Congressional Black Caucus Issues Statement on Treatment of Haitian Migrants
The Congressional Black Caucus is actively monitoring developments and is prepared to travel to the border to observe this situation. WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) issued the following statement on the treatment of Haitian migrants at the U.S. Border:“The images that we’ve seen over the last 24 hours are horrific and I share the outrage being expressed by Americans across the country. This sort of mistreatment is an affront to the very conscience of this nation, and it is absolutely unacceptable.”Beatty continued, “The Congressional Black Caucus has a long history of supporting our brothers and sisters across the Diaspora and we have pledged our support for the people of Haiti. The Congressional Black Caucus is actively monitoring developments and we are prepared to travel to the border to observe this situation ourselves. Treatment like this cannot be tolerated.”thewestsidegazette.com
Submitted by Joint CenterResponse to Haitian migrants’ crisis: Outrage spread after footage of Border Patrol agents on horses chasing and whipping Haitian migrants crossing the Mexican border into Texas was made public. In response to the footage, Vice President Kamala Harris said, “what I saw depicted, those individuals on horseback treating human beings the way they were was horrible,” and that she “fully support[s]” a “thorough investigation into what is going on there.” (The Department of Homeland Security has since launched a full investigation). The increase of Haitian migrants to the United States comes after a series of tumultuous events in Haiti including the assassination of the country’s president in early July followed by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake last month leaving over 12,000 injured, over 2,000 dead, and nearly 53,000 homes destroyed. On Thursday, Daniel Foote—the Biden administration’s special envoy to Haiti—resigned noting that he “will not be associated with the United States inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti, a country where American officials are confined to secure compounds because of the danger posed by armed gangs to daily life.” He also stated that the United States’s “policy approach to Haiti remains deeply flawed, and [his] policy recommendations have been ignored and dismissed, when not edited to project a narrative different from my own.”Facing extreme heat: President Biden announced that he’s “mobilizing an all-of-government effort to protect workers, children, seniors, and at-risk communities from extreme heat” after twelve people died in Louisiana following Hurricane Ida, and states in the Northwest saw record-breaking heatwaves over the summer. A University of California, San Diego study found that “low-income neighborhoods and communities with higher Black, Hispanic, and Asian populations experience significantly more urban heat than wealthier and predominantly White neighborhoods.”thewestsidegazette.com
Rep. Beatty Introduces Legislation to Establish National Rosa Parks Day
WASHINGTON, D.C.—In coordination with Reps. Jim Cooper (TN-05) and Terri Sewell (AL-07), U.S. Congresswoman and Congressional Black Caucus Chair Joyce Beatty (OH-03) introduced legislation to establish Rosa Parks Day as a Federal Holiday. “Through her willingness to sit, Rosa Parks stood up for what she believed in,” Beatty said. “As a state legislator, I was proud to lead the push to make the Buckeye State the first state to officially recognize Rosa Parks Day. Ohio’s annual Rosa Park tribute has engaged thousands of children and community leaders across the state to celebrate Mrs. Parks’ legacy and example. “Rosa Parks is a hero to countless Americans and to me,” Beatty said.thewestsidegazette.com
President Biden Calls for End to Systemic Racism During CBCF Conference
The Phoenix Awards closed out the week-long Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference. Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaPresident Joe Biden applauded the work of the Congressional Black Caucus and called for ending systemic racism during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Phoenix Awards. The awards closed out the week-long Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference. “I got here just a year after the Black Caucus started, 50 years, and the Black Caucus has gotten stronger every year with a powerhouse of ideas and a training ground for a lot of great leaders,” President Biden remarked. Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) led a voting rights brain trust titled, “Winning the Fight for Voting Rights,” where panelists will discuss the urgency of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, Alabama Congresswoman Terri Sewell’s legislation to restore and strengthen the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and address modern-day barriers to the ballot box.thewestsidegazette.com
Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is Latest Lawmaker Arrested in Voting Rights Fight
