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May 01, 2018
Barack Obama and Sonia Sotomayor are Fellows Once Again, Catherine Cortez Masto Makes Money Move, and Black Caucus Chair Targets NCAA
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Donald Trump is reportedly considering his Chief of Staff, John Kelly, to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. This news comes as a report claims, among other things, that Kelly said during an immigration-related meeting that he needed to "save (Trump) from himself" while insulting the president's intelligence by calling him an "idiot." Kelly calls the story “BS.” Polls before bros? A National Enquirer cover story targeting Michael Cohen could be a sign the president is saying “boy bye” to his personal lawyer and "fixer." Speaking of lawyers, Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants to ask POTUS45 at least four dozen questions. Read them all here. When it rains, it storms. Adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels, filed a defamation suit against the president on Monday. Meanwhile, just days before Trump is to decide on whether to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel accused the country on Monday of lying for years about its efforts to build a nuclear weapon. "If you want politics to be more civil, if you want Congress to argue less and get more done, then show up. Represent. Play as big a role in the mundane activities of politics as the zealots do. It's important." Those are the words Senator John McCain (R-AZ) writes in his forthcoming memoir, The Restless Wave, due out on May 22nd. And what’s up with WhatsApp? The billionaire CEO, Jan Koum, is tossing the deuces after clashing with its parent company, Facebook, over the popular messaging service’s strategy and Facebook’s attempts to use its personal data and weaken its encryption. Lastly, as we hit send, the Tony Awards Nominations were being announced. Names we anticipate hearing? John Leguizamo for his solo show, Latin History for Morons, and Denzel Washington for his role in The Iceman Cometh. Watch live here. Okay, we’re kicking off your Tuesday with this...
  • CBC Chair Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) leads a letter urging the NCAA to consider reforming its operating model.
  • CHC members call on DOJ to scrap immigration case quotas.
  • Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) intros legislation to expand the number of Americans who are allowed to invest in small businesses.
  • Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA) wants to expand access to affordable healthcare and simplify enrollment in Obamacare.
  • Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ) calls on FEMA and HUD to find a long-term housing fix for Hurricane Maria survivors.
  • Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) goes way off message on GOP tax plan.
  • Tri-Caucus members push back against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s proposal to slash the agency’s budget.
  • Barack Obama and Sonia Sotomayor are now Fellows. Read on below!
  • Coca-Cola adds the first Asian American to its Board.
  • Solange’s former Editor has been named News & Culture Editor at Glamour.
  • NYT announces its 2018 midterms team and names an Asia Tech Columnist.
  • DOJ deletes racial gerrymandering language and alters media interaction language.
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs Director has resigned.
  • Controversial Acting Director of ICE announces his retirement.
  • Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ) announces key senior staff for his 2018 re-election campaign.
  • National Indian Gaming Association hires two new staffers.
  • Howard University’s faculty leaders are calling for President Wayne Frederick to resign.
  • Join The Beat DC's Tiffany D. Cross as she co-hosts Keepin' It Real with Rev. Al Sharpton today at 1:20! Ch. 126 on XM Radio or check your local listings.
Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) on Saturday at the Roberto Clemente Little League Opening Day in Newark, NJ.
Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) on Sunday at the Kam Bowl restaurant in Honolulu, HI.
Cedric Richmond Pens Letter to NCAA and Condoleezza Rice
The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), led by Chairman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA), sent a letter to the NCAA urging the organization to consider reforming its operating model since its current “state of play...may fail to properly serve a large component of the NCAA’s student-athletes.” This follows Richmond’s launch last month of the CBC NCAA Task Force and a staff-level meeting during the same month between the CBC and the NCAA. The NCAA earned over $857 million from its television deal for this season's March Madness tournament. When sports economists compare these numbers to the value of scholarships that athletes receive, they see a trigger for the corruption scandal enveloping the game. Last September, federal prosecutors leveled the first charges stemming from an investigation into fraud and bribery inside numerous programs across the nation. In the coming weeks, the CBC will bring experts to Capitol Hill to further explore a number of issues addressed in the letter, including whether student-athletes are truly given an opportunity to get an education, whether the NCAA is a monopoly, and whether student-athletes should benefit from a portion of the revenue they help generate. “The NCAA’s operating model has become a liability for the organization, its student-athletes, coaches, member institutions, alumni, and other important stakeholders. The model has invited serious litigation, under-the-table payments, questionable recruiting practices, and now a criminal probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Our initial research has uncovered a number of items that we want to discuss with you. There are numerous issues that need further exploration by policymakers and by the public at large,” Richmond wrote. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the Chair of the Commission on College Basketball, and Bill Hancock, the Executive Director of the College Football Playoff, were copied on the letter. Read the full letter here.
