The Delta Grassroots Caucus (DGC) is a broad coalition of grassroots leaders in the eight-state Delta region. DGC is also a founding partner of the Economic Equality Coalition,
which advocates for economic equality across the USA.

Forum on Economic Equality for Presidential Campaigns, Aug. 16, Arkansas Capitol

Posted on July 18, 2016 at 12:20 PM

The Delta Grassroots Caucus will hold an event on economic equality issues on August 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Arkansas State Capitol that will include Sen. Joyce Elliott (D-Little Rock) speaking in favor of Hillary Clinton, and Bud Cummins (R-Little Rock), Chairman of the Arkansas Presidential campaign for Donald Trump, speaking for Mr. Trump.

We will have another segment of the meeting featuring experts on economic equality and related issues.

The Republican and Democratic Presidential nominees will be given equal opportunities to state why they support their candidate on key issues like job creation, economic equality and growth, investments in transportation and other infrastructure, health care, hunger and nutrition, and economic, racial and gender equality.

This will naturally include attention to Arkansas issues since we are meeting in Little Rock, but will mostly focus on national issues due to the context of the Presidential election. This is bipartisan and we want to hear from both sides equally.

Bud Cummins is a former US District Attorney, former chief legal counsel to Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Republican Congressional nominee, attorney and chairman of Donald Trump’s campaign in Arkansas.

Sen. Joyce Elliott is a distinguished educator, senior member of the Arkansas Senate, former Democratic Congressional nominee, and surrogate speaker for Secretary Hillary Clinton’s campaign in Arkansas.

The event begins at 9 a.m. with a series of nonpartisan, substantive speakers on key economic and community development issues. They are from Arkansas organizations, but the issues are mostly common to the entire 8-state Delta region.

Speakers from about 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. will include:

Bo Ryall, CEO of Arkansas Hospitals Association, speaking about the nationally recognized Medicaid expansion program in Arkansas;

Rich Huddleston, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, speaking about poverty issues in Arkansas;

Danny Games, Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Executive Vice President, Global Business, on job creation at good wages**;

Kathy Webb, director, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, on the child nutrition, SNAP and other nutrition programs;

Mireya Reith, speaking on education based on her role as Chairman of the Arkansas Board of Education, and issues for the growing Hispanic population in Arkansas in her capacity as director of the Arkansas United Community Coalition;

Rep. Lane Jean (R-Magnolia), Chairman of the Arkansas Interstate 69 Legislative Caucus and veteran leader in the I-69 Coalition. Rep. Jean will speak about the need for transportation investments across the state and nation to create jobs and improve our deteriorating infrastructure, with particular emphasis on I-69. We need transportation improvements all over Arkansas and the Delta, but in particular we want to urge the next President and Congress to finally complete the Interstate 69 Corridor, which would be a major national transportation artery from Mexico to Canada, extending through the heart of the Delta in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky.

After the nonpartisan substantive speakers, we will have the Trump and Clinton speakers from about 11 a.m. to noon.

Please RSVP as soon as possible: This event is free, but to gain reserved seating at the vast, majestic Arkansas Capitol Rotunda you need to RSVP to Lee Powell beforehand by email to leepowell@delta.comcastbiz.net

There is limited space in the reserved seating section.

Getting an accurate numbers count is essential for our planning. To gain a reserved seat just send an email to the above mentioned email address stating that you definitely plan to be there on August 16.

When meeting at the Arkansas Capitol Rotunda, it is always open to the public and people can come in and either sit farther away from the speakers or stand and listen, but you will be able to hear better and close enough to ask a question if you are in the reserved seating section close to the podium.

This is open to anyone in the Delta region or the Washington, DC area, although this is much shorter than our previous two-day conferences, so as a practical matter most of the turnout is likely come from people within driving distance of Little Rock.

On the other hand, if you would like to combine this event with a visit to Little Rock, the capital has many attractions including the Clinton Presidential Library, Heifer International headquarters, the Little Rock River market area, and scenic parks and walks along the Arkansas River. So you might want to travel to Little Rock from a longer distance to come to this event and see the sights of Arkansas’ capital.

There will be another brief event in the northern Virginia/Washington, DC area in October, again to emphasize economic equality issues in the context of this year’s historic Presidential race. That will include partners from our national affiliate, the Economic Equality Coalition.

We hope you can join us on August 16 at the Arkansas Capitol Rotunda. Lee Powell, Delta Caucus and Economic Equality Coalition (202) 360-6347

Forums for Presidential Campaigns--August in Arkansas and October in Virginia, 2016

Posted on June 10, 2016 at 03:47 PM

The Delta Caucus and our national affiliate, the Economic Equality Coalition, will hold forums for high-level speakers for the Republican and Democratic Presidential nominees this August at the Arkansas State Capitol and this October in a location in the northern Virginia/Washington, DC area.

