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Divestment protest at University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 4, 2014. Photo: Light Brigade on Flickr.

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American RadioWorks |
Divestment protest at University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 4, 2014. Photo: Light Brigade on Flickr.

Divestment on Campus

Across the world, college students are urging their institutions to “divest” from fossil fuels. This week we ask: is the divestment movement working?

Recent Posts

  • 05.20.15

    Can how you move change how you think?

    Scientists have long thought of the brain as a “control center” for the body – a kind of computer that dictates how we move. But what if how we walk and stand and gesture could actually change how we think?
  • 05.12.15

    Forest Schools

    What if one day a week, school was in the woods? On the podcast, Emily Hanford takes us to Vermont to understand why teachers wanted to take their students into the forest, and what the kids -- and the teachers -- are learning from it.
  • 05.06.15

    Exposing Conditions at Native Schools

    There are 183 federally-run Bureau of Indian Education schools in the nation, and about a third of these are in poor condition. Some students at BIE schools deal with poorly-insulated classrooms, holes in the roof, rodents, and other issues on a daily basis.
  • 04.29.15

    Green Teachers

    A generation ago, if you walked into an American classroom, you’d likely find a veteran teacher who'd been on the job for 15 years or more. Today you're more likely to find a brand-new teacher – someone who's been the job for a year or less.

Back to The Data

Office of

Mel Watt


Total cost of 58 office trips: $158,601.60


Trips by Mel Watt
Total cost of congressperson's 23 trips: $89,512.47

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $5,695.50
source

Destination: LEESBURG, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT BETWEEN THE CBC, THE CHC AND THE CAPAC
Date: Apr 19, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,422.08
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO JACKSONVILLE, FL TO CHARLOTTE, NC
Sponsor: Conference of Minority Transportation Officials
Purpose: REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION BRAINTRUST
Date: Apr 25, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,236.50
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 28, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,930.00
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: JOINT LISTENING SESSIONS OF CBC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BRAINTRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,248.58
source

Destination: MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $5,666.60
source

Destination: POTOMAC, MD
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: RETREAT
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $536.60
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT BETWEEN THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS AND THE CONGRESSIONAL ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN CAUCUS
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,343.72
source

Destination: CHARLOTTE, NC-DETROIT, MI-CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE CBC INSTITUTE SPONSORED DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Date: Oct 25, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $250.70
source

Destination: DETROIT, MI-CHICAGO, IL-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: MET WITH THE CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE AND THE CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE, INC. TO DISCUSS FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE RELATED ISSUES
Date: Oct 27, 2003
Expense: $1,008.59
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-NASSAU, BAHAMAS-CHARLOTTE, NC
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE 8TH ANNUAL CARIBBEAN MULTI-NATIONAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,100.00
source

Destination: CHARLOTTE, NC-PUNTA MITA, MEXICO-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S. MEXICO RELATIONS
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $5,533.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE RETREAT ON ECONOMIC AND SECURITY ISSUES IN AFRICA AND THE CARIBBEAN BASIN
Date: Jan 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $2,705.20
source

Destination: CHARLOTTE, NC-LOS ANGELES, CA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
Purpose: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND COPYRIGHT ISSUES IN THE RECORDING INDUSTRIES
Date: Feb 6, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,466.66
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $8,502.02
source

Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: Christopher Reynolds Foundation
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS TRIP TO CUBA
Date: Mar 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,329.23
source

Destination: GREAT EXUMA ISLAND, BAHAMAS
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON BRAZIL
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $10,988.00
source

Destination: LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Jun 27, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $8,838.80
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-NEW YORK CITY-SYRACUSE, NY
Sponsor: Sony Corporation
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN BRIEFINGS, DEMONSTRATIONS AND DISCUSSIONS RELATED TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY.
Date: Jan 28, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $695.01
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY-SYRACUSE, NY-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: TO DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ISSUES.
Date: Jan 30, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,193.00
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM.
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $7,404.80
source

Destination: CHARLOTTE, NC-SAN FRANCISCO, CA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE 2005 NATIONAL SHOW SPONSORED BY THE NCTA TO MEET WITH CABLE PROVIDERS, PROGRAMMERS AND SUPPLIERS TO LEARN FIRST HAND HOW THE INDUSTRY OPERATES AND THEIR PUBLIC POLICY CONCERNS.
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $8,350.05
source

Destination: MILWAUKEE, WI
Sponsor: NAACP and affiliates
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE AS A GUEST SPEAKER AT THE 2005 ANNUAL NAACP CONVENTION.
Date: Jul 10, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,067.33
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Mel Watt

Andrew Barwig
Andrew Berwig
Paul Brathwaite
Joyce Brayboy
Keven Brough
Laura Hooper
Jewel James
Erika Jeffers
William Johnson
Jesse Price
Christal Sheppard



American RadioWorks |
Divestment protest at University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 4, 2014. Photo: Light Brigade on Flickr.

Divestment on Campus

Across the world, college students are urging their institutions to “divest” from fossil fuels. This week we ask: is the divestment movement working?

Recent Posts

  • 05.20.15

    Can how you move change how you think?

    Scientists have long thought of the brain as a “control center” for the body – a kind of computer that dictates how we move. But what if how we walk and stand and gesture could actually change how we think?
  • 05.12.15

    Forest Schools

    What if one day a week, school was in the woods? On the podcast, Emily Hanford takes us to Vermont to understand why teachers wanted to take their students into the forest, and what the kids -- and the teachers -- are learning from it.
  • 05.06.15

    Exposing Conditions at Native Schools

    There are 183 federally-run Bureau of Indian Education schools in the nation, and about a third of these are in poor condition. Some students at BIE schools deal with poorly-insulated classrooms, holes in the roof, rodents, and other issues on a daily basis.
  • 04.29.15

    Green Teachers

    A generation ago, if you walked into an American classroom, you’d likely find a veteran teacher who'd been on the job for 15 years or more. Today you're more likely to find a brand-new teacher – someone who's been the job for a year or less.