A number of villagers have been talking about the relevance and potency of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) in 2009 and beyond. I think that everyone recognizes that they have not been relevant for many years. Whether it was because of the Republican dominance of congress and the White House or simply a dearth of energy and ideas ... it seems unlikely that much would be different over the past generation if the CBC never existed.
For those that don't know, the original purpose of the CBC was '...to promote the public welfare through legislation designed to meet the needs of millions of neglected citizens'.
The CBC agenda in 2008 focused on:
- Empower and Mobilize America's Youth
- Build an International Internet Communications Portal
- CBC Outreach Program
- Impact the Alternative Energy Discussion
CBC Members elected to leadership posts include:
- Representative Barbara Lee (CA) - Chair
- Representative Emanuel Cleaver (MO) – First Vice Chair
- Representative Donna Christensen (VI) – Second Vice Chair
- Representative G. K. Butterfield (NC) – Secretary
- Representative Yvette Clarke (NY) – Whip
I suppose what villagers want to know at this point ... what is that bold agenda for 2009-2010? Will the CBC avoid getting into a battle with Obama? Do you have any thoughts on the CBC agenda?