WASHINGTON – Today, on the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, Democratic leadership is unveiling a resolution affirming Congress’s intent for the Trump administration to fully enforce federal civil rights law to advance equal opportunity in education. The original co-sponsors include Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), ranking member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), ranking member of the Committee on the Judiciary, as well as all Members of the Democratic Caucus leadership and Tri-Caucus leadership.
“Sixty-four years after the landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, racial inequality in education remains commonplace. This resolution affirms our commitment to true educational equity and pushes back against the Trump administration’s relentless attacks on civil rights protections in education,” said Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03), Committee on Education and the Workforce. “It also calls on full enforcement of the Civil Rights Act, particularly Title VI, which prohibits both intentional discrimination as well as policies and practices that disparately impact students on the basis of race, color, or nationality. The Trump administration has used its short time in office to undermine civil rights enforcement, including through the halting of systematic review, and proposed cuts to the Office of Civil Rights.”
This resolution comes on the heels of a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that found students of color suffer harsher discipline for lesser offenses than their white peers, as well as a 2016 GAO report that revealed schools are resegregating at alarming rates.
“On the 64th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education we are reminded of how much work needs to be done to address racial inequality in our education system and society at-large,” said Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) of the House Judiciary Committee. “In 2016, the GAO found that schools were resegregating at alarming rates and, just last month, the GAO found that students of color suffer harsher punishment in school than their peers. These issues are exacerbated by the mounting challenges faced by students of color as the Trump administration attempts to roll back critical civil rights protections. I joined Ranking Member Scott in cosponsoring this resolution to affirm our commitment to closing the gaps that persist in educational outcomes and ensuring equal access and opportunities for all students. Congress must work to address these problems and to check the Trump administration’s abuses. Our students deserve no less.”
In 2014, the Department of Education and the Department of Justice issued a School Discipline Guidance Package to remind schools of their legal obligations to administer school discipline without discriminating on the base of race, color, or national origin. If the administration follows through on its plan to rescind or amend the Obama-era discipline package and act to further undermine the use of disparate impact in protecting civil rights, it will bring civil rights enforcement to a screeching halt.
ORIGINAL COSPONSORS: Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA-12), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (MD-05), Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn (SC-06), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Judy Chu (CA-27), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Cedric Richmond (LA-02), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01), Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41), Congressman Danny K. Davis (IL-07), Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Colman (NJ-12), Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (FL-24), Congressman G.K. Butterfield (NC-01), Congresswoman Terri Sewell (AL-07), Congressman Raul Grijalva (AZ-03), and Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09).
ENDORSING ORGANIZATIONS: American Federation of Teachers, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the National Education Association.
WASHINGTON, DC – In response to the Senate vote to confirm Michael Brennan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, CONGRESSWOMAN GWEN MOORE OF WISCONSIN’S 4TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT and PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE NAACP DERRICK JOHNSON jointly denounced the Senate’s decision to abandon its longstanding deference to home-state senators and vote on a judicial nominee from Wisconsin over the objection of Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin. Yesterday, the NAACP delivered a six-page letter outlining its strong objections to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
CONGRESSWOMAN GWEN MOORE STATED:
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to ignore decades of precedent by disregarding Senator Baldwin’s ‘blue slip’ objection to the nomination of Milwaukee attorney Michael Brennan is yet another egregious example of Republicans undermining Senate norms in their attempts to push through radical and unqualified judges. Despite their routine use of blue slips to block President Obama’s nominees, it now seems GOP Senators are disavowing the practice to ensure the lifetime appointment of another white judge to an all-white appellate circuit. This Republican hypocrisy is sure to cast a shadow on our nation’s judicial branch – the consequences of which will be felt for years to come.”
DERRICK JOHNSON, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE NAACP, STATED:
“The Senate stands at the height of hypocrisy in casting aside its longstanding practice of respecting home-state Senators’ views just to confirm more Trump judges. We know only too well how ironclad this practice was. For decades, the Senate cited the views of home-state Senators as the reason for refusing to confirm nominees of color to the federal courts. Courts remained segregated or were denied more diversity because of that deference. That this tradition is finally upended to confirm a white nominee to the all-white Seventh Circuit is not lost on us.”
“The Seventh Circuit covers Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana. It has over seven million residents of color. Since losing its only judge of color to retirement last year, it has again become an all-white court – the only such circuit court in the country. This is a development none of us should tolerate.”
