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Tracking the Hill's briefings, luncheons, receptions, and more.
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Apr
23
11:00 AM11:00

Uncovering the Motivations and Priorities of Women of Color Voters

Black, Latinx, Asian American, and Pacific Islander women turned out to vote in the 2018 midterm election at historic levels. To understand what motivated women of color to vote and the issues they care about. Intersections of our lives conducted a national survey of this critical voting bloc. Join us for a briefing to understand what issues women of color voters want Members of Congress to prioritize over the next two years, including health care reproduce health and rights, economic justice, racial justice, and immigrant rights.

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Apr
23
12:00 PM12:00

Capitol Hill Community Service Association Homeless Assistance Training

  • 1629 Longworth House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

CHCSA is partnering with the Capitol Hill Group Ministry's Homeless Assistance Response Team (HART) to provide an overview of how to support our homeless neighbors in Washington, D.C.  Volunteers with HART have been trained on how to engage with and provide resources for individuals experiencing homelessness.  If you are interested in learning more about what you can do to help, join us April 23 from 12:00-1:00 PM in 1629 Longworth.  Questions and RSVPs may be sent to CHCSA@mail.house.gov

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Apr
24
12:00 PM12:00

Worlds Apart: U.S. Foreign Policy and American Public Opinion

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On behalf of the Charles Koch Institute, we invite you to attend a lunch discussion with the study’s author, Mark Hannah, and Trevor Thrall, associate professor of international security in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. Their remarks will examine the intersection of foreign policy, public opinion, and the widening gap between the interests and concerns of elites and the public.

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Apr
25
10:00 AM10:00

End of the Road for Gas Taxes: The Case for Switching to Road User Charges

  • 2318 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join Information Technology & Innovation Foundation for the release of a new report—“A Policymaker’s Guide to Road User Charges”—and an expert panel discussion that will delve into the myths and realities of RUC systems and what Congress should do to enable progress.

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Apr
25
12:00 PM12:00

Global Food Crises Briefing

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in conjunction with the Senate and House Hunger Caucuses jointly invite you to a congressional briefing on the state of the global food crises. The briefing will highlight findings from the 2019 Global Report on Food Crises, which provides the latest estimates of severe hunger in the world. The Report reveals that there continues to be an alarming number of food insecure people across the world who require urgent humanitarian action.

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Apr
25
2:00 PM14:00

Community Schools as a Powerful School Improvement Strategy

  • 2261 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The National Education Association (NEA) invites Congressional staff to a briefing on school improvement and Community Schools. The Community School strategy has the power to transform a school to achieve the vision that stakeholders want to achieve – whether that be from struggling to thriving or going from great to excellent. The briefing will feature individuals who are implementing the strategy in schools; they will share their school’s path to better outcomes using the Community School strategy.

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Apr
25
5:00 PM17:00

IQ + Broadnet Reception

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Leidos DSI would like to cordially invite you to our IQ and Broadnet Reception on April 25. Please join us for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in celebration of the IQ and Broadnet integration! Attendees will learn about Access Live, Broadnet's telephone town hall offering, and how it seamlessly integrates with IQ. With Access Live you can reach everyone everywhere, whether it's by landline, mobile, live stream, or social media–all you need is a phone and an internet connection. RSVP now to stay updated on all things Broadnet and IQ before the event. 

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Apr
26
10:00 AM10:00

Private, Non-Profit Colleges 201: Innovations in Student Services

  • 2261 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We heard what's important to you and are excited to announce that the second workshop in our Private, Non-Profit Colleges series will cover important topics relating to mental health, campus safety and sexual assault, food insecurity, and more. Over coffee and donuts, you will hear from college presidents about how independent colleges are addressing these critical issues. REGISTER 

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Apr
26
11:45 AM11:45

College Promise: Supporting Students in College Access and Success

RSVP This forum will examine the impact of College Promise programs as well as MDRC’s College Promise Success Initiative (CPSI), which addresses both affordability and student supports such as campus coaching and summer engagement. The forum also will highlight new evaluation results from the Detroit Promise Path, a program that adds student support services onto an existing scholarship. 

