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The stage is set for the Iowa Brown & Black 2015-2016 Presidential Forum

The Brown and Black Presidential Forum Co-Founders and Co-Chairs held a joint press conference this past Monday July 6 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.

 

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

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.

“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.

“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.

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

 

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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