“Michael Brennan’s confirmation to this circuit court is an insult. This is the nominee who refused to answer Senator Cory Booker’s question about whether racism exists in the criminal justice system. This is unacceptable for any nominee, but particularly one who has a background as a prosecutor and state court judge known for harshly sentencing persons of color. The thought that Mr. Brennan could hear appeals from Milwaukee and Chicago regarding race discrimination in the criminal justice system is absolutely chilling.”
MADISON – On Sunday, May 6, Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Mahlon Mitchell will host an office opening event at his campaign’s new Milwaukee headquarters, alongside Congresswoman Gwen Moore.
The office will be located north of downtown at 1801 N. Martin Luther King Drive in Milwaukee. The office will officially open at 2:30 p.m., with the festivities kicking off at 3:00 p.m. Special guests include, State Representatives David Bowen and David Crowley, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, County Supervisor Supreme Moore Omokunde, and Alderwoman Tomika Vukovic.
The office will serve as a hub for organizing activity — allowing the campaign to mobilize Mitchell supporters ahead of the Aug. 14 primary.
Mahlon Mitchell for Wisconsin Office Opening Event
Sunday, May 6, 2018, 2:30pm
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mahlon Mitchell
U.S. Representative Gwen Moore
State & Local Elected Officials
Supporters and community members
President Donald Trump on Sunday declared “NO MORE” to a deal to help “Dreamer” immigrants and threatened to pull out of a free trade agreement with Mexico unless it does more to stop people from crossing into the U.S. He claimed they’re coming to take advantage of protections granted certain immigrants.
“NO MORE DACA DEAL!” Trump tweeted one hour after he began the day by wishing his followers a “HAPPY EASTER!”
He said Mexico must “stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA. NEED WALL!” The U.S., Canada and Mexico are participating in tense negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement at Trump’s insistence. Trump says NAFTA is bad for the U.S.
“Mexico has got to help us at the border,” Trump, holding his wife’s hand, told reporters before the couple attended Easter services at an Episcopal church near his Palm Beach, Florida, home. “If they’re not going to help us at the border, it’s a very sad thing between our two countries.”
“A lot of people are coming in because they want to take advantage of DACA,” he added.
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Motivational speaker and author, Orlando Ceaser’s, new book uses art to tackle hot topics. The Grass Is the First to Go is ten one-act plays with a discussion guide to stimulate thought and spirited conversations. Their controversial nature and provocative content is written to inspire and jolt people to sit down and talk.
The news is filled with stories on crime, gun violence, mass incarceration, Black Lives Matters, #MeToo, sexual harassment, injustice and gentrification. Schools, businesses and other organizations confront morality, racial identity, unconscious bias and stereotypes. There is a need for resources to increase engagement and interactive problem-solving. The Grass Is the First to Go can be staged or read aloud in small groups to help create dialogue, solutions and action plans. They can help groups break down walls and build understanding about diversity and inclusion.
Am I Black Enough? is a play about the struggle in communities when people within the same group have their cultural and racial identity challenged by their own. The signature play, The Grass Is the First to Go, speaks to the lack of stewardship and the failure to value life, opportunity and resources. I Protest, was inspired by young people in the Black Lives Matter Movement. These brave and vocal souls stand up for justice and equality and against hypocrisy and injustice. My Life Defined, begs the question, what does it say about our lives if our pursuit of pleasure, self-indulgences and selfishness direct our behavior toward matters that do not address the major inequities of our times?
Orlando Ceaser is a writer, professional speaker, thought leader and voiceover specialist. He spent his first career as a business executive in the pharmaceutical industry. He has over 30 years of experience in sales, management, training, diversity, marketing, leadership and personal development. He aspires to entertain, educate and inspire people to unlock their leadership greatness to reach their dreams.
Mr. Ceaser advises students, parents and employees to become Impact Players in school, work and in their communities. Impact players are individuals who are prominent and dominant in their fields. They are the game changes who improve performance through their actions. Mr. Ceaser achieves this objective through key note addresses, workshops, spoken word CD’s and books.
