She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.
Barbara Jean Lee (born July 16, 1946), is an American politician, and has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1998, representing California’s 9th congressional district (map). She is the first woman to represent that district. Lee is the First Vice-Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Lee is notable as the only person in either chamber of Congress who voted against the authorization of use of force following the September 11, 2001 attacks. This made her a hero among the anti-war movement (peace movement), but also caused her to receive death threats. Lee has been a vocal critic of the Iraq War and supports legislation creating a Department of Peace … (full text).
She says: “Today we come together to say no to the loss of innocent lives in a war that is totally unnecessary. And we are here to say yes to peace. George Bush has woken a sleeping giant in our country”. (1000peacewomen).
Her bios and actions as representative: on the Federal Election Commission /Barbara Lee, on penSecrets.org, on project vote smart, on the US Congress database /the Washington Post, on her official campaign site, Official web site for (US) Representative Barbara Lee (D – CA).
Her blog: where I stand.
Barbara Lee – USA
… “My favorite brave American, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, has again done a courageous thing: she has written a personal and powerful story about her life … Lee is not only a hero and a champion of the marginalized and under-represented, she is also a marvelous teacher”. (full text, Sept. 13, 2008).
The Californian Partnership, Fall 2006 Newsletter.
Barbara Lee, democratic California congresswoman, gained international attention as the only member of congress to vote against the post-9/11 resolution giving president Bush unbridled power to use military force against anyone suspected of having committed the acts, or intending to do so in the future. She is a leader in promoting policies that foster international peace, security, and human rights, and is at the forefront in promoting legislation to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and promote treatment. She consistently advocates for the most vulnerable, especially women and children. (1000peacewomen).
Barbara Lee: Public Enemy Number One? Feb. 4, 2003.
Today, the House of Representatives approved H.Con.Res 71, a bill introduced by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland, CA) to designate a national Caribbean-American Heritage month. “Establishing Caribbean American Heritage month will celebrate the contributions of millions of Caribbean-Americans to the United States since the inception of the country,” said Lee … (full text, June 27, 2005).
Permanent Occupation, September 29, 2005.
She writes: … It was a blank check to the president to attack anyone involved in the Sept. 11 events — anywhere, in any country, without regard to our nation’s long- term foreign policy, economic and national security interests, and without time limit. In granting these overly broad powers, the Congress failed its responsibility to understand the dimensions of its declaration. I could not support such a grant of war-making authority to the president; I believe it would put more innocent lives at risk … (full text).
She says also: … “I am convinced that military action will not prevent further acts of international terrorism against the United States,” Lee said on the House floor on Sept. 15. “There must be some of us who say, ‘Let’s step back for a moment and think through the implications of our actions today – let us more fully understand the consequences” … (full text).
Rep. Barbara Lee Takes Active Role At Democratic Convention, Aug 28, 2008).
… Once again, Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) is the sole member of the U.S. Congress to attend the International AIDS Conference. On Tuesday, I caught up with Rep. Lee to learn how her involvement builds progressive momentum globally and in the U.S. “I saw that there was a void when I when to Congress so I started participating to get a good handle on what strategies and what policies the United States should mount” … (full text, August 14, 2008).
… The number of women-themed events at this year’s convention is “off the charts,” said Barbara Lee, head of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, in Cambridge, Mass., a philanthropy that supports programs aimed at increasing women’s representation in politics, public policy and the news media … (full text, August 26, 2008).
Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a California Democrat, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Census Bureau report that found that 8.4 percent of the residents over the age of 65 in Alameda County are living in poverty and that African-American households continue to pull up the rear when it comes to family incomes, earning substantially less than their Hispanic, Asian-American and non-Hispanic white counterparts. “I am troubled by the statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau that found that the number of elderly residents living in poverty continues to increase throughout Alameda County,” Lee said. “It is unconscionable to have so many of our elderly residents living at or beneath the poverty line, especially when you consider that they reside in a state that is among the wealthiest in the nation. The report shows that we must redouble our efforts to ensure that those in the twilight of their lives can live comfortably. “The report also confirms that Republican economic policies are taking America in the wrong direction,” Lee continued. “Some 5.7 million Americans fell into poverty while Republicans ran up record deficits on tax cuts for the wealthy few and a failed occupation of Iraq based on false intelligence. We cannot allow the Republicans to continue to ignore the plight of the American people who are the engine that drives our economy and the backbone of our democracy” … (full text, Sept 1, 2008).
And she says: … “In 1964, Congress gave President Lyndon Johnson the power to “take all necessary measures” to repel attacks and prevent further aggression. In so doing, this House abandoned its own constitutional responsibilities and launched our country into years of undeclared war in Vietnam. At that time, Sen. Wayne Morse, one of two lonely votes against the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, declared, “I believe that history will record that we have made a grave mistake in subverting and circumventing the Constitution of the United States … I believe that within the next century, future generations will look with dismay and great disappointment upon a Congress which is now about to make such a historic mistake. Sen. Morse was correct, and I fear we make the same mistake today. And I fear the consequences. I have agonized over this vote. But I came to grips with it in the very painful yet beautiful memorial service today at the National Cathedral. As a member of the clergy so eloquently said, As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore. (full text of Rep. Barbara Lee’s dissent on House floor, Sept. 15, 2001).
She writes also: … As your Member of Congress for the last 10 years, I have had the opportunity to advocate and fight for the progressive political views of our community. Advancing our progressive politics has allowed me to stand on principle- and we’re marching on to regain our civil rights, to end this war and to advance the cause of social and economic justice. Advancing our progressive politics has allowed me to give voice to the will of our district – a community at the forefront of vision and politics in our nation. This year, as we march forward to my 2008 Re-Election Campaign, this site is our on-line campaign headquarters … (full text her website).
Bill Clinton Blames Others For 911, 10.01 min, added: September 24, 2006;
Bill Clinton at Zeitgeist ‘07, 38.24 min, added: October 16, 2007;
One should always have something sensational to read in the train, Sept. 12, 2008;
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