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D.C. Residents Outraged That More Than a Dozen Black, Latinx Girls Missing

D.C. Residents Outraged That More Than a Dozen Black, Latinx Girls MissingD.C. Residents Outraged That More Than a Dozen Black, Latinx Girls Missing

A s of Thursday, over a dozen District teenagers, ranging in age from 14 to 18—all Black or Hispanic—are missing.

NBC 4 News DC released an interactive map which shares information on the teens including their photos, their ages and the dates and locations where they were last seen. The outlet says the map will be updated daily.

On Wednesday night, a town hall-style meeting was held in predominantly-Black Southeast D.C., which was hosted by Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White , according to Fox 5 DC.

Hundreds of people packed into the Excel Academy Public Charter School, and many others had to wait outside, where tensions and fear ran high about the recent spate of disappearances.

The difficult thing is some of these kids do go missing multiple times ,” said Acting Police Chief Peter Newsham . “ When they go missing, guess what? You have a child out there and there are people in our community that will prey on those children .”

Some members of the community reportedly shouted down officials, saying they were not doing enough. They called for more mental health services for youth as well as the lack of “Amber Alerts” for these missing cases.

Fox reports that the number of missing in Washington is not actually going up statistically, but because of a new program using social media instituted by Commander of DC Police Youth and Family division Chanel Dickerson , each missing case is being posted on social media. Dickerson took over the unit in late 2016.

“One child missing is one too many ,” said Derrica Wilson , president of the Black and Missing Foundation. “ It is not so much about the numbers. It is about the ones that are missing, what we can do to get them safe .”

Comedian and radio host D.L. Hughley tweeted earlier this week asking how NFL quarterback Tom Brady ’s Super Bowl jersey has been found but many of these young women have not.

A good question.

SOURCE: NBC4 , FOX5

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Surprise, Congressional Black Caucus Leaders Trump Disagree On Just About Everything

C ongressional Black Caucus leaders and President Donald Trump met Wednesday for a policy discussion. This first meeting between Trump and the Black lawmakers came several weeks after he awkwardly asked a Black reporter at a press conference to set up the meeting.

“There were many areas where we disagreed with the policy solutions, but it was a meeting where both sides listened and where we were candid about disagreements,” Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), the caucus chair, said at a press conference after the meeting.

Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) said they raised “several areas of concern” with the president, including his description of Black communities as “completely lawless,” proposed cuts to domestic programs that will harm low-income people, troubling positions on law enforcement and mass incarceration, and the “rolling back” of voting rights,   ABC News reported.

Nevertheless, Bass said the meeting was a “positive first start,” according to the outlet.

Richmond said the two sides aligned on some policy issues, such as the need for safety in urban communities, and Trump appeared interested in meeting with them more consistently.

After the meeting, the CBC released a 130-page policy document, titled “ We Have a Lot to Lose: Solutions to Advance Black Families in the 21st Century ,” in which the caucus presents its policy solutions.

It answers the question Trump posed in his attempt to win Black votes: “What the hell do you have to lose?”

The caucus leaders may have learned a lesson from the Historically Black Colleges and University presidents’ meeting with Trump.

The  Washington Post noted that the caucus leaders tried to avoid becoming a public relations photo-op for the Trump administration. They reportedly sat on the opposite side of the table from Trump, away from the cameras, when he gave his speech about the contributions of African-Americans to the nation.

 

SOURCE:   ABC News , Washington Post

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