McTeer-Toney & Woodberry Join Panel to Talk Environmental Justice at Congressional Black Caucus ALC Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jamitress Bowden (202) 236-3179

The Impact to our communities and How to lead the change

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, September 21, 2017, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) will be the honorary host of two panels focusing on environmental justice, as a whole, as well as the intersection of environmental justice and climate change – following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma and tropical storms Jose and Katia.

During the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 47th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), the moderators and the panelists will engage with the audience to address how environmental injustice impacts our communities and how we can unite to lead the change for environmental justice across the country.

PANEL 2: “Caring for His Creation: How the Faith Community Leads on Environmental Justice”

WHEN: Thursday, September 21, 2017, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

MODERATOR: Symone D. Sanders, Democratic Strategist, Communications Consultant, and CNN Political Commentator

PANELISTS: Reverend Ambrose Carroll, Co-Founder, Green the Church

Reverend Dr. Faith Harris, Christian Educator, and Adjunct Faculty Minister‎, The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University

Reverend Dr. Rodney Sadler, Associate Professor, Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary and Associate Pastor, Mount Carmel Baptist Church

Heather McTeer Toney, Senior Advisor of Local Government & Environmental Justice, Mom’s Clean Air Force

Reverend Mariama White-Hammond, Associate Minister for Ecological Justice, Bethel AME Church

Reverend Leo Woodberry, Pastor at Kingdom Living Temple and Executive Director, Woodberry & Associates

Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Jr., President & CEO, Hip Hop Caucus

WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 147-B 801 Mt Vernon Place N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001

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BACKGROUND: The “Keeping It Green: Shared Impacts of Environmental Justice” panel will discuss African-American neighborhoods, as well as other minority communities, are disproportionately hard hit by pollution, climate change, unsafe housing, poisoned water, and other injustices. These contribute to numerous health, educational, and economic hardships that black families must overcome. This panel will discuss the nature of the problem, and new approaches to confronting this unfair situation.

The “Caring for His Creation: How the Faith Community Leads on Environmental Justice” panel will discuss how the Religious community has been a bulwark in the fight for justice; whether we are talking about civil rights, criminal justice reform, or building economic opportunity. Our churches and our pastors have consistently played a leading role. Protecting and preserving the environment for future generations is no different — solving the problems our community and the world currently face is going to require leadership from the pulpit.

Mike’s Missive: Mississippi’s Chris McDaniel and the Tale Told by the Idiot

Former Mississippi state senator and national Tea Party darling, Chris McDaniel, took to his Facebook page to share his thoughts on the #WomensMarch held across the US and world on yesterday. See below his thoughts on the event seen as an unprecedented rebuke of an American president.

I suspect McDaniel is testing the waters for a run against Senator Roger Wicker in 2018 and what better way to get the attention of the crazies than to start going after “liberal women”… This race to the bottom should be fun and entertaining…

Chris McDaniel Facebook Page

“So a group of unhappy liberal women marched in Washington DC. We shouldn’t be surprised; almost all liberal women are unhappy. Perhaps there’s a correlation.

Nevertheless, I’m fascinated to see them exercise their First Amendment rights (however objectionable the message). But I do have a question: if they can afford all those piercings, tattoos, body paintings, signs, and plane tickets, then why do they want us to pay for their birth control?”

Biggs, Bryant to Participate at National Opportunity Summit in Washington


February 9, 2015

On February 25-26, 2015 in Washington, DC, The National Opportunity Summit will unite a bipartisan, cross-sector group of business leaders, nonprofits, elected officials and young adults for an important conversation about the urgent crisis of youth unemployment and its impact on opportunity in America.

BOSTON, Mass. — Opportunity Nation is happy to announce that representatives from our diverse, cross-sector coalition that includes groups from across the country will be among those attending the National Opportunity Summit this year, including DeMiktric “Mike” Biggs of Capitol Strategies Consulting based in Jackson, Mississippi.

