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March 14, 2018
Bob Menéndez Weighs in on Russian Spy Attack, Ben Carson Troubles Mount, and Hank Johnson Addresses Supreme Court
Yesterday’s Rexit continues to rock the Beltway as more details emerge in the rocky relationship between outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Donald Trump. One tale reminiscent of Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas recounted a time in China when POTUS45, in front of other officials, directed Tillerson to “eat the salad.” Disrespected him a ‘lil bit. On the Hill, Tri-Caucus members are requesting that the Dream Act be attached to the omnibus spending bill and expressed concerns to leadership about funding that would be used to detain and deport immigrants. More on that below. On the Senate side, a short-term DACA fix was blocked on Tuesday for the second time in roughly a week. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) attempted to pass legislation that would extend the program for three years while providing $7.6 billion in border security funding. Detractors says the Senate should find a permanent solution for DACA. Too close to call. That’s the headline in Pennsylvania’s special election in the 18th Congressional District. But Democrat Conor Lamb didn’t get that memo. He declared victory last night as he leads GOP candidate Rick Saccone, 49.8% to 49.6%.  And everyone from DNC Chair Tom Pérez to House Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have issued statements congratulating Lamb on the victory. Though a recount is likely, the results issue a stern warning to the GOP, which spent millions on the race but still appears to be drowning in a blue wave. Students are calling BS. Today at 10A, exactly one month after the school shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, students across the country will walk out of their schools for 17 minutes -- one minute for each victim who lost their life. Nearly 3,000 schools are expected to participate. In more sad news, Stephen Hawking, the Cambridge University physicist who pondered the origin of the universe from a wheelchair, died last night at his home in England. He was 76. And in some head scratching news, First Lady Melania Trump is bringing together tech giants to talk about -- wait for it -- ways to fight cyberbullying. Among the companies expected to attend the March 20th meeting: Amazon, Snap, Facebook, Google, and, POTUS45’s favorite outlet, Twitter. We’re kicking off Wednesday with this...
  • Tri-Caucus asks congressional leadership to oppose WH budget funding that targets undocumented community.
  • Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ) pushes WH to consider designating Russia a state sponsor of terrorism after UK poison attack.
  • Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) wants info on Trump’s fired personal assistant.
  • Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) leads letter questioning National Labor Relations Board in litigation against McDonald’s.
  • Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) has his day in high court.
  • Heritage Pres says she was blocked from WH by Omarosa.
  • Emails show Ben and Candy Carson did, in fact, make it rain while furniture shopping.
  • Senator Chuck Schumer's (D-NY) Hispanic Media Director joins America’s Voice.
  • Meet the new Communications Director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
  • Guess who’s back on the campaign trail as a Trump shill?
  • UCLA’s public interest law school program names a new ED.
  • NPR consolidates its digital news and visuals teams into a single unit.
  • Majordomo Media launches as a culture-focused entertainment and media company.
  • AP names diverse global enterprise team.
  • Press Forward announces its Board of Advisors.
  • Judges uphold sanctuary city law in Texas.
  • CA Dem delegation denounces Trump’s “continued assault” on the state.
  • CA Assemblymember wants border wall builders to lose tax credits.
  • Speaking of ... three Illinois men, including one who drafted a border wall plan, have been charged in the Minnesota mosque bombing. Get the story in Blogs.
Angela Rye last week on International Women's Day featured in Tamara Mellon’s Kaleidoscope campaign honoring women of all walks of life.
SBA Southeast Regional Administrator Ashley Bell last week with Crystal Edmonson, Host of Atlanta Business Chronicle's BIZ tv program.
Menéndez Will Push Trump to Say If UK Spy Attack Makes Russia Terror Sponsor
Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ)
, the Ranking Member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called on the Trump administration to work with the United Kingdom, following British Prime Minister Theresa May’s announcement that it was “highly likely” Russia ordered the poisoning in England of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Citing the Trump administration’s designation of North Korea as a “State Sponsor of Terrorism” following the poisoning of Kim Jong Un’s relative in Thailand, Menéndez called on Donald Trump to consider if a similar designation should apply to Russia. A 1991 law requires that the president decide if a state has used a chemical weapon -- in this case, Novichok, a nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union in the 1970s -- and impose sanctions. According to the law, the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee can trigger the determination process. In a statement, Menéndez says he will “move forward quickly” to push the president on the issue. “Once again, I call on the Trump Administration to recognize the danger the Russian government continues to pose to Americans and our friends around the world. The United States and the many allies of the United Kingdom must stand ready to support her in the aftermath of this brazen attack.” Yesterday, Donald Trump told reporters that "It sounds to me like it would be Russia, based on all the evidence they have." More here.
