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Michael Siegel Campaign Event in Oakland Father’s Day Weekend

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Mike Siegel is coming to town on June 15 for an event to build support for his congressional campaign in the Texas 10th Congressional District.

The event for Siegel, an Oakland native, is hosted by Guy and Jeanine Saperstein, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, former Berkeley Mayor Gus Newport and actor and activist Danny Glover.

Siegel’s father, Dan Siegel, is an Oakland civil rights attorney and former Oakland School Board member who ran for mayor in 2014. Siegel’s mother is also an Oakland  civil rights attorney.

From left to right: Dan Siegel and his wife Anne Weills, and their family which includes daughter-in-law Hindatu Mohammed, son Michael Siegel, and mother-in-law Aisha Mohammed.

A progressive Democrat, Siegel has spent 20 years in public service as a school teacher and civil rights lawyer. In 2018, as the Democratic nominee in TX-10, Siegel garnered national publicity when he successfully pushed Waller County to reverse vote suppression policies that threatened the voting rights of students at Prairie View A&M, an HBCU.

Other Bay Area supporters of Mike Siegel include Sen. Loni Hancock (ret.), Anne Weills, Dan Siegel, the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), Paul Kranz, Sal Rosselli, Gay Plair Cobb, Walter Riley, Marc van der Hout and Jody LeWitter.

“I am grateful for the broad base of support we have received in our campaign to flip this seat. Through the 2018 election I narrowed the Republican incumbent’s advantage from 19 percent to 4 percent, running on a progressive platform including demands for universal healthcare, just taxation, an end to the War on Drugs, and a Green New Deal. Now, the Texas 10th is a national battleground district, and I am running again to finish the job.”

The event will be held on June 15 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Piedmont, location provided after ticket purchase.

For more information on Mike Siegel’s campaign, go to www.siegelfortexas.org/

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Barbara Lee Announces American Rescue Plan Funding to Modernize Local Health Centers & Support Underserved Communities

Congresswoman Lee and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) successfully fought to include billions of dollars in the ARP and other COVID relief packages to increase equity in testing, tracing, and vaccinations, including funding for trusted messengers to reach communities that are historically and medically underserved.

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Closeup of the documents of both the Cares Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021. A comparison between two acts.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) announced Thursday more than $5.5 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding will go to modernize health centers and support underserved communities in the East Bay.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is awarding nearly $1 billion in ARP funds to almost 1,300 health centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories to support major health care construction and renovation projects.

“I want to express my immense gratitude to these service providers for their public health stewardship, and for the work and sacrifices of their staff, to ensure that our communities have the information and care they need to get through this pandemic,” Lee said. “Thank you for taking care of our communities, and for all your efforts to promote equity in public health both during the pandemic and beyond.”

The funds will be awarded to health centers that serve medically underserved and other vulnerable populations and communities, which are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and other health conditions. More than 91% of patients served by these health centers are living at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, and nearly 63% are racial/ethnic minorities.

The awards are intended to strengthen primary health care infrastructure and advance health equity and health outcomes in medically underserved communities, including through projects that support COVID-19 testing, treatment, and vaccination.

Health centers will use this funding for COVID-19-related capital needs, constructing new facilities, renovating and expanding existing facilities to enhance response to pandemics, and purchasing new state-of-the-art equipment, including telehealth technology, mobile medical vans, and freezers to store vaccines.

Modernization Funding for California’s 13th Congressional District

  1. La Clínica de la Raza – $1,506,852

https://laclinica.org/

  1. Lifelong Medical Care – $1,204,462

https://lifelongmedical.org/

  1. Asian Health Services – $814,050

https://asianhealthservices.org/

  1. West Oakland Health Council – $597,000

https://westoaklandhealth.org/

  1. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland – $532,248

https://www.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org/

  1. Davis Street Community Center – $531,966

https://davisstreet.org/

  1. County of Alameda – $501,714

https://acphd.org/

The American Rescue Plan – the stimulus package passed by Congress in February and signed by President Biden in March – provided almost $2 trillion to help families, businesses, schools, and other institutions survive and recover from the COVID-19 economic crisis.

Congresswoman Lee and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) successfully fought to include billions of dollars in the ARP and other COVID relief packages to increase equity in testing, tracing, and vaccinations, including funding for trusted messengers to reach communities that are historically and medically underserved.

The Oakland Post’s coverage of local news in Alameda County is supported by the Ethnic Media Sustainability Initiative, a program created by California Black Media and Ethnic Media Services to support community newspapers across California.

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Barbara Lee Celebrates Local Entrepreneurs, Vows to Continue Fighting for Recovery during National Small Business Week

In addition, Congresswoman Lee is a co-sponsor of H.R. 3807, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Replenishment Act, which will provide an additional $60 billion to support restaurants and other food and beverage businesses.