This is a bipartisan effort to scrutinize the platforms of both campaigns on economic, racial and gender equality in America.

We would also like to request annual membership dues in the required amount for members of $25, although larger organizations or individuals who would like to donate more may contribute $50 or $100.

Along with daily advocacy activities, we plan two shorter events that will focus on economic equality and provide a forum for elected leaders who are supporting either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton to make the case as to why their candidate would be better for the economy in the USA.

We will precede each forum for the Presidential candidates with a nonpartisan panel of nonprofits and grassroots advocates on economic, racial and gender equality.

One session is planned for the Arkansas State Capitol in August, and another for the northern Virginia/Washington, DC area in October.

The northern Virginia location will be especially poignant because Virginia is one of the key swing states in the historic Presidential election. This is nonpartisan.

The speakers on behalf of the Presidential candidates will be Members of Congress or other elected leaders. At our recent conference in Washington, DC, Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) spoke in favor of Hillary Clinton and Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) spoke in favor of Donald Trump.

Both of these meetings will be much shorter than the comprehensive two-day conferences we have held in the past. They will be in two parts: a session with major nonprofit policy organizations and grassroots advocates, and then a forum to give supporters of both Presidential campaigns an equal opportunity to make the case for their candidate.

Our budget is entirely funded by voluntary contributions, and annual membership dues are a significant and growing part of our funding. The only requirement for membership is the $25 annual membership dues once each calendar year.

Please make out the annual membership dues for the required $25, or $50 to $100 for larger organizations, to “Delta Caucus,” with a note “Dues,” and mail to:

Delta Caucus

5030 Purslane Place

Waldorf, MD 20601

For individuals and smaller organizations, annual dues are $25.

While the only requirement for everyone is $25, for those who would like to make larger contributions, the suggested levels are the following:

For medium-sized nonprofits, chambers of commerce, smaller community colleges, small businesses, and smaller local banks: $50

For foundations, larger corporations, larger banks, larger colleges or universities, or individuals who would like to make a larger contribution: $100

There are occasionally organizations or individuals who give $200 or $250, but this is not expected and the smaller amounts are all we ask for as a membership, and again $25 once a calendar year is the only requirement for membership. Members receive the group email newsletters and we in other ways make every effort to keep them informed of our activities, and members receive reduced registration fees for our activities.

Registration fees for the October meeting in northern Virginia will be only $25–much smaller than the usual $125 fees for the comprehensive two-day conferences.

To reserve a seat for the October northern Virginia/DC area meeting, please send in the $25 registration fees ASAP to the address stated above to the Delta Caucus. Space is limited.

We are working on finalizing the date and exact time for the August Little Rock meeting and will send out that information as soon as it is finalized.

The Delta Grassroots Caucus is one of the key partners for our national affiliate, the Economic Equality Coalition, which has partners in the Southwest Border region from California and Arizona to Texas, Appalachia, parts of the Midwest, Native Americans, inner cities, and the Virginia/Washington, DC/Maryland Mid-Atlantic Region. The VA/MD/VA region is mostly prosperous, but also has a problem of many wealthy areas close to areas that are impoverished-an indication of how widespread the problem of economic inequality in America has become.

Thanks-Lee Powell, Executive Director, Delta Grassroots Caucus; and Co-Chair, Economic Equality Coalition (202) 360-6347 Email: LeePowell@delta.comcastbiz.net

In-Depth Summary of May 11-12 Economic Equality Coalition Event in Washington, DC

Posted on May 21, 2016 at 12:06 PM

We would like to express our great appreciation to all participants at the May 11-12 Economic Equality Coalition Conference in Washington, DC. Ten Members of Congress from both parties took part, President Bill Clinton spoke by live call-in, and economic, racial and gender equality advocates participated.

The Economic Equality Coalition (EEC) advocates for economic equality for those people across the country who have not shared equally in America’s prosperity, such as the 8-state Greater Delta region, Appalachia, Southwest Border, parts of the Midwest, inner cities, and equality for women, African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans. The EEC builds upon the Clinton administration’s bipartisan New Markets Initiative, which focused on the most economically distressed regions of America.

President Clinton complimented the EEC and Delta Caucus for taking a “bipartisan and comprehensive approach” to this initiative.

The 10 Members of Congress were evenly divided among the parties with five Republicans and five Democrats.

President Clinton spoke by live call-in at the opening session-New Markets Initiative. He praised the work of Congressman Steny Hoyer, Rep. Clyburn, Rep. Ruben Hinjosa and other Members of Congress.

In addition to Representatives Hoyer and Clyburn, we included five Members from the Greater Delta/Alabama Black Belt region: Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL), of the Alabama Black Belt; Sen. John Boozman, Rep. Rick Crawford, Rep. French Hill, and Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR), Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, a senior Hispanic Member of Congress from the Southwest Border (D-TX), Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), from the key swing state of Virginia that is attracting great interest in this historic election year

The Thursday afternoon May 12 session was held outside of Congressional property at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill, to allow for discussion of two high-profile supporters of the front-running Presidential candidates to discuss their views on the Presidential race (the earlier sessions were held at the House and Senate, where political campaign activity can’t be directly discussed):

Rep. Clyburn spoke about his support for Secretary Hillary Clinton’s economic equality positions, and Rep. Tom Reed, Republican of New York, did the same for Donald Trump.