Cummings Demands Info on Trump's Personal Assistant
House Oversight Committee Ranking Member Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is demanding information on the background check of John McEntee, Donald Trump’s personal assistant who was fired this week over a Homeland Security investigation into financial crimes. Sources told the WSJ that McEntee said problems related to online gambling and mishandling of his taxes prevented him from gaining the clearance necessary for the role. The Secret Service is investigating McEntee for those issues, according to a law enforcement official. 
"I have been warning for more than a year about the White House's deficient background check process — as well as specific officials who have been granted access to our nation's most closely guarded secrets despite derogatory information known to White House officials," Cummings wrote in a letter to WH CoS John Kelly. Cummings also called on Committee Chairman Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to issue a subpoena for documents the WH has withheld in response to the Committee’s bipartisan investigation into reports that senior White House and Cabinet officials, including Kellyanne Conway, were traveling around the country on private jets. More here.
Tri-Caucus Asks Leadership to Oppose WH Budget Funding That Targets Undocumented Community
The Congressional Tri-Caucus Chairs -- comprised of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus chaired by Congresswoman Michelle Luján Grisham (D-NM), the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA), and the Congressional Black Caucus chaired by Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) -- sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) urging them to reject any increases in funding that can be used toward Trump’s mass deportation force, as negotiations continue on the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill. “Since President Trump took office last year, we have seen this Administration implement policy changes that have disproportionately harmed minorities and communities of color. In particular, we have witnessed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) use available resources to target and deport non-criminal immigrants, separate families and terrorize whole communities,” the members wrote. “The Trump Administration is not only indiscriminately and aggressively targeting the undocumented community; they have also taken unprecedented steps to un-document the documented ... We strongly urge you to reject any increases in funding that can be used towards Trump’s mass deportation force—in particular, we urge cuts to appropriations that can be used for detention beds, and ICE and CBP agents.” See a full copy of the letter here.

Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) out on Saturday enjoying an Orlando Lions game with her children and husband Sean
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin on Friday in Las Vegas meeting with Congressman Rubén Kihuen (D-NV).
Bobby Scott Leads Letter to NLRB Over McDonald’s Case
Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA)
, the Ranking Member of the Education and Workforce Committee, sent a letter to Peter Robb, the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), requesting that he resume the litigation of a case against McDonald's. A complaint filed against McDonald's in 2014 claims that the company should be held liable for alleged retaliatory actions by its franchisees against workers who participated in day-long strikes as part of the Fight for $15 Movement, a union-backed campaign to raise wages. The NLRB General Counsel decided to pursue settlement of the McDonald’s case -- with only a handful of days remaining before the close of hearings. “[W]e are troubled that your decision to prematurely suspend this litigation adversely impacts the charging parties’ due process rights,” Scott wrote, along with top Democrats, including Congressmen Mark Takano (D-CA), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), and Keith Ellison (D-MN), among others. The NLRB last year overturned a landmark Obama-era rule that left companies vulnerable to lawsuits filed by employees of franchisees and contractors over labor violations. Unions and other worker advocacy groups derided the move by the Trump administration, which now limits corporate liability in incidents such as labor law violations. See the letter here.
Hank Johnson Addresses Supreme Court
Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA)
addressed the Supreme Court on Tuesday as part of the opening session of the High Court’s Judicial Conference -- the 26-member national policy-making body for the federal courts. The United States Judicial Conference is led by Chief Justice John Roberts. Johnson attended the session as Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. While Johnson thanked the Justices for their service to the nation, he lamented political attacks on the judicial branch, co-equal to the executive and legislative branches of government. “Supporting our judiciary should not be a Republican or Democratic Party issue,” Johnson said. “A strong, independent and coequal Judicial Branch transcends partisanship and politics, and is essential for the maintenance of our American way of life. I view it as my responsibility to protect this nation’s courts, and the role of an impartial judiciary, rendering justice in accordance with the rule of law.” More here.
Political commentator Tara Setmayer on Saturday ready to go on ABC's Good Morning America.
NM congressional candidate Deb Haaland with Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) on Monday at a town hall meeting on gun violence.
