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December 5, 2019 In The News

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass), announced the first bill stemming from her sweeping The People’s Justice Guarantee resolution—which she unveiled last month—and she’s addressing the “school-to-confinement pathway,” most commonly known as the “school-to-prison pipeline,” which disproportionately targets Black, Latinx, and Indigenous children.

December 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Following Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley’s (MA-07) longstanding history of working to address issues of criminalization during her tenure on the Boston City Council, Congresswoman Pressley introduced H.R.5325 - the Ending Punitive, Unfair, School-based Harm that is Overt and Unresponsive to Trauma (P.U.S.H.O.U.T.) Act - legislation to end the punitive pushout of girls of color from schools and disrupt the school-to-confinement pathway.

December 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Representatives Representative Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), and Barbara Lee (D-CA) unveiled the Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act, a bill that would ban discrimination based on hair textures and hairstyles that are commonly associated with a particular race or national origin. 

December 5, 2019 In The News

REP. AYANNA PRESSLEY of Massachusetts introduced new legislation Thursday aimed at ending the “school to confinement pathway.” The bill targets discriminatory and punitive school discipline policies that push black and brown students out of schools at disproportionately high rates, often directly into the criminal justice system.

October 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), and Congressmen Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11), Josh Harder (CA-10), Jared Huffman (CA-02), Ro Khanna (CA-17), and James Langevin (RI-02) introduced the Improving Access to Higher Education Act. This bill would help improve college access and completion for students with disabilities.

October 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, in response to Judge Allison D. Burroughs ruling in SFFA v. Harvard, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) issued the following statement:

September 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Reps. Ayanna Pressley (MA-7), Donna Shalala (FL-27), and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) introduced the Protecting Student Aid Act of 2019 (PSA Act), legislation designed to reinvigorate the Student Aid Enforcement Unit within the U.S. Department of Education in order to allow the Department to better respond to fraud and abuse within federal student aid programs.

September 17, 2019 In The News

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) knows that for too many Black girls, an average school day can spiral out of control with life-altering consequences. A fight with a classmate, a tense exchange with a teacher, or a dress code infraction, are increasingly yielding harsh disciplinary action and criminalization for children of color, including Black girls.

Today, data shows that while African American girls comprise about 16 percent of the U.S. school population, they now make up 33 percent of school-related arrests.

July 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, during a House Financial Services Committee markup, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) introduced H.R. 3621 – The Student Borrower Credit Improvement Act, legislation to provide much needed support to private student loan borrowers with a pathway to financial stability by helping them improve their credit.