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President Biden’s Proposed $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan Calls for Massive New Support for People with Disabilities

In addition to providing funding for bridges, highways, airports and other public structures and facilities, the recently proposed $2 trillion infrastructure plan from the Biden Administration has committed major spending to home and community-based services dedicated to people with disabilities. Michelle Diament of Disability Scoop has reported that the proposal,…

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White House Eases Restrictions on Food Stamps Impacting 1.3 Million Primarily Black and Latinx Americans

In 2018, the Trump administration issued a proposal that would have placed employment requirements on individuals receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), making it significantly harder for up to 1.3 million Americans — predominantly Black women and Latinas who are currently disproportionately impacted by the pandemic —…

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Massachusetts Officials Attempt to Revamp Hate Crime Laws Citing Spike in Anti-Asian Violence

Following the ongoing nationwide epidemic of anti-Asian violence, lawmakers in Massachusetts have introduced new legislation aimed at updating and strengthening laws surrounding hate crimes in the state. Steve LeBlanc of the Associated Press has reported that “a national spike in anti-Asian hate crimes — including a recent mass shooting in…

Iowa

Iowa House Moves to Ban Teaching ‘Diversity’ in Public Schools

The Iowa House of Representatives has taken over the reins of former President Trump’s failed attempt at banning diversity education. Iowa State Daily has reported that Republicans in the state government have approved a bill to limit teaching curriculum on “divisive topics” in Iowa public schools. Even as politicians in…

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DiversityInc CEO Testifies Before House of Representatives; Committee on Financial Services Introduces ‘Diversity Data Accountability Act’

The United States House Committee on Financial Services held a hearing on Thursday, March 18 titled, “By the Numbers: How Diversity Data Can Measure Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.” During the Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion’s hearing co-chaired by Rep. Maxine Waters of California and Rep. Joyce Beatty of…

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President Biden Promises All Americans Will be Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine by May 1; Sets July 4th for Tentative Celebration of ‘Independence’ from the Virus

In his first televised primetime address to the nation after being sworn in as the nation’s leader, President Biden promised ample vaccines and a return to some degree of normalcy in the United States by mid-summer. Although he cautioned that unexpected setbacks may arise, he remained optimistic, suggesting America may…

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Senate Confirms Trio of Historic Appointments: Marcia Fudge, Michael Regan and Merrick Garland

In a busy day of historic firsts on the Capitol yesterday, March 10, the Senate confirmed President Biden’s selections for housing secretary, chief of the environmental protection agency and attorney general.  Veteran lawmaker and Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge has been approved as the new head of the Department of Housing…

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Latinx Civil Rights Leader Lawrence Romo Named To Commission Removing Confederate Names and Symbols From Military Bases

In his role as the leader of a national veterans’ civil rights group created to help protect Mexican Americans from discrimination, Lawrence Romo has a long history of fighting for diversity and inclusion. And now the Latinx civil rights leader will take his considerable skills and knowledge to Washington D.C….