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Apr
27
9:00 AM09:00

Capitol Hill Community Service Association: Preserving the World War II Memorial

Looking for ways to get outside and enjoy the spring weather?  We will be volunteering with the National Parks Service to help preserve the World War II Memorial by planting flowers, mulching, painting, removing litter and invasive species on the memorial grounds.  Tasks may vary based on the needs of the park on that particular day and the National Park Service will provide all necessary tools.  If you are interested in participating, please RSVP to CHCSA@mail.house.gov

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Apr
29
12:00 PM12:00

Economic Inequality: Are We Measuring It Right and What Does It Mean?

Some political leaders are saying that income and wealth inequality are at unacceptable levels and need to be countered by higher taxes on the wealthy and more transfer payments. But the data used to support those arguments are often misunderstood and omit key elements of the picture. John Early will describe gaps in the official data used in the inequality debate and discuss alternative income measures that better capture the well-being of different groups. Early argues that policymakers need to get the facts right before imposing prescriptions on the economy. John Early has twice been assistant commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, where he became an expert on these measurement issues.

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Apr
30
10:00 AM10:00

How Can Policymakers Support Blockchain-Based Innovation and Consumer Protection?

  • 2325 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join ITIF and a panel of experts for a discussion about how blockchain works, its potential benefits and uses, and the policy challenges and opportunities it creates. ITIF will also release a new report that provides an overview of blockchain and offers a set of principles to guide policymakers’ approach to this technology. RSVP

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Apr
30
12:00 PM12:00

Burn Pits Briefing

  • Capitol Visitor Center Atrium/Auditorium (map)
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Lunch will be served at noon. Admission is free, register here. Numerous military bases in the Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF) theatres of operation produced several tons to several hundred tons of solid waste per day. Open-air burn pits were the primary waste disposal method during the majority of the duration of these wars. Air sampling data indicate that smoke from these burn pits contained chemicals associated with respiratory conditions and cancers that have left thousands of veterans with disabilities that originate from their exposure to the noxious fumes. During this event the following speakers will address the issues that have manifested from burn pit exposure:

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Apr
30
3:00 PM15:00

Launch Briefing: CBC Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health

Last year, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics published a report that found that for the first time in the history of such research, the rate of suicides for Black children between the ages of five and twelve has exceeded that of White children and more than a third of elementary school-aged suicides involved Black children. In order to raise awareness and identify solutions, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has established an Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health. To RSVP, please fill out this form HERE.

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Apr
30
5:00 PM17:00

Medical Imaging Technology Showcase

The Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research (ARBIR) invites you to join us for the Medical Imaging Technology Showcase on the evening of April 30! RSVP by clicking here or emailing CRDFellow1@dc-crd.com to reserve your space. Come learn about advances in cutting-edge medical imaging technology through hands-on displays, academic research posters, and personal interactions with researchers, patients, and industry partners. Discover how federally-funded research supports the development of these impactful innovations from various perspectives.

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May
7
5:30 PM17:30

Financial Literacy for Millennials: Home Buying

  • 700 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast, 2nd Floor Washington, DC, 20003 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We’ll discuss confusing financial situations and key tools like budgeting and debt management, ways to invest during the current environment, and much more.  Each event will be hosted at The Yard, a beautiful new space at 700 Pennsylvania Avenue SE in the heart of Eastern Market and just steps off the House side of Capitol Hill. The events will include a one hour presentation with time for audience questions, as well as an hour of networking.

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May
16
8:00 AM08:00

Workers and the Innovation Age

  • 555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Third Floor Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

What, then, is the future of the American workforce? Do we have the infrastructure in place to meet the needs of the jobs that are being created? What role can employers play in this process and how can they alleviate workers’ anxieties surrounding healthcare and retirement savings? What policy initiatives should leaders in the administration and Congress focus on in order to support the workers of today, while preparing the workforce for tomorrow? The Hill will gather key policymakers, labor officials, employers and employees for high-level conversations examining how we as a nation can anticipate and meet the demands of a technology-driven economy.

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May
17
12:00 PM12:00

The Essential Role of Diagnostics in Outbreak Detection and Response

AdvaMedDx, the American Society for Microbiology, the Association of Public Health Laboratories, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America Invite you to a congressional briefing on how health care stakeholders and political decisionmakers can collaboratively advance the essential role of diagnostics in pandemic preparedness in the United States and around the world. Please RSVP by Tuesday, May 14 to cpaul@advamed.org

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Jun
3
6:00 PM18:00

"Do Something: The Jeffrey Modell Story" Screening and Reception

Join us on June 3rd for a congressional documentary screening, sponsored by the Jeffrey Modell Foundation! RSVP by clicking here. Food and beverages will be served in compliance with regulations. Young parents Fred and Vicki Modell are overjoyed by the arrival of their first child, a perfect baby boy they name Jeffrey. But just months later, it becomes clear that something’s wrong. Jeffrey is diagnosed with a rare disease that leaves him frequently sick and perilously susceptible to even the most common cold. He begs his parents to ‘do something’ and though they desperately try, Jeffrey ultimately succumbs to his illness at the age of 15. Out of their devastating loss, Fred and Vicki turn to their enduring love for each other to find the strength to fulfill their promise to Jeffrey and they resolve to ‘do something.’

