The Delta Grassroots Caucus (DGC) is a broad coalition of grassroots leaders in the eight-state Delta region. DGC is also a founding partner of the Economic Equality Caucus,
which advocates for economic equality across the USA.

Delta Caucus group activities postponed until later in 2022 due to illnesses among our partners

Posted on September 06, 2022 at 05:31 PM

Delta Grassroots Caucus group activities for September and October are postponed due to illnesses among our partners.

There has been a resurgence of Covid among many of our partners. Caucus Director Lee Powell had complications from major surgery to repair damage from a hiatal hernia eruption that moved his stomach, one lung and colon high into his chest. He is suffering breathing difficulties and will be out of action until at least November or December.

We would ask all our partners to continue making individual contacts by email, phone, Internet and personal contacts for our set of issues on community and economic development in the Greater Delta Region.

We will resume group activities in about six or eight weeks. Thank you. Delta Caucus

See the website at mdgc.us

Delta Conference Primarily by Zoom from Little Rock on Oct. 20-21, 2022

Posted on July 27, 2022 at 12:09 PM

The Delta Caucus Regional Conference for Oct. 20-21, 2022 in Little Rock will be largely by Zoom due to a resurgence of the Coronavirus.

We will relay the details of how to take part by Zoom shortly before the Zoom meeting.

There will be a small group broadcasting by Zoom from Little Rock on Oct. 20-21. We invite all our partners across the region to take party by Zoom and hear the speakers from the 8-state region.

NOTE: Delta conferences are held regardless of illnesses of individuals, but we would relay the information that unfortunately Caucus Director Lee Powell is suffering from a massive hyatal hernia that pushed the stomach, a lung and part of the colon high into his chest. Major surgery lasting about four hours was required and the recovery time is estimated at two months.

Please continue advocating for USDA nutrition, rural development and other programs, Delta Regional Authority, infrastructure programs, health care, Delta Heritage tourism, job creation and other constructive development initiatives.

Please RSVP and send in registration fees (reduced to $50 due to it being largely by Zoom) ASAP. The address or PayPal link for registration is below in this email.

EXAMPLES OF PARTICIPANTS THUS FAR:

We always invite President Clinton, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Members of Congress and other distinguished guests, although those in that category usually RSVP only much closer to the time of the event. Other participants will include:

–Todd Shields, the new Chancellor of Arkansas State University, one of the region’s key academic institutions;

–Brad Cole of the Illinois Municipal League, Mayor Jason Ashmore of Sesser, Illinois and other southern Illinois colleagues;

–Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a faith-based nonprofit that does constructive work in the Delta region;

–Arkansas Hospitals Association, one of the major health care institutions in the region;

–Wilson Golden, Mississippi native now based in Georgia, former Presidential appointee in the Clinton administration where he served as one of the four managers for the Delta Regional Initiative along with Lee Powell, Harold Gist, and the late Al Eisenberg;

–Shaunte McFarland of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, another of our major academic institutions in the region;

–Ruthanne Hill, Executive Director of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, a nonprofit working for greater educational opportunities for single parents in the region;

–Mara Leverett, author of many books on Arkansas topics, including All Quiet at Mena, an account of drug smuggling and gun running out of the Mena, Arkansas airport–she will speak about drug abuse issues in Arkansas;

–Harvey Joe Sanner, long-time Delta regional advocate from Des Arc, Arkansas, president of the American Agriculture Movement of Arkansas;

–we always have representatiion from Sikeston and elsewhere in southeast Missouri and expect to have them in October, speaker TBD;

–we are working on other representatives from Louisiana, Mississippi and elsewhere in the region.

The basic schedule is:

Evening opening session on Thursday evening Oct. 20 from about 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at a central Little Rock location TBD soon,

Main session is Friday morning and lunch, Oct. 21, from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. by Zoom from Little Rock.

