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Weapons of War on Our Streets?
June 18, 2020
John Adams and his son, John Quincy, were the only two of our first 12 Presidents who didn’t own slaves.   I mention this for two reasons: first, to demonstrate how the control and devaluation of Black lives formed the foundation of our political thought; and second, to reinforce that Adams may be more qualified than most founding fathers to speak about justice.  He wrote, “we are to look upon it as more beneficial, that many guilty persons should escape unpunished, than one innocent person should suffer.”   ... read more »
Open to Apply: Gig Workers Can File for Unemployment
April 30, 2020
Out-of-work gig workers in California whose employers have not paid into the state’s unemployment insurance fund — as well as Californians without jobs who have run out of unemployment benefits — will be able to file new unemployment claims.  ... read more »
While Struggling Americans Await $1,200 Stimulus, Nation’s Wealthiest Reap Windfall
April 23, 2020
The $2.3 trillion coronavirus stimulus package includes a temporary tax change for individuals who make at least $1 million a year, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation. The Joint Committee’s analysis shows 43,000 taxpayers in the highest income bracket, making more than $1 million a year, could save a combined $70 billion in taxes. Almost all benefits from the tax break go to people making more than $100,000 a year. ... read more »
House Passes $2 Trillion Stimulus Package Deal
April 2, 2020
Earlier, several civil rights organizations noted watching with vigilance as Senate negotiations and, later, voting in both chambers took place. "We know that when the economy goes into decline, people of color always bear the brunt," said Teresa Candori, communications director for the National Urban League. "We will be fighting to make sure the most vulnerable communities are not an afterthought." ... 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 »
Getting Creative to Survive: Barbers and Beauticians Share COVID-19 Stories
April 2, 2020
Black-owned salons and barbershops have always served as a hub for men and women to congregate and catch up on the latest news, gossip and overall happenings within the community. These “meeting places” of sorts have also proven to be extremely profitable for its owners. ... read more »
Mike Drop: After Joe Biden’s Big Super Tuesday Wins, What’s Next for Bloomberg?
March 12, 2020
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 »
No War on Poverty: The King Holiday and American Hypocrisy
March 12, 2020
SCLC is planning a new Poor People’s Campaign focused on empowerment, education and food for those in poverty. ... read more »
NNPA EXCLUSIVE — Biden Says, ‘The Black Vote Will Determine the Nominee’
March 5, 2020
"I got started in the African American community. I got involved in the Civil Rights Movement when I was a kid. I helped de-segregate a movie theater, that kind of thing," Biden noted. "I was the only guy who worked in the projects on the East Side who was White. That's how I got started, and the Black community is the community that, as we say, brung me to the dance. That's how I got elected." ... read more »
DCCC Employs Innovative Game Plan to Increase New Democratic Majority
February 20, 2020
“[We] know that voting is an essential right and that expanding access to ballot is good for our democracy,” said Cheri Bustos, who in her role as DCCC chairwoman, heads what serves as the sole official campaign arm of the Democrats in the House of Representatives. “This legal strategy is only more urgent as Republicans have been emboldened by President Trump’s baseless and disproven claims of voter fraud. We are working to remove barriers to the ballot box and throughout the cycle we are going to keep pushing this work forward. That means devoting serious resources to engaging voters, inspiring them and then making sure they turn out to vote in November.” ... read more »
Americans Deserve Answers Rather than Dangerous Disruption in the Entire Middle East, Says Rep. Waters
January 9, 2020
“As a founding member of the No War With Iran Caucus in the House, I stand with my colleagues in opposing an escalation of force and war with Iran." ... read more »
Congresswoman Karen Bass Holds Exclusive Conversation with the Black Press to Discuss the House Vote on Impeachment Inquiry
November 7, 2019
Bass opened the floor thanking everyone for joining the call, and explaining what happened in terms of the impeachment. ... read more »
After ‘Butt Dial,’ Harris Urges Expanded Investigation into State Department Involvement in Giuliani’s Activities
November 1, 2019
U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday sent a letter to State Department Inspector General Steve Linick demanding an expanded investigation into any violations of law or policy by State Department officials related to Rudy Giuliani’s work in to Bahrain, Turkey, or any other country. Harris previously called on Linick to investigate whether any Department of State officials enabled Rudy Giuliani’s efforts in Ukraine to advance President Trump’s political interests. The State Department IG has not yet confirmed or denied whether there is an ongoing investigation into Giuliani’s activities.  ... read more »
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