The Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus (MDGC) is a broad coalition of grassroots leaders throughout the eight-state Delta region, which stretches from southern Illinois down to New Orleans, Louisiana.

Delta Caucus Starts May 26 4 p.m. at AR Capitol Rotunda, then May 27 at Clinton Library

Posted on May 25, 2015 at 02:29 PM

The Delta Grassroots Caucus conference on economic equality for working families, women and children’s issues and civil rights starts at 4 p.m. at the Rotunda of the Arkansas State Capitol, Tuesday, May 26, and continues on Wednesday, May 27 at the Clinton Library from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Please arrive promptly at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Capitol Rotunda, when the program starts.

Please take note that rush hour traffic has become much more congested in Little Rock, and it starts getting crowded at 4:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and later, so if you get caught in the rush hour logjam you will be sitting in traffic while major speakers like Gov. Asa Hutchinson starts at 5 p.m., then US Sen. John Boozman at 5:30.

Then we have former Gov. Mike Beebe at 6 p.m. speaking for Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign and then Alice Stewart, Communications Director for Mike Huckabee for President at 6:30 p.m.

For those staying at the Holiday Inn Presidential, (phone is (501) 375-2100, you will need to leave at 3:45 or close to it to get there in plenty of time.** Traffic should be okay at that time. It takes a few minutes to go through the Capitol entrance take the elevator to the second floor Rotunda.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks at the Rotunda at 5 p.m. on the special session job creation project, and separately, health insurance, followed by Speaker Jeremy Gillam and US Sen. Boozman at 5:30, then the Presidential campaign speakers from 6 to 7 p.m.

Please note that the Rotunda is a minor room change from the earlier room noted, which was just down the hallway on the same floor. A legislative committee decided to use that room and they have the authority to bump all other organizations at any time they choose. The Rotunda is a historic, spacious setting.

There is great interest in our group in the two Presidential contenders who have strong ties to Arkansas and the Delta: former Gov. Mike Huckabee and Secretary Hillary Clinton, who are on the program from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m at the opening.

This is the first time that Gov. Mike Beebe has served as a surrogate speaker for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and we are glad to have Gov. Huckabee’s communications director, Alice Stewart, speaking on behslf of the Huckabee campaign.

On both days of the conference we will have many distinguished women leaders like Kay Goss, President Clinton’s FEMA Associate Director, author and educator, Janis Kearney, White House aide for President Clinton, author and publisher and many others.

For further questions, call our staffer for this event, Bonita Hobbs at (870) 821-1756 or Rep. Mark McElroy at (870) 222-8217.

For those whose flights are arriving late in the afternoon: All attendees at the Delta Caucus conference will be permitted to enter after 5 p.m., because Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Speaker of the Arkansas House Jeremy Gillam, State Rep. Mark McElroy, US Sen. Boozman, former Gov. Mike Beebe, and a senior official of former Gov. Mike Huckabee’s campaign will be there.

Due to the Governor’s participation and other high-level officials, the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office informed us that if you inform security that you are going to our event, they will allow you to enter the Capitol, which is normally closed to the public after 5 p.m.

The program starts shortly after 4 p.m. with Delta Caucus senior officials, Kay Goss and distinguished women speakers, so again we urge all our partners to get there at 4 p.m. if at all possible, unless you are flying in and you arrive late in the afternoon.

HIGHLIGHTS OF TUESDAY CAPITOL ROTUNDA SESSION:

1) Opening on Tuesday afternoon: At 5 p.m. Gov. Asa Hutchinson on the south Arkansas job creation project and Arkansas’ health insurance coverage expansion program, Speaker of the House Jeremy Gillam leaders on women and children’s issues, US Sen. John Boozman on pending legislation for job creation and highway funding, Kay Goss and other distinguished women leaders.

2) Presidential campaign speakers, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at opening: former Gov. Mike Beebe speaking for Hillary Clinton’s campaign from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Alice Stewart, Communications Director for Mike Huckabee for President.

