($120B) With $50B to the FAU proposals to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and $20B to the FAU’s Alliance with the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls. $10B to the FAU proposed 21st Century Policing Task Forces Safe Streets Program $20B to the FAU and allies US Reentry Task Force for the 21st Century Family Task Force and $20B to the FAU and Allies US African American Victims of Crime Task Force.
$50B to the FAU proposals to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation that advance collaborations with members of the Congressional Black Caucus and local FAU allies like the FAU Cleveland Task Force for Change.
|Cory Booker||Democratic||New Jersey|
|Tim Scott||Republican||South Carolina|
|Representative||Party||State – Congressional District|
|Alma Adams||Democratic||North Carolina – 12th|
|Karen Bass||Democratic||California – 37th|
|Joyce Beatty||Democratic||Ohio – 3rd|
|Sanford Bishop||Democratic||Georgia – 2nd|
|Lisa Blunt Rochester||Democratic||Delaware – At-large|
|Anthony Brown||Democratic||Maryland – 4th|
|G. K. Butterfield||Democratic||North Carolina – 1st|
|André Carson||Democratic||Indiana – 7th|
|Yvette Clarke||Democratic||New York – 9th|
|William Lacy Clay Jr.||Democratic||Missouri – 1st|
|Emanuel Cleaver||Democratic||Missouri – 5th|
|Jim Clyburn||Democratic||South Carolina – 6th|
|John Conyers – Dean||Democratic||Michigan – 13th|
|Elijah Cummings||Democratic||Maryland – 7th|
|Danny Davis||Democratic||Illinois – 7th|
|Val Demings||Democratic||Florida – 10th|
|Keith Ellison||Democratic||Minnesota – 5th|
|Dwight Evans||Democratic||Pennsylvania – 2nd|
|Marcia Fudge||Democratic||Ohio – 11th|
|Al Green||Democratic||Texas – 9th|
|Alcee Hastings||Democratic||Florida – 20th|
|Hakeem Jeffries||Democratic||New York – 8th|
|Eddie Bernice Johnson||Democratic||Texas – 30th|
|Hank Johnson||Democratic||Georgia – 4th|
|Robin Kelly||Democratic||Illinois – 2nd|
|Brenda Lawrence||Democratic||Michigan – 14th|
|Al Lawson||Democratic||Florida – 5th|
|Barbara Lee||Democratic||California – 13th|
|Sheila Jackson Lee||Democratic||Texas – 18th|
|John Lewis||Democratic||Georgia – 5th|
|Mia Love||Republican||Utah – 4th|
|Donald McEachin||Democratic||Virginia – 4th|
|Gregory Meeks||Democratic||New York – 5th|
|Gwen Moore||Democratic||Wisconsin – 4th|
|Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton||Democratic||District of Columbia – At-large
(non voting congressional delegate)
|Donald Payne Jr.||Democratic||New Jersey – 10th|
|Delegate Stacey Plaskett||Democratic||U.S. Virgin Islands – At-large
(non voting congressional delegate)
|Cedric Richmond||Democratic||Louisiana – 2nd|
|Bobby Rush||Democratic||Illinois – 1st|
|Bobby Scott||Democratic||Virginia – 3rd|
|David Scott||Democratic||Georgia – 13th|
|Terri Sewell||Democratic||Alabama – 7th|
|Bennie Thompson||Democratic||Mississippi – 2nd|
|Marc Veasey||Democratic||Texas – 33rd|
|Maxine Waters||Democratic||California – 35th|
|Bonnie Watson Coleman||Democratic||New Jersey – 12th|
|Frederica Wilson||Democratic||Florida – 24th|
$20B to the FAU’s Alliance with the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls.
Reps. Watson Coleman, Kelly, Clarke, Announce Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, D.C. (March 22, 2016) ― Today, Congresswomen Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Robin Kelly (IL-02) and Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09), announced the creation of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, the first caucus devoted to public policy that eliminates the significant barriers and disparities experienced by Black women.
Despite more than 430 registered congressional caucuses and Member organizations, no group on Capitol Hill has sought to make Black women and girls a priority in the policy debates that occur here. The Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls will fill that gap, and provide the same attention for women that President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative has given to Black men and boys.
“From barriers in education, to a gender based pay gap that widens with race, to disparities in both diagnoses and outcomes for many diseases, our society forces Black women to clear many hurdles faced by no other group, and asks them to do it with little assistance,” said Rep. Watson Coleman. “Black women deserve a voice in a policy making process that frequently minimizes, or altogether ignores the systemic challenges they face. This caucus will speak up for them.”
“Black women and girls are disproportionately affected by myriad socioeconomic issues that diminish their quality of life and threaten the wellbeing of their families and communities,” said Rep. Kelly. “The Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls gives Black women a seat at the table for the crucial discussion on the policies that impact them while also providing a framework for creating opportunities and eliminating barriers to success for Black women.”
