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  • CONGRESSIONAL TRI-CAUCUS RELEASES STATEMENT LINKING TRUMP’S RACIST RHETORIC TO RISE IN DOMESTIC TERRORISM
    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

  • Congressional Black Caucus launches its ‘Census 2020’ taskforce
    Posted in In the News on July 25, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Diversity , Economic Development & Wealth Creation

    On July 23, the Congressional Black Caucus launched a new taskforce that will focus on the upcoming 2020 Census and the legacy of undercounting the African American community. The taskforce will be led by Congressman Steven Horsford (D-NV). According to a release, members of the CBC will meet with stakeholders and leading professionals to discuss the current state of play. The Caucus will also discuss the tools required for effective outreach to hard to count communities across the United States... Read more

  • Congressional Black Caucus Launches Census 2020 Taskforce
    Posted in In the News on July 24, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economic Development & Wealth Creation

    The Congressional Black Caucus will launch a new taskforce that will focus on the upcoming 2020 Census and the legacy of under counting the African American community. Members of the CBC will meet with stakeholders and leading professionals to discuss the current state of play. The Caucus will also discuss the tools required for effective outreach to hard to count communities across the United States. The taskforce will be led by Congressman Steven Horsford (D-NV). Below, Chairwoman Bass and mem... Read more

  • Top Democrat: Mass incarceration in US is 'an embarrassment'
    Posted in In the News on July 16, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Criminal Justice Reform

    Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) told Hill.TV on Tuesday that the state of mass incarceration in the U.S. is an embarrassment, particularly when compared with other countries. “It’s really an embarrassment in our country that we have more people locked up in the United States than any place in the world,” said Bass, who is head of the Congressional Black Caucus. According to Prison Policy Initiative, the U.S. locks up more people per capita than any other nation in the world, at a rate of 698 per 100,... Read more

  • "It's time to declare a state of emergency", Members of Congressional Black Caucus tour Skid Row
    Posted in In the News on July 15, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Poverty Reduction & Safety Net Programs

    Many in Los Angeles call our homeless problem "an epidemic," that continues to get worse. On Saturday, some Congressional leaders took to the streets of Skid Row in downtown L.A. to help come up with a solution. Homelessness in L.A. County is up 12% this year, close to 60,000 people. Meanwhile, in the city homelessness is up 16% to about 36,000. "It is time to declare a state of emergency and all that that entails," says Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Karen Bass. "In the United States in ... Read more

  • Lawmakers sponsor bill to give federal prisoners a chance for “Second Look” at their sentences
    Posted in In the News on July 15, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Criminal Justice Reform

    A new bill heading to the house floor this week encourages judges to consider giving federal prisoners a second look at their cases, potentially impacting thousands of incarcerated people who were imprisoned as a result of the war on drugs. The legislation, titled the Matthew Charles and William Underwood Second Look Act allows these prisoners to petition judges for a reduced sentence or release after they’ve served ten years in prison. It also gives special consideration to elderly prisoners wh... Read more

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