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  • Clarke Tackles Immigrant Rights, 2020 Census at Flatbush Town Hall
    Posted in In the News on August 22, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration Reform

    Immigrant rights and the importance of the 2020 Census were in the focus at a town hall convened by Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke Tuesday night at Brooklyn College. The congresswoman was joined by a panel of experts that included Jeff T. Behler, regional director of the U.S. Census Bureau; Jose Interiano, deputy chief at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office; Sonia Lin, deputy commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs; Ravi Ragbir of the New Sanctuary Coalition; Elizabeth Rieser... Read more

  • Congressional Black Caucus Members Call on HUD to Decouple USVI From PR and Release Disaster Recovery Funds
    Posted in In the News on August 22, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economic Development & Wealth Creation

    Maxine Waters, chairwoman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, and a dozen other members of the Congressional Black Caucus slammed federal housing chief Ben Carson over a recent decision to clamp down on critical hurricane recovery money destined for the U.S. Virgin Islands. “Your decision may unfairly delay desperately needed funding for the Virgin Islands and contravene the intent of Congress to ensure long-delayed mitigation funding is finally disbursed to dis... Read more

  • CBC blasts Trump’s DOJ/Comcast for attacking Black people’s civil rights in Supreme Court
    Posted in In the News on August 22, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Civil and Voting Rights

    A case headed to the U.S. Supreme Court that could have a tremendously negative impact on the Black community’s civil rights as it pertains to fair play in contracting and other measures is beginning to capture attention. Nearly a week after the Justice Department filed an amicus brief in regard to the lawsuit between Entertainment Studios chairman and CEO Byron Allen and Comcast Corp., at least one group has reacted, blasting the Trump administration as the case moves forward. Allen is suing Co... Read more

  • Black Congressional Leadership Grills JUUL Executives
    Posted in In the News on August 18, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology and Infrastructure Development

    THE AFRO — Federal and local regulations have attempted to curb youth usage, primarily focusing on policing retailers for sales to minors and proscribing flavors and formulas particularly appealing or solely appealing to children. When the FDA announced that new products entering the market would be subject to additional scrutiny, products already at market were given amnesty through a grandfather date. “We are as committed, as ever, to combating youth usage, but don’t take our word for it, look... Read more

    Posted in In the News on August 16, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs & National Security

    The Congressional Black Caucus, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have both denounced Israel's decision to deny Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib entry into Israel for a visit. Yesterday, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) released the following statement condemning the Israeli government’s decision to deny entry into Israel to Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. “The Israeli government should immediately reverse this shortsighted decision to deny Members of Congress entry into Is... Read more

    Posted in In the News on August 14, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: White House 45

    Congressional Tri-Caucus: "Although President Trump called the most recent shootings ‘acts of domestic terrorism,’ the Tri-Caucus cannot ignore the role President Trump’s rhetoric has played in fanning the flames of division and racism. Since taking office, the President has emboldened white supremacy through his hateful rhetoric and constant attacks on minority communities." Photo: Wikimedia Commons Monday, the Chairs of the Congressional Tri-Caucus – Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bas... Read more

  • Maxine Waters holds hearing on 'homelessness crisis' in Los Angeles
    Posted in In the News on August 14, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Poverty Reduction & Safety Net Programs

    Rep. Maxine Waters returned home to Los Angeles on Wednesday to draw attention to the plight of 60,000 homeless county residents. “According to the latest point-in-time count, both the city and county of Los Angeles experienced a 12 to 16 percent increase from last year in the number of people that are homeless,” Waters, the chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, said in her opening remarks of a hearing held in her district. Waters noted that “nearly 60,000 people in the county,” ... Read more

  • Black Leaders Address America’s Gun Violence Crisis
    Posted in In the News on August 9, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Criminal Justice Reform

    Amid a national chorus of grief, anger, protests and vigils, Black leadership and their allies are speaking out, demanding political accountability, new laws and solutions following the latest deadly mass shootings in America. Within a 24-hour time span last weekend, lone gunmen opened fire in separate incidents at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on August 3 and an entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio, on August 4. The shootings left 31 people dead and dozens wounded, including children. And jus... Read more

  • Bass, Pelosi, CBC Return from Historic Trip to Ghana
    Posted in In the News on August 8, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Diversity

    “We absolutely accomplished what we set out to,” said Congresswoman Karen Bass of her recent trip to Ghana with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and thirteen members of the Congressional Black Caucus. “One, was to go back to the origins of slavery but it was also to renew our ties with the nation of Ghana.” Dubbing it “The Year of Return,” the delegation took the trip at the end of last month where they addressed the Ghanian Parliament to discuss regional security and the possible expansion of the Afr... Read more

  • Delegation from Congress visits ‘Door of Return’
    Posted in In the News on August 7, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Diversity

    Four hundred years ago, Africans were viciously snatched by European slaveholders. To mark this painful time in history, 2019 has been dubbed “The Year of the Return,” in which Black people from all over the world will journey back to the motherland. Last week, a congressional delegation went to Ghana to observe the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans landing in America. Led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the delegation included Majority Whip James Clyburn; the chairwoman of the Con... Read more

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