CBC Introduces Its Jobs Plan to The People, Not Congress

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By J. Smith

The Congressional Black Caucus has experienced more than a few setbacks while pushing their (and our) agenda in the current Congress. Between the organization’s 43 members, 40 different jobs bills have been introduced to address the nation’s unemployment rate (that is particularly high for blacks; 16.2 percent compared to 9.1 overall), but their efforts have been unsuccessful. They’ve met with the president twice, and still nothing. So the collective of black civil servants is taking their message to the streets, circumventing a seemingly uninterested legislature in favor of grassroots initiatives. 

According to The Root, the organization is planning the CBC’s For The People Jobs Initiative, scheduled to kick off in Chicago this summer. The traveling conference will host job fairs in economically distressed cities like Detroit, Cleveland and Los Angeles. Additionally, each two-day stop will also include a town hall meeting for job seekers to voice concerns and give valuable insight on their challenges with gaining employment.

“The CBC plans to continue introducing legislation based on this community response,” The Root reports. “At the tour’s end, the organization will commission a newly created CBC jobs advisory coucil on top black economic and business experts, to draft a report tying together each component of the initiative. The report will detail the outcomes of each event and proposed a long-term solution for job creation and economic growth.”

The Root sits down for a one-on-one with Representative Emanuel Cleaver, Democrat from Missouri and chair of the CBC, to discuss the new jobs initiative and how he plans to grab bipartisan attention.


Frustration with a slow or uninterested legislature is commonplace in government, but taking action independently to help their consitutiecies is the proactive way of bringing forth change. Kudos, CBC.

Read More at The Root


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