History was made yesterday when the formation of the First and only Congressional Caucus for Black Women and Girls was announced. During a press release issued by the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Representatives Bonnie Watson Coleman (D/N.J), Robin Kelly (D/ILL) and Yvette D. Clarke (D/N.Y) have formed a group “devoted to creating public policy that eliminates significant barriers and disparities experienced by black women.”
According to the Huffington Post the idea of the caucus came from a conversation co-founder of Black and Brown People vote, Ifeoma Ike and six other black women activist were having, as they were discussing recent events surrounding the Sandra Bland case and other issues facing black women they decided to take action. They formed the #SheWoke committee and started a petition that called on congress to “create space that puts black women’s issues at the forefront.”
The Caucus will join a list of 403 registered congressional caucuses that advocate for the rights of minority populations in the United States. Rep Kelly of Illinois said in a press release, “Black women and girls are disproportionately affected by myriad of socioeconomic issues that diminish their quality of life and threaten the well-being of their families and communities.”, she then went on to say that the caucus will provide black women and girls “…a seat at the table for the crucial discussion on the policies that impact them while also providing a frame-work for creating opportunities and eliminating barriers to success for black women.”
The launch of this newly formed congressional caucus will be held at a reception on April 28th in Washington, D.C.
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