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National Black Caucus of State Legislators Kick Off 36th Annual Legislative Conference

Maryland Residents Share Story of Tragedy Leading to National Policy Action

WHAT: The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) will hold a press conference to officially kick off its 36th Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.  This year’s conference theme “Leading a United Front – Diverse Not Divided,”underscores NBCSL’s commitment to the spirit of unity and collaboration, supporting President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress. Over 500 legislators are expected to be in attendance.

Maryland residents will also share a personal testimony of tragedy and triumph, and how NBCSL policy efforts helped to pass state legislation benefitting families and communities across the country.

WHEN:         Wednesday, December 5, 2012 from 10:00am -11:00am EST

WHERE: Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Lincoln 5 (Lower Level)
2660 Woodley Rd., NW.
Washington, D.C. 20008

WHO: Featured speakers include:
·         Representative Barbara W. Ballard (KS), NBCSL President
·         Representative Joe Armstrong (TN), NBCSL President-Elect
·         Free, WPGC Radio Host and Former BET Personality
·         Lamont Carey, Author, Advocate and Actor, Filmmaker/Playwrite
·         Nancy and Anthony Green, Founders, Deanna’s Lyric Foundation (Maryland residents)

NBCSL members and a diverse group of policy experts will caucus on following trending policy issues:

·       Attacking Obesity from the Start: Supporting Children’s Nutrition.Legislators will discuss how to partner with schools and communities to prevent and combat childhood obesity.

·       Building Stronger, Sustainable Communities. Legislators will identify strategies to build stronger, sustainable communities. Strategies include those to transform communities, while ensuring disenfranchised residents are included in planning, execution, and positive outcomes.

·       Nuclear Energy 360: Secure Families and Safe Communities in the Wake of Fukushima Daiichi. Legislators will also examine how nuclear power expansion could impact the African-American community through greater contracting opportunities leading to further job creation. Legislators also to discuss disaster prevention and recovery.

·       Youth Violence: A Matter of Public Health. Legislators will approach youth violence holistically and strategically by focusing on prevention and intervention at the societal rather than individual level.

·       Ownership, Entrepreneurship, and Wealth Creation in the African-American Community. Legislators will examine systemic barriers impeding college and professional athletes, musicians, actors, entrepreneurs, and others from receiving ownership and rights to their work and even themselves.

·       Health Information Technology: The Future is Now. Legislators will look at how Health Information technology (HIT) makes it possible for health care providers to better manage patient care through the secure use and sharing of health information. HIT also allows providers to coordinate care better, helping doctors diagnose health problems sooner, reduce medical errors, and provide safer care at lower costs.

About the National Black Caucus of State Legislators

The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) is a membership association representing over 600 African American state legislators from 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NBCSL members represent more than 50 million Americans of all racial backgrounds. NBCSL tracks legislation at all levels of government and actively monitors state and federal policy initiatives to provide its members with important information. Each year, NBCSL members pass policy resolutions that directly impact federal and state policy. The organization focuses on U.S. domestic policy and is committed to policies that positively affect all Americans. Learn more at