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.

Economic Equality Caucus Set for May 17-18, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC

Posted on January 03, 2017 at 03:37 PM

The Delta Caucus and our national affiliate, the Economic Equality Caucus (EEC), will convene a conference on Capitol Hill on May 17-18, 2017 to have a dialogue with Members of Congress and the new administration of President-Elect Donald Trump about economic development and equality for working Americans.

The focus will be on economically distressed populations across the country, including the Greater Delta Region from southern Illinois and Missouri to New Orleans and east to the Alabama Black Belt, Appalachia, the Southwest Border, the Midwest, Native Americans, the Mid-Atlantic Virginia/Washington, DC/Maryland region, and inner cities such as Baltimore, New York, St. Louis, Memphis, New Orleans and Washington, DC.

We are inviting Members of Congress, Trump administration officials on key job creation and infrastructure issues, and grassroots economic development and equality advocates from across the country on key health care, education, nutrition and other vital issues.

The Mid-Atlantic Region is one of the key regions, because we want to emphasize that even areas like Virginia/Washington, DC/Maryland that are relatively prosperous overall still have significant pockets of poverty. Economic inequality unfortunately is widespread across the country nowadays.

The Delta Caucus is a founding partner of the national EEC and is joining forces with similarly situated regions and populations across the country to amplify our voices in urging the national powers that be to take more effective action for those who have not shared equally in America’s prosperity and opportunity.

The Greater Delta will have an important role due to the unfortunately still economically distressed nature of many areas in the eight-state Delta region.

Job creation at good wages will be a key issue. We will urge Congress and the Trump administration to follow through on promises made during the campaign to make major investments in infrastructure to create jobs and repair America’s deteriorating infrastructure.

Health care, hunger and nutrition, housing, energy and education will be key issues as well; we take a comprehensive approach to economic development and equality and will cover a range of issues. We will select a few of these to prioritize since we can’t cover all these issues, and invite feedback on which three or four of these issues you would most like to see highlighted. Reply by email to

We are a diverse group including women, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans, whites and people of all demographic backgrounds.


HOUSE SESSION: Wednesday evening, May 17, 2017, 4:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. The opening session is at the US House of Representatives Rayburn building, Room 2060.

SENATE SESSION: Thursday morning, May 18, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Senate meeting room TBD (Senate rules do not allow room reservations until 90 days before an event)

CLOSING SESSION: Thursday afternoon, May 18, 2017, noon to 2:45 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill

Space is limited so please RSVP early by sending in the registration fees ASAP either by PayPal on the website at or mailing a check to the address below.

For more information contact Lee Powell, EEC Co-Chair and Delta Caucus Executive Director (202) 360-6347 or by email at


You register by sending in the early registration fees.

Early Registration fees are $125 each until April 21, 2017. Those who have paid their annual membership dues will receive a reduction down to $100 each.

Late registration fees: After April 21, 2017, registration fees are increased to $160 to provide an incentive to get the fees in on time.

Space is limited so please RSVP by sending in the registration fees ASAP.

You can pay the registration fees in two ways:

Go to the website and use the PayPal process at the top of the site at

Send a check by mail. Please make out the check to “Delta Caucus” and mail to:

Delta Caucus

5030 Purslane Place

Waldorf, MD 20601

For more information, contact Lee Powell, Co-Chair, EEC and Delta Caucus Executive Director (202) 360-6347