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CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES KEY BRAINTRUSTS AND ISSUE FORUMS FOR ITS 42ndANNUAL LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE

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CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES KEY BRAINTRUSTS AN ISSUE FORUMS FOR ITS 42ndANNUAL LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012

WHAT: ISSUE FORUM – “Before it’s too late: Preventing Strokes among African Americans”
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, September 19 – 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.
WHERE:
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC WHO: Dr. Richard Benson, Dr. Rani Whitfield, Michelle Williams
WHY: Adult African Americans are 50 percent more likely to have a stroke, and twice as likely to die as white Americans. Attendees will learn the early-warning signs and life-saving measures that must be taken within the early minutes of a stroke.

WHAT: ISSUE FORUM – Black Women’s Roundtable - “Power of the Sister in 2012”
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, September 19 – 2:00 – 5:00 P.M.
WHERE:
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC WHO: Black Women’s Roundtable
WHY:
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation have partnered with the Black Women’s Roundtableto release the “Black Women’s Roundtable Voter Guide” which will be distributed 60 days prior to the election. The session will also focus on voter education and protecting the vote.

WHAT: CELEBRATION OF LEADERSHIP IN THE FINE ARTS – Leadership in the Fine Arts
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, September 19 – 8:00 – 10:30 P.M.
WHERE:National Museum of Women in The Arts, Washington DC
WHO: Susan Taylor, editor emeritus of Essence magazine; Dr. Bobby Jones, gospel artist; Kenny Leon, award-winning director of the Broadway show “Fences,” and award-winning novelist Tayari Jones
WHY: Hosted by Susan Taylor, this event, will recognize the contributions of three icons in the arts as well as recognize collegiate performing and visual arts scholarship recipients. (Ticketed Event)

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012

WHAT: Community Breakfast and Health Fair
WHEN: Thursday, September 20 7:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
WHERE: Community Resource Referral Center (CRRC) located at 1500 Franklin Street, NE.
WHO: CBCF Foundation, the CBC Spouses, members of congress and corporate partners to participate WHY: Begun by the spouses, the community breakfast provides an opportunity to participate in a community service event during the conference.

WHAT: ISSUE FORUM – “Voting Rights & New Age Discrimination” WHEN: THURSDAY, September 20, 9:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
WHERE:Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC
WHO: Moderator: Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC host; Panelists: Rep. John Lewis; Rep. Melvin L. Watt; Rep. Marcia L. Fudge; Ms. Donna Brazile, DNC vice-chair of Voter Registration and Participation; Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, CNN commentator; Ms. Crystal Wright, conservative columnist and political commentator; Mr. Ron Christie, conservative commentator. Attendees will also receive a flash drive voter education toolkit.
WHY: Many African Americans, people of color, the disabled and low-income communities in danger of being disproportionately marginalized in the upcoming 2012 elections due to new voter id legislation. This session gives participants the opportunity to ask questions and pick up a voter guide toolkit that will give them important information about the registration and voting process.

WHAT: ISSUE FORUM Reaching New Heights: Minority Participation in the Aviation Industry”
WHEN: THURSDAY, September 20, 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC WHO: Honorary Host: Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay
WHY:
Aviation is a multi-billion dollar industry in which minorities and women continue to be underrepresented. However, with better minority representation, this growing industry has the potential to both benefit minorities and the communities in which it. Learn why minority participation in the aviation industry is essential and what the Airport Minority Council is doing to change the status quo.

WHAT: ISSUE FORUM – “The Homeless Experience of African American Veterans”
WHEN: THURSDAY, Sept 20, 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
WHERE:
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC
WHO: Honorary Host(s): Rep. Gwen Moore
WHY: This forum will review the current status of homelessness among African- American veterans and discuss possible causes, purpose needed research and plan courses of action.

WHAT: NETWORKING LUNCHEON
WHEN:
Thursday, September 20, 12:30 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC WHO: Keynote: Judy Smith (Executive Producer of ABC Hit Series "Scandal")
WHY:
Developing and nurturing your network can feel like a second job. It takes time and effort but networking is one of the most profitable activities you can undertake. Judy A. Smith, executive producer of ABC’s ‘Scandal’ will share her insight on networking most effectively.

