COVID-19

Feb. 24 Roundup: The Possibility of a Black Woman as OMB Director

Biden Administration Aid for Black essential workers: In a roundtable with Black essential workers, President Biden said the White House is focusing on the needs of “the most left-behind community: the African American community” amid the COVID-19 pandemic. An April 2020 report found that Black workers are overrepresented in public transit, childcare and social services, health care, trucking, warehouse,…

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Stimulus, HBCU Funding & Black Woman on Fed Board Possible: Feb. 18 Joint Center Roundup

Biden Administration Biden talks equitable COVID-19 recovery in stumping for stimulus: At a CNN town hall, President Biden talked about his plan to address the challenges and solutions to ensure vaccine distribution is equitable. Solutions include ensuring more communities have facilities with vaccines and spending $1 billion on public education to help people get online to register…

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CBC Agenda, Black Appellate Judges & 230 Reform: Feb. 10 Joint Center Roundup

Biden Administration President Biden pays tribute to Black service members: President Biden visited the Pentagon for the first time since taking office and spoke about the significance of Black service members throughout history who served the United States while the struggle for civil rights at home is continuing, and the first Black Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin. Yellen…

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Democrats Prepare to Pass Biden Stimulus: Feb 3 Joint Center Roundup

Biden Administration Democrats prepare to pass Biden stimulus: Senate Democrats moved forward with a procedural vote to allow them to pass President Biden’s $1.9 trillion economic rescue plan with a simple majority rather than requiring 60 votes to defeat a filibuster. The resolution passed with a 50-49 vote with one Republican member (Senator Patrick Toomey (PA)) not present. The vote…

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Biden Signs New Housing & Private Prison Racial Equity Orders: Jan. 27 Joint Center Roundup

President Biden Signs New Racial Equity Orders Biden signs housing and private prison racial equity orders: After President Biden signed executive orders on Day 1 of his Administration to launch a whole-of-government initiative to advance racial equity, this past Tuesday he signed new racial equity orders. The new orders include eliminating the Department of Justice’s use of privately operated criminal…

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On Day One, President Biden Signs Racial Equity Orders: Jan. 21 Joint Center Roundup

On Day One, President Biden Signs Racial Equity Orders Biden signs directives on economic relief and racial equity: On his very first day, President Biden signed executive orders related to grappling with the effects of the pandemic, including an extension of moratoriums on evictions, foreclosures, and federal student loan payments. Another order directed each federal agency to…

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For Biden, Black Secretaries Trail Black Votes: Jan. 14 Joint Center Roundup

Legislators Call for Trump’s Removal After Capitol Attack Trump Impeached: President Donald Trump becomes the first president to be impeached twice after a final vote of 232-197 (including all House Democrats and 10 House Republicans in favor of impeachment). The article charges Trump with “incitement of insurrection” and states that his rhetoric “encouraged—and foreseeably resulted in—lawless action at the Capitol.”…

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