Duckworth, and Jorge Ramos Interviews with José Díaz-Balart 
The White House released their proposal on guns Sunday night, which proposes arming teachers and backpedals on raising the age to buy guns. Officials say raising the minimum age for buying guns from 18 to 21 and requiring background checks for guns purchased at gun shows or online will be studied by a commission headed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. When faced with some common sense questions about the proposal on this morning’s Today show, DeVos appeared unable to nail down specifics. And in a 60 Minutes interview on Sunday, the billionaire advocate for school choice --  which allows taxpayer funds for public education to be channeled to other schools, including private religious-based institutions -- struggled to provide data backing up her signature issue. Now to Pennsylvania. Republicans are throwing everything they have in a last-ditch effort to hold on to a district that Trump won by 20 points in 2016. Enter Donald Trump and his infamous campaign rally, where he said little about GOP candidate Rick Saccone and a lot about his own perceived enemies. The president again attacked Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Oprah, and NBC’s Chuck Todd, calling him a “son of a bitch.” You’re in good company, Chuck. It’s the same moniker he gave kneeling NFL players. In a bizarre exchange with the audience, he encouraged attendees to boo the “fake news media” and discouraged them from booing North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un. They obliged. What else happened this weekend? For the first time, two movies directed by Black filmmakers, with budgets over $100 million, held the number one and two spots at the box office. Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, surpassing the $1 billion mark, reigned over Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time. Speaking of time, we sprang forward and lost an hour. At The Beat DC, we always #WorkWoke. But, this morning, we worked sleepy. We’re kicking off the week with this...
  • Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tammy Duckworth (D-NJ) work to help inmates stay in touch with family.
  • Latino legislators introduce resolution to honor Latinas during Women’s History Month.
  • Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) sponsors bill to help vets enter workforce.
  • Labor Secretary Alex Acosta and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao testify on the Hill this week.
  • Cuban American lawmakers want the WH to denounce Castro successor.
  • Univisión’s Jorge Ramos interviews with José Díaz-Balart on rival network Telemundo.
  • Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) to be honored this week by the National Newspaper Publishers Association.
  • The NYT launches new audio series on ISIS.
  • Meet the new member of the WaPo’s breaking news team.
  • Michael Smith leaves ESPN’s SportsCenter.
  • Medill programs have a new Director.
  • Compton Mayor makes it official: she’s running for Congress.
  • Meet the Cherokee Nation citizen in OK running for Congress.
  • DNC delays changes to superdelegates that would reduce their numbers.
  • Congressmen Ami Bera (D-CA) and Ro Khanna (D-CA) want to strip Aung San Suu Kyi of congressional honor.
  • Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown appealing to the holy spirit to get out of jail. 
  • Marijuana law puts NJ Gov at odds with state’s longest-serving Black Senator.
  • Hip Hop Caucus launches a new podcast this week. Check out the deets in FOMO.
Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY) and Congressman Jimmy Gómez (D-CA) on Saturday at SXSW in Austin, TX.
CNN's Laura Jarrett, actress Kerry Washington, former Obama Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, and actor Tony Goldwyn on the streets of DC.
Senators Intro Bipartisan Bill to Help Inmates Stay in Touch with Family
Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
, Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) last week introduced the Inmate Calling Technical Corrections Act to help families keep in touch with incarcerated relatives. The legislation is aimed at addressing long-standing concerns regarding predatory inmate calling rates at prison facilities. It would also affirm the FCC authority to address a market failure to protect family, clergy, and counsel who communicate with prisoners, inmates, and detainees. This legislation also makes clear that the obligations of fairness in inmate communications apply to all individuals, including those living with a disability. “The vast majority of prisoners will eventually be released, and it’s only common-sense that—once they’ve repaid their debt to society—we should do whatever we can to ensure they do not return to a life of crime and instead have a chance to succeed,” said Duckworth. “Preserving contact with family members during incarceration can help make that a reality, but market failures unique to the prison telecommunications industry can make that more difficult. Fortunately, there is bipartisan agreement that the law should be clarified to enable the FCC to finally address those market failures.” Studies have shown that keeping in touch with family members can help reduce recidivism rates. Learn more here.