CHC Members Call on DOJ to Scrap Immigration Case Quotas
Congressmen Jimmy Gómez (D-CA)
and Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), with CHC Chair and Congresswoman Michelle Luján Grisham (D-NM), sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging him to scrap the Department of Justice’s plan to impose quotas and case completion deadlines on federal immigration judges’ performance evaluations. Under this new quota system, immigration judges must complete 700 cases a year, an average of 3 cases per day, in order to obtain a “satisfactory” rating. The DOJ says this move will eliminate the backlog crisis. However, CHC members argue that issuing this mandate will affect productivity, efficiency, and morale in the immigration court system. “While we understand that there is a need to address our immigration backlog, imposing performance quotas is not the solution. Alternatively, we need to ensure that our immigration courts are adequately funded and provided with the appropriate resources to operate effectively,” the letter reads. The National Association of Immigration Judges also chimed in to oppose the quota, pointing out that the current backlog cannot be attributed to a lack of productivity on the part of judges, and the imposition of quotas and deadlines on judges will impede justice and due process. More here
Marco Rubio Goes Way Off Message on GOP Tax Plan
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
in an interview with The Economist late last week went way off the Republican message on their tax cut bill and said that "there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker." In the interview, Rubio also appeared to question the Trump administration's pledge to boost manufacturing industry employment. But in a statement on Monday, Rubio’s spokeswoman Olivia Pérez-Cubas told WaPo that "Rubio pushed for a better balance in the tax law between tax cuts for big businesses and families, as he's done for years ... As he said when the tax law passed, cutting the corporate tax rate will make America a more competitive place to do business, but he tried to balance that with an even larger child tax credit for working Americans." However, the statement stopped short of saying it would lift wages or create jobs. Keep an eye on Donald Trump’s Twitter feed. Read Rubio's full interview here.
Tri-Caucus Members Push Back Against Pruitt Budget
The three Tri-Caucus members who Chair the United for Climate and Environmental Justice task force -- Congressman Donald McEachin (D-VA), and Congresswomen Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA) -- recently spoke out against Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s proposal to slash the agency’s budget. In a letter to House Committee on Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY), the members opposed Pruitt’s proposal to slash $2.8 billion from the EPA’s budget, a cut of 23%. The members instead called for a 10% increase to offset funding declines for the EPA. Signed by 62 members of Congress, the letter stresses the damaging impact that the proposed budget cuts would have on ensuring all families, particularly those in vulnerable communities, have access to clean air, clean water, and land that is free of toxic chemicals. “Success in the United States should be attainable for all, and no one should have to live with health threats to themselves, their families, or their communities. Unfortunately, such threats disproportionately burden the most marginalized of society, including people of color and low-income and other vulnerable communities.” Read the full letter here.
CNN’s Jim Acosta on Saturday at the 25th Annual White House Correspondents’ Garden Brunch.
Sasha Obama hanging out with Cardi B at Broccoli City Festival in DC over the weekend.
Cortez Masto Teams with GOP Senator to Broaden Pool of Those Who Make Money Moves
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)
crossed the aisle and joined Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) to introduce legislation that would expand the number of Americans who are allowed to invest in our nation’s small businesses by allowing individuals who have relevant education, professional expertise, and other credentials to invest in private offerings. Under current law, an individual must be deemed an “accredited investor” to invest in a private offering of securities, but under the Securities Act of 1933, an “accredited investor” is defined by an individual who earns more than $200,000 per year or has a net worth of $1 million. As a result, the stringent requirements do not allow individuals who might have the professional expertise the opportunity to invest in companies because of their economic standing. The Fair Investment Opportunities for Professional Experts Act amends the definition of “accredited investor” to include individuals who have currently have a securities-related license or an individual who the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) determines has demonstrable education or job experience to qualify as having the requisite subject-matter knowledge to participate in a private offering of securities.This bipartisan bill allows people who have subject matter expertise, regardless of how much money they make or how much money they have in their bank account, to invest in our nation’s small businesses. “This legislation helps companies grow by expanding the investor base eligible to buy shares in their firm,” said Cortez Masto. “At the same time, the bill modernizes SEC guardrails that haven’t been updated in more than 30 years in order to better protect investors.” More here.
