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Barbara Lee
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
National Journal, September 9, 2013
Once she received death threats for her antiwar politics. Now the rest of the country is beginning to catch up with Berkeley's Barbara Lee. READ MORE
Salon, September 9, 2013
Rep. Barbara Lee was the lone member of Congress to vote against authorizing George W. Bush to strike Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. Now, by all accounts, she's on the side of the majority when it comes to the question of military strikes against Syria to punish Bashar Assad for violating international law and using chemical weapons. READ MORE
Andrea Mitchell Reports, August 30, 2013
Bipartisan pressure in Congress is increasing for President Barack Obama to seek authorization for any military strike in Syria. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., shares her thoughts on the situation. READ MORE
Andrea Mitchell Reports, August 30, 2013
Bipartisan pressure in Congress is increasing for President Barack Obama to seek authorization for any military strike in Syria. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., shares her thoughts on the situation. READ MORE
Voice of America, August 27, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Some U.S. lawmakers are calling on President Barack Obama to seek congressional approval before authorizing any military strikes in Syria in response to alleged chemical weapon attacks by President Bashar al-Assad....Representative Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said there is no military solution to the crisis in Syria and is calling for robust Congressional debate before any U.S. military action is taken. READ MORE
Voice of America, August 27, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Some U.S. lawmakers are calling on President Barack Obama to seek congressional approval before authorizing any military strikes in Syria in response to alleged chemical weapon attacks by President Bashar al-Assad....Representative Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said there is no military solution to the crisis in Syria and is calling for robust Congressional debate before any U.S. military action is taken. READ MORE
Huffington Post, August 22, 2013
When President Obama took office in 2009, America had been neglecting its domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic for many years. The media and many policy makers' attention had largely shifted to global AIDS and away from an epidemic at home characterized by chronic, high rates of HIV infection, disturbing racial disparities, and an uncoordinated response. Three years after the President released his National HIV/AIDS Strategy, the prospects for tackling AIDS in America have improved dramatically. READ MORE
Washington Post, August 16, 2013
Lawmakers on Friday were quick to express their dismay over the thousands of privacy violations committed by the National Security Agency in recent years. READ MORE

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