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.

Latest Draft of Delta Caucus Agenda for May 30-31, 2024 Zoom Meeting

Posted on May 16, 2024 at 12:43 PM

Agenda

Delta Grassroots Caucus Zoom Meeting

May 30-31, 2024

NOTE: All times are Central Time.

The speaking times should be fairly close to what is listed, but we have to be flexible so there might be a few minutes difference as to when you speak. Of course, it’s not exactly to the minute listed.

OPENING SESSION—Thursday, May 30, 2024, 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. (Central Time)

5:30 p.m. to 6:05 p.m.–The Delta Regional Initiative—an Overview from the late 1980s to the Present

Lee Powell, Delta Caucus Executive Director, former Clinton administration Presidential appointee, one of the managers of the Delta Regional Initiative with Wilson Golden and the late Al Eisenberg, originally from Arkansas now based in Washington, DC area

Wilson Golden, distinguished attorney, former Clinton administration Presidential appointee, Mississippi native

Mike Marshall, banker and former Mayor of Sikeston, Missouri, former Alternate Federal Co-Chairman of the Delta Regional Authority

6:05 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.–Health, Hunger and Nutrition

Joel Berg, CEO, Hunger Free America

Pat Van Burkleo, Feeding Louisiana

Sylvia Blain, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance

Bo Ryall, Arkansas Hospitals Association

Friday, May 31, 2024—9 a.m. to about noon Central time

9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.–Speakers from several major organizations in the Greater Delta

9 a.m. to 9:10–Ralph Brown, Southern Bancorp Community Partners

9:11-9:21–Keesa Smith, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families

9:22-9:32–Joyvin Benton, King Foundation

9:32—9:44–Brad Cole, Municipal League of Illinois

9:45—9:55 a.m.–Clint O’Neal, Arkansas Economic Development Commission

10:15 to 10:25 a.m.–Elizabeth Rooks, Rooks Mediation Services

10;15 a.m. to 10. 45 a.m.–Diversity in the Greater Delta

10:15 a.m.–10:25 a.m.–Erendira Vasquez, Arkansas United

10:25—10:35–Elzadia Washington, National Black Growers Council

10:35 to 10:45–Alan Gumbel, Black Business Association of Memphis

10:45 a.m. to noon—Education, Regional Culture and Tourism

10:45 to 10:55 a.m.–Cody Behles, University of Memphis

11:05 – 11:15 A.M.–Von Gordon, William Winter Institute, Mississippi

11:15—11:25 A.M.–‚ÄčINVITED—Arkansas State University representative

11:25—11:35 a.m.–Munnie Jordan, King Biscuit Blues Festival

11:35—11:45 a.m.–‚ÄčKyle Miller, Delta Cultural Center

11:45 a.m. to noon or whenever she finishes–Joyce Elliott, Get Loud Arkansas voter registration program

Please RSVP & Register before May 18 early registration deadline for May 30-31, 2024 Delta Caucus Zoom Meeting

Posted on April 24, 2024 at 01:48 PM

Please Register for the May 30-31, 2024 Delta Caucus Meeting by Zoom; Early Registration Deadline is May 18, 2024.

You register and RSVP by paying the registration fees–that information is below in this message. Registration fees are $75 but after May 18 they go up to $100.

The Zoom meeting is just as important as an in-person meeting. We have about 37 RSVPs now and are adding more each day.

The Zoom format will reduce expense, time and other challenges of larger, in-person conferences, and enable more participation from people who live a long way from Little Rock, AR. There is a broad trend toward Zoom meetings and we need to acknowledge that fact.

We will provide information on how to tune in to the Zoom meeting when it gets closer to the time.

The key issues will be job creation, infrastructure, health care, hunger and nutrition, Delta Heritage tourism, the Delta Regional Authority budget and impact, education/workforce development, transportation and related regional development subjects.

SCHEDULE

The opening session will be the evening of May 30, 2024, Thursday, about 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

The Friday session May 31, 2024 will be from 9 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m.

REGISTRATION

You register by paying the registration fees.

The early registration fee of $75 is good until May 1, 2024 to provide an incentive to get the registration fees in before the time of the conference. Registration fees go up to $100 starting May 1.