The Delta Caucus and the EEC do not make endorsements but scrutinize the positions of all the major campaigns of both parties.

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva of Arizona had confirmed to speak in favor of Sen. Bernie Sanders, but he was unavoidably detained by an important Congressional hearing that ran much longer than expected and was not able to participate.

This is a lengthy report and we would not expect people to read all of it, but rather most people will look over the Table of Contents and scroll down to a few of the sections of the conference that they find most interesting and important.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. KEY ISSUES HIGHLIGHTED AT EEC CONFERENCE

II. SUPPORT FOR “10-20-30” PLAN FOR INVESTING IN PERSISTENT POVERTY AREAS

III. REP. STENY HOYER’S ‘MAKE IT IN AMERICA’ PLAN

IV. BIPARTISAN FORUM FOR HIGH-LEVEL SUPPORTERS OF PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGNS

V. COMMENTS FROM DELTA, SOUTHWEST BORDER, MID-ATLANTIC REGION AND ALABAMA BLACK BELT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

VI. APPRECIATION FOR SPONSORS

VII. APPRECIATION FOR PARTICIPANTS

VIII. STATEHOOD FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

IX. POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS FROM EEC LEGISLATIVE ACTION COMMITTEE

I. KEY ISSUES HIGHLIGHTED AT THE CONFERENCE:

The discussion was broad and wide-ranging and we will discuss the large-scale issues in depth below, but we would like to single out two plans that are gaining bipartisan support right now in Congress and urge all our partners to support them and ask your Members of Congress to endorse them in this Congressional session. These are Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC, and the third ranking national leader in the House) “10-20-30” plan for federal investments in the most economically distressed areas, and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD, the second ranking leader as Whip) “Make It in America” job creation plan. These two innovative plans are discussed below.

Short list of key initiatives: With such a huge range of issues to choose from, it’s always a challenge to decide which initiatives to highlight. Based on feedback received for months ahead of the conference and during the two days of a jam-packed agenda, several issues came to the forefront:

–job creation at good wages, with higher minimum wages and policies for promoting small business as a dynamic and broad-based engine for economic progress;

–investments in housing, transportation, broadband and other infrastructure to create jobs and improve our deteriorating infrastructure;

–expanded investments in education and workforce development, including relief for college students to avoid huge student loan debts and expanded investment in dislocated worker programs;

–a strong childhood nutrition bill (nutrition experts criticized the flawed version passed by the House as opposed to the more constructive Senate version) and strong support for SNAP funding and opposition to draconian application of work requirements that deny nutrition to many deserving people,

–health care for underserved areas, and improvements in the Affordable Care Act,

–Renewable energy, energy efficiency and green jobs; Equal pay for women, and action to end the disturbing economic inequality for women, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and others left behind economically;

10-20-30 plan for increasing federal investments to persistent poverty counties, as originated by Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) and supported by national leaders of both parties including Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, (R-Wisconsin), House Appropriations Committee Chair, Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY), as well as Secretary Hillary Clinton and President Clinton. The plan does not increase overall spending but requires 10% of federal discretionary spending to go to areas where 20% of the population has been impoverished for 30 years (discussed in detail below);

–Rep. Steny Hoyer’s “Make It in America” plan for job creation, which would provide tax credits to businesses that hire new employees, end tax loopholes that encourage firms to ship jobs overseas, promote clean energy firms, raise federal minimum wages, extend unemployment insurance for those looking for work, and expand investments in workforce training ;

–Opening up trade to Cuba, which would benefit rural areas like the Delta in expanding rice, poultry and other agricultural exports, as well as urban areas in the markets for auto parts, health-care related services and other trade opportunities. The embargo has existed for over a half century and failed to undermine the Cuban regime, so clearly it’s time for a change.

II. SUPPORT FOR “10-20-30” PLAN FOR INVESTING IN ‘PERSISTENT POVERTY’ AREAS:

President Clinton praised Congressman Clyburn’s “10-20-30” plan, which requires at least 10% of federal funding to go to “persistent poverty” counties where 20% of the population has lived in poverty for 30 years. Rep. Clyburn recently worked with Republican Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky, to include 10-20-30 in the House version of the 2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill.

The Delta Caucus and Economic Equality Coalition partners support inclusion of the “10-20-30” plan not only in the final version of the Agriculture Appropriations bill, but this plan should be included in all federal discretionary spending for all agencies.

Rep. Clyburn’s plan has won support from national leaders of both parties, including Speaker Paul Ryan, Chairman Rogers in the House, Secretary Hillary Clinton and many others.