Mr. Ceaser has presented to prisoners and those responsible for ministering to them. He presents two decision making models; The Know System™ and The Objection Model – The Art of Refusal™. These models guide users to make decisions consistent with their faith and value systems. Mr. Ceaser is the author of twelve books including Unlock your Leadership Greatness, Leadership above the Rim, The Isle of Knowledge, Look for the Blessing and Leadership Greatness through High Performance Poetry. His blog, www.myozonelayer.com focuses on management, motivation and leadership. For more information, please visit www.OrlandoCeaser.com.
Washington, D.C. — TOMORROW, Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 10:30am EST, the nation’s leading organization working to elect Black candidates, Collective PAC, will host a panel discussion on new data highlighting deep disparities and a serious lack of institutional support for candidates color in the First Amendment Lounge of the National Press Club, located at 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20045.
The event, Underfunded: A Report Release and Discussion on the Inequitable Funding & Institutional Support of Congressional Candidates of Color, will feature Jeff Johnson of JIJ Communications, Stefanie Brown James of Collective PAC, DeJuana Thompson of Woke Vote, Jessica Byrd of Three Point Strategies, and Ravi Gupta of The Arena.
What: Collective PAC to host report release and discussion on disparities in funding and institutional support for candidates of color.
When: TOMORROW, Wednesday, March 7 from 10:30am – 11:30am.
- Collective PAC’s Quentin James and Stefanie James
- Jessica Byrd, Three Point Strategies
- DeJuana Thompson, Think Rubix and Woke Vote
- Ravi Gupta, The Arena
- Jeff Johnson, JNJ Communications
The discussion will focus on extensive research conducted on funding of congressional candidates during the 2016 cycle. Attendees will also hear from experts working directly with various candidates from throughout the nation who are facing structural and institutional barriers in their efforts to run to office, and be the first to hear a national appeal progressive organizations are making to every major organization affiliated with Democratic Party, including the DNC, DCCC, DSCC, DGA, DLCC, NCDM, DMO and others, this week during the DNC’s meeting in Washington.
On March 6, Netflix award-winning director Jonny Von Wallström is premiering his new documentary series The Confused African exclusively on YouTube. It is a story about identity, music and corruption in Uganda. Featuring Ugandan artist and TV personality Ken Daniels and well-known rapper Navio who uses music to speak about the countries issues.
In 2017, Ugandan was ranked among the top 25 countries with escalating corruption by the Transparency International Uganda (TIU) report. Ken and Navio are two creative artists who care deeply about what’s happening in the country. In the series, they explore culture, talks politics, and are using music to help make a change.
Ken Daniels is a nomad who has lived his whole life in western countries such as The United States and Sweden. He is a well-known Ugandan Hip Hop/ R&B musician and music critic who has for a long time sung under the music act ‘Swahili Nation’.
It started out in 1992 when he joined Swahili Nation that was formed in the 90’s by Kenyan brothers called Muturi. A couple of years ago, he decided to move back to Uganda because he felt responsible and wanted to ba a part of the change that was happening in the country.
What it is like to leave your mother country?
“It is tough to come to a new country, whether it is Sweden, Uganda or The United States. You have to learn the language and adapt to the society. For me, it was tough to move to The U.S and Sweden, but it was also tough to move back to Uganda after all those years away,” he says.
He has not been living in the country for a long time, and now he share his story of what it is like to come back.
“I think that my political view and world view have changed since I left Uganda. There is a diﬀerence between The United States and Uganda in many ways. Good and bad.”
“What I have realised is that Uganda is not what it used to be. Today, Uganda is in a very good place, the Infrastructure and the whole society is improving. In 5 years, I think it will be a big diﬀerence if you compare to now. I also feel like many more people are willing to fight for the right to speak up and change things. It was in a diﬀerent way before. Back in the days, people did not do that.”
Navio is using his music to make a change
As a side story to Ken, we also get to follow Daniel Lubwana Kigozi, known as Navio. He is a well-known Ugandan rapper who started his career when being a part of the award-winning group Klear Kut. Today, he is best known for his hits “Ngalo”, “One & Only” and “Bugumo”.
Navio are using music for his freedom of speech. He has written songs about corruption, and in the documentary he talks about his point of view on the economically situation and the fact that Uganda is suﬀering very badly. We get to follow him in Uganda, but also in a studio in Sweden where to records a new single. The whole documentary series will be available for free on YouTube, starting March 6, on www.youtube.com/creativenorthtv