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Congressional Black Caucus calls for Senate action on voting rights

President Joe Biden is expected to meet with Senate Democrats on Thursday to push for the swift passage of two voting rights bills, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus are applying pressure for action as well. ... Read more»

Racial discrimination is linked to suicidal thoughts in Black adults and children

Research shows that any attempt to address inequitable treatment of Black Americans should also account for the ways in which racial discrimination has impacted mental health outcomes among this particular population. ... Read more»

Biden urges state and local leaders to postpone evictions while rental aid is distributed

President Joe Biden on Monday called on state and local governments to put their own pause on federal evictions for at least two months, and urged them to use $46.5 billion provided by the coronavirus relief package for tenants and landlords. ... Read more»

Analysis

Can Biden’s plan to remove urban highways improve the health of American cities?

The $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework put forward by the Biden administration, which includes funding for a $1 billion “reconnecting communities” program, offers few details about ameliorating displacement, one of the many challenges faced by the new urban renewal movement.... Read more»

Biden signs law making Juneteenth a new federal holiday

President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, declaring a legal public holiday annually on June 19, the date of the end of slavery in the U.S.... Read more»

Democrats block ‘weak’ GOP police reform bill, Arizona senators split

Senate Democrats blocked a GOP police reform bill Wednesday because they said it fails to adequately respond to police brutality against people of color.... Read more»

The push to get vital COVID-19 information to non-English speakers

On March 16, the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a public alert aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. The problem: For days, it was in English only – leaving millions of non-English speakers in the U.S. without direct guidance from the federal government amid the deadly and fast-moving pandemic.... Read more»

Top U.S. corporations funneled $185 million to political nonprofits

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling in 2010 did not, as some warned, unleash a flood of corporate money directly into elections. ... Read more»

Obama to black leaders: 'Stop complainin' '

At the annual awards dinner of the Congressional Black Caucus on Saturday, President Barack Obama told black leaders that have criticized him for not doing enough to address black unemployment to quit complaining and focus on supporting him.... Read more»1