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AFRO's 45th Annual CBCF Annual Legislative Coverage

Black Women and the Criminal Justice System: Advocating Justice and Equity

With more than 12 percent of Black girls subjected to seclusionary discipline – including suspension, expulsions, and arrests – in America, their numbers within the criminal justice system have reached epidemic proportions.  In areas like Orange County, Fla., arrests...

Energy Industry Could Be Beneficial for African Americans

It is expected over the several few years that utility companies across the United States will spend between $1.5 trillion and $2 trillion on infrastructure investments. Those investments and the projected growth of the energy industry could potentially translate...

NNPA Honors Black Journalists, Activists, Politicians

The trade association of Black-owned newspapers in the United States convened Sept. 17 in the District, coinciding with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 45th Annual Legislative Conference, to honor political leaders and high-achieving African Americans that support their cause and businesses. The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA)...

Panelists Ponder if Church Is Still Viable in 2015

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) is no stranger to the pulpit – he is an ordained minister – or civil unrest, as a former member of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. In hosting the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 45th...

Experts Discuss Money, Wealth in Black Community

From saving for college and retirement to accumulating assets, building wealth is an arduous task for many African Americans. Leading experts on wealth-building, financial planning and money management participated in a panel discussion on Sept. 17 entitled “Money, Wealth and...

Braintrust Seeks Grassroots, Legislative Solutions to Police-Community Relations

Repairing the fractured relationship between communities of color and law enforcement continued to be a central topic on the third day of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 45th Annual Legislative Conference. On Sept. 18, U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (D), who...

Obama Pays Tribute to Female Civil Rights Leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama paid tribute Saturday to Black women for their role in helping shape American democracy, calling them "the thinkers and the doers" who made things happen at the height of the civil rights movement half...

Rep. Maxine Waters Wants to Rid Mandatory Minimums

Mandatory minimum sentencing is an out-of-touch, unfair mechanism in the criminal justice system that disproportionately affects people of color,  U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) argued during a forum titled “Mandatory Minimums: New Opportunities for Criminal Justice Reform” at the...

Congressman Davis’ Forum on Best Practices for Reentry Programs

While several panels during this year’s Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference convened to discuss how best to keep African Americans from being disproportionately targeted by the criminal justice system, U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ark.) sought solutions...

Obama to Address Black Caucus Dinner, Clinton to Mingle

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has had the spotlight to himself at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's annual awards dinner during all but one of his nearly seven years in office. But on Saturday, with the campaign to succeed...

Millennial Leaders Give Advice on Engaging Peers in Voting Advocacy

Leaders in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s resurfaced in public memory in March during the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, a seminal march that resulted in passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. On Sept. 17,...

Congressional Black Caucus Kicks Off 45th Annual Legislative Conference

Between 8,000 and 10,000 attendees are expected to convene for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 45th Annual Legislative Conference Sept. 16-20 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest Washington, D.C. This year’s theme, “With Liberty and Justice...

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