Progress for Delta Regional Authority (DRA): We work on many issues and the DRA is only one of them, but we would like to observe the progress we as a region have made in getting the agency’s budget up to $180 million. We have gender and race diversity in the two highly capable senior officials at the DRA in Corey Wiggins of Mississippi as Federal Co-Chairman and Leslie Durham of Louisiana as Alternate Federal Co-Chairman.

This is nonpartisan.

GROUP HOTEL

We have a discounted rate of $122 for the night of Oct. 20, 2022 at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Little Rock.

This discounted rate includes a hot breakfast buffet, complimentary onsite parking & complimentary shuttle service to/from the Bill & Hillary Clinton National Airport, and Clinton Library.

To get the discounted rate call the Comfort Inn & Suites at 501-687-7700 and say you are with the Delta Caucus group.

Address is:

Comfort Inn & Suites

707 Interstate 30

Little Rock, Arkansas 72202

REGISTRATION FEES

The easiest way to register is to go to the website at mdgc.us and go to the PayPal link that says “Donate” and make the payment automatically for the $50 registration fees.

If you prefer to pay by check, please make out the check to “Delta Caucus” and mail to:

Delta Caucus

5030 Purslane Place

Waldorf, MD 20601

SCHEDULE

Opening session is Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Little Rock location TBD, usually at the State Capitol Rotunda or the Clinton School of Public Service.

Main session is Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. by Zoom.

Thanks very much. Lee Powell, Executive Director, Delta Caucus (202) 360-6347

Delta Caucus Regional Conference Set for Little Rock on Oct. 20-21, 2022

Posted on July 13, 2022 at 11:15 AM

The Delta Caucus Regional Conference is set for Oct. 20-21, 2022 in Little Rock.

The basic schedule is:

Evening opening session on Thursday evening Oct. 20 from about 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at a central Little Rock location TBD soon,

Main session is Friday morning and lunch, Oct. 21, from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clinton Library Great Hall.

First in-person conference since the pandemic–We have had virtual meetings but have not held in-person regional conferences the last few years due to the coronavirus, so this will be the first larger-scale in-person meeting in several years.

We usually have about 100 people including speakers such as the Governor, President Clinton and the nonpartisan Clinton Foundation, Congressional, state officials, mayors, nonprofit executives, business leaders and others interested in community and economic progress in the Greater Delta.

Key issues: job creation at good wages, infrastructure improvements, education and workforce development, USDA nutrition and rural development programs, health care, support for the Delta Regional Authority, and Delta Heritage tourism, and related issues.

Progress for Delta Regional Authority (DRA): We work on many issues and the DRA is only one of them, but we would like to observe the progress we as a region have made in getting the agency’s budget up to $180 million. We have gender and race diversity in the two highly capable senior officials at the DRA in Corey Wiggins of Mississippi as Federal Co-Chairman and Leslie Durham of Louisiana as Alternate Federal Co-Chairman.

We will finalize the agenda when it gets closer to the time of the event. At this relatively early date we just wanted to get this invitation sent to you to save the dates.

This is nonpartisan.

GROUP HOTEL

We have a discounted rate of $122 for the night of Oct. 20, 2022 at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Little Rock.

This discounted rate includes a hot breakfast buffet, complimentary onsite parking & complimentary shuttle service to/from the Bill & Hillary Clinton National Airport, and Clinton Library.

To get the discounted rate call the Comfort Inn & Suites at 501-687-7700 and say you are with the Delta Caucus group.

Address is:

Comfort Inn & Suites

707 Interstate 30

Little Rock, Arkansas 72202

REGISTRATION FEES

Registration fees are a key part of our budget so we have to ask for them from all attendees and participants. This is a volunteer grassroots network and we ask all speakers except President Clinton, the Governor of Arkansas, Members of Congress to pay the $100 registration fees.

The easiest way to register is to go to the website at mdgc.us and go to the PayPal link that says “Donate” and make the payment automatically.