“It is important to me that those of us who’ve been blessed with the opportunity to serve and participate in our electoral process reach back and make sure our future leaders and community activists have the same opportunites”. “I am proud to represent Mississippi within this wonderful organization and excited to work with our community and business leaders and elected officials to ensure we are expanding access to our future generations”, says Biggs.

Mississippi Governor, Phil Bryant will also be in attendance joining Deleware Gov. Jack Markell and former Michigan Gov. John Engler and other business leaders for a round table discussion.

Opportunity Nation Coalition partners all have one thing in common: they are enhancing opportunities for youth and families by strengthening pathways to upward mobility and building strong communities.

Businesses, nonprofits, educational institutions and community organizations are all represented in our 300+ Coalition member organizations. They support the notion that all Americans should have access to opportunity and that where you start off in life should not determine where you end up. Though each partner does not necessarily endorse every proposal in the Opportunity Nation policy framework, they are committed to an inclusive, consensus-oriented dialogue and the idea that all of us have a role to play in expanding access to the American Dream.

The leadership, experience and voices of the Coalition will enhance the Summit and promote its goals long after the event itself is over.

The National Opportunity Summit is hosted by Opportunity Nation and co-convened by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Business Roundtable (BRT), United Way Worldwide and Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG). The Summit is the first national opportunity event focused on the critically important issues of youth employment, skills training and meaningful cross-sector education and career pathways at both state and federal levels. Summit attendees include 1,000 business, nonprofit, education and government leaders and hundreds of young adults from across the country.

For the last three years, Opportunity Nation and its partners have been growing a movement to restore opportunity in America. This effort has reached a critical tipping point, particularly for our nation’s youth who face unacceptably high levels of unemployment and disconnection. The National Opportunity Summit is timed to maximize this momentum by promoting awareness, forging deeper partnerships and accelerating solutions.


Providing equal access to opportunity for all Americans is the defining issue of our time. The most direct and powerful way to accomplish this goal is to dramatically improve education and employment prospects for teens and young adults.

Each year, Opportunity Nation releases the annual Opportunity Index, a composite measure of 16 key economic, educational and civic factors that expand or restrict upward mobility for Americans, and provides and Opportunity Score for all 50 states and Washington DC and 2,900 counties. One of the indicators that correlates most closely with overall opportunity is the number of young Americans ages 16-24 who are neither in school nor working. When young adults are connected to school and work, communities are more likely to provide greater opportunity to their residents.

Currently, there are 5.6 million youth who are disconnected from school and work and millions more who lack meaningful pathways to education and career. Youth unemployment remains stubbornly high – twice the national average.

At the same time, many U.S. employers say that the inability to find qualified workers is their biggest obstacle to growth. Our economy demands a workforce equipped with the degrees, certificates and skills required to maintain our global competitiveness and support thriving communities where we live.

America’s future is at risk if we are not able to build a workforce that can compete. If we can connect our youth to the jobs of today and tomorrow, our communities – and our country – will prosper.

About Opportunity Nation:

Opportunity Nation is a bipartisan, national coalition of more than 300 businesses, nonprofits, educational institutions and community leaders working to expand economic opportunity. Opportunity Nation seeks to close the opportunity gap by amplifying the work of its coalition members, advocating policy and private sector actions and releasing the annual Opportunity Index.

CONTACT: Cara Willis, Director of Communications 978-502-0910


Mancini Slams Tennessee Senate Republicans for Ending Insure TN

Mary Mancini, TN Democratic Party Chair

By: Mary Mancini, Chair TNDP

Yesterday was a truly a low point in our state’s history. With one vote in a senate committee, seven Republican senators made a decision to shut the door to critical healthcare for over a quarter of a million hard working Tennesseans.

The seven Republicans are: Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga, Frank Niceley of Strawberry Plains, Mike Bell of Riceville, Dr. Joey Hensley of Hohenwald, Brian Kelsey of Germantown, Rusty Crowe of Johnson City and Kerry Roberts of Springfield.

