Many public figures have been commenting on the mass shooting last weekend at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. One such figure is comedian Hasan Minhaj who gave a candid speech at the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Dinner about the inaction on gun legislation in Congress and how we are all complicit in the events that led up to the tragic events that left 49 dead and 53 injured.
Rep. Alma S. Adams of the 12th Congressional District of North Carolina proposed a new piece of legislation that would help support historically black colleges and universities for the foreseeable future. Adams spoke to congress and introduced plans for a $250 Million HBCU Innovation Fund Act that will work to supply underfunded schools with financial support through grants, according to the Root.
Reportedly, the money the fund would collect and be responsible for distributing would spark the introduction of programs that would lead to higher recruitment, enrollment and graduation rates as well as bolster the schools’ STEM programs.
A record number of African Americans are running for federal office this year, and unfortunately their advances have been met with increased racial polarization in politics, especially in the Deep South.
There are 82 black nominees in the two major political parties running in 2014, according to an analysis by David Bositis. The number surpasses the 2012 record of 72 candidates.
For a third time, Senate Republicans blocked a vote that would open debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act. The act would hold employers more accountable for wage discrimination against women.
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has reached a deal to extend federal benefits to the chronically unemployed for an additional five months.
One negotiator referred to the conclusion as a “bipartisan breakthrough.”
Food stamp recipients will lose an average of $90 per month in benefits thanks to an $8.7 billion cut passed by Congress.
The Senate voted on Tuesday to send the 2014 Farm Bill, which includes the cut, to President Obama’s desk.
Doctors are warning that if Congress cuts food stamps, the federal government could face increases in health bills. The experts say that while the consequence may not be felt immediately, over time the poor will wind up in doctors’ offices and/or hospitals as a result of the cuts.
Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued a formal declaration to end poverty in America. The announcement came during his State of the Union address, and sought out to tackle to roots and consequences of being poor in the U.S.
While some credit Johnson’s war on poverty as a success, many feel that work still needs to be done.
On Dec. 28, 1.3 million Americans who have been receiving unemployment benefits will no longer have assistance.
The end to the funds is due to a budget deal proposal by Congress. The deal fails to extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program, a key provider in federal funds for those who have reached their limit in state unemployment benefits.
Organizations, activists and community members across Illinois have protested the controversial SB 1342 bill. The law, proposed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, would impose mandatory minimum sentences in the state.
Advocates who oppose the bill argue that the bill unfairly targets minorities, funneling them into an already overpopulated prison system.