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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.”

Bensonhurst Bean: Almost 3 Years After Sandy, Coney Island Cathedral Gets The Repairs It Deserves

by Alex Ellefson | July 30, 2015

“Laws requiring the separation of church and state prevent FEMA from providing relief money to religious organizations. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, who represents the area, wants government assistance to be made available for houses of worship destroyed by natural disasters, New York 1 reports.”

POLITICO New York: Uber rewrites the book on beating de Blasio

By Dana Rubinstein and Laura Nahmias | July 24, 2015

“…following a ferocious and racially tinged battle waged in City Hall chambers and airwaves, on TV and in print, the de Blasio administration surprised New York’s governing class when it suddently announced that it no longer had imminent plans to cap Uber after all.”

NBC News: Amid backlash, House GOP scraps vote on Confederate Flag imagery

by Alex Moe | July 9, 2015

“Mr. Speaker, if this Confederate battle flag prevailed in war 150 years ago I would not be standing here as a member of the United States Congress, I would be here as a slave,” Jeffries said in an impassioned floor speech.

The Guardian: Congress awaits ‘monumental’ police reform as mandatory kill count advances

by Jon Swaine and Oliver Laughland | June 6, 2015

“All too often individuals who have died as a result of a police shooting incident, or other form of activity, generate an initial public response that then wades into the background over time,” Jeffries said.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Jeffries seeks financial aid for children of fallen soldiers

by Paula Katinas | May 27, 2015

Children of military service members killed in the line of duty would be eligible for more student aid and other forms of financial assistance if a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries becomes law.