Tired of Waiting, The Congressional Black Caucus Announces a New Jobs Initiative

6 Aug

Courtesy of the White House Office of Communications

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

Men and women across the country have been frustrated for years about the lack of jobs and the dire state of the economy. Now, the Congressional Black Caucus is taking active steps in an effort to increase the number of employed citizens. August 8th, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) along with host Member Congresswoman Marcia Fudge will be kicking off the CBC’s “For the People” Jobs Initiative. This event is starting off in Cleveland, Ohio, and it will be comprised of a job fair and town hall meeting at Cleveland State University. According to a press release provided to Your Black World by Stephanie L. Young of the White House Office of Communications:

“Congresswoman Fudge will be joined by ten Members of the CBC to discuss jobs legislation and how to stimulate economic growth throughout the country. The Honorable Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will attend and participate in the Town Hall discussion.  Both the Job Fair and Town Hall meeting are free and open to the public.”

In addition to HUD Secretary Donovan, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. will also be present as a special guest. CBC Members who will be in attendance include: Rep. Butterfield, Rep. Carson, Rep. Conyers, Rep. Jackson Lee, Rep. Payne, Rep. Richardson, Rep. Richmond, Rep. Thompson, and Rep. Waters.

The Congressional Black Caucus ‘For the People’ Jobs Initiative Resolution (H. Res. 348) was unanimously co-sponsored by CBC Members and introduced last month with the purpose of prompting the House of Representatives to action. The CBC does not want to see the House of Representatives let anymore time pass in considering and passing vital job legislation addressing the plight of employment in the United States. According to the White House Office of Communications press release, “CBC Members have [already]  introduced over 40 job creation bills since the beginning of the 112th Congress.”

To learn more about the “For the People” Jobs Initiative, please visit the CBC website.

Ayvaunn Penn is the founder of Your Black Poets and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. To inquire about her freelance editing services, click here. To like Ayvaunn on Facebook, click here.

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5 Responses to “Tired of Waiting, The Congressional Black Caucus Announces a New Jobs Initiative”

  1. Shereen R Hart August 6, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    I’m curious what they were waiting on. Pres Obama’s been in office since Jan of 2009. Since when did we have to wait for congressional endorsement or laws to be passed to do a jobs initiative? I am wondering, however, if this initiative is actually going to result in any real jobs.

  2. Debbie August 6, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

    I am not sure why it took them so long…They should of have meetings with the NAACP, The Urban League, and the National Black Action network by now…Again, I am not sure why it has taken them so long…They need to draft a plan because a lot of our black people need some how to speak and look for work classes…Along with that they need to add in some career training…There target office should be black males…They need to get with Michael Baisden and travel across the 50 states and do something now!!!Obama has been in office for 2 years, we need to set the stage now so when he gets in in 2012 we will have a plan…He can not help us until we help ourselves…Get Travis Smiley and Cornel West in on it as well…I will expecting to see these guys get together in a meeting by October 1st so that this can begin…Please make sure all listed parties above get this e-mail….

  3. Bob Lee August 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    I with Ms. Debbie on this one. I don’t recall any time since turning 21, that any real/substantial ‘change’ in the disparages between America’s ‘ex slave’ population and its ‘citizen proper’. Those agencies before mentioned know this as well, but have not been competent enough to recognize the need to take the ‘initiative’ in creating avenues which could have countered the effects discrimination has had on the proverbial ‘haves and have not/s’. Good luck with that.

  4. Roosevelt Thompson August 14, 2011 at 2:23 am #

    I understand that most of the congressional black caucus is under
    investigation, maybe that’s why they are silent. they have stole some
    of the masters chickens of the yard. and he’s demanding to know who. they will be silent until somebody talks.

  5. Roosevelt Thompson August 14, 2011 at 2:54 am #

    Who can you turn to when nobody needs you.
    the urban league took money from wells Fargo bank,the leading bank for
    sub-prime loans for black home owners,the NAACP took money from country wide
    mortgage company,that has just settle litigation without admitting any wrong doing.
    the black community is sixty one billion dollars pooer,so much for black leadership.
    and to ad insult to injury there is no loud inquiries from the so call black real estate
    brokers and insurance companies. can you feel it?

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