With Prof. Spencer Overton in charge, the newly re-energized Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies held two events on Capitol Hill today. The events were part of the Joint Center’s 2015 Roundtable and policy summit featuring over thirty Black State legislators from across the country.
The group included Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, Kansas House Minority Chair Barbara Ballard, Baltimore City Council President Jack Young, Illinois House Criminal Justice Chair La Shawn Ford and DC Council Member Kenyan McDuffie. The legislators were able to connect with members of Congress and their staff on a host of issues facing the communities they represent.
A reception and briefing was held as part of today’s 2015 Roundtable. Members of Congress, including Reps. John Conyers (D-MI), Charlie Rangel (D-NY), Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Bobby Scott (D-VA), Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Danny Davis (D-IL) and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), among other were in attendance and spoke to the group.
Members spoke on voting rights, successful advocacy strategies, criminal justice reform, and education.