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Barbara Lee
USA Today, August 4, 2015
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus flew to Silicon Valley this week to turn up the heat on the nation's largest tech companies to hire more African Americans.... Leading the tour was Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., who called the dearth of African Americans in Silicon Valley just miles from her home district a "shameful lack of diversity." She said improving the diversity of the tech industry is a moral as well as a business and economic imperative. READ MORE
The Wall Street Journal, July 17, 2015
Among U.S. lawmakers at Monday’s event will be Rep. Barbara Lee (D., Calif.), a sponsor of legislation to lift the U.S. travel embargo against Cuba. She called the opening “another important step forward to ending more than five decades of failed policy toward Cuba. READ MORE
Democracy Now, July 9, 2015
"In the past, we’ve just been on the defense constantly, just defending a woman’s right to choose, a woman’s right to privacy, Roe v. Wade. Well, now it’s about time we take the offense," Lee says. "This is a major first step." READ MORE
The Kansas City Star, July 4, 2015
U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, a Democrat from California, has received the American Baptist Churches USA’s highest recognition, presented recently at the church’s Biennial Mission Summit in Overland Park. The Rev. Edwin T. Dahlberg Peace and Justice Award was presented to Lee for her efforts in those areas. READ MORE
National Public Radio, June 22, 2015
NPR shared the findings of this investigation with Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., a member of the Congressional Black Caucus who sits on a House subcommittee for veterans affairs. She points to similarities between these tests and the Tuskegee syphilis experiments, where U.S. government scientists withheld treatment from black sharecroppers in Alabama to observe the disease's progression. "I'm angry. I'm very sad," Lee says. "I guess I shouldn't be shocked when you look at the syphilis studies and all the other very terrible experiments that have taken place as it relates to African-Americans and people of color. But I guess I'm still shocked that, here we go again." READ MORE
Atlanta Daily World, June 17, 2015
During this week’s Congressional Black Caucus Message to America, Rep. Barbara Lee addressed the nation’s ongoing struggle against poverty. She quoted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1968 Two Americas Speech, saying, “One America is overflowing with the milk of prosperity and the honey of opportunity, while the other America transforms with the buoyancy of hope into the fatigue of despair.” READ MORE
BuzzFeed, May 21, 2014
Republicans on the Rules Committee shot down a separate amendment, introduced by Democratic Rep. Barabara Lee, which called for a report revealing all of the military actions that have been justified using the AUMF. Lee\92s amendment also called on Congress to review each action to determine whether any ongoing operations should be continued. READ MORE
Huffington Post, May 19, 2014
Reflecting on the nearly 13 years that have passed since Congress voted for the AUMF, the warning bells that few were ringing now appear prescient. In addition to providing the president the authority to wage war against anyone, anywhere, at any time, the single sentence of the AUMF serves as the legal justification for some of the most troubling U.S. policies. READ MORE
CBS Sacramento, May 5, 2014
Barbara Lee, D-Calif., said that she supports raising minimum wage in the state of California to $26 an hour, adding that she does not think such a hike would hurt small business owners. READ MORE
Huffington Post, December 24, 2013
January 8 will be the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, and it's time for us to redouble our efforts to lift everyone out of poverty: children, elderly, new immigrants, communities of color, and those struggling to find a job. That's my hope this Christmas season. READ MORE
Oakland Local, December 20, 2013
Congresswoman Barbara Lee visited Oakland's Private Industry Council's Career Center at 1212 Broadway in Oakland on Thursday morning to show her support to 23,000 local residents whose unemployment benefits not being extended. Congressional Republicans refused to back the extension, saying it would cost the country $26 billion over two years. Now more than 1.3 million Americans nationally will be without an income. READ MORE
Huffington Post, December 13, 2013
Throughout my 30 years of public service, I have had the privilege to travel throughout the world and meet and work with many heads of state and liberation movement leaders. There is no trip that will be as memorable and impactful as my most recent one to South Africa as part of the official delegation to President Mandela's memorial service. It was a truly humbling experience. It was one that ... READ MORE
Huffington Post, December 2, 2013
The ultimate goal of the end of AIDS, an AIDS-free generation, is achievable, if we remain committed to funding treatment and prevention programs, provide comprehensive sexual education to young people around the world, and continue to make AIDS funding a priority in Congress while searching for a cure and vaccine. READ MORE
Oakland Tribune, November 1, 2013
The city's bid to restore a "working waterfront" took a big leap forward Friday as construction officially began on a $500 million project to transform much of the long-shuttered Oakland Army Base into a logistics and warehousing center. READ MORE
New York Times, October 10, 2013
The U.S. Postal Service announced that it would print a stamp recognizing Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to serve in Congress and the first woman to seek the Democratic presidential nomination....Rep. Barbara Lee, Democrat of CA, had lobbied for the stamp since 2005, the year Ms. Chisholm died at 80. "Shirley Chisholm was a trailblazer, a beacon and a champion, and I would not be here today as a member of Congress if it were not for her guidance, inspiration and example," said Lee. READ MORE
PBS NewsHour, October 2, 2013
On the House floor, California's Barbara Lee, said, "Instead of working on a serious option to reopen the government, Republicans' latest strategy now -- and this is really cynical -- that's to exploit our veterans and to exploit the people of the District of Columbia by voting on piecemeal bills that will not end impacts of a shutdown that extend across the country." (VIDEO) READ MORE
SF Chronicle, September 29, 2013
Since 1945, the United Nations has been facilitating peace, global accountability, and fostering the commitment to a shared future, and for its 68th session of the General Assembly last week, the agenda was no different. I was pleased to attend the General Assembly as a representative of the United States. READ MORE
SF Chronicle, September 17, 2013
The U.S. Department of Justice awarded Oakland $4.5 million Tuesday to hire 10 police officers, bolstering a force that has struggled to battle rising violent crime while decimated by cuts. The city - which has one of the nation's most understaffed police departments, according to government data released this week - received the most money among 263 cities and counties across the nation that w... READ MORE
San Jose Mercury News, September 10, 2013
President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated Rep. Barbara Lee to be a U.S. representative to the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly -- even as Lee helps rally opposition to Obama's proposed military strike on Syria. If her nomination is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Lee, D-Oakland, will continue to represent her House district while assuming the new duties in the U.N. session that starts Sept. 17. READ MORE
Washington Post, September 9, 2013
As early as tomorrow, I'm told, House liberals will introduce their own resolution on Syria that would call on the United States to exhaust all diplomatic efforts to reach a negotiated political solution to the Syrian conflict... A draft of the measure, which will be introduced by Dem Rep. Barbara Lee, a staunch opponent of intervention, is currently being circulated among House Dems, aides tell me. READ MORE