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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….

Georgia

New ‘Election Integrity’ Bills from Georgia Republicans Target Black Voters

On Monday, March 8, the Georgia state Senate passed an election “reform” bill making it harder for the state’s citizens to cast absentee ballots and ushering in a number of other sweeping—and alarming—changes within the critical swing state. Georgia has been on the frontlines of the nation’s political scene ever…

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US House of Representatives Again Passes George Floyd Justice in Policing Act; Bill Now Moves to Senate for Vote

On Wednesday, March 3, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act by a vote of 220-212. The vote comes nine months after Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, was killed by Minneapolis police officers last spring. Clare Foran of CNN reported that “House Democrats originally…

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Moderate Senate Democrats Force Reduction in COVID-19 Stimulus Check Availability; More Than 17 Million Americans Impacted

The White House and President Biden have agreed to reduce eligibility requirements for a new round of $1,400 stimulus checks — a decision that will impact an estimated 12 million adults and 5 million children, all of whom will no longer qualify for the relief payments. The move comes as…

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Housing Discrimination Against LGBTQ Individuals Now Officially Illegal in the United States

In a historic first, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has confirmed that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans will now be protected against housing discrimination under the Fair Housing Act. “In other words: it’s [now] illegal to deny someone housing for being LGBTQ,” said Nick Seip…