The New Leader Weekly Briefing

The New Leader Weekly Briefing

In this week's briefing: automatic voter registration, Pittsburgh is a Rusty Metaphor, and more. 

Policy, News and Events for the NLC Community 

June 2, 2017


Highlights from the NLC Network

Nikki Fisher (NLC Portland) & David Rini (NLC Boston): Voting is a Right and Trump is Wrong - It is Time for Automatic Voter Registration

Hadley Pratt (Pittsburgh ’17) featured in “A Revitalized Pittsburgh Suggests the President Used a Rusty Metaphor” via The New York Times

NLC Board Member Nate Loewentheil: Addressing Baltimore's violence

NLC Ambassador John Rowley: Tiger, Trump & Hillary’s Crisis Kryptonite


Events & Fellowship

NLC Institute
  • The NLC Institute is the leading training program for progressive young professionals. NLC Fellows are equipped with the skills to run for office, manage campaigns, launch a business or start a nonprofit. From strategic communications to fundraising,  entrepreneurship to coalition management, NLC Fellows master all the skills needed to lead the next generation.

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 15-16; 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.
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NLC NYC Fellows Fundraiser: IGNITE! 

  • June 15; New York, New York 
  • New Leaders Council NYC 2017 Fellows class is hard at work, sparking the next generation of progressive leadership. Join us at the Union Square Ballroom to celebrate! Hear from our keynote speakers Rashad Robinson, the Executive Director of the nation's largest online racial justice organization, Color Of Change, and Kerry Kennedy, the President of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization, which advocates for a more just and peaceful world!

Center for American Progress: Does Investing in Teacher Professional Development Make a Difference?

  • June 5; 9:30 am - 12:00 pm; Washington, D.C.
  • At this event the Learning Policy Institute will release the findings from a new review of research on professional development that results in student learning gains. Looking at 35 methodologically rigorous studies, the Learning Policy Institute isolated seven key elements these programs share, signaling how states and districts can design professional learning to make a positive difference. Following the release of “Effective Teacher Professional Development,” the event will proceed with a discussion among practitioners and policymakers on the ways that federal, state, and local policy and resources can help support the implementation of high-quality professional learning opportunities for teachers.
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The Brookings Institution: What’s next for global internet freedom under the Trump administration?

  • June 14; 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm; Washington, DC
  • Internet freedom remains a significant challenge around the world. Highly restrictive countries, such as China and Iran, block residents from accessing search engines, social networks, and news organizations. The U.S. has previously supported the rights of all internet users to freedom of expression, assembly, and association online. However, the Obama administration’s internet freedom agenda has not yet been addressed by the Trump administration. How will the new administration balance internet freedom with its other foreign policy goals? How should the United States promote internet freedom through its trade partnerships? On June 14, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings will host an event to explore the potential strategic and implementation changes that lie ahead in the area of internet freedom. A panel of experts will discuss the potential impact on U.S. foreign policy initiatives, international relations, and the Trump administration’s goal of negotiating lower trade barriers for American companies. After the session, panelists will take audience questions.
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Bipartisan Policy Institute: Promoting Affordability and Accountability in the U.S. Higher Education System

  • June 20; 10:00 am - 11:30 am; Washington, DC
  • Join us for a discussion with university presidents on rising costs and the higher education system. The discussion will focus on how states, institutions of higher education, and the federal government can work to promote affordability and accountability. The American higher education system is plagued with skyrocketing costs and lackluster graduation rates. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have expressed displeasure with the status quo. With re-authorization of the Higher Education Act on the horizon, there exists potential for bipartisan reforms that improve the post-secondary education system for American students and their families.
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Policy & News

Center for American Progress: The 2017 Ideas Conference A Center for American Progress Signature Event



Progressive Policy Institute: Connecticut’s Embarrassing Anti-Innovation Law


The Brookings Institution: Trump’s Paris Agreement withdrawal: What it means and what comes next

Bipartisan Policy Center: Parents: The Forgotten Student Loan Borrowers
The Walton Family Foundation: 4.0 Schools “Tiny Fellows” Ready to Make an Outsized Impact on Education

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