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  • DAFB breaks ground on new runway

    DOVER, Del. – On Monday, Senator Coons attended the groundbreaking ceremony for Runway 01-19 at Dover Air Force base in Kent County. This event marked the beginning of a project that will, over the months to come, replace the existing Runway 01-19 with a new runway meeting the requirements for heavy strength runway pavement, in addition to repairing the instrument landing system and the runway approach lighting system.

    The Air Force Civil Engineer Center awarded $98.3 million to Versar, Inc. and Johnson Controls in 2014 in order to complete this project. Initial work on the project began in early February of this year, and the new Runway 01-19 is expected to be finished in June of 2016.

    "This runway is especially critical for warfighters and maintaining the cutting edge of our United States Air Force," said Sen. Coons. “The investment in this runway is a key piece in making sure that we continue to have an airport here that is best in class, that is BRAC-proof and that continues to make it's lasting contribution to moving our country's 20 percent strategic airlift capability."

    The runway has been in service since the 1940s and is crucial to permitting the C-5M Super Galaxies and C-17A Globemaster IIIs to accomplish their missions for the 436th and 512th Airlift Wings. In the last year alone, 31 Dover AFB aircraft touch downed on 230 airfields in 62 countries.

    Dover Airforce Base is home to the Department of Defense’s largest aerial port and the nation's only Port Mortuary, which is expected to see changes to its operations as a result of the project. Safety remains the highest priority.

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  • The Senator's Week Ahead Schedule for March 23-29

    The Week Ahead

    Monday, March 23 at 8 a.m. — The Senator will deliver remarks at the CEO Council for Growth. The CEO Council is a devoted group of business, higher education, and civic leaders who commit their time and efforts to enhancing economic growth and prosperity in the 11-county region across northern Delaware, southern New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania. The CEO Council is an initiative of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce influencing regional and national policy through advocacy. 2301 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 – Event is closed to press.

    Monday, March 23 at 12 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Kent County job fair hosted by Sens. Carper, Coons and Rep. Carney at Wilmington University’s Dover campus. This is the 24th delegation job fair hosted since 2011. More than 50 companies representing the private and public sector will be on hand to meet and greet job candidates. The job fair is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wilmington University Dover campus, Dover, DE 19901. Event is open to press. Contact: Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Monday, March 23 at 1 p.m.  The Senator will attend Runway 1-19 groundbreaking ceremony at the Dover Air Force Base. This project will completely replace the existing 9,600 foot long, 150 foot wide 69 year-old runway to meet the requirements for modified heavy strength runway pavement. This project will also include the repair of the instrument landing system and runway approach lighting system. Dover Air Force Base, Dover, DE. Event is open to press. Contact: DAFB’s Sarah Bergstein at 302-677-3370.

    Tuesday, March 24 at 10:30 a.m. — The Senator will attend a hearing of the Senate FSGG Appropriations Subcommittee on the judiciary FY16 budget request. The Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons, United States Court of Appeals and Mr. James C. Duff, Director, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts are witnesses. Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 138, Washington, D.C. — Open to press. Contact: Appropriation Committee’s Vince Morris at 202-224-1010.

    Wednesday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m. – The Senator will attend a joint meeting of Congress for remarks delivered by His Excellency Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. President Ghani’s address will offer him an opportunity to outline his version for the future of Afghanistan and the U.S.-Afghanistan bilateral relationship. President Ghani is expected to thank the United States, U.S. service members, and diplomats for their efforts to bring about peace and security in Afghanistan. United States House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. Event is open to credentialed press.

    Wednesday, March 25 at 3 p.m. — The Senator will attend a hearing of the Senate FSGG Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water that will review the President’s Fiscal Year 2016 funding request and budget justification for US Department of Energy. Witnesses will be Dr. Ernest Moniz, Secretary, US Department of Energy, and Dr. Franklin Orr, Under Secretary for Science and Energy, US Department of Energy. Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 124, Washington, D.C. — Open to press. Contact: Appropriation Committee’s Vince Morris at 202-224-1010

    Saturday, March 28 at 9 a.m. – The Senator will attend and deliver brief remarks at Delaware State University’s 4th annual Inspired Day of Service. This day of service is an opportunity for DSU’s community to demonstrate the core values of the university and an outstanding opportunity for Inspire Scholars to work towards the completion of their community service requirements. Sen. Coons will join some of the Inspire Scholars for volunteer service at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. MLK Student Center, Dover, DE 19901. Event is open to press. Contact: Delaware State University’s Carlos Holmes at 302-857-6062.