But those seven Republican senators didn’t act in a vacuum. The end of Insure Tennessee is a direct result in the failure of leadership by Republican leaders Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and Speaker Beth Harwell. It was their failure to lead, their failure to have the courage to stand up to right wing extremists, and their failure to serve 6.5 million Tennesseans that lead to 7 Republican senators making the terrible decision that will devastate the lives of 250,000 Tennesseans for years to come. Those seven Republican senators showed that they have absolutely no compassion for the 800 Tennesseans who have already died waiting for healthcare expansion.

Those seven Republican senators showed that they have absolutely no fiscal sense by rejecting the one billion dollars in federal funds that Tennessee would have already received with healthcare expansion. Those seven Republican senator showed that Governor Haslam was wrong when he told our President that Republicans could be trusted to care for “the least of these”. Tennessee’s Republican legislators have shown they are unwilling to put people first and that they are incapable of running our state.

Democratic Senator Jeff Yarbro, who stood up for Tennesseans by voting for Insure Tennessee in the committee, pointed out the simple fact that Republicans who deny hardworking Tennesseans the healthcare they need are themselves on government funded healthcare for themselves. House Leader Craig Fitzhugh said, “It does matter who governs.” Congressman Steve Cohen said the vote was “Foolish, foolish, foolish. Sad, sad, sad. Sick, sick, sick,” and Congressman Jim Cooper said, “Tennesseans will die and hospitals will close as a result of a cruel state legislature. Rarely in state history have we seen such a devastating lack of leadership.”

As Democrats, we will keep fighting for all Tennesseans, even when tea party extremists celebrate Insure Tennessee’s defeat.

Palazzo Explains Vote for Boehner Amid Tea Party Backlash

Rep. Palazzo, Courtesy of Roll Call

Rep. Palazzo Facebook Post regarding Boehner vote

Over the past week, many of you have contacted me asking me to vote against John Boehner for Speaker of the House. Americans are frustrated with the leadership in Washington, and they should be. President Obama and his liberal friends are destroying this country and we have to fight back.

I met with Speaker Boehner yesterday one-on-one and man-to-man for more than an hour. I asked him directly whether he was going to be a conservative leader who will stand up to the liberal agenda of President Obama, and he unequivocally said yes. I believe him and am willing to give the Speaker and his team a last chance to put us back on a conservative path for America. If Speaker Boehner refuses to put forward conservative solutions immediately to our nation’s problems, I will vehemently oppose his every move.

I strongly considered opposing Speaker Boehner. However, after careful consideration and speaking with dozens of my colleagues, I realized that a viable, more conservative candidate would not, and ultimately did not, emerge. Other candidates simply did not have the votes.

I realize many people disagree with this decision, but I was not willing to compromise my ability to serve South Mississippi for a purely symbolic vote that could later be used to punish my constituents. I believe a vote against Speaker Boehner would have been harmful to our jobs and the economy of South Mississippi and diminish my ability to effectively represent the citizens of South Mississippi.

Throwing South Mississippi under the bus just to make a point was not an option. As the most conservative member of the Mississippi delegation and one of the most conservative in the country, I decided to choose my constituents and South Mississippi over a purely political vote.

Nunnelee Being Treated in Tupelo Hospital

Nunnelee being treated in Tupelo: Clarion Ledger

U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee is being treated for a hematoma in his left leg at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, his office reported Monday afternoon.

Elizabeth Parks, a spokesperson for Nunnelee, said the congressman went into the hospital Dec. 28. Hospital officials don’t know yet when he will be discharged, she said.

Nunnelee had returned to work in Washington Nov. 12 and worked for several weeks before the House left for a holiday break Dec. 12.

Roger Wicker Wins NRSC Race

Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi was elected Thursday as the next chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. The battle to lead the Senate Republicans’ campaign arm was a close contest between Wicker and Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), who began lobbying their colleagues several weeks ago.

