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Barbara Lee
Jezebel, January 21, 2017
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) was one of the first members of Congress to announce a boycott of Donald Trump’s inauguration, so she was spending the day apart from the fray, participating in a panel at Watch Us Run, an event hosted by HuffPost and Bustle. READ MORE
The Guardian, January 20, 2017
I will not be celebrating the swearing-in of a president who rode racism, sexism, xenophobia and bigotry to the White House. Instead of attending the inauguration, I will be planning and organizing for resistance. President-elect Trump ran one of the most divisive and prejudiced campaigns in modern history. READ MORE
CNN, January 16, 2017
Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee explained Monday why she's planning on skipping Donald Trump's inauguration, saying she doesn't support the President-elect's attorney general nominee, Jeff Sessions, or incoming White House senior adviser, Steve Bannon, because of their controversial pasts. READ MORE
Huffington Post, January 14, 2017
Donald J. Trump ran one of the most divisive and bigoted campaigns in modern history. In the days following his election, many hoped that the president-elect would turn toward unity. Instead, he has shown that he will govern just as he campaigned: by normalizing racism, discrimination and intolerance. There is no greater example of this disturbing reality than Senator Jeff Sessions’ nomination to serve as our nation’s Attorney General. READ MORE
CNN, January 12, 2017
Another Democratic member of Congress has announced that they will not attend the inauguration of Donald Trump. California Rep. Barbara Lee said Thursday she will spend the day "preparing for the resistance." "Donald Trump has proven that his administration will normalize the most extreme fringes of the Republican Party. On Inauguration Day, I will not be celebrating. I will be organizing and preparing for resistance," she said Thursday in a statement. READ MORE
Bustle, December 27, 2016
The California congresswoman led a group of over 100 Democratic members of the House of Representatives in sending President-elect Donald Trump a letter urging him to eliminate the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funding for abortion. The Hyde Amendment means that women on federally-funded insurance, like servicewomen, low-income women, and federal employees, may not have access to an abortion funded by her insurer. READ MORE
The Hill, November 15, 2016
Just a week into his new job, Donald Trump has already installed a white nationalist just steps from the Oval Office. Instead of working to heal the wounds of a deeply divided nation — a nation in which the majority of voters rejected him — President-elect Trump has doubled down on his dangerous flirtation with the alt-right by naming Steve Bannon as his White House chief strategist. READ MORE
East Bay Express, November 15, 2016
We must stand for what’s right and keep up the fight to defend our values and create pathways to opportunity to all, not just the one percent. November 8 was a sobering and defining moment for the East Bay and our nation. Like you, I was disheartened by the election results, and fearful that the progress we’ve made over the past eight years would be undone. READ MORE
The Daily Californian, October 28, 2016
When Barbara Lee stood alone in voting against granting former president George W. Bush essentially a blank check to engage troops in overseas combat directly after the Sept. 11 attacks, she proved her ability to stand by her principles even in the most isolating circumstances. The East Bay deserves another two years of courageous leadership, and that’s exactly what it would get from Lee — for the 10th time around. READ MORE
U.S. News & World Report, September 28, 2016
When I first started my career in the House of Representatives, I worked as a staffer for the great Rep. Ron Dellums, a Democrat representing California's 9th District. Forty years ago, nearly to the day, I was in his office when the Hyde Amendment was attached to the federal budget for the first time. It was a different time. I was one of only a handful of women, especially African-American women, working on Capitol Hill, and women's rights weren't exactly on the agenda. But the Roe v. Wade victory of a few years prior had given me hope that our country was starting a new chapter, an era of respect for women's personal health care decisions. READ MORE
The Hill, September 26, 2016
We know that the tech sector is creating the jobs of today and tomorrow, yet too many American students do not have the necessary skills to fill them. The Level Playing Field Institute estimates that by 2020, 1.4 million new tech jobs will be created. But 70 percent of these good-paying jobs will go unfilled because our students do not have the necessary skills to succeed in them. Unfortunately, we’ve been losing ground and leadership for years. READ MORE
Huffington Post, September 22, 2016
Rep. Barbara Lee brought a series of props to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday to make a point about police violence. Speaking days after the high-profile police killings of black men in Oklahoma and North Carolina, Lee noted that 2,195 people have been killed by U.S. police since an officer fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, two years ago. “Each time we lose a precious life to fear, distrust and prejudice, the list of things that will get you killed as a black person in America gets a little longer,” Lee said. READ MORE
The Intercept, September 11, 2016
Almost immediately after the 9/11 attack, while bodies were still buried in the rubble, George W. Bush demanded from Congress the legal authorization to use military force against those responsible for the attack, which everyone understood would start with an invasion of Afghanistan. The resulting resolution that was immediately cooked up was both vague and broad. READ MORE
Los Angeles Times, July 28, 2016
As Democrats celebrate picking Hillary Clinton as their first female presidential nominee, Rep. Barbara Lee of Oakland is reflecting about the first woman who tried, her mentor, Shirley Chisholm. Chisholm, the first African American woman to serve in Congress, was also the first woman and the first African American to run for president in the Democratic Party. Lee began working for Chisholm’s campaign after inviting her to speak to the Black Student Union at Mills College. READ MORE
"As a member of the platform drafting committee, I worked with appointees from both the Sanders and the Clinton campaigns to help create a progressive party platform that we can all be proud of. After much discussion and close collaboration between the campaigns, I am confident that Hillary Clinton will unite the party around the progressive issues outlined in the platform." READ MORE
“As a former co-chair of the Progressive Caucus and as someone who has spent a lifetime fighting for progressive causes, I was proud to participate in the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee process that has just concluded, resulting in a truly progressive platform draft." READ MORE
The Huffington Post, May 26, 2016
...And suddenly I think of the courage of Barbara Lee, U.S. congresswoman from Oakland, Calif., who 15 years ago stood alone — in the wake of the 9/11 attack — and voted no on the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, which gave the president carte blanche to wage war on terrorism. The final, combined vote of both houses of Congress was 518-1. And the AUMF is still in effect a decade and a half later. The war on terror was never meant to be “won,” just continued, apparently forever. READ MORE
Los Angeles Times, May 23, 2016
This year, the committee is being chosen much differently, a reflection of the philosophical divide between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Although Clinton is expected to secure the nomination, Sanders will still have a sizable voice when the party works out the platform. He chose five of the committee’s members, one fewer than Clinton. Four more were chosen by the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida. READ MORE
Washington Examiner, May 18, 2016
"Their proposal shows how unwilling they are to take this crisis seriously," said Rep. Barbara Lee, R-Calif. The Centers for Disease Control has issued increasingly dire warnings about Zika, which is expected to be transmitted in the United States in a matter of weeks. Zika is carried by mosquitos and has been linked severe birth defects and neurological problems. READ MORE
Los Angeles Times, May 18, 2016
“The overly broad and almost 15-years-old [authorization] represents a major and very concerning deterioration of congressional oversight,” Lee said during debate over the amendment on the House floor. “Let’s repeal this blank check.” Lee, who was the only House member to vote against the 2001 authorization, said she voted no because she was worried it gave presidents the power to wage endless war without Congress’ consent. READ MORE