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  • Congressional Ceremony Marks 400 Years Of Slavery In America
    Posted in In the News on September 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Diversity

    In the U.S. Capitol, largely built by enslaved Africans, members of Congress held ceremonies to mark 1619, the year Africans landed in the Virginia Colony and centuries of American chattel slavery began. Tuesday’s ceremony was hosted by the 55-member Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and welcomed lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. The crowd ranged from Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and special guests such as actress Alfre Woodard. Saying it is time to “to finally, finally tell the full story, the ... Read more

  • Congressional Black Caucus marks 400th anniversary of slaves’ arrival in US
    Posted in In the News on September 10, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Civil and Voting Rights

    From the voices of Howard University’s choir to the resonating sound of drums, African culture encompassed the Capitol on Tuesday as the Congressional Black Caucus commemorated the 400th anniversary of the first recorded forced arrival of enslaved African people in the United States. “We celebrate certain parts of our history and the ideals that are the foundation of our country but we have been reluctant to examine and embrace all of our history,” California Congresswoman Karen Bass said. Bass... Read more

  • Congressional Black Leaders Talk Disparity, Reparations in Minneapolis
    Posted in In the News on August 30, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Diversity

    The challenges facing Minnesota's black community sounded daunting and expensive to fix as U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar hosted a group of colleagues from the Congressional Black Caucus around Minneapolis on Friday. "Isn't it sad, in 2019, that we still have these challenges?" Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, of Texas, said at a morning session in downtown Minneapolis to discuss gaps in educational outcomes between whites and blacks in Minnesota. She also decried a lack of access to early-childhood programs. A l... Read more

  • Addressing the Plight of Black America
    Posted in In the News on August 29, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Civil and Voting Rights, Diversity

    In Deborah Simmons’ recent column “CBC is not black America’s BFF,” the author oddly blames the plight of black America on labor unions and the Democratic Party. Predictably rather than thoughtful analysis and an honest accounting of why black America must fight — especially in the Trump-era — the author relies on baseless rhetoric conservatives have used for generations to suggest the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) does not fight for our communities. Yet the author offers no solutions or acco... Read more

  • Rep. Jackson Lee: ‘america is Ready’ for Reparations Because of Trump’s Attitude
    Posted in In the News on August 27, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Civil and Voting Rights, Economic Development & Wealth Creation

    Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee made the case for reparations for the descendants of slaves in part because of President Trump's behavior. Under the Texas Democrat's proposal, a commission would be created to determine who would receive the payments and how much. "Tragically, 250 years of slavery in the United States for those enslaved Africans did not receive workman’s comp, salary, 401(k), or anything, and literally built the wealth of the United States and Europe," Jackson told MSNBC on Tuesday. "I t... Read more

  • Rep. Karen Bass And Speaker Nancy Pelosi Lead Delegation Visiting Ghana
    Posted in In the News on August 27, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Civil and Voting Rights, Diversity

    There’s nothing like going home. As observances of the 400th anniversary of Africans landing in colonial America continue, members of Congress are among those making pilgrimages to the motherland. This summer, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi traveled on official business to Ghana. At least a dozen CBC members journeyed to the West African nation. They included CBC Chair Karen Bass and Democratic leadership such as Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn, Rep. Barbara... Read more

  • 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

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