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DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BERNIE SANDERS CONFIRMS PARTICIPATION IN DEMOCRATIC IOWA BROWN AND BLACK PRESIDENTIAL FORUM 2016 EVENT

Senator Will Join Presidential Hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley on January 11, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa 

FUSION to Broadcast and Live-stream Forum Across its TV and Digital Platforms

December 7, 2015 – Des Moines, IA – Today, the Brown and Black Presidential Forum Co-Founders and Co-Chairs announced the official commitment of Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders to participate in the Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Forum at the Democratic event on January 11, 2016. He will join former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley to discuss minority issues affecting the country.

Billed as the oldest Forum addressing minority issues, The Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum is an element of Urban Dreams’ non-partisan Project V.O.T.E. (Voting Opportunities Through Education). It is the nation’s only presidential forum in which all candidates have the opportunity to answer essential concerns of African-Americans and Latinos. The non-partisan event began in 1984 and has figured prominently in the Iowa caucuses. It is recognized as the oldest continuous minority forum for presidential candidates in America and one of the longest-running presidential forums in the nation.

Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Forum recently announced a media partnership with FUSION, which will exclusively broadcast the Forum from Des Moines, Iowa. The moderators, which will include a FUSION reporter and panel members, will be announced at a later date. This marks the first Presidential forum FUSION will host since its launch in October 2013.

About The Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum

The Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum is an element of Urban Dreams’ non-partisan Project V.O.T.E. (Voting Opportunities Through Education). It is the nation’s only presidential forum in which all candidates have the opportunity to answer essential concerns of Latinos and African-Americans. This non-partisan event has figured prominently in the Iowa caucuses.

It is recognized as the oldest continuous minority forum for presidential candidates in America and one of the longest-running presidential forums in the nation. Founded in 1984, this groundbreaking event has brought many Presidential candidates, including President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, John Edwards, John Kerry, Al Gore, George McGovern, Walter Mondale, and John Glenn, to Iowa.

Media Inquiries:

Brianne Pins: Brianne@CashmereAgency.com

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FUSION PARTNERS WITH THE IOWA BROWN AND BLACK PRESIDENTIAL FORUM TO HOST AND BROADCAST DEMOCRATIC FORUM

On January 11, Democratic Candidates Will Head To Des Moines To Discuss Issues Affecting a Multicultural Nation

November 19, 2015 — FUSION today announced it will broadcast the Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Forum for Democratic candidates on January 11, 2016. The event, organized by FUSION and the non-partisan minority issues organization co-chaired by Latino Leader Mary Campos and former Iowa State Representative Wayne Ford, will focus on where the candidates stand on issues that matter to America’s growing multicultural population. This marks the first Presidential forum FUSION will host since its launch in October 2013.

The Forum will be broadcast on FUSION from Des Moines, Iowa. The moderators, which will include a FUSION reporter and panel members, will be announced at a later date. Candidates who have already accepted the invitation to join the Forum include former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley. An invitation is out to Senator Bernie Sanders.

Billed as the oldest Forum addressing minority issues, the Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum is an element of Urban Dreams’ non-partisan Project V.O.T.E. (Voting Opportunities Through Education). It is the nation’s only presidential forum in which all candidates have the opportunity to answer essential concerns of African-Americans and Latinos. The non-partisan event began in 1984 and has figured prominently in the Iowa caucuses. It is recognized as the oldest continuous minority forum for presidential candidates in America and one of the longest-running presidential forums in the nation.

“I am thrilled to see FUSION hosting its first presidential forum in partnership with a non-partisan organization started by two visionary leaders like Mary Campos and Wayne Ford,” said FUSION CEO Isaac Lee. “FUSION’s goal over the next year is to cover the issues that affect and matter to the diverse generation inheriting the future of this country. This forum will provide a great vehicle to have meaningful conversations with several Presidential candidates that will get to the heart of those issues.”

“With issues of race dominating headlines today and as our country heads towards a time when today’s minorities will collectively become the majority, there is no better place than the Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum for the candidates to speak directly on these topics,” said Brown & Black Co-Chairs Mary Campos and Wayne Ford. “We’re happy to partner with FUSION to discuss the issues, challenges, and solutions as we Americans look toward the future.”