“Persistent poverty” counties are roughly equally divided into Republican and Democratic districts so this is bipartisan: these impoverished counties are much more numerous than most people would believe, amounting to a total of over 22 million people. About 8.8 million of them live in Democratic districts, a figure almost as large of 8.3 million live in Republican districts, and 5.2 million live in areas that are split between Republican and Democratic representation.

Many of these counties are concentrated in the Greater Delta Region, Appalachia, regions with high percentages of Hispanics, African Americans and Native Americans. This plan would clearly assure that more federal funding goes where it is most needed.

Rep. Clyburn emphasized that the fight against poverty includes all races and ethnic groups. He recalled speaking with President Clinton at a New Markets Initiative in Appalachia when virtually everyone in a crowd of more than 2,000 people were white had come there to address poverty in their region.

The program would not increase overall federal funding but would just make sure that the most economically distressed areas get their fair share. In some respects, such as the ability to apply for funding requiring staff with extensive expertise in writing grant applications, the most impoverished areas are at an unfair disadvantage because they don’t have the resources to hire staff and grant writers for this purpose. For other reasons, federal funding has too often not gone where it is most needed, and the “10-20-30” plan is a reform that is long overdue and should be broadly adopted across the federal government.

III. REP. STENY HOYER’S ‘MAKE IT IN AMERICA’ PLAN

Rep. Steny Hoyer spoke at the opening session at the House Rayburn building about his “Make It in America” plan: which encourages job creation by giving tax credits to businesses that hire new employees, providing loans to small businesses that are the great engine of job creation, ending tax loopholes that encourage companies to ship job overseas, promote clean energy and energy efficiency, and invest in job training.

The plan also contains provisions for holding China accountable for unfair currency manipulation that costs American jobs.

The four core components of the plan are:

–Adopt and pursue a national manufacturing strategy;

–Promote the export of US goods;

–Encourage businesses to bring jobs and innovation back to the US;

–Train and secure a twenty-first century workforce.

The plan also calls for higher state and federal wages and extending unemployment insurance to people seeking work. These provisions have been included in a number of bills recently and we’d like to see them included in many more.

IV. BIPARTISAN FORUM FOR HIGH-LEVEL SUPPORTERS OF PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGNS

Congressman James Clyburn, third ranking leader in the House, explained his longstanding relationship with Secretary Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton and support for a wide range of constructive policies for economic, racial and gender equality in America. He explained his “10-20-30” plan discussed above, which has been endorsed by Secretary Clinton.

Rep. Clyburn’s support for statehood for DC and other economic policies are discussed in several other sections of this report.

Rep. Clyburn is famous as an eloquent orator and received a rousing round of applause.

In response to a question. Congressman Clyburn said he believes that prospects for eventually unifying the Democratic party behind the nominee are very good, since Secretary Clinton and Sen. Sanders share many goals and positions in contrast to the Republican front-runner.

Rep. Tom Reed of New York is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and a high-profile supporter of Donald Trump. He emphasized Mr. Trump’s successful record in business as a key part of his credentials to lead American job growth if elected President.

The EEC partners believe it is very important to have cordial, civil discourse in our political debates. Congressman Clyburn and Congressman Reed were both entirely civil and positive and we commend both of them for the constructive tone of their remarks and for refraining from personal negative comments.

As a factual matter, the audience included a substantial number of Hispanics, African Americans and women, and it is well known that Mr. Trump had made very controversial remarks regarding those sections of the population.

Congressman Reed acknowledged that even though he is an enthusiastic supporter of Mr. Trump, he did have concerns about his “rhetoric” about Hispanics, women, African Americans and other minorities and has discussed these concerns with Mr. Trump. But he said he believes Mr. Trump will set a different tone in the general election.

A Hispanic woman in the audience said she and the Congressman would have to agree to disagree about his comments, because she said that Trump’s comments were not “rhetoric” but were racist. Another woman leader from California expressed disagreement with Mr. Trump’s comments about women.

Rep. Reed fielded the questions respectfully and calmly, said he appreciated their concerns, but added that he believed that what unites people as Americans greatly exceeds what divides us. We know this was a challenging group of people in some ways for Rep. Reed to deal with, but we appreciated his professional, respectful demeanor and the fact that he came to address our coalition. He received a round of applause for his remarks.

Again, the EEC does not endorse candidates but scrutinizes the policy positions of all of them.

We would also express our appreciation to Congressman Raul M. Grijalva for confirming to speak and doing his best to be there, but he was detained in a Congressional meeting that he just could not break away from in time. He is Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and one of Bernie Sanders’ most prominent supporters.

V. COMMENTS FROM DELTA, SOUTHWEST BORDER, MID-ATLANTIC REGION, ALABAMA BLACK BELT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

Sen. John Boozman won praise from both Democrats and Republicans for his bipartisan work on childhood nutrition. Sen. Boozman is Co-Chair of the Senate Hunger Caucus and sponsored legislation to increase access to the Summer Meals program for children in rural areas in the Delta and across the country.

Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, Executive Director of the Ohio Association of Food Banks, complimented Sen. Boozman for his constructive work for summer meals and other childhood nutrition progams. She and other hunger and nutrition experts at the conference said the House version of the Childhood Nutrition Re-Authorization bill is deeply flawed and will kick children off school meals programs. The Senate version is much better and should prevail in the final bill.

Sen. Boozman and Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR) both received support for their leadership in opening up trade to Cuba, which would lead to major expansion of rice, poultry and other agricultural products, as well as other products benefiting urban areas. Sen. Boozman recalled that his former colleague in the House, Rep. Tom Osborne-the famous Nebraska football coach-was deeply supportive of this initiative and often said that he learned as a coach if you try the same play over and over again it won’t work. The embargo has failed for a half century and it’s time for a new play.

Rep. Rick Crawford also found a responsive chord when he emphasized his work in expanding broadband access for the Delta region. In today’s economy it’s crucial that people have access to the information superhighway. One of the participants was Millie Atkins, manager of CenturyLink’s program for expanding broadband access to Delta areas in Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana; their exchange is likely to lead to increased public and private sector collaboration on expanding broadband access in the Delta.

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Draft of Agenda, Economic Equality Coalition Conference, May 11-12, Washington, DC

Posted on May 02, 2016 at 10:10 AM

The May -11-12 Economic Equality Coalition conference focuses on economic, racial and gender equality, job creation at good wages, hunger and nutrition, health care, civil rights and diversity.

At the Thursday afternoon session, Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, third-ranking national leader in the House, speaks about why he supports the economic policy positions of Hillary Clinton, then Rep. Raul M. Grijalva of Arizona, Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus speaks for Bernie Sanders, and then Congressman Tom Reed of New York speaking in support of Donald Trump’s campaign.

This section of the program with Rep. Clyburn, Rep. Grijalva and Rep. Reed is from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., followed by leaders on economic, racial and gender equality, hunger and poverty from across the country.

Key participants are Members of Congress from both parties, nationally recognized leaders who have endorsed each of the major Presidential candidates, and grassroots advocates from all over the country.

BASIC SCHEDULE

House session: Wednesday evening, May 11, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., Banquet Room B-340 of US House of Representatives Rayburn building

Senate session: Thursday morning, May 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Senate Caucus Room 385, Russell building

Closing session for supporters of major Presidential campaigns and grassroots advocates from across the country, May 12, 11:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., historic Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill near the US Supreme Court, 212 E. Capitol

Lunch in the Parish Hall, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. (requested $15 donation to pay for catering costs;

Lutheran Church of the Reformation: 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina speaking about why he supports the economic equality positions of Secretary Hillary Clinton, followed by an opportunity for a supporter of the Republican front-runner to do the same for Donald Trump, and then nonpartisan nationally recognized experts on economic inequality, hunger, poverty, civil rights and diversity from across the country.

ROUGH DRAFT OF AGENDA FOR MAY 11-12, 2016 Economic Equality Coalition

This is a rough draft and is subject to change because Members of Congress and other speakers may have to change their schedules due to factors beyond our control.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 House session, 4:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.: Rayburn House of Representatives building Room B-340

4:45 P.M.–Millie Atkins, CenturyLink program for expanding access to broadband for lower income people in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi, based in Monroe, Louisiana

5 p.m.—Jacqueline Pata, Executive Director, National Congress of American Indians, from Alaska

5:15 p.m.—Congressman French Hill (R-AR)

5:30 p.m.—Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR)(Arkansas Delta)

5:40 p.m.—Congressman Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX)(Southwest Border region)

6 P.M.–Congressman Steny Hoyer, National Democratic Whip (D-MD)

6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.–Economic Equality

  1. Nicole Brown, CEO Carter Enterprise Solutions, young lady who grew up in an economically distressed household in southeast Washington, DC and accomplished a dynamic professional career

  2. Ilene Jacobs, California Rural Legal Assistance, serving migrant workers and other low-income people in California

  3. David Adame, CEO, Chicanos por La Causa, based in Phoenix, active across Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada

  4. Suzanne Anarde, Program Director for National Rural LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corp.), based in Colorado

  5. Lisa Oelfke, Medicaid Dept. of Maryland with experience implementing the Affordable Care Act, Maryland AFT union

Thursday, May 12, 2016 Senate session, 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m, Senate Caucus Room 385, Senate Russell Building

8:30 to 9:30 a.m.—four grassroots speakers

HUNGER AND NUTRITION SPEAKERS

Ellen Vollinger, Legal Director, Food Research and Action Center

Lisa Davis, Feeding America, Washington, DC

Lisa Hamler—Fugitt, Executive Director, Ohio Association of Food Banks

9:30 a.m.–Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)

9:45 a.m.—Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR)

10 a.m.—Annette Dove, TOPPS nonprofit in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, working on job training, education, mentoring for young people, and nutrition

10:15 a.m.–Perry Jones, Heifer International, US Domestic Programs in the Delta

10:30 a.m.–Shannon Maynard, Executive Director, Congressional Hunger Center

10:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.—Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) representing Selma and the historic Alabama Black Belt

Thursday, May 12, 2016 session for Presidential campaigns at the historic Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill near the US Supreme Court, 11:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.:

LUNCHEON—11:45 A.M. TO 1 P.M.