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Apr
18
2:00 PM14:00

An Introduction to Instructional Spending in Higher Ed

In an effort to better understand how well schools are currently putting their resources towards helping students succeed, The Century Foundation, Third Way, and Veterans Education Success are coming together to pull back the curtains on instructional spending in higher education, dive into why it matters, and explore how best it could be used. The event will kick off with a brief overview of how to think about instructional spending, followed by opportunities to interact with the data (think science fair!). We’ll have something for everyone – no prior knowledge of instructional spending needed!

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Apr
18
12:30 PM12:30

Negative Emissions Technologies: Sucking Carbon Out of the Air

Scientists and policymakers are increasingly coming to view Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) as an essential but overlooked part of addressing climate change. The recent IPCC Special Report included some amount of CDR in all pathways consistent with 1.5 C of warming. Join us for an informal discussion of the innovation opportunities and the federal role to advance CDR in the United States, with a focus on issues currently before the 116th Congress. Please RSVP to ccunliff@itif.org

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Apr
18
12:30 PM12:30

Technological Advances in Cancer Treatment and Maximizing their Availability to the Public

  • 2318 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is a unique opportunity to explore the paradox of major progress in cancer treatment, rising expectations in cancer care, the proper allocation of resources to allow these developments to be utilized. Complimentary lunch will be served. Note the room change to Rayburn 2318

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Apr
18
12:00 PM12:00

The Costs and Unintended Consequences of Beneficial Ownership Reporting

Policymakers on both sides of the aisle have proposed new regimes for small-business beneficial ownership reporting. The aim of such legislation is to eliminate opportunities for money laundering and financial crime. However, the proposals before Congress would place heavy new compliance costs on millions of America’s small businesses while continuing to provide opportunities for bad actors to engage in illicit financial activities. Join us on Thursday, April 18, to hear from a roster of experts about the flaws in existing proposals for beneficial ownership reporting and how to more efficiently prosecute financial crime.

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Apr
17
5:00 PM17:00

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Reception

  • 325 Russell Senate Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On April 17, 2019 The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the Hospice Action Network will host a celebratory reception for hospice and palliative care leaders, advocates, and supporters to cap off NHPCO’s 2019 Leadership and Advocacy Conference. NHPCO CEO & President Edo Banach, the Hospice Action Network Advocacy Team, and other guest speakers will make brief remarks. A photographer and photobooth will be provided, and drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Come celebrate with us!

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Apr
17
12:00 PM12:00

Insurance 101 – Home, Auto, and Business Insurance

  • 2060 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

If your district suffers from floods, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, hail, or other natural or man-made catastrophes, it is important that your Congressional office understands the fundamentals of the home, auto, and business insurance industry. Whether you own a car, home, or business—insurance is a critical service that allows nearly every American to mitigate their financial risks resulting from sudden and unplanned events. Register Now

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Apr
17
12:00 PM12:00

Medicare Advantage 101: A Primer Briefing

  • 2075 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) invites you to a Congressional briefing outlining the basics of Medicare Advantage: how it works, enrollment trends, comparisons to Traditional Fee-for-Service Medicare, emerging policy issues, and innovation currently taking place within Medicare Advantage. Attendees will gain a solid foundation for engaging on Medicare Advantage policy, with follow-on briefings taking place over the course of the year. RSVP HERE

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Apr
17
10:30 AM10:30

The Trump Administration's Gun Exports Plan: An Update

  • 2359 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In recent years, easy access to firearms has fueled the rise of terrorist groups like ISIS and drug trafficking organizations such as Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel. Across the world, firearms kill as many as a thousand people every day. As the world’s largest firearms exporter, the United States must focus on making sure that firearms don’t end up in the wrong hands. Unfortunately, the Trump administration’s new rule would actually weaken the rules for exporting firearms, posing serious risks to national security and human rights.