Bera Introduces Two Bills to Expand Healthcare Coverage and Change Enrollment Deadline
Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA)
introduced two bills last week to expand access to affordable healthcare and simplify enrollment in Obamacare: the Pathway to Universal Coverage Act and the Easy Enrollment Act. The Pathway to Universal Coverage Act would allow states to set up programs that automatically enroll people in Obamacare plans or in Medicaid, depending on which programs they qualify for. People would have 60 days to opt out of the health insurance. Using an opt-out model, like what has been successful for retirement plans, could have expanded coverage to at least 4 million Americans. The Easy Enrollment Act would help maximize health insurance coverage by aligning tax season with healthcare open enrollment by extending the deadline to April 15th, which is Tax Day. Evidence suggests that the current timing of enrollment, during the holiday season, is when people are most over-burdened and financially strained; this could be limiting the number of healthy people signing up for coverage. “As a doctor, I know that health care is extremely personal,” said Bera. “Too many hardworking families have been left out or left behind by premiums and deductibles they can’t afford. Americans deserve a plan that protects their current health care coverage, expands enrollment, and reduces costs for everyone.” More here.
Bob Menéndez Calls on FEMA and HUD To Find Long-Term Housing Fix for Hurricane Maria Survivors
Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ)
and several Democratic Senators have called on FEMA Administrator Brock Long to work with HUD and the Disaster Assistance Housing Program (DHAP) to address the long-term housing needs of Hurricane Maria survivors. HUD’s DHAP program provides subsidies to help families pay rent, put down a security deposit, or pay for utilities. It requires no congressional action and was the same temporary housing program used in response to Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, and Rita. FEMA’s transitional shelter program, however, is due to officially end on May 14th, and if the two don’t work together, hundreds of hurricane survivors will be left at risk of homelessness. “The Puerto Rican survivors of Hurricane Maria are U.S. citizens who have experienced tremendous loss and hardship over the last year. FEMA’s refusal to use the tools at its disposal, including DHAP, to help these survivors is puzzling – and profoundly troubling,” the letter reads. “I urge you to immediately reverse course and work with HUD to stand up the DHAP, to finally give these survivors permanent relief and stability.” Joining Menéndez on the letter are Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). More here
Hoboken, NJ Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and NJ Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal on Saturday marching in the annual Sikh Day parade in NYC.
CEO of Define American Jose Antonio Vargas in San Francisco, CA speaking at a rally for San Francisco mayoral candidate, Jane Kim.
Barack Obama and Sonia Sotomayor Elected as AAAS Fellows
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) has elected former President Barack Obama, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden as part of its 2018 Fellows. They are among the 213 Distinguished Fellows elected. The Academy's membership encompasses over 4,600 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members and reflects the full range of disciplines and professions: mathematics, the physical and biological sciences, medicine, the social sciences and humanities, business, government, public affairs, and the arts. Among the Academy's Fellows are more than 250 Nobel laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize winners. Other notable names include actor Tom Hanks, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, and Laurene Powell Jobs. The new class is to be inducted at an October ceremony in Cambridge, MA. See the full list here.
Coca-Cola Adds First Asian American to Its Board
Caroline Tsay
has joined the board of the Coca-Cola Company, becoming the first Asian American to do so in the history of the company. Tsay is CEO of Compute Software Inc., a Mountain View, CA-based enterprise cloud infrastructure software company that is revolutionizing how businesses run in the cloud. The 36-year-old previously served as VP and General Manager of Software at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. Prior to that, the Stanford University grad held six years of product leadership roles across the consumer search, e-commerce and advertising businesses at Yahoo Inc. Prior to joining Yahoo in 2007, she spent three years at IBM Global Services as a senior consultant in supply chain and customer relationship management. Tsay serves as a Director for Morningstar Inc. and Rosetta Stone Inc. She has been recognized on The National Diversity Council’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology and the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. More here.
