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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

NBCSL will hold its 41st Annual Legislative Conference in Indianapolis

November 28, 2017 – Indianapolis, Indiana – The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) will hold its 41st Annual Conference from Wednesday, November 29, through Sunday, December 3, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis.

This year the NBCSL conference will bring together African American state legislators representing districts from across the United States to discuss education, criminal justice, infrastructure and other issues to develop policy resolutions that they will use to effect change for their constituents.

“The NBCSL is dedicated to improving the lives of the people we serve and making a positive difference for everyone,” said Gregory Porter, President of the Caucus and a State Delegate from Indianapolis.  “In addition to criminal justice and education, healthcare will play a prominent role at the conference.”

On Friday morning, Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, U.S. Surgeon General, Department of Health and Human Services, will address conference attendees.  Dr. Adams was the Indiana State Health Commissioner before he was nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Senate to become the new U.S. Surgeon General in August.  After his confirmation, Dr. Adams stated that addressing the opioid epidemic and untreated mental illness would be two of his top priorities.

“We are honored to have the U.S. Surgeon General attend our conference and provide our members with insight about some of the key healthcare issues that affect all Americans.”

Other activities that will be held at NBCSL’s conference include a Youth Congress Day which will be held on Thursday, November 30.  Students from four Indianapolis area high schools will have the opportunity to participate in mock Congressional sessions, role playing as Senators and Representatives.  Former WNBA star Tamika Catchings and Marlin Jackson, a former NFL player, will attend Youth Congress Day to encourage and motivate the young people to set goals and learn how government functions.

A Town Hall meeting will be held on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. to discuss initiatives in Indiana to end mass incarceration including the showing of the documentary film 13th, which explores the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the U.S.
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