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Harris’ First Action of 116th Congress: Re-introducing Tax Cut for Middle Class 
January 10, 2019
Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris re-introduced the LIFT (Livable Incomes for Families Today) the Middle Class Act, legislation that provides middle class and working families with a tax credit of up to $6,000 a year—or up to $500 a month—to address the rising cost of living. ... read more »
Woman sentenced to life as teen in killing wins clemency 
January 10, 2019
A woman who says she was a victim of sex trafficking when she killed a man in 2004 was granted clemency Monday by Tennessee’s governor and will be released from prison  ... read more »
Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson’s Statement on Kamilah Campbell’s SAT Score Challenge
January 10, 2019
“As a mother and a former educator, I was extremely disappointed to learn that Kamilah Campbell’s SAT score is being challenged after she showed marked improvement in the second exam. It is my understanding that the first test that she took was a practice round for which she had not prepared. Before taking the second test, however, she spent a significant amount of time studying and took an SAT prep course. Her hard work and diligence paid off and she increased her score by about 300 points… ... read more »
Ohio Man Gets 4-Year Sentence in Charlottesville Beating
January 10, 2019
An Ohio man was sentenced Monday to just under four years in prison for his role in the beating of a black man the day of a White nationalist rally in Virginia. ... read more »
The Joint Center Applauds U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Senator Gary Peters for Today’s Appointments of Top Staff of Color
January 4, 2019
Gillibrand’s and Peters’s appointments are indicative of a wave of diversity hires of top staff of color. According to the Joint Center’s live tracker, four new chiefs of color have been hired by returning Senators. Two (including Chaney) are Black women, one is Asian American/Pacific Islander woman, and one is Latino. ... read more »
ELI LILLY ANNOUNCES INSULIN AFFORDABILITY PLAN TARGETING BLACK COMMUNITY
January 3, 2019
This is a great opportunity for African Americans, who are disproportionately affected by diabetes. ... read more »
D.C. Council Passes Historic Climate-Change Legislation
January 3, 2019
D.C. joined Hawaii, California and several U.S. cities and towns Tuesday in furthering its commitment to environmental sustainability, as the city council approved one of the country’s most progressive climate-change bills. ... read more »
Walmart Heirs’ Money Influences Black Charter Schools Debate
January 3, 2019
The Walton family, as one of the leading supporters of America's charter school movement, is spreading its financial support to prominent and like-minded Black leaders, from grassroots groups focused on education to mainstream national organizations such as the United Negro College Fund and Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, according to an Associated Press analysis of tax filings and nonprofit grants data. ... read more »
First Member of Congress Calls for Trump’s Resignation Amid Month of Chaos 
January 3, 2019
During an interview on the Scott Dworkin report, Rep. Gwen Moore said that President Trump “resigning is a dignified way for him to leave as opposed to being impeached or as opposed to being indicted or having the 25th amendment evoked. It’s really a very palliative approach to ask him to just go quietly and spare us all this pain." ... read more »
Olympian slams ref who demanded wrestler’s dreadlocks cut
January 3, 2019
An Olympic champion wrestler has reached out to a New Jersey high school wrestler who had his dreadlocks cut off minutes before his match after a referee told him to lose the hairstyle or forfeit his bout. ... read more »
IN MEMORIAM: Cigars and Whiskey – America’s Oldest Veteran, Richard
January 3, 2019
He was there at Pearl Harbor, when the battleships were still smoldering. He was there at Okinawa. He was there at Iwo Jima, where he said, ‘I only got out of there by the grace of God said former President Barack Obama in 2013 during a Veterans Day ceremony honoring Overton at Arlington National Cemetery. ... read more »
‘Black-ish’ Star Marcus Scribner On Activism, Social Media and Creating Change
January 3, 2019
When he’s not playing socially awkward Junior in ABC’s comedy “Black-ish,” Marcus Scribner, gives back in major ways. The Los Angeles native has starred in “Black-ish”  ... read more »
NAACP Joins Ferguson Activist in Demanding Answers in Alleged Hanging Death of Son 
January 3, 2019
The St. Louis County NAACP is joining the McKinnies family in the call for transparency and justice regarding the murder of Danye Jones. “There’s too many unanswered questions that we are demanding answers to,” said John Gaskin III, St. Louis County NAACP President. “We support Mrs. McKinnies call for justice and transparency in the death of her son.”  ... read more »
EDUCATOR SPOTLIGHT: Rebecca Francis 
January 3, 2019
Francis has visited over 25 high-performing schools across the nation to learn what it takes to make award-winning, high-quality public charter schools. She believes charter schools offer an alternative option to parents and students who are not satisfied with the options available to them.  ... read more »
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