Bicameral Effort to Celebrate Latinas During Women’s History Month
Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)
and Bob Menéndez (D-NJ) introduced a resolution last week to celebrate and recognize the heritage, culture, and contributions of Latinas during Women’s History Month. Congressman Lou Correa (D-CA) introduced a companion resolution in the House. The resolution recognizes activist Dolores Huerta, EGOT winner Rita Moreno, Antonia Novello -- the first female and first Hispanic Surgeon General, and musicians Selena and Celia Cruz, among others. “Throughout our nation’s history, the contributions of Latinas in science, the arts, medicine and many other fields have strengthened and enriched American society,” said Cortez Masto. “I want to honor the millions of Latinas whose contributions have made this country better, and celebrate those who blazed their own trails to inspire the next generation.” Menéndez said that at “a time when we find ourselves fighting against those who would turn back the clock on a half-century of progress on the rights of all women and communities of color in America, we must stand together to make certain Latinas are not once again left on the outside looking in on the major issues of the day.” Correa stated that he “introduced this resolution not only to honor Latinas but to inspire young Latinas.” See the resolution here.
Stephanie Murphy Intros Bipartisan Bill to Help Vets Enter Workforce
Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-FL)
crossed the aisle to introduce bipartisan legislation to incentivize the hiring of veterans. She and Congressman Steve Knight (R-CA) unveiled the Encouraging Veterans Employment Act, which makes the Defense Department give preference to businesses that employ veterans when awarding contracts. "Military servicemembers risk their lives to keep our nation safe and have earned the opportunity to succeed once they decide to transition into the civilian workforce,” said Murphy. “The men and women of our military learn valuable skills and develop unique leadership qualities that make them an asset to employers -- who may be unfamiliar with the value of hiring veterans.” More here.
NY State Assemblymember Marcos Crespo with CNN commentator Ana Navarro on Saturday at the SOMOS 2018 Conference in Albany.
CA gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday arrives with his wife Patricia Govea to file official paperwork to run for governor.
Elaine Chao and Alexander Acosta Defend Infrastructure Plan this Week before Senate Commerce Committee
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta will testify before the Senate Commerce Committee at 10A on Wednesday on the president's plan to overhaul the nation's infrastructure. The White House revealed its long-awaited infrastructure plan last month. The plan calls for more than $1.5 trillion in new investments in road and bridge construction, waterway improvements, and rural development, with $200 billion in taxpayer dollars to spur the investment. Democrats have criticized the plan, saying Republicans must agree to new revenue to fund projects, and that the plan shifts too much of the burden to states and cities. Other Cabinet members testifying before the Committee, chaired by Senator John Thune (R-SD), include Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. More here.
Cuban American Members Call on Trump to Denounce Castro Successor
Cuba took its first step this weekend towards selecting a new president -- the first time in nearly 60 years that the office will not be occupied by a member of the Castro family. The newly elected members of the National Assembly will be charged with choosing the new president in April. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Congressmen Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL), and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) on Friday preemptively urged Donald Trump to denounce Raúl Castro’s successor as illegitimate. They call for free, fair, and multiparty elections, and urge Trump and the international community to call for them. The members write that “a predetermined, charade election orchestrated by regime officials will continue the dictatorship. This sham election is yet another example of the regime’s dictatorial repression of fundamental freedoms which must not be recognized by those who value freedom and democracy.” Castro has announced that he will step down on April 18th. More than eight million Cubans were expected to turn out for Sunday’s election to cast their ballots for one of the 612 members of the National Assembly of People's Power -- Cuba’s national legislative authority. See the letter from lawmakers here.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms meeting on Thursday with DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.
CA congressional candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar celebrating International Women's Day on Thursday with his mother Abby and brother Kareem.