ABOUT FUSION

FUSION is a multi-platform media company that serves ​​​a​ young, diverse, and inclusive ​​millennial generation across its television and digital platforms​. FUSION delivers a unique mix of news, pop culture, and comedy content that is both smart and irreverent​.​ FUSION’s cable network was launched as a joint venture between Univision Communications Inc. and the Disney/ABC Television Network on October 28, 2013; FUSION launched a new website in February 2015. FUSION has agreements with several major distributors to carry the cable network including DirecTV, Dish, Cablevision, Charter, Cox, AT&T U-Verse, Verizon FiOS and Google Fiber as well as OTT providers including Apple TV, Roku, and Sling TV. @ThisIsFusion | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram | Google+ | Tumblr

ABOUT THE IOWA BROWN & BLACK PRESIDENTIAL FORUM

The Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum is an element of Urban Dreams’ non-partisan Project V.O.T.E. (Voting Opportunities Through Education). It is the nation’s only presidential forum in which all candidates have the opportunity to answer essential concerns of Latinos and African-Americans. This non-partisan event has figured prominently in the Iowa caucuses. It is recognized as the oldest continuous minority forum for presidential candidates in America and one of the longest-running presidential forums in the nation. Founded in 1984, this groundbreaking event has brought many Presidential candidates, including President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, John Edwards, John Kerry, Al Gore, George McGovern, Walter Mondale, and John Glenn, to Iowa.

For More Information: www.brownandblackforum.org

For More Information on Urban Dreams: www.urbandreams.org

Media Contact:

David Ford / david@fusion.net / 305-925-8882

Brianne Pins / Brianne@CashmereAgency.com / 323-928-5003

 

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OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON 2016 REPUBLICAN FORUM

The Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum announced today that the Forum for Republican presidential candidates to be held on December 3, 2015, has been canceled due to unresolved scheduling conflicts.  As a non-partisan organization, the Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum looks forward to the possibility of working with the Republican party in the future. The Forum for Democratic candidates will take place on January 11, 2016, in Des Moines as scheduled, with broadcast media partner FUSION.

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DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE HILLARY CLINTON CONFIRMS PARTICIPATION IN DEMOCRATIC IOWA BROWN AND BLACK PRESIDENTIAL FORUM 2016 EVENT IN DES MOINES, IA

Presidential Hopeful Will Attend the Forum for Second Time to Discuss Minority Issues Affecting The Nation

September 24, 2015 – Des Moines, IA – Today, the Brown and Black Presidential Forum Co-Founders and Co-Chairs announced the official commitment of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to participate in the Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Forum at the Democratic event on January 11, 2016. This will mark the second time that Hillary Clinton has participated in the Forum. Her original appearance was in 2007. She is the first Democratic candidate to officially confirm participation in the 2016 Democratic Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Forum.

Billed as the oldest Forum addressing minority issues, The Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum is an element of Urban Dreams’ non-partisan Project V.O.T.E. (Voting Opportunities Through Education). It is the nation’s only presidential forum in which all candidates have the opportunity to answer essential concerns of African-Americans and Latinos. The non-partisan event began in 1984 and has figured prominently in the Iowa caucuses. It is recognized as the oldest continuous minority forum for presidential candidates in America and one of the longest-running presidential forums in the nation.

Earlier this year, Co-founders, Former Iowa State Rep. Wayne Ford and Mary Campos, were joined by Honorary Co-Chairs, the Hon. Terry Branstad, Governor of Iowa,. the Hon. David Loebsack, US. Congressman, Dr. Andy McGuire – Iowa Democratic Chair, and Jeff Kaufmann – Iowa Republican Chair, in announcing the details for the monumental events leading into the 2016 US Presidential election, as follows:

2015 – 2016 Brown and Black Presidential Forum Events:

Republican Forum:
Date: December 3, 2015
Time: 7:00pm CST
Location: Drake University in Sheslow Auditorium

Democratic Forum
Date: January 11, 2016
Time: 7:00pm CST
Location: Drake University in Sheslow Auditorium

