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Barbara Lee
Color Lines , February 8, 2016
...Accordingly, members of the group committed to focusing on these issues this year. “We have to look at the nexus between economic inequality and racial inequality. We need to step up and talk about race being a factor in every policy we have in this country,” said Representative Barbara Lee (D-Calif.). “If Flint were a white, affluent city, there would be no lead in the pipes. There would be no poison. Our children would not be facing the issues they do now.” READ MORE
San Jose Mercury News, January 30, 2016
Fighting climate change is a moral imperative that will require leadership and real vision for a clean energy future. Last month was a historic time for realizing this future. In Paris, President Barack Obama led global efforts to negotiate unprecedented commitments toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In Washington, D.C., my colleagues and I in Congress extended the solar investment tax credit for five years, which is expected to lead to an unprecedented boom in solar deployment. Here in California, our Public Utilities Commission issued a preliminary decision that establishes a clear commitment toward the availability and accessibility of solar for all Californians. READ MORE
Roll Call, January 27, 2016
It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work. This week, Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., talks about Golden State hoops, being a Capitol Hill intern and how her garden grows in the drought. READ MORE
WCLK 91.9, January 25, 2016
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) earned a 2016 Trumpet Award for her long career as an activist for change inside and outside of the system. She called in to SOUL of Jazz on Monday, January 25 to talk about the award. She also discussed the issues that she sees as important to all of us as we head into a nation-changing election year. Like all true leaders, Lee has been fearless about her positions on issues regardless of their popularity at the time. READ MORE
The Global Dispatch, January 13, 2016
...This evening, the American people and the world had an opportunity to hear directly from our President about the important accomplishments that he’s achieved during his last seven years in the Oval Office. Domestically, President Obama has turned our economy around and generated the longest consecutive period of job growth in our nation’s history, after inheriting the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. READ MORE
The Hill, January 13, 2016
Lee made her candidacy official this week for the fifth-ranking position as vice chair of the House Democratic caucus in a letter to colleagues. “As Vice Chair, I will work to find innovative ways to champion the issues that are important to you, your district and our caucus,” Lee wrote in a letter obtained by The Hill. READ MORE
Los Angeles Times, January 12, 2016
Several members of the San Bernardino community will watch from the House gallery on Tuesday night as President Obama gives his final State of the Union speech... Rep. Barbara Lee's (D-Oakland) guest will be Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza. READ MORE
Social Justice Solutions, January 11, 2016
Charles E. Lewis Jr., Ph.D Charles E. Lewis Jr., Ph.D Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy TwitterFacebook Facebook web Congresswoman Barbara Lee Adds Trumpet Award to Her Glowing Resume Charles E. Lewis Jr., Ph.D January 11, 2016 CRSIP logo My summer reading included Renegade for Peace and Justice, the autobiography of California Congresswoman Barbara Lee who represents the 13th Congressional District that includes Berkeley, Oakland and Alameda County. Hers is a remarkable story. She had to overcome enormous challenges—difficulties that would have broken the spirit of most people. She prevailed because of her faith in God and her unwavering belief in her ability to conquer every obstacle in her path, even the few that were of her own making.... READ MORE
South Florida Carribean News, December 16, 2015
A bipartisan group of twelve members of Congress announced the formation of a Cuba Working Group to develop policies that modernize relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a long-time leader in efforts to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba, will serve on the Working Group’s Steering Committee. READ MORE
The Huffington Post, December 4, 2015
Diapers are a significant financial burden on America's poorest parents, an essential expense not covered by the array of safety net programs that help some with food, medical care and housing. A group of congressional Democrats wants to see if new forms of direct diaper assistance from the government might be feasible. READ MORE
The Wilmington Journal , November 17, 2015
House Democrats, including California Congresswoman Barbara Lee, came to Howard University last Tuesday to dramatize how, they say, Republican-initiated federal funding policies are disproportionately hurting black and Hispanic college students, black and Hispanic families and the educational opportunities for all public school students. Lee, whose 13th district includes Oakland, Berkeley and Alameda, , said housing voucher cuts resulted in an additional 119,000 homeless people in California. Additionally, cuts to education programs and a decrease in the maximum Pell Grant award disproportionately affect students of color, she said. READ MORE
Pittsburgh Post Gazette , November 10, 2015
U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif. received scorching criticism in 2001 as the only U.S. legislator to vote against the resolution authorizing military force after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. At the time, she warned of the unintended consequences of the Authorization for Use of Military Force, which empowered force against nations, organizations or individuals that carried out the 9/11 attacks or helped those who did, “in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States” by such groups. READ MORE
Pittsburgh City Paper, November 4, 2015
In 2001, three days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee was famously the lone member of either chamber of Congress to vote against the Authorization for the Use of Military Force. (The House vote was 420-1.) Lee called the AUMF a “blank check” for presidents to wage war anywhere, any time. READ MORE
The New York Times, October 30, 2015
"As Paul Ryan begins his tenure as speaker of the House, he has an important duty to restore Congress’s constitutional role in debating and authorizing war. For Mr. Ryan’s first order of business, he should advance the repeal of the 2001 and 2002 war authorizations, which are still being used for military action in the Middle East. We owe the American people a debate on the merits of further intervention in Iraq and Syria. How can Congress ask our service members to risk their lives when it lacks the courage to debate this war?" READ MORE
The Guardian, October 20, 2015
America’s longest war continues to drag on with no end in sight. More than 14 years since the invasion of Afghanistan, our highly capable men and women in uniform have gone above and beyond the call of duty. They have done enough; it’s past time to bring them home. READ MORE
The Nation, October 15, 2015
Barbara Lee has always had the clearest vision when it comes to the US role in Afghanistan—and the rest of the world. The California congresswoman cast the sole vote in the US Congress against the Authorization for Use of Military Force resolution in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. READ MORE
Today, a bipartisan team introduced the Reach Every Mother and Child Act, a bold, bipartisan legislative initiative to accelerate the reduction of preventable maternal, newborn and childhood deaths worldwide. READ MORE
Rep. Barbara Lee met with Cuban President Raul Castro on Friday at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. President Obama earlier this month nominated Lee, D-Oakland, as a Representative of the United States to the 70th U.N. General Assembly. She’s been a longtime supporter of normalized relations with Cuba. READ MORE
News One, September 18, 2015
“In the march for social and racial justice, lawmakers are blessed to have many allies, including faith groups, community organizations, and passionate advocates,” U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) told NewsOne in an email response about the significance of faith in public service. “As we work to address the many challenges facing our nation, we need all members of our community, including people of faith, to raise their voices, demand change, and fight for social justice and racial justice.” READ MORE
NBC Bay Area, September 10, 2015
President Barack Obama intends to nominate a Bay Area legislator to represent the U.S. Congress at the United Nations, White House officials announced Thursday. READ MORE