Rev. Mike Wilker, senior pastor, Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Washington, DC

Washington, DC Deputy Mayor for Economic Opportunity Courtney Snowden

Washington, DC Council Member Anita Bonds (member of Foundry United Methodist Church)

Edsell Brown, NAACP Economic Chair, Maryland

George A. Jones, CEO, Bread for the City

Rev. Roger Gench, senior pastor, New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC

1 p.m.—Rep. James Clyburn (D-South Carolina), number three ranking leader in the US House, Assistant Democratic Leader

1:30 p.m.–Donald Trump representative (The Trump campaign indicated they plan to send a representative)

Bernie Sanders representative (invited)

2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.–Nationally recognized leaders on economic inequality, hunger, poverty and civil rights

Joel Berg, Executive Director, Hunger Free America, national hunger and nutrition organization based in New York City

2:30 p.m.–Congressman Don Beyer, northern Virginia

Rev. Dwight Webster, community leader in New Orleans, senior pastor, Christian Unity Baptist Church, survivor of Hurricane Katrina

Janis Kearney, former White House aide to President Bill Clinton, author of a biography of famous civil rights leader Daisy Bates, founding publisher of Writing Our World Press in Little Rock, Arkansas

Michael Curtin, CEO, DC Central Kitchen

Moises Loza, Executive Director, Housing Assistance Council, national organization based in Washington, DC

Edsell Brown, Economic Development Chair, NAACP of Maryland

REGISTRATION

You register by sending in the registration fees by April 22, 2016.

Registration fees are reduced for those who are only coming to part of the conference or who are part of a group.

Please make out the $100 early registration fee check to “Delta Caucus” and mail to:

Delta Caucus

5030 Purslane Place

Waldorf, MD 20601

PARTICIPANTS AND KEY ISSUES

We have two of the top three national leaders in the House in Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the Whip, Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, the third ranking leader, Sen. John Boozman and Rep. Rick Rick Crawford (R-AR), Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, of the Texas Southwest Border region, Rep. Terri Sewell from Selma and the Alabama Black Belt; and other Members of Congress from both parties from across the country, high-level supporters of the major Presidential campaigns, as well as grassroots advocates from across the country.

Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, Assistant Democratic Leader in the House who has endorsed Hillary Clinton and is an old friend and ally of Secretary Clinton and President Clinton, will speak at the Thursday afternoon, May 12 session at the historic Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill near the Supreme Court. The Donald Trump campaign is expected to have a Trump supporter speak following Rep. Clyburn.

We make no endorsements and will hear from supporters of the other remaining campaigns as of May 12 at that session, and the remaining viable candidates. It may be just the two front-running candidates from each party. The others were invited.

This is bipartisan. We want to hear from all points of view from Congress and the remaining Presidential campaigns, and urge all of them to take stronger action for job creation at livable wages, economic, racial and gender equality and progress in America.

We would like to thank our major sponsors including:

–Nucor Yamato Steel and Nucor Steel of Arkansas,

–Thomas F. McLarty III

–the national Housing Assistance Council based in Washington, DC,

–Heifer International,

–Levin & Papantonio Family Foundation, Inc., Florida,

–Covenant Hospice, Alabama and Florida

–Judson College, Marion, Alabama,

–Mississippi County Economic Opportunity Commission in Arkansas;

–First State Bank & Trust, Caruthersville, Missouri,

–Janis Kearney and Bob Nash, Little Rock, Arkansas

–Harvey Joe Sanner, President, American Agriculture Movement of Arkansas

–Mark McElroy, Southeast Arkansas Delta,

we are updating the sponsors list and want to express our deep appreciation to all of them.

We will highlight the major regions of the country, including the Greater Delta Region from Missouri and Illinois to New Orleans and east to the Alabama Black Belt, the Midwest, Appalachia, the Southwest Border, Native Americans, and key urban areas like New Orleans, Memphis, St. Louis/Ferguson, Missouri, Charleston, South Carolina, New York, Baltimore and the Virginia/Washington, DC/Maryland Mid-Atlantic region.

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Draft of Agenda for Economic Equality Event, May 11-12 in Washington, DC

Posted on April 08, 2016 at 01:25 PM

The May -11-12 Economic Equality Coalition conference focuses on economic, racial and gender equality, job creation at good wages, hunger and nutrition, health care, civil rights and diversity.

