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Chair of Congressional Black Caucus Joyce Beatty and California Congresswoman Karen Bass Headline National Autism Conference
April 9, 2021
Congressional Black Caucus Chair Hon. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) and California Congresswoman Hon. Karen Bass (D-CA) will keynote a national autism conference on Saturday, April 10, 2021 sponsored by California-based autism and social justice organization Special Needs Network (SNN). ... read more »
Senate Confirms Marcia Fudge as HUD Secretary
March 18, 2021
“We applaud the confirmation of Rep. Fudge as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),” Marcela Howell, president and CEO of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, responded in a statement. “Her appointment comes at a pivotal time when her leadership is sorely needed. The U.S. faces a severe housing crisis as millions of residents struggle to pay their rent and mortgages due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.” ... read more »
House of Representatives Passes George Floyd Justice in Policing Act
March 11, 2021
“For too long, we have endured the pain of watching or seeing the deaths of people of color, particularly Black men and women, at the hands of rogue police officers who operate with impunity and take it upon themselves to be the arbiters of life and death,” Congresswoman Maxine Waters declared. “The trauma that our communities feel is only made worse by the ways in which we are forced to reckon with the reality that Black people are over 3.5 times more likely to be killed by police than white people, and Black teenagers are 21 times more likely to be killed by police than white teenagers.” ... read more »
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Congressmember Karen Bass Named YouthBuild Champion
January 14, 2021
YouthBuild Champions are congressional leaders who advocate for funding and policies that benefit opportunity youth and their communities. Every year, these elected officials author and lead the signing campaigns of Dear Colleague letters that signal Congress’s strong bipartisan, bicameral support for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) YouthBuild program. ... read more »
General Lloyd Austin Looking to Be the First Black Person to be Secretary of Defense
December 8, 2020
General Lloyd J. Austin III would be the first Black person to have control over the Pentagon. President-Elect Joe Biden is moving forward with the agenda of inclusion by selecting Gen. Austin as the formidable candidate to lead operations stemming from the U.S. Department of Defense. ... read more »
Congresswoman Waters, A Fearless Leader Fighting for Us All
October 15, 2020
For over 40 years, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D), who represents California’s 43rd Congressional District, has fought for marginalized groups and communities like African Americans, women, families and the poor. Now, less than 20 days away from the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, Waters, who is running for reelection, reminds us that there’s more work to be done and she’s putting on her boxing gloves and stepping into the ring to finish.  ... read more »
CBC: “We Must Pass the Jobs and Justice Act of 2020”
September 24, 2020
Tuesday, September 22, 2020—The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) put forward the Job and Justice Act of 2020. The bill is a comprehensive piece of legislation addressing two major categories: the need to increase employment and the search for law enforcement accountability within the black community. ... read more »
Members of Congress Demand Answers About California DMV $50M Personal Data Sale 
August 19, 2020
When news broke about Facebook collaborating with data mining companies during the runup to the 2016 presidential election, it may have broken the damn. Now almost four years later, more citizens are raising concerns about their data and who’s sharing it.   Several members of California’s delegation to the United States Congress, including Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA-13), who is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, are demanding information from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). They say the DMV has been selling California drivers’ personal data.    ... read more »
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Congresswoman Karen Bass Emerges As Contender for Biden VP Slot
August 1, 2020
Rep. Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, has emerged as a contender to be Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's vice presidential pick, according to multiple published reports. ... read more »
Rep. Waters Recognizes National Clinicians HIV/AIDS Testing & Awareness Day
July 23, 2020
This week, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Chair of the Financial Services Committee and a leading advocate in Congress for HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, and treatment, introduced a resolution in recognition of National Clinicians HIV/AIDS Testing and Awareness Day, which is celebrated every year on July 21st.    ... read more »
Mayor Eric Garcetti Hosted Reform Round Table with Representative Karen Bass
June 23, 2020
The streets cried for justice and protection reform, Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke with Representative and Chair of Congressional Black Caucus Karen Bass and together they explored what needs to actively change within the community to meet the needs of the people. ... read more »
George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Heads to the Floor for a Full Vote; The House Judiciary Committee voted 24 to 14.
June 17, 2020
Within the conversation between legislators supporting the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, the general tone was this day was long overdue. The House Judiciary Committee passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, by a vote of 24 to 14. Capitol Hill has responded to the demands for police reform, the goals are set to ensure equality, community safety, and to hold those accountable who abuse power and act out excessive use of force. ... read more »
Rep. Bass: This is our moral moment
June 4, 2020
This is our moral moment - the Congressional Black Caucus will be introducing legislation to address laws that shield police officers from ever being accountable for excessive force. We will also address the structural conflict of interests of relying on DAs to charge officers from police departments they work with every day. Abusive law enforcement officers should lose the privilege of being an officer.  ... read more »
ANGEL NEIGHBORS IN COVID-19 TIMES –TELLING YOUR STORY TO SAY THANKS
May 21, 2020
On April 29, 1992, Ward Economic Development Corp (WEDC) had just completed its first housing development – Ward Villas (WV).  In the first month, neighbors – even those who were skeptical about who would move into affordable housing – came to help us protect the newly completed 90,000 + square ft. state of the art complex from being burned or looted.  People of good will provided staples, helped to “man” the fire hoses, stood guard, help residents feel comfortable, setting in place a close community relatedness that has lasted over these last 29 years. ... read more »
Congressional Black Caucus Focuses on Economic Recovery of African Americans in COVID-19 Crisis
April 2, 2020
The first draft of the COVID-19 Senate stimulus bill focused money to bailout large corporations and the top one percent. But after days of negotiation that included President Trump big footing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the legislation was changed to focus more on the needs of main street Americans. ... read more »
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