Univisión's Jorge Ramos Interviews with José Díaz-Balart on Rival Network Telemundo
In what is a first for Spanish-language television, Jorge Ramos of Univisión Noticias is talking to José Díaz-Balart of Noticias Telemundo. The first-ever broadcast of a conversation between the main news anchors of the country’s top Hispanic networks airs tonight at 6:30P on Telemundo. Ramos, a Mexican immigrant, has a new book, Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era. The two anchors discuss the Trump presidency’s impact. Other topics include the Latino community’s future, journalism, and activism. The conversation will also be on and the social media accounts for Noticias Telemundo on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. “This ‘Noticias Telemundo’ initiative strengthens our shared commitment to the Latino community at a time when journalism has become of vital importance for us,” Díaz-Balart said. Ramos added, “This is the first time we are doing this. We’ve owed it to each other for the last 30 years." More here.
NNPA Honors Kamala Harris
The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) will honor Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) with the 2018 Newsmaker of the Year Award on Wednesday at the Rayburn House Office Building (more details below in FOMO). “In all my years of covering news in our community, Senator Harris has been one of the smartest, most fearless, steadfast and caring politicians that I have come to know,” said Amelia Ashley-Ward, the new NNPA Foundation Chair and Publisher of the Sun-Reporter in San Francisco. “She has a lot to offer the world ... we are so fortunate to have her advocating on our behalf.” The theme of this year’s Black Press Week is "Celebrating 191 Years of the Black Press of America: Publishing Truth to Empower." Black publishers, media professionals, civil rights leaders and lawmakers from across the country attend the annual event, taking place March 14-16th in DC. During the Torch Awards dinner, they will honor Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA). On Friday, Democratic strategist and author Donna Brazile will deliver a keynote address on the state of the Black Press in America. More here.
NYT Announces New Audio Series On ISIS
The NYT over the weekend announced the upcoming launch of its first narrative nonfiction podcast, Caliphate with Rukmini Callimachi, an award-winning NYT Foreign Correspondent and ISIS expert. The announcement was made during SXSW in Austin, TX. Caliphate was recorded and produced over the past year. In a release, the NYT says Caliphate “follows Callimachi as she searches building after building in the city of Mosul, collecting thousands of pages of secret papers from al-Qaeda’s North African branch, showing how they governed and answering the disturbing question of their longevity. ... [it] tells the surprising and emotional story of the pull of this group, how it functions and how it continues to win over support, despite the immense suffering it caused." Callimachi has been with the NYT since 2014, covering Al Qaeda and Islamic extremism. Callimachi is a three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, most recently in 2014 for her series of stories based on a cache of internal Qaeda documents she discovered in Mali. Check out a teaser of Caliphate here.
Former Deputy Labor Secretary Chris Lu with DNC AAPI Caucus Chair Bel Leong-Hong and Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY) on Saturday at the DNC Winter Meeting. 
Tesla's Elon Musk on Sunday with rapper Snoop Dogg
Marissa Lang Joins WaPo
Marissa Lang
today joins WaPo’s local team as a Reporter. Most recently a Reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, the University of Maryland grad covered the impact of technology and tech companies on the Bay Area since 2015. Previously, she covered issues of criminal and social justice as a Staff Writer for the Sacramento Bee, Salt Lake Tribune, and Tampa Bay Times. In 2017, Marissa traveled to Rwanda to report on the country's technology sector and social issues, work that was supported by a fellowship from the International Women's Media Foundation. The bilingual English/Spanish speaker is an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and a mentor of student journalists. ¡Felicidades Marissa! Más aquí.