Key participants are Members of Congress from both parties, nationally recognized leaders who have endorsed each of the major Presidential candidates, and grassroots advocates from all over the country.

BASIC SCHEDULE

House session: Wednesday evening, May 11, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., Banquet Room B-340 of US House of Representatives Rayburn building

Senate session: Thursday morning, May 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Senate Caucus Room 385, Russell building

Closing session for supporters of major Presidential campaigns and grassroots advocates from across the country, May 12, 11:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., historic Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill near the US Supreme Court, 212 E. Capitol

Lunch in the Parish Hall, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. (requested $15 donation to pay for catering costs;

Lutheran Church of the Reformation: 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina speaking about why he supports the economic equality positions of Secretary Hillary Clinton, followed by an opportunity for a supporter of the Republican front-runner to do the same for Donald Trump, and then nonpartisan nationally recognized experts on economic inequality, hunger, poverty, civil rights and diversity from across the country.

ROUGH DRAFT OF AGENDA FOR MAY 11-12, 2016 Economic Equality Coalition

This is a rough draft and is subject to change because Members of Congress and other speakers may have to change their schedules due to factors beyond our control.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 House session, 4:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.: Rayburn House of Representatives building Room B-340

4:45 P.M.–Millie Atkins, CenturyLink program for expanding access to broadband for lower income people in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi, based in Monroe, Louisiana

5 p.m.—Jacqueline Pata, Executive Director, National Congress of American Indians, from Alaska

5:15 p.m.—Congressman French Hill (R-AR)

5:30 p.m.—Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR)(Arkansas Delta)

5:40 p.m.—Congressman Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX)(Southwest Border region)

6 P.M.–Congressman Steny Hoyer, National Democratic Whip (D-MD)

6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.–Economic Equality

Ilene Jacobs, California Rural Legal Assistance, serving migrant workers and other low-income people in California

David Adame, CEO, Chicanos por La Causa, based in Phoenix, active across Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada

Suzanne Anarde, Rural LISC, based in Colorado

Lisa Oelfke, Medicaid Dept. of Maryland with experience implementing the Affordable Care Act, Maryland AFT union

Thursday, May 12, 2016 Senate session, 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m, Senate Caucus Room 385, Senate Russell Building

8:30 to 9:30 a.m.—four grassroots speakers

HUNGER AND NUTRITION SPEAKERS

Ellen Vollinger, Legal Director, Food Research and Action Center

Lisa Davis, Feeding America, Washington, DC

Lisa Hamler—Fugitt, Executive Director, Ohio Association of Food Banks

9:20 A.M.–Kay Goss, former Associate Director of FEMA, noted author and educator–trade to Cuba

9:30 a.m.–Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)

9:45 a.m.—Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR)

10 a.m.—Annette Dove, TOPPS nonprofit in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, working on job training, education, mentoring for young people, and nutrition

10:15 a.m.–Perry Jones, Heifer International, US Domestic Programs in the Delta

10:30 a.m.–Shannon Maynard, Executive Director, Congressional Hunger Center

10:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.—Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) representing Selma and the historic Alabama Black Belt

Thursday, May 12, 2016 session for Presidential campaigns at the historic Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill near the US Supreme Court, 11:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.:

LUNCHEON—11:45 A.M. TO 1 P.M.

Rev. Mike Wilker, senior pastor, Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Washington, DC

Nicole Brown, CEO, Carter Enterprise Solutions; a young lady who grew up in an impoverished household in southeast Washington, DC and has achieved a successful professional career

Washington, DC Deputy Mayor for Economic Opportunity Courtney Snowden

Washington, DC Council Member Anita Bonds (member of Foundry United Methodist Church)

George A. Jones, CEO, Bread for the City

Rev. Roger Gench, senior pastor, New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC

1 p.m.—Rep. James Clyburn (D-South Carolina), number three ranking leader in the US House, Assistant Democratic Leader

**1:30 p.m.–Donald Trump representative

Bernie Sanders representative (invited)

2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.–Nationally recognized leaders on economic inequality, hunger, poverty and civil rights

Joel Berg, Executive Director, Hunger Free America, national hunger and nutrition organization based in New York City

2:30 p.m.–Congressman Don Beyer, (D-northern Virginia)

Rev. Dwight Webster, community leader in New Orleans, senior pastor, Christian Unity Baptist Church, survivor of Hurricane Katrina

Janis Kearney, former White House aide to President Bill Clinton, author of a biography of famous civil rights leader Daisy Bates, founding publisher of Writing Our World Press in Little Rock, Arkansas

Michael Curtin, CEO, DC Central Kitchen

Moises Loza, Executive Director, Housing Assistance Council, national organization based in Washington, DC

Edsell Brown, Economic Development Chair, NAACP of Maryland

REGISTRATION

You register by sending in the registration fees by April 22, 2016.

