African American Women on the Hill

Spring Networking Happy Hour and  “Last Hurrah” at Johnny’s Half Shell (5/20/2016)


The African American Women on the Hill Network

For a Spring Networking Happy Hour


“Last Hurrah” at Johnny’s Half Shell

Please join us as we welcome warmer weather and bid farewell to our favorite watering hole before their Capitol Hill location closes and relocates to Adams Morgan.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Johnny’s Half Shell
400 N. Capitol Street NW
Washington, DC

Special Happy Hour prices until 7:30pm so try and break away

No RSVP Necessary.

ALL are Welcome!

AAWHN Leadership Roundtable Series w/ Rep. Watson Coleman (4/29)

African American Women on the Hill Network  




Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ)


When: Friday, April 29, 2016

Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Where: H-144, U.S. Capitol 

Join the AAWHN as we have a candid discussion with the Congresswoman representing New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District.

Please RSVP by Thursday, April 28, 2016. 

AAWHN and SBLSC Present: A Discussion with Senator Tim Scott and Senator Cory Booker (12/9)

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The African American Women on the Hill Network
& The Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus


A Discussion with Senator Tim Scott and Senator Cory Booker

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Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Time:  12:30 – 1:30 pm
Location:  Russell 485

United States Senator Tim Scott is working daily to ensure that every American has the opportunity to succeed.

Growing up poor in a single parent household in North Charleston, South Carolina, Tim learned the importance of faith, hard work, and living within your means. By understanding the basic economic principles Washington so often forgets, and with the same determination he brings to advancing conservative principles in the Senate, Scott grew from his humble beginnings to build one of the most successful Allstate agencies in South Carolina.

An unbridled optimist, Senator Scott believes that despite our current challenges, our nation’s brightest days are ahead of us. As a teenager, Tim had the fortune of meeting a strong, conservative mentor, John Moniz. Moniz helped instill in Tim the notion that you can think your way out of poverty, and that the golden opportunity is always right around the corner. The American Dream is alive and well, and Tim’s story is a concrete example of that.

Senator Scott was sworn in to the U.S. Senate in January 2013. He has launched his Opportunity Agenda, a new way forward including robust initiatives that give our students and workers the greatest chance to succeed. Tim knows that success is created in studio apartments and garages, at kitchen tables, and in classrooms across the nation – not in government conference rooms in Washington.

His agenda will empower Americans through economic freedom and high-quality education. Senator Scott will work with anyone else committed to building a better future to develop bold ideas that break away from our past failures. This includes tax reform to increase economic freedom, expanding school choice so every child has a chance at a quality education, and providing alternatives for single parents to work their 40 hours a week by allowing for wider use of comp time.

Senator Scott is also working to find ways to help redevelop our poorest areas without pushing current residents out, bring down energy costs that consume a quarter of after-tax income for families making $30,000 or less, help young offenders and those aging out of the foster care system to receive the vital opportunity for education, and ensure our kids who want to attend college can do so without incurring debilitating debt.

Tim also continues his work to get our nation’s spending under control, and has opposed measures he believes do not go far enough. In his first hundred days as a Senator, he worked with colleagues to introduce a Balanced Budget Amendment, and was an original cosponsor on a bill to permanently ban the wasteful earmarking process.

Prior to being sworn in to the Senate, Senator Scott served in the United States House of Representatives from 2011-2013, where he was a member of House leadership and sat on the influential House Rules Committee. Tim also served on Charleston County Council for 13 years, including four terms as Chair and in the South Carolina House of Representatives for two years where he was elected Chairman of the Freshman Caucus and House Whip. He was the owner of Tim Scott Allstate and partner of Pathway Real Estate Group.

U.S. Senator Cory Booker is connected to the people he serves and the challenges they face every day. He has spent 16 years in public office focused on addressing the vital needs of New Jersey families by putting partisanship aside to get things done.

Cory was raised in Harrington Park in Bergen County, New Jersey. A star athlete at Northern Valley High School in Old Tappan, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University, where he also played for the football team. While at Stanford, he ran a crisis hotline for students and worked with disadvantaged youth in East Palo Alto. He then attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar where he managed a student tutoring and mentoring program in a disadvantaged community. Cory went on to Yale Law School, where he helped lead free legal clinics for New Haven residents.

After earning his law degree, Cory moved to Newark, where he served on the Newark City Council and lived for eight years in Brick Towers, a low-income housing complex. In 2006, he was elected to his first of two terms as mayor of Newark. He now owns a home and lives in Newark’s Central Ward community.

In 2013, Cory won a special U.S. Senate election in October 2013 to complete the term of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg and became New Jersey’s first African-American senator. He serves on the Senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation, Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Environment and Public Works Committees.

In his short time in the Senate, Cory has worked across the aisle to sponsor sweeping legislation to reform the nation’s broken criminal justice system, passed legislation to ensure veterans with traumatic brain injuries received the medical care they deserve, and has fought to ensure women receive fair treatment in the workplace and full control over their personal health decisions.


AAWHN Leadership Roundtable with White House and Senate Staffers (10/15)

African American Women on the Hill Network Presents:



Director of Legislative Affairs at the Office of Vice President Joe Biden 


Deputy Staff Director for the Senate Committee on Finance

When: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Time:  12:30 – 1:30 pm
Where: H-144 U.S. Capitol

Join the AAWHN Leadership Roundtable Series for an opportunity to have a candid discussion with senior White House and Senate staffers.

Please email “Senior Staff October 15 Roundtable” to

This event will not be capped.

#CBCFALC Know Your Rights: Minorities Dealing with the Police and Issues of Police Brutality

Know Your Rights: Minorities Dealing with the Police and Issues of Police Brutality
Date: Friday, September 26, 2014
Time: 3:00 P.M.
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room 202 B
Description: Oscar Grant, of Oakland, Calif.; Eric Gantor of New York; Jonathan Ferrell, a student at FAMU; Kendrec Mcdade of Pasadena, Calif; and Marlene Pinnock of Los Angeles, Calif., have all been victims of police brutality. Alpha Phi Alpha, Dream Defenders, and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), have joined forces to bring this issue to the forefront and to dialogue on solutions during the Congressional Black Caucus’, Annual Legislative Conference Week. This will be an in depth discussion about knowing your rights, dealing with the police, evaluating policy on police sentencing when officers commit crimes, and how journalism and the media can be used as a tool to make a change. This session will be moderated by actor and author Hill Harper. Panelists include: Daryl Parks, Attorney, Parks & Crump and Attorney for the families of Trayvon Martin & Michael Brown; Lee Ivory, NABJ Region II Director, President and CEO of Ivory Communications, Former deputy managing editor of USA TODAY’s News; Ahmad Abuznaid, Legal and Policy Director, Dream Defenders; Ruby Sales, Executive Director, Spirit House Project; Christin “Ci Ci” Battle, M.S., State-wide Youth Engagement Coordinator, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice; and Special Guest, Congressman Steven Horsford (D-NV).
RSVP information: Please RSVP here.