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New York Times: Cheesecake and Turnstiles: Hillary Clinton’s New York Weekend

By Amy Chozick | April 10, 2016

There was no animosity on Saturday when Mrs. Clinton, accompanied by State Assemblyman Walter T. Mosley; Representative Hakeem Jeffries, Democrat of New York; and New York City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, shook hands with mostly black New Yorkers at Junior’s, the iconic cheesecake hub on Flatbush Avenue in downtown Brooklyn.

MSNBC Rep. Jeffries on why he supports Clinton

April 1, 2016

New York Times: Mainstream Politics Can Achieve More Than Revolutionary Rhetoric

By Hakeem Jeffries | February 29, 2016

From the end of slavery to the defeat of Jim Crow, African-Americans have come a long way. As the mass incarceration era and continuing police violence demonstrate, there is still a long way to go. Jim Crow may be dead, but he has a few nieces and nephews who are alive and well.

New Yorker: Will music streaming kill songwriting?

By John Seabrook | February 8, 2016

There are already a few legislative initiatives under way, nationally—among them the Songwriter Equity Act, a bill first introduced by Doug Collins, a Republican from Georgia, and Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat from New York, and then in the Senate by, among others, Orrin Hatch, who is himself a prolific songwriter. (Copyright issues make for strange political bedfellows.) It would amend two sections of the Copyright Act of 1976, to raise the rate songwriters get from streaming services.

Observer: Stringer and Jeffries Call on NYPD to Invest in ‘Smart Guns’

By Jillian Jorgensen and Will Bredderman | January 11, 2016

Comptroller Scott Stringer and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries urged City Hall today to add so-called “smart guns” to the list of approved weapons for NYPD officers—which they said would spur gun manufacturers to finally develop better safety technology to meet the demand.

“They’re not simply going to do the right thing: they trade in the currency of blood money. They are merchants of death, and the only way to combat it is with forceful economic power,” Mr. Jeffries, a Brooklyn Democrat, said on the steps of City Hall, where he and Mr. Stringer held a press conference with faith-based group Metro-I.A.F. “New York City, through the police department, is the largest municipal purchaser of firearms in the country—they have the ability to use its leverage to push the gun manufacturers to do the right thing and bring smart gun technology to America.”

CBS New York: NY Leaders Propose National Gun Violence Awareness Month

November 30, 2015

Like breast cancer awareness month with its pink theme, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is proposing a national gun violence awareness month with an orange theme.

“How many more innocent Americans have to die before we declare that enough is enough?” Jeffries said. “We’ve got 5 percent of the world’s population, but 50 percent of the world’s guns.”

MSNBC: Hakeem Jeffries Calls for an Investigation into Fantasy Sports Gambling

Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Jeffries, Clarke call on Obama to provide anti-gun funds

By Paula Katinas | September 16, 2015

“U.S. Representatives Hakeem Jeffries and Yvette Clarke announced on the steps of City Hall on Monday that they had written a letter to the president urging him to increase funding for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the federal agency charged with enforcing the nation’s gun laws. The ATF is also the agency responsible for illegal gun trafficking into states like New York.”

Roll Call: A Tale of Two House Democrats on Opposite Courses Toward the House Exits

by David Hawkings | September 10, 2015

Jeffries is for now insisting he wants to make his career in Congress, where he’s become a force in the Judiciary Committee on criminal justice issues, especially aggressive police tactics and mandatory minimum sentences.

Still, he acknowledges he’s been flooded with entreaties in recent months, from fellow leaders of the city’s black community as well as wealthy white donors, that he’s got the best shot at spearheading a coalition to oust the embattled de Blasio.

International Business Times: Congressional Black Caucus Calls Out Tech’s ‘Shameful Lack Of Diversity’

by Salvador Rodriguez | August 4, 2015

“‘The Congressional Black Caucus has come to Silicon Valley to work with the tech companies, not against them. Innovation is a tremendous engine of growth and oppportunity that will continue to be a very important part of our 21st century economy. That is why it’s important that these opportunities be available to all Americans,’ Jeffries said.”