    Saturday, March 28 at 12 p.m. – The Senator will deliver brief remarks at the Delaware Wing Civil Air Patrol annual Conference and Banquet. The volunteers of CAP perform three key missions: emergency services, which includes search and rescue (by air and ground) and disaster relief operations, aerospace education for youth and the general public and cadet programs for teenage youth ages 12-21. About 450 men, women and cadets, currently serve within the Delaware Wing. The Landings, Dover Air Force Base, Dover, DE 19901. Event is open to press. Contact: Delaware Civil Air Patrol’s Major Richard Hamm at 302-897-8384. 

    Saturday, March 28 at 2:15 p.m. – The Senator will attend Delaware Odyssey of the Mind Science Fair State Finals. The Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Bob Carpenter Center, Newark, DE 19716. Event is open to press.

  • The Senator's Week Ahead Schedule for March 16-22

    Wednesday, March 18 at 10 a.m. — The Senator will attend a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on patent reform entitled “The Impact of Abusive Patent Litigation Practices on the American Economy.” Earlier this month, Senators Coons, Durbin (D-Ill.), and Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced legislation to strengthen America’s patent system and target abusers. The STRONG Patents Act takes a series of focused, thoughtful steps to make the patent system work for individual inventors and research-intensive companies from every sector of the economy. Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 226, Washington, D.C. — Open to press. Contact: Judiciary Committee’s Beth Levine at 202-224-5225.

    Wednesday, March 18 at 10:30 a.m. — The Senator will attend a hearing of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Transportation’s FY16 budget request. United States Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will be the lone witness. Senator Coons, who is a daily rider on Amtrak, will question Sec. Foxx on the railroad’s funding. Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 562, Washington, D.C. — Open to press. Contact: Appropriation Committee’s Vince Morris at 202-224-1010.

    Thursday, March 19 at 9:30 a.m. — The Senator will attend a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs entitled: “U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Seven Months Later: Progress and Setbacks” presided by Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ari.). Witnesses will include Ben Leo, Senior Fellow Director of Rethinking US Development Policy Center for Global Development and Karen Daniel, Executive Director, CFO Black and Veatch. Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 419, Washington, D.C. — Open to press. Contact: Foreign Relations Committee’s Foreign Relations Committee’s Tara DiJulio at 202-224-6797.

    Thursday, March 19 at 10 a.m. — The Senator will attend a Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee hearing on patent reform called “Patent Reform: Protecting Innovation and Entrepreneurship.” The work of this hearing is to develop an alternate path to reforming the patent system. Witnesses will include a diverse group of stakeholders relevant to patent reform. Russell Senate Office Building Room 428A, Washington, D.C. — Open to press. Contact: Small Business Committee’s Sue Walitsky at 202-224-4524.

    Thursday, March 19 at 3:30 p.m. — The Senator will attend a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Oversight Subcommittee entitled “Reining in Amnesty: Texas vs. United States and Its Implications.” Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 226, Washington, D.C. — Open to press. Contact: Judiciary Committee’s Beth Levine at 202-224-5225.

    Thursday, March 19 at 6 p.m. — The Senator will attend the International Conservation Caucus Foundation Gala where the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will receive an award for Exceptional Leadership in Conservation. The ICCF is an educational foundation promoting the projection of U.S. leadership for international conservation worldwide. Andrew Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. — Closed to press.

    Note: Schedule is subject to change.

  • The Senator's Week Ahead Schedule for March 2-6

    Monday, March 2 at 8:30 a.m. — The Senator will join Sen. Carper and Rep. Carney and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald at the Annual Veterans Summit at the Wilmington VA Medical Center. They will tour the medical center, meet with leadership and stakeholders, and greet veterans. 1601 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19805. Contact: Katie Wilson at 302-598-4915 or Katie_Wilson@carper.senate.gov.

    Monday, March 2 at 5:00 p.m. — The Senator will deliver remarks at the ONE Power Summit. ONE Power summit brings over 200 of ONE’s top volunteers from 50 states to Washington, D.C. to engage Members of Congress about the life-saving programs that are the core of ONE’s policy agenda. U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. — Closed to press.

    Tuesday, March 3 at 2:30 p.m. — The Senator will attend an Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government hearing. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew will give a review of the President’s FY16 funding request and budget justification for the U.S. Department of Treasury. Senator Coons serves as ranking member of the subcommittee. 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Open to press.

    Wednesday, March 4 at 11:00 a.m. — The Senator will deliver remarks at the annual Inventing America Conference. He will speak about pending patent legislation as the conference highlights the critical role that the U.S. patent system has on American invention and economic growth. The Newseum. 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. Open to press. Contact: Kat Maramba 202-827-9678 or kathrina@BlueEngineMedia.com.

    Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 — The Senator will participate in the annual Faith & Politics Civil Rights Pilgrimage. The Faith and Politics Institute hosts an annual three-day pilgrimage to civil rights landmarks in Alabama that gives Congressional leaders an opportunity to visit historic site and reflect on the nation’s civil rights journey. The weekend will end with a symbolic march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. Senator Coons also participated in the pilgrimage in 2013. Open to press. Contact: Faith and Politics Institute 202-546-1299

    Note: Schedule is subject to change.

  • The Senator's Week Ahead Schedule for February 23-March 1

    Monday, February 23 at 11:30 a.m. — The Senator will visit the Henrietta Johnson Medical Center and meet with Richard Melke, the new chief executive officer. HJMC is part of a national network of federally funded Community Health Centers delivering quality, comprehensive health services to America’s medically underserved communities. 601 New Castle Ave., Wilmington, DE 19801—Walk-through is open to press. Contact: Brian Cunningham at 302-573-6054

    Tuesday, February 24 at 10 a.m. — The Senator will attend an Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations hearing. Secretary of State John Kerry will review the President’s Fiscal Year 2016 funding request and budget justification for the U.S. Department of State. 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. — Open to the press. Contact: Ian Koski at 202-224-5042.

    Tuesday, February 24 at 6 p.m. — The Senator will deliver remarks at a reception for the Alliance to Save Energy. The Alliance to Save Energy promotes energy efficiency to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security. Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.

    Wednesday, February 25 at 9:00 a.m. — The Senator will attend a Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee meeting on criminal justice reform. U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. — Closed to press.

    Thursday, February 26 at 10:00 a.m. — The Senator will attend a Judiciary Committee business meeting. The Committee will vote on, amongst other things, the nomination of Loretta Lynch for Attorney General of the United States, and the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, of which Senator Coons is a cosponsor. 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. — Open to press. Contact: Ian Koski at 202-224-5042.

    Thursday, February 26 at 10:30 a.m. — The Senator will attend an Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science hearing. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will review the President’s Fiscal Year 2016 funding requests and budget justification for the U.S. Department of Commerce. 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. — Open to press. Contact: Mara Stark-Alcala at Mara_sa@appro.senate.gov

    Thursday, February 26 at 1:30 p.m. — The Senator will introduce President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia at an event he is hosting with the U.S. Institute of Peace. President Sirleaf will offer her thanks to the American people for their support during the Ebola crisis, to Congress for authorizing funding to help stop the outbreak, to the Administration for its bold deployment to the region, and to aid organizations for going to the region to care for those infected. The President will also discuss the need for sustained investment in the region’s public health infrastructure in order to prevent future outbreaks. 216 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. — Open to press. RSVP: www.bit.ly/sirleafmedia 

    Note: Schedule is subject to change.

  • The Senator's Week Ahead Schedule for February 16-22

    Tuesday, February 17 at 8 a.m. — The Senator will attend the 32nd annual Delaware National Guard Prayer Breakfast. The breakfast will feature guest speaker Maj. Gen. Nadja West, Joint Staff Surgeon at the Pentagon who will address this year’s theme: “Overcoming Challenges in Life”. Cavalier Country Club, 100 Addison Drive, Newark, DE — Open to press. Contact: Officer Candidate Wendy McDougall at 302-270-0720.

    Tuesday, February 17 at 9 a.m. — The Senator will deliver remarks at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Navient’s new Wilmington headquarters. Navient is the nation’s largest student loan servicer that provides customer service and collects payments on student loans. The new offices will be home to more than 120 Navient employees. Navient offices, 123 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE – Open to the press. Contact: Nikki Lavoie at 302-283-4057.

    Wednesday, February 18 at 9:30 a.m. — The Senator will be a guest on Maxima 95.3 with host Kevin Andrade. The Senator will discuss a number a wide range of topics such as immigration and jobs. Listen live to the show by tuning in or stream it on www.max953.com. Maxima 95.3, 20200 DuPont Blvd, Georgetown, DE.

    Wednesday, February 18 at 10 a.m. — The Senator will attend the grand opening for new Wyndham Hotel. The new hotel is located just minutes from downtown Georgetown, historic Milton, and Delaware’s many beaches. Microtel by Wyndham, 22297 DuPont Highway, Georgetown, DE — Open to press.

    Thursday, February 19 at 2:30 p.m. — The Senator will attend a student/employer roundtable with US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and US Secretary of Labor Tom Perez. The event will bring together students from Delaware Technical Community College with teachers, administrators, elected officials and Secretaries Duncan and Perez to discuss the job market of the future. DTCC, 400 Stanton-Christiana Road, Newark, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Note: Schedule is subject to change.