HIGHLIGHTS OF WEDNESDAY CLINTON LIBRARY SESSION:

1) Wednesday, Clinton Library session: 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.–First morning panel with experts on gender and racial equality and justice, and later, Congressman Bruce Westerman at 10 a.m.

2) 10:20 to 11:30 a.m.: At 11 a.m. President Bill Clinton speaks by live call-in on economic equality, his work in supporting better nutrition for children, and civil rights/diversity.

Presentation from the nationally recognized hunger and poverty expert Joel Berg at 10:20 a.m., former Presidential appointee in the Clinton administration at USDA headquarters in Washington, DC, now executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger.

3) We will have additional health insurance coverage experts from 11:30 a.m. to noon

4) Luncheon on economic progress and civil rights/race relations:

Congressman Rick Crawford will speak on pending federal legislation on job creation and economic growth such as opening farm trade to Cuba, the Trans-Pacific trade deal, highway funding.

Then we have Maida Coleman, Director of the Missouri Office of Community Engagement who works on improving race relations in Ferguson, Missouri for Gov. Jay Nixon;

President Terri Lynn Freeman of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his philosophy of non-violent solutions to social, racial and economic justice.

5) Big picture panel on best practices in regional community and economic development, with leaders from Southern Bancorp, Heifer International, the national Housing Assistance Council, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, former Clinton administration appointee at US DOT during Secretary Rodney Slater’s tenure, the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, and the western Kentucky Minority Economic Development Initiative.

This event is bipartisan and the Delta Grassroots Caucus will not make an endorsement of any candiates.

We can still accommodate a limited number of people who learned of the conference late who can bring their registration fee checks to the front desk at the time of the conference. Registration, rough draft of an agenda, schedule and group hotel information are below in this email.

We have had several last-minute changes in the speaking schedule for reasons beyond our control

Health insurance coverage expansion in Arkansas and across the region: We will have Arkansas Speaker of the House Jeremy Gillam, Arkansas Hospital Association Director Bo Ryall, Rich Huddleston of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, CEO Natalie Burke of the Mississippi Common Health Action, and Shiloh Dietz, women and children’s health care in Illinois, from Southern Illinois University’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

Agenda: Below in this message we provide the latest rough draft of an agenda, although we need to emphasize that some of the speakers always have to make last-minute changes for reasons beyond our control, and then of course we have to change other parts of the schedule. So the speaking times will change many times between now and the May 26-27 Delta conference.

TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR THIS NEWSLETTER

  1. Basic Schedule

  2. Late Registration

  3. Agenda

1. BASIC SCHEDULE

The opening session is on Tuesday, May 26 at the Arkansas State Capitol Rotunda from 4 p.m. to approximately 7:45 p.m.

Then on Wednesday, May 27 we meet for most of the day at the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Library, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

2. LATE REGISTRATION:

For those who only recently learned of this event or did not know about the May 1 early registration deadline, we will still ask only for the early registration fee of $125 (or $100 for those who have paid their annual dues for 2015) rather than the higher late fees of $150, which we request to provide an incentive to get the fees in on time. For those who are working on a group to register, we offer a discount to $75 each.

For those who notified us that they were definitely coming to the event by email at leepowell@delta.comcastbiz.net or phone at 202-360-6347 and are in the process of mailing the fees in now, we will also only ask for the early registration fee level of $125. Otherwise, late fees are $150 each.

3. AGENDA

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Hillary Clinton & Mike Huckabee Presidential Campaign Speakers Added to May 26-27 Delta Event

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 04:39 PM

Former Gov. Mike Beebe will speak on behalf of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign and Alice Stewart, Communications Director, Mike Huckabee for President, will speak at the Tuesday evening, May 26 opening session of the May 26-27 Delta Grassroots Caucus conference at the Arkansas State Capitol in the Rotunda.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson will speak from 5 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. about the proposed project to bring 500 jobs to south Arkansas that is the subject of the special session of the Arkansas legislature, as well as Arkansas’ health insurance expansion program.

Latest draft of the agenda is below in this post, although some speakers may have last-minute changes for reasons beyond our control.

