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Wednesday, January 23, 2019
46 years ago, #RoeVWade affirmed women’s reproductive health care as a constitutional right. But for too many women, reproductive health care remains out of reach because of the discriminatory #HydeAmendment. That’s why we need to #BeBoldEndHyde & pass my #EACHWomanAct!— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) January 23, 2019
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
This is an absolutely cruel policy. Transgender members of our military put their lives on the line for our country. Trump’s #TransBan is completely disrespectful to their service. https://t.co/f56O1oxAIR— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) January 22, 2019
Monday, January 21, 2019
is there a more powerful symbol of generational change than Aaron Sorkin criticising AOC for not compromising as much as a West Wing character while she blithely goes on a Donkey Kong Twitch stream for trans rights— Aisling McCrea (@ambientGillian) January 21, 2019
Dr. King was a revolutionary for justice and peace. He saw dignity in every person – including the poor, the marginalized & the disenfranchised.— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) January 21, 2019
If Congress governed like Dr. King preached, our world would be a much better place. In his memory, let’s try. pic.twitter.com/o7Cuo9yruS
Four new polls suggest that Donald Trump's base is beginning to show some cracks. A Pew Research Center survey shows Trump's approval at 37%, near the lowest it has ever shown. Even more important, among non-college whites, 50% approve of Trump's performance and 48% don't. That's a net swing of -15 points compared to a year ago. CNN's poll found Trump's approval among non-college whites at 45%, down 9 points since early December. Quinnipiac University's poll found Trump's approval among those voters slipping from +19 to +10, a 9-point drop. Then there is the Marist poll. 57% of the respondents said they would definitely vote against Trump in 2020 while only 30% would definitely vote for him. Among non-college whites, 42% said they would vote for him but 44% said they would vote for someone new. Polls go up and down, but there are three major things to keep an eye on. First, the longer the shutdown goes on, the more it hurts Trump. Second, the economy and stock market are doing fine at the moment, although there are signs of instability. If they go south, it will be a disaster for Trump. Third, Trump's team is still negotiating with China. What happens if China decides it prefers to wait for 2 years rather than make any permanent concessions of consequence? Any or all of things could shake things up quickly.
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Two years ago, Trump was sworn in as president. Since then, we have faced an unending fight for justice. It’s hard not to feel tired, trust me I know. But don’t give up. Together, we will resist Trump’s dangerous agenda and make progress for our communities everywhere.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) January 20, 2019
Saturday, January 19, 2019
As a mother and grandmother, I am sick to my stomach. This administration has violated the physical and mental well-being of children and traumatized families. To find out there were thousands more families separated? Horrific. https://t.co/UgIKqmmBi2— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) January 18, 2019
Friday, January 18, 2019
And yet... Okay, so Eric and I have been together for nearly twenty years now (our 18th anniversary is just a few weeks away), we've been through a lot together, Eric matters to me in a way nobody else or anything else does. I don't even make sense as a person apart from the story of Eric and I and our years together at this point... And, okay, yes, there was indeed something more than administrivially and pragmatically useful in the marriage license and ceremony as it actually happened... It's hardly something I can recommend as a universally useful or relevant experience, certainly, there are lots of ways of making a sexual, romantic, social, personal life that makes every kind of sense than getting married (not to mention many ways of being married), but just being there with my best friend and holding his hands and saying the words in front of a judge, having my friend (and teaching colleague) Carolyn there as our witness -- she took the great photo you see at the end of the post! -- all the wonderful clerks and volunteer judges who walked us through the forms and ceremonies with their beaming smiles and professionalism, even just the very idea of this public affirmation of the reality of our shared love and our shared lives as a force the community is built of and building of was unexpectedly powerful... Eric and I both got misty-eyed holding hands and promising we'd support one another, it was hard not to think of recent illnesses, and breakdowns, and political fears, and economic struggles, and how strong we are together now, and just feeling that being recognized in an institutional way was weird and odd and powerful and moving...
Again, there are lots of reasons to be suspicious of marriage as an institution. Its history is patriarchal, the intergenerational transmission of power over the world by men through their possession of the world as property via their possession of women as property. To this day, marriage is suffused with reprosexual, cisheteronormative, possessive, paranoid, reductive, sentimental norms and forms that have done far more harm than good, been far more falsifying than truth-enabling. Maybe queering the institution renders it less harmful, more capacious. I don't know. Be all that as it may, however, it turns out marrying Eric was not just a handy lifehack. It was a wonderfully validating recognition of what matters most to us in a world we didn't expect that to matter to, a world that is, in this respect at least, a better world than the one we were born in and grew up in. It was bolstering. It was lovely. It was a good day. I love Eric. I got married to him this week. I love Oakland, California. That's where we live together and where we are loved together. Take that, all y'all Trumpmerican bullybigot greedhead knownothing motherfuckers!