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  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons - February 9 to February 15

    Monday, February 9 at 11 a.m. — The Senator will visit Dover Air Force Base for a meeting and tour with Col. Dan Merry, Commander of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations. He will then attend Staff Sergeant John Ayre’s Quilt of Valor presentation. Dover Air Force Base, Dover, DE — Closed to press.

    Thursday, February 12 at 10 a.m. — The Senator will attend a Judiciary Committee business meeting. Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226, Washington, D.C. — Open to press. Contact: Judiciary Committee’s Beth Levine at 202-224-5225.

    Thursday, February 12 at 2 p.m. — The Senator will deliver introductory remarks an American Enterprise Institute-Center for American Progress event honoring Dr. Rajiv Shah. Dr. Shah is concluding his more than five years of service as Administrator of USAID. American Enterprise Institute, 1150 17th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. — Open to press. Contact: AEI Media Services at 202-862-5829

    Thursday, February 12 at 6 p.m.  — The Senator will attend an ARPA-E reception. ARPA-E is an innovative and collaborative government agency that brings together America's best and brightest scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs. Rayburn House Office Building, Room 369, Washington, D.C., – Open to press.

    Friday, February 13 at 11 a.m. – The Senator will participate in a LIHEAP Community Celebration. LIHEAP is the main federal program assisting households across the country, including families with children and seniors, with their home energy needs. LIHEAP funds can be used toward heating in the winter, cooling in the summer, and insulation to make homes more energy efficient and reduce energy costs. Junior Achievement Center of Delaware, 522 South Walnut Street, Wilmington, DE — Open to press. Contact – Guadalupe Castillo Murphy at 302-255-9896.

    Note: Schedule is subject to change.

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  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons - February 2 to February 8

    Monday, February 2 at 5:30 p.m. — The Senate will vote on the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act. Senator Coons is a cosponsor of the bill, which would improve mental health care and suicide prevention resources for American service members. Senate Chamber, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. — Open to credentialed press. Contact: Ian Koski at 202-224-4216. 

    Tuesday, February 3 at 9 a.m. — The Senator will attend the weekly leadership meeting of the Senate Democratic Caucus.  U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Closed to press.

    Wednesday, February 4 at 9:00 a.m. — The Senator will attend a Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee meeting on reducing the cost of college and student loan debt. U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. — Closed to press, but the Senator can be available to discuss the meeting. Contact: Ian Koski at 202-224-4216.

    Wednesday, February 4 at 9:30 a.m. — The Senator will attend a Foreign Relations Committee hearing on human trafficking and ending modern slaveryDirksen Senate Office Building Room 419, Washington, D.C., – Open to press. Foreign Relations Committee’s Tara DiJulio at 202-224-6797.

    Wednesday, February 4 at 3:30 p.m. — The Senator will host a Senate Law Enforcement Caucus briefing on Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. This program provides grants to states to support the establishment and expansion of voluntary, evidence-based home visiting programs to assist at-risk families with young children. On-the-ground perspectives will be provided by a number of officials, including Chief Scott Collins of the Selbyville Police Department. Russell Senate Office Building Room 385,Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Ian Koski at 202-224-4216.

    Thursday, February 5 at 7:30 a.m. – The Senator will attend the National Prayer Breakfast celebration. The National Prayer Breakfast is actually a series of luncheons, meetings, and dinners, hosted by members of prayer groups in the House and Senate. The event is typically attended by more than 3,000 people of wide variety of races, cultures and faith traditions. Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. — Open to credentialed press.

    Thursday, February 5 at 10:30 a.m. — The Senator will participate in a Judiciary Committee executive business meetingDirksen Senate Office Building Room 226, Washington, D.C. — Open to press. Contact: Judiciary Committee’s Beth Levine at 202-224-5225.

    Friday, February 6 at 10:30 a.m. – The Senator will participate in “Give Kids a Smile” event, a national program that provides free dental care to children from low-income families. Sponsored by the Delaware State Dental Society, “Give Kids a Smile” is the American Dental Association’s major oral health outreach program. This is the 12th year that the event has been held at Delaware Tech. 333 Shipley Street, Wilmington, DE — Open to press. Contact: Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Note: Schedule is subject to change.

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  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons - January 26 to January 30

    Monday, January 26 at 10:30 a.m. — The Senator will participate in a roundtable interview with Senator Tom Carper and Congressman John Carney with WHYY’s Shirley Min. Some of the topics to be discussed include the importance of manufacturing jobs in America, college affordability, long-term funding for infrastructure and access to justice. The program will air Wednesday, January 28 at 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. and Friday, January 30 at 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. WHYY Studios, 625 Orange Street, Wilmington, DE – Closed to press.