The fastest and easiest way to register 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

After May 18 and up to May 31 the registration fees go up to $100.

We would request that people NOT wait until the time of the conference to pay registration fees because it takes up time to collect them while we are trying to get the program started.

We would greatly prefer to not have to collect registration fees after the conference is over, so the fees go up to $125 each if we have to collect them at that late time.

Group discount: We will offer a group discount of $50 each for a group of three or more, and a discount down to $30 each for a group of five or more.

Preliminary information on key issues and speakers:

The key subjects will include job creation, infrastructure, health care, hunger and nutrition, Delta Heritage tourism, the Delta Regional Authority, education/workforce development, transportation and related regional development subjects.

Panel on The Delta regional initiative from the late 1980s to the present:

–Lee Powell, Caucus Director, former Presidential appointee in the Clinton administration, one of managers of the New Markets Initiative and the Delta Regional Initiative (originally from Arkansas);

–Wilson Golden, former Presidential appointee in the Clinton administration, manager of the New Markets Initiative and the Delta Regional Initiative along with Lee Powell and the late Al Eisenberg), native of Mississippi;

–Mike Marshall, former Alternate Federal Co-Chairman of the Delta Regional Authority, veteran Delta regional leader from Sikeston, Missouri;

We are working on many other invitations. Below are some confirmed speakers on a range of other issues:

–Joel Berg, CEO, Hunger Free America

–Mike Marshall, banker and former Mayor of Sikeston, Missouri, former Alternate Federal Co-Chairman of the Delta Regional Authority

–Michelle Monse or Joyvin Benton, King Foundation;

–Ralph Brown, Southern Bancorp Community Partners;

–Keesha Smith, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families;

–Cody Behles, University of Memphis, Executive Director for Innovation and Research Support;

–Brad Cole, Executive Director, Municipal League of Illinois;

–President Chris Heigle, Arkansas Northeastern College;

–Pat Van Burkleo, Executive Director, Feeding Louisiana;

–Alan Gumbel, Black Business Association of Memphis, Tennessee;

–Munnie Jordan, Executive Director of the King Biscuit Blues Festival, Helena, Arkansas;

–Elzadia Washington, National Black Growers Council;

–Sylvia Blain, Executive Director, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance;

Thanks again for all your great support of the Delta regional advocacy initiative over the years. Lee Powell, Director, Delta Grassroots Caucus (202) 360-6347

Caucus Director's Email Out of Service (Temporarily, we hope); & Mark Twain quote

Posted on April 18, 2024 at 03:09 PM

Technical note and comic relief: Caucus Director Lee Powell’s MicroSoft Outlook email is out of service. We hope this is temporary, but since Mr. Powell has the technological expertise of an oyster, the issue is still in doubt.

The unfortunate Mr. Powell clumsily pushed the wrong button and was ejected from MicroSoft Outlook, and he can’t get back in because he forgot his password. He has not been able to reach MicroSoft for a new password because he has been placed on hold for over an hour each time he has called over three days, and then disconnected.

(On the plus side, he has memorized the Muzak melodies they play while on hold.)

We have not been able to get through the cumbersome process for getting the password from the website.

They have a tutorial explaining how to use the website that lasts almost an hour, but I couldn’t understand it and started to get drowsy after 20 minutes on there.

If anybody needs to get in touch with LP, right now the only way is by phone at 202-360-6347.

Mark Twain’s advice on how to deal with a situation where you have choices that are both bad is the following:

“If it’s your job to eat a frog, eat him first thing in the morning.

If it’s your job to eat two frogs, eat the bigger one first.”

I have been pondering long and hard over how Mr. Twain’s advice can help me in my current dilemma. I guess he is too deep a thinker for me because I can’t figure it out.

I guess I’ll just have to keep trying. Surely I will reach MicroSoft before the May 30-31 Delta Caucus meeting by Zoom. Thanks–Lee Powell, Delta Caucus

Delta Caucus May 30-31, 2024 Meeting Will Be by Zoom and Not In-Person in LR

Posted on April 10, 2024 at 12:50 PM

Delta Caucus Meeting on May 30-31, 2024 Will Be by Zoom

April 10, 2024

We have changed the format of the May 30-31, 2024 meeting to a Zoom meeting to enable more participation from people who live a long distance from Little Rock and to reduce the time and expense of travel.

