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April 16, 2018
Obama Foundation Announces Fellows, Cedric Richmond Meets with Emir of Qatar, and Silicon Valley Welcomes Culture Shift
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Congress is having mixed reactions to the Trump administration’s air strikes against the government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria over the weekend which hit three targets. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) applauded the military strikes saying, “I urge the Administration to follow up with a real and comprehensive strategy for ending Assad’s threat to his people, to the region and to U.S. security." While Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) said, “Every American, and particularly our men and women in uniform and their families, deserve far better than action without debate, accountability, and a Constitutionally-required authorization for the use of military force.” Mission accomplished? Not quite. The strikes were intended to keep the West from being dragged further into Syria’s seven-year war. But they didn’t alter the overall dynamics of the conflict. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley says new economic sanctions will be announced today against Russia for enabling Assad to continue using chemical weapons. Also happening today, a federal judge will consider a request by Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, that investigators be blocked from reviewing materials they gathered when searching his office and hotel room. And the fallout from former FBI Director James Comey’s media tour continues. His full interview with George Stephanopoulos aired last night, where Comey said that Trump is “morally unfit to be president.” Cue Donald Trump’s tweets here. It’s only Monday, and we’re already buried under headlines. We could use some coffee. But maybe not from Starbucks. A Philadelphia store manager called the police because two Black men were sitting in the store waiting for another man to arrive and hadn’t ordered. They were handcuffed and arrested for trespassing as their third companion arrived at the store. The CEO called the arrests "reprehensible" and promised to take action so that it doesn't happen again. Lastly, RIP to Coachella, which died over the weekend so Beychella could be born. Beyoncé made history this weekend as the first Black woman to headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. And the internets said, "Amen." We’re kicking off the week with this...
  • Obama Foundation announces 2018 Fellows. Meet them below!
  • Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ) wants to know more about Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s interactions.
  • Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) will introduce a bill to end capital gains tax on inflation.
  • CBC and Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) meet with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar.
  • House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) says that GOP needs more women and minorities.
  • Meet the first-known Native American SCOTUS Clerk.
  • Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation, a Congressionally designated nonprofit, names a Director.
  • Oxfam America has a new Vice President of Global Programs.
  • Another candidate jumps into the race to succeed the late Louise Slaughter in New York's 25th Congressional District.
  • Political newcomer trades the pulpit for politics to challenge Congressman Dwight Evans (D-PA).
  • Fox Television Stations name a Chief Digital Officer.
  • Ebony partners with the African American Film Critics Association.
  • Meet the newest member of The Beat DC.
  • Pay Our Interns calls on Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and others to use their newly increased ops budget to launch a paid internship program.
  • Which HBCU landed Chance the Rapper as its commencement speaker? Find out below!
  • Tech leaders of color shake up Silicon Valley.
  • Tesla could be facing a discrimination lawsuit.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Deputy to the National Assembly of Venezuela Delsa Solórzano on Saturday at the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru.  
Michelle Bernard on Tuesday moderating a ‘What’s Next’ town hall meeting with Congressman John Lewis (D-GA).
Menéndez Wants to Know More About Pompeo and Mueller
Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ)
, the top Dem of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, late last week sent a letter to Special Counsel Robert Mueller after Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo refused on Thursday to answer any questions about what he discussed with the Special Counsel and whether the president asked him to interfere with then-FBI Director James Comey’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia. “When I asked [Director Pompeo] whether you had instructed him not to speak about his conversation with you, he replied that he would not speak about the conversation while the investigation is ongoing,” wrote Menéndez. “I would like to know whether there is any prohibition on Director Pompeo answering my questions.” See the full letter here.
Ted Cruz Wants to End Capital Gains Tax on Inflation
At a press conference with Grover Norquist and Americans for Tax Reform last week, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced that he was introducing a bill to end capital gains tax on inflation. His bill would tax based on true economic gains, versus taxing inflation. “If you invest a thousand dollars, and then ten years later you sell whatever you have invested in for two thousand dollars, right now, you are taxed on that full gain, ignoring inflation, and ignoring the fact that inflation has eaten away a big chunk of that gain,” Cruz said. Watch his full remarks here.
