Congressional Black Caucus plots path forward

For members of the Congressional Black Caucus, these are tough days.

The Supreme Court upended two major civil rights laws in recent years, striking down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act and upholding Michigan’s ban on affirmative action.

The CBC’s agenda is gaining little traction on Capitol Hill, where Republican leaders in the House have shown little interest in


Gwen Moore cautiously optimistic about meeting with Paul Ryan

Afer sparking a flurry of controversy in March with remarks that suggested that poverty in America’s inner-cities was due in part to people who lacked an appreciation for work, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, has made a point of conveying interest and compassion for the country’s poor, particularly in minority communities.

As part of that effort, Ryan met recently with


‘…A Life and Death Struggle for Voting Rights’

Anita Johnson, a community organizer with Citizen Action of Wisconsin, spends her days beating the streets—knocking on doors, visiting senior citizen homes, addressing congregations and other groups about changes in election laws.In previous months, her days were spent in Madison at the state capitol, testifying, agitating, shaming the General Assembly about the slew of new restrictive voting laws lawmakers were


Democrats Warm Up for a “War on Poverty” With Republicans on Capitol Hill

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wisconsin) thinks that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), who chairs the House Budget Committee and is in line to become the next chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, is “a nice guy.” The budget he proposed earlier this month is not, Moore and other Democratic lawmakers say.

Facing a tough midterm election cycle, they’re hoping that


House Budget Committee Sets Third Hearing On Federal Anti-Poverty Programs April 30

April 22 (BNA) — The House Budget Committee is slated April 30 to hold its third in a series of hearings on federal anti-poverty efforts, an area Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has focused on recently.

The hearing will look at “lessons learned” in the 50-year “war on poverty,” according to the committee’s announcement April

Ryan to Meet With Black Lawmakers After ‘Inner Cities’ Uproar

After being criticized as racially insensitive for his comments on unemployment in “inner cities,” House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., will meet with the Congressional Black Caucus next week to discuss the issue of poverty, an aide for the CBC says.

“Congressman Ryan is a nice guy, and as such you know he has tried to frame the comments


Black Caucus to challenge Ryan on poverty

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will meet next week with members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to discuss strategies for alleviating poverty.

The closed-door meeting has been in the works since last month, when Ryan stirred controversy by saying poverty is caused largely by a “tailspin of culture,” particularly in inner cities, where “generations of men


Congresswoman Gwen Moore Statement on 15th Milwaukee Aldermanic District:

Congresswoman Gwen Moore Statement on 15th Milwaukee Aldermanic District: “With the departure of Willie Hines, after his long and distinguished service, the voters in the 15th Aldermanic District have an opportunity to select a new alderman. “With so many qualified candidates, from former county supervisor Eyon Biddle Sr. to current county supervisor Russell Stamper II, […]


Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform to Help Immigrant Victims of Violence

This Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization being signed into law. As the House sponsor of the strong, bipartisan Senate VAWA update, I can tell you that this was a victory hard-fought and one that women should be proud of. I witnessed the tireless grassroots work of our advocates,


Boys and Girls Clubs kicks off “Year of the GIRL” program

As a young girl, Gwen Moore spent her time at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Milwaukee watching the boys play, recounted Denisha Tate, the clubs’ COO, at a recent gathering. The youth club, originally called the Busy Boys Life Club and open only to boys, extended membership to girls in 1984.

That was too late for Moore, but the