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Gov. Says No More Tax on Diapers and Tampons, Period
May 16, 2019
Yes, it got a little Hollywood upstate in Sacramento Tuesday.  A stage decorated with props – jumbo boxes of pampers and tampons - helped Gov. Gavin Newsom tell the story of his plan to eliminate sales taxes on diapers and other menstrual products over the next two years; the policy would be subject to renewal by the legislature after that.  ... read more »
Members of Congress Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Assist with Transition in Child Welfare Funding
May 16, 2019
This week, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, along with colleagues in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, introduced the “Family First Transition and Support Act of 2019,” which would provide resources and funding flexibility for state and tribal child welfare systems to implement the Family First Prevention Services Act (Family First) -- a landmark piece of legislation signed into law in 2018 designed to transform the way the federal government funds child welfare services. ... read more »
Rep. Maxine Waters Receives an Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from the University of the District of Columbia
May 16, 2019
On Saturday, May 11, U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) -- the first woman and first African American to chair the powerful U.S. House Committee on Financial Services -- and civil rights icon and leader, Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., received Honorary Doctorate of Laws degrees from the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). Rep. Waters also delivered a keynote address to more than 900 graduates during UDC’s 2019 University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Commencement Convocation. ... read more »
Rep. Karen Bass and Members of Congress Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Assist With Transition In Child Welfare Funding
May 15, 2019
  WASHINGTON –  Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, along with colleagues in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, ... read more »
Congressmember Bobby Scott and other Members Reintroduce Bipartisan Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to Protect Pregnant Workers From Workplace Discrimination
May 15, 2019
WASHINGTON, DC – Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), John Katko (R-NY), Lucy McBath (D-GA), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), and Bobby Scott (D-VA) reintroduced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, ... read more »
Congresswoman Waters Leads Delegation to Haiti; Finds Both Inspiration and Evidence of Violence
May 15, 2019
WASHINGTON –Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) led a delegation to Haiti, which included actor, director and activist Danny Glover; journalist Margaret Prescod of Sojourner Truth Radio in Los Angeles; ... read more »
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton Introduces Bill to Require Federal Agencies to Report on Advertising with Minority and Women-owned Media
May 15, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – During National Small Business Week, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) t introduced a bill that requires federal agencies to include in their annual budget justifications the amount they spent on advertising contracts with small disadvantaged businesses and businesses owned by women and minorities in the previous fiscal year, ... read more »
ALERT: More Abortion Bans Advancing in South, Midwest
May 14, 2019
If a new Mississippi law survives a court challenge, it will be nearly impossible for most pregnant women to get an abortion there. Or, potentially, in neighboring Louisiana. ... read more »
Alabama Senate Passes Near-Total Ban on Abortion
May 14, 2019
Courtesy photo MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s Senate passed a near-total ban on abortion Tuesday, sending what would be the nation’s most stringent abortion law to the state’s Republican governor. ... read more »
WATCH: Kamala Harris: We are Seeing a Breakdown of Responsibilities
May 13, 2019
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) talks to CNN’s Jake Tapper about whether she believes the United States is experiencing a constitutional crisis. ... read more / watch video »
Black Women in California Say Democratic Party Takes Their Vote and Voice for Granted
May 10, 2019
They plan to share those grievances with fellow Democrats and officials of the party at the state CPD annual convention May 29 - June 2 in San Francisco. Activists have also organized a number of other events, including a rally and march on the State Capitol on June 22 to speak about some of their concerns and celebrate Black womanhood as they consolidate their political presence and power in the state. ... read more »
Kamala Harris to Hold First Campaign Organizing Event in Los Angeles
May 9, 2019
Senator Kamala Harris will campaign in California this month, holding her first campaign organizing event in Los Angeles on May 19 at 2:30 p.m. at Los Angeles Southwest College (1600 W. ... read more »
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