Capitol Hill Forum:

Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Through Tax Reform


Thursday, June 1,  3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Registration, networking and light refreshments will commence at 3:00 PM and event activities will begin at 3:30 PM.
Rayburn House Office Building, 
Room 2044Washington, DC

Event Description

Last month, seizing on what administration officials have described as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to do something big, President Trump released a tax reform plan that promises to grow the economy, create jobs and simplify the tax code.
The White House plan calls for a number of changes to the tax code in order to achieve the administration’s objective of providing tax cuts to both businesses and middle class families. Yet, despite the attention the plan has garnered so far, scant consideration has been paid to the urgency with which tax reform must address the increasing racial wealth divide. 

Join this special discussion with advocates and policy experts on how the Trump administration’s recently released tax plan could impact working class communities and communities of color. The panel, featuring the Asset Building Policy Network and other national advocacy organizations, will discuss policy recommendations as well as opportunities and tools for how to engage communities in the legislative process to come.

Welcoming Remarks:
  • Cy Richardson, Vice President for Economics and Housing Programs, National Urban League
  • Alexandra Bastien, Senior Associate, Policy Link
  • Anna Chu, Vice President for Income Security and Education, National Women's Law Center/Tax March Executive Planning Committee Member
  • Frank Clemente, Executive Director, Americans for Tax Fairness
  • Jeremie Greer, Vice President of Policy & Research, CFED
  • Joe Valenti, Director of Consumer Finance, Center for American Progress 
  • Cy Richardson, Vice President for Economics and Housing Programs, National Urban League (Moderator)

Registration, networking and light refreshments will commence at 3pm and event activities will begin at 3:30 pm. The event is free but registration is required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.


People & Places 2017 is the national peer-learning event for community developers. It brings together placemakers from different regions, cultures, and national networks to share what’s working to strengthen places and advance racial equity. CFPB Director Richard Cordray and "woke woman" Angela Rye will keynote the event, which is co-hosted by the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA). National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB), National Urban League, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) and the Network for Developing Conscious Communities (NDCC). Learn more and register.

Asset Building Policy Network, or ABPN, is a coalition of civil rights, community development and policy organizations, including a financial institution, committed to the following core goals: coordinating savings and asset building policy and advocacy efforts at a national level, developing a shared communications agenda and strategy, and building the capacity of Network members and their networks. The ABPN seeks to improve the opportunity for economic progress for low‐income individuals and families and in communities of color by increasing local access to responsible and appropriate financial products and services that can enable families to save, invest, preserve and build financial assets. 


Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2044
Washington, DC