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As the Country Examines Its Moral Compass The Faith Community Declares Reparations and HR-40 in an Overdue Season

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

The poison that resides in the soul of America is being exposed in this moment of proclamation that Black Lives Matter. It is in this moment that U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has embraced Rev. Martin Luther King’s “Why We Can’t Wait” as the framing for the passage of HR-40. HR-40 demands remedies and reparations for the centuries of injustice and trauma suffered by African Americans in the United States….

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Karen Bass

CBC Holds Telephone Town Hall to Address Stimulus Packages

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA — Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chair Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) held an emergency telephone town hall on Friday, March 20, to discuss the coronavirus and its impact on the Black Community. The discussion also included the coronavirus’ impact on the prison population and the homeless. “Even though we’re in a crisis, we can’t lose momentum,” Bass stated in kicking off the one-hour discussion. Led by…

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Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., speaks during a hearing of the House Judiciary subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 4, 2017.Alex Brandon/AP

Former Michigan Rep. John Conyers, political icon dies at 90

By Commentaries/Opinions, Editors' Choice

Congressman John James Conyers Jr. (May 16, 1929 – October 27, 2019) By Herb Boyd — Unlike his often convulsive, tumultuous political career, former Congressman John Conyers, Jr. died peacefully in his sleep Sunday at his home in Detroit. The iconic and highly productive representative from Michigan was 90. More than half those 90 years were spent on the battleground for civil rights and public service, including 53 years as…

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Congressman John Conyers, Jr.

Another Mighty Tree Has Fallen With the Passing of Congressman John Conyers, Jr.

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

By Attny. Nkechi Taifa — Congressman John Conyers, during the 2014 Congressional Black Caucus plenary on reparations which you chaired, I spoke of the words of Mamie Till Mobley, the mother of 14-year-old Emmett Till who in 1955 was abducted by whites and thrown into Mississippi’s Tallahatchie River. The only way her son’s beaten and horribly disfigured body could be identified was by a ring he wore on a finger….

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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Congressional Black Caucus Slams the Trump Administration for Refusing Temporary Status to Bahamians

By News & Current Affairs

As reported by NBC News, the Trump Administration has announced it will not provide temporary protected status to Bahamians who fled Hurricane Dorian. If granted, this status would have let Bahamians work and live in the United States until it is deemed safe to return to their home. Congresswoman Karen Bass, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus issued the following statement in response: “There are thousands of Bahamian families who deserve…

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Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Trump Notwithstanding, Blacks Not Biden Should Apologize for the Crime Bill

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — At first glance, Trump’s assertion that Blacks won’t and shouldn’t vote for 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden because he backed the 1994 crime bill is ridiculous. Forget the silliness behind this since it’s Trump and that’s to be expected. But underneath his assertion is that somehow he is a better deal for Blacks when it comes to a more enlightened stance on dealing with…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

The Congressional Black Caucus: Not Always in Headlines, but Never on the Sidelines

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — What does the Congressional Black Caucus do?  It takes Majority Whip James Clyburn to make it understandable.  “It’s not only what we make happen, but what we stop from happening,” Clyburn told a standing room only crowd at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Black History Month Celebration on February 26.  His words are instructive for folks who get their news from sound bites and tweets.  The…

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CBCF Gears Up For 48th Annual Legislative Conference, Welcomes Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris As Co-Chairs

CBCF Welcomes Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris As Co-Chairs

By News & Current Affairs

CBCF Gears Up For 48th Annual Legislative Conference, Welcomes Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris As Co-Chairs WASHINGTON—The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) announced today, for the first time in the foundation’s history, two senators — Senator Cory Booker (New Jersey) and Senator Kamala D. Harris (California) — will serve as honorary co-chairs for the 48th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), scheduled for September 12-16, 2018. Historically, co-chairs have been…

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Speech by Dr. Julius Garvey at the Congressional Black Caucus 47th Annual Legislative Conference

Speech by Dr. Julius Garvey at the Congressional Black Caucus 47th Annual Legislative Conference

By Commentaries/Opinions

A Way Forward By Julius W Garvey MD — In July 2003, the AU as part of the ‘Protocol of the Amendment to the Constitutive Act of the African Union’ “invites and encourages the full participation of the African Diaspora as an important part of our continent, in the building of the African Union”. The meeting in Addis Ababa in 2005 defined the Diaspora thus, ”The African Diaspora are peoples…

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Inspired by King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” Black Caucus Chairman Writes Open Letter to NFL about Patriotism, Police Brutality

Inspired by King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” Black Caucus Chairman Writes Open Letter to NFL about Patriotism, Police Brutality

By News & Current Affairs

“For African Americans, it is not about standing, sitting, or kneeling for the National Anthem? it is about unarmed African Americans lying in a grave who were shot and killed by police officers.” Dear NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Other NFL Leaders, In his April 16, 1963 “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” which is, in my opinion, his greatest writing, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., addressed white clergy members and other white…

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