“More and more we’re starting to see democracy at work. People of all ages and races, including many young people of color, are standing up and speaking out about this Administration’s actions and how they will hurt our communities and the country. President Trump says he wants to make America great again but in our view the programs and policies he’s implementing will do the opposite. We hope this list will help those who are engaged and those who aren’t stay woke because our democracy is at stake.” - Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02)

On President Trump's 100th day in office, the CBC released a list of 100 actions taken by President Trump and his Administration that hurt the African-American community and other marginalized communities. The list, titled "What Did Trump Do?: The First-100-Days, #StayWoke List," was a special edition of CBC's "What Did Trump Do?" rapid response messaging documents and included actions across issues areas such as justice, education, and healthcare.

"Stay woke. Stay energized. Stay on point. Understand what’s going on around you." - Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA-43)

The phrase #StayWoke or "stay awake" is often used by African Americans to remind themselves and those around them to stay focused on what’s really being said and done to their community. As a result of the election of President Trump, the phrase has taken on new meaning; people of all ages and races are using it to remind themselves and those around them to stay focused on the programs and policies being implemented by this Administration. 

While some of the actions on the #StayWoke list have received a lot of media attention, many of them have not. For example, action “6” in the “Crime, Justice, and Reform” section states:

  • 6. Attorney General Sessions announced that the Department of Justice was ending the National Commission on Forensic Science, a commission designed to bring higher scientific standards to forensic techniques to ensure that the people who actually committed the crime are convicted.
Other actions include suspicious investments, conflicting interests, and questionable hires. Below are a few more examples from the list.
  • 30. President Trump appointed Candice E. Jackson as acting assistant secretary for civil rights at the Department of Education. Ms. Jackson once said affirmative action “promotes racial discrimination,” and claimed she was discriminated against for being white.
  • 31. Secretary DeVos hired Robert Eitel, an official with deep ties to the for-profit-college industry, to be a special assistant at the Department of Education. This hire presents a serious conflict of interest, and raises questions about whether Eitel can put students’ needs above the interests of his former colleagues.

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