    Tuesday, January 27 at 2:15 p.m. — The Senator will attend a classified briefing on Iran. Senior officials from the State Department and Office of the Director of National Intelligence will provide an update on P5+1 negotiations with Iran.  U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Closed to press.

    Tuesday, January 27 at 2:30 p.m.* — The Senator will speak at Members Progressive Faith Orientation. Sen. Coons will speak at the closing session titled “Faith and Values Matter in Congress.” SVC-201, U.S Capitol, Washington, D.C., – Open to press. *The time of these remarks is likely to change. If interested in attending, please contact Ian Koski at ian_koski@coons.senate.gov for confirmation.

    Wednesday, January 28 at 8 a.m. — The Senator will deliver keynote remarks at the weekly Senate Prayer Breakfast. U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Closed to press.

    Wednesday, January 28 at 9:15 a.m. — The Senator will attend a steering meeting on transportation infrastructure. This meeting will highlight the fact that our economy depends on our system of roadways, highways, railways and bridges. U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Closed to press, but the Senator will be available to discuss it afterward.

    Wednesday, January 28 at 3:30 p.m. — The Senator will attend a Judiciary Committee hearing for Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee for United States Attorney General. Senator Coons met with the nominee earlier this month (photo: https://flic.kr/p/pXBkcs). The hearing begins at 10:00 a.m. and is expected to continue over two days. Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 226, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Judiciary Committee’s Beth Levine at 202-224-5225.

    Thursday, January 29 at 4:30 p.m. – The Senator will meet with French Ambassador to United States Gerard Araud and will discuss topics ranging from Iran, Syria, Ukraine and Africa. Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Closed to press. 

    Thursday, January 29 at 7:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend the ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration of The Residences at Harlan Flats, a new luxury apartment community build by Buccini/Pollin Group. Open to press. Contact: BPG Properties’ Julia Mason jmason@bpgroup.net.

     

    Note: Schedule is subject to change.

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  • Senator Coons marks Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by participating in events up and down the state

    Senator Coons recognized Martin Luther King Jr. by traveling throughout Delaware- making several stopsto celebrate the life, legacy and sacrifice Dr. King made while ensuring the country embodied the creed of “all men are created equal”. Always a busy day for elected officials, Chris spoke about the fight for access to justice and education and how his work in Washington relates to Delawareans.  Chris had the opportunity to share sentiments at three breakfast gatherings, a lunch, and concluded at Penn Cinema in Wilmington, where he helped out the concession employees behind the counter serving up popcorn prior to a screening of the film “Selma”.

    Chris kicked off the day at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington by speaking to a group of over 200 members of the Delaware State Bar Association at their second annual DSBA Breakfast and Day of Statewide Service. Sen. Coons, a member of the DSBA, welcomed keynote speaker and Harvard University Jesse Climenko Professor of Law Charles J. Ogletree to Delaware.

    Chris made a point to speak about access to justice for all. “All of us know, practitioners and observers alike, understand the powerful tidal pull of prejudice continues to exert its will on jury selection, on the outcomes of trials, on access to education, on access to justice and on access to opportunity in this which we claim to be the greatest nation in the world,” said Sen. Coons.  

    “I look forward to working across the aisle to find real, positive and concrete ways that we can legislate criminal justice reform federally.”

    Across the hallway, Chris also joined hundreds more at the 31st Annual Organization of Minority Women annual breakfast where Vice President Joe Biden gave remarks on repairing the rift between police and community.

    Shortly thereafter, Chris headed south, where he spoke at the 32nd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast: Remember, Celebrate, Act!, hosted by the Zeta Rho Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in Dover. The annual breakfast featured vocal selections by the Delaware State University Choir. While in the state capitol, Chris stopped by the John Pitts Center to make a donation to the annual AKA Sorority Annual Winter Clothing Drive, and joined the Delaware State University family at their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, hosted by Reuben Salters, President of Dover’s Inner City Cultural League. Guests were treated to performances by Sankofa African Dance Company and Sankofa String Orchestra.

    That evening, Chris joined his friends from Canaan Baptist Church for a community screening of “Selma” and post-movie roundtable discussion hosted by Pastor Chris Bullock and New Castle County Council member Penrose Hollins. The real action came early in the evening, as the more than 300 guests arrived for the film, the concession stand lines started to grow. That’s when Chris, never one to be found on the sidelines, hopped behind the counter and helped serve the guests their movie treats.

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