The Congressional Black Caucus responds to Voter Suppression during Georgia primaries
Posted by on June 15, 2020

The Congressional Black Caucus is deeply concerned by the voter suppression activities witnessed during yesterday’s primary election in Georgia. Voters were met with excessively long lines, dysfunctional polling machines, ballot shortages, and unnecessary administrative delays. The scenes from Tuesday are very worrisome as we have seen repeated instances of voter suppression tactics deployed in primaries this year. Wisconsin and California both experienced issues around long wait times and ballot machine irregularities.  The areas that experienced the most difficulties Tuesday included Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett Counties, all areas with a high Black population. 

The Congressional Black Caucus calls on a thorough investigation into Tuesday night’s election. Additionally, Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger must immediately develop and implement a plan to ensure these issues are resolved in time for November’s election, including an expanded opportunity to vote-by-mail while ensuring in-person polling stations are well-equipped and safe for voters. Last but not least, the Senate must take immediate action to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019 (H.R.4), which the House passed last December, to restore Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

The ability to hold credible elections is fundamental to any democracy. We must protect ours and that includes the entire electoral process.

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Congressional Black Caucus Statement On The El Paso Shooting
Posted by on August 4, 2019
“The El Paso shooting is another tragic example of domestic terrorism being fueled by white nationalist, who unfortunately are given cover by the words and deeds of this President. 

Trump has directly attacked African Americans and Latinos from the first moment he launched his campaign. He rode down the escalator at Trump Tower and called Mexicans rapist and has repeatedly referred to what is happening at the border as an invasion, exact words used by white supremacist to justify their terrorists acts.  At a rally, he didn’t denounce a supporter who said shoot them about immigrants while the crowd cheered their approval. He has told African Americans that we live in communities more violent than Afghanistan and referred to many African nations as “shit hole countries.” 

And when David Duke gave his approval for Trump’s actions, the President has never really denounced support from white supremacist leaders. Why? Because the President is playing a sick game where by stoking racist divisions he can rally his political base. The President should realize lives are being lost due to the white supremacist violence his words encourage.

A President’s highest priority must be protecting the homeland and our citizens. Until Donald Trump acknowledges that these are acts of domestic terrorism and stops giving aid and comfort to white nationalist through his words and deeds, our country will remain a dangerous place.”
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