BLACK WOMEN AND DEMOCRATS – THE THRILL IS GONE!

The Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Forum is always an exciting combination of a policy wonk reunion, a series of issues forums, and the ever-present parties, receptions, and celebrations. Some enjoy deriding the gathering as “nothing but a party”, but in fact it’s an opportunity for networking, information gathering, strategizing and more. This year, there were several sessions focused on issues concerning African American women and girls. There were posters in the Washington Convention Center that lifted up some of the women who have been killed by so-called law enforcement officers, women whose names have been swallowed by the attention focused on the horrible murders of

OBAMA’S LAST YEAR BROUGHT ECONOMIC SUCCESS

The income, poverty and health insurance data released by the Census Bureau on September 13 confirm what many already knew. President Obama’s last year was one of economic improvement for many individuals. The median income rose from $57,230 in 2015 to $59,039 in 2016, an increase of 3.2 percent. Black income rose 5.4 percent, from $37, 364 in 2015 to $39,400 in 2016, while white income rose from $63, 745 to $65,041, an increase of two percent. The income gap narrowed very slightly, with African Americans having 58 percent of white earnings in 2015 and 60 percent of white earnings in 2016. This income ratio typically hovers around 60 percent, and this situation has not improved since 19

WHAT HAPPENS TO A DREAM DEFERRED?

Our 45th President swept into office with a foundation of racist claims. First, the very basis of his political participation was his false assertion (for which he has never apologized) that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States. Using the “birther” movement as a basis, 45 signaled to every random racist out there that he was willing to ignore truth to attack President Obama. Then, he used horrible rhetoric to describe Mexican people as violent rapist, followed by his usual “and some of them are very nice”. He suggested that a federal judge could not do his job because he was of Mexican descent. And much of his campaign was focused on deporting people. The pace of dep

PUBLIC POLICY AFTER HURRICANE HARVEY

Hurricane Harvey did everything people said it would do, and more. It either drowned or swallowed everything it touched in Corpus Christi, Houston, Beaumont, the gulf coast of Louisiana, and a bunch of other places. Already, estimators say that Harvey may be our nation’s costliest disaster to date, costing at least $190 billion, or about 1 percent of our gross domestic product (GDP). The damages are both individual – think of the uninsured person who lost her home, or the worker whose job has now been eliminated, and national – Houston is our nation’s fourth largest city, and an epicenter of the oil and gas industry. That man who occupies 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue traveled to Texas with hi

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