Obama is Looking for Community Corp Leaders
The Obama Foundation on Monday opened applications for a program designed to empower and train emerging young leaders to tackle local challenges. Building upon the Foundation’s pilot trainings, the Community Leadership Corps (CLC) program will bring together motivated young leaders ages 18 to 25 in Chicago, IL; Phoenix, AZ; and Columbia, SC, who are seeking opportunities to grow as civic leaders and eager to address issues in their communities. The CLC is a six-month community leadership development program for young leaders looking to engage more deeply in civic work. The program will include in-person trainings and online programming. Those selected for the Corps will develop a project to address an issue in their communities and meet other civically-minded individuals they can collaborate with moving forward. The convenings will include a two-day introductory kickoff in June, a three-day boot camp in August for the CLC participants and their project teams, and community-based work in September and October, when CLC teams will work in their communities to implement the project they have designed. More here.
NM congressional candidate Deb Haaland (D) on Sunday at the annual South Valley Pride Parade on Sunday in Albuquerque, NM.
MSNBC journalist and Co-Founder of the PowHERful Foundation Soledad O’Brien with Airbnb’s Janaye Ingram at the PowHERful DC conference on Saturday.
Solange’s Former Editor Named News & Culture Editor at Glamour 
Christina Coleman
has been named the new News & Culture Editor at Glamour Magazine. The Howard University graduate was most recently a senior News and Culture Editor for Essence.com and before that, a Managing Editor of NewsOne. She also spent three years as a News and Politics Editor at Global Grind. Before that, she was one of the founding Editors of Solange Knowles’ SaintHeron.com. She began her career covering Earth and Science for NASA. Coleman has written for a variety of publications addressing topics such as police brutality, gun control, politics and women's rights. Coleman’s hire is part of an effort to help rejuvenate Glamour, which at one time was the most profitable in the glitzy Condé Nast empire owned by the Newhouse family. However, lately, the publication has felt the pressure as advertisers, particularly in the beauty category, have upped their spending on digital and downgraded spending in print. The magazine’s Editor-In-Chief says Coleman “will play a vital role as the director of news and culture helping to reshape our #Think vertical across print and digital.” More about Christina here.
NYT Names Asia Tech Columnist
Li Yuan 
is joining the NYT as its inaugural Asia tech columnist based in Hong Kong. She was most recently a China tech columnist at the WSJ where she explored the issues, trends and people driving technology and innovation in China and across Asia. She had been with the Journal since 2004 serving is various leadership roles including as a Telecom Reporter in New York and as Editor of its Chinese-language website in Beijing. Before The Journal, Li was a foreign correspondent at Xinhua who was deployed to Afghanistan, Thailand, and Laos. Li, whose hometown is Yinchuan in northwestern China, holds four degrees: from Central China Normal University, China School of Journalism, Columbia University’s School of Journalism, and George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. A native Mandarin speaker, she says she knew she wanted to become a journalist in 1980 after the Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci asked China’s then paramount leader Deng Xiaoping a no-no question: “Will Chairman Mao’s portrait above Tiananmen Gate be kept there?” More here.
NYT Announces Team Covering 2018 Midterms
The NYT has announced their Politics team for 2018. Included among the group of 14 is Astead Herndon, who is making his debut with the Times this month. The Marquette University graduate comes from The Boston Globe and most recently covered the Trump White House, with a particular focus on how the president’s policies and rhetoric affect communities outside the Beltway. Haeyoun Park, a Graphics Editor, will be a Senior Politics Editor focused on news, projects, and visuals. She has been with the paper since 2006. And Isabella Grullón Paz, a bilingual student journalist who is graduating from Ithaca College in May, will be the politics News Assistant. As people of color drive election results across the country, newsroom diversity will be vitally important as reporters highlight the many issues impacting the various communities. There are some historic first that could happen this election cycle. Just to name a few: Texas could send its first Latina to Congress and Georgia could make history electing the first Black woman Governor. Moreover, the results of this year’s midterm elections will shape the American political landscape for many years to come. The Beat DC will keep you posted as other outlets name their midterm teams. Meet the rest of the NYT team here.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) on Wednesday receiving a visit from Hawaiian constituents Randy and Cindy in her DC office.  
