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As 116th Congress gets under way, Rev. Al Sharpton holds meetings with historic new members representing diverse constituencies

Jan 11, 2019

Meetings come in lead-up to MLK Day, where NAN will hold events across the country, including a Washington breakfast featuring former Vice President Joseph Biden and national civil rights leaders


WASHINGTON (January 10, 2019) — As the first full week of the 116th Congress wraps up, civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton and NAN DC Bureau Chief Ebonie Riley on Thursday took part in a series of meetings with historic new members of Congress. 


In each meetings, he discussed priorities for the coming session and the newly elected members’ plans to fight back against the disastrous anti-civil rights agenda enacted by the Trump administration in the last two years.


Rev. Sharpton attended meetings with the following members of Congress:


  • Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-NY-19) – First person of African American and Hispanic descent to be elected to Congress from upstate New York 
  • Rep. Lucy McBath  (D-GA-6) – Gun reform advocate and mother of the movement
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  (D-NY-14) – Youngest ever woman elected to Congress

“I met with Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, Representatives Antonio Delgado and Lucy McBath to push forward National Action’s Network’s mission to drive a national dialogue about the voting rights, criminal justice reform and environmental rights in this country,” said Rev. Al Sharpton at the meetings. “I encouraged Congress and others to help us fight for these racial and economic injustices, and I look forward to meeting with others to continue pushing NAN’s agenda.”


The meetings come just weeks before National Action Network’s (NAN) planned Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrations, including a breakfast in Washington, D.C., featuring former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden and as the civil rights community galvanizes around the 2020 presidential race.


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