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Statement on President Obama Taking Executive Action on Immigration Reform

Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement after President Obama announced this evening his executive action that will stop the deportation of over 5 million immigrants living in the United States:

"I applaud President Obama for doing the right thing to protect millions of people and countless families while allowing them to work and become an even stronger part of our communities.

"The American government should do everything within its power to keep families together. I have met with constituents in my district who come from many countries across several continents. They have pleaded with me to fix our broken immigration system, but while these people suffer and families are separated from one another, Republicans in Congress have done nothing.



After Mike Brown, What?

or: The June 2014 cover of Atlantic magazine cited 250 years of slavery, 90 years of Jim Crow, 60 years of separate but equal, and 35 years of state sanctioned redlining. Time magazine, in a relatively recent cover asked, "After Trayvon, What? The answer to that question is, more violence and discriminatory actions against Black progress. The answer to the question of, "After Mike Brown, What?" depends on who you ask. If it is leveraged into more people going to Law school, more educators, more education, and more political action to change some laws and deny men like Missouri District Attorney, Bob McColluch, the powerful job of District Attorney, the Black community will feel more included, rather than disposable, and not feel the need to destroy our communities.

We all understand the pain of another unjust governmental action. We must leverage it into more progressive actions as a people and as individuals. The lesson is simply, learn baby learn, not burn baby burn. Show the world how Mike Brown's unfortunate murder inspires us to Rise in spite of the setbacks.


NAACP is Deeply Disappointed a Missour iGrand Jury Opted Not to Indict Officer Darren Wilson

BALTIMORE, MD – November 24, 2014, a St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict officer Darren Wilson, 28, for the shooting and killing of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, Jr. In light of this decision, the NAACP has released the following statement.

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President and CEO: "The NAACP stands with citizens and communities who are deeply disappointed that the grand jury did not indict Darren Wilson for the tragic death of Michael Brown, Jr. We stand committed to continue our fight against racial profiling, police brutality and the militarization of local authorities. The death of Michael Brown and actions by the Ferguson Police Department is a distressing symptom of the untested and overaggressive policing culture that has become commonplace in communities of color all across the country. We will remain steadfast in our fight to pass the End Racial Profiling federal legislation. And we stand in solidarity with peaceful protesters and uphold that their civil rights not be violated as both demonstrators and authorities observe the "rules of engagement." The grand jury's decision does not mean a crime was not committed in Ferguson, Missouri, nor does it mean we are done fighting for Michael Brown, Jr. At this difficult hour, we commend the courage and commitment of Michael Brown's family, as well as local and national coalition partners."


National Coalition on Black Civic Participation Statement on the Passing of The Honorable Marion Barry

marionbarry11262014Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) and convener, Black Women's Roundtable, released the following statement regarding the passing of former Washington DC Mayor and current Ward 8 Councilman, Marion Barry, Jr.:

marionbarry1936-2014"On behalf of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Black Women's Roundtable and Black Youth Vote!, we express our deep condolences to the Barry Family in the passing of The Honorable Marion Barry, Jr. in the city of Washington, DC that he loved so much. Marion Barry truly epitomized what public service is all about. He lived a life of service dedicated to the least, the lost and the left out.

"He was a visionary leader who changed the lives of thousands of young people through his summer jobs program, opened contracting opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses, worked to ensure seniors could retire with dignity, and so much more.

"Marion also devoted his life to civil rights and social justice for all people. The spiritual, 'May the Works I've Done Speak For Me' exemplifies the life of Marion Barry, Jr. Marion maximized his life's dash as a servant leader from birth to death.

"Marion, you will always be remembered as 'Mayor for Life' because you never stopped fighting for and loving the people that you served in Washington, DC and across the nation.

"Servant leader of the people, rest in peace."


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