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Joint Center Hosts Webinar on Improving Policy Narratives for Young Black Workers

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Experts Discuss Advancing Digital Equity for Black Communities at 2023 Joint Center Summit

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2023 Future of Black Communities Summit

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo in Conversation with the Joint Center

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Joint Center Organizes ‘Tax Policy & Black Communities – Making the System Work for All of Us’ at ABFE 2023 Conference

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Joint Center Organizes ‘Black Philanthropy’s Role in Building Multiracial Democracy’ at ABFE 2023 Conference

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Joint Center Hosts Salon Dinner with Congressman Steven Horsford (D-NV)

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Federal Reserve Board Governor Dr. Lisa D. Cook in Conversation with the Joint Center

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Experts Discuss Prioritizing the Black Rural South at the 2022 Joint Center Summit

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FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks and Discuss Technology Policy Priorities for Black Communities at the 2022 Joint Center Summit

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Alan Davidson, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, Discusses the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law of 2021 at 2022 Joint Center Summit

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Joint Center Hosts Voice at the Table Conversation with Rep. Terri A. Sewell

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Improving Tax Policy for Black Communities

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The Rationale for and Key Elements of a Business Civil Rights Audit

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Advancing Equal Protections & Civil Justice in an Automated Society

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Joint Center Hosts ‘Expanding Broadband in the Black Rural South’ Webinar

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NNPA Hosts Event on Congressional Staff Diversity with Joint Center and Black Voters Matter

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Joint Center and GW Law Host Debate on Section 230 With Key Experts

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Joint Center Hosts ‘Pandemic Relief Priorities for Black Workers’ Twitter Chat with Experts

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Joint Center Briefing on Black Businesses, Access to Capital, and Future Stimulus Proposals

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Joint Center Co-Hosts Telehealth Webinar on ‘The Missing Link to Improving Delivery and Quality of Care for Latino and African American Communities’

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Joint Center Briefing on COVID-19 Stimulus, Black Workers & Black Students with House Ed & Labor Chair Bobby Scott

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Joint Center Hosts Online Briefing with CBC Staff on Accessible Vote-by-Mail and Safe In-Person Voting in Black Communities

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Joint Center Hosts Briefing with FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks on COVID-19 & the Digital Divide

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Joint Center Convenes Black Organizations for COVID-19 Discussion with CBC Chair Karen Bass

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Joint Center President Leads Discussion at FCC Future of Work Roundtable

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Joint Center Hosts Convening on the Future of Work in Philadelphia

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Joint Center Hosts Second Event in Breakfast Policy Series ‘Voice at the Table’

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Joint Center Hosts Inaugural Policy Forum ‘A Voice at the Table’

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Joint Center Meets with HUD Secretary Julián Castro

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Our Latest Press Releases & Statements:

The Joint Center Commends Sen. Tim Scott for Promoting Josh Grant to Legislative Director

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Joint Center Praises President Biden For Plans to Nominate Kristin Johnson to the Treasury

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Joint Center Introduces New Project on Improving Policy Narratives for Young Black Workers

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Joint Center Mourns the Loss of Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr.

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Joint Center President Reflects on 54 Years of Progress, Policies, and Promise

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Joint Center Responds to the U.S. House Office of Diversity and Inclusion Disbandment

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Joint Center Board Appoints Dedrick Asante-Muhammad as President

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Joint Center Releases Good Jobs Challenge Recommendations for Black Workers 

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Joint Center Mourns Loss of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

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Joint Center Welcomes Two New Board Members

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Joint Center Releases Tax Code Survey Results Across Race for Congressional Priorities 

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New Report: A Congressional Survey of Regulating Tech Policies Priorities

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New Report: A Congressional Survey of Workers’ and Learners’ Priorities

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Joint Center Commends Sen. Laphonza Butler for Hiring Marvin B. Figueroa as Chief of Staff

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National Economic Council Director Lael Brainard Speaks at Joint Center’s 2023 Future of Black Communities Summit

