Stabenow to deliver opening remarks at women's convention
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Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowCoal supporter Manchin named top Dem on Senate Energy Committee The Hill's Morning Report — Will Trump strike a deal with Chuck and Nancy? This week: Trump, Dems set to meet amid funding fight MORE (D-Mich.) will deliver the opening remarks at the progressive Women's Convention in Detroit later this month.

The convention is being organized by the Women's March, the group that organized massive protests in Washington and cities around the country after President Trump's inauguration in January.

The event will bring together politicians and activists for "workshops, strategy sessions, [and] inspiring forums" as they gear up for the 2018 midterm elections.

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“It was amazing to be part of the Women’s Marches and witness democracy in action,” Stabenow said in a statement. “I fully expect to see that same turnout, passion and energy here in Detroit, and I look forward to speaking with women leaders from across the country.”

Stabenow, who is up for reelection in 2018, could face a challenge from musician Kid Rock, who has teased a potential GOP bid for months.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOcasio-Cortez on call to run for president: ‘How about … no’ GOP-controlled Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi vote Amazon workers in Staten Island launching campaign to unionize MORE (I-Vt.) will also speak on the opening night of the conference, a invitation that sparked controversy and drew criticism from many sponsors and women's groups. 

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who has called for Trump's impeachment, will speak at the conference on Saturday evening.

"As we gear up for the 2018 midterm elections, The Women’s Convention will tap into the power of women in leadership as the fundamental, grassroots force for change," the group's statement said.