Daily Kos’ Kelly Macías with The Young Turks’ host Cenk Uygur at a meet and greet in DC over the weekend.
DOJ Deletes Racial Gerrymandering Language and Alters Media Interaction Language
The Trump administration continues to alter language at the various departments, this time, at the Department of Justice. The DOJ recently removed language in its policy manual relating to freedom of the press and racial gerrymandering. BuzzFeed over the weekend reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein ordered a review of the document. The policy manual had not been thoroughly updated since 1997, according to DOJ, "The [manual] is not meant to be an exhaustive list of constitutional rights, statutory law, regulatory law, or generalized principles of our legal system," he added. "It is also not the primary source of guidance on employment and administrative matters, among others." A review by BuzzFeed found that language had been added to mirror AG Jeff Sessions’ tough-on-crime policies, and a section titled, “Need for Free Press and Public Trial,” which related to the DOJ’s work on racial gerrymandering, had been removed. There was also new language added which admonishes prosecutors not to share classified information and directs them to report contacts with the media. More here.
Bureau of Indian Affairs Director Resigns
Bryan Rice
-- a citizen of the Cherokee Nation who was tapped as Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) just six months ago -- resigned last Tuesday, though his departure became public late last week. Speculation about his possible departure picked up after he abruptly canceling an appearance at a tribal homeland hearing on Capitol Hill last Wednesday. Rice’s resignation was effective as of Tuesday, according to an email circulated among BIA staff on Thursday. The email said that it was unclear why Rice had decided to leave his position. However, Indianz.com says that Rice was on administrative leave after a female subordinate accused him of harassing at the Department of the Interior headquarters in DC. The alleged incident reportedly took place last December, though it did not start to gain traction until a few weeks ago, with a post on social media offering incredibly detailed information. “It is our policy not to discuss DOI personnel matters in the press,” BIA Spokeswoman Nedra Darling said. More here.
Controversial Acting Director of ICE Announces Retirement
Thomas Homan
, Donald Trump’s controversial nominee to head the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), yesterday announced that he is retiring. He is expected to leave the job in June. Homan has been acting as the agency’s Director since January 30, 2017, but his nomination has been pending in the Senate for more than six months. Homan’s announcement comes after Senate Democrats last week sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen requesting that DHS immediately provide all documentation relating to Homan. The Dems say Donald Trump was hiding behind Senate rules to keep Homan on the job without a confirmation hearing. "The absence of a Senate-confirmed head of ICE for more than a year ... is completely unacceptable at a time when the Trump Administration is making radical – and in some cases possibly illegal – changes in immigration enforcement policies and practices," they wrote. “We understand that the Trump Administration may be concerned about Mr. Homan answering questions under oath about his leadership of ICE, as well as the possibility that Mr. Homan’s nomination could be defeated in the Senate.  However, the Senate is an independent branch of government and has a responsibility under the Constitution to provide its advice and consent on this nomination.” Reports also say that Homan is leaving because he was frustrated that he was cut out of negotiations on “Dreamers.” More here.
Political analyst Aisha Moodie-Mills on-air on Sunday with wife and host of Sirius XM’s Woke AF, Danielle Moodie-Mills.
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams on Friday taking a selfie with Miami Gardens, FL Mayor Oliver Gilbert, the new President of the African American Mayors Association.
Bob Menéndez Announces Senior Staff for His Re-Election Campaign 
Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ)
is gearing up for his 2018 re-election campaign and has announced his new team. Serving as Deputy Campaign Manager is Raphael Chavez-Fernández who is a Senior Associate at Mercury, where he specializes in grassroots coalitions, government relations and political consulting. He has been recognized as a top political operative in New Jersey under 30. He previously served as an Advisor to Menéndez. Also from Mercury, Digital Director Juan Melli, who is a former Communications Manager for the City of Hoboken, NJ. Serving as Menéndez's Black Base Vote Director is a campaign veteran, T. Missy Balmir. She has worked for many of New Jersey’s political leaders at the state, federal and municipal level including Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). She is currently a Senior Advisor to Menéndez based in NJ. Serving as Latino Base Vote Director is Wendy Martínez, who has experience in the political and media industries. She previously served in roles in Bergen County, Union City, and Newark. Meet the rest of the team here.
