EVENT ALERT: Rainbow Push Coalition hosts symposium blueprint for minority media representation in the upcoming Presidential election in DC

By Gloria Dulan-Wilson

Hello All:

The indefatiguible Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., and his equally stalwart and creative team of researchers and professionals are rounding out 2015 with a 2-day conference inn Washington, DC, December 15 - 16.  

With the upcoming 2016 Democratic National Convention  scheduled to take place in Philadelphia July  24th through the 28th, there are plenty opportunities for African American entrepreneurs, technologically astute, professionals to become visibly and viably involved.  But it won't happen over night, by magic, good will, or wishing.  Those looking to see how they may be able to become involved in the technological explosion, or identify other future opportunities, this free 2-day event may well hold the answers and provide the contacts and conduits for making it happen.  

And, quite frankly, I've yet to see a seminar, program, workshop or action that Rev. Jackson was involved in that didn't leave you more knowledgeable, empowered, informed than when you went in. He has the prescience to be ahead of the game on most issues that affect us individually and collectively.  So don't miss out on this opportunity to be ahead of the game.

Even if you yourself are not part of the tech revolution, high school and college students, loved ones, associates, business partners, should be apprised of this and encouraged to take the time to be involved.  DC is a short bus ride away from most of the major cities in the Northeast; or via Amtrak.  Even shorter by car - the point being, this is an open door to an event that may have cost a great deal to be put together, but is being offered free of charge.  The only thing you have to pay is ATTENTION, and then take action.

The press release and basic registration information is below. And if you do attend, please make it your business to go over to Rev. Jesse Jackson and personally say "THANK YOU" to him for always working in behalf of Black people.

Now that you know, what are you going to do about it?

Stay Blessed & 



Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., 
Social Justice and Industry Experts
 Will Provide a 
Blueprint for Engagement and Ownership for 
People of Color in the 
21st Century during DC Conference

Washington, DC – December 8, 2015 - The Rainbow PUSH Coalition, founded and led by the 
Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., will be joined by national and area clergy, leading appointed
and elected officials; social justice and industry leaders to discuss the intersection of tech policy
and current events impacting people of color and their respective communities. The conference
will be held on December 15-16, 2015 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC and this year’s theme
 will focus on a blueprint for minority media representation in the upcoming Presidential election, and
ownership in media and technology outlets, including those that are high tech. This year’s conference
will also include a special address from the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., whose historic efforts
 have led to equity in civil rights, voting access, police treatment, and other critical social justice concerns for our nation. In advance of Dr. King’s holiday, the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. will share moments from his time with some of the most prolific civil rights champions.

Confirmed speakers include Reverend Jamal Bryant, Founder and Senior Pastor, Empowerment
Temple; Reverend Doctor Grainger Browning, Senior Pastor of the African American Methodist
Church; Reverend Tony Lee, Senior Pastor, Community of Hope AME Church; The Honorable G.K. 
Butterfield, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and U.S. Representative for North Carolina’s
1st Congressional District; The Honorable Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission; The Honorable Elijah Cummings, U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District;
The Honorable Catherine Pugh, Maryland State Senator and President, National Caucus of
Black State Legislators; Kwame Anku, Co-Founder and President, VoiceLots; Hazeen Ashby,
Legislative Director of Policy and Research, National Urban League; Matthew Barnhill, Executive
Vice President, Corporate Market Research, BET Networks; Paul Brathwaite, Partner, The Podesta
Group; John Burns, Associate Partner and Entertainment Lawyer, Krooth and Altman; Nsenga 
Burton, Editor, The Burton Wire; Ron Busby, President and CEO, US Black Chambers, Inc.;
Keith Clinkscales, President and CEO, Revolt TV; Ladavia Drane, Hilary Clinton’s Director of
African American Outreach; Knatokie Ford, Senior Policy Advisor, White House Office of Science
and Technology Policy; Endura Govan, Founder, International Business Kids; Kristal High, Publisher, Politic365; David Honig, President Emeritus, Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC); Talib Karim,
Executive Director, STEM4US; Maureen Lewis, Director, Minority Telecommunications Development
Program, U.S. Commerce Department, National Telecommunications Information Administration 
(NTIA); Howie Hodges, VP, Time Warner Cable; D’Angela Proctor, Senior Vice President, Original 
Programming and Production, TV One; Steve Roberts, President and CEO, The Roberts Company; 
Angela Rye, Political Strategist and Principal and CEO, Impact Strategies; Debra Speed, Director, 
Strategic Alliances, Verizon; Justin Tanner, Associate Director for the Office of Legislative, Education 
& Intergovernmental Affairs, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA); Joe Torres, Senior 
Director, Free Press; Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee, Vice President and Chief Research and Policy Officer, 
Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC); Antonio Williams, Senior Director, 
Comcast; Jim Winston, President, National Association of Black-Owned Broadcasters (NABOB);
 and many more.