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small business open sign photo courtesy of Tim Mossholder via Unsplash

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) released the following statement on September 23 celebrating East Bay entrepreneurs during National Small Business Week, and vowing to continue fighting for resources to help local businesses to recover from the COVID-19 economic crisis.

“During this year’s Small Business Week, we celebrate the local business owners, entrepreneurs, and workers who drive our economy and give the East Bay so much of its diverse, resilient, and unique character,” Lee said. “Our small businesses have struggled to survive during the pandemic, and many have closed their doors permanently. Our work to get help for small businesses through the American Rescue Plan and other measures resulted in major investment in this community and allowed many businesses to weather the storm. But the pandemic is not over yet, and we still have more work to do in this recovery.”

East Bay small businesses have received significant help from funds authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), the $1.7 trillion recovery bill passed by Congressional Democrats and signed by President Biden in March. The bill included a Restaurant Revitalization Fund and Shuttered Venue Operating Grants administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA).

A total of 668 East Bay restaurants, other food and beverage businesses, and venues received close to $300 million through these two programs. A city-by-city breakdown showing the number of businesses helped and the amounts of money awarded is below. More information about the individual businesses that received assistance can be found here.

Lee and House Democrats are now working to pass President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act, which includes a “generational” investment in American small businesses. The bill will help small businesses get through the ongoing pandemic and thrive by increasing access to capital, funding entrepreneurial development programs, supporting underserved businesses, and driving innovation.

In addition, Congresswoman Lee is a co-sponsor of H.R. 3807, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Replenishment Act, which will provide an additional $60 billion to support restaurants and other food and beverage businesses.

For more information about help available to small businesses, please see this comprehensive guide to SBA resources.

Recovery Funds Awarded to Small Businesses in California’s 13th Congressional District

Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Total Awardees: 590

Total Amount: $212,676,228.49

By City:

  • Oakland

Total awardees: 297

Total amount: $99,965,410.64

  • San Leandro

Total awardees: 44

Total amount: $12,909,939.13

  • Berkeley

Total awardees: 146

Total amount: $63,817,616.60

  • Alameda

Total awardees: 61

Total amount: $20,031,428.71

  • Albany

Total awardees: 12

Total amount: $2,686,934.95

  • Emeryville

Total awardees: 29

Total amount: $13,163,744.46

  • Piedmont

Total awardees: 1

Total amount: $101,154

Shuttered Venues Operating Grants (As of September 13, 2021)

Total Awardees: 78

Total Amount: $87,142,607

By City:

  • Oakland

Total awardees: 36

Total amount: $19,917,509

  • San Leandro

Total awardees: 3

Total amount: $234,970

  • Berkeley

Total awardees: 29

Total amount: $59,197,077

  • Alameda

Total awardees: 7

Total amount: $5,098,536

  • Albany

Total awardees: 1

Total amount: $311,674

  • Emeryville

Total awardees: 2

Total amount: $2,382,841

  • Piedmont: None

The Oakland Post’s coverage of local news in Alameda County is supported by the Ethnic Media Sustainability Initiative, a program created by California Black Media and Ethnic Media Services to support community newspapers across California.

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee Releases Statement on Meeting with President Biden

This is the President’s agenda—a Democratic agenda that reclaimed the White House. The needs in our communities, especially for Black and Brown people, are too great to be put on hold. This is an opportunity for Democrats to be unified in our goal of realizing the vision and promise of this nation

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President Joe Biden

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), Chair Emeritus of the Progressive Caucus, released the following statement after meeting with President Biden and Progressive Caucus colleagues on the path forward for President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda:

“I’d like to thank President Biden for the invitation to the White House and for his continued commitment to building back better.  Our conversation was productive. We had a good faith discussion about the urgent need to deliver for the American people on overdue investments. He understands, just as we do, that we cannot stop at roads and bridges—we must also invest in the care economy, child care and the child tax credit, health care, addressing the climate crisis, affordable housing, and education. The time to act is now.

“Let’s be clear: for months, progressives have been open, honest, and transparent with House leadership and the administration about our focus on passing both bills. We all proudly support the President’s entire Build Back Better package, which is why, from the inception of these negotiations, my colleagues and I advocated for the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework alongside the reconciliation package. That has been our plan, it has been the Speaker’s plan, and it has been the President’s plan. We are simply looking to hold the line on the agreed upon path forward and deliver for our communities.

“This is the President’s agenda—a Democratic agenda that reclaimed the White House. The needs in our communities, especially for Black and Brown people, are too great to be put on hold. This is an opportunity for Democrats to be unified in our goal of realizing the vision and promise of this nation. As we communicated to the President—who agrees with us—we can settle for nothing less than making good on our commitment, invest in the needs of the people, and build back bolder. I’m hopeful and confident we will get this across the finish line and deliver for the people.”

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