Congressman Kim Releases "Lift Every Voice', Report on Issues Facing the Black Community
Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) released "Lift Every Voice', a report highlighting issues facing the Black community across New Jersey. The report is informed by a series of listening sessions held by the Congressman that have included a telephone town hall with Congressman Hakeem Jeffries on issues facing the Black community, a virtual roundtable discussion on education issues facing the Black community, a roundtable discussion about mental health access in the Black community, a conversation about policing reforms with local mayors and law enforcement officials, a roundtable with Black small business owners, and a virtual forum on discrimination and bias.
"It's not enough for me to speak to issues within the Black community. I feel it is part of my job as a member of Congress to lift up the voices of those who deserve to be heard," said Congressman Kim. "In the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the incredible impact we've seen the coronavirus have on the Black community, I wanted to use my office to make sure our Black neighbors' concerns and ideas were being heard. This report, "Lift Every Voice", aims to tie together the many conversations I've had with members of our community over the past months. I hope every resident of Burlington and Ocean County takes the time to read it and gain a better understanding of the issues Black New Jerseyans face every day."
During the 116th Congress, Congressman Kim co-sponsored and voted to pass the Justice in Policing Act, bill that would make critical reforms to America's law enforcement system. He has also held hearings on the House Small Business Committee about improving help for minority small business owners, and co-sponsored legislation to make Juneteenth a national holiday, establish a Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys, and fully restore and enhance the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Congressman Kim is a member of the bipartisan House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis, where he serves as one of twelve members of the House tasked with conducting oversight over programs aimed at ending the Coronavirus pandemic and helping address the economic impact it's having on the American people. Congressman Kim is also a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Small Business.