Michael Smith Departs SportsCenter
Michael Smith
anchored his final broadcast of ESPN’s SportsCenter on Friday. His departure comes less than two months after his former co-anchor, Jemele Hill, left the program to work with The Undefeated, a sports and pop culture website owned and operated by ESPN. Smith and Hill were known for the opinionated banter and commentary that shaped their discussion show on ESPN2's His & Hers. They became the first Black regular co-anchors of SportsCenter since it debuted in 1979. Smith says the network "muted" his chemistry with Hill. "There was a time we weren't even talking to each other anymore," Smith said on James Andrew Miller’s Origins podcast. "Like, no more Michael and Jemele talking, no more of their commentary, it's just strictly live shots and analysis. That's what pissed me off so much." Although Smith has yet to announce where he will end up after leaving SportsCenter, he still has multiple years left on his ESPN contract, so it’s more than likely that he’ll stay within the brand in some capacity. A statement by ESPN EVP Norby Williamson says, "Michael is a talented commentator and we greatly appreciate and value his contributions and creativity. We are in the process of discussing with him potential next ESPN assignments." More here.
Joie Chen Named Director of Medill Programs
Former CBS, CNN, and Al Jazeera America anchor Joie Chen has been named Director of the Medill programs in DC. “Every success I’ve ever had in my professional life I owe in some way to Medill,” said Chen, who is a Medill graduate. Medill’s DC program was established in 1966 as an extension of Northwestern’s School of Journalism. Many current and past TV newsers got a jumpstart in their careers with the program, including Chen. “It’s an enormous honor for me to support the next generation of Medillians as they begin their careers. I look forward to helping to create new opportunities for them and to keeping Medill at the forefront of journalism education,” she said. Chen’s father, Chiadao Chen, was a professor emeritus in biochemistry at Northwestern’s medical school. Chen has served on Medill’s Board of Advisors for more than ten years and was inducted into Medill’s Hall of Achievement in 1997. More here.
CA gubernatorial David Min with his family on Friday after filing official paperwork to run for Governor.
Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC) with UNCF President Michael Lomax on Saturday at the UNCF Mayor's Masked Ball in Charlotte.
Compton Mayor Makes Congressional Bid Official
Compton Mayor Aja Brown made her congressional run official last week. Aiming to represent California’s 44th District, she will face Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA) in the June 5th primary. Brown -- who in 2013 at age 31 became the youngest Mayor of Compton -- dismissed TMZ’s suggestion that actress Stacey Dash’s candidacy motivated her to run a competing campaign. “To be clear, my decision to enter this race was not predicated on one person, but on the 700,000 residents of the 44th District,” she said. As Compton Mayor, the 2004 University of Southern California grad has focused on initiatives to boost the city known nationally for its high crime rates, including bringing more business to the area. Homicides have dropped under Brown’s leadership while home prices have risen. Celebrities from Compton, including director Ava DuVernay and rapper Kendrick Lamar, have worked with Brown to bring more opportunities to the city’s youth. Meanwhile, Diaz Barragán gained the California Democratic Party’s endorsement in late February, and she also has the support of Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA). The 44th Congressional District is one of the state's most diverse. Latinos comprise 51% of voters, while 25% are Black, and 5% are Asian. More here.
Meet the Cherokee Nation Citizen Running for OK-2
Tahlequah Mayor Jason Nichols is running for Oklahoma’s Second Congressional District. The lifelong resident of Tahlequah has served as Mayor for more than six years, and as City Councilor before that. The Cherokee Nation citizen is also currently a political science instructor at his alma mater Northeastern State University, having earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s there. Prior to entering public service, Nichols worked for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians as the tribe’s Information Technology Director and held a technology-related position with Tahlequah Public Schools as well. He is challenging incumbent Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R), also a member of the Cherokee Nation, because he says he feels that the “political culture in Washington has devolved to the point where even the smallest issues seem to be catalysts for controversy or an excuse to argue with someone ... the current environment doesn't allow much of anything to be accomplished for anyone. I'd like to have a hand in changing that and in getting Congress focused on the things that impact the lives of Americans.” Nichols faces retired U.S. Army Colonel Clay Padgett in the June 26th Democratic primary. More here.