The Emir of Qatar Meets with CBC Members and Ted Lieu 
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani
, the Emir of Qatar, met last week with members of the Congressional Black Caucus at his residence in DC. They reviewed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in different fields. CBC Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) thanked the Emir for Qatar's donation and assistance to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. They also discussed the latest developments in the Middle East, particularly the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) crisis and the CBC members' position that calls for resolving it through dialogue in a commitment to the unity of the GCC. In addition to Richmond, other members present at the meeting included: Hank Johnson (D-GA), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Al Green (D-TX), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Joyce Beatty (D-OH), and Bennie Thompson (D-MS). Earlier in the week, the Emir met with CBC member Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX) and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus member Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) to review bilateral ties and the means to enhance them in different fields in order to serve joint interests. The meetings took place before the Trump administration’s Friday night launch of airstrikes in Syria. Sheikh Tamim returned to Doha on Saturday from his U.S. trip which began last week in Florida where he met a number of military and civilians officials there. More here.
Speaker Paul Ryan Acknowledges Lack of Diversity in GOP Leadership
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) acknowledged in an interview with CBS NewsGayle King that the Republican Party needs more women and minorities. The discussion was prompted by Donald Trump's tweet of a photo from a dinner he hosted at the White House for members of Republican leadership. Trump, VP Mike Pence, and Ryan are surrounded by five members of congressional Republican leadership -- all of whom are white men. "When I look at that picture, Mr. Speaker, I have to say, I don't see anyone that looks like me in terms of color or gender," King told Ryan. "You were one of the main people who said you want to do more for the Republican Party to expand ... Some say this President really doesn't want to expand the base." Ryan acknowledged GOP leadership, agreeing with King that "we need more minorities, more women in our party and I've been focusing on that kind of recruitment." He pointed to Congresswoman Mia Love (R-UT) -- the only Black Republican woman in Congress -- as evidence that the party was making progress. While Congress has grown more diverse, the ranks of leadership in the Republican Party have not. Every member of Republican leadership on both sides of the Rotunda is white. There is one woman, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (D-WA), in House Republican leadership; there are none in Senate Republican leadership. More here
Actors Chris D’Elia and The Daily Show's Hasan Minhaj hanging out in Cleveland, OH on Saturday.
Uber’s Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Bernard Coleman, with former Spelman College President Johnetta Cole at the Forum on Workplace Inclusion in Minneapolis, MN over the weekend.
Obama Foundation Announces Fellows
The Obama Foundation today announced its inaugural 2018 Fellows class. The two-year, non-residential program brings together 20 leaders representing 11 countries around the world who are creating transformational change on many of the world’s most pressing problems. More than 20,000 people from 191 countries applied. The Foundation weighed a variety of factors when selecting the 20 members of its 2018 Fellows class: geographic diversity, commitment to the Obama Foundation’s values, and existing work. The chosen few include: Chicago's Tiana Epps-Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Technology and Civic Life, who will focus on improving voter turnout by training elections officials to better communicate with voters and providing civic information through digital platforms; New Earth Founder Harry Grammer of Oakland, also a recipient of the CNN Hero Award, who is providing youth and young adults with arts, meditation, jobs and vocational trading; Savdeep Kang, Director of Operations at Mercy Health, who will be building a collaborative, community-based approach to the opioid crisis, changing how addiction is treated in Ohio; Dominique Jordan Turner, President and CEO of Chicago Scholars Dream Team, who is equipping under-resourced youth to get to and through college, find meaningful careers, and become the next generation of Chicago leaders; UnCommon Law Founder and Executive Director Keith Wattley of Oakland who is transforming the lives of young people convicted of serious crimes and equipping them to become valuable members of the community. There are also fellows from the Philippines, Haiti, Rwanda, South Africa, Mali, India, El Salvador, the U.K. Hungary, and Greece. The Fellowship will offer hands-on training, leadership development, and a powerful network for Fellows to amplify the impact of their work and inspire a wave of civic innovation. Over the course of the two-year program, Obama Foundation Fellows will participate in four multi-day gatherings to collaborate with one another, connect with potential partners, and break down silos to advance their work. The first Fellows gathering will be in Chicago in May. More here.
