Civil and Voting Rights

  • CBC marks 400th anniversary of African' arrival in US
    Posted in In the News on September 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Civil and Voting Rights

    Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on Tuesday marked the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first African slaves in North America, according to USA Today. “All of our history is what makes this country a great country,’’ CBC Chairwoman Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) said at the Tuesday event held at the U.S. Capitol's Emancipation Hall. “Today we complete the journey that we began in Ghana,’’ she added, referencing a trip by several caucus members over the summer to the African nat... Read more

  • SPEAKER PELOSI AND CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS COMMEMORATE 400TH ANNIVERSARY OF FORCED ARRIVAL OF AFRICAN SLAVES
    Posted in In the News on September 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Civil and Voting Rights

    Yesterday, the Congressional Black Caucus, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, commemorated the 400th year anniversary of enslaved Africans being forcibly brought to America. Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) at a congressional ceremony in observance of the 400th anniversary of the first-recorded forced arrival of enslaved African people in Jamestown, VA and to mark the “Year of Return.” Below are Speaker Pelosi's remarks: "Good morning, everyone! And a good morning it... 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Congressional Black Caucus Slams President Trump for Doubling Down on His Racists Attacks on African Americans
    Posted in Press Releases on July 30, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Civil and Voting Rights, #RootOutRacism

    Today, President Trump doubled down on his racist attacks against Congressman Cummings and flat-out lied about the African American community being “thankful” for his recent remarks. The President also took this time to highlight what he has done for the African American community during his Presidency. Congresswoman Karen Bass, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus issued the following statement in response to the latest set of lies coming from President Trump: “Since taking office, Donald Tr... Read more

  • Congressional Black Caucus Launches Census 2020 Taskforce
    Posted in Press Releases on July 23, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Civil and Voting Rights, Diversity , Economic Development & Wealth Creation

    Today, 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 ... Read more

  • Voting is Key to Change, CBC Members Say
    Posted in In the News on June 28, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Civil and Voting Rights

    Call it better living through politicking. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus emphasized the importance of political power as the key to positive change locally, statewide and nationally Saturday afternoon at the State of Black America Town Hall. The town hall, which drew hundreds of people, was part of the Arthur Ashe Boulevard renaming celebration and hosted by 4th District Congressman A. Donald McEachin of Richmond. As people flooded the exhibits in the Virginia Museum of History & Cul... Read more

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