Please make out the $100 early registration fee check to “Delta Caucus” and mail to:

Delta Caucus

5030 Purslane Place

Waldorf, MD 20601

After April 22 registration fees go up to $150 each to provide an incentive to get the registration fees in on time. It causes delays and complications if all the registration fees come in late or people wait until the event starts to bring the check.

We have organizers from all over the country and they are listed at the bottom of this newsletter. The Delta Caucus representing the 8-state region from Missouri and Illinois to New Orleans and east to the Alabama Black Belt is one of the key partners.

The group hotel is optional and if you prefer some other hotel that of course is perfectly okay.

PARTICIPANTS AND KEY ISSUES

We have two of the top three national leaders in the House in Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the Whip, Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, the third ranking leader, Sen. John Boozman and Rep. Rick Rick Crawford (R-AR), Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, of the Texas Southwest Border region, Rep. Terri Sewell from Selma and the Alabama Black Belt; and other Members of Congress from both parties from across the country, high-level supporters of the major Presidential campaigns, as well as grassroots advocates from across the country.

Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, Assistant Democratic Leader in the House who has endorsed Hillary Clinton and is an old friend and ally of Secretary Clinton and President Clinton, will speak at the Thursday afternoon, May 12 session at the historic Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill near the Supreme Court. We make no endorsements and will hear from supporters of the other remaining campaigns as of May 12 at that session, and the remaining candidates by then are expected to be Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz.We will update other speakers as they confirm exact times.

This is bipartisan. We want to hear from all points of view from Congress and the remaining Presidential campaigns, and urge all of them to take stronger action for job creation at livable wages, economic, racial and gender equality and progress in America.

We would like to thank our major sponsors including Nucor Yamato Steel and Nucor Steel of Arkansas, Thomas F. McLarty III, the Housing Assistance Council based in Washington, DC, Heifer International, Levin & Papantonio Family Foundation in Florida, Covenant Hospice in Pensacola, Florida; Judson College, Marion, Alabama, Mississippi County Economic Opportunity Commission in Arkansas and others; we are updating the sponsors list and want to express our deep appreciation to all of them.

We will highlight the major regions of the country, including the Greater Delta Region from Missouri and Illinois to New Orleans and east to the Alabama Black Belt, the Midwest, Appalachia, the Southwest Border, Native Americans, and key urban areas like New Orleans, Memphis, St. Louis/Ferguson, Missouri, Charleston, South Carolina, New York, Baltimore and the Virginia/Washington, DC/Maryland Mid-Atlantic region.

Confirmed key partners thus far include two of the top three national leaders in the House, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the Whip, the Assistant Democratic Leader Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, Sen. John Boozman and Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR),Rep. Ruben Hinojosa of the Texas Southwest Border region, many other Members of Congress from across the country are expected; and

-hunger and poverty experts like Joel Berg, executive director of Hunger Free America based in New York, senior executives from Feeding America, the Congressional Hunger Center,

-Wilson Golden, former Clinton administration appointee, member of the board of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi, now based in Georgia;

-Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, director of the Ohio Association of Food Banks,

-Temeka Williams, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance,

-Annette Dove, Director of TOPPS nonprofit in Pine Bluff, Arkansas,

-CEO Michael Curtin of DC Central Kitchen, a nationally recognized nonprofit based in Washington, DC,

-Deputy Mayor Courtney Snowden for Economic Opportunity of Washington, DC;

-Moises Loza, director of the National Housing Assistance Council,active across Appalachia, the Delta, Southwest Border, Native Americans, and other regions across the country;

-Jacqueline Pata, director of the National Congress of American Indians, from Alaska;

-Ilene Jacobs of California Rural Legal Assistance, a statewide organization that aids many low-income Californians, including many Hispanics and farm workers;

-David Adame, CEO of Chicanos por La Causa active across Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada,

-Rev. Dwight Webster, senior pastor of Christian Unity Baptist Church in New Orleans, survivor of Hurricane Katrina; his congregation has many survivors and victims of Hurricane Katrina;

-Melissa Cloud, founder and program director of Public Policy 4Kids, children’s issues organization based in the Washington, DC area with especially active programs in Florida;

-Suzanne Anarde of the national Rural LISC based in Colorado,

-Brad Cole, executive director of the Illinois Municipal League,

-Kay Goss, noted author, educator and Associate Director of FEMA for President Clinton, nationally recognized emergency relief services expert, originally from Arkansas and now based in northern Virginia;

  • Janis Kearney (Little Rock, Arkansas) former White House aide and diarist and author of biography of the civil rights leader Daisy Bates and many other books, founding publisher of Writing Our World Press in Little Rock, Arkansas;

-Lisa Oelfke, health care professional with direct experience administering the Affordable Care Act, Baltimore, Maryland;

-and other major Hispanic, African American and women’s organizations.

We continue to add speakers, organizations and grassroots leaders and will keep updating the list.

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