“I am thankful for the confidence and the support of my colleagues,” Wicker said. “I intend to roll up my sleeves immediately to ensure that we have the resources available to preserve our Republican majority. This Senate Republican leadership team is ready to go to bat for the American people, and I am proud to be a part of it.”

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Wicker Making Play for NRSC Chairmanship

Wicker making play for NRSC chairmanship: Politico

The midterm elections aren’t over yet, but that hasn’t stopped early chatter among senators over who will lead the Senate Republican campaign arm for the 2016 cycle. Sens. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and Dean Heller of Nevada have been working behind the scenes to let allies know they are interested in taking over as the next head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, according to five sources familiar with the discussions.

The party committee raises millions of dollars to attack Democrats in 30-second ads. And it is instrumental in recruiting candidates and helping shore up the campaigns of struggling senators. In 2014, it supported Thad Cochran in Mississippi, during his primary, which he won, and incumbent Pat Roberts, who is trying to fend off Greg Orman, a businessman running as

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Georgia House Democratic Caucus to Hold Affordable Care Act Town Hall Meetings

Town Hall Meetings on the Affordable Care Act have been scheduled by the following members:

October 22, 2013 5:30pm-7:00pm Rep. Pat Gardner, Rep. Mable Thomas and Sen. Nan Orrock Atlanta Metropolitan College (1630 Metropolitan Pkwy, Atlanta, Georgia 30310)

October 23, 2013 6:00pm-7:30pm House Minority Chairman Virgil Fludd (HD 64) Conference Call (Dial-In # (559)-726-1300) Participant Access Code 645427#

October 24, 2013 7:00pm-8:30pm Rep. Rahn Mayo Community Achievement Center (4522 Flat Shoals Pkwy, Decatur, Georgia 30034)

October 28, 2013 6:00pm-8:00pm Minority Leader Stacey Abrams Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church (1879 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, Georgia 30316)

October 28, 2013 6:00pm-8:00pm Rep. Rahn Mayo Decatur City Hall (509 North McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030)

October 29, 2013 6:00pm-8:00pm Rep. Pam Dickerson Guinn Memorial Library (846 Green Street, Conyers, GA 30312)

November 6, 2013 7:00pm-9:00pm Rep. Valencia Stovall Fountain of Faith Missionary Baptist Church (6712 West Fayetteville Rd., Riverdale, GA 30296)

November 9, 2013 11:00am-1:00pm Rep. Keisha Waites College Park Public Safety Complex: Community Room (3717 College St., College Park, GA 30337)

November 10, 2013 11:00am-1:00pm Rep. Karen Bennett Fairfield Baptist Church (6133 Redan Rd., Lithonia, GA 30058)

November 18, 2013 6:30pm-8:30pm Rep. Valencia Stovall Arbor Auditorium@ Clayton State Univ. (2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow, GA 30260)

Georgia House Democrats to Hold Town Hall Meetings on Common Core Standards

Town Hall Meetings on Common Core Standards have been scheduled in the following districts:

September 24, 2013 6:00pm-7:30pm Rep. Dar’ Shun Kendrick (HD 93) Hope & Life Church (3594 Centerville Highway, Snellville, Georgia 30039)

September 26, 2013 6:00pm-7:30pm House Minority Chairman Virgil Fludd (HD 64) Sandy Creek High School Media Center (360 Jenkins Rd Tyrone, GA 30290)

September 30, 2013 6:00pm-7:30pm Rep. Nikki Randall (HD 142) and Rep. James Beverly (HD 143) Central High School (2155 Napier Ave, Macon, Georgia 31204)

October 1, 2013 6:00pm-7:30pm Rep. David Wilkerson (HD 38) Presbyterian Village (2000 East-West Connector, Austell, Georgia 30106)

October 17, 2013 6:00pm-7:30pm Rep. Demetrius Douglas (HD 78) City of Stockbridge City Hall (4640 North Henry Blvd. Stockbridge, GA 30281)