“In many ways, 23.5 million Black women and girls are consistently left out of the national discourse on a variety of policies that will affect their lives,” stated Rep. Clarke. “This caucus will be purposed to ensure that the infrastructure of inclusion fully incorporates the varied and unique needs of Black women. Our experiences must and will inform the direction we take as a nation and we can no longer afford to be excluded from important conversations. I am proud to stand with my colleagues at the inception of this caucus to be a vehicle for change and look forward to the great work that we will do.”
The Caucus was inspired by the #SheWoke Committee, a collective of seven national women leaders with a shared vision of advocacy, equity, and sisterhood.
“In January, we launched a petition asking our national leaders to create a space that prioritizes Black women and girls, and here we are in March with a platform that will serve as a vehicle towards change,” stated #SheWoke member, Sharon Cooper, biological sister of Sandra Bland. “We lift up all the Black women and girls who have lost their lives without press coverage, all the Black women and girls who are fighting for our collective liberation, and the Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, who responded in the way all elected officials should: with urgency. #SheWoke looks forward to supporting the efforts of this Caucus, and empowering Black women and girls through policy and advocacy.”
The Caucus will launched on April 28 2016.
Topic areas which we hope to create partnerships to address will include:
- Safety: The countless stories of Black women and girls being killed or made unsafe at the hands of police officers who use excessive force has frequently gone unnoticed. Black girls have been made unsafe in schools where instead of fostering a supportive and compassionate educational environment, they are six times more likely to be suspended than White girls and become victims in the school to prison pipeline. Black women and girls are unsafe in their homes and continue to suffer from high rates of domestic violence and sexual assault. In addition, the perception of Black women and girls in the media perpetuates negative images and reinforces the idea that Black women are oversexualized and are essentially, not rape-able. Testimony at the hearing will provide background on why this continues to be the case, and suggest policy recommendations to provide better protections for Black women and girls.
- Opportunities for Black women and girls: Even though Black women have been leaders at the forefront of many of our nation’s achievements, when compared to other groups, Black women are disproportionately affected by economic hardship. They are paid 64% of what White men are paid, and are the largest group to be employed in minimum wage jobs. Additionally, affording child care has become an exorbitant burden for Black mothers. The hearing will address these issues and more in discussing how we can advance opportunities for Black women in America.
- Black women and girls in the criminal justice system: Black women and girls represent 30 percent of all women incarcerated but make up just 13 percent of the population. In addition, Black girls continue to be treated as criminals in the justice system in instances where they should be treated as victims.
- Health concerns of Black women and girls: From lack of attention to diseases that are disproportionately fatal to Black women and girls, to diminishing choice in making decisions regarding their reproductive rights, Black women and girls continue to be overlooked in the discussion on access to quality health care. The hearing will provide testimony on how some of these disparities can be addressed through policy changes.
- Black women and girls as an electorate: Black women are the fastest growing electorate demographic, even though they are often disproportionately affected by voter suppression tactics that limit access to the ballot. When early voting is cut short, or long lines persist at the ballot box, Black women frequently have to make a choice between risking losing their low-wage job, and exercising their constitutional right to vote. Testimony at the hearing will advance policy proposals on how Black women can overcome these and other obstacles to the ballot box.
$20B to the FAU and allies US Reentry Task Force for the 21st Century Family Task Force
$20B to the FAU and Allies US African American Victims of Crime Task Force.
Blacks were victims of an estimated 805,000 nonfatal violent crimes and of about 8,000 homicides in 2005. While
blacks accounted for 13% of the U.S. population in 2005, they were victims in 15% of all nonfatal violent crimes and nearly half of all homicides. These findings are based on data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR), Supplementary Homicide Reports. Among blacks the risk of nonfatal violent victimization varied
across demographic characteristics. During the 5-year period from 2001 to 2005, comparative nonfatal violent victimizations showed –
• Black males were more vulnerable to violent victimization than black females.
• Younger blacks were generally more likely than older blacks to be victims of violence.
• Blacks who had never married were more likely than all other blacks to be victims of violence.
• Blacks in households with lower annual incomes were at a greater risk of violence than those in households with higher annual incomes.
• Blacks living in urban areas were more likely than those in suburban or rural areas to be victims of violence.
Black victims of homicide were most likely to be male (85%) and between ages 17 and 29 (51%). Homicides
against blacks were more likely than those against whites to occur in highly populated areas, including cities and suburbs. About 53% of homicides against blacks in 2005 took place in areas with populations of at least 250,000 people, compared to about 33% of homicides of white victims. Blacks were killed with a firearm in about 77% of homicides against them.