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  • “CBCF Perspectives” OPINIONS: The Economic Summit II is coming: Why Money Matters in the Black Community

    Apr 18, 2016. Written by CBCF

    Written by: Jalen Alexander (@jalen2kool) The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) will be hosting its second Economic Summit on May 6, 2016 in Berkeley, California. With the theme of, “Capital Wealth Creation in Business and Technology”, for many folks here at the Foundation money has become a hot topic of conversation. Now, while it’s…

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  • Making Housing More Affordable For DC’s Residents

    Apr 11, 2016. Written by CBCF

    Written By: Dana Williams Today, housing in D.C. is not affordable for all of D.C.’s residents. Many minorities and working class adults find it hard to keep up with the ever increasing housing prices in the District. Many minority residents of newly redeveloped neighborhoods are being forced out of D.C. due to skyrocketing housing prices….

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

    Apr 4, 2016. Written by CBCF

    Written by: Marc Banks (@DMarcBanks) The District of Columbia is essentially the capitol of the free world. People from around the world 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 the White House affect millions…

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  • Change: How to Close the Wealth Gap

    Dec 14, 2015. Written by CBCF

    By: Jay Jackson @mrjay_jackson Do you have any idea how unequal the wealth is in our society? The percentage of wealth owned by each fifth of the U.S. population is mind-blowing. With the top 20 percent of households owning more than 84 percent of the wealth and the bottom 40 percent a measly 0.3 percent….

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  • How Innovation Must Be Part of the Solution to Address Income Inequality and Racial Tension

    Dec 14, 2015. Written by CBCF

    Few Research & Development (R&D) grants go to Minority Serving Institutions in America. It’s time for that to change as part of a solution to America’s ongoing racial divide.   By Darold Hamlin,  50 years ago in Selma, Alabama African Americans took a stand for social justice that shifted the consciousness of a nation. Today,…

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  • Ending Veteran Homelessness

    Dec 14, 2015. Written by CBCF

    By: Melanie Avery America has come a long way in advancing the fight to end homelessness in veterans. Our country has gone from having 200,000 veterans on the streets to having an estimated 41,000 remaining, many of which have at least been identified. In a country that boasts over two million veteran related service organizations,…

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  • CBCF Perspectives: Support CBCF Interns. They Need You.

    Nov 20, 2015. Written by CBCF

    By: Clarissa Shah As a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation alumna, I am proud to support CBCF’s #GiveUsA5 campaign. The $5 dollar fundraising initiative will support the CBCF’s efforts to one-day place an intern or fellow in all 535 congressional member offices. When people learn that in 2007 I served as a CBCF congressional intern for a man…

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  • Land of the Free…Stuff?

    Oct 21, 2015. Written by CBCF

    By: CJ Bowers, @_CJBowers These days, we are surrounded by sound bites of the latest speeches coming from presidential candidates on their campaign trail. Within those sound bites lie harsh realities, met with a “promising” future for our country. Recently, GOP Presidential candidate Jeb Bush received criticism for a comment made as it relates to…

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  • Women, too sing America

    Oct 21, 2015. Written by CBCF

    Soaring women too can rise out of the ashes like the Phoenixes they are. On Saturday, September 19, 2015 the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation was honored to host the President of the United States and First Lady Michelle Obama at the 45th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) Phoenix Awards Dinner.   This year’s theme centered on civil…

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  • A Decade After the Storm: The Pain, the Progress, and the need for so much more

    Sep 29, 2015. Written by Marchaeus Bacon

      By: Marchaeus Bacon, @mbacon1906   I remember Hurricane Katrina just as if she happened yesterday as opposed to hitting Southeast Louisiana August of 2005.  Considering that I was born and raised in the New Orleans Metropolitan region I have been accustomed to hurricane seasons all of my life.  However, when my father said we…

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