Pili Tobar Back At America’s Voice
Pili Tobar
is re-joining America’s Voice, a pro-immigration group founded by Frank Sharry, as Managing Director. Tobar returns to the group after serving as the Hispanic Media Director for Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY). Before joining Schumer’s staff, the University of Miami grad led communications for the Latino Victory Project, was the Communications Director for Congressman Rubén Gallego (D-AZ), and served as the Director of Hispanic Media and Western Regional Director for the DNC. This isn’t her first stop at America’s Voice -- she previously served as the organization’s Press Secretary. Tobar, who speaks English and Spanish, was born in Florida and raised in Guatemala City, giving her a unique understanding of the issues. “As the immigrant community faces an onslaught of attacks from the Trump administration and the President’s Deportation Force, I am glad to have the opportunity to be back on the frontlines,” Tobar said. ¡Felicidades Pili! More here.
Menéndez Staffer Heads to Foreign Relations Committee
Juan Pachón
, Deputy Director of Communications for Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ), will take over as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Communications Director for the minority. The 2011 University of South Florida graduate had been with Menéndez’s personal office for five years. He also did a stint as Deputy National Press Secretary for Hispanic Media during the 2016 Democratic convention. He got his start on the Hill in the office of former Nevada Senator Harry Reid, where he served as Deputy Press Secretary for Hispanic Media. Fluent in both English and Spanish, Pachón starts in the new position this month. More about him here.
Trump Names Former Spokesperson 2020 Campaign Senior Advisor
Katrina Pierson
, the combative Dallas-area Tea Party veteran who served as a public face of Donald Trump’s 2016 White House run, has returned to the campaign trail. She will serve as a Senior Advisor to the Trump 2020 campaign, assigned to leading national grassroots outreach. It’s an important role for the presidential election but, arguably, more important for this year, as control of Congress is on the line in November. At a minimum, a loss of the House or Senate would imperil Trump's agenda on immigration, taxes, trade, and a host of other issues, giving urgency to an early push by the president's political operation. Pierson, who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and once listed Malcolm X as her political idol, will be at the center of efforts to ensure a GOP victory. The 41-year-old will likely return to the cable news circuit, blindly defending her candidate and, if the last election cycle is any indication, she will make some headlines herself. More here.
UCLA's Epstein Program Names New Executive Director
Karin Wang
has been named the new Executive Director of the UCLA School of Law's David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy -- the nation's premier public interest law program, offering the only public interest law curricular specialization in the country. For more than 15 years, Wang has served as VP of Programs and Communications at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, the nation's largest legal organization focused on serving Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Previously, she directed Advancing Justice-LA's immigrant rights project and served as the Deputy Regional Manager for the Civil Rights Office at the Department of Health and Human Services. Immediately after completing law school at UC Berkeley, Wang worked as a litigation associate at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco, where she handled pro bono cases involving issues such as hate crimes and public benefits. In her new role, Wang will work closely with faculty to enhance and expand the school's public interest offerings and support students and alumni in pursuing public interest opportunities and careers. "I'm thrilled to join the Epstein Program and help build on its more than two decades of excellent training and support for public interest lawyers," says Wang. More here.
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) on Friday at HOPE's 27th Annual Latina History Day conference in Los Angeles. 
CA Senate President Pro Tempore and U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de León on Monday speaking at a rally to protest Donald Trump's visit to California.
Carsons Personally Involved In Selection of $31K Dining Room Set
HUD Secretary Ben Carson has said that the purchase of a $31,000 furniture set for his office dining room was made without his knowledge. However, new emails obtained by CNN show that’s not the case. He and wife, Candy, appear to have been intimately involved. An August email from a career administration staffer, with the subject line "Secretary's dining room set needed," to Carson's assistant refers to "printouts of the furniture the Secretary and Mrs. Carson picked out." When confronted Tuesday with the discrepancy between his past comments and the internal emails, HUD spokesman Raffi Williams offered only this explanation: "When presented with options by professional staff, Mrs. Carson participated in the selection of specific styles." The newly released emails show discussions about the dining set going back to last May when two Carson aides asked for repairs to the chairs of the existing furniture. Secretary Carson acknowledged there was a deadline to make a decision on the furniture purchase. He said that he and his wife "were told there was a $25,000 budget that had to be used by a certain time or it would be lost." A quote for the dining room furniture, released as part of a Freedom of Information Act request, came in at $24,666, just under budget. More here.
