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#Ferguson Bill Featuring Grand Jury Overhaul Debuts

H.R. 429. On January 21, Reps. Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Lacy Clay (D-MO), introduced the Grand Jury Reform Act.  The bill, which is related to the non indictments of police officers Darren Wilson and Dan Pantaleo, would requir...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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#SOTU Video: The #Ferguson Question

African Americans in Congress and the President of the NAACP react to President Obama’s second to last State of the Union.  The question: Did President Obama bring up the biggest issue over the last four months enough? T...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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The CBC in Ferguson

“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, ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Video: Black Republican Reception w Reps. Mia Love, Will Hurd

Historic Republicans. Yesterday former congressional staffer Insight America, J.C. Watts and Elroy Sailor hosted a reception for the three Black Republicans in Congress.  The reception featured @SenatorTimScott @WillHurd @Mia...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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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...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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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...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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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...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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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...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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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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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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