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Wednesday, February 6, 2019 through Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 through Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Butterfield Says House Democrats Ready to Pass VRA Fixes, but GOP Opposes

By CASH MICHAELS

It is a top priority of the Democratic majority in the U.S. House, and indeed, it could be introduced for a vote as soon as next week, and ratified without a problem.

Renewal of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA), a measure the prior Republican-led U.S. House refused to even take up, let alone pass.

U.S. Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-NC-1) says renewal of the VRA is, indeed, a top agenda item of the newly strengthened Congressional Black Caucus and House Democrats.

“It’s going to happen,” Butterfield said during a recent interview. “ Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) are leading an effort right now to introduce and pass [VRA legislation] very, very soon, which will correct the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court Shelby County case decision, and create a new formula for Section Four of the VRA, and that will happen very soon.” More ↠

Adams Joins Waters On House Financial Services Committee

By CASH MICHAELS

Alma Adams
Adams
North Carolina Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC-12) is now a member of the Congressional U.S. House Committee on Financial Services, chaired by fiery California Rep. Maxine Waters, for the 116th Congress.

“I came to Congress to raise the wage, push for equal opportunity and to ensure that North Carolina’s families have the resources they need to thrive. That is why I made it my mission to serve on key committees” said Rep. Adams in a statement last week after the assignment was announced. “I worked hard to be appointed to the exclusive Committee on Financial Services; a major achievement for our District. We are home to 71 financial institutions that employ over 70,000 people. Financial Services will lead the push for affordable housing, an issue that plagues our region. On committee I will fight for our priorities and ensure that we remain the banking capitol of the South.”

The two-term North Carolina Democrat joins controversial New York City Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a new member. Rep. Adams is also a member of the committee’s Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion. More ↠

Bennett College Raised $8.2 Million in its Nationwide #StandWithBennett Call
The money will help bolster appeal to remain accredited by SACSCOC
Bennett College President Dr. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins Ringing Bell
Bennett College President Dr. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins Ringing Bell

By LAURIE D. WILLIS

GREENSBORO, NC – Bennett College President Dr. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins announced on Monday that the College has raised $8.2 million in its #StandWithBennett Campaign.

“So, we’ve come to the moment that you’ve been waiting for,” Dawkins said inside a packed Annie Merner Pfeiffer Chapel. “As of today, and let me just say we’re still counting. We are still counting money. But as of today, Bennett College has raised $8.2 million.”

Dawkins’ announcement was met with jubilation, as Bennett students, alumnae and others began jumping up and down in their pews. Many cried, others hugged and some looked shocked. More ↠

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