Meet the First-Known Native American SCOTUS Clerk
Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has selected Tobi Merritt Edwards Young, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation originally from Midwest City, Oklahoma, as a Clerk for the upcoming term. The Dartmouth grad, who has a Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law, is thought to be the first enrolled citizen of a Native American tribe to serve as Supreme Court clerk. She will serve at the Court for a year, starting in July 2018. Young is currently the General Counsel in the Office of former President George W. Bush, as well as the General Counsel and Board Secretary for the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Prior to that, Tobi worked in the George W. Bush Administration as a Special Assistant to the President and Associate White House Counsel. She also served as Counsel to DOJ’s Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Law Clerk to Judge Jerome A. Holmes on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and as Press Secretary to former Congressman J.C. Watts, Jr. “I hope that if other Chickasaws read about my experiences, they will recognize that nothing stops them from pursuing any dream that they have too.  Somebody from where they are from is going to be working every day at the Supreme Court, and there’s no reason that there shouldn’t be many more to come,” Young said. Congrats! More here.
Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and a student on Thursday after speaking at the Asian Americans Advancing Justice's Conference in DC.
Republican commentator Shermichael Singleton catching up with a friend over weekend.
Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation Names Its Director
The Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation, a Congressionally designated nonprofit whose mission is to build a memorial on the National Mall in DC to honor the sacrifices made by fallen U.S. service members and their families while they were supporting the Global War on Terror, announced that Michael “Rod” Rodríguez will serve as its Director. The retired Special Forces Green Beret -- who served in nine deployments over 21 years before he was medically retired for numerous injuries -- is currently a graduate student at Norwich University pursuing a Masters Degree in Diplomacy. He is also a member of President George W. Bush’s Military Service Initiative Advisory Council, the Executive Ambassador for the Green Beret Foundation, and on the Veteran Advisory Council for the VA in North Carolina. “Together we have an opportunity to honor all those who have selflessly served in our nation’s longest war and educate all Americans and visitors to this country on the ever-evolving, multi-generational conflict. This honor and privilege is a charge we do not take lightly,” said Rodríguez. “In the view of the Foundation, it is imperative that a memorial befitting everyone who served in the longest war of our 242-year history, and all who support them, be conspicuously placed on America’s front yard.” Thank you for your service, Rod, and congrats! More here.
Oxfam America Welcomes New Vice President
Oxfam America announced that Fatema Z. Sumar is joining the organization’s Senior Leadership Team as Vice President of Global Programs. The Cornell University grad, who also holds a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, joins Oxfam America after a career in government service. Fatema most recently served as Regional Deputy Vice President for Europe, Asia, Pacific, and Latin America at the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation. Before that, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia at the State Department and as a staffer for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee under then-Chairman Senator John Kerry. “With nearly one out of every three people globally living in poverty, I am honored to join Oxfam in leading the way to tackle the root causes of poverty and create lasting solutions,” said Fatema. “I look forward to working with colleagues across the world to strengthen and expand programs in the communities Oxfam serves.” Congrats! More here.
Congressman Joaquín Castro (D-TX) and his family at a wedding in Mexico over the weekend.
Gubernatorial candidate and Tallahassee, FL Mayor Andrew Gillum with The Daily Show’s Roy Wood Jr. last week.