By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaCongresswoman Sheila Jack-son Lee (D-Texas) became the third African American lawmaker arrested this month while advocating for new voting rights legislation. “I will never stop fighting for voting rights,” Congresswoman Jackson-Lee ex-claimed. “The time is now to move the voting rights bills in the U.S. Senate forward!! Jackson Lee reminded everyone that all of the arrests are part of the “civil disobedience” needed to move voting rights to the forefront. 1, S 1 and to pass the John Robert Lewis Voting Rights Act,” Jackson Lee stated.thewestsidegazette.com
Fight for voting rights ramps up on one-year anniversary of John Lewis' death
The fight for voting rights ramped up this week, coinciding with the one-year anniversary of the death of Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights activist who fought for equal voting rights throughout his life. Driving the news: Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, was arrested Thursday along with eight people in a voting rights demonstration in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, Texas Democrats fled the state this week in an attempt to block Republicans from passing nenews.yahoo.com
US lawmakers want Ma'Khia Bryant foster care journey probed
Three Democratic members of Congress are asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate the foster care experience of Ma'Khia Bryant that preceded the 16-year-old's fatal police shooting in Ohio. U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, along with U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, penned a letter last week on behalf of Bryant's parents, asking the federal agency to look into the teen's experience through the foster care system.news.yahoo.com
Congresswoman Beatty Introduces Black History Month Resolutions
Measures expand on goals and ideals of Black History MonthWASHINGTON, DC — To kickoff Black History Month, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03), Chair of the powerful Congressional Black Caucus, introduced three related pieces of legislation. Collectively, the resolutions formally recognize the important contributions, struggles and sacrifices of Black veterans and servicemembers throughout American history. “We owe Black veterans and soldiers, past and present, a huge debt of gratitude,” Beatty said. “All of us know that there are countless heroes and sheroes who sacrificed everything to make our Union more perfect for everyone.” She added, “In that spirit, I call on my colleagues, Democrats and Republicans alike, to come together and do the same by officially recognizing that Black history is American history.”Specifically, Beatty will introduce three resolutions: (1) recognizing the challenges Black veterans faced after their selfless service and emphasizing the need for the VA to continue to work to eliminate racial health and benefit disparities; (2) supporting the goals and ideals of Black History Month, and honoring the outstanding contributions of the 88 Black Medal of Honor recipients; and (3) expressing support for the issuance of a commemorative postage stamp in honor of the Buffalo Soldiers.thewestsidegazette.com
In Ohio, open Senate seat sparks debate on gender, diversity
An open Senate seat in Ohio has set off a round of jockeying among ambitious Democrats and a spirited debate over who is best poised to lead a party comeback in a one-time battleground that has been trending Republican. While Acton and Ryan are believed to be the furthest along in their deliberations, several politicians who are Black are also eyeing the seat. The group is working to recruit a Black candidate for the Senate seat, he said. AdStill, Ryan got a boost Saturday when Hillary Clinton, the party’s 2016 presidential nominee, declared on Twitter that she was “all in” for a Ryan Senate candidacy. For some Ohio Democrats the cautionary tale is 2018, when a group of female gubernatorial candidates all ceded their ambitions to former Obama administration consumer chief Richard Cordray, who lost the race.
Ohio police chief forced out in wake of Andre Hill killing
FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, Thomas Quinlan, chief of the Columbus Division of Police, speaks with the media at the Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission in Columbus, Ohio. Quinlan was forced out Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, after the mayor who hired him said he'd lost confidence in Quinlan's ability to make needed changes to the department, weeks after the police killing of Andre Hill. “It became clear to me that Chief Quinlan could not successfully implement the reform and change I expect and that the community demands," Ginther said in a statement. At the time, Ginther said Quinlan must address racism within the department’s ranks, including further diversifying the department. The Columbus Division of Police — like many big-city agencies — is juggling calls for internal change even as it battles unprecedented street violence.
