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  • Letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Bakari Henderson Case
    Posted in In the News on November 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs & National Security

    A letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the Bakari Henderson case. Henderson was an American citizen from Texas who was killed while in Greece. Henderson had traveled to Greece to take photos for a clothing line he had started. Read more

  • Congressional Black Caucus chairman: "John Kelly needs a history lesson"
    Posted in In the News on October 1, 2017 | Preview rr

    Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-Louisiana, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) says that President Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly is in need of a "history lesson" in light of his recent comments about the Civil War. Kelly said in a Fox News interview Monday evening that the war resulted from a "lack of an ability to compromise." Richmond, in a scorching statement about the chief of staff's remarks, said that the CBC is "not surprised by the Trump White House's repeated attempts to whitew... Read more

  • Black Caucus chair: ‘Utter disgust’ with Trump’s handling of race
    Posted in In the News on September 27, 2017 | Preview rr

    The head of the Congressional Black Caucus lashed out at President Trump on Wednesday, accusing the president of both insensitivity and ignorance when it comes to issues of race. In a letter to Trump, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) said the president’s verbal attacks on NFL players protesting police brutality marked a “disgraceful response” to demonstrators — most of them African-American — fighting for social justice. Richmond did not mince words. “I write today to express my utter disgust with y... Read more

  • Congressional Black Caucus rips DOJ decision on police program
    Posted in In the News on September 16, 2017 | Preview rr

    The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) ripped the Trump administration's move on Friday to roll back an Obama-era program that oversees and rates how police officers work with members of the communities they serve. “This is yet another example of what the black community has to lose under this administration," Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) said in a statement. “This decision is wrong, reckless, insensitive, and immature. It also further divides police departments and communities – rich and poor, bl... Read more

  • Black lawmakers press Facebook on ads that exclude users by race
    Posted in In the News on November 3, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: #CBCTech2020

    Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are pressing Facebook to change an advertising feature that allows advertisers to exclude certain racial groups. “We are writing to express our deep concerns with reports that Facebook’s 'Ethnic Affinities' advertising customization feature allows for advertisers to exclude specific racial and ethnic groups when placing housing advertisements,” they wrote in a letter to Facebook on Tuesday. “This is in direct violation of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, an... Read more

  • Facebook must stop ads that exclude races: lawmakers
    Posted in In the News on November 3, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: #CBCTech2020

    The Congressional Black Caucus has called on Facebook to stop allowing advertisers to exclude racial and ethnic groups when placing housing ads in what lawmakers say is a violation of federal anti-discrimination housing laws. "We are writing to express our deep concerns with reports that Facebook’s 'Ethnic Affinities' advertising customization feature allows for advertisers to exclude specific racial and ethnic groups when placing housing advertisements," members of the caucus wrote in a letter ... Read more

  • Black Caucus marches to DOJ to protest shootings
    Posted in In the News on September 22, 2016 | Preview rr

    More than a dozen members of the Congressional Black Caucus marched down to the Department of Justice midday to demand federal intervention to stymie police shootings of unarmed African-Americans. "The killing of unarmed black men and women by police is a crisis," said Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). The letter calls on Lynch to “aggressively pursue investigations, indictments and prosecutions through the Office of Civil Rights against any and all law enforcement officers who harm or kill innocen... Read more

  • Congressional Black Caucus calls for peace after Baton Rouge
    Posted in In the News on July 17, 2016 | Preview rr

    Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G.K. Butterfield said violence against police officers won't solve the country's problems, in a call for peace made Sunday after three police officers were killed and another three injured in Baton Rouge, La. "Tensions are high in our country, but violence does not lead to justice and targeting law enforcement does not bring about solutions," Butterfield said, according to The Washington Examiner. "The CBC continues to call for peace and we stand by state and ... Read more

  • Black caucus demands gun control vote after shootings
    Posted in In the News on July 8, 2016 | Preview rr

    The Congressional Black Caucus is calling for an immediate vote on a gun control bill following a wave of violence this week that left two black civilians and five police officers dead in three separate incidents. “Republicans, what on earth — why are you recoiling and not giving us a debate on gun violence?” CBC Chairman G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) said at a Friday morning press conference in the Capitol. “We need legislative action now.” The CBC push comes after a string of shootings this week, ... Read more

  • Congressional Black Caucus Reviews CBC Tech 2020 Initiative a Year After Its Inception
    Posted in In the News on June 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: #CBCTech2020

    Last year, the Congressional Black Caucus launched the CBC Tech 2020 Initiative to address the lack of African American talent in the technology pipeline. On its one-year anniversary, the initiative is still going strong. Today, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), co-chairs of the CBC Diversity Taskforce and CBC TECH 2020, released the CBC TECH 2020 Year in Review, a report that highlights CBC efforts to increase African American i... Read more

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