Let’s be very clear what happened last night: President Trump was so desperate to score political points that he willfully risked the safety of our brave service members, security personnel, and members of Congress.— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) January 18, 2019
This is not normal. And it’s certainly not acceptable. https://t.co/COqyft99wl
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
This administration has repeatedly threatened women by trying to take away their access to reproductive health care. But not today! In a huge victory, employers will still be rightfully required to provide no-cost birth control. https://t.co/FneU3Uw2Qg— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) January 15, 2019
Monday, January 14, 2019
Marijuana has long been a driving force in our country for mass incarceration. As co-chair the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, I know that we can end our nation’s outdated and discriminatory marijuana laws and bring about true criminal justice reform.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) January 14, 2019
Sunday, January 13, 2019
The #TrumpShutdown is upending lives across the country. Today, I met with furloughed constituents to hear their #ShutdownStories.— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) January 13, 2019
Their message was clear—they can’t wait any longer. It’s time for the president and @SenateGOP to do what’s right and help us reopen the government. pic.twitter.com/DNi8xqMqUZ
The #TrumpShutdown is forcing people to:— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) January 13, 2019
→ Sell their cars to pay bills
→ Forgo grocery shopping
→ Plunge into credit card debt
→ Choose between life-saving medicine or dinner that night
Trump is hurting everyday Americans with this shutdown stunt. Let’s end this.
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Today marks the longest shutdown in our history. Yesterday, over 800,000 workers didn’t receive a paycheck, vital government programs are running out of money, and immigrant communities are suffering — all at the hands of President Trump. It’s past time to reopen the government.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) January 12, 2019
The data is clear: a wall won’t stop immigrants from entering the United States. Trump’s latest vanity project is pure xenophobic discrimination demonizing immigrant communities. https://t.co/6P1F3zxPV5— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) January 12, 2019
Friday, January 11, 2019
Honored to be the first woman and African American co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus. I’m ready to:— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) January 10, 2019
✅ End discrimination + mass incarceration in the cannabis industry
✅ Support medical marijuana research
✅ Legalize marijuana
Now that the season of holiday baking competitions is over, we are watching the tattered remains of the format left to us, for now, "Kids Baking Championship" and a Giada de Laurentiis gargoyle called "Winner Cake All." Speaking of gargoyles, we are giving Mama Ru her due this All-Stars as well. We are not young enough to declare the show has jumped the shark, tho' we do give it the occasional stink eye in between continued gaggings as our favorite queens never seem to win anymore. I'm also enjoying the last season of the turgid melodrama "Versailles," which I found OnDemand and binged in a few gory days.
Finished the most recent season of "Call the Midwife" a couple of days ago, a show which despite (oh, go ahead, admit it, because of) its cloying and clumsy sentimentality was probably my favorite show for a couple of its seasons -- an account of the emergence of the NHS and welfare state in 50s Britain, an earnest repudiation of the easy cynicism of Obama technocrats, Bernie fauxvolutionaries, and the trolls across the white supremacist/cisheteronormative GOP-to-libertechian right. The last two seasons haven't worked as well for me, as the many talented and wonderful actresses of the sprawling ensemble all seem too busy to actually assemble and the show scatters into isolated stories instead punctuated by sudden deaths and other weird vanishing acts that make the whole show more disrupted than bolstering. I was quite stunned however when the show ended with the cast gathered before the tube as we hear the announcement on the BBC of Kennedy's assassination and the sisters switched off the television right as the delayed opening broadcast of the premier episode of Doctor Who (I do believe?) was about to suffuse Nonnatus House with the hum of the TARDIS in the stunningly weird and wonderful opening of "An Unearthly Child," a collision of televisual narrative designed as it were especially for me, at exactly the time I would most benefit from the collision...
Anyway, I've got just one week before spring courses resume. Next week I've got syllabi to prune and print, links to burnish, thesis drafts to read, lectures to pull out of mothballs and rework, and much more. The lovely long relaxation in front of the tube with a cat on my lap under a faux-fur comforter popping strawberries and nonpareils in my mouth is, alas, nearly over...
The House just took a step in the right direction and introduced legislation to require background checks for nearly all firearm purchases. I’ll never give up on this fight, it’s too important — too many people have died from unnecessary gun violence.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) January 11, 2019
Thursday, January 10, 2019
“I’m a year out from being a breast cancer survivor — do I refill all of my medications, do I pay for the child care? Or do I buy food?”-- Angela Tucker, federal employee.— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) January 9, 2019
Mr. President – stop playing games with people’s lives and work with us to end this #TrumpShutdown. https://t.co/hJXIhweoWg
Only 3 more days until this shutdown becomes the longest government shutdown in our nation’s history. It’s absolutely shameful that Trump and the GOP are willing to sacrifice workers, families, and our institutions for something so childish and immoral as a wasteful border wall.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) January 10, 2019
Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Nothing about President Trump surprises me anymore. But it’s still important to call out his ugly tactics.— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) January 9, 2019
That entire speech last night was designed to divide us and demonize families seeking asylum. It won’t work, but it does show us how hateful his policies are.