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Barbara Lee, 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
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