Inaugural event to celebrate resiliency of Black Americans
Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris campaigns for Democratic U.S. Senate challengers the Rev. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is slated to speak at Tuesday's event, “We Are One,” which will also honor the historic nature of her being the first Black and South Asian woman to become U.S. vice president. Black voters nationwide helped deliver Biden’s presidency, overwhelmingly supporting him from the start of his White House bid. The event will pay homage to the legacy of the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities, as well as Black sororities and fraternities. It'll be hosted by Terrence J and feature Leslie Jones, DJ D-Nice, and Black cultural icons such as Frankie Beverly, The O’Jays, and Rapsody.
Inaugural event to celebrate resiliency of Black Americans
Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris campaigns for Democratic U.S. Senate challengers the Rev. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is slated to speak at the event, “We Are One,” which will also honor the historic nature of her being the first Black and South Asian woman to become U.S. vice president. Black voters nationwide helped deliver Biden’s presidency, overwhelmingly supporting him from the start of his White House bid. The event will pay homage to the legacy of the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities, as well as Black sororities and fraternities. It'll be hosted by Terrence J and feature Leslie Jones, DJ D-Nice, and Black cultural icons such as Frankie Beverly, The O’Jays, and Rapsody.
Sharpton: Firing officer who killed Andre Hill is not enough
Andre Hill, fatally shot by Columbus police on Dec. 22, is memorialized on a shirt worn by his daughter, Karissa Hill, on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Karissa Hill said she considered her father an everything man because he did so many things. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)COLUMBUS, Ohio – The life of Andre Hill was commemorated Tuesday morning as family and lawmakers called for justice to be brought against the white Columbus police officer who fatally shot the 47-year-old days before Christmas. Dozens gathered at the First Church of God in the city’s southwest side — clad in their Sunday best and Black Lives Matter masks — to honor Hill’s life. Sharpton saluted Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther and other city officials for ordering the firing of Coy less than a week after he shot Hill.
Trump’s Latest Executive Orders Seen as Attempts to Sabotage a Biden Administration and Eliminate Diversity and Inclusion Programs
Independent, the most recent executive order creates a new category “Schedule F” for such federal positions that do not turn over from administration to administration and reclassifying them. “I understand as an executive order it can be reversed, but you can do a lot of damage in two months and make for a big mess for Biden to clean up early,” Reeves tweeted. “Clear effort for petty revenge and to hinder a smooth transition.”The President’s latest act marked another in a string of recent controversial executive orders. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03), Chair of the House Financial Services Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee, recently introduced a bill (H.R. 8595) to invalidate Executive Order 13950 and preserve diversity and inclusion training programs at federal departments and agencies as well as in the private sector.thewestsidegazette.com
Use of force criticized in protests about police brutality
(Daily Memphian via AP)As protests grip the nation, officers have doused crowds with pepper spray, struck protesters with batons, steered police cars into throngs, shoved demonstrators and screamed curses. Now, some are questioning whether tough police tactics against demonstrators are actually making the violence worse rather than quelling it. Another officer stepped in within seconds to assist the man, as did the officer who knocked him down. As we do everything to stop NYC from burning, all we hear from elected officials is criticism," the group tweeted. Maybe they should try it on the front lines.___Reeves and Stafford are members of the AP's Race and Ethnicity team.
Ohio rep: Financial illiteracy could be problem for Facebook Libra use
"How do you take somebody from my district who is underbanked or unbanked and educate them if there's no financial literacy?" She expressed concern about the lack of financial education for the unbanked and underbanked, who might not understand how Libra works. "Financial literacy, absolutely, should be a part of it," he said. The Libra Association, the Geneva, Switzerland-based group of companies that will govern the Libra blockchain and reserve, should provide financial literacy and education so customers know how to bank appropriately, Ross said. Joshua Roberts | ReutersThe issues around financial literacy reach beyond U.S. borders.cnbc.com