Affirm the Vital Importance of Democracy in the United States – Cosponsor H.Res. 513

           The democratic principles set forth in the Constitution laid the groundwork for the global spread of democracy over the last two centuries.  These principles—and the system of government that we have built up around them—have served as a model
for countries around the world.   But citizens are increasingly indifferent to the fact that democracy is the lynchpin of the American way of life.

Read More

Bring American Latino History and Contributions to the Smithsonian: Cosponsor The National Museum of the American Latino Act

We invite you to co-sponsor H.R. 2420, the National Museum of the American Latino Act. Nearly 58 million Latinos, or 18.1 percent of the population, currently reside in the United States. By 2060, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates this population will
reach 119 million, or nearly 30 percent of the population. Latinos also account for 25 percent of the nation’s 54 million K-12 students in 2016, up from 16 percent in 2000. This young, vibrant, and growing community not only represents the future, but are
also the largest and fastest growing racial or ethnic group in our country. Yet, American Latinos continue facing systemic under-representation in nearly every facet of American life, including the arts and cultural institutions.

Read More

Support Minority, Women, and Low-Income Banks & Credit Unions

Black banks have long served low- and moderate-income neighborhoods by providing mortgages, opportunities to build credit, and welcoming places to deposit earnings,
but they are now in danger of disappearing.  The New Market Tax Credit (NMTC), a venture capital program intended to attract investment to these lower
income neighborhoods which need it the most, has instead put money in the pockets of a few wealthy developers.  Additionally, the Great Recession hit black banks hard. Creative Investment Research, a firm that monitors minority-owned financial institutions,
found that nearly a quarter have gone out of business, and predicts there will only be seven left in the entire country by 2028 if the status quo does not change.

Read More

Support Team USA and America’s Athletes!

Over the past several decades, the Olympic movement has strayed from its roots. The time is now to take a serious look at the USOPC and if it is fulfilling its mission as outlined by the Ted Stevens Amateur Sports Act. As several Congressional and private
investigations revealed, United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee officials were more concerned with protecting the Olympics brand and producing medals than athlete’s health and wellbeing. The time is right to take an Olympics wide accounting of the
underlying culture that lead to the multiple sexual abuse scandals plaguing the Olympics community.
A Congressionally mandated Commission will allow experts in sports governance, coaching, child welfare and abuse to address these issues in a timely manner, free from politics.

Read More