Concerned Communities for America
Protect Equal Access to quality education in Arizona

The governor’s proposal would rob students – especially minority students, the majority of whom live in under-performing public school districts – of the opportunity to receive the best education available.

Today, Concerned Communities for America (CCA) Executive Director DaQuawn Bruce issued the following statement urging Arizona state lawmakers to protect the state’s universal school voucher program after Governor Katie Hobbs proposed scrapping the program in her first budget.

Arizona lawmakers should reject the governor’s proposal to gut the state’s innovative and effective universal school choice program, which gives all Arizona children equal access to quality education. The governor’s proposal would rob students – especially minority students, the majority of whom live in under-performing public school districts – of the opportunity to receive the best education available.

The only ones who would benefit from scaling back school choice in Arizona are the teachers’ unions, who are among the governor’s most ardent supporters and biggest benefactors. Students, who are still recovering from the effects of COVID shutdowns that disproportionately hurt students in traditional public schools, would be the losers.

Arizona voters already made clear that they support the state’s universal voucher program. Last year, an effort by the teachers’ unions to subject the program to a voter referendum failed to even get on the ballot because the petition did not receive enough signatures. Lawmakers who represent the people of Arizona should keep this in mind, and reject the governor’s short-sighted proposal to eliminate this popular and effective policy.

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Press release, 1/18/23
What Black Americans Need Is to Build Wealth. All the Democrats Offer Are Handouts | Opinion

Black voters are getting tired of politics as usual. We need real solutions to pressing problems like income inequality and violent crime, not meaningless posturing and policies designed solely to assuage white guilt.

In the 2018 midterm elections, Republicans received just 8 percent of the Black vote, consistent with historical patterns and identical to President Trump's share of the Black vote in both 2016 and 2020. In 2022, however, 14 percent of Black voters cast their ballots for Republican candidates—a 75 percent shift in just two years.

It's likely that Donald Trump's absence from the ballot drove some of this shift. But it's also true that Democrats received a smaller share of the Black vote in 2022 than they have in decades.

That's not even the full story. In addition to the significant number of Black voters who switched their votes from Democrat to Republican candidates, overall Black turnout in 2022 was at its lowest level since 2006, indicating that large numbers of Black voters sat the last election out because they couldn't bring themselves to vote for either party.

The solution to economic inequality, for instance, cannot possibly be more government handouts. We know this because that approach has been tried over and over, at the state, local, and federal levels, and we haven't made any real progress toward solving the problem.

What we really need are policies that help us to build intergenerational wealth. That wealth doesn't come from barely keeping your head above water; it comes from seizing opportunities to thrive.

Successful entrepreneurs hand down productive assets to their children and teach them valuable life skills that enable them to succeed on their own. Instead of stimulus checks, food stamps, or more public housing, we need policies that make it easier for Black and brown Americans to start and grow businesses and become homeowners.

One thing that makes it difficult to start a successful small business in many Black communities is the pervasiveness of crime—both violent crime and property crime. Unfortunately, most Democrat politicians today are fixated on policies that make life easier for criminals, such as eliminating pre-trial detention and reducing sentences for serious crimes.

No wonder Black voters, who live in the communities that suffer the worst consequences from soft-on-crime policies, are questioning their loyalty to the Democratic Party.

The same goes for education. Safe, high-quality schools are essential for any community to thrive, but far too many Black students are trapped in failing neighborhood schools without access to adequate instructional materials. The situation continues to deteriorate as talented teachers flee those schools to escape crime and a lack of institutional support.

Unfortunately, instead of championing solutions to these problems, most Democrat politicians reflexively side with their allies and donors in the teachers' unions, allowing Black students to fall further and further behind.

The Democrats are aware of the problem, but they aren't willing to listen to the actual concerns of Black Americans. Instead, they're pouring their energy into political theatrics, like trying to make South Carolina the first primary state. Black voters in South Carolina already play a meaningful role in the Democratic nominating process, and moving them up a few slots does nothing to create intergenerational wealth or make Black communities safe places to run a business or raise a family.

The rise of Independent and independent-minded politicians like Kyrsten Sinema and Tulsi Gabbard only intensifies the danger for Democrats. If they don't start listening to what Black voters actually want and need from our government, they're going to find that the Black voters they depend on to win elections are no longer there for them.

DaQuawn Bruce is the executive director of Concerned Communities for America, a 501(c)(3) advocacy group that promotes economic empowerment, public safety, free and fair elections, and quality education for the Black community.

