Caucus News

Informational Briefing and Rally: Commemorating the 50-Year Anniversary of the March on Washington

August 13, 2013

On August 28, 1963, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream Speech” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.  Organized by a coalition of civil rights activist, labor, and religious organizations, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was attended by about 250,000 supporters.  In addition to a means to demonstrate support for civil rights legislation proposed by then President John F.

CLBC members seek Florida convention boycott, federal civil rights review in response to jury’s verdict in trial on Trayvon Martin shooting death

July 16, 2013
SACRAMENTO – July 16, 2013 – The California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) today strongly urged demonstrators protesting the not guilty verdicts handed down by a Sanford, Florida jury in the Trayvon Martin shooting death trial to express themselves in a peaceful, nonviolent manner that respects the rights, freedoms and quality of life of California’s residents, business owners and neighborhoods.
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CLBC’s African American Leaders for Tomorrow program for California high school students to emphasize college readiness and leadership skills

June 28, 2013

SACRAMENTO – June 28, 2013 – The nine-member California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) is seeking promising California African American high school students for their annual CLBC African American Leaders for Tomorrow (AALT) program on Wednesday, July 24 to Saturday, July 27, 2013 at California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson, California.

CLBC selects 25 high school, college students statewide for highly competitive ‘CLBC California Scholars’ program

June 28, 2013

‘Scholars’ receive a $2,500 financial assistance scholarship and a HP laptop computer.

SACRAMENTO – June 27, 2013 – The nine-member California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) today named its CLBC California Scholars, Class of 2013, a 25-member group of deserving high school and college students striving to achieve their post-secondary educational goals.

CLBC blasts U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down Section 4 protections of nation’s landmark Voting Rights Act

June 25, 2013

SACRAMENTO – June 25, 2013 – The nine-member California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) today harshly criticized the United States Supreme Court for its decision to strike down Section 4 of the historic Voting Rights Act on 1965.

CLBC Chair and Assembly member Holly J. Mitchell said, “Today, the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have declared with their ruling on Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act that state practices that could serve to deny minority citizens their lawful right to vote do not need to be scrutinized in advance of their implementation.

CLBC pushes ‘Agenda 2020’ to boost education, business and job opportunities for state’s African American residents

May 6, 2013

California Legislative Black Caucus launches new website to tout its policy agenda and progress initiatives.

SACRAMENTO – The nine-member California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) today announced it has launched CLBC Agenda 2020, an ambitious multi-year effort built around two primary policy initiatives: education and black enterprise.

Holly Mitchell to Chair Legislative Black Caucus

November 30, 2012

Assemblymember Holly Mitchell (D-Culver City), in only her second term in public office, has been elected Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) by Caucus members for the 2013-2014 session. The Caucus, which addresses policy and budgetary issues affecting black Californians, consists of the nine African American members of the state’s Legislature, including two Senators and seven members of the Assembly. Mitchell served as Caucus secretary in her first two-year term.


November 7, 2012

Sacramento, CA – African American election night victories in races for the California State Assembly resulted in a net gain of one and increased the California Legislative Black Caucus to nine members.

The Caucus has never had more than nine members since its founding in 1967, and is particularly proud of the election of representatives in districts where African Americans are not in the majority.