To further resist the threat of authoritarianism, we must lift up young leaders who will be democracy’s champions for this and future generations. People For the American Way’s Young Elected Officials Network is celebrating the election of young leaders as new members of Congress from across the country: Greg Casar from Austin, Texas; Emilia Sykes from Akron, Ohio; Maxwell Frost from Orlando, Fla.; Summer Lee from Braddock, Pa.; Robert Garcia from Long Beach, Calif.; Sydney Kamlager from Los Angeles, Calif; and Jasmine Crockett from Dallas, Texas. Dozens more were elected to local and state offices, building a crucial leadership pipeline. ... read more »
Last year, a version of the ordinance that exempted menthol cigarettes was opposed by Black council members Mark Ridley-Thomas, Marqueece Harris Dawson and Curren Price. They argued that studies have found Black Americans are the racial/ethnic group most likely to use menthol cigarettes and are 25 times more likely than White Americans to do so.
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For over a century, The Mills Brothers have been one of the world’s preeminent vocal groups of all time. They are significant pioneers of African American music history—spearheading barrier-breaking impacts (racially and musically) on our society and the music industry worldwide ... read more »
The 19th highlighted the broad coalition backing Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court and the efforts to ensure her confirmation, including the $1 million ad campaign jointly launched by Building Back Together, the Black Women’s Leadership Collective, and She Will Rise. The digital, television, and radio ads in D.C. and in battleground states including Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, including on Black-owned media outlets and publications, emphasize Judge Jackson’s extensive qualifications and broad experience across the legal profession and urge her swift, bipartisan confirmation by the Senate. ... read more »
The money from two different settlement deals will be used to support recovery and relief efforts for people struggling with opioid addiction, a problem that disproportionately affects African Americans. It has been identified as a contributing factor to the high rate of unhoused Black people in California. ... read more »
Pennsylvania’s highest court threw out Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction and opened the way for his immediate release from prison Wednesday in a stunning reversal of fortune for the comedian once known as “America’s Dad,” ruling that the prosecutor who brought the case was bound by his predecessor’s agreement not to charge Cosby. ... read more »
“We are very deeply engaged in working with members of the Senate and their teams on how this can move forward,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said of H.R. 1, or the “For the People Act of 2021,” which passed the House last month. ... read more »
House Resolution 1 – the “For the People Act of 2021” – counts as a strong rebuke and counterbalance to voting restrictions considered or enacted in various Republican-led states across the country. It restricts partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts and nullifies obstacles for voters. ... read more »
As the final days of the 2020 election season drew to a close, major media across the nation focused on polls and prospects for the presidential candidates. At the same time, scant news coverage reported on a development affecting 68 million consumers: debt collection regulation. ... read more »
The first-ever ULI/REAP (Urban Land Institute/Real Estate Associate Program) Virtual Fall Academy 2020 has launched with over 150 candidates enrolled in the live and on-demand program that runs through graduation on Friday, December 11, 2020. ... read more »
One of America’s leading Black conservative political action committee has instituted a national effort to help Black-owned businesses earn some of the billions of dollars spent during America’s political campaigns as the 2020 election year hits the home stretch. ... read more »
More than half of voters 50-years and older in crucial battleground states are worried about contracting the novel coronavirus.
At the same time, African Americans are particularly opposed to how President Donald Trump has handled the pandemic, according to extensive polling commissioned by AARP. ... read more »
Excerpt: Democrats turned out in record numbers for Super Tuesday as many are citing their desire to remove President Trump from office as a motivating factor. In the Super Tuesday state of Virginia, primary turnout was the highest ever and surpassed the 2008 primary 12 years ago when former President Barack Obama challenged former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Over 23 percent of registered voters cast ballots on March 3rd. ... read more »
In the new petition, filed on Thursday, January 9, 2020, Cosby's lawyers also want the high court to consider the impact of the #MeToo movement and what they said is "public hysteria," which influenced the prosecution and outcome. ... read more »