National Indian Gaming Association Hires Two New Staffers 
The Native Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) has hired Rudy Soto as Legislative Director and Chelsea Blake as Legislative Associate. Soto joins NIGA after two years on Congresswoman Norma Torres’ (D-CA) staff as a Legislative Assistant, where he was responsible for energy, environment, agricultural, educational, and tribal affairs issues. Prior to that, the Portland State University graduate, who also attended George Washington University, served as a Policy Analyst for the National Council of Urban Indian Health. The Nampa, ID native is a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Shoshone Bannock Indian Tribe. Blake joins NIGA from the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform where she served as a Coordinator. Before that, the University of Hawaii grad served as a legislative researcher in Office for Hawaiian Affairs in DC. Born and raised in San Francisco, CA, Blake also volunteered in Bohol, Philippines to aid in relief efforts after Super Typhoon Haiyan and is a board member of the Conference on Asian American Pacific Leadership. More about them here.
Howard University Faculty Members Call for President to Resign
Howard University’s faculty leaders are calling for President Wayne Frederick to resign. Leaders at the HBCU have been under fire following a high-profile financial aid scandal that resulted in the firing of six employees at the school’s financial aid office after revelations that they had misappropriated an untold amount of funds. Last month, students targeted Frederick with their frustration and took over the administration building in protest. An April 20th letter, recently publicized by WaPo, pointed to a vote of no confidence in the administration by “rank-and-file faculty members” earlier this month as a sign that things needed to change at the university. The vote of no confidence specifically targeted Frederick, the executive committee of Howard’s Board of Trustees, Chief Operating Officer Tashni-Ann Dubroy and Provost Anthony K. Wutoh. University Spokeswoman Alonda Thomas said: “Howard’s Faculty Senate has more than 950 members, but less than 300 members cast a ballot in this special election. The vote in question is a small representative sample and the vote doesn’t reflect the overall sentiments of the majority of the membership.” Howard’s Council of Deans expressed its support for Frederick this month, as did leaders of the Howard University Alumni Association, which praised the school’s leadership for faculty salary increases, a partnership with Google, and tuition refunds for students who graduate on time. More here.
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Today, 6:30P: The Managed Funds Association and Women in Housing and Finance host their second annual women's leadership forum, "What It Takes to Lead." Free. To RSVP, please email WHF@whfdc.org with your name and company.
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.
Thursday, May 3rd, 6:30P: The Hispanic Bar Association of DC, the South Asian Bar Association of D.C., and others host a Cinco De Mayo Networking Happy Hour and Fundraising event for the HNBA's Legal Education Fund. Hawthorne DC, 1336 U Street N.W. Click here for more information.
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
Tuesday, May 8th - Thursday, May 10th: The Wall Street Journal's The Future of Everything Festival. Speakers include Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund Leader Tina TchenWSJ Editors, and more. Spring Studios, 50 Varick St, NYC. Click here for more information.
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 14th - Thursday, May 17th: Federal Asian Pacific America Council's 33rd National Leadership Training Program. Keynote address by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. Sheraton Pentagon City, 900 South Orme Street, Arlington, VA. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, May 16th, 12P: The 2018 CAPAC congressional ceremony for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Kennedy Caucus Room, 325 Russell Senate Office Building. Click here to RSVP.
Wednesday, May 16th, 5P: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights hosts the 42nd annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner. This year’s honorees include Tarana Burke, Founder of the #MeToo movement; “Dreamers,” the brave immigrant youth who are inspiring a country; and Cecile Richards, outgoing President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. Click here to learn more and buy tickets
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
Thursday, May 17th, 9A: In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders hosts a Community Leaders Forum, an opportunity to engage with senior level federal officials to discuss issues impacting the AAPI community. U.S. Department of Education, Barnard Auditorium. 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W. Click here to learn more and RSVP
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.
Saturday, July 7th - Tuesday, July 10th: The 2018 UnidosUS annual conference, Marriott Marquis Hotel, DC. Click here for more information and to register.
Thursday, July 12th - Friday, July 20th: March On Washington Film Festival. Click here for more information.
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.
Friday, July 20 - Sunday, July 22nd: The 2nd Annual Black Campaign School, hosted by The Collective. Atlanta, GA. Click here for information
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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