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 Caucus,
which advocates for economic equality across the USA.

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: