The New Leader Weekly Briefing

The New Leader Weekly Briefing

In this week's briefing: the NLC National Leadership Retreat, discussions on progressive policy, launching ballot initiatives, and more. 



Policy, News and Events for the NLC Community 

April 21, 2017


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  • NLC Senior Media Fellow Krystal Ball’s book Reversing the Apocalypse: Hijacking the Democratic Party to Save the World is out now! Former MSNBC Host and Progressive Activist Krystal Ball dissects what went wrong with the Democratic Party over the last 30 years-culminating in the electoral apocalypse of 2016. Krystal argues that Donald Trump is a predictable response to the massive economic dislocation of the past 40 years.
  • Johnathan Holifield's book The Future Economy and Inclusive Competitiveness will be out soon. In this groundbreaking book, the Architect of Inclusive Competitiveness, Innovation Economy leader, civil rights advocate and former NFL athlete, Johnathan M. Holifield shines a bright light on shifting demographic trends in the United States and the dramatic impact this will have on our economic future: the potential pitfalls as well as the extraordinary opportunities for shared socio-economic prosperity.



NLC National Leadership Retreat 
  • July 20-22; Pittsburgh, PA

  • Please join New Leaders Council for its annual National Leadership Retreat in Pittsburgh, PA. NLC chapter leadership, alumni and members of the progressive community will meet in Pittsburgh this summer, July 20-22nd to unite, act, and rise. Attendees will be a play a crucial role in charting NLC's course for the future. The annual retreat in Pittsburgh will unite the NLC community around a shared vision for our future, inspire us to act, and rise to meet the obstacles as we work to build a more progressive America. 
NLC Millennial Compact National Conversation
  • September 14-16; Chicago, IL
  • Please join NLC for the NLC Millennial Compact National Conversation presented with NewDEAL Leaders. Millennial leaders, elected officials, and thought leaders will convene to discuss the innovative issues in the NLC Millennial Compact written by and for millennial leaders. Attendees will hear from keynotes speakers, network with rising star elected officials and NLC's network of millennial leaders. An agenda of the days' events will be available soon.
  • Register:

Digital Organizing Bootcamps
  • NLC Senior Digital Fellow Beth Becker is hosting two week-long Digital Organizing Bootcamps this summer in New York City (June 11-17) and Denver (July 9-15)!

  • Throughout the week of each training, you will get a hands-on in-depth training on topics like creating content, executing content calendars, best practices for websites, e-mail, social media, and more. 
Progressive Policy Institute: Global Connections in an Era of Skepticism
  • April 27; 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Washington, DC

  • Please join the Progressive Policy Institute and Technology Policy Institute for a bipartisan discussion on Capitol Hill exploring why it is vital to turn the current debate on the costs and benefits of trade—which too often connotes only tangible products crossing borders—into a broader discussion about the necessity of global connections in a modern, high-tech economy. Global connections go beyond the conventional analysis of exports and imports, and include the impact of data flows, foreign investment, knowledge, and other intangibles that can stimulate growth and create jobs locally. The event will feature keynote addresses by two Members of Congress, one from each side of the aisle, on the importance of global connections. Dr. Michael Mandel of PPI will examine the evidence linking global connections and economic growth, and explain why thinking of the global economy in terms of exports and imports is simply wrong. 
Center for American Progress: 100 Days, 100 Ways: How the Trump Administration Has Undermined Women’s Progress
  • April 25, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Washington, DC

  • Despite repeated promises that President Donald Trump and his administration would invest in and empower women, President Trump’s actions have made it clear that he and his team are completely out of touch with the needs of today’s working families. From attacking health care and undermining women’s legal rights to elevating out-of-touch, regressive nominees to key positions, President Trump is revealing his fundamental lack of understanding of the myriad challenges women face and how they are interrelated. It has only been 100 days and millions of women and their families are already feeling the negative impacts of the Trump administration and its misguided agenda. Please join the Center for American Progress for a panel discussion with leading experts and advocates to discuss how we can continue to make progress in support of women and their families in the current environment, resist rollbacks, and secure concrete policy changes that respond to women’s diverse experiences and needs.

Bipartisan Policy Center: Improving Care for the Chronically-Ill Medicare Patients

  • April 25; 9:00 am - 10:30 am, Washington, DC
  • Join us April 25th at the Bipartisan Policy Center’s release of the second in a series of reports designed to improve care for high-need, high-cost Medicare beneficiaries.  Building on a recent report on improving care for individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, BPC outlines the barriers to the integration of clinical health and social services and issues recommendations to eliminate those barriers for the Medicare-only population. Presentation of the report’s findings, followed by a panel discussion will begin at 9:00 am.

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Highlights from the NLC Network

2017 NLC Pittsburgh Chapter Quincy Kofi Swatson’s The Door Campaign teaches adults to #BeTheChange!

NLC Portland Co-Director Nikki Fischer: “Oregon must pay postage on ballots to ensure access”

NLC National Honorary Co-Chair, State Representative Loranne Ausley (FL) is in the Spring Class of The NewDEAL Leaders

Read NLC General Counsel Brett Seifried’s piece on NLC Community Action Initiatives recently launched coordinated ballot initiative campaign for citizens to demand answers and access

New Leaders Council - Kentucky advisory board member Adam Edelen is working to develop the first large-scale solar array in Appalachia in Pike County, Kentucky

Policy & News

Center for American Progress: The Top 7 Ways the Trump Administration is Attacking Science at the EPA

NewDEAL Leaders: How we elect more women

Progressive Policy Institute: Press Release: Gerwin for The Hill: Congress has provided a workable framework for renegotiating NAFTA


The Brookings Institution: Putting energy into Earth Day

Economic Innovation Group: How to Create Jobs Across America: Investing in Opportunity

Bipartisan Policy Center: Debt Limit Analysis

Walmart: Wal-Mart aims to slash one gigaton of emissions by 2030


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