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Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Representing the 13th District of California

In The News

Jan 29, 2015 In The News

In the House of Representatives, Congressman Mark Sanford (SC-01) and Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) will introduce on Monday the “Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015.” It is the companion bill to its Senate counterpart introduced today by Jeff Flake (AZ) and Patrick Leahy (VT). The bill simply removes the travel ban to Cuba that has been in place for more than 50 years.

Jan 21, 2015 In The News

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that trade deals that outsource American jobs "wreak havoc" on minorities.

Lee's comments in a brief House floor speech came after President Obama urged Congress to give him trade promotion authority, which many Democrats oppose.

Jan 19, 2015 In The News

Congresswoman Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, is calling on Americans to work for an equal America as the nation celebrates the birthday of the late Martin Luther King Jr.

Lee said in a statement:“Each year, we commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and recommit ourselves to realizing his dream of equality and justice for all.”

Jan 17, 2015 In The News

In the aftermath of protests over police killings of black civilians, local officials and residents discussed a wide variety of topics that ranged from the improvement of police and community relations to broader social issues at a five-hour-long City Council meeting Saturday morning.

Jan 14, 2015 In The News

I know little to nothing about Jean-Pierre Gorges, other than that he is a member of the French National Assembly and that he alone, out of 502 lawmakers, voted against expanding France's participation in the US-led war against Islamic State militants.

Jan 13, 2015 In The News

KPFA Weekend News Anchor Cameron Jones: Earlier this week, the U.S. Air Force website reported a record number of bombs assembled and dropped on ISIS during the past three months. Ammo troops, it said, meaning troops that build bombs in an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, are looking to break new records.

Jan 9, 2015 In The News

Last summer, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, containing a section that explicitly prohibits the use of funds for the transfer or release of Guantnamo Bay detainees.

Dec 31, 2014 In The News

The Nation, the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the United States, has named Congresswoman Barbara Lee the “Most Valuable House Member” calling her a “full-spectrum advocate for peace, civil rights, civil liberties and economic justice.”

Dec 25, 2014 In The News

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) was the lone 'no' vote in Congress against the war in Afghanistan in 2001, voting against an authorization for use of military force (AUMF) shortly after the 9/11 attacks.

At the time, she came under attack for being unpatriotic, even receiving death threats. Today, she feels vindicated. 

Dec 22, 2014 In The News

This last year was a tough one, with too many setbacks and too many reasons for justified anger. Yet we also saw inspired activism and the renewal of a movement-based politics of protest. There were stalwarts who battled economic inequality and racial injustice, who developed new ideas and new strategies.