Hollywood on the Potomac

'We've Got People'

June 6, 2019

“Just a quick word on why the Patriotic Millionaires decided to have a super fun party in the summer at a great venue – which is reason enough to celebrate journalists like Ryan who is doing such important work everyday,” said Erica Payne at a book party in honor of Ryan Grim for  We’ve Got People at Gaslight Tavern in Washington, DC.   “In this specific book, he talks about the tension between the people who are driving an agenda and the corporate piece of our American political system as brought to life in the Democratic Party in some unfort

Erica is President of Patriotic Millionaires: “Proud ‘traitors to their class,’ members of the Patriotic Millionaires are high-net worth Americans, business leaders and investors who are united in their concern about the destabilizing concentration of wealth and power in America. The mission of The Patriotic Millionaires organization is to build a more stable, prosperous, and inclusive nation by promoting public policies based on the “first principles” of equal political representation, a guaranteed living wage for all working citizens, and a fair tax system.”  “Having Ryan write a book like this helps bring to life what the real energy behind progress in this country is – just a great, amazing gift to our work  into the work of so many people in this room,” added Payne.

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Young Readers

June 3, 2019

"I wanted to actually do something, connect with the community in a way that was beyond just watching and reporting,” said award-winning writer and author Harry Jaffe at a benefit birthday party for Myra McPherson for Reading Partners. “We’re writers, we need readers. So I looked for a project that taught reading. I was reading the New York Times article bye Tina Rosenberg about 10 years ago and she did and evaluation of programs for teaching reading and schools and she picked out Reading Partners because it was data driven. It wasn’t just go in and read a book and ‘Have a nice day,’ it was read a specific book for a specific purpose with very specific benchmarks. So I explored it and became a volunteer about for or five years ago. I liked it so much that I volunteered to be on the board and I’ve been on the board for a few years now.”

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We Write the Songs

May 27, 2019

ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams is still really kicking it. “You know what? I’m healthier and more excited by the music and the advocacy work that we do than ever before,” songwriter Williams told Hollywood on the Potomac at the 11th annual “We Write the Songs” event at the historic Coolidge Auditorium in The Library of Congress in Washington, DC – a celebration of American songwriting – jointly hosted by Susan H. Vita, Chief of the Library of Congress Music Division.

“First of all,” Williams explained, “following the MMA (Music Modernization Act), the fact is that we saw both sides of the aisle come together unanimously in both the House and Senate to make sure that the adjustments were made and things would be better for the music creator. I mean, it’s just as good as it gets. The hair on the back of my neck goes up.  I have to tell you that it’s such a privilege to come here and do this work with 700,000 members of ASCAP now, and when I won the Oscar with Barbra, Forever Green, there was a full page ad in writing that said: ‘The ASCAPs 28,000 writers congratulate you.’ Now we’re up to 700,000 and it’s remarkable. You know? It’s just remarkable.”

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