September 12, 2022

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Releases Statement on the Passing of Ying Lee

Oakland, CA – Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) today released the following statement mourning the loss of her friend and former Legislative Director, Ying Lee. 

“My condolences and love go to Sara, Max, and Ying’s entire family upon learning of her passing. I am heartbroken over the loss of a great warrior woman, a good friend and former colleague, Ying Lee Kelley. I have known Ying since the early 1970’s and have experienced first-hand her brilliance, her honesty, her beauty and her commitment to global peace and security.  

“Like many, she taught me many lessons and was a confidant and advisor. One of my most memorable moments with Ying was our visit to Japan to engage with the Japanese people on issues of war and peace following the horrific attacks on September 11th. She was greeted as an icon and legend. Her greatness was recognized by everyone. 

“I spoke with Ying a couple of weeks ago and she was optimistic. She recognized the many challenges before us, yet — as usual — she provided  words of encouragement and wisdom.  

“Ying will always hold a special place in my heart, our community and the planet. Her life will be remembered as one of love, passion, compassion, dedication, and brilliance.  Her legacy will provide us guidance in rising to the occasion as we continue her fight for peace and justice. I loved Ying and will miss her tremendously.  May she rest is peace and in power.”