WHAT: EDUCATION BRAINTRUST – “Building Partnerships”
WHEN
: Thursday, September 20, 1:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC
WHO: Honorary Host(s): Rep. Frederica Wilson and Rep. Danny Davis
WHY:
The Education Braintrust will examine the role of individuals, community organizations, businesses and institutions outside of the traditional education sphere as they partner with educators to help improve the education system for our children and youth.

WHAT: ISSUE FORUM: “Leadership Matters: Ending AIDS in Black America”
WHEN: Thursday, September 20, 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC
WHO: Honorary Host(s): Rep. Barbara Lee
WHY:
The goal of this forum is to identify critical issues, barriers and solutions to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Black America. We have the tools to end the AIDS epidemic. The question is: will African American communities benefit from these new developments?

WHAT: ISSUE FORUM “If You Really Are Concerned: An African-American Agenda for Jazz”
WHEN:
Thursday, September 20, 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC
WHO: Rep. John Conyers
WHY: This session is inspired by a beautiful melody and sentiment composed by Dr. Billy Taylor in response to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The full title is “If You Really Are Concerned, Then Show It." As the community of Jazz's Provenance, the African-American community is a unique stake-holder in a world-wide cultural phenomenon. What shall be our role going forward? Later that evening at 8:00 P.M CBCF presents Grammy winning drummer, composer Terri Lyne Carrington and Jazz Master James Edward Heath during its legendary jazz forum at WCC.

WHAT: ISSUE FORUM – “Mandatory Minimums: A Call for Retroactivity in the New Sentencing Law”
WHEN: Thursday, September 20, 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
WHERE:Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC WHO: Honorary Host(s): Rep. Maxine Waters
WHY: In light of the new law that reduced the crack-powder disparity, Rep. Waters and guests will discuss the urgent need for the sentencing guidelines to be applied retroactively so that those non-violent offenders who have been incarcerated under these harsh penalties can be released.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2012

WHAT: VETRERANS BRAINTRUST – “Economic Recovery through the Veteran Jobs Bill”
WHEN:
Friday, September 21, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M
WHERE:
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC
WHO: Honorary Hosts: Reps. Corrine Brown, Charles Rangel, Sanford Bishop
WHY:
The Veteran Jobs Bill gives incentives to companies that hire veteran workers. However according to a research study many companies have issues with hiring veterans because of their lack of experience and not having the correct skill set. This session will focus on economic engagement, training and employment opportunities for veterans.

WHAT: ISSUE FORUM “Rep. Maxine Waters' Banking Panel” WHEN: Friday, September 21, 9:00 A.M. – 11:50 A.M.
WHERE:Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC WHO: Honorary Host: Rep. Maxine Waters
WHY: Guests will discuss the status of diversity in the financial services industry, the role of the newly created Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion, and challenges and solutions facing minority- and women-owned businesses trying to succeed in this exciting and lucrative industry.

WHAT: AFRICA BRAINTRUST – Africa Rising: A Continent of Opportunity”
WHEN: Friday, September 21, 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC WHO: Honorary Host: Rep. Karen Bass (Keynote Speaker TBA)
WHY: The sessions will examine the diverse economic, social, and political opportunities that exist across the continent., highlight success stories as African nations and local communities address health challenges, and review emerging threats of peace, prosperity and stability. Panelists will include: Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, U.N. World Food Programme; Dr. Peter Ngatia, Director of Capacity Building, AMREF; Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Minister of Health, Rwanda

WHAT: ISSUE FORUM – “Human Trafficking: The Domestic and International Impact”
WHEN:
Friday, September 21, 9:00 A.M. – 11:50 A.M.
WHERE:
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC WHO: Honorary Host: Rep. Karen Bass
WHY: Human trafficking particularly sex trafficking is one of the most egregious human rights violations today, and is often referred to as modern day slavery. The International Black Women's Public Policy Institute examines the domestic face of sex trafficking which is targeting girls as young as 12 for sex slavery. The Institute will also report on the international dimension of sex trafficking as it impacts Black women and girls.

