Cohen: Really, I’m Black

No he didn’t outright say that. It’s just that our Congressman from the 9th district always wants the black constituency here to know that their interests are his and at the top of his list, too. Could that have anything to do with his fear of a black Democrat running against him and probably winning? Is it all political? You can judge.

Anyhow, his weekly email starts off by lauding the late Lois DeBerry. Next he mentions his attendance at the anniversary event for the March on Washington:

“On Wednesday, I attended a ceremony held in the Capitol to commemorate the 50thanniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. At the ceremony, Representative John Lewis, who helped plan the March with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bayard RuBe sure to watch it here.

Another commemoration of the 50thanniversary will be held in Washington on August 24th. It will be open to the public, and if you are planning to be in Washington for the event, please let my office know—there may be additional events you will want attend and I want to make sure you are aware of them. Just call my Washington, DC office at 202.225.3265 or send an email to

Then Cohen recounts that he and other Democrats listened as President Obama met with them and gave them their talking points on jobs. “…we’ve made some progress, including creating 7.2 million new jobs in the last 40 months, there is still more work to do. I look forward to continuing our efforts to grow the economy and our work to ensure that all Americans who work hard can make a fair wage.” Probably this was to prepare them for Friday’s dismal jobs number.

Next, Cohen says he introduced three bills this week. First, the “Fresh Start Act will help non-violent federal offenders who have already served their sentence and are now law-abiding, productive members of society get their convictions expunged from their records.” Second, the “Supermarket Tax Credit for Underserved Areas” aims to help out people in “food deserts” in low income urban and rural communities. It “would provide tax incentives for the establishment of supermarkets in empowerment zones and formerly designated renewal communities and provide a tax credit for purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables from local community gardens and farmer’s markets.” Third, “the Jobs for Urban Sustainability and Training (JUST) in America Act, is designed to create jobs and provide training for Americans struggling to find work by eliminating tax breaks to major oil companies and putting the funds towards public works and job training programs for unemployed workers.”

Of course, he didn’t let a week go by without a grant. He highlights that “LeMoyne-Owen College was awarded $1.7 million to help minority students succeed in advanced fields like engineering as well as science and technology.”

Cohen wasn’t done. “At the request of Congressman John Conyers, I spent several hours last night managing opposition to the REINS Act, which would put at risk the wellbeing of millions of Americans, on the House Floor. The legislation would severely restrict the ability of federal agencies to effectively implement our Falaws, and would give the Tea Party even more power to obstruct the President and prevent him from getting things done.” Also, he “sat down with Michael Shure on Current TV’s The War Room on Thursday to discuss how Republican obstruction is preventing Congress from doing its job, as well as several other topics.”

Good to know he didn’t forget bashing Republicans and Tea Party members.

When you hear that 41% of black youths can’t find a job; that Detroit (run by Democrats) has become a wasteland; that people in the black community are still suffering from the fallout of five years of Obama and Democrat control; it’s hard not to be sad at the kind of leadership Steve Cohen and Democrats are providing because facts show a different story.

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