It is past time to act on climate. I am proud to support the #GreenNewDeal so we can put our country back on a path towards a clean energy future while creating new jobs and averting climate disaster. Our present and future generations depend on it.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) December 10, 2018
Using Technology to Deepen Democracy, Using Democracy to Ensure Technology Benefits Us All
Monday, December 10, 2018
Sunday, December 09, 2018
Saturday, December 08, 2018
The role of UN Ambassador should be filled by an experienced diplomat, not a Fox News personality. This appointment once again shows President Trump’s disregard for the role of the UN and our leadership in the world.https://t.co/MVTWB12xRr— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) December 8, 2018
Kathy Kraninger has no experience in consumer protection. But she has been involved in some of the most egregious policies of the Trump Admin, including the family separations at the border & the botched response to Hurricane Maria. This is a disastrous choice to lead the @CFPB. https://t.co/haZOYbifdd— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) December 8, 2018
Friday, December 07, 2018
In 2019, a record 35 diverse, talented & brilliant women will come to Congress, bringing us one step closer to a government that looks like the people it represents.— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) December 7, 2018
I am excited & honored to serve with them all – it’s time to get to work #ForThePeople.pic.twitter.com/s4G6lg401W
Thursday, December 06, 2018
This is an outrageous abuse of power by Republicans in Wisconsin. It’s clear they have no interest in actually representing their constituents, just their own self-interests. https://t.co/s5Tt0QYb45— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) December 6, 2018
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
In 2019, SCOTUS could take up multiple cases dealing with LGTBQ rights – and with Trump’s conservative picks, it could be dire for LGBTQ equality. Whatever happens, we’ll fight back.https://t.co/6weS7HLo07— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) December 4, 2018
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
Studies confirm what we know to be true: while no one is immune from the ravages of climate change, hard-working families and minority communities are burdened with more environmental hazards than wealthy neighborhoods. We must take action to combat climate change. Not later—now.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) December 4, 2018
Monday, December 03, 2018
Trump slashed funding for open enrollment assistance, and it shows: health care enrollments have dropped by more than 20% in multiple states this year. Spread the word: you have until Jan. 15 to enroll in CA.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) December 2, 2018
Find a plan that works for you at https://t.co/I0jd78xlNs!
Sunday, December 02, 2018
I am honored to serve with the House Democratic leadership team and look forward to working with all my colleagues on the Steering and Policy Committee.https://t.co/khp1O1Kvfi— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) December 2, 2018
Saturday, December 01, 2018
And, a reminder:
George H.W. Bush has died & it is World AIDS Day. Here's a pic of ACT UP protesting outside his vacation home in Kennebunkport, which many thought was appallingly "uncivil" then. I'm sure some still do. #dontgetoffthelawn pic.twitter.com/BNpy0HSKhI— Richard Kim (@RichardKimNYC) December 1, 2018
Friday, November 30, 2018
It’s past time to end the U.S. complicity in the barbaric war in Yemen. Congress must stop abdicating our responsibilities and send a powerful message to the world. https://t.co/pQWwcgiR8A— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) November 29, 2018
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
The tear-gassing of women and children at the border is an atrocity. It’s a violation of human rights. And it is a grotesque betrayal of our founding promise, as a nation built by immigrants.— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) November 26, 2018
I’ve called for @UN inspectors on the border, and I reiterate that call today. https://t.co/k5mXSs0oFU
Monday, November 26, 2018
The Trump Admin doesn’t want you to read this. At every turn, they have prioritized polluters over people.— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) November 23, 2018
But here’s the truth: Climate change is real. It’s impacting the US. And we are running out of time to stop it. Congress must put #PeopleOverPolluters before it’s too late. https://t.co/Q4lYJYwgSB
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Thank you @IndivisibleTeam for your kind words supporting my bid for House Democratic Caucus Chair: “This is a huge moment for our country, and her fearlessness and vision could make it the moment when we turn toward a better world.”— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) November 25, 2018
Saturday, November 24, 2018
There’s a lot on our to-do list in Congress. Whether it’s restoring voting rights, making health care more affordable, raising the minimum wage, or passing immigration reform — we won’t stop fighting for a better future for all.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) November 24, 2018
Friday, November 23, 2018
Thursday, November 22, 2018
This Thanksgiving, I’m reflecting on this past year. From all of your support — to the people across the country who helped make history on Election Day — there is so much to be thankful for.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) November 22, 2018
Wishing you and your family have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Let’s be clear: voter suppression and disenfranchisement is an attack on our democratic principles that cannot go unanswered. I am proud that the first thing on @HouseDemocrats agenda will be protecting and strengthening voting rights. #ForThePeoplehttps://t.co/eXwu2bHPaQ— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) November 20, 2018
Monday, November 19, 2018
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Want to hear what Republicans’ first big legislative move was since the midterm elections? They blocked the War Powers Resolution in order to keep the United States involved in the Yemen civil war. It’s appalling.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) November 17, 2018
Friday, November 16, 2018
Wildfires are raging across northern and southern California, and have killed at least 44 people since the most recent wildfires started. Over the past year, the fires have caused over $1 billion in damage to property and nearly 7,000 homes and buildings have been destroyed. These wildfires have also had a big impact on California's incarcerated population who have risked their lives fighting wildfires-- two inmates have already been killed this year in the line of duty.And the incarcerated workers fighting these fires are making as little as $1/hour.
