We celebrated the newly elected members of Congress on January 4, with special guest moderators, Medea Benjamin (CODEPINK) and Raed Jarrar (Iraqi-American Peace and Human Rights Activist). The audience raised domestic and international issues they wanted to discuss with members of Congress who may have attended.

Many members of congress were still in session, but Rep. David Cicilline and a staff member of Rep. Ro Khanna were able to join us in discussion with our moderators and audience. We were also joined by spoken word artist Dior Ashley Brown, and Bob Bland and Kristin Mink of the Women’s March. The discussion brought challenging questions, different perspectives and new outlooks. Below are some photos of the celebration that night. You can also catch our Facebook Live recap here.

Audience asked questions and raised points for discussion at the Busboys and Poets New House Celebration event
Audience asked moderators and guests about domestic policy and social issues
Representative David Cicilline for Rhode Island's 1st congressional district joined Busboys and Poets for a New House Celebration at its 14th & V location.
Rep. David Cicilline joined us to celebrate the new Congress. He represents Rhode Island’s 1st district and was the first openly gay mayor of a U.S. state capital.
Dior Ashley Brown performs a piece at Busboys and Poets New House Celebration event.
Spoken word artist, Dior Ashley Brown
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