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by DaQuawn Bruce. Newsweek, 1/18/23
Project H.O.O.D. founder Pastor Corey Brooks talks 'Soft on Crime' Prosecutors - Take 1

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Sinema’s Newfound Independence Is a Win for Black and Brown Voters

Both major political parties have a vested interest in convincing us that rigid partisanship is the only game in town. Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema seems intent on shattering that illusion.

That would represent an enormous win for black and brown voters, who have been taken for granted and largely neglected by the two-party system since the days of Reconstruction. Anything that expands our range of choices at the ballot box enhances our ability to vote for candidates who care about more than merely winning our votes.

Sinema, who has established herself as a political maverick eager to work with members of both parties to advance her legislative priorities, recently announced that she will be leaving the Democratic Party – though like other nominal independents in the Senate, she will still caucus with the Democrats for the purpose of determining partisan control of the chamber.

In interviews explaining her decision, Sinema has noted that she “never really fit into a box of any political party” in the first place, pointing out that millions of Americans share those sentiments.

Indeed, self-described “independent” voters are consistently the largest voting bloc in American politics, outnumbering both Republican and Democratic partisans, typically by a hefty margin. When they get to the ballot box, however, these voters find themselves forced to choose between candidates from the two major parties or else “throw their vote away” on a third-party candidate who stands no chance of actually winning the election.

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by DaQuawn Bruce. Fox News, 12/16/22
What Black communities need are local solutions not big government. That's the only way real change happens.

Politicians have spent far too long talking at people of color. It’s long past time for them to try talking with us. We need real solutions, not more empty platitudes and false promises.

For five decades and counting, big-government intervention has failed to create a level economic playing field for Black communities to reach their full potential. Untold billions of dollars have flowed from taxpayers, through the hands of well-heeled lawyers and lobbyists, and into mismanaged one-size-fits-all programs that fail to address the actual needs of the people they’re supposed to help.

According to Pew research, about 61% of Americans believe that economic inequality is too great. Interestingly, though, only 41% think that addressing inequality should be a top priority for the federal government.

What explains the disconnect? If you talk with people of color, especially those living in disadvantaged neighborhoods, you’re likely to find that a lot of them are simply disenchanted with the federal government’s track record of failure and ineptitude. It’s not because of racism, or even because of politics. It’s just that the federal government isn’t properly equipped to provide the sort of help we need. They may have plenty of money to splash around, but federal lawmakers and bureaucrats simply don’t have the specific knowledge of local needs and concerns that would allow them to implement effective solutions.

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by DaQuawn Bruce. Fox News, 12/2/22
Stacey Abrams’ swan song is off-key

Stacey Abrams’ political career has been sidetracked, again, but I doubt that will stop her from making unsubstantiated, if not contrived, claims about people of color in our election process.

Ms. Abrams led the nationwide mob, including Major League Baseball, which attacked Georgia’s 2021 election reform law as an effort by “racists” to suppress the vote among people of color like her and me. That stunt cost the majority-Black community of Atlanta around $100 million in lost revenue.

President Biden took Ms. Abrams’ lead and on May 26, 2021, called the new Georgia voting laws “Jim Crow in the 21st Century” and “Jim Crow 2.0.” All these histrionics were based on the fact that the law required voters to present some form of identification before voting and prohibited outside groups from using refreshments as a form of electioneering. Supposedly, these were schemes by the evil Republicans to suppress minority turnout.

The 2022 midterm elections in Georgia disprove Ms. Abrams’ hysterical claims. Voting in Georgia was at an all-time high, especially among people of color. Did that make Ms. Abrams rethink her earlier charges of racism regarding the new Georgia voting law? No; she just changed a few notes in her “woe is me” tune and added a new verse...

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by DaQuawn Bruce. Washington Times, 11/15/22
Stacey Abrams Is Wrong For Georgia and America!

Stacey Abrams is running for Governor of Georgia again this year, a role she has repeatedly said she actually won in 2018. But I don’t want to talk about Ms. Abrams being an “election denier,” which she clearly is. I want to talk about something near and dear to Ms. Abrams: “barriers to access.”

Abrams led the nationwide mob, including Major League Baseball, which attacked Georgia’s 2021 election reform law as an effort by “racists” to suppress the vote among people of color like her and me. That stunt cost the majority-Black community of Atlanta around $100 million in lost revenue. Local Black business owners, who had been excitedly preparing for a huge influx of customers, were devastated – as were their employees, who had been eagerly anticipating inflated tips and overtime pay.

