Diversity

  • It's Time Again For The Congressional Black Caucus's Foundation Conference
    Posted in In the News on September 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Diversity

    Black pride, policy, and purpose will converge when the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) hosts its 49th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) in the nation’s capital. Organizers said the event draws upwards of 30,000 people—elected officials, celebrities, advocates, clergy, college students, etc.—from across the country and world. The five-day confab is scheduled for September 11-15, 2019, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. There will be nearly 100 ... Read more

  • 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 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. 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

  • Tri-Caucus Statement on the Rise in Hate Crimes and Domestic Terrorism Under President Trump
    Posted in Press Releases on August 12, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: White House 45, Diversity

    Today, the Chairs of the Congressional Tri-Caucus – Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (CA-37), Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Joaquin Castro (TX-20), and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair Judy Chu (CA-27) – released the following statement on the rise in hate crimes and domestic terrorism under President Trump on the second anniversary of Heather Heyer’s passing. Heyer was a civil rights activist who was killed during the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesvil... 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 Statement On The El Paso Shooting
    Posted in Blog on August 4, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: White House 45, Diversity , #RootOutRacism

    “The El Paso shooting is another tragic example of domestic terrorism being fueled by white nationalist, who unfortunately are given cover by the words and deeds of this President. Trump has directly attacked African Americans and Latinos from the first moment he launched his campaign. He rode down the escalator at Trump Tower and called Mexicans rapist and has repeatedly referred to what is happening at the border as an invasion, exact words used by white supremacist to justify their terrorists... 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

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