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Congresswoman Barbara Lee Endorses Mia Bonta

The special primary election is June 29 by mail-in ballot only with the general election set for August 31.

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, endorsed Mia Bonta for East Bay Assembly District 18, which includes the cities of Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro.

The special election is being held because seat was vacated by her husband, Rob Bonta, who was appointed California Attorney General by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The remainder of Rob Bonta’s assembly term is through 2022.

Lee tweeted “[l]et’s do this @MiaBonta! The Bay Area is lucky to have such a fierce progressive advocate.”

Bonta thanked Lee via Twitter for her support.

Lee also said of Bonta that she “ . . . will bring a progressive, social, economic and racial justice lens to our state legislature.”

“She will stand up for communities that have been marginalized and underrepresented for too long.  Mia is committed to addressing our community’s most pressing issues, such as homelessness, environmental justice, criminal justice reform, helping families and businesses recover from the pandemic, and reopening schools safely.  Mia has a strong record of serving East Bay children and families,” Lee said.

Mia Bonta is currently board president of the Alameda Unified School District.  She is also endorsed by U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla, Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Oakland City Council members Sheng Thao, Loren Taylor and Treva Reid of districts 4, 6 and 7 respectively; California State Board of Equalization member Malia Cohen, Nate Miley and Keith Carson of Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District 7 BART Director Lateefah Simon; Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker, Black Women for Political Action (BWOPA) and Equality California among others.

Bonta is running in a field with Mali Vella (who also received Schaaf’s endorsement), Janani Ramachandran, James Aguilar, Eugene Canson, Stephen Slauson, Joel Britton, and Victor Aguilar.

The special primary election is June 29 by mail-in ballot only with the general election set for August 31.

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee Commemorates 100th Anniversary of Tulsa Race Massacre

President Biden joined Congresswoman Lee and others from the Congressional Black Caucus for the public commemoration in Tulsa.

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Barbara Lee and “Uncle Red,” a Tulsa Massacre survivor, at Greenwood Cultural Center on May 31, 2021. Photo credit: Kayla Williams, Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Office

It is the 100-year anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee and others are calling it “ . . . the single largest act of domestic terrorism in our nation’s history.  It is an anniversary of pain, grief, and forgottenness.”

President Biden joined Congresswoman Lee and others from the Congressional Black Caucus for the public commemoration in Tulsa.

The Post spoke to the Congresswoman via phone while she was in Tulsa on the eve of the commemoration.  She was at Vernon AME church, destroyed in 1921, where she helped in the dedication of a prayer wall.

Greenwood, aka “Black Wall Street” in 1921, was an affluent Black neighborhood in Tulsa.   “This success came with white resentment. . . . a white woman made a false rape allegation against a Black Greenwood resident, white mobs flooded to Greenwood in response,” said Lee

“White residents, police officers, Oklahoma National guardsmen, and Ku Klux Klansmen alike firebombed the Black neighborhood, destroying over 100 businesses and burning 40 city blocks to the ground,” she continued.

“By morning, Black Wall Street – the single greatest model of Black prosperity at the time – was reduced to rubble.  Over 300 Black Tulsans were murdered.  And not a single white perpetrator was arrested for their crimes that day.

“No arrests.  No convictions.  And to this day, no reparations for the 10,000 displaced residents or the $100 million in property that was lost.”

Lee also visited Greenwood Cultural Center Town Hall and met with survivors 107-year-old Mother Fletcher and 100-year-old Uncle Red.

The goals are to make sure there is never another Tulsa, but also about uncovering the stories and reparations.  Lee sees Tulsa as ground zero.

She encourages folks to support the work of “Justice for Greenwood.”

“We cannot let ourselves forget this painful history. I hope you join…in lifting up the stories of the victims and their descendants,” Lee said

H.R. 40, Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, has moved to the floor of the house.

For more information and to donate to Greenwood, log onto JusticeForGreenwood.org.