Former Gov. Huckabee of Arkansas, is a Presidential contender for the Republican nomination, and Secretary Clinton of course practiced law and served as Arkansas’ First Lady for many years and is a Democratic contender. So in our coalition there is great interest in these two candidates who have deep ties to the Greater Delta Region.

The opening session as a whole is Tuesday evening, 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Arkansas State Capitol Rotunda.

Former Gov. Mike Beebe of Arkansas speaks from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and then Gov. Huckabee’s spokesperson, Alice Stewart, speaks from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

We will ask the two campaigns what their candidates would do to improve the economy in our eight-state region if elected President. Key themes will be economic equality for working families, women and children’s issues due to the alarmingly high poverty rates for those populations in our region, education, health care and civil rights/diversity.

Moderators are Delta Caucus Director Lee Powell and Rex Nelson, President, Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities.

This session is bipartisan and the Delta Grassroots Caucus will not make an endorsement.

President Bill Clinton has confirmed that he will speak at 11 a.m. on Wednesday May 27 at the Delta Grassroots Caucus conference in Little Rock by live call-in. President Clinton’s live presentations have been superb over the years and he always provides great ideas about promoting a brighter future for our eight-state region from southern Illinois and Missouri to the Gulf Coast and east to Selma and the Alabama Black Belt.

We can still accommodate a limited number of people who learned of the conference late who can bring their registration fee checks to the front desk at the time of the conference. Registration, rough draft of an agenda, schedule and group hotel information are below in this email.

We have had several last-minute changes in the speaking schedule for reasons beyond our control

The key themes are economic equality for working families, women and children’s issues, and civil rights in the aftermath of Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore, and similar situations across the country.

Speakers:

We have confirmations from US Sen. John Boozman, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, US Rep. Rick Crawford, US Rep. Bruce Westerman, nationally recognized hunger and nutrition expert Joel Berg, former White House aide and author Janis Kearney, former Associate Director of FEMA and author Kay Goss, President Terri Lynn Freeman of the National Civil Rights Museum, and many other distinguished speakers from all eight states of the region.

Missouri speaker regarding the Ferguson, Missouri situation: Civil rights and diversity are crucial for our group, and with the recent tragic shootings of young African Americans and demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore, New York and elsewhere, now moreso than ever. We are glad to have an African American woman leader from Missouri, Maida Coleman, who is Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s Director of the Office of Community Engagement, which works on improving race relations and other community intiatives in Ferguson, Missouri and across the state.

Health insurance coverage expansion in Arkansas and across the region: We will have Arkansas Speaker of the House Jeremy Gillam, Arkansas Hospital Association Director Bo Ryall, Rich Huddleston of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, CEO Natalie Burke of the Mississippi Common Health Action, and Shiloh Dietz, women and children’s health care in Illinois, from Southern Illinois University’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

Latest rough draft of an agenda: Below in this message we provide the latest rough draft of an agenda, although we need to emphasize that some of the speakers always have to make last-minute changes for reasons beyond our control, and then of course we have to change other parts of the schedule. So the speaking times will change many times between now and the May 26-27 Delta conference.

TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR THIS NEWSLETTER

  1. Basic Schedule
  2. Rough draft of agenda
  3. Late Registration
  4. Group hotel

  5. BASIC SCHEDULE

The opening session is on Tuesday, May 26 at the Arkansas State Capitol Rotunda from 4 p.m. to approximately 7:45 p.m.

Then on Wednesday, May 27 we meet for most of the day at the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Library, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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President Clinton & Delta Leaders on Program for May 26-27 Delta Event in Little Rock

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 01:32 PM

President Bill Clinton has confirmed that he will speak to the May 26-27 Delta Grassroots Caucus conference in Little Rock by live call-in, joining several Members of Congress, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, and leaders from all eight states of the Greater Delta Region as well as Washington, DC and New York on our program.

President Clinton’s live presentations by call-in have been superb over the years and he always provides great ideas about promoting a brighter future for our eight-state region from southern Illinois and Missouri to the Gulf Coast and east to Selma and the Alabama Black Belt. (His office has not confirmed the exact time he will be speaking yet but has confirmed he will speak at some point.)