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Apr
17
9:30 AM09:30

Electric Vehicles: Disrupting the Auto Supply Chain?:

  • 121 Cannon House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Note this talk is open only to those with a congressional email address, i.e. members, staff, fellow, interns.  Please register here. Recent actions by automotive manufacturers indicate that they believe electric vehicles may account for a significant share of U.S. vehicle production in the near future.  Federal policies have supported electric vehicle and charging infrastructure development, battery research funding, loans for battery manufacturers, and tax credits for purchasers of electric vehicles. CRS will brief us on their recent report analyzing the effects that the introduction of electric vehicles will have on the automobile manufacturing industry. 

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Apr
16
12:30 PM12:30

The Time is Now: The Case for Investing in our Nation’s Crumbling Public School Infrastructure

  • 2261 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn about the state of school facilities in your district and  state. Learn about the scale of the failing school facilities; why local and state support can’t keep pace; and why timely federal support is critical. Why closing the school infrastructure gap is a smart financial investment and is critical to our nation’s competitiveness, resiliency and economic growth. A boxed lunch will be provided at this event. (please RSVP to SODonnell@21csf.org)

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Apr
16
12:00 PM12:00

US-Taiwan Cooperation in Space: Past, Future, and Regional Implications

  • 385 Russell Senate Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Prospects for future US-Taiwan government and commercial space cooperation and their regional implications will be explored by our panelists. Registration will begin at 11:30. A light lunch will be served, and the event will begin at 12:00. Kindly RSVP by April 14. Please direct questions or concerns to Research Associate Katherine Schultz at rsvp@globaltaiwan.org.

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Apr
15
5:30 PM17:30

Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook - Documentary Screening & Discussion

  • 600 New Jersey Avenue Northwest, Hart Auditorium Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

There will be a reception with food and drinks at 5:30 p.m. The film will screen at 6:00 p.m. Event ends at 9:00 p.m. Join us for a screening of the new feature documentary "Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook." The film will be followed by a discussion on voting rights with leading experts in the field. There will be a reception with food and drinks at 5:30 p.m. The film will screen at 6:00 p.m. Event ends at 9:00 p.m. RSVP

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Apr
15
12:00 PM12:00

Women's Congressional Golf Association Kick-Off Lunch

Want to renew your WCGA membership? Are you new to golf or want to learn to play? Been playing, but want to improve your game or meet more women to golf with? WCGA invites you to our season kick-off lunch on Monday, April 15th from noon-1:00 P.M. in HC-5, U.S. Capitol (This is a new room location). Come learn about upcoming WCGA events, renew your membership or join our group. Free lunch provided. Door prizes available. Early bird membership special of $25 for the year expires at the lunch.  Consider renewing or joining now under the membership tab. RSVP Here.

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Apr
15
12:00 PM12:00

Why the Government Should Not Regulate Content Moderation by Social Media

Until recently, private social media companies have been free to moderate content on their own platforms. But accusations of political bias have caused some to call for government regulation of the efforts social media companies make to moderate content. Some have even suggested that social media entities ought to be nationalized to ensure they operate in the public interest. Is there a role here for government to play, or would government intervention create unintended consequences while simultaneously stifling free speech? These are just some of the questions addressed in John Samples’s recently published policy analysis, “Why the Government Should Not Regulate Content Moderation by Social Media.” REGISTER

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Apr
15
12:00 PM12:00

Deciphering the Navy’s 2020 Budget Request and Shipbuilding Plan

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast (The Heritage Foundation) Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The U.S. Navy’s recently released 2020 Budget Request and new Long-Range Shipbuilding Plan have created controversy and numerous questions from Congress and defense analysts. Join our group of expert panelists as we decipher the Navy’s 2020 Budget Request and its implications for the fleet.

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Apr
15
10:00 AM10:00

Congressional Staff Briefing on Nuclear Deterrence

A potential nuclear attack against the United States and its allies is the only existential threat to U.S. security. Deterring such an attack requires a credible nuclear posture—a credibility based on effective nuclear capabilities. After 25 years of deemphasizing U.S. nuclear forces, most of the nation's nuclear weapons will reach their end of service lives in the 2025-2035 timeframe. Dr. Robert Soofer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy, along with other DoD, Joint Staff, and NNSA officials, will discuss the fundamentals of deterrence, the utility of the nuclear triad, the relationship between DoD delivery systems and NNSA warheads, and the FY20 budget request for the nuclear enterprise.