Pérez’s DNC Delays Superdelegate Changes
The DNC has accepted an internal committee’s recommendations to reduce the influence of superdelegates but has chosen to delay announcing the changes that they will have in the 2020 election until this summer, according to DNC Chair Tom Pérez. The Unity Reform Commission had recommended a reduction of superdelegates by 60%, but the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee -- which is ultimately in charge of putting forward a proposal for the full DNC’s vote -- said it might do even more. The Committee has until June 2018 to complete its proposal, which would then go to the full DNC this summer. To be approved, it would need two-thirds of the DNC’s 447 members to vote for it. “If we’re going to win elections, you’ve got to earn the trust of voters, and many voters had a crisis of confidence in the Democratic Party,” Pérez said. More here.
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) Saturday morning on Fox News discussing North Korea and the economy.
Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA) with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn on Saturday at SXSW in Austin, TX. 
Ami Bera and Ro Khanna Want to Strip Myanmar Leader of Congressional Gold Medal
Congressmen Ami Bera (D-CA) 
and Ro Khanna (D-CA) are among the Dems who are floating stripping away the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian honor, from Burmese human rights advocate and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. She was given the congressional award in 2008, but a decade later, her reticent response to Myanmar's brutal campaign against the Rohingya -- a minority Muslim group targeted by the country's military -- has raised cause for concern. She is now Myanmar's democratically elected civilian leader and has faced intense international backlash over the violence, which the UN has deemed acts of genocide. “Whether it’s that she’s been complicit, or that she’s just been silent, what she hasn’t done is be vocal enough. So it’s been very, very disappointing, because I had great admiration for her,” Khanna said. “We’ve got to send her the message that she ought to be speaking out and trying to moderate the government and military response here,” added Bera. More here.
Corrine Brown Files Holy Spirit Appeal
Attorneys for former Congresswoman Corrine Brown have filed an appeal of her conviction on 18 federal counts of fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy. Brown's long shot appeal is based entirely on the dismissal of a juror during the guilt phase of her federal trial. That juror had told others on the panel that he had prayed and believed the holy spirit had told him Brown was not guilty. In the 62-page filing, Brown's attorneys reference at least 11 Bible passages as they argue that the appeals court should throw out the judgment against Brown because her rights and those of the juror were violated when the juror was dismissed. The appeal was filed with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, meeting the deadline extension granted to Brown's lawyers. A panel of three appeals court judges will make a ruling on the appeal, but that might not happen for several months. The 71-year-old former lawmaker began her five-year sentence on January 29th at a minimum security prison camp in Central Florida. More here.
Obama alumna Stephanie Valencia Ramírez last week with IL congressional candidate Sol Flores.
The View's Sunny Hostin taking a "shelfie" with some of her favorite children's books.
Marijuana Law Puts NJ Gov at Odds with State’s Longest Serving Black Senator
Governor Phil Murphy (D-NJ) is trying to make good on his campaign promise to legalize marijuana in the Garden State, where African Americans are three times more likely to be charged with marijuana possession than whites, even though both populations use the drug at similar rates. He has the backing of civil rights groups, cannabis business lobbyists, lawyers, doctors who prescribe medical marijuana, and out-of-state cannabis growers. However, he has a major legislative obstacle: the state legislature’s longest-serving Black Senator and the leader of its Black Caucus, Ronald L. Rice, who believes that cannabis stores would proliferate in Black communities, much like liquor stores, and would produce a new generation of drug abusers. “It’s always been said the issue is not money, the issue is social justice,” said Rice, a Democrat and a former Newark police officer. “But, it’s being sold on the backs of Black folk and brown people. It’s clear there is big, big money pushing special interests to sell this to our communities.” The growing and selling of marijuana has already generated billions of dollars in the nine states where it is legal -- but it is an industry that is overwhelmingly white. A statewide coalition of Black pastors, the NAACP, and others are pushing for legalization as a social justice issue, but only if it is linked to some type of compensation for the harm they say was done to Black and Brown families whose sons and daughters were incarcerated. More here.