Time and space are running out with the conference only two weeks away, so please register and make the group hotel reservations today if you have not already done so. Registration, rough draft of an agenda, schedule and group hotel information are below in this email.

Deadline to get the group hotel discount rate is tomorrow, Tuesday, May 12, close of business.

The key themes are economic equality for working families, women and children’s issues, and civil rights in the aftermath of Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore, and similar situations across the country.

Speakers: We have confirmations from US Sen. John Boozman, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, US Rep. Rick Crawford, US Rep. Bruce Westerman, nationally recognized hunger and nutrition expert Joel Berg, former White House aide and author Janis Kearney, former Associate Director of FEMA and author Kay Goss, President Terri Lynn Freeman of the National Civil Rights Museum, and many other distinguished speakers from all eight states of the region.

Missouri speaker regarding the Ferguson, Missouri situation:

Civil rights and diversity are crucial for our group, and with the recent tragic shootings of young African Americans and demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore, New York and elsewhere, now moreso than ever. We are glad to have an African American woman leader from Missouri, Maida Coleman, who is Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s Director of the Office of Community Engagement, which works on improving race relations and other community intiatives in Ferguson, Missouri and across the state.

Health insurance coverage expansion in Arkansas and across the region:

We will have Arkansas Speaker of the House Jeremy Gillam, Arkansas Hospital Association Director Bo Ryall, Rich Huddleston of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, CEO Natalie Burke of the Mississippi Common Health Action, and Shiloh Dietz, women and children’s health care in Illinois, from Southern Illinois University’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

Latest rough draft of an agenda: Below in this message we provide the latest rough draft of an agenda, although we need to emphasize that some of the speakers always have to make last-minute changes for reasons beyond our control, and then of course we have to change other parts of the schedule. So the speaking times will change many times between now and the May 26-27 Delta conference.

TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR THIS NEWSLETTER

  1. Basic Schedule

  2. Rough draft of agenda

  3. Registration information

  4. Group hotel

1. BASIC SCHEDULE

The opening session is Tuesday, May 26 at the Arkansas State Capitol old Supreme Court room, 4 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Then on Wednesday, May 27 we meet for most of the day at the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Library, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

2. LATEST ROUGH DRAFT OF AGENDA

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Registration Still Open, Group Hotel Deadline is May 12 for Delta Event on May 26-27

Posted on May 07, 2015 at 02:04 PM

Registration is still open for the May 26-27 Delta conference, with 112 RSVPs and growing. The group hotel deadline is next Tuesday, May 12 and that information is below.

The key themes are economic equality for working families, women and children’s issues, and civil rights in the aftermath of Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore, and other situations across the country.

We have confirmations from US Sen. John Boozman, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, US Rep. Rick Crawford, US Rep. Bruce Westerman, Arkansas Speaker of the House Jeremy Gillam, nationally recognized hunger and nutrition expert Joel Berg, former White House aide and author Janis Kearney, former Associate Director of FEMA and author Kay Goss, and many other distinguished speakers from all eight states of the region.

Missouri speaker regarding the Ferguson, Missouri situation: Civil rights and diversity are crucial for our group, and with the recent tragic shootings of young African Americans and demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore, New York and elsewhere, now moreso than ever. We are glad to have an African American woman leader from Missouri, Maida Coleman, who is Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s Director of the Office of Community Engagement, which works on improving race relations and other community intiatives in Ferguson, Missouri and across the state.

We have invited President Clinton, who has spoken seven out of the last eight years either by a live call-in or in person. He confirms very late in the process due to his hectic schedule. The live call-in is the likely format this year, and he has given brilliant presentations every time previously.

We are glad to have Rex Nelson, President, Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities, journalist, and former senior aide to Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, as well as Delta Caucus Vice Chairman, Rep. Mark McElroy.

Registration still open: For those who only recently learned of this event or did not know about the May 1 early registration deadline, we will still ask only for the early registration fee of $125 (or $100 for those who have paid their annual dues for 2015) rather than the higher late fees, which we request to provide an incentive to get the fees in on time.

