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Barbara Lee
The Daily Californian, October 28, 2016
When Barbara Lee stood alone in voting against granting former president George W. Bush essentially a blank check to engage troops in overseas combat directly after the Sept. 11 attacks, she proved her ability to stand by her principles even in the most isolating circumstances. The East Bay deserves another two years of courageous leadership, and that’s exactly what it would get from Lee — for the 10th time around. READ MORE
U.S. News & World Report, September 28, 2016
When I first started my career in the House of Representatives, I worked as a staffer for the great Rep. Ron Dellums, a Democrat representing California's 9th District. Forty years ago, nearly to the day, I was in his office when the Hyde Amendment was attached to the federal budget for the first time. It was a different time. I was one of only a handful of women, especially African-American women, working on Capitol Hill, and women's rights weren't exactly on the agenda. But the Roe v. Wade victory of a few years prior had given me hope that our country was starting a new chapter, an era of respect for women's personal health care decisions. READ MORE
The Hill, September 26, 2016
We know that the tech sector is creating the jobs of today and tomorrow, yet too many American students do not have the necessary skills to fill them. The Level Playing Field Institute estimates that by 2020, 1.4 million new tech jobs will be created. But 70 percent of these good-paying jobs will go unfilled because our students do not have the necessary skills to succeed in them. Unfortunately, we’ve been losing ground and leadership for years. READ MORE
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
"As a member of the platform drafting committee, I worked with appointees from both the Sanders and the Clinton campaigns to help create a progressive party platform that we can all be proud of. After much discussion and close collaboration between the campaigns, I am confident that Hillary Clinton will unite the party around the progressive issues outlined in the platform." READ MORE
“As a former co-chair of the Progressive Caucus and as someone who has spent a lifetime fighting for progressive causes, I was proud to participate in the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee process that has just concluded, resulting in a truly progressive platform draft." READ MORE
The Huffington Post, May 26, 2016
...And suddenly I think of the courage of Barbara Lee, U.S. congresswoman from Oakland, Calif., who 15 years ago stood alone — in the wake of the 9/11 attack — and voted no on the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, which gave the president carte blanche to wage war on terrorism. The final, combined vote of both houses of Congress was 518-1. And the AUMF is still in effect a decade and a half later. The war on terror was never meant to be “won,” just continued, apparently forever. READ MORE
Los Angeles Times, May 23, 2016
This year, the committee is being chosen much differently, a reflection of the philosophical divide between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Although Clinton is expected to secure the nomination, Sanders will still have a sizable voice when the party works out the platform. He chose five of the committee’s members, one fewer than Clinton. Four more were chosen by the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida. READ MORE
Washington Examiner, May 18, 2016
"Their proposal shows how unwilling they are to take this crisis seriously," said Rep. Barbara Lee, R-Calif. The Centers for Disease Control has issued increasingly dire warnings about Zika, which is expected to be transmitted in the United States in a matter of weeks. Zika is carried by mosquitos and has been linked severe birth defects and neurological problems. READ MORE
Los Angeles Times, May 18, 2016
“The overly broad and almost 15-years-old [authorization] represents a major and very concerning deterioration of congressional oversight,” Lee said during debate over the amendment on the House floor. “Let’s repeal this blank check.” Lee, who was the only House member to vote against the 2001 authorization, said she voted no because she was worried it gave presidents the power to wage endless war without Congress’ consent. READ MORE
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

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