If you prefer to pay by check, please make out the check to “Delta Caucus” and mail to:

Delta Caucus

5030 Purslane Place

Waldorf, MD 20601

SCHEDULE

Opening session is Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Little Rock location TBD, usually at the State Capitol Rotunda or the Clinton School of Public Service.

Main session is Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clinton Library Great Hall.

Thanks very much. Lee Powell, Executive Director, Delta Caucus (202) 360-6347

Delta Caucus Supports Legislation Improving Veterans Benefits and Services Sponsored by Sen. Boozman (AR)

Posted on May 25, 2022 at 12:05 PM

The Greater Delta Region has a large number of veterans throughout our eight states, so we support constructive legislation on veterans issues sponsored by Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) and endorsed by many other Members of Congress in the region.

The legislation includes a broad range of provisions to modernize Veterans Affairs (VA) services and expend benefits to those who have given such vital service to our nation.

Boozman is a senior member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. His father was a Master Sergeant in the US Army and his longstanding, diligent work on veterans issues is commendable.

Recently Congress advanced several bills sponsored by Boozman that are expected to be signed into law:

The Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas Supporting Expanded Review for Veterans in Combat Environments (SERVICE) Act that will require the VA to conduct mammograms for all women who served in areas associated with burn pits and other toxic exposures regardless of age, symptoms or family history.

The Making Advances in Mammography and Medical Options (MAMMO) for Veterans Act, which will require the VA to develop a strategic plan to improve breast imaging services, create a tele-mammography pilot program for veterans in areas where the VA does not offer in-house mammography and expand veterans’ access to clinical trials through partnerships with the National Cancer Institute. The legislation would also require the VA to upgrade all in-house breast imaging to 3D mammography, which is considered the gold standard of imaging technology.

The Strengthening Oversight for Veterans Act of 2021, a measure to provide the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) with the authority to subpoena testimony from former VA employees who have left federal service, former contractor personnel who performed work for the department, or other potentially relevant individuals during its inspections, reviews and investigations.

Thanks very much. Lee Powell, Delta Caucus (202) 360-6347

New Dates for Delta Caucus Conference Set for Oct. 20-21, 2022

Posted on March 23, 2022 at 10:44 AM

Delta Regional Conference Moved to Oct. 20-21, 2022 in Little Rock

We have postponed the Delta Caucus conference to Oct. 20-21, 2022 at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

We have reserved the Great Hall of the Clinton Library for Oct. 21, 2022 Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We have requested the Choctaw Commons area of the Clinton School of Public Service for Thursday evening, Oct. 21, 2022 from about 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., although they cannot confirm that location this far in advance. We will keep you posted.

Due to some illnesses and other complications, the conference was moved from the late spring on June 2-3 to the fall on Oct. 20-21.

We will address community and economic development issues in the Greater Delta Region from southern Illinois and Missouri to New Orleans and eastward to the Alabama Black Belt.

Among the key issues we will include job creation, infrastructure, health care, hunger and nutrition, Delta Heritage tourism, civil rights and diversity, and related subjects.

We support the Delta Regional Authority and as always advocate for a much larger budget. Currently Congress is considering a major increase in the DRA budget to the $150 or greater level, which would be a historic expansion.

REGISTRATION

You register by paying the registration fees, which are $100 each until Oct. 5 and then late registration after that goes up to $130.

To pay the $100 registration fees, you can go to the website at www.mdgc.us and go to the PayPal link that says “Donate.”

NOTE: This is not a link so you will need to type in the “mdgc.us” to get to the website.

If you wish to pay by check, please make out the check to “Delta Caucus” and mail to:

Delta Caucus 5030 Purslane Place Waldorf, MD 20601

We are working on getting a group hotel discount and will forward that information as soon as we have received it. Thanks–Delta Caucus; Phone is (202) 360-6347; email address is leepowell@delta.comcastbiz.net