The Village

The Village – Real people. Real talk.

  • A New American Capital City

    Apr 23, 2019. Written by CBCF

    Written By Jay Arzu, State Farm Transportation & Equity Research Fellow   The capital of the United States of America should be in a new master-planned smart city at the center of the country. The government of such a vast area depends to a great extent on communication, both outwards and inwards. This is made…

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  • Let America Be America by Suryah Aryaei

    Oct 12, 2018. Written by CBCF

    Jarring. Engaging. Riveting. These were the words that came to mind as Sheila Jackson’s voice opened the 48th Annual Legislative Conference in Washington D.C.. As an ally, I was uncomfortable attending the conference at first, clapping madly at the speakers in a privileged front-row seat, knowing that these discussions were sacred to persons of color….

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  • Starbucks and Stereotypes

    Apr 30, 2018. Written by CBCF

    Written By: BerThaddaeus MP Bailey, MPA, Policy Analyst   When two African American males entered a Philadelphia Starbucks on Thursday, April 12, 2018, they were denied a basic human right; use of the establishment’s public restroom. According to the store’s manager, they were denied this right per company policy that restrooms are reserved for “paying…

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  • “CBCF Perspectives” OPINION: The inconvenient truth of D.C. and Sex Trafficking

    Apr 4, 2018. Written by CBCF

    Written by: Marc Banks (@DMarcBanks) The District of Columbia is the capital of the free world. People from around the globe know Washington, D.C. as a city that is full of powerful influencers, organizations, and politicians. The decisions that are made on Capitol Hill, at the Supreme Court or in the White House affect millions…

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  • Filling the Gap: Why America Needs More Company Buy- In to Build its Apprenticeship Model

    Jan 26, 2017. Written by CBCF

    Written by: Erin Robinson In September, I attended an informational event about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in the U.S. When I asked what was needed when it comes to STEM education, a panelist responded that the government must incentivize the business community to give students relevant and rigorous opportunities. Students need the…

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  • “When the Levee Breaks”: What Have We Learned about Securing our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure After Natural Disasters?

    Jan 24, 2017. Written by CBCF

    Written by Priscilla Barbour   Securing our nation’s critical infrastructure assets from natural disasters is often overlooked. Historically, the U.S. has been reactive when it comes to guarding against natural disasters. No one understands the potentially devastating impacts of this strategy better than the residents of the Gulf Coast. The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927…

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  • Build a Wall in Cyberspace not on the Border

    Jan 10, 2017. Written by CBCF

    By Ronald Madlock Throughout the course of this general election, candidates from neither major party has adequately discussed national cyber security policy. It is time that candidates tell the American people what their plan of action to counter the increasing amount of cyber-attacks on entities, both public and private. The United States have been shown…

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  • Doing Away with Death by Implicit Bias in Healthcare

    Dec 13, 2016. Written by CBCF

    Written By: Mia Keys   There are many similarities between the U.S. justice and healthcare systems. For instance, when deciding how to de-escalate a tense or time-sensitive situation, both the justice and healthcare systems use protocols that are profile-reliant. We can recognize such protocols at work in recent media narratives of police fatally shooting or otherwise…

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  • Africa is still rising

    Dec 7, 2016. Written by CBCF

    Written by: Abdul Deensie   In May 2000, the Economist labelled Africa the ‘Hopeless Continent.’  The magazine coined this phrase because the continent was marred by civil wars and bad governance in the 1990s.  By 2011, the Economist changed its slogan and started using the term ‘Africa Rising.’   The reason for the change was African countries…

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  • #GivingTuesday: A life changing experience

    Nov 28, 2016. Written by CBCF

    When I received my acceptance letter for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Incorporated’s (CBCF) Communications Internship Program, I knew I was about to embark on a life-changing journey. As a first-generation college student who started her educational career at a community college, I doubted my ability to thrive professionally despite doing well in school. For…

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