WHAT: HEALTH BRAINTRUST – “An examination of contemporary, pressing issues”
WHEN:
Friday, September 21, 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
WHERE:
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC WHO: Honorary Host: Rep. Donna Christensen WHY: Health Braintrust will address several contemporary and pressing issues, including youth violence, suicide and bullying as serious public health issues; and update on ACA funding for health disparity elimination and health equity; health workforce pipeline challenges and successes; preserving, protecting and strengthening Medicaid.

WHAT: ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BRAINTRUST –"Social Determinants & Environmental Justice”
WHEN:
Friday, September 21, 10:00 A.M. – 12:00
WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC WHO: Honorary Host: Rep. James Clyburn
WHY:
What outside factors influence health disparities? Environmental quality issues are certainly a factor, but so are poverty, public safety, education and inadequate housing. The panel will discuss the unique relationship between human health, environmental justice and economic development in assuring a better quality of life in communities nationwide.

WHAT: ISSUE FORUM – “Celebrating Survival and Fighting Breast Cancer in African-American Women
WHEN: Friday, September 21, 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
WHERE:
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC WHO: Reps. Marcia Fudge; Gwen Moore; Yvette Clarke
WHY: This session will raise awareness of breast cancer and how it disproportionately affects African -American women. It will include a call to action for women to know their risk, get screened, know what’s normal for their body, and make healthy lifestyle choices, while also serving as an ambassador to their community and spreading the word. In celebration of survival, we invite breast cancer survivors to join us in the front row at this issue forum.

WHAT: ISSUE FORUM – “A Nexus for Energy Capitals from the Gulf Coast to the African Coast”
WHEN: Friday, September 21, 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
WHERE:
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC
WHO: Honorary Host Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee
WHY:
Listen to the exchange and dialogue among panelists about the opportunities and challenges facing the creation of a virtual pipeline of energy development and job creation .

WHAT: BRAINTRUST– “From Registration to Celebration: The Road to Voter Turnout”
WHEN: Friday, September 21, 1:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
WHERE:
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC
WHO: CBC members
WHY:
Some of the new laws, notably those limiting the number of days for early voting, have little plausible connection to battling fraud. While couched in terms of voter fraud, these laws will actually have their greatest impact by limiting participation of African Americans, Latinos and the young. This Braintrust will explore nationwide voter suppression efforts and begin a dialogue on how to rebuild the successful 2008 get-out-the-vote effort

WHAT: ISSUE FORUM – “WHEN FAT IS NO LONGER PHAT: Black Women, Obesity & Heart Disease”
WHEN: Friday, September 21, 1:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
WHERE:
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC WHO: Star Jones, attorney, author, national volunteer for the American Heart Association
WHY: Heart disease is the #1 killer of black women. Statistics show that death due to some form of coronary disease beats the next four causes of death combined; including all forms of cancer. Most women have heard the statistic that 1 in 26 women will die from breast cancer, and 1 in 3 will die from heart disease. Ms. Jones will be joined by expert panelists in the fields of medicine, and mental health.

WHAT: ISSUE FORUM – “Ready.Set.Engage! Our Voice, Our Vote Presented by CBCF Alumni”
WHEN: Friday, September 21, 1:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC
WHO: CBCF Alumni
WHY: What are the different forms of civic activism beyond the electoral process? How can everyday Americans have a shared sense of the American dream? This session will give participants the tools they need to combat disenfranchisement and encourage strong civic participation.

WHAT: ISSUE FORUM – “Solving the Energy Equation: Demand, Supply, and Infrastructure”
WHEN:
Friday, September 21, 1:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
WHERE:
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC
WHO: Honorary Host: Rep. James Clyburn
WHY: Participants will discuss how growing and securing our energy infrastructure is critical to ensuring that energy policies are created for the betterment of minority communities. Panelists will also discuss the impact of Federal legislative initiatives on job creation, economic development and energy affordability and how they impact communities of color.