About The Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum

The Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum is an element of Urban Dreams’ non-partisan Project V.O.T.E. (Voting Opportunities Through Education). It is the nation’s only presidential forum in which all candidates have the opportunity to answer essential concerns of Latinos and African-Americans. This non-partisan event has figured prominently in the Iowa caucuses. It is recognized as the oldest continuous minority forum for presidential candidates in America and one of the longest-running presidential forums in the nation. Founded in 1984, this groundbreaking event has brought many Presidential candidates, including President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, John Edwards, John Kerry, Al Gore, George McGovern, Walter Mondale, and John Glenn, to Iowa.

Media Inquiries:

Brianne Pins: Brianne@CashmereAgency.com

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IOWA BROWN AND BLACK PRESIDENTIAL FORUM CONFIRM 2015 – 2016 EVENTS WITH DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN PARTIES

Joint Announcement at Iowa State Capitol Unveils All Events; With Support from Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Democrat and Republican Parties

July 7, 2015 – Des Moines, IA – Today, the Brown and Black Presidential Forum Co-Founders and Co-Chairs held a joint press conference to outline all 2015 – 2016 Presidential Events. Co-founders, Former Rep. Wayne Ford, and Mary Campos were joined by Hon. Terry Branstad, Governor of Iowa – Honorary Co-Chair; Hon. David Loebsack, US. Congressman – Honorary Co-Chair; Dr. Andy McGuire – Iowa Democratic Chair – Honorary Co-Chair and Jeff Kaufmann – Iowa Republican Chair – Honorary Co-Chair to announce the details for the monumental event leading into the 2016 US Presidential election. Brown and Black Forum sponsors Wells Fargo and MidAmerican Energy also were in attendance.

In a joint press conference at the Iowa State Capitol, the Iowa GOP confirmed they have invited all of the GOP’s presidential candidates to participate, while the Iowa Democratic Party confirmed they would be inviting all presidential candidates to be involved in the Forum. Billed as the oldest Forum addressing minority issues, the Brown and Black Presidential Forum brings candidates together to address issues affecting the African American and Latino communities; which comes after heightened racial conflict across the nation over the past several years.

2015 – 2016 Brown and Black Presidential Forum Events:

Republican Forum

Date: December 3, 2015

Time: 7:00pm CST

Location: Drake University in Sheslow Auditorium

Democrat Forum

Date: January 11, 2016

Time: 7:00pm CST

Location: Drake University in Sheslow Auditorium

For the first time, the Republican Party of Iowa is joining the Democratic Party in hosting this ‘Brown and Black Forum’ for our candidates. This is a great bipartisan effort to maintain Iowa’s leadership position in the nation.” – said Iowa Governor Terry Branstad

“I am excited about the 2016 Iowa Brown and Black Forum. This reminds me of the Niagara movement of the early 1900s in New York, which was a forerunner of the NAACP. Like the small city of Niagara, this forum will have a significant effect on the political process of minorities across the nation for years to come.” — said Brown and Black Presidential Forum Co-Founder and Co- Chair, Former Rep. Wayne Ford.

“Nuestra voz es Nuestro! Our voice is our vote! We need to reach out to those who are not registered. Advocate to all voters to exercise the right to vote. We must continue to register all eligible voters The Brown and Black Presidential Forum was founded not to build walls but to take down those walls that strive to deprive us as citizens of being educated and well informed of our voting rights. We welcome the opportunity to educate and inform the voters by the participation in the forum of both political parties and their candidates to answer questions from the perspective voters. “ — Brown and Black Presidential Forum Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Mary Campos.

About The Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum

The Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum is an element of Urban Dreams’ non-partisan Project V.O.T.E. (Voting Opportunities Through Education). It is the nation’s only presidential forum in which all candidates have the opportunity to answer essential concerns of Latinos and African-Americans. This non-partisan event has figured prominently in the Iowa caucuses. It is recognized as the oldest continuous minority forum for presidential candidates in America and one of the longest-running presidential forums in the nation. Founded in 1984, this groundbreaking event has brought many Presidential candidates, including President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, John Edwards, John Kerry, Al Gore, George McGovern, Walter Mondale, and John Glenn, to Iowa.

