Tag: White House

Chantale Wong Becomes First-Ever LGBTQ Woman Nominated to Ambassador-Level Government Position

The Biden White House continues to be a model of diversity and representation, hiring and nominating an ever-growing pool of inclusive individuals for historic government appointments.  Chantale Wong is the latest individual to join that impressive fold after being nominated as the U.S. director of the Asian Development Bank (ADB),…

President Joe Biden

White House Announces ‘National Month of Action’ To Promote COVID-19 Vaccinations; Partners With Black-Owned Barbershops To Reach Minority Communities

With just over 63% of the country nationwide at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19, President Biden has stepped up efforts to push that number over 70% before the end of the month.  Tyler Pager, Lena H. Sun and John Wagner of The Washington Post reported that by declaring June a…

Karine Jean-Pierre

Karine Jean-Pierre Becomes First Out LGBTQ Person — and First Black Woman in 30 Years — to Host Daily White House Press Briefing

White House principal deputy press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre made history on May 26, becoming just the second Black woman and the first openly LGBTQ individual to lead a daily White House press briefing. CNN’s Allie Malloy and Caroline Kelly reported that “Judy Smith, who was a deputy press secretary under…

immigration

ICE Closing 2 Controversial Detention Centers Following Allegations of Abusive Treatment to Immigrants

Following rampant allegations of racism, excessive force and other abuses against immigrant detainees, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has announced that it will be closing two “troubled” detention centers in Georgia and Massachusetts. Julia Ainsley of NBC News has reported that “Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas directed ICE to…

anti-asian hate

Initiative to Address Anti-Asian Violence Announced by White House as Hate Crimes Continue to Spread in Cities Like New York

On March 30, President Biden announced a new federal initiative aimed at curbing and helping to address the rampant spread of anti-Asian violence across the United States in recent months. Lauren Egan of NBC News reported that President Biden will “reinstate and expand the scope of the White House Initiative…

Puerto Rico education

$912 Million in Educational Funding Released to Puerto Rico, Funds That Trump Had Previously Blocked 

Newly sworn-in U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona has had a busy — and expensive — week. In addition to granting $1 billion in student loan debt relief, Cardona recently released $912 million in federal funds to public and private schools in Puerto Rico. The previously approved funding was blocked for…