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.

Please Register & Consider Sponsorship Donation for Delta Conference in Little Rock on Oct. 20-21, 2022

Posted on July 27, 2022 at 12:09 PM

We are lining up a strong group of participants for the Delta Caucus Regional Conference is set for Oct. 20-21, 2022 in Little Rock.

Registration fees and sponsorships have been coming in very slowly, so we would urge our partners to send in the fees and if possible a sponsorship ASAP.

Lead Sponsorships–for larger universities, corporations or larger institutions, are $2,500.

Major Co-Sponsorships for medium-sized universities or colleges, smaller businesses and other partners are $500.

Sponsorships for individuals or small organizations are $200,.

Please RSVP and send in registration fees 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. 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 80 to 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 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

Please RSVP for Delta Caucus Conference at Clinton Center in Little Rock, June 2-3. 2022

Posted on March 10, 2022 at 12:23 PM

Please RSVP for June 2-3, 2022 Delta Regional Conference at the Clinton Presidential Center

March 10, 2022

Please RSVP to Caucus Director Lee Powell by phone at (202) 360-6347 or by email at Leepowell@delta.comcastbiz.net and this email address is NOT a link so you will have to type it in.

Again, type in the email address and send an email to Lee Powell at leepowell#@delta.comcastbiz.net THIS IS NOT A LINK.

SCHEDULE

The schedule is:

June 2, 2022 Opening session:

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Clinton School of Public Service, Choctaw Commons meeting area

June 3, 2022 session:

8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clinton Library Great Hall

We hope you and others from your network can be there for the full two sessions, which don’t take up that much time–just a fairly brief session on the evening of June 2 and then morning and lunch the next day.

GROUP HOTEL (if needed)

To get the group discount at the Holiday Inn Presidential in Little Rock, please call the hotel at 501-375-2100 and tell them you are with the Delta Caucus group.

REGISTRATION

You register by paying the registration fees.

DISCOUNTS FOR REGISTRATIONS OF TWO OR MORE–For registration fees, we will offer substantial group discounts for a “group” of only two people from the $100 for one person down to $40 each for two, and $25 each for more than two, and even bigger discounts if you can get a larger group there.

The easiest way to pay the registration fees is to go on the website at mdgc.us and go to the Paypal link that says “Donate.”

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

KEY ISSUES

Infrastructure improvements, job creation, education and job training will be among the key issues.

Feedback about issues to address is welcome.

We will send further information as it gets closer to the June 2-3 Delta conference. Thanks–Lee Powell, Delta Caucus (202) 360-6347