The Historic Political Gains Made By Black Women In 2018

Donna M. Owens Dec, 20, 2018 When Ayanna Pressley heads to Congress in January, the newly elected Massachusetts representative will work from the same office that Shirley Chisholm once occupied decades ago. The symbolism is powerful: Chisholm was the first Black woman elected to Congress 50 years ago, while Pressley

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Lauren Underwood Makes History As Youngest Black Woman To Serve In Congress

By Kimberley Richards 01/03/2019 05:22 pm ET Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.) has become the youngest black woman to serve in Congress, according to congressional archives. The 32-year-old was sworn into office on Thursday, after her historic election victory in the 14th Congressional District in Illinois in November. She is the first

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Congressional Black Caucus Swears In Largest Member Group In History

01/03/2019 03:06 pm ET By Sarah Ruiz-Grossman On Thursday, the day of the official swearing-in of the 116th Congress, the Congressional Black Caucus swore in its own group of members, a total of 55 ― its largest number in history. This year’s CBC surpasses its previous record of 49 House

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Texas Lawmakers Call For Change After Deaths of Migrant Children

by Adriana Candelaria EL PASO, Texas (KFOX) —  A Houston congresswoman retraced the border areas in El Paso where 8-year-old Felipe Alonso Gomez was apprehended and later transported to a U.S. Border Patrol facility in Alamogordo before dying in an Alamogordo hospital. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX 18th District) toured

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Progressives Increase Their Leadership Clout In New Congress

11/29/2018 03:02 pm ET By Daniel Marans The activist left suffered a major blow on Wednesday when California Rep. Barbara Lee, a progressive antiwar icon, lost her bid to lead the House Democratic Caucus. Notwithstanding Lee’s loss, though, the Congressional Progressive Caucus significantly increased its representation in Democratic leadership. New

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Only Black GOP Woman in Congress Running in Trump-wary Utah

By Lindsay Whitehurst | AP October 17 at 1:39 PM SALT LAKE CITY — The first black female Republican in Congress is facing a tough challenge from a well-known Democratic mayor in a largely suburban Utah district where many say they are wary of President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. Mia Love has

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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee: Democrats Must Be ‘Vigilant’ in Ensuring All Americans Have the Right to Vote

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) says Democrats must be “vigilant” when it comes to ensuring that all Americans have the right to vote ahead of November’s midterm elections. Rep. Jackson Lee, who is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), emphasized the importance of eliminating voter suppression and teaching lawmakers how

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2018 Florida Midterm Elections Could Prove a Landmark Moment for Representative Democracy at a National Level

By Ernest A. Canning on 10/8/2018, 10:41am PT Given the pivotal role Florida and its 29 electoral votes have played in recent Presidential elections, November’s midterms could prove to be pivotal in the state, and not only for Florida. November 6th, 2018 could prove to be a landmark moment for

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Black Women Leaders Rip Into Top Democrats For Not Defending Rep. Maxine Waters

By Ellen Mitchell – 07/04/18 07:07 PM EDT Almost 200 black women leaders and allies have criticized House and Senate minority leaders for “failure to protect” Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) from “unwarranted attacks from the Trump administration” and GOP leaders, Politico reported Wednesday. In a letter sent Tuesday to Rep. Nancy

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Kavanaugh Brings His Voter Suppression Record To A Court That Just Upheld A State’s ID Law

Written By Nigel Roberts Newly minted Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s approval of voter suppression laws was not needed in a high court ruling on Tuesday which allowed a state to enforce its voter ID requirement for the 2018 elections.  See Also: Brett Kavanaugh’s First Supreme Court Cases Will Seriously

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