Tag: House of Representatives

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…

LGBTQ representation in politics

Nearly 70% of LGBTQ Women Running for Office in Last 4 Years Won Their Elections

As diversity and inclusion continues to expand within city, state and federal government, a new report from the LGBTQ Victory Institute, an organization that supports LGBTQ elected officials and political hopefuls, has revealed that queer female candidates perform surprisingly well in general elections — an encouraging and positive sign for…

U.S. Representative Cori Bush

Rep. Cori Bush Introduces ‘People’s Response Act’ To Help People of Color Stay Safe From Police Violence During 911 Calls

Far too many emergency calls to 911 for issues ranging from family disturbances to mental health matters to wellness checks turn deadly or result in unnecessary injuries or arrests. Police show up, situations escalate, and before long, violence or arrests break out. But Missouri Rep. Cori Bush is hoping to…

Juneteenth National Independence Day Act bill signing

House Passes and Biden Signs New Bill To Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to designate Juneteenth as a federal holiday, one day after the Senate unanimously voted for its passage. President Biden quickly signed the bill into law on June 17, making this year’s Juneteenth the first national recognition of Black Independence Day in the United…

census

Preliminary 2020 Census Data Suggest Massive Undercount of Minorities Including Latinx and Asian Populations

As more data from the 2020 Census emerges from the federal government, advocacy experts are becoming increasingly alarmed that vast swaths of minority segments, including Asian, Latinx, Black, and Indigenous populations, were severely undercounted during the last survey of the nation’s population conducted under the leadership of former President Donald…

Georgia voting reform

Georgia Lawmakers Face Lawsuits and Corporate Boycotts Following Racist and Hyper Restrictive New Voting Regulations

Just days after Georgia lawmakers approved a voter suppression law designed to disenfranchise the state’s citizens, making it harder for young people, people of color and Democrats, efforts including lawsuits and corporate boycotts are already underway in an attempt to roll back the racist and anti-American restrictions.  Inae Oh of…

Carolynn Johnson

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…

marijuana, house, decriminalization

House Passes Landmark Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Friday, Dec. 4, in favor of a bill that would decriminalize marijuana and expunge convictions for nonviolent marijuana-related charges at the federal level. This move comes amidst growing public acceptance of marijuana’s health benefits and its usage, as well as a growing sentiment…