First Black Woman to Lead Heritage Foundation Says She Was Blocked by Omarosa
Heritage Foundation President Kay Coles James tells Politico that she was “blocked” from serving in Donald Trump’s administration by Omarosa. James, the first African American female president of Heritage, led Trump’s transition team for several offices in the White House and fully expected to land a role herself. However, despite her conservative bona fides, she couldn’t land a job in the administration. “The way it was described to me is she approached the whole thing like it was ‘The Apprentice,‘” James added. “So she looked around Washington and said, ‘OK, who do I need to get rid of first?’” She said the administration became more welcoming after Omarosa’s departure. More here.
Tallahassee Mayor and FL gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum meeting with FL LGBTA Democrats on Saturday in Ft. Myers.
Actress Jennifer Garner on Tuesday meeting with Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) to talk about the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.
Meet Majordomo Media
Earlier this week, restaurateur David Chang and his business partner, Christopher Chen, announced that they are launching a culture-focused entertainment and media company, Majordomo Media. The platform includes a podcast series and several television shows currently in development. “Majordomo Media is a place for people to connect over the things I believe define culture: travel, food, music, sports, exploration,” Chang said in a statement. “I don’t want to tell people what to do or show them the new cool thing. Plenty of places do that. I want to teach them how to find — and understand — new and different things themselves and let them bring their friends along for the ride. I want to create experiences where it’s okay to have honest conversations — where people can consider culture and race and have strong opinions while exploring their passions.” The new venture comes less than a year after the collapse of Chang’s acclaimed food magazine Lucky Peach. We’ll be watching! Click here to learn more.
NPR Shifts Staff, Consolidates Teams
NPR has consolidated its digital news and visuals teams into a single unit. Keith Jenkins will be the Director of Digital Content. He has worked in both traditional and digital organizations, helping them understand their audiences, create delivery platforms, refine their content, and produce impactful and award-winning journalism. He has held leadership positions at WaPo and National Geographic. The 1979 Brandeis University grad completed law school in 1982 at Boston University. In his spare time, he is also an adjunct professor of journalism at Georgetown University. Desiree Hicks will be primary Editor of Cover Stories -- a new project launching this spring. The Howard University grad previously worked at the Akron Beacon-Journal and Gannett News Service. Laura Beltrán Villamizar (pictured) joins as Projects Picture Editor. The Hague University graduate got her MA from the Institute for Cultural Democracy. She previously worked as a Photo Editor for World Photo in the Netherlands. She speaks six languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. Congrats! More here.
AP Names Diverse Global Enterprise Team
AP has announced its new global enterprise team. Jeannie Ohm will be the new Enterprise Video Editor. The Middlebury College graduate has been with AP for four years and had previously worked as a Correspondent for NBC News, MSNBC, and at DC’s Fox affiliate WTTG. She will be based in DC. Enric Martí is now the Enterprise Photo Editor. Martí began his career as a photo assistant with Agence France-Presse in Managua, Nicaragua in 1989, and then worked as a local stringer for Reuters. In 1992, he moved to Sarajevo as a freelancer. He joined AP in 1994 in the Balkans. Since then his work has taken him to Cairo, Jerusalem, Mexico City, and his native Spain. He will be based in NY. Natalie Castañeda was named a Producer. For the last three years, she has been Managing Editor for AP Images Blog, and the Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts. The Brooks Institute of Photography graduate received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts. Natalie will be based in NY. Maye-E Wong is a Singapore-based photographer who will serve as a creative engine for enterprise photography for all platforms, working closely with Martí on editing and continuing to shoot. And Rodrigo Abd is a photographer based in Lima, Peru. His signature work is on marginalized groups such as gangs, miners, sugarcane workers, and indigenous people, along with his coverage of conflict in countries such as Syria and Venezuela. More here.
