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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

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