“The $6 Billion Boycott”

In Uncategorized on December 11, 2009 at 10:28 am

Call it the $6 billion boycott,” according to the AP press release regarding the Congressional Black Caucus walkout. “By boycotting a key House committee vote last week and threatening to abandon support for banking regulations, members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) got $4 billion added to a Wall Street regulation bill and $2 billion to a proposed House jobs bill in spending they sought for African-American communities.”

The CBC’s walkout demonstrated a few things, but most importantly, they were able to swing the pendulum of power. For Boyce Watkins, PhD “African Americans are learning a lot about politics in light of the election of President Barack Obama. After being marginalized from the process for 400 years, some of us are just now beginning to truly understand how American politics works.” Furthermore, many of the African American leaders are now demanding that President Obama “do more for minority communities hit the hardest by the recession.” For many of these communities, silence is deafening and political activity is just as silent, and the lawmakers, at least for a time, gave the silent a platform.


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