For those who have been working on finalizing a group to register, we offer a discount to $75 each.

For those who notified us that they were definitely coming to the event by email at leepowell@delta.comcastbiz.net or phone at 202-360-6347 and are in the process of mailing the fees in now, we will also only ask for the early registration fee level of $125. Otherwise, late fees are $150 each.

You register by mailing in the registration fees.

Please make out the check to “Delta Caucus” for $125 or $100 for those who have paid their annual membership dues for 2015 and mail to:

Delta Caucus

5030 Purslane Place

Waldorf, MD 20601

1. GROUP HOTEL IS HOLIDAY INN PRESIDENTIAL NEAR THE CLINTON LIBRARY

We have a group discount rate of $99.99 for the nights of May 26-27, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Presidential near the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. Please call the Holiday Inn Presidential at 501-375-2100 and say you are with the Delta Caucus to get the lower group rate of $99.99, which is a very good rate for a high-quality hotel located near the Clinton Library and the River Market district, which has many fine restaurants and other attractions.

The deadline for getting the group rate is May 12.

Many people will only need to pay for one hotel night, because they check in Tuesday afternoon to make the opening at 4 p.m. at the State Capitol and the conference ends the next day about 2:45 p.m.

You can check out the next morning and store luggage at the hotel if necessary and pick it up in the afternoon after the conference ends.

We will need to go to the State Capitol in groups of taxis for those who are flying in and not have cars. The opening session is an important substantive session with key speakers and is NOT a reception. The opening session is an important substantive session with key speakers and is NOT just a reception. It takes about 10 minutes to drive from the hotel to the Capitol and then another five minutes to walk up to the old Supreme Court room.

For the Clinton Library session, the hotel has a shuttle that regularly runs there.

The Holiday Inn Presidential has a very good restaurant, Camp David, on the first floor, and is close to the many fine restaurants in the Little Rock River Market area.

BASIC SCHEDULE

The opening session is on Tuesday, May 26 at the Arkansas State Capitol (old Supreme Court room) from 4 p.m. to approximately 7:45 p.m.

Then on Wednesday, May 27 we meet for most of the day at the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Library, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We will have distinguished speakers on health care, nutrition, women and children’s issues, economic equality, and civil rights and diversity in the aftermath of the tragedies in Ferguson, Missouri and many other cities across the region and the country.

TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR THIS NEWSLETTER

  1. HEALTH CARE AND NUTRITION
  2. WOMEN AND CHILDREN’S ISSUES
  3. CIVIL RIGHTS AND DIVERSITY
  4. CURRENTLY PENDING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ISSUES—Transportation, broadband access expansion and infrastructure improvements, Delta heritage tourism, opening up farm trade to Cuba

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Early Registration Deadline Is May 1 for Delta Conference in Little Rock on May 26-27

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 11:39 AM

The early registration deadline for getting registration checks in the mail is this Friday, May 1, for the upcoming Delta conference on May 26-27. Key issues for the event will be economic equality for working families, women and children’s issues, health care and civil rights.

You register by mailing in the registration fees.

Please make out the check to “Delta Caucus” for $125 or $100 for those who have paid their annual membership dues for 2015 and mail to:

Delta Caucus

5030 Purslane Place

Waldorf, MD 20601

If you are in the process of sending in your registration checks, notify us at (202) 360-6347, or by replying to this newsletter by email at LeePowell@delta.comcastbiz.net

After May 1 late registration fees go up to $150 or $125 for those who have paid the annual dues in order to provide an incentive to get the dues sent in ahead of time. It causes logistical and other planning problems if large numbers of people wait to provide the registration checks at the front desk when we are working on getting the program started.

We have been sending out information about the early registration deadline for months now and this is just a friendly reminder.

We offer a group discount down to $75 each for those who can organize a group of five or more from your local network, in order to bring new partners into the organization who may not have had the opportunity to be there for our events in the past.

BASIC SCHEDULE

The opening session is on Tuesday, May 26 at the Arkansas State Capitol (old Supreme Court room) from 4 p.m. to approximately 7:45 p.m.