Fox Television Stations Names New Chief Digital Office
Fox Television Stations has named Steve Chung the group’s Chief Digital Officer, a newly created position. The Stanford graduate is the Founder and CEO of Frankly Inc., a publicly traded technology company, headquartered in San Francisco and incubated at Stanford's StartX accelerator. The company provides an integrated cloud technology platform for media companies to create, distribute, analyze, and monetize their content across all of their digital properties on the web, mobile, and television. “I am honored to take on this new role at Fox Television Stations during such a pivotal time in local news and media. I look forward to working with Jack and the talented team at FTS to build upon the strength of the Fox TV brand across all digital platforms and secure the station group as a dominant player in the industry,” said Chung. After holding an analyst role at Goldman Sachs in NYC, Chung went on to hold senior leadership roles, including Chief Strategy Officer of publicly listed CDNetworks, Investment Director at Silicon Valley venture capital firm BlueRun Ventures, and COO of the social media company, We Heart It. Earlier in his career, Chung was also an Executive Producer of a weekly evening current events program for Dragon TV. He has authored two Stanford Business School case studies on U.S. market entry of global technology companies. Chung is also a member of the board of directors of NetKAL (Network of Korean American Leaders). More here.
The Beat DC Welcomes New Team Member
The Beat DC welcomed Brianna Tucker to the team this month. The 2016 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin will serve as Editorial Assistant to the country’s only political platform highlighting the diversity that drives the nation’s capital and beyond. In this capacity, Brianna will help research, track policy, write, manage social media, and support the daily operations of the platform. “I’m really excited to be joining a growing platform focused on the intersection of people of color and politics at this time. With everything happening in the country, my generation has an opportunity to make history. The Beat DC serves as a vehicle to help educate and inform a new generation of leaders in a way that’s pithy and digestible. It's not just a source of news but here, I get to help build a community that we can activate,” Brianna said. “I enjoyed being a Beat DC reader and it’s even better being a Beat DC staffer.” The Texas native was most recently an Editorial Assistant at The Chronicle of Higher Education, where she wrote a series of articles on mental health, the University of Puerto Rico, and minority-focused issues in higher education. She produced the weekly Gazette section -- a compilation of new appointments, resignations, and moves within academia. She also accumulated data for their nonprofit news arm, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and reported social work tips for fundraising. She survived her baptism by fire last week, completing her first full week of helping to produce The Beat DC. Send her a note and add her to your press lists. She can be reached at btucker@thebeatdc.com. 
Ebony Partners with African American Film Critics Association
Ebony Media Operations is partnering with the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) -- the largest collection of African American film critics in North America. The collective of film connoisseurs will be providing analysis ensuring diverse voices within cinema dialogue. The organization reaches beyond the world of cinema coverage, advocating for creatives of color who produce incredible work that could possibly fly under the radar. “Throughout the year, AAFCA introduces films, honors trailblazers and facilitates important conversations all around the country,” said AAFCA President Gil Robertson IV (pictured). “That can take the form of the numerous AAFCA screenings held in various cities to help raise early awareness and bring buzz to films like the reimagined western classic The Magnificent Seven, which trailblazing Black director Antoine Fuqua helmed and Denzel Washington starred.” Robertson went on to say that AAFCA, the largest organization of its kind comprised of Black film critics, have much insight to share. “That’s why AAFCA has created this partnership with EBONY to expand the conversation.” More here.
 AAPI and social justice activist Gregory Cendana on Saturday wearing an UndocuMedia shirt in support of the undocumented community.
Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) on Friday welcomed the winners of the 2017 Congressional App challenge to Capitol Hill.
New Face in NY’s 25th Congressional Race
Robin Wilt will announce her candidacy for New York's 25th Congressional District today, officially joining the Democratic Party primary for the seat once held by the late Louise Slaughter. “To continue Louise Slaughter’s progressive legacy, we need a Congresswoman who won’t sit back and wait, but who will go out and fight for progress,” said Wilt, currently a Brighton Town Board member. “As a tested and unflinching advocate for the people of Monroe County, our woman-led campaign is ready to fight for the issues that matter most to our community: healthcare, economic equity, criminal justice reform and optimism and opportunity for our children.” Wilt is already touting an early endorsement from ROCitizen, the local affiliate of Bernie Sanders' Our Revolution organization. The 1991 Dartmouth College grad has been a licensed real estate professional for 14 years and is currently Principal/Owner of a real estate brokerage firm. This will be the 49-year-old’s second time running for office. She ran unsuccessfully for state Senator in 2010. Other candidates expected to run include fellow Democratic Party candidates State Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, former TV journalist Rachel Barnhart, and Rochester City Councilman Adam McFadden, as well as neurosurgeon Jim Maxwell, who is running as a Republican. Although not all of them have officially announced their candidacy, they have filed petitions with enough signatures to ensure they are on the ballot on June 26th. More here.
