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Only African American on St. Louis Board of Elections Removed

“When you have a county that has at least 45 percent minority population you would hope that would be reflected on the St. Louis County Board of Elections. As of right now every single member of the St. Louis County Board of Elections is white.” Senator Chappelle-Nadal added. Ferguson? Michael Who? For those who believe “voting doesn’t […]

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Positive Vibes From Ferguson Activists After Dinner With Black Caucus

Youth Movement.  ”Where do I start?  How about undefinable frustration? It seems we can’t even catch our breath from our first tragedy before being hit by another gut-punch from a second, third, and fourth.  The names Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford, Tamir Rice — and countless more.  Too many more. That is the […]

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Eight Ferguson Related Bills in Congress

FERGUSON LEGISLATIVE UPDATE.  Think that Ferguson related legislation can’t pass the Republican controlled House and Senate? Think again. What is the one issue that congressional Republicans and Democrats have found rare agreement on? Criminal justice reform.   The passage of the Death in Custody Reporting Act through the Republican controlled House in 2013 demonstrated that.  The […]

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Childhood poverty: majority of U.S. public school students eligible for free or reduced lunch

Rising income inequality in the U.S. has produced a startling statistic: 51% of U.S. public school children in pre-K through 12th grade were eligible under the federal program for free and reduced-price lunches in the 2012-2013 school year according to a report from the Southern Education Foundation. The increase in needy children in the U.S. threatens […]

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Ten CBC Members Headed to #Ferguson on Eve of King Holiday

Black Caucus Members Headed to Ferguson. At least 10 members of the Congressional Black Caucus will travel to Ferguson, Missouri on January 18 — the day before the Martin Luther King Holiday.  They will attend a church service at a local Methodist Church and listen to local leaders. The members will attend services at Wellspring United Methodist […]


 
 

 
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10.4%: Black Unemployment Still Double But Lowest Since July 2008

Lower But Sill Double: Black Unemployment is 10.4%. Remember September 2011 when Black unemployment was 16.7%? In July 2008, the last year of President Bush’s presidency, Black unemployment was 10%. In December 2014, the...
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House Dems Talk Of Limit to Seniority Power as CBC Hits Peak Seniority

The Power of Seniority. Some House Democrats are once again talking about limiting the power of seniority just as — you guessed it — boatloads of African American members of Congress are hitting their maximum power...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Only African American on St. Louis Board of Elections Removed

“When you have a county that has at least 45 percent minority population you would hope that would be reflected on the St. Louis County Board of Elections. As of right now every single member of the St. Louis County Board...
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Honorable Assumes Post as Newest FERC Commissioner

                    On January 5, 2015, five months after being nominated by President Barack Obama, Colette Honorable was sworn in as a Commissioner for the Federal Energy Regu...
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#HBCUs: Pres #Obama Gives Much Needed Help to Norfolk State

Virginia’s Norfolk State University has been reeling.  On december 10, the college was placed on placed on probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. That followed the departure of the school’s ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Positive Vibes From Ferguson Activists After Dinner With Black Caucus

Youth Movement.  ”Where do I start?  How about undefinable frustration? It seems we can’t even catch our breath from our first tragedy before being hit by another gut-punch from a second, third, and fourth.  The nam...
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Eight Ferguson Related Bills in Congress

FERGUSON LEGISLATIVE UPDATE.  Think that Ferguson related legislation can’t pass the Republican controlled House and Senate? Think again. What is the one issue that congressional Republicans and Democrats have found rar...
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Childhood poverty: majority of U.S. public school students eligible for free or reduced lunch

Rising income inequality in the U.S. has produced a startling statistic: 51% of U.S. public school children in pre-K through 12th grade were eligible under the federal program for free and reduced-price lunches in the 2012-201...
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Ten CBC Members Headed to #Ferguson on Eve of King Holiday

Black Caucus Members Headed to Ferguson. At least 10 members of the Congressional Black Caucus will travel to Ferguson, Missouri on January 18 — the day before the Martin Luther King Holiday.  They will attend a church...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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House votes to block funding for immigration executive action

Today the House of Representatives voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security with measures that block protections for undocumented immigrants. According to USA Today: “House members voted 236-191 to pass a $40 bil...
by Adriana Maestas
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Net Metering Raises Inequity Concerns Amid Solar Transition

Many Americans like to say that “if you work hard, you’ll get ahead,” but fewer and fewer of us actually think so.  A recent poll found that only 42 percent of our fellow Americans agree with that statement, down from 53...
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First White House #Ferguson Task Force Meeting is Tomorrow

Paneling. What the White House policing task force boils down to is: The hearing you can’t get from a GOP controlled Congress.  Several members of the CBC have already offered legislation related to attempting to “...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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2,000 Dead: Black Caucus Chair Comments on #BokoHaram Massacre

Nigerian Massacre. As the mainstream media focuses on the news of twelve journalists being murdered in Paris, the story of a massacre in Nigeria is almost completely ignored.  News reports out of Nigeria indicate that over 2,...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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#NewsOneNow on Blowup: @RolandSMartin’s Show Doubles Audience, #1 with Blacks

Roland Martin Show Blowing Up. In television’s super-competitive world of getting people to pay attention, Roland Martin’s daily news and entertainment TV show is blowing up on TVOne. Roland Martin’s daily s...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Butterfield: New Black Caucus Chair Talks Black Agenda + Strategy

If you were the new Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) beginning your time as Chairman when the first Black President of the United States was in his last two years, what would your plan be? If you were Chair at a...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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President Obama to propose plans for 2 years of free community college

President Obama announced on Thursday that he is proposing a program that would pay the community college tuition of students who are making steady progress toward degree completion. According to the White House, the program wo...
by Adriana Maestas
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That Part of the New CBC Chair’s Speech That Ran the Stats on Black America

The current stats of Black America.  ”Like the rest of America, Black America, in the aggregate, is better off now than it was when I came into office,” said President Obama at a December 19, 2014 press conference. Th...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Sabio software developer program trains women & minorities for careers in tech

Right before the holidays I had the opportunity to watch a cohort of seven adults, six Latinos and one African American, graduate from Los Angeles-based Sabio software developer bootcamp. This 13 week bootcamp program is unique...
by Adriana Maestas
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Bruce Allen Confirms Redskins Fans Worst Fears at Annual Presser

Winning Off the Field. In a press conference layered with emotional detachment and evasive non-answers on key issues, Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen proceeded to tick off and disappoint fans, reporters, and anyone else wa...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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DA Who Failed to Indict Cop Who Killed Eric Garner to Run for Congress

New York Republican and Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan is set to run for the seat of soon-to-be-former Rep. Michael Grimm (D-NY).  Grimm is about to formally resign from Congress at the start of the 114th Congres...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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