President Biden took Ms. Abrams’ lead and on May 26, 2021 called the new Georgia voting laws “Jim Crow in the 21st Century” and “Jim Crow 2.0.” All these histrionics were based on the fact that the law required voters to present some form of identification before voting and prohibited outside groups from using refreshments as a form of electioneering. Supposedly, these were evil Republican schemes to depress minority turnout...

The 2022 midterm elections in Georgia disprove Ms. Abrams’ hysterical claims. Voting in Georgia was at an all-time high, especially among people of color. Did that make Ms. Abrams rethink her earlier charges of racism regarding the new Georgia voting law? No; she just changed a few notes in her “woe is me” tune and added a new verse...

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by Ken Blackwell. Townhall.com, 11/5/22
The ‘SAFE-T Act’ Is the Epitome of Political Hypocrisy

Politicians love to come up with clever acronyms that make bad legislation sound like something voters actually want. That’s exactly what they did with the so-called “SAFE-T Act” in Illinois.

Based on the title, you might expect that this law would have something to do with keeping people safe, right? Think again. What the SAFE-T Act really does is eliminate cash bail for people who commit heinous felonies such as second-degree murder, arson, drug-induced homicide, robbery, kidnapping, aggravated battery, burglary, intimidation, aggravated driving under the influence, fleeing and eluding, drug offenses, and threatening a public official.

And just in case you were wondering – no, that doesn’t mean that people who commit those crimes will be sitting in jail until their trial. Just the opposite, in fact. Under the SAFE-T Act, starting on January 1, 2023, accused murderers, arsonists, kidnappers, and other violent criminals will not be in jail at all before their trial. They will be free to roam the streets as before, despite the fact that they are potentially dangerous and undoubtedly desperate.

The only exception is if a prosecutor can prove to a judge with “clear and convincing evidence” that the defendant is either a flight risk or presents a “specific” threat to the community. The charges against them, in other words, are not enough to keep them jailed – the prosecutor must find substantial additional evidence that they are likely to commit another crime...

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by DaQuawn Bruce. Real Clear Politics, 10/26/22
Black America is suffering disproportionately from inflation. And Democrats are to blame.

A recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York confirms what far too many of us already know. Bidenomics is breaking the economic back of Black America.

The June report found that Black and Hispanic Americans are seeing higher rates of inflation than the national average. Adjusted for spending levels, the inflation rate for Black Americans was 0.2 percentage point higher than the national average. For Hispanic Americans, it was roughly 0.6 percentage point higher than the national average.

The reasons why inflation hits Black and brown people harder than others is simple. We have less money on average than other groups, and we spend more of the money we do have on things that are affected the most by inflation. Take transportation, for example. Gas prices and the cost of used cars have soared since President Joe Biden’s economic nightmare began, and the report found that Black Americans spend more of their income on transportation than white Americans do.

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by DaQuawn Bruce. USA Today, 7/19/22
Woke Corporations are Supporting Groups that Promote Cop-Killing | Opinion

New York's finest are leaving the force in record numbers, and it's not hard to understand why. They make enormous sacrifices and put their lives on the line every day for this city, and in return they get hung out to dry by self-interested politicians and denigrated by corporate executives seeking to prove how 'woke' they are.

I know all about the sacrifices police officers make for their community. My husband, Jason Rivera, was killed in the line of duty earlier this year, along with his partner, Wilbert Mora. Jason was a rookie cop. We had been married for a little over three months when I got the call that every police officer's family dreads.

The loved ones of police officers are acutely aware of the risk of loss. We accept that our husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters are answering a higher calling, and because they are willing to risk injury and death to help make their communities better places to live, we find a way to accept that risk, too.

But I can never just accept what happened to Jason, because it never should have happened.

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By Dominique Luzuriaga Rivera. Newsweek 6/16/22
Liberal ‘diversity,’ not so ‘diverse’ after all

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character” MLK Jr. so wisely proclaimed in 1963. I can only imagine how horrified he would be if he knew how those pushing the radical liberal agenda purposely misinterpreted his message.

In the Biden administration making certain hiring quotas based on physical appearance has become more important than hiring who has the correct qualifications. Radical liberals have successfully duped our culture into believing it is unfashionable to hire too many white, straight, males anymore. (Even if a candidate matching that physical description happens to be the most qualified for a position.)