A full photo gallery of Congresswoman Lee’s Tulsa visit can be found online with this story on postnewsgroup.com

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee Applauds the Passage of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

As the U.S. grapples with the horrific impacts of COVID-19, the Asian-American community is also facing an alarming rise in anti-Asian violent attacks and discrimination.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Barbara Lee at COVID Hate Crimes Act press conference in Wash., D.C., on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) voted to pass H.R.1843, the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which aims to combat the rise in Anti-Asian hate crimes since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the U.S. grapples with the horrific impacts of COVID-19, the Asian-American community is also facing an alarming rise in anti-Asian violent attacks and discrimination. Since March 2020, Stop AAPI Hate has documented over 6,600 incidents of anti-Asian violence and verbal attacks against the Asian American community.

Thousands of law enforcement agencies also do not participate in the FBI’s hate crime reporting program or collect hate crime data. Additionally, 17 states do not require local law enforcement to collect data on hate crimes, and three states have no statutes governing the treatment of hate crimes.

 “From the horrific shooting we saw in Atlanta to the attacks on the Asian community in my own district, I am outraged by the violence directed toward individuals, businesses, and families,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. “Today’s passage of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act is an important step toward putting a stop to this violence and supporting the individuals and communities who have experienced these tragedies. I will continue working with my colleagues in the Tri-Caucus to demand accountability for these attacks and ensure the safety of our communities.”

This legislation, among many things, would create a position at the Department of Justice to facilitate expedited review of COVID-19 hate crimes, require the Attorney General to issue guidance for the creation of online reporting mechanisms and the collection of disaggregated data, and direct federal agencies to work with community-based organizations to raise awareness of hate crimes during the pandemic.

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In a Letter to Voters, Rep. Barbara Lee Reflects on Pres. Biden’s First 100 Days

I was particularly struck seeing the Bay Area represented on the dais by Vice President Harris and Speaker Pelosi. That was the first time in history two women have held that position. It was reflective of the price women have paid to get to this point.

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Dear Friend,

     Last week marked the first 100 days of Joe Biden’s presidency. On (April 28), President Biden presented his vision for an American future that builds back better after some of our most challenging years. 

     I sat in the chamber and listened to President Biden reflect on his first 100 days, confidently reporting that we have a stronger economy, more resilient pandemic response, and a unified mission of building back better and bolder.

     I was particularly struck seeing the Bay Area represented on the dais by Vice President Harris and Speaker Pelosi. That was the first time in history two women have held that position. It was reflective of the price women have paid to get to this point. While this was a historic moment, as Vice President Harris pointed out, it is past time that it becomes “normal.”

      During his speech, President Biden discussed his recently unveiled American Families Plan (AFP). The AFP is a bold step in advancing racial equity and closing the gap in education, childcare, wealth inequality, and more. By extending provisions under the American Rescue Plan (ARP), and through programs of its own, the AFP would lift more than 10 million people out of poverty.

      I am excited to support this plan and similar efforts to improve equity in our school and childcare systems, and to combat inequality in the East Bay and across the country.

     The AFP offers an extended tax cut for families with children and American workers. This includes the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). This will work to mitigate the growing wealth inequality that we see in America and invest in low- and middle-income families who help our economy thrive.

     Additional provisions of the AFP include:

  • Making child care affordable by ensuring that families will pay no more than 7% of their income on high-quality child care
  • Creating a national comprehensive paid family and medical leave program through worker payments of up to $4,000 a month
  • Expanding school meal programs and summer EBT funds
  • Extending ACA premium tax credits that were expanded under the American Rescue Plan
  • Providing up to $1,400 in additional assistance to low-income students by increasing the Pell Grant award
  • Addressing teacher shortages and improving teacher preparation, including programs that strengthen pipelines for teachers of color

     (Last) week, we heard about some of the progress we have made in the first 100 days of the Biden-Harris administration, but we cannot let our foot off the gas. Among many challenges ahead, we need we need to address disparities in our public health system, do more to help families that are struggling through this economic crisis, dismantle structural racism, implement police reform and immigration reform and address the climate crisis. 

     We still have much work to do, but I am committed to continue fighting for you.

     As always, my office is here for you. If you need help with a federal issue, please call my Oakland office at (510) 764-0370. You can also connect with me via email, Facebook Twitter , and Instagram .

Please continue to stay healthy and safe.

Best,

Barbara Lee

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