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The Minority Media and Telecom Council began its eleventh annual Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference with a lunch panel of legislators discussing efforts to increase minority access on Tuesday.
Community leaders call for a change in Florida's self-defense laws as they join in prayer at the state Capitol. A lot has been said and written about race in the jury trial of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted on all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an African American youth.
In the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators has called for the rejection of stand-your-ground laws, currently on the books in 20 states. The 17 members of Tennessee’s Black Caucus are also calling for a review of that state’s stand-your-ground law, which — like Florida’s law — does not require citizens to “retreat from violence” if they feel threatened outside their home. 
The Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus joins the National Black Caucus of State Legislators in our disappointment of the not guilty verdict as well as their opposition of Stand Your Ground/Shoot First laws in the U.S. While we respect the jury has spoken, we must nevertheless take this tragedy as evidence that racial profiling still exists and there is an urgency for the community as a whole to address this issue.
Nine full states and parts of seven others are subject to the Voting Rights Act's Section 5, which requires federal approval for any changes in voting laws. Six of the nine full states are among the highest in the country in percentage of blacks in their state legislatures
See video from the closing plenary session of NBCSL’s 36th Annual Legislative Conference. 
Representative Joe Armstrong to serve as the 10th National President of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL). President Armstrong officially begins his administration on February 1, 2013.
 

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Watch as black legislators from across the country convened to focus on innovations that allow Americans to live longer, healthier, and more active lives.
The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) will hold a press conference to officially kick off its 36th Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. This year’s conference theme “Leading a United Front – Diverse Not Divided,” underscores NBCSL's commitment to the spirit of unity and collaboration, supporting President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress. Over 500 legislators are expected to be in attendance.
Watch NBCSL President Barbara W. Ballard (KS) on ABC7’s Capital Insider. President Ballard comments on a recent meeting with President Barack Obama on the fiscal cliff, the need for collaboration in Congress, and NBCSL’s 36th Annual Legislative Conference.
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