Racial Justice

We must address the systemic inequality and racism in our country.

As a senior member of the House Financial Services committee, the Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, and now the Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Carolyn has focused on expanding access to financial services, sponsoring and co-sponsoring civil rights legislation, increasing diversity in high-paying economic sectors, and ending abuses of power by state governments and private industry.

  • Co-sponsored and helped pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act
     

  • During a hearing of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, submitted reports showing that Black Lives Matter protests did not increase cases of COVID-19
     

  • As a member of the New York City Council, Carolyn supported unpopular reforms to the the Civilian Complaint Review Board, which brought more accountability to the police
     

  • Negotiated for dedicated funding to assist women- and minority-owned businesses in COVID-19 emergency relief programs
     

  • As Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Carolyn chaired hearings on voter suppression and discriminatory voting practices, discrimination in housing, as well as facial recognition technology, which has an inherent bias that led to 28 members of Congress being mis-identified as having been arrested for a crime, including civil rights legend John Lewis
     

  • Denouncing white supremacy and white nationalist domestic terrorism’s role in gun violence and mass shootings, as well as in law enforcement agencies
     

  • Carolyn led her Congressional colleagues in the fight to keep Donald Trump from adding the discriminatory citizenship question to the 2020 census - and won, alongside activists, attorneys general, and major advocacy groups.
     

  • Working to expand access to banking services. Bringing Amalgamated Bank to Queensbridge and Ravenswood Houses, formerly served only by check cashing services; holding Joint Economic Committee hearings on underbanked communities, and introducing the Overdraft Protection Act, to protect consumers from predatory and abusive overdraft practices
     

  • Co-sponsor, House Resolution To Condemn Police Brutality. Introduced by Rep. Ayanna Pressley.
     

  • Co-sponsor, H.R.45: Emmet Till Anti-Lynching Act. Establishes a criminal civil rights violation for perpetrating the practice of lynching that has severely affected African-American communities. 
     

  • Co-sponsor, H.R.40: Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act. Creates a Commission to study and propose solutions for the harms suffered by our Black communities to this day.
     

  • H.R.1076 - Fair Chance Act: Introduced and sponsored by Rep. Elijah Cummings, who preceded Carolyn as Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, this legislation passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 and bans federal agencies and contractors from asking about an applicant’s criminal history until after a conditional offer has been made - giving formerly incarcerated individuals a better chance at good, federal jobs. Carolyn carried the legislation after Chairman Cummings’ passing.

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