Incarcerated firefighters, not protected under any work safety regulations, often return from fighting fires with broken ankles, arms, burns, and suffering from extreme exhaustion. Fighting fires is backbreaking labor and in the state of California, many people who are doing this work have been forced. The common refrain from proponents of the program is that it is completely voluntary--but inmates often face disciplinary action if they refuse to participate. To make matters worse, many of the prisoners doing this work are women, most of whom are mothers, and children. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) boasted in July that over 2,000 incarcerated adults and 58 incarcerated youth were fighting fires. Mothers and children often choose to take on this dangerous work because they are told that it could accelerate their release date and get them back with their families by earning “good behavior, ” but it usually results in just a mere two days off a sentence. On top of all of this, incarcerated firefighters can't even get jobs as firefighters once they are released from prison--because they have felony records.
The CalFire program is not a mutually beneficial exchange, it's a ruthless exploitation of forced, deadly, and essentially unpaid labor. That's why we're calling on the CDCR to end the practice of employing children to fight fires, ensure that incarcerated firefighters receive the same wage as firefighters who aren't incarcerated and that a pathway is created for them to have a real job on the outside.
This is the message we'll send to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Governor Jerry Brown: Here is the Petition:We're calling on you to end the practice of employing children to fight fires, ensure that incarcerated workers in the CalFire firefighter program receive the same wage as firefighters who aren't incarcerated, and that a pathway is created for prisoners working as firefighters while in prison to be able to to do the same job once they are free.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
While Republicans have prioritized tax cuts for the rich and trying to repeal health care for hardworking American families, we’re going to work to reinvigorate the Voting Rights Act and end Congressional gerrymandering.https://t.co/g6byUYdbLG— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) November 14, 2018
And while we're on the subject of Barbara Lee, I ferociously endorse this sentiment as well:
Frankly unless the people suggesting Pelosi step down are advocating someone like Barbara Lee to take her place, I'm uninterested. I'm not going to be giving rhetorical cover to DLC type white men who want to oust her & replace her with a Blue Dog. No thanks.— #Prisonculture (@prisonculture) November 14, 2018
I'm telling House Democrats to investigate voter suppression and save Black political power! I'm joining Color Of Change to demand Democrats use their new majority in the House of Representatives to open investigations into voter suppression. This year we saw widespread suppression of voters in Black communities and other communities of color, and it's time we fight back! Color of Change Petition
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
While it’s great news that courts have once again ruled Trump’s DACA termination was unlawful, it’s past time for Congress to pass permanent protections for Dreamers. Add your name if you agree:https://t.co/xNwIc4wEZh— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) November 12, 2018
Sunday, November 11, 2018
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
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
Sunday, October 28, 2018
The strength of our party and our country lies in our diversity. Let’s do everything we can to elect inspiring women of color into office this November and keep moving forward toward equal representation in our government.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) October 28, 2018
Saturday, October 27, 2018
What we're seeing with Trump's GOP is white supremacy and white supremacy is the furthest thing from a "fluke": it defines American history as much as any other single factor and more than most. But, yeah, girl, I kinda sorta see what you mean and we're all there, feeling the stress strobing like a pulse as the days to the election grow short. HRC should have won and nearly did and won a sizable majority of the vote, and some of the worst excesses, the Court shenanigans and immigration crimes and abandonment of international agreements would not have taken place under HRC, tho' to be honest I'm not sure Republicans majorities would not have tried to impeach Clinton by now for who knows what kind of trumped up nonsense yielding something close to the same shit-show we now face soon enough. It's all true, though, what he says. If Dems don't regain the House and enough governnor's mansions to put a check on the latest white supremacist formation of the GOP (not to mention its cruelty, sexism, homophobia, climate-change denialism, macroeconomic illiteracy, belligerence, gun-nuttery, stubborn stupid parochial death-dealing greedhead anti-intellectualism) Trump will treat it