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Federal Reserve Board Member Lisa D. Cook Accepts Joint Center Louis E. Martin Great American Award

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Joint Center Presents Federal Reserve Board Member Dr. Lisa DeNell Cook with Louis E. Martin Great American Award

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Joint Center’s New Data Shows Senate Top Staff Racial Diversity Increased Since 2020, but Most Groups of Color Underrepresented 

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Joint Center Welcomes New Board Member 

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Joint Center Releases Survey Results on Racial Equity Priorities Across Race

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Joint Center Congratulates Laphonza Butler for Pending Senate Appointment

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Joint Center Releases Series of Survey Results on Congressional Priorities 

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Joint Center Commends Sen. Debbie Stabenow for Hiring Eyang Garrison, the First Black Senate Full Committee Staff Director in Nearly Two Years

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Historic Milestone Achieved as Diverse Candidates Confirmed for Federal Reserve Board of Governors

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Joint Center Stands Firm on Protecting Funds for House of Representatives’ Diversity and Inclusion Office

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Joint Center Praises President Biden for Appointing Shuwanza Goff to Top White House Position

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Joint Center’s New Data Showing Top Staff Racial Diversity of the 118th Congress by Age

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Joint Center Ranks Senators Based on 2023 Senate Democratic Diversity Data

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Joint Center’s Commitment to Advancing Racial Equity Remains Steadfast

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Joint Center Supports Nominees for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System 

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Joint Center’s Board of Governors Announce Interim President

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Joint Center Mourns the Loss of Dr. William Spriggs

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Joint Center Releases New Data to Understand Financial Status and Aspirations of Black Americans

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Joint Center Announces Data for Black America Project 

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Joint Center Commends President Biden for Strong, Diverse Federal Reserve Board Nominations

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Joint Center Acknowledges Ambassador Susan Rice’s Commitment to Nation

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Joint Center Announces Tax Policy Advisory Committee 

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Joint Center Posthumously Presents Secretary of State Colin Powell with the Louis E. Martin Great American Award

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New Joint Center Report Finds U.S. Black Apprentices Underrepresented and Underpaid

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Joint Center Praises U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner for Hiring Lot Kwarteng as Legislative Director

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Top Staff of Freshmen Members of the 118th Congress Less Diverse than Freshman Top Staff of 117th Congress, Especially in U.S. Senate

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Joint Center Applauds President Biden for Appointing Joelle Gamble to Economic Team

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118th Congress Most Diverse in History, But Lacks Representation in Top Staff Hires

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Joint Center Commends Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries for Senior Team Staff Diversity

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Joint Center Commends Senator-Elect Fetterman for Hiring Allen R. Easton III as Legislative Director

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Joint Center Congratulates Congressman Hakeem Jeffries on His Historic Position in the House of Representatives

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Joint Center Launches New Campaign Calling on Congressional Leaders to Prioritize Racial Diversity in Top Staff Hires

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Spencer Overton to Step Down After a Decade of Joint Center Leadership

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New Report: Black Americans Acutely Underrepresented Among Top Staff in the U.S. House of Representatives

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Joint Center Welcomes New Board Officers  

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Joint Center Releases New Report on the State of Black Students at Community Colleges

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Joint Center Releases Data on Black Commissioned Officers in Biden White House

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Joint Center Presents La June Montgomery Tabron with the Louis E. Martin Great American Award

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Senators Padilla, Hirono, and Booker Have Most Diverse Staff; Over 22 Percent of Senate Democratic Committee Offices Have No Black Staff 

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Joint Center Statement: Biden Misses Opportunity to Disclose White House Staff Data Disaggregated by Race

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Joint Center Welcomes New Vice President of Development

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Dr. Philip Jefferson Ushers in New Era for Fed Board

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Fed Board Stronger with Senate Confirmation of Dr. Lisa Cook

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New Poll from Joint Center Reveals Black Businesses Faced Economic and Resource Challenges Prior to COVID-19 Pandemic

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The Joint Center Commends U.S. Senate for Confirming Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the SCOTUS

