Future of Work
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.