as an endorsement, a mandate, an excuse to unleash his worst authoritarian impulses. The world will rightly abandon America as an unreliable partner and fascism's spread will accelerate under the amplifying pressures of climate change beyond help or hope. It remains to be seen what a best-case outcome and its break on this runaway anti-democratizing Trump train can accomplish even if we win... Trump will likely be brazen, Dems will likely be overcautious, the left base is prone to demoralization after an exhausting couple of years of rage and fear, and the stakes in two years will either be higher than they are even now... or by then the election won't quite matter at all and people will be wondering if it's years too late to make an escape plan. In the longer term, demographics suggest revolutionary possibilities, and the realities of climate catastrophe demand revolutionary adaptations. But it feels like this election tells me whether or not I get to live to see those changes or must live through and probably die in a pointless torment of fascist violence and social upheaval first instead as the clock winds down and the Greenhouse storms arise in earnest.I have mentioned several times in recent days my anxiety about the election less than two weeks from now, one that is caused less by my sense of the likely outcome than the gravity of the stakes involved.... 2016 can be seen as a fluke. A series of perfect storm factors coming together to make Donald Trump President with a minority of the popular vote and razor thin margins in three critical states. 2018, if it’s a winning election for the Republicans, will be a choice. A ratification of everything we’ve seen over the last two years. That will be a reality we’ll all have to contend with for what it says about the state of the country. It will send a signal abroad that this is now the American political reality and unquestionably accelerate all the geo-political processes Trump has spurred or which drove him to the White House in the first place. Domestically the impact will be worse. The political message will be simple: you can do all this stuff and suffer no political consequences. It goes without saying that the climate of violent incitement against the press will accelerate. The President’s ability and willingness to protect himself and his loyalists from the law will grow and be treated as normal. It is difficult to imagine he won’t find a way to end the Mueller probe. At the end of the day, the only real restraint on officeholders isn’t norms or even laws. It’s elections.
Friday, October 26, 2018
Our #EastBay community is bearing the brunt of this housing crisis. This report is a wakeup call - we must work urgently to make sure that all members of our community can live with dignity. https://t.co/Cu1EcUq6xI— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) October 25, 2018
President Trump is now in the process of revealing to the country that his agenda on the signature issue that he believes got him elected is a complete and abject failure. This was inevitable, because — and this is also being unmasked for all to see right now — that agenda rests on a foundation of lies. We are now learning that Trump, who is in rage over the Central American migrants straggling their way through Mexico, may declare a national security emergency in order to completely close down the southern border to Central American asylum seekers. It is perfectly legal for people to present themselves at the border and seek asylum. [emphasis added. --d] But according to The Post, the White House is considering an “executive order” that “would suspend that provision and bar Central Americans as a matter of national security” ... The idea that the migrant “caravan” represents an emergency for the U.S. is absurd. Estimates from Mexican authorities indicate that the caravan, which remains over 900 miles away, has already dramatically dwindled in size, and is now mostly made up of destitute families who are traveling with children and living off of food supplied by people along the way. Indeed, the very fact that Trump has had to lie relentlessly about the caravan’s makeup — he has claimed it is infiltrated by criminals and terrorists, which is utterly false — itself neatly illustrates that it does not present the emergency he and Republicans have hyped into existence. The backdrop to this is an even bigger lie — Trump’s constant suggestion that the border is overrun by undocumented immigrant invaders. In fact, illegal crossings are substantially lower than the levels in recent years. To turn this fake emergency into fodder for a closing campaign message, Trump and Republicans have layered additional lies on top of all those other ones: Democrats orchestrated the caravan; Democrats want to give undocumented immigrants cars and support open borders; and so on.... This is Trump’s Reichstag fire. Not in the sense that Trump is Hitler, but rather in the more general way this term is sometimes used: Trump is perverting imagery of a real event to create a false narrative about what is happening and why; to justify his chosen response to it; and to manipulate public opinion toward other ends...