Today, 10:30A: The National League of Cities Congressional City Conference. Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road, N.W. Speakers include Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC). Click here for more information and to register
Today, 2P: The Congressional Free File Caucus hosts a briefing on the IRS’ Free File program. 1302 Longworth. For more information, contact Matt Russell at or Saúl Hernández at
Today, 3:45PCongressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) participates in a town hall meeting with high school students to discuss gun violence. Newark Memorial High School, 39375 Cedar Blvd, Newark, CA. Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr will also be participating. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, March 13th, 2PCongresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY) and Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) announce the official launch of the Congressional Smart Cities Caucus. 2247 Rayburn HOB. Open to press. RSVP to:
Tuesday, March 13th, 6P: Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. and Mustafa Santiago Ali of the Hip Hop Caucus launch, Think 100%, Coolest Show on Climate Change. The hour-long show will air on 89.3 FM WPFW in DC and will be available online by clicking here.
Tuesday, March 13th, 7P: The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials presents Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) with the 2018 Edward R. Roybal Award for Outstanding Public Service during the organization’s annual Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala in DC. JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Tuesday, March 13th, 7:30P: National Geographic conversation, “Environmental Justice | What's Next?” Talia BufordRobert BullardJon WaterhouseMustafa Ali, and Adrianna Quintero on how the environmental justice movement must adapt in the face of a changing planet. National Geographic, Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M Street, N.W. Click here for more.
Wednesday, March 14th, 9A: The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute sponsors the CHCI Energy Summit: A World in Transition. Newseum, 5 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Click here for more information
Wednesday, March 14th, 9ACongresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA)Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD), National Women’s Law Center President & CEO Fatima Goss Graves discuss “#MeToo and #TimesUp in Congress.” 1341 G Street, N.W., 5th Floor. Click here to RSVP
Wednesday, March 14th, 7P: The National Newspaper Publishers Association honors Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) with the 2018 Newsmaker of the Year Award during the NNPA’s 2018 Black Press Week. Rayburn HOB. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, March 14th - Sunday, March 18th: The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation 7th Annual Black Women’s Roundtable Women of Power National Summit: Time for A Power Shift!!! Crystal City Marriott, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Thursday, March 15th, 5P: The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, National Center for Transgender Equality, Familia es Familia, and D&P Creative Strategies discuss the US Transgender Survey and its implications for transgender individuals in minority communities. Featured speakers include Congresswoman Michelle Luján Grisham (D-NM) and Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA). Rayburn HOB, Room 2172. A reception will follow. To RSVP, email
Thursday, March 15th, 6P: The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership hosts its headshot happy hour. Local 16, 1602 U Street, N.W. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
Friday, March 16th, 10A: The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Commissioners' monthly public meeting on key civil rights themes: Maine: Memorandum on Racial Discrimination in Criminal Prosecution and Sentencing; Maryland: Advisory Memorandum on Fees and Fines and Bail Reform; Illinois: Report on Civil Rights and Voting. USCCR, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 1150. RSVP to
Friday, March 16th, 11A: The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights commemorates Women’s History Month with its Speakers Series. Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, will speak about the history of advocacy for women’s rights. Also participating is Page Harrington, Public Historian and Preservationist. USCCR, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW Suite 1150. RSVP to
Friday, March 16th, 12P: The African American Women on the Hill Network, the Black Women's Congressional Alliance, the Congressional Black Associates, and the Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus hosts a Women's History Month event: "Black Girl Magic on Capitol Hill.” The event honors black female Hill staffers and features an EMPOWER-HER panel discussion. Capitol Visitor Center SVC 201-00. Click here for more information and to register.
Friday, March 16th, 6P: The Greater Washington Urban League celebrates its 80th anniversary at the 46th annual Whitney M. Young, Jr. Gala. Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) will receive the COURAGE UNDER FIRE Impact Leadership Award. Congressman Lewis will also be interviewed by retired AMEX CEO Ken Chenault in a live, one-on-one discussionRonald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Wednesday, March 21st, 5PCongresswoman 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
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.
Thursday, April 12th - Sunday, April 15th: The inaugural Black Millennial Political Convention. The gathering aims to increase engagement of Black Millennials in the political sphere and shed a light on policy issues impacting the Black community. Hyatt Regency Hotel. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
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
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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