Maya in the News
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings To Run For Her Husband’s Seat | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, former Maryland Democratic Party chair, announces that she will run to represent Maryland’s 7th congressional district, the seat previously held by her husband, the late Rep. Elijah Cummings.
Closing the Racial Wealth Gap | Washington Journal | C-SPAN
Center for Global Policy Solutions spokesperson outlines are views on the reasons for the racial wealth gap and some potential policy solutions.
Social Security | National Academy of Social Insurance | C-SPAN
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore discusses the importance of protecting and expanding Social Security.
Boosting Minority Entrepreneurship | C-SPAN
Maya Rockeymoore talked about a Center for Global Policy Solutions report on minority entrepreneurship, The Color of Entrepreneurship: Why the Racial Gap Among Firms Costs the U.S. Billions. The report projects that closing the racial gap would add nine million jobs to the U.S. economy. She responded to telephone calls and electronic communications, including a telephone line reserved for minority business owners. A video clip was shown of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaking at her organization’s summit April 21, 2016.
Economic Goals and the Civil Rights Movement | C-SPAN
Representative Keith Ellison (D-IL) delivered the keynote speech at an event which included panels on race, economic inequality, and the goals of the 1963 March on Washington. The August 28, 1963, March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom called for economic as well as civil rights for African Americans. “The Unfinished March” was a day-long forum held at the AFL-CIO headquarters by the Economic Policy Institute to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the march and the release of the first in a series of reports outlining the steps needed for the nation to fully achieve each of the goals of the march.
Democratic National Committee Platform Drafting Meeting | C-SPAN
On the first day of a meeting to draft the 2012 platform for the Democratic Party. Among the topics addressed were marriage equality, local economic issues, education reform, U.S.-Israel relationship, and entitlement programs. Other topics discussed included the Affordable Care Act, U.S. foreign policy, budget cuts and women’s reproductive health.
Social Security Sustainability | National Academy of Social Insurance | C-SPAN
Social Security policy experts talked about why the social insurance program is crucial for so many people other than retirees. They also addressed the federal program’s long term financial sustainability.
National Organization for Women Conference | C-SPAN
Patricia Schroeder and Sara Manzano-Diaz spoke at the National Organization for Women conference. Ms. Schroeder talked about Congress and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and Ms. Manzano-Diaz discussed women’s rights under the Obama administration.
Government Role in Nutrition Guidelines | C-SPAN
Maya Rockeymoore and Walter Olson talked about the role of the federal government in setting nutrition guidelines for schools, and they responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included new White House dietary recommendations that replace the old food pyramid with a plate visual, obesity, and school meal requirements.
Economic Climate and Minority Communities | C-SPAN
Representative Emanuel Cleaver introduced a panel of public policy analysts who talked about the impact of proposed cuts to programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and the role of government in bad economic times. The Congressional Black Caucus recently formed its own commission where top African American economists from around the country will come together to focus on the economic concerns of communities of color. The Commission will also examine deficit reduction and their implications for vulnerable populations and the nation at large.
Childhood Obesity | C-SPAN
Maya Rockeymoore talked about increasing obesity rates over the past four decades, and she responded to telephone calls and electronic mail. According to Leadership for Healthy Communities, obesity rates have increased more than four times among children ages 6 to 11. Researchers estimate the epidemic costs the U.S. $117 billion annually in direct medical expenses and indirect costs.
Social Security | C-SPAN
Representatives from women’s organizations talked about proposed reforms in the Social Security system, how the proposed changes might affect women and families, and the fiscal solvency of the current system. Following their remarks they answered questions from the audience.