Eleanor's Blog

Jan 7, 2015 Blog

In their first vote of the 114th Congress, the majority used their first votes to eliminate the vote in the Committee of the Whole of the residents of your Nation’s Capital.  That vote on some, but certainly not all, matters had been approved by the federal courts.  We have used this vote in three Congresses, but not when Republicans controlled.

Dec 11, 2014 Blog

District of Columbia voters passed the most restrictive marijuana reform law in the country, allowing possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use only. Four states have passed marijuana legalization laws.

Dec 2, 2014 Blog

A new generation of young people of every race is demonstrating nonviolently to make sure that the larger meaning of the Michael Brown tragedy is not lost.

Jul 7, 2014 Blog

The following appeared in the Huffington Post on July 2, 2014:

Jun 4, 2014 Blog
Many questions remain about the release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.
May 29, 2014 Blog
Fifteen years ago, ESSENCE Magazine took me to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to sit with Maya Angelou in her lovely, spacious home for a fly-on-the-wall exchange between Maya and me about Black women “embracing their own power.”
Dec 28, 2013 Blog
Today, once again, Republicans will indulge their penchant for slowing economic growth, as 1.3 million Americans lose unemployment insurance benefits during this season of brotherly love, with 3.6 million more to follow next year.
Dec 19, 2013 Blog
I went to South Africa to share with South Africans their farewell to the father of their country, Madiba, who also touched millions of us throughout the world. I also went because, for me, Mandela was a freedom-defining leader.
Sep 19, 2013 Blog

Most Americans are unaware that if the federal government shuts down on September 30, the government of the nation’s capital, the District of Columbia, will also shut down. There is not a single member of the House or the Senate who desires that outcome.

Aug 2, 2013 Blog

Cutting Amtrak’s budget by 21 percent for operations and 34 percent for capital and debt service is one of the reasons the Republicans could not find Republican votes to pass their own fiscal year 2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill. Republicans created cuts that even Republicans could not stomach.