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Barbara Lee
San Francisco Gate, May 12, 2016
With hundreds of U.S. forces now operating on the ground in Syria and Iraq, Rep. Barbara Lee led a bipartisan effort Thursday to insist that Congress debate escalating U.S. ground combat overseas against the Islamic State. READ MORE
NBC News, May 10, 2016
Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA), also a member of CAPAC, and Charlie Rangel (D-NY) also tweeted their praise for Obama's announcement. "We must recommit to choosing peace over war - starting with nuclear disarmament," Lee wrote. READ MORE
San Jose Mercury News, May 4, 2016
Last year, Congress included a provision in its spending legislation -- signed by President Barack Obama -- that barred the federal government from using resources to prosecute medical marijuana providers in the 32 states where it is legal. "For decades, Harborside has helped ensure members of our community can access their medicine," Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, said in a statement. "It's past time for the federal government to stop standing between these patients and their medicine." READ MORE
The Nation, May 2, 2016
Barbara Lee reminded the audience that until a few years ago, “you didn’t talk about Hyde” as a member of Congress, because it was considered politically toxic. Now, a bill to repeal the amendment, which Lee helped to write, has over 100 co-sponsors in the House, and both Democratic presidential candidates have called for its demise. “This is really historic,” Lee said. READ MORE
NY CaribNews, April 29, 2016
On April 20, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that Harriet Tubman will be on the $20. Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus spoke to the NNPA News Wire about the historic tribute to Tubman. One of the most important heroes in American history, Harriet Tubman was an abolitionist and spy for the Union Army and a leader of the Underground Railroad. The "railroad" was a network of abolitionists, activists and other associates created in the early 1800s and utilized until shortly before the Civil War to lead an estimated 100,000 Blacks out of slavery. READ MORE
Digital Journal, April 25, 2016
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), the only member of Congress to vote against the war in Afghanistan, responded to the latest escalation in Syria by warning against mission creep in the fight against Islamic State militants and calling for Congressional debate. READ MORE
National Low Income Housing Coalition, April 11, 2016
The National Low Income Housing Coalition held its 34th Annual Leadership Awards Reception on April 5 in Washington, DC, awarding Nancy Bernstine with the Cushing Niles Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award and Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) with the Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award... READ MORE
Frost Illustrated, April 4, 2016
...That brings me to California Congresswoman Barbara Lee, the only person who had the courage to oppose President George W. Bush’s push for military action after Sept. 11, 2001. She appropriately asked whether our country was rushing into war. Subsequent events suggest that we did rush—“weapons of mass destruction” were never found. READ MORE
Politico , March 28, 2016
Our conversation with Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, a groundbreaker who has been to Cuba dozens of times since 1977, has met with Fidel and Raul Castro and who joined President Obama on his historic trip last week. Lee has co-sponsored bills to lift the travel ban and the embargo with Cuba, helped Oakland Airport become the first in the Bay Area to be licensed for direct flights in 2011 and is now pushing for airlines to begin expanding service in Northern California. READ MORE
Los Angeles Times, March 23, 2016
Seven California members joined President Obama's trip to Cuba, and while he was off making history — meeting with President Raul Castro, chatting with dissidents, shaking lots of hands — the lawmakers explored the island nation. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) led the group, which included Reps. Sam Farr (Carmel) and Barbara Lee (Oakland). READ MORE
The Huffington Post, March 22, 2016
While the nation contends with elected officials who continue to insist that climate change is a hoax, there are others who stand as an example to being ahead of the curve understanding the environmental challenges facing the country. Rep. Barbara J. Lee (D-CA), has a long history of standing up to those who would consciously chip away at the rights of citizens to have clean air and water. Lee was an early adopter of the premise that there is an inherent connection between environmental hazards and the quality of daily life. Most specifically, she understood how poor and minority communities were inequitably burdened. READ MORE
The Huffington Post, March 22, 2016
While the nation contends with elected officials who continue to insist that climate change is a hoax, there are others who stand as an example to being ahead of the curve understanding the environmental challenges facing the country. Rep. Barbara J. Lee (D-CA), has a long history of standing up to those who would consciously chip away at the rights of citizens to have clean air and water... READ MORE
Tri County Sentry, March 10, 2016
As part of their ongoing effort to bring attention to the injustice suffered by the Port Chicago 50, Representatives Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) and Barbara Lee (CA-13) introduced House Resolution (H. Res. 616) calling for the public exoneration of the African American sailors who were wrongfully convicted following the deadliest home front disaster of World War II at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine in California. READ MORE, March 5, 2016
Ten members of Congress, including Civil Rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, were in attendance at the forum held at Birmingham City Hall. The others Congressional members in attendance were: Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas; Stacey Plaskett, D-Virgin Islands; Karen Bass, D-California; Jim Clyburn, D-South Carolina; G.K. Butterfield, D-North Carolina; Marc Veasey, D-Texas; Barbara Lee, D-California; and Hank Johnson, D-Georgia. The U.S. Supreme Court in its Shelby decision of 2013 struck down the requirement in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that required certain states and local governments to obtain federal preclearance before implementing any changes to their voting laws or practices. READ MORE
KRWG, March 3, 2016
“The People’s Budget helps families by creating jobs, improving education, and rebuilding our roads and bridges. We’ve seen what good investments can do in the Twin Cities. After the Green Line Light Rail was completed in 2014, businesses have grown and another $2.5 billion in private investment has poured in along the route. In cities like Flint, Michigan, we see what happens when governments put cutting costs ahead of people’s health. The state government’s refusal to invest in Flint has resulted in lead exposure for thousands of residents - all because the state government wanted to cut corners. A tragedy like Flint cannot happen again. We can and should make fair investments in America, and The People’s Budget is the best path forward.” READ MORE
Mercury News, March 1, 2016
"The Panthers led the way on these tough issues we're still dealing with today," she said. "In the early '70s they decided to exercise their political power. They had the best grass-roots organization I've seen, ever. "We couldn't think of any person more appropriate to be here, to make sure people know that black lives matter, than Bobby Seale," she added. READ MORE
The Hill, February 23, 2016
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), vice chair of the Progressive Caucus, called Obama’s plan strong and responsible. Echoing Obama’s arguments for closing the military prison, Lee said the facility is a terrorist recruiting tool and costs too much to operate. “National security experts are clear: this detention facility is a terrorist recruiting tool that must be closed,” she said in a written statement. “Make no mistake, closing Guantanamo Bay advances our values and our national security.” READ MORE
Digital Journal, February 22, 2016
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), who has advocated normalization of US-Cuban relations for decades, hailed President Barack Obama's decision to visit Cuba as an important step toward ending more than 50 years of "failed US policy" toward its socialist neighbor. READ MORE
Contra Costa Times, February 12, 2016
On Jan. 30, I, along with my fellow Oakland Voices correspondent Aqueila Lewis, attended a town hall on gun violence hosted by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) at Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church. I was not prepared for the electrifying and emotional two hours that ensued. From the panelists' remarks to the stories shared by the audience members, it became clear that this community, all of Oakland, is desperately in need of and seeking changes to the current gun laws. READ MORE
CBS San Francisco Bay Area, February 10, 2016
Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who represents the East Bay in the U.S. House of Representatives, was among the lead authors of a letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan Wednesday urging him to bring up for debate authorization for the use of military force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. READ MORE