Future of Work

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Joint Center Presents to Democratic Senators on Future of Work and Staff Diversity

On February 28, Joint Center President Spencer Overton joined NAACP President Derrick Johnson, National Urban League President Marc Morial, Lawyers’ Committee President Kristen Clarke, NBA President Juan Thomas, and National Coalition on Black Civic Participation President Melanie Campbell to present before the Democratic Caucus of the U.S. Senate to talk about issues critical to the Black community. 

Senators present included Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (NY) and Senators Michael Bennet (CO), Cory Booker (NJ), Richard Blumenthal (CT), Ben Cardin (MD), Bob Casey (PA), Dick Durbin (IL), Kamala Harris (CA), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Bill Nelson (FL), Claire McCaskill (MO), Bob Menendez (NJ), Jeff Merkley (OR), Debbie Stabenow (MI), and Chris Van Hollen (MD).

Spencer’s remarks emphasized the need to focus on future of work in Black communities. He also acknowledged the 200% increase of Black Democratic Senate top staff since the Joint Center’s 2015 report on the topic but also emphasized the need for continued progress.

About Joint Center

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, America’s Black think tank, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1970 and based in Washington, DC. The Joint Center's mission is to inform and illuminate the nation's major public policy debates through research, analysis, and information dissemination in order to improve the socioeconomic status of Black communities in the United States; expand their effective participation in the political and public policy arenas; and promote communication and relationships across racial and ethnic lines to strengthen the nation's pluralistic society.