The Congressional Black Caucus will continue its fight to reverse policies adversely impacting communities of color during the first session of the 113th Congress.

The group’s legislative agenda for the next few months will include advocacy on issues regarding voting rights, economic empowerment and immigration reform, according to a list of priorities released in early February.

“For more than four decades, the Congressional Black Caucus policy agenda has promoted and advocated for legislation supporting social and economic progress, equality and fairness among all Americans and particularly for African Americans and neglected communities,” CBC Chair Marcia L. Fudge said in a statement. “Protecting civil rights legislative victories such as the Voting Rights Act and championing policies that protect vital programs to the communities served by members of the CBC are consistently two of the Caucus’s most significant priorities.”

The group’s legislative work will focus on three key areas.

The first is voter protection and empowerment, including but not limited to protecting the Voting Rights Act, modernizing the current voting system and eliminating barriers for all eligible voters to cast their ballots.

The CBC will also champion policies that eradicate poverty in the U.S. and promote economic parity, particularly in the African-American community, and will push for the creation of jobs.

Lastly, the group will support immigration reform, but only if it does not undermine policies meant to improve the lot of low-income and vulnerable communities. Such immigration reform would also need to address the issue of the mass detention and unjust criminality of immigrant populations. The CBC seeks to ensure that the voices of undocumented immigrants of African descent are represented in the immigration debate.


Zenitha Prince

Special to the AFRO