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Racial Diversity Among U.S. Senate State Directors Lags Behind Diversity in U.S. Population 

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Federal Workforce Trainings Programs Frequently Fail to Track Data by Race, Reveals Report from Joint Center

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The Joint Center Commends Biden for Nominating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the SCOTUS

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New Poll from Joint Center Reveals Black Americans Are Deeply Concerned Regarding Direction of the Country, Economy

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Poll Results: New Poll from Joint Center Reveals Black Americans Are Deeply Concerned Regarding Direction of the Country, Economy

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Joint Center Commends the U.S. Senate for Confirming the Nomination of Reta Jo Lewis as President and Chair of the Export-Import Bank of the United States

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Joint Center Statement on Bomb Threats Against Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System: Joint Center Commends President Biden for the Nominations of Dr. Lisa Cook and Dr. Philip Jefferson

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Joint Center Welcomes Three New Board Members

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JOINT CENTER TO SENATE: Help Black Workers, Extend Expanded Earned Income Tax Credit in Build Back Better Act

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Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Black Economic Alliance, and Several Black-Led Organizations Call for Appointment of Black Members to Federal Reserve Leadership

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Joint Center Mourns the Loss of Colin Powell

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Joint Center Commends Senator Whitehouse for Hiring Monalisa Dugué as Chief of Staff

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Joint Center Outlines Key Principles for Supporting Black Workers in New Issue Brief

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Joint Center Report Highlights Deep Inequity in Broadband Access Across the Black Rural South

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Joint Center Welcomes New Vice Presidents of Communications and Operations and Finance

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New Joint Center Report Finds People of Color Are Significantly Underrepresented in U.S. Senate Committee Top-Level Positions

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Senators Hirono, Luján & Warnock Have Most Diverse Staff; Over 27 Percent of Senate Democratic Committee Offices Have No Black Staff

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Joint Center Releases New Data on Expanding Broadband in the Black Rural South

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The Joint Center Commends Senator Scott for Hiring Dominique McKay as Communications Director

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The Joint Center Commends Senator Booker for Hiring Leah Hill as Legislative Director

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Dr. Alex Camardelle Joins Joint Center as Director of Workforce Policy

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Joint Center Commends Senator Jon Ossoff (D-GA) for Hiring Donni Turner as Legislative Director

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Strong Black Support for Shalanda Young for OMB Director

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Mourning the Passing of Joint Center Co-Founder Vernon Jordan

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Joint Center Commends U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) for Hiring Teri Weathers as Deputy Chief of Staff

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Joint Center Commends Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) for Leading on Diversity in Top Staff

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Almost Two-Thirds of Top Staff Positions Are Filled & New Members Lag in Top Staff of Color

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Joint Center Commends U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) for Hiring Lauren Marshall as Legislative Director

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Joint Center President Talks to Politico About Biden Tapping Geoffrey Starks for FCC Chair

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Joint Center Launches Interactive Tool Showing Diversity of Top Staff of New Members of Congress

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Dr. Dominique Harrison Joins Joint Center as Director of Technology Policy

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The Joint Center Commends Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) for Hiring Nadgey Louis-Charles as Communications Director

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Joint Center Mourns the Loss of Congressman John R. Lewis

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The Joint Center Releases Joint Statement with Several Civil Rights Organizations on Facebook’s Civil Rights Audit

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Joint Center Commends Senate Democrats for Releasing 2020 Staff Diversity Data, Urges More Detailed Disclosure 

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The Joint Center Releases Joint Statement with Several Civil Rights Organizations on Facebook’s Latest Policy Announcement on Hate Speech and Voter Disinformation

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The Joint Center Commends Speaker Nancy Pelosi for Appointing Kemba Hendrix as Executive Director of the U.S. House Office of Diversity & Inclusion

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The Joint Center Commends Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for Hiring Trudy Perkins, the First Black Senate Communications Director in a Personal Office in Over a Year

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Joint Center Mourns the Passing of Congressman Elijah Cummings

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