WHAT: ISSUE FORUM – “Breaking Barriers 3: Government, Leadership and Sustainability for Black Male Achievement”
WHEN: Friday, September 21, 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
WHERE:
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC
WHO: CBCF
WHY:
This issue forum will be focused on efforts to improve the educational and life outcomes for children and youth in America’s most distressed communities through the use of targeted, evidence-based prevention and intervention efforts that engage youth and communities in building a better tomorrow, rather than a “tough on crime” policy approach.

WHAT: ISSUE FORUM – “Community Health Centers: Servicing Vulnerable Families and Communities “
WHEN: Friday, September 21, 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
WHERE:
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC
WHO: Guest CHC panelists
WHY:
Panelists will identify growing health needs of vulnerable families coping with lingering effects of historical economic downturn and funding cuts to programs servicing poor low-income African Americans. Strategically located in geographic areas with few health care providers, CHCs are an integral part of the health safety net. Panelists will share how CHCs improve health, reduce costs and provide access to health care within disinvested communities and urban centers. Judiciary Braintrust:

WHAT: BRAINTRUST – “The Challenges of Criminal Justice Reform: A Year in Review”
WHEN: Friday, September 21, 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC
WHO: Honorary Host: Rep. John Conyers
WHY: While disparities in the criminal justice system remain a critical issue, the scope of reform efforts has broadened to encompass international concerns such as human trafficking. This panel will feature experts from the judiciary, law enforcement, child welfare and the advocacy community to provide an overview of continuing challenges - juvenile justice, drug and sentencing policy - and the progress made under the Obama administration

WHAT: ISSUE FORUM – “Health Education and Literacy Policy (HELP) for School-age Black Children”
WHEN: Friday, September 21, 4:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.
WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC
WHO:
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.
WHY: Education is most effective when it promotes positive school-related growth experiences, with particular emphasis on diet, literacy, relationships, emotional support, and positive parent engagement. Providing school and community resources to assist children in low-income areas is critical to elevating deep and persist opportunity gaps. The goal of this session will be to highlight the work of emerging and established leaders who have innovated educational through health and literacy to policymakers and practitioners. Educational leader programmers will share cutting-edge strategies to help black students achieve educational success through comprehensive school reform and educational innovation

WHAT: JUDICIARYBRAINTRUST –H.R. 40: Creating a Dialogue on the Legacy of Slavery
WHEN: Friday, September 21, 5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.
WHERE:
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC
WHO:
Honorary Host: Rep. John Conyers
WHY: Since its introduction in 1989, H.R. 40, the Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, has sought to further a national dialogue on the plight of Africans-Americans in the context of slavery, Jim Crow, and other legally sanctioned forms of discrimination. This Braintrust will bring together commentators from a variety of positions to explore strategies for broadening the debate on reparations in an increasingly “post-racial” society.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2012

WHAT: ISSUE FORUM – “Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Intergenerational Poverty and Incarceration”
WHEN:
Saturday, September 21, 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC
WHO:
Honorary Host: Rep. Danny K. Davis
WHY: This year's re-entry forum reveals how the lives of poor, low‐income Americans, of whom black families constitute a disproportionate share, hang in the balance as a result of the persistent scaling back of federal support for families living below the poverty line. U.S. Attorney Eric Holder has been invited along with representatives from the Urban Institute, Fathers and Families Coalition of America and Rand.

WHAT: ISSUE FORUM – “Roundtable with Young Elected Officials, Policy Professionals and the Obama Administration”
WHEN: Saturday, September 21, 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC
WHO:
Young Elected Officials, Policy Professionals and the Obama Administration
WHY:
Designed to equip young professionals with the tools and resources needed to be successful advocates, legislators and policy makers, young elected officials, policy professionals 40 years of age and under as well as a select group of African-American leaders from the Obama administration will gather to engage in this important conversation.