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Apr
12
12:00 PM12:00

Post-Acute Hospitals: History and Role in the Treatment of Medicare Beneficiaries

The topic for our first briefing is Post-Acute Care Hospitals: History and Role in the Treatment of Medicare Beneficiaries. Attendees at this session will be provided a short presentation on the range, role, and differences between various post-acute providers including specialty post-acute hospitals. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and public Q&A. RSVP

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Apr
12
10:30 AM10:30

IQ User Group Meeting: US Senate

  • 385 Russell Senate Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join the Senate IQ team Friday, April 12th, starting at 10:30am for a roundtable discussion on what is coming in the next version of IQ. Snacks and refreshments will be provided, just bring your questions and ideas on how we can continue to improve IQ in the next release. We'll also introduce the top 10 list of IQ features for Senate offices. We hope to see you there!

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Apr
12
9:30 AM09:30

Congressional Briefing for Freshmen on Medicaid

The National Coalition on Health Care is pleased to invite you to the second in a series of bipartisan health care briefings by and for Freshman offices. This time, we will be discussing the Fundamentals of Medicaid. We are pleased to be joined by leading experts at Georgetown University and the Kaiser Family Foundation, and sponsored by Rep. Deb Haaland. RSVP

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Apr
11
2:30 PM14:30

Who Sets Our Water Policies, and What Does That Include? A Primer on Policies That Govern Water Availability, Quality, and Reliability

Water infrastructure in the United States is in need of significant repair and rehabilitation. Federal funding has largely remained constant (in nominal value), while the demand for additional funding has increased. As much of the of the country deals with numerous water quality and access issues - from lead and PFAS contamination to algal blooms and high water bills - this briefing will provide Capitol Hill staff with much-needed background on key laws governing water quality and access in the country, and the tools available to impact policy changes. RSVP

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Apr
11
1:00 PM13:00

Opportunity Starts at Home: Poll Results Show Mandate for Congressional Action

At the event, campaign staff and experts from Hart Research Associates - one of the leading research firms in the United States - will walk the audience through the polling results and discuss the implications for federal policymakers, including specific policies and ways to effectively communicate about the need for action on housing affordability. The poll results will be broken down by age, race/ethnicity, gender, income, party affiliation, ideology, education, and geography.

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Apr
11
12:00 PM12:00

Mental Health in Comprehensive School Safety and Security Efforts

  • 1302 Longworth House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The discussion will be led by Michele Gay, co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools and an Alliance Board Member. After losing her daughter, Josephine Grace, on December 14, 2012, she chose to take action as an advocate for improved school security and safety in our nation’s schools. Michele’s background as a teacher and involved parent, along with her personal loss and post-tragedy perspective, uniquely position her to help school communities prevent tragedy and better prepare and respond in an emergency in their own schools. Please RSVP online 

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Apr
11
12:00 PM12:00

Protecting Digital Civil Rights

  • 2322 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As Congress continues to debate privacy legislation, lawmakers must address the data practices that disproportionately harm marginalized communities. This briefing will discuss practices such as location tracking, digital advertising, and data aggregation, and their impacts on underrepresented and underserved communities. The briefing is hosted by a coalition of civil society organizations including the Center for Democracy & Technology. Lunch will be provided. If you are able to join us, please RSVP.

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Apr
11
12:00 PM12:00

Republican Solutions to Reduce Emissions

  • 300 First Street Southeast (Capitol Hill Club) Washington, DC, 20003 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join CRES Forum for a panel discussion on a myriad of these Republican solutions. Panelists will discuss the new policy landscape for Republican engagement in clean energy and climate change. Attendees will include Hill staff, and energy and climate policy experts. RSVP IS REQUIRED.

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Apr
11
12:00 PM12:00

To Seek Justice: Defining the Power of the Prosecutor

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast (The Heritage Foundation) Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The job of a prosecutor is not just to seek convictions but to seek justice. So when reports emerge of prosecutors abusing their power, it can shake public confidence in the entire justice system. Reformers argue that prosecutors exercise too much power with little or no oversight. Defenders of the current system argue that prosecutors work tirelessly to keep people safe from criminals and that abuses are extremely rare. Join us for a special screening of a short documentary, by FedSoc Films, that explores the powerful role of prosecutors in our criminal justice system. Immediately following the film will be panel discussion with several criminal law experts featured in the film.

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