Imagine what our country would look like if gerrymandering and voter suppression weren’t so rampant in communities of color. We must restore the Voting Rights Act.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) November 11, 2018
Using Technology to Deepen Democracy, Using Democracy to Ensure Technology Benefits Us All
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Has the newly elected California Governor @GavinNewsom said whether he’ll act to make sure incarcerated firefighters are paid a fair wage and able to be firefighters post-release for risking their lives to save Californians from this fire?— Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) November 10, 2018
"My son was in Las Vegas with one of his friends and he came home. He didn't come home last night. And I don't want prayers, I don't want thoughts, I want gun control.”— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) November 10, 2018
Thoughts and prayers don’t save lives — action does. pic.twitter.com/cFITLrWnrN
Friday, November 09, 2018
Birth control is health care. Period. We cannot and will not let the extremists in the Trump administration roll back the clock on our reproductive health care. Congress must #Fight4BirthControl.https://t.co/rCxamBfgo7— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) November 8, 2018
The movement to legalize marijuana had a lot riding on Tueday, & it scored a number of important victories. Voters legalized marijuana while electing DAs who favor curbing prosecutions & governors who favor legal pot. New on @TheAppeal Political Report:https://t.co/7U4i8GmyAn— Taniel (@Taniel) November 9, 2018
Thursday, November 08, 2018
Let’s be clear: this is a blatant attempt to undermine the Mueller investigation. In January, we will have a new Democratic majority in the House that can be trusted to put our country & our democracy first. Pres Trump is going to learn that NO ONE is above the law, not even him. https://t.co/F2w376akyw— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) November 7, 2018
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Last night, Americans shifted the balance of power in the House of Representatives, creating a Democratic majority. The new Congress now holds the responsibility to take a stand for civil and human rights. Here are four immediate steps Congress must take to put America back on the right track. Add your name in support.
1. Reauthorize and Strengthen the Voting Rights Act. Congress must enact a new Voting Rights Act to ensure fair elections and unfettered access to the ballot for everyone.
2. Investigate America’s resurgent white supremacist movement. President Trump’s role in electrifying the white supremacist movement cannot be ignored. Congress must hold hearings to investigate the rise in hate and extremism in this country and on possible solutions.
3. Stop the Trump deportation machine. The Trump administration is operating an inhumane deportation machine that rips families apart, terrorizes communities, and flouts due process and American values. Congress must hold the administration accountable for its abuses and enact sensible reforms to our broken immigration system.
4. Stop the Census from being rigged. By including a question about citizenship, the Trump administration wants to use the decennial Census as a weapon of intimidation against immigrants, one that would distort the results. Congress must take steps to stop this scheme.
This yields the impression -- and I think this squares with the feelings many are experiencing this morning -- of a divided result, almost a wash, and hence a disappointment. That the highest-profile contests, Abrams, Gillum, and O'Rourke seem to have gone the Republicans' way may buttress that sense of disappointment especially here and now, as the results remain raw, and the criminality in Georgia (and elsewhere) and the megaphoned racism in Florida and Georgia (and elsewhere) are especially demoralizing and enraging. The brutal Senate result this cycle (which I have been worrying about since well before 2016) is enormously consequential since Trump will use it to continue his ongoing reactionary dismantlement of the courts on which we will depend so much in the next years to implement voting reforms and maintain tattered but vital environmental and healthcare regulations and supports. But Democrats won the House, the repudiation was geographically widespread in ways that suggest the 2016 Presidential result did not portend the loss of a nationally viable electoral coalition even as it also confirmed (to those who needed such confirmation) that the white supremacy that has shaped the entire history of this nation continues to do so in ways that always undermine and now imperil our notionally and yet aspirationally democratic tendency. Democrats now can put a check on the worst impulses of Trump-era Republicans, and will also provide a foil for Trump to demagogue in his run for re-election -- which he would have done anyway, but don't doubt for a second he can win re-election in this racist country with such methods. Like W, Trump's election was something of a fluke, but his re-election would not be. Notice that even in the terms of the hot take-o-matic, Democratic House gains are actually on the cusp between a good result and a wave, suggesting the better night for Democrats than Republicans this mid-term actually represented. A lot of truly vile figures went down and others felt vulnerable as they have not before. Medicaid expansion, felon re-enfranchisement, medical and recreational cannabis legalization, protections for queers, minimum wage increases, progressive voter reforms won across many states, making life a bit better for many here and now and setting virtuous forces loose to redress anti-democratic gerrymandering and voter disenfranchisement schemes. Because Democrats won, government is coming to better reflect the diverse reality of our lived nation, with historic victories for women, black folks, queers, native Americans, young people and others. This night was not a mixed result, but an overall victory amidst real defeats. We can fight on from here, when with a worse result we might not have done. Too many of those who seem utterly demoralized must have formed unrealistic expectations about the structural disadvantages the Resistance overcame to win last night, and too many seem to me to underestimate just how entrenched white supremacy is -- perhaps it is a good thing that the result was mixed enough and ugly enough that privileged straight white "progressives" couldn't just retreat back into their comfortable shells and idiotic "post-racial" America and "lean in" white feminist stasis narratives. Here's hoping the stealth-reactionary tech-fetishization that has so long undermined left discourse is truly on the wane in the aftermath of facebook and google and amazon shenanigans. Here's hoping fewer people will fall for berniebrocialist purity-cabaret next time around (and that people of genuine socialist conviction will organize with environmentalist BDS work and prison abolition work and gun regulation work and union organizing work and on-the-ground disability activism and real support for undocumented folks and asylum seekers rather than pretend sniping at voting on social media is some kind of revolutionary activity), and people of and adjacent to the Resistance will vote and do more than vote through the next couple of years and the next few hundred crises soon to come. Trump is already behaving like he is fully aware that he is in a fight for his life... and the democratizing, diversifying, secularizing, planetizing majority must understand that we are in a fight for our lives too. We are all we have. I, for one, am much more encouraged than not and feel ready to rumble.OK, here was my pre-election "Narrative Calculator," and where things look like they're heading:https://t.co/ecGqhPjeg1 pic.twitter.com/AGIbCxnBzt— Micah Cohen (@micahcohen) November 7, 2018
A big THANK YOU to CA-13 for re-electing me to another term! I look forward to serving you and fighting back against Trump’s fear-mongering agenda. pic.twitter.com/3RA9rwTYo4— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) November 7, 2018
Tonight we accomplished a remarkable feat — we took back the House from Republican control. This is your victory. pic.twitter.com/Q2kACvakYW— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) November 7, 2018
Across the country, we elected fearless women who aren’t afraid to speak up and speak out in pursuit of equality. I look forward to having so many new, diverse, and inspiring colleagues working by my side. https://t.co/O0GcyjCpAf— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) November 7, 2018
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
“Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought.