Then on Wednesday, May 27 we meet for most of the day at the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Library, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Confirmed speakers thus far include US Sen. John Boozman, US Rep. Rick Crawford, US Rep. Bruce Westerman, and we have invited President Bill Clinton, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, and other major political figures from both parties.

We will have distinguished speakers on health care, nutrition, women and children’s issues, economic equality, and civil rights and diversity in the aftermath of the tragedies in Ferguson, Missouri and many other cities across the region and the country.

TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR THIS NEWSLETTER

  1. HEALTH CARE AND NUTRITION

  2. WOMEN AND CHILDREN’S ISSUES

  3. CIVIL RIGHTS AND DIVERSITY

  4. PENDING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ISSUES—Transportation, broadband access expansion and infrastructure improvements, Delta heritage tourism, opening up farm trade to Cuba

  5. GROUP HOTEL INFORMATION

1. HEALTH CARE AND NUTRITION

In addressing economic equality and opportunity for working families, health care and nutrition are absolutely essential. We have far too many hard-working people who are struggling just to get enough nutritious, affordable food and to get decent health care.

We are glad to have nationally recognized hunger and nutrition expert Joel Berg, a Presidential appointee at USDA headquarters in Washington, DC and now executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. Joel Berg has a longstanding commitment to the Delta region and has supported many projects in the region over the years and provided invaluable advice and information about SNAP, school meals and other nutrition programs over the years to the Delta Caucus’ executive director.

Nutrition programs as always will be a key issue at this conference and a number of our speakers will address such issues as the disturbing proposals to cut SNAP and other vital nutrition programs in Congress. Unfortunately many areas in our region suffer from among the nation’s highest rates of food insecurity and nutrition-related health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

Improving nutrition in our region is one of the most dynamic means of preventive, proactive action in the field of health.

We support efforts in Arkansas and the other seven states to expand health insurance coverage for lower income working families. We support the continuation of Arkansas’ innovative plan that has provided health insurance to approximately a quarter of a million Arkansans. Although we recognize that changes and improvements in the plan will be made by the Governor and legislature by the end of 2016, but the great majority of our partners believe it would be devastating if the program is abolished.

We supported the action of Gov. Hutchinson and the legislature in continuing the funding for health insurance coverage expansion through 2015 and until December, 2016. A task force is working on revisions and proposed improvements and changes to the program, and we want to continue scrutinizing and weighing in on this vital issue.

2. WOMEN AND CHILDREN’S ISSUES

Women and children’s issues will be a major issue due to the alarmingly high poverty levels of those two major groups in the population. We will have many distinguished women leaders as well as men who understand the importance of improving economic opportunities for women, children and young people.

We have a distinguished group of professional women on the program, including:

Distinguished women leaders who are key leaders include our Delta Grassroots Caucus senior advisers Kay Goss, FEMA Associate Director for President Clinton and an Ambassador for the Clinton Foundation, and Janis Kearney, distinguished author and White House aide for President Clinton as well as the following leaders:

• Annette Dove, Executive Director of the TOPPS nonprofit in Pine Bluff, earlier featured in an NBC news report by Chelsea Clinton, and speaker at the Clinton Library 10th anniversary women’s event;

• Minnie Bommer, the first African American woman elected to the Covington, Tennessee City Council;

• Lynnette Watts, Executive Director of the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, who has worked closely with the No Ceilings initiative and spoke at the Clinton Library 10th anniversary on women’ issues;

• President Terri Lynn Freeman, President of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, speaking on racial justice issues in the aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri and New York City;

• Missouri leaders who will address women and children’s issues and racial justice in the aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri tragedy;

• Millie Atkins of CenturyLink, leader of a program for expanding broadband access in Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas;

• Ruthanne Hill, Executive Director, Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, helping single parents with educational goals;

• Leaders from Selma, Lowndes County, and the Alabama Black Belt who are deeply concerned about both ethnic and gender equality and economic justice;

• Maisie Wright, Director, KIPP Blytheville College Preparatory School.

We also have several other invitations pending to our many distinguished professional women in the Greater Delta Region.

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