Tag: Congressional Black Caucus

Sheila Jackson Lee

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Becomes Third Black Member of Congress Arrested for Protesting Republican Anti-Voting Restrictions

Last month, we reported on Rep. Joyce Beatty, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, being arrested during a peaceful protest for voting rights reform. A few days later, Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia was arrested in a similar protest. And now, less than two weeks after that, a third Black…

Rep. Joyce Beatty

Rep. Joyce Beatty and Voting Rights Activists Arrested During Peaceful Protest in Senate Building

Protests continue across the nation’s capital in an effort to rein in racist anti-voter legislation taking place in states such as Texas, Florida, and Georgia. And now, those efforts have progressed to the level where elected officials are getting arrested for supporting every American citizen’s right to fairly and legally…

Archived: Video: Maxine Waters Says It's Crucial for Black Communities to Vote in Midterm Elections

The National Newspaper Publishers Association honored Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) with a National Leadership Award during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 48th Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday night. Waters urged the association of more than 200 Black-owned community newspapers from around the U.S. to encourage Black people…

Archived: Amazon 'In Denial' Its Facial 'Rekognition' Software is Racially Biased

Amazon’s facial recognition program Rekognition remains under fire for racial bias following the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) testing of the software, which could potentially be used by law enforcement to identify suspects. When running a check between members of Congress and a public mugshot database, Black and Latino members…

Archived: Navy Lifts Ban on Locs for Women

The U.S.Navy has lifted the ban on dreadlocks, ponytails and braids for women, joining the Marines, Air Force and Army. Petty Officer 1st Class Jacqualynn Leak led the movement to overturn the outdated dress code. I wanted to make an argument so compelling that every reason my chain of command…

Archived: State of the Union a Dog Whistle to Racists

Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke was one of the first to commend President Donald Trump on his State of the Union (SOTU) address Tuesday night as the entire speech was an affirmation of Trump’s view of whose lives matter. “Americans are dreamers, too,” Trump said at the…