This year’s conference will also bestow five Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the highest leadership distinctions of the organization at the Breakfast Plenary and the Telecommunications Luncheon scheduled on 
Wednesday, December 16, 2015. Honorees for this year include: The Honorable Catherine Pugh
Maryland State Senator and President, National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL); S. Jenell Trigg, Partner, Lerman Senter; Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee, Vice President and Chief Research and Policy Officer, MMTC; Keith 
Clinkscales, President and CEO, Revolt TV; the CBC Tech 2020, a project of the Congressional 
Black Caucus, and others. Special tributes are also planned for the late media ownership evangelist, 
Dr. Everett C. Parker of the United Church of Christ and the former Chairwoman of the Equal 
Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Jacqueline Berrien who passed away last month.
The Rainbow PUSH Coalition will also host pre-conference activities on December 15, 2015 from 
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm as part of an evening celebration with special tributes to 12 inspirational leaders 
that are advancing media ownership working towards closing the digital divide, and addressing 
disparities for people of color. Honorees for the Gala will be announced this week. Special musical 
guests will include: gospel artist Maurette Brown Clark who will perform a tribute to gospel legend 
Richard Smallwood, one of the evening’s honorees and R&B star, Angie Stone

The Gala is free and open to the public. Registration is required at: http://rpctelecom2015.eventbrite.com.

For more information on the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Annual DC Gala and Symposium on December 15-16, 2015 at the Capital Hilton on 1001 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, Washington, DC, please visit http://rpctelecom2015.eventbrite.com. The December 16 Symposium is free and open to the public.

Ticket Information

Pre- Conference Reception & Award Ceremony
Join us as we honor several dignitaries for their extensive work in Public Policy and Telecommunications! We will also pay special tribute to the late Miss Helen Burns Jackson, and multiple Stellar Award Winner and Grammy Nominated Gospel Entertainer, Richard Smallwood. This ceremony is open to the public!
3d 16h 21mFree$0.00
Media and Telecom Symposium (Breakfast and Lunch Included)
Friday Morning Plenary, Friday Morning Sessions, and Friday Afternoon Sessions.
3d 15h 51mFree$0.00

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Event Details

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition will host its 7th Annual Media and Telecom Symposium on December 15-16, 2015. The two day symposium will take place at the Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC. An evening reception will take place on December 15, 2015 at the Capital Hilton honoring the mother of the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, the late Mrs Helen Burns Jackson, Reverend Richard Smallwood and twelve Distinguished Leaders. The second day, the symposium will feature plenary and break out sessions on issues around communities of color being engaged and involved in the media and telecom space, voter rights, ministerial sessions and a sports session.
The theme of this year’s conference is “The Future of Media and Technology: Growth, Convergence, Disruption.” Panels will focus on new civil rights concerns, efforts to increase diversity and inclusion in Silicon Valley, the open Internet, media diversity, online surveillance and digital privacy and how the new digital economy will benefit consumers, particularly those from communities of color.

Have questions about RPC & CEF Public Policy and Media and Telecom Symposium 2015 (Washington, DC)? Contact Rainbow PUSH Coalition & Citizenship Education Fund

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