You register and RSVP by paying the registration fees–that information is below in this message.

The Zoom meeting is just as important as an in-person meeting and we will continue working hard to get as strong a turnout as possible.

There is a trend nowadays toward Zoom meetings and away from in-person meetings and we have to deal with that reality.

The meeting will only be by Zoom and of course we are cancelling the meeting space and group hotel bloc in Little Rock.

The key issues will be job creation, infrastructure, health care, hunger and nutrition, Delta Heritage tourism, education/workforce development, transportation and related regional development subjects.

We have 35 RSVPs as of now, have many other invitations sent out, and will keep working to increase that number until May 30.

SCHEDULE

The opening session will be the evening of May 30, 2024, Thursday, about 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

The Friday session May 31, 2024 will be from about 8:45 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m.

REGISTRATION

You register by paying the registration fees,

The early registration fee of $75 is good until May 1, 2024 to provide an incentive to get the registration fees in before the time of the conference.

After May 1 and up to May 31 the registration fees go up to $100. We would request that people NOT wait until the time of the conference to pay registration fees because it takes up time to collect them while we are trying to get the program started.

The fastest and easiest way to register 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

We would greatly prefer to not have to collect registration fees after the conference is over, so the fees go up to $125 each if we have to collect them at that late time.

Group discount: We will offer a group discount of $50 each for a group of three or more, and a discount down to $30 each for a group of five or more.

Thanks again for all your support of the Delta regional advocacy initiative over the years. Lee Powell, Director, Delta Grassroots Caucus (202) 360-6347

Please Register for Delta Caucus Conference in Little Rock on May 30-31, 2024

Posted on March 22, 2024 at 12:02 PM

Please register by paying the registration fees for the Delta Caucus spring conference in Little Rock on May 30-31, 2024. You register by paying the registration fees.

You can pay the registration fees at the website on mdgc.us by going to the PayPal link that says “Donate,” or pay by check to the address listed below.

You can reserve a room at the Comfort Inn Presidential for the night of May 30 by calling the sales manager Sierra Logan at (501) 297-9005.

Early registration fees of $75 until April 30 for an individual will save you money and help expedite matters for the group as a whole. For a group of three or more you will get a discounted rate to $50 each and $30 for a group of five or more.

NEWSLETTER TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Schedule

  2. Registration fees

  3. Group hotel

SCHEDULE

Opening Session:

Thursday, May 30–Speakers from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by a networking dinner on your own at the Dean-MacArthur meeting room at Comfort Inn Presidential in Little Rock, Arkansas from about 7:30 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m. at hotel restaurant near the meeting room

Friday, May 31 session:

Clinton Library Great Hall from 8:45 a.m. to lunch from noon to 1 p.m., May 31, 2024.

REGISTRATION FEES

Early registration fees will be discounted to $75 each if received by the early registration deadline of April 30, 2024.

Registration fees go up to $100 from May 1, 2024 to May 30-31, 2024.

We discourage people from paying at the front desk at the time of the conference, because this leads to bottlenecks and detracts from a full focus on getting the conference underway.

LATE REGISTRATION FEES–For those who pay after the conference is over, registration fees increase to $125 as an incentive to get the registration fees in on time.

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

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

Delta Caucus

5030 Purslane Place

Waldorf, MD 20601

While the great majority of people pay the registration fees, some do not and recently we had an unusually large number who either did not pay the fees on time or still have not paid them. For those who ignore or refuse the obligation to pay the fees, they will not be able to attend Delta Caucus events.

The Delta Caucus is a volunteer, private sector group and this is by invitation only.

GROUP HOTEL

The group hotel is the Comfort Inn & Suites Presidential in Little Rock.

You can make the reservation to get the lower group rate of $129 by calling the Comfort Inn sales manager, Sierra Logan, at (501) 297-9005 and saying you are with the Delta Caucus group.

The address is Comfort Inn Presidential

707 Interstate 30

Little Rock, AR 72202