On Friday, November 14th, Politic365 assembled some of America’s foremost thinkers and leaders of government, academia, and the non-profit and private sectors to take part in their Annual Blueprint365 Policy Forum. During the forum, Politic365’s Editor-in-Chief Kristal High Taylor discussed the Blueprint365 report that examines how young people and communities of color can leverage momentum created by the country’s changing demographics to improve their economic and social standing. The report focused specifically on nine sectors of the economy including banking and financial services, broadband and technology, defense, energy, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, hospitality, media, retail, and transportation.
Blueprint365 discussion leaders included Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL), Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Reggie Smith III from USDLA, Johanna Berkson from OurTime.org, Rev. Lennox Yearwood from the Hip Hop Caucus, Kyle Williams from the National Urban League, Jason Llorenz from Rutgers University School of Communication & Information, and David Smith from the US Black Chamber of Commerce. MMTC President and CEO Kim Keenan discussed the importance of creating a STEM pipeline and creating space for greater opportunities. Keenan stated, “People of color index high on the use of mobile technology. If we’re going to be the highest users, we also need to be owners in that space.”
MMTC Vice President and Chief Research and Policy Officer Dr. Nicol Turner- Lee helped close out the event by stating, “Thank you, Politic365, for ensuring the narrative of what it looks like in our communities continues to come out in a way that we as policymakers can use it and those who are watching and those who are here can understand why they wake up every morning and try to figure out how to be much more integrated in democracy where we live.”
Watch the full video of the event on C-Span:
The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving equal opportunity and civil rights in the mass media, telecommunications and broadband industries, and closing the digital divide. MMTC is generally recognized as the nation’s leading advocate for minority advancement in communications.