Allow me to be clear, I am not saying that only white, straight, males are the only competent hires. What I am saying is that it has always been and still is wrong to hire someone based on their race, sexual orientation or sex. The most competent people are being rejected because of their outer appearance thanks to the radical liberals’ definition of diversity. It is 2022, why is anyone selecting employees based on physical traits rather than certificates, degrees and work experience? Is anyone concerned about how our taxpayer money is being spent? The person who is the best steward of the tax dollars will always have my vote no matter race, sexual orientation or sex.

Unfortunately, just like the term “woke”, “diversity” has been hijacked by the left to mean the opposite of what its true definition is. Instead of collectively learning from our past and striving to not repeat the same mistakes, the radical woke agenda has retroactively made different physical traits desirable. (How “woke” of them.) Clearly, their plan has backfired, because putting an unqualified person in any job will breed contempt, a hostile work environment and ultimately result in failure.

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By Bruce LeVell. WashingtonTimes 6/6/22
Republicans Offer Black Americans a Brighter, Prosperous Future. Joe Biden is Proof | Opinion

The Consumer Price Index rose by nearly 8 percent last month, the fastest rise in annual inflation in four decades. Prices are up across the board, with prices of fuel and food spiking particularly high, supply chains are falling apart, and store shelves are emptying. To say that America's current economic prospects are bleak is an understatement. But this current state of economic hardship is hitting people of color even harder.

Inflation is an invisible tax on poor people, and the percentage of Black Americans in poverty is practically double their percentage of the total population. According to the U.S. Census, in 2019 Black Americans represented 23.8 percent of the population living in poverty, while accounting for only 13.2 percent of the population overall.

And because inflation hurts the poor most of all, it is disproportionately hurting Black and Latino families, as a report by Bank of America released in November of last year found: Black, Hispanic, and Latino households spent 7.1 percent of their post-tax income on energy—compared to 5.4 percent spent by other demographics, and they spent 12.5 percent of their income on food compared to 11.1 percent for everyone else.

Since the Democratic Party assumed control of the White House in January 2021, inflation has skyrocketed far beyond where it was when Bank of America's report was released. As of this week, the national gas price average stands well above $4.00, according to the AAA, and last month Americans suffered the largest rise in food prices since 1981.

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by DaQuawn Bruce. Newsweek 3/3/22
Protect Equal Access to quality education in Arizona
The governor’s proposal would rob students – especially minority students, the majority of whom live in under-performing public school districts....
Press release, 1/18/23
What Black Americans Need Is to Build Wealth. All the Democrats Offer Are Handouts | Opinion
‘Both major political parties have a vested interest in convincing us that rigid partisanship is the only game in town...
by DaQuawn Bruce. Newsweek, 1/18/23
Project H.O.O.D. founder Pastor Corey Brooks talks 'Soft on Crime' Prosecutors - Take 1
As seen on Fox News
Project H.O.O.D. founder Pastor Corey Brooks talks 'Soft on Crime' Prosecutors - Take 2
As seen on Fox & Friends
Sinema’s Newfound Independence Is a Win for Black and Brown Voters
‘Both major political parties have a vested interest in convincing us that rigid partisanship is the only game in town...
by DaQuawn Bruce. Fox News, 12/16/22
What Black communities need are local solutions not big government. That's the only way real change happens.
‘Contract with Black America’ will provide grassroots solutions to economic inequality...
by DaQuawn Bruce. Fox News, 12/2/22
Stacey Abrams’ swan song is off-key
Stacey Abrams’ political career has been sidetracked, again...
by DaQuawn Bruce. Washington Times, 11/15/22
Stacey Abrams Is Wrong For Georgia and America!
Stacey Abrams is running for Governor of Georgia again this year...
by Ken Blackwell. Townhall.com, 11/5/22
The ‘SAFE-T Act’ Is the Epitome of Political Hypocrisy
A recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New...
by DaQuawn Bruce. Real Clear Politics, 10/26/22
Black America is suffering disproportionately from inflation. And Democrats are to blame.
A recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New...
by DaQuawn Bruce. USA Today, 7/19/22
Woke Corporations are Supporting Groups that Promote Cop-Killing | Opinion
New York's finest are leaving the force in record numbers...
By Dominique Luzuriaga Rivera. Newsweek 6/16/22
Liberal ‘diversity,’ not so ‘diverse’ after all
What is diversity? The short answer is, that it’s the inclusivity of all in society...
By Bruce LeVell. WashingtonTimes 6/6/22
Republicans Offer Black Americans a Brighter, Prosperous Future. Joe Biden is Proof | Opinion
The Consumer Price Index rose by nearly 8 percent last month, the fastest rise in annual inflation ...
by DaQuawn Bruce. Newsweek 3/3/22

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