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IOWA BROWN AND BLACK PRESIDENTIAL FORUM TO UNVEIL FULL AGENDA FOR 2015-2016 EVENTS

MEDIA ALERT:

IOWA BROWN AND BLACK PRESIDENTIAL FORUM TO UNVEIL FULL AGENDA FOR 2015-2016 EVENTS

The Iowa State Capitol Hosts Forum’s Co-Founders and Co-Chairs on July 6

What:   A press conference with Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum Co-Founders and Co-Chair Mary Campos and former Iowa State Representative Wayne Ford, with the esteemed honorary Forum co-chairs (listed below), will announce important details for the 2016 Presidential forums, including locations and dates. The event will allow the Co-Chairs and media to discuss the history, platform, and the impact of the upcoming Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Forum events on the 2016 election.

Who:
Mary Campos – Co-Founder & Co-Chair
Wayne Ford – Co-Founder & Co-Chair
Hon. Terry Branstad, Governor of Iowa – Honorary Co-Chair
Hon. David Loebsack, US. Congressman – Honorary Co-Chair
Dr. Andy McGuire – Iowa Democratic Chair – Honorary Co-Chair
Jeff Kaufmann – Iowa Republican Chair – Honorary Co-Chair

Where:
Iowa State Capitol (First Floor Rotunda)
1007 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

When:
Monday, July 6, 2015

Time:
1:00 PM

About The Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum

The Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum is an element of Urban Dreams’ non-partisan Project V.O.T.E. (Voting Opportunities Through Education). It is the nation’s only presidential forum in which all candidates have the opportunity to answer essential concerns of Latinos and African-Americans. This non-partisan event has figured prominently in the Iowa caucuses. It is recognized as the oldest continuous minority forum for presidential candidates in America and one of the longest-running presidential forums in the nation. Founded in 1984, this groundbreaking event has brought many Presidential candidates, including President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, John Edwards, John Kerry, Al Gore, George McGovern, Walter Mondale and John Glenn, to Iowa.

Press RSVPs and Inquiries:
Brianne Pins: brianne@cashmereagency.com

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The Iowa Democratic Brown & Black Presidential Forum Announces January 2016 Event

Nation’s Oldest Minority-Focused Presidential Forum To Bring Democrat Candidates To Des Moines, IA

March 12, 2015 – Des Moines, Iowa – This year marks the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama, the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. As Republicans and Democrats continue forging forward to the 2016 election, Iowa will be a key battle ground for candidates in the upcoming election, especially hot button issues facing minorities such as incarceration rates, juvenile justice, immigration reform, economic disparities, and voter’s rights.

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Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum Impacts Voters Before the Iowa Caucuses

Democratic Presidential Candidates Visit Iowa to Discuss Minority Issues

This past weekend, the Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum, the nation’s only presidential forum in which all candidates have the opportunity to answer essential concerns of African-Americans and Latinos, proved to be another groundbreaking event before the Iowa Caucuses. Despite poor weather and airport closures, seven Democratic candidates visited North High School to discuss issues affecting minorities across the country.

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Today’s Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Forum Will Continue as Scheduled Despite Weather Concerns

Inquiries about weather and travel should be directed to:

Iowa Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.ia.us/ or call dial 511
Frequent updates available at www.bbpresforum.org
Please plan accordingly for travel delays.

WHAT: The Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum, the nation’s only presidential forum in which all candidates have an opportunity to answer essential concerns of African-Americans and Latinos.

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Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum to Be Broadcast Nationally by Hdnet on December 1st

All Eight Democratic Presidential Candidates To Participate

HDNet’s Dan Rather to Host Evening

NPR’s Michele Norris and PBS’s Ray Suarez To Moderate Forum

DALLAS (November 15, 2007) – HDNet, the nation’s leading high-definition television network, announced today that it will present a live, national broadcast of the sixth Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum. The Forum is the nation’s only presidential forum in which all candidates have the opportunity to answer essential concerns of African-Americans and Latinos.

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