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January 23, 2023

CCBWG Statement on Governor Ron DeSantis's Decision to Ban AP African American Studies Classes

The Congressional Caucus of Black Women and Girls issued the following statement on Florida’s Department of Education’s decision to ban Advanced Placement African American studies classes:  “Gov. DeSantis’s decision to ban AP African American studies courses is another example of an attempt to erase Black history in our education system. “Standing on the ideas that advanced African American courses are not “historically accurate” and violates … Continue Reading


December 20, 2022

CCBWG Year In Review

The Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls (CCBWG) is pleased to share our 2022 Year in Review. Our Year in Review graphic highlights the caucus's key accomplishments during the second term of the 117th Congress. The caucus co-chairs, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, Rep. Robin Kelly, and Rep. Yvette Clark, would like to thank the CCBWG members and their staffers for their efforts in making 2022 a successful year. CCBWG looks forward to continuing to elevate and empower the voices of Black … Continue Reading


December 08, 2022

Caucus on Black Women and Girls Statement on Brittney Griner's Release

The co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls issued the following statement on the release of Brittney Griner:   “After months of  continued efforts, we are pleased to hear about the release of wrongfully detained Brittney Griner. We are relieved that Brittney Griner will finally return home and reunite with her family and those who love her. “Throughout Griner’s wrongful detainment, the Caucus on Black Women and Girls has advocated … Continue Reading


October 25, 2022

Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls Co-Chairs Issue Statement Regarding Russian court's Decision to Uphold Brittney Griner's Nine Year Sentence on Drug Charges

Today, Representatives Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Robin Kelly (IL-02), and Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) issued the following statement regarding a regional Russian court’s decision to uphold Brittney Griner’s August conviction on charges of drug possession and drug smuggling with criminal intent. “Our outrage in the face of today’s injustice is surpassed only by my heartbreak for Brittney Griner and the life that was stolen from her. Nine years in a vicious Russian … Continue Reading


September 12, 2022

Co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls Write Letter to White House Urging Action to Address Disparities in Federal Nutrition Programs

On Tuesday, September 6th, the Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Yvette D. Clarke (NY-9), and Robin Kelly (IL-2), wrote a letter to President Biden in advance of the Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, to adjust priorities on the nation's food policy agenda to ensure the agenda is inclusive of the underserved, specifically Black women.  The last Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, held in 1969, … Continue Reading


May 12, 2022

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May 11, 2022

Caucus on Black Women and Girls Statement on Brittney Griner’s Wrongful Detainment in Russia

The co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, Congresswomen Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Yvette Clarke (NY-09), and Robin Kelly (IL-02) issued the following statement regarding the Russian government’s detainment of WNBA player Brittney Griner: "For three months now, Brittney Griner has been wrongfully detained in Russia on alleged drug charges. "Griner is a star professional athlete. She is also a Black woman. As the co-chairs of the Congressional … Continue Reading


May 05, 2022

Caucus on Black Women and Girls Statement Following Leaked Supreme Court Opinion

Today, Representatives Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Robin Kelly (IL-02), and Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, issued the following statement on Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.’s draft majority opinion in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case that would overturn Roe v. Wade and deny millions of women the right to an abortion: “Fifty years ago, Roe v. Wade established that every woman holds the right to control … Continue Reading


April 07, 2022

Caucus on Black Women and Girls Introduces Resolution to Center Black Women in Policymaking

Today, the co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, Congresswomen Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Robin Kelly (IL-2), and Yvette Clarke (NY-9) introduced a resolution to consider legislative proposals found in the caucus’s March report, “An Economy for All: Building a ‘Black Women Best’ Legislative Agenda” to “repair the historical disparities that Black women endure and secure an economy that works for everyone.” On March 24, the Caucus on Black Women and Girls released … Continue Reading


March 28, 2022

CBWG Releases Black Women Best policy Framework for How to Center Black Women

Today, the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, under the leadership of co-founder Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) released “An Economy for All: Building a ‘Black Women Best’ Legislative Agenda” a 133-page comprehensive policy framework for how to center Black women at the root of policymaking to achieve a more equitable and just future for all. The Black Women Best report argues that Black women, are among the last to recover from economic downturns & last to benefit during times … Continue Reading


February 25, 2022

Caucus on Black Women and Girls Endorses Supreme Court Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson

Today we recognize a historic milestone for our country and democracy. For the first time in the Supreme Court’s 233-year history, a Black woman has been nominated to serve on the nation’s highest court. The Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls applauds and endorses President Biden’s nomination of Appellate Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as a United States Supreme Court Justice. We applaud this decision as one choice among a wide pool of strong candidates. We are confident that … Continue Reading


February 03, 2022

Rep. Kelly, Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls to Host Event Focusing on Missing Black Women and Girls

Congresswoman Robin Kelly and the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls will host “Not My Girls,” an interactive virtual forum focused on missing Black women and girls from Chicagoland this Saturday, February 5, 2022, at 10AM CST. “I look forward to hosting the Not My Girls forum next month, because it is critical that we discuss the many missing Black women and girls in our community and across the country,” said Congresswoman Kelly. “For too long, the cases of missing Black women … Continue Reading


December 23, 2021

2021 Year in Review from the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls

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October 20, 2021

Caucus on Black Women and Girls Co-Chairs Urge President to Appoint Black Woman to Head NIH

Washington, DC (October 22, 2021) - Today, the co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to nominate a Black woman to succeed Dr. Francis S. Collins as Director of the National Institute of Health (NIH). The NIH Director plays a substantial role in shaping the agency's research, planning, and activities across twenty-seven institutes and centers to combat major health threats like covid-19 and other infectious diseases, … Continue Reading


December 13, 2017

Speaker Remarks at Leading From The Black

Ifeoma Ike, Co-Founder of the #SheWoke Committee Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, Editor-in-Chief of Black Women in the US 2017 Barbara Arnwine, President of the Transformative Justice Coalition Janaye Ingram, Women’s March Board Member Kimberle Crenshaw, Executive Director of the African American Policy Forum Tanya Clay House, CEO of Clayhouse Consulting, … Continue Reading


May 04, 2017

Congresswoman Kelly Slams AHCA: “It Will Cost Families More While They Get Less”

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Robin Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, released this statement following the House vote to strip 24 million Americans of their health insurance: “I’m extremely disappointed that my colleagues worked so hard to strip 24 million Americans - including 1.15 million Illinoisans - of the everyday peace of mind that comes from having health insurance. This bill is an unmitigated disaster and I’m proud to have stood with patients, … Continue Reading


May 04, 2017

Rep. Watson Coleman Condemns the House Passage of TrumpCare

WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) issued the following statement on the House passage of TrumpCare: “The premature victory lap at White House is the latest illustration that this President and his backslappers in Congress care more about politics than the wellbeing of the constituents they swore to protect. While at the White House, House Republicans and the President celebrated the House vote for TrumpCare - an effective slap in the face to millions of men, … Continue Reading


March 22, 2016

Reps. Watson Coleman, Kelly, Clarke, Announce Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Washington, D.C. (March 22, 2016) ? Today, Congresswomen Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Robin Kelly (IL-02) and Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09), announced the creation of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, the first caucus devoted to public policy that eliminates the significant barriers and disparities experienced by Black women. Despite more than 430 registered congressional caucuses and Member organizations, no group on Capitol Hill has sought to make Black … Continue Reading

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