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 Black Stats  
Frequently requested data on African American consumers

Black Buying Power:
 $836 Billion (2010)

Black U.S. Population:
 41.1 million

Top Five Black Cities
 - New York
 - Chicago
 - Detroit
 - Philadelphia
 - Houston

Top Five Black Metros:
 - New York-New Jersey
 - Washington-Baltimore
 - Chicago-Gary
 - Los Angeles
 - Philadelphia

Top Five Expenditures:
 - Housing $203.8 bil.
 - Food $65.2 bil.
 - Cars/Trucks $29.1 bil.
 - Clothing $29.3 bil.
 - Health Care $23.6 bil.
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Minority, civil rights groups back Rep.  Rush for top Dem on subcommittee

By Juliana Gruenwald
The National Journal
(November 23, 2010) Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., has received the backing of a group of minority and civil rights groups in his bid to become the ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee.

In a letter Monday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the groups cited Rush's experience on the committee, his work on the 1996 telecommunications act and ability to work well with other Democrats and Republicans.

"With the exhaustive list of issues awaiting CTI's consideration, we need to be sure that the ranking member of this crucial subcommittee is up to speed," according to the letter signed by such groups as the Minority Media & Telecommunications Council, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Urban League and the Rainbow Push coalition. "Congressman Rush is not only up to speed, but he is ahead of the curve. His years of experience and intricate knowledge of current issues within CTI's domain make him the optimal candidate for this position.

The current chairman of the Communications Subcommittee, Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., was defeated in the midterm election earlier this month, leaving the top Democratic spot on the panel open in the next Congress when the GOP will have control of the House. Rush is currently the chairman of the Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection Subcommittee but announced earlier this month his desire to switch to become the ranking member on the Communications panel.


Below is the letter released by the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation:

Dear Speaker Pelosi,

We, the undersigned organizations, are writing to express our strong, unwavering support for Congressman Bobby L. Rush as he pursues becoming the ranking member on the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet (CTI).

Congressman Rush's legislative track record includes fifteen years of service as a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee when, during his first term, the Democratic House leadership selected him as a conferee of the Energy and Commerce Committee on the Telecommunications Act of 1996. His selection as conferee on this landmark piece of communications legislation enabled the ultimate reconciliation of the differences between the House and Senate versions of this contentious bill.

In addition to his service on the Energy and Commerce Committee and service to CTI, Congressman Rush has also served for the past two sessions of Congress as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection (CTCP). His careful stewardship of this all important subcommittee demonstrates his capability and adds significant heft to his pursuit of becoming the ranking member on CTI.

Throughout his tenure in Congress and as a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Congressman Rush has demonstrated an uncanny ability to work well with Democrats and Republicans alike to accomplish important objectives and move major pieces of legislation into law. Congressman Rush's track record is exemplary and borne of a deep knowledge of the issues that are central to CTI's activities and jurisdiction.

As a consequence of his service on both CTI and CTCP, Congressman Rush understands and is able to balance the concerns of traditional and emerging communications technology with the need for strong consumer protections. With the exhaustive list of issues awaiting CTI's consideration, we need to be sure that the ranking member of this crucial subcommittee is up to speed. Congressman Rush is not only up to speed, but he is ahead of the curve. His years of experience and intricate knowledge of current issues within CTI's domain make him the optimal candidate for this position.

For all of the aforementioned reasons, we urge you to support Congressman Rush's candidacy for ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet. His election to ranking member of CTI will advance the causes of consumers, his constituents and of underserved communities in America.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned
100 Black Men of America
A Phillip Randolph Institute
Black College Communications Association (BCCA)
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Minority Media & Telecommunications Council (MMTC)
National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
National Association of Black County Officials (NABCO)
National Association of Neighborhoods (NAN)
National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL)
National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame
National Newspapers Publishers Association (NNPA)
National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP)
National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM)
National Council of Negro Women (NCNW)
National Medical Association (NMA)
National Organization of Black Elected Legislative (NOBEL) Women
National Urban League
Rainbow Push Coalition (RPC)


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