To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears.
To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool.
To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen.
To be led by a liar is to ask to be told lies.
To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself and those you love into slavery.”
― Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Talents
Monday, November 05, 2018
Sunday, November 04, 2018
Saturday, November 03, 2018
We’re just three days away from the most important midterm elections in our lifetime, but there’s still time for you to make a difference before voters head to the polls. Go knock on doors this weekend. Join a phone bank. Talk to friends and family about what’s at stake.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) November 3, 2018
Friday, November 02, 2018
Another day, another lie. But here’s the truth:— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) October 31, 2018
Democrats are fighting #ForThePeople – for affordable health care, protections for pre-existing conditions, Medicare, and Medicaid. Republicans are trying to steal from these programs to pay for their #TaxScam. That’s it. https://t.co/yfda3D8XVN
Thursday, November 01, 2018
White supremacy and hate have no place in our country, and especially not in our government.— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) October 31, 2018
Make your voice heard next week -- #vote. The future of our democracy depends on it.https://t.co/ldocK9JYyG
With the current political system in turmoil, we face a generational opportunity to redefine liberalism and the Democratic Party. Over the last decade, once-fringe arguments about how we organize our economy and society, and on whose behalf, have moved into the mainstream. Today, vocal and powerful progressive constituencies are pushing the spectrum of these debates well beyond the status quo...
With Trump’s ascendance to the head of their party, Republicans moved towards the past, the jingoistic, and the nativist. But liberals need to move left not only to match the Right. They need to move because the ideological assumptions controlling liberalism over the past decade have collapsed, as we’ll outline in this essay, leaving people searching for new alternatives, which we’ll also describe. Progressives now have an opportunity to propose not just a new set of policies, but a new set of values... [W]e believe there is a clear organizing principle that provides a path forward: freedom. And history provides a guide.
From abolition to the fight against segregation and Jim Crow, from women’s suffrage to the fight for women’s liberation, from the establishment of the minimum wage to the push for democracy in the workplace and greater protection from economic insecurity, a vibrant and critical element of progressive movements has always been freedom. Throughout our nation’s history, we have fought both ideological and actual battles over the definition of freedom, how it is achieved, and for whom it is offered. These have gone hand-in-hand with fights over how we structure our economy and who it serves.
We can take this moment to expand the idea of what what it means to be truly free. Progressives can reclaim a long history of American political thought that ties economic power to political and personal freedom. We can demonstrate that progressive economic policy is essential to creating the conditions in which individuals can have agency and power over their lives.
To accomplish this, liberals need to embrace three key ideas and goals:
Guarantee the public provisioning of truly universal goods.
Ensure a level and quality of jobs that provide autonomy and dignity.
Curb corporate power.
These three commitments, we believe, are essential to structuring an economy in which Americans across gender, geography, race and class can thrive. Our vision is rooted in the idea that our economy should indeed entitle individuals to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. It harkens back to an older version of the Democratic Party, lead by such presidents as Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson, that recognized that the government can be used as a tool that secures this freedom.
This essay is not meant to give the specific agenda, full of bullet points and specific budgetary projections. It instead sets boundaries and provides a compass.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
If you or anyone you know lives in California, you need to know about this election that maybe more than any other state in the country it is the votes of Californians that may decide, in a very big way, the political direction of this country for the next two years. pic.twitter.com/5etXemOju3— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) October 31, 2018
We need more women (especially women of color!) in Congress— women who aren’t afraid to take a stand, who fight for justice, who won’t back down. For more, listen to my interview on @NPRATC ⬇️https://t.co/tiVNwPHJ8E— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) October 31, 2018
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
So, I wanted to set up "narrative guidelines" beforehand. Here's what I came up with (this is from Dem's POV); please suggest edits. pic.twitter.com/EaZTRUU1sO— Micah Cohen (@micahcohen) October 30, 2018
If the title seems entirely snarky, the truth is I will indeed use this, or something much like it, as a horizon within the terms of which to initially assess the result.
The 14th Amendment is clear, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.”— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) October 30, 2018
Another shameful attempt to spread anti-immigrant hatred before Election Day. https://t.co/c8iTcdrhLq
Monday, October 29, 2018
When you’re in the voting booth, don’t forget that Republicans celebrated at the White House after casting their votes to strip health care and pre-existing condition protections away from millions. Time to elect people who will work to protect and strengthen our health care. https://t.co/9W73iYIdDo— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) October 29, 2018