Top 3 Things You Need to Know - February 17, 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017

 

WASHINGTON UPDATE

NUL’s Legislative Policy Conference
The National Urban League is proud to announce that our 2017 State of Black America Summit featuring the 14th annual Legislative Policy Conference will take place May 2-4, 2017 in Washington, D.C.  Our Legislative Policy Conference is a time where our affiliate presidents, young professionals and Guild members receive congressional and administration updates, advocacy training and meet with their federal elected officials.  We have some new and exciting things planned for this year’s conference, which you don’t want to miss.  Be sure to check our website and social media channels for more information and updates. 

Senate Diversity Resume Drop
As you know, the National Urban League has made diversity and inclusion a part of our legislative agenda.  This week, The National Urban League Washington Bureau delivered the resumes of qualified African Americans ready to assume senior positions as Chiefs of Staff, Legislative Directors, and Communications Directors to Senate Leaders and Members representing states with a high percentage of minority residents.  At the core of economic civil rights is the idea that all people should have access to jobs for which they are qualified.  The U.S Senate cannot property function on behalf of all Americans if its staffers don’t look like the populations they serve.  Our goal is to continue to beat the drum on this issue until we get results.  Here you will find the letter we sent to Senate members urging them to consider qualified African Americans from the talent pool that exists. 

Black History Month
Each February, during Black History Month, we celebrate the enormous historic contributions that African Americans have made to American life and culture.  This month not only serves as an opportunity to celebrate our innovations and progress, but also to reflect on the struggles we’ve endured.  Throughout the month of February, the National Urban League is honoring the trailblazers who have paved the way and those who continue to carry the torch for civil and human rights.  The National Urban League will continue to be a leader in delivering essential services to minority and underrepresented communities, and in the fight for social and economic policies that will truly enable all African Americans to realize their American dream.