Pastor Pursues Politics to Challenge CBC Member
Political newcomer Kevin Johnson is trading the pulpit for politics. A former pastor of the historic Bright Hope Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Johnson will challenge Congressman Dwight Evans (D-PA) to represent Pennsylvania’s Third Congressional District in the May 15th Democratic primary. In 2015, Johnson left Bright Hope Baptist Church to become CEO and President of Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center -- a nonprofit that provides education, training, job placement, and supportive human services, along with housing and economic development, to disadvantaged youth and adults. He also founded his own congregation at Dare to Imagine Church. Johnson says poverty will be his main focus. He says he will attack poverty by calling for raising the federal minimum wage from the current $7.25-an-hour to $15 and supporting jobs programs; push for universal health care; and seek increased funding for education. The Texas native and Morehouse College graduate went on to receive his Master’s of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in NY and a Doctorate from Columbia University. More here.
BET’s Debra Lee at Coachella with her son Quinn Coleman and daughter Ava Coleman.
Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) at a press conference debating the debating the GOP Balanced Budget Amendment.
Group Wants Capitol Hill Interns to Get Paid
In the $1.3 trillion spending bill that the president signed last month was an increased budget for Senate operations. The pocket of money members use for staffing, grew from roughly $871 million last year to $920 million for 2018 -- a bigger raise (6%) than from 2014 to 2017 (1.4%). Pay Our Interns, an organization led by millennials of color, has an idea of what to do with those funds. The group sent out letters to every Senate office who does not offer paid internships and is asking them to set part of those funds aside to pay interns. Carlos Mark Vera (pictured), founder of advocacy group Pay Our Interns, formerly interned for former California Congressman Joe Baca in 2012. To make ends meet, he simultaneously worked as a front-desk assistant at American University. “I was fighting not to fall asleep,” he said. He says he was also one of the only Latinos around. Four-fifths of voting members in the House and Senate are white, according to the latest numbers from the Pew Research Center. “Something I vividly remember,” he said, “was walking down the hallways of Congress and realizing no one looked like me but the janitors.” Senators who offer unpaid internships include Cory Booker (D-NJ), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and others. A study last year by Pay Our Interns found that 51% of Republican senators offer paid internships, compared with 31% of Democrats. House interns fare worse: Only 8% of those who work for Republicans and 3.6% who work for Democrats get paid. “I write to encourage your office to take action and use some of the surplus funds to launch a paid internship program,” Vera wrote, “so that, once again, opportunities on Capitol Hill are open to all young people, and not just those who can afford to work for free.” More here.
Chance The Rapper to Deliver Commencement Address at Dillard University
Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist and Chicagoan Chance the Rapper has been announced as the commencement speaker at Dillard University in New Orleans on Saturday, May 12th. Dillard University President Walter M. Kimbrough, who’s also known as the Hip-Hop Prez, stated that Chance’s activism in Chicago made him an obvious choice to speak to graduates. “I thought he made for a great commencement speaker because of his spirit of being entrepreneurial and authentic. But his civic engagement, including encouraging people to vote and willingness to speak out on issues, like his recent opposition to a Heineken ad, are just as paramount.” Kimbrough, who also teaches a class on ethics and hip hop, has sought after Chance appearing on campus for two years, citing his overall appeal to the public outside of music circles. “He is part of a new wave of artists that can openly talk about faith while being in hip hop, as he says ‘I speak to God in public,’ balancing the secular and the sacred,” Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University said in a university press release. “He’s the artist that your grandmother would love.” More here.
Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) at the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru with Cuban activist Rosa María Payá and Guillermo Fariñas Hernández.
Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) last week in Cuba with students from Escuela Plus, a school in Baldwin Hills, CA.
Tech Leaders of Color Are Shaking Up Diversity in Silicon Valley
More than 300 diverse leaders from a broad spectrum of industries will converge at Culture Shifting Weekend in Silicon Valley for three days to network, make deals, and accelerate action around diversity & inclusion in tech. Spanning three days and venues in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, the guests include Danny Allen, VP, Tech Diversity & Inclusion, SAP; Keith L. Black, MD, Head of Neurosurgery, Cedar-Sinai; Samuel Bright, Sr. Director, GM of Art & Collectibles, eBay; and Anddria Clack-Rogers Varnado, VP, Head of Strategy & Business Development, William Sonoma, and others. “We put the right people in the room—individuals who can write checks, do deals, open doors. Before they’re on the cover of Forbes, like Robert F. Smith, they’re here at Culture Shifting Weekends, making lifelong connections in an atmosphere of trust and generosity,” says Culture Shift Labs CEO Andrea Hoffman. And the weekend, now in its fourth installment, has produced measurable outcomes for Black and Latinx innovators. Laura Weidman-Powers, CEO and Co-Founder of Code2040, secured millions in funding stemming from a connection made at Culture Shifting Weekend; Maci Peterson, Founder of On Second Thought, secured investment money for her company; and 645 Ventures met an individual who became a meaningful LP in their fund shortly after meeting him at the New York Culture Shifting Weekend. More here
Tesla Might Be Facing Discrimination Lawsuit
Two former Tesla employees are suing the electric car manufacturer and two contracting firms over an alleged pattern of racial discrimination and hostility within the companies, Bloomberg reported. Allegations of racial and sexual discrimination have hit Tesla before; however, this may be the first time the allegations result in a trial. While most Tesla employees are required to settle disputes through binding arbitration, Owen Díaz and his son, Demetric, were contract workers not bound by company policy, according to Bloomberg. Co-workers were abusive toward them, telling them to “go back to Africa,” and drawing racist caricatures on cardboard signs and bathroom stalls, the Díazs claim. The Díazs do not work directly for Tesla but were hired through the contracting companies, leaving their case against Tesla on uncertain legal ground. Under Barack Obama, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) strengthened the “joint-employer” argument against companies, lowering the standard of evidence needed to prove a company shares legal responsibility in the way its contract workers are treated. The NLRB under Donald Trump has reversed the Obama standard and states that a business can be held liable for workplace law violations at another company only if it has "direct control" over the second businesses' workplace. More here.
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Today - Tuesday, April 17th: The Black Mama Alliance is hosting the first National Black Maternal Health Week. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, April 17th, 8AThe Hill Latino hosts "Latinos in College: Closing the Graduation Gap." The program will feature lawmakers, university presidents, education officials, and students in a series of conversations exploring strategies to boost Hispanic college completion rates. The event is sponsored by Excelencia in Education and Gallup. 901 F Street, N.W. RSVP to events@thehill.com.
Wednesday, April 18th, 9A: The Congressional Black Caucus will hold a meet and greet for Lauren Underwood, Democratic candidate for Illinois 14th Congressional District. CBCPAC Chairman Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY) and Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) will host. CBCI Townhouse, 413 New Jersey Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20003. For questions or to RSVP, contact events@cbcpac.org. 
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, hocampo@maldef.org or 213.629.2512 ext. 143. 
Wednesday, April 18th - 19th, 2018: Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes Language Summit: Engaging Families. Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK. Click here for more information and to RSVP. 
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, 12P: The California Endowment hosts “Twenty Years of Life: Challenging Health Disparities and Inequities by Investing in Communities.” The Aspen Institute, 2300 N Street, NW, Suite 700. Click here to RSVP.
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, 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 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.
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 Cullors, Congressman 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.
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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