Press Forward Announces Advisory Board
Press Forward, the initiative founded by female journalists who were impacted by powerful men in media whose misconduct has been publicly exposed -- such as Mark Halperin and Charlie Rose -- has announced their Board of Advisors. The Board will help create a safe work environment and elevate the stature of women in the workplace, beginning in the newsroom. Among those named to the Advisory Board are Lynne Adrine, Elisa Lees Muñoz, and Alison Stewart. Adrine is currently the Director of the DC Graduate Program for Broadcast & Digital Journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. The Boston University and Medill School of Journalism grad previously worked for ABC News,, the ABC and CBS affiliates in Washington, CNN, The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, NBC News, and CBS News. She has been a visiting faculty and participant in seminars on diversity, ethics, and the coverage of race relations at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Lees Muñoz is the Executive Director of the International Women’s Media Foundation. The University of Maryland grad has more than 25 years of experience in human rights, freedom of the press, and gender equality issues. Stewart is currently a Contributing Editor at Atlantic Live. The Brown University grad has previously worked for NPR, PBS, ABC, and MSNBC, and is the author of First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America’s First Black Public High School. Other Board members include author and commentator Gretchen Carlson, CNN’s Jake Tapper, and PBS’ Judy Woodruff, among others. More here.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Friday in San Juan meeting with amateur radio operator Dan Andrews.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Saturday with Labor Council for Latin American Advancement Executive Director and National Hispanic Leadership Agenda Chair Héctor Sánchez Barba.
Judges Uphold Sanctuary City Law in Texas
Texas Republicans, including Governor Greg Abbott, received a victory on Tuesday when a panel of three U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals judges ruled that most of the state’s immigration enforcement legislation, Senate Bill 4, can remain in effect while the case plays out. As passed, the bill allows local law enforcement officers to question the immigration status of people they detain or arrest, and punishes local government department heads and elected officials who don’t cooperate with requests by agents to turn over immigrants subject to possible deportation. Those who defy the law can receive jail time and penalties that exceed $25,000. The one part of SB 4 that is still on hold is a provision that punishes local officials from “adopting, enforcing or endorsing” policies that specifically prohibit or limit enforcement of immigration laws. The judges kept that injunction in place, but said it only applies to the word “endorse.” The bill, as passed and signed, would have made elected and appointed officials subject to a fine, jail time and possible removal from office for violating all or parts of the legislation. More here.
CA Dem Delegation Denounces Trump’s "Continued Assault" on the State
As Donald Trump prepared to head to California yesterday to see prototypes of the border wall, CA Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein, and Congressman Lou Correa and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren led a state Democratic delegation letter to Trump, denouncing his continued assault on California and immigrant communities. “President Trump and Attorney General Sessions have shown a complete lack of respect for California. In California, we have passed sanctuary laws to ensure everyone, regardless of status, feels safe to report crimes and work with our local law enforcement. ... Their aggressive actions against California helps no one,” said Correa. As far as the wall goes, Harris put it plainly, saying, “Let me be perfectly clear: Trump’s border wall is a waste of taxpayer money.” More here.
Border Wall Builders Could Lose CA Tax Breaks
CA Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco)
wants the state to consider ending tax breaks for companies doing business in California that choose to build any part of Donald Trump’s border wall. Ting, who is the Chair of the Committee on Budget and has a significant influence on state tax policy, said he plans to present his proposal on Monday, reports the LA Times. Ting’s proposal would prevent companies that profit from building the wall from receiving some tax credits, such as those for hiring new employees, buying or using certain manufacturing and research equipment, or for promoting alternative energy and advanced transportation. “California builds bridges not walls,” Ting said. “At a time when we need critical infrastructure, spending $20 billion on a wall that won’t work is a waste of taxpayer money.” More here.
Today, 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
Today, 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
Today, 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.
Today - 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, 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, 8ACongresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA)Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Congressman Joe Crowley (D-NY) participate in The Hill and The Hill Latino "Newsmaker Conversation: Leadership in Action." Editor-in-Chief Bob Cusack interviews them about their values, leadership styles, and vision for the nation. To RSVP, email Keely Sullivan at
Thursday, March 22nd - Sunday, March 25th: The National Hispanic Medical Association 22nd Annual Conference, "Conquistando el Futuro: Clinicians Leading Latino Health Care.” Gaylord National, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD. Click here for more information and to register. Congressional staffers or federal government workers: email for a discount code.
Thursday, March 29th, 8P: Jazz, hip hop, and soul combine in August Greene, the newly formed supergroup featuring emcee Common, pianist and composer Robert Glasper, and percussionist and producer Karriem Riggins. Kennedy Center. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Tuesday, April 3rd, 9A: The National Civil Rights Museum's MLK 50 Symposium. Scholars, historians, and thought leaders from across the country will present on the state of civil and human rights issues including Moving Memphis Forward, Economic Equity & Justice for All, and The Promise of Education. Moderated by NPR’s Michele Norris. Rose Theatre, University of Memphis, 470 University, Memphis, TN. Free. Click here to register.
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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