COVID-19

November 18 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

President-elect Joe Biden Appoints Congressman Richmond to Key White House Role Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) has been appointed Senior Advisor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. His appointment gives the CBC and Black communities generally a direct line to top leadership in the Biden White House. While in…

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November 11 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

President-Elect Joe Biden Makes Vow to African Americans; Kamala Harris Makes History Black Vote Carries Biden to Victory: “The African American community stood up again for me,” President-elect Joe Biden declared in his victory speech. “They always have my back, and I’ll have yours.” On Saturday, several major media outlets declared Biden the winner of the presidential election. Vice…

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November 3 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

It’s Election Day! Since 1970, the Joint Center has celebrated and supported the civic engagement of Black communities. If you have not yet voted, visit vote.org to learn more about how to cast your ballot today.  Finger-Pointing Continues Over Delayed Stimulus A stalemate between the White House and House Democrats continues to delay a new round of…

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October 27 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

More Stimulus Unlikely Before Election Last week, despite optimistic tones expressed by the White House and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the prospect of getting a new round of coronavirus relief passed before Election Day was deemed unlikely.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) worked to secure votes for the $500 billion GOP package that…

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Joint Center Participates in Howard University King Lecture Series on Voting Rights

On October 7, Joint Center President Spencer Overton participated in Howard University’s 2020-21 Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy Lecture Series in a session entitled Seize Your Power: Your Voice, Your Vote. In the session, Spencer discussed voter suppression and how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Black voters. Other participants…

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October 14 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

Due to the holiday weekend, the Joint Center is releasing an abbreviated roundup on COVID-19 and Black communities. We will resume our more robust roundup next week. Senate Republicans Reject $1.8 Trillion White House Stimulus Proposal Last week, the White House’s $1.8 trillion COVID-19 stimulus proposal was rejected by Senate Republicans, continuing the months-long stalemate over…

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October 7 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

House Introduces New $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Last week, following an extremely contentious first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, President Trump revealed via Twitter that he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19. President Trump was subsequently moved to the Walter Reed National Military Medical…

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Joint Center Participates in Panel Session on COVID-19 Pandemic and Rural Economic Development at the Alabama Pro-Growth Policy Conference

Joint Center President Spencer Overton joined the Alabama Pro-Growth Policy Conference, which convened thought-leaders and Alabama policymakers including Senator Doug Jones (D), Mayor Michael Tubbs (D), Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D), and Equal Justice Initiative Founder Bryan Stevenson. The session focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and rural economic development in Alabama. Watch it below.

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September 29 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

Congressional Black Caucus Introduces Sweeping Legislation for Black America   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Congressional Black Caucus (@congressionalblackcaucus) on Sep 23, 2020 at 1:19pm PDT Last week the Congressional Black Caucus released the Jobs and Justice Act of 2020. The bill includes funding for targeted coronavirus tracing, testing, and…

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September 23 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

McConnell’s Prioritization of Justice Ginsburg’s Replacement Over Coronavirus Relief Draws Criticism With the number of U.S. deaths from COVID-19 surpassing 200,000, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s focus on replacing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg despite failing to pass a stimulus bill has drawn significant criticism. He has faced protests outside his Kentucky home and…

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