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
With so much on the line in this year’s elections, we cannot afford to sit at home — we need every eligible voter to head to the polls and help elect a new wave of Democratic leaders on November 6th. Be sure to make a voting plan today!— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) October 23, 2018
Monday, October 22, 2018
Voter suppression targets communities of color. Make no mistake, what is happening in Georgia is clear proof of that. Congress must restore the Voting Rights Act so all Americans can have a say in our democracy. https://t.co/0ztRIgOEK6— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) October 22, 2018
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Tomorrow is the LAST day to register to vote in California. Although there is conditional voter registration through Election Day, save yourself the lines and get registered at https://t.co/E7dLw0Do8t.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) October 21, 2018
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Attacks on health care & protections for preexisting conditions. Tax breaks for the wealthiest few. The rollback of some of our most basic, civil rights. That’s what Republicans in Congress have been up to these past two years. Time to elect new Democratic majorities in 17 days.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) October 20, 2018
Friday, October 19, 2018
Instead of smearing Jamal Khashoggi at President Trump’s behest, @HouseGOP should be working with us to hold Saudi leadership accountable for this atrocity and to end military support for their brutal war in Yemen. https://t.co/ZqiJ9jiDvP— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) October 19, 2018
Thursday, October 18, 2018
President Trump & @HouseGOP’s America: where billionaires get corporate welfare while children and seniors go hungry.— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) October 17, 2018
This is immoral, plain and simple. Congress can do better – by working #ForThePeople, not for the richest. https://t.co/Lz9Kcx0iSB
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
There are only three weeks until Election Day! Was at Ft. Valley State University with @staceyabrams yesterday and it was great to see so many people fired up and ready to vote on November 6. There’s so much at stake. No one can afford to sit this election out. pic.twitter.com/zBf7hEXhM3— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) October 16, 2018
Monday, October 15, 2018
Over the past few years, we’ve seen Republican leaders try to gut health care and raise taxes on middle-class families while ensuring tax giveaways to the wealthy. They’ve looked the other way as Trump rolled back environmental protections. We need new leadership. Vote on Nov. 6.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) October 15, 2018
Sunday, October 14, 2018
No parent should worry about their family’s safety when visiting the park or attending the movies. No American should have to weigh the risks of gun violence in their classroom or their office or their favorite club. It’s time for common sense gun safety reform.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) October 14, 2018
[C]obalt is found in every lithium-ion rechargeable battery on the planet -- from smartphones to tablets to laptops to electric vehicles. It is also used to fashion superalloys to manufacture jet engines, gas turbines and magnetic steel. You cannot send an email, check social media, drive an electric car or fly home for the holidays without using this cobalt... Such companies are collectively worth trillions of dollars. Yet according to Amnesty International in a report at the end of 2017, none of them are making sufficient efforts to ensure that their riches are not being built on the backs of the oppressed women, men and children of the Congo who toil in putrid conditions, endure pitiful wages, grave injury and risk death to mine their cobalt...[T]hey descend into darkness each day, spending up to 24 hours at a time in narrow tunnels unable to stand, hacking away for cobalt. Every minute is suffused with dread, because many tunnels have collapsed in Kasulo, burying alive everyone inside.
Saturday, October 13, 2018
With cameras in the room for a prescription-drug bill signing Wednesday, Trump introduced “the great Larry Kudlow, whose voice is so beautiful. . . . The economy, Larry, how is it doing?”
“Couldn’t be better,” replied Kudlow.
And Kudlow’s message couldn’t be otherwise:
Oct. 7: “Right now, the American economy is crushing it.”
Sept. 28: “We’re crushing it, we’re absolutely crushing it.”
Sept. 17: “We’re crushing it.”
Sept. 6: “We’re crushing it.”
Aug. 28: “America today is just crushing it everywhere.”
Also, from the article:Aug. 17: “We are crushing it. And people say this is not sustainable, it’s a one-quarter blip? It’s just nonsense.”
No doubt they'll get the numbers back up in time for the lies of November.After the Dow Jones industrials plunged 832 points on Wednesday, Larry Kudlow, President Trump’s chief economic adviser, walked up the White House driveway and proclaimed that there was no cause for concern... “Our economy and the people and the workers and entrepreneurs, they’re killing it. We’re the hottest in the world,” Kudlow proclaimed in front of the CNBC camera. “We’re crushing it right now..." But the Pollyanna performance didn’t play well on Wall Street. The Dow lost another 546 points Thursday. The index had a partial recovery Friday but finished the week down 4.2 percent, the third straight weekly decline.
Friday, October 12, 2018
Just 100 companies have been the source of more than 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to a new report. The Carbon Majors Report (pdf) “pinpoints how a relatively small set of fossil fuel producers may hold the key to systemic change on carbon emissions,” says Pedro Faria, technical director at environmental non-profit CDP, which published the report in collaboration with the Climate Accountability Institute... Compiled from a database of publicly available emissions figures, it is intended as the first in a series of publications to highlight the role companies and their investors could play in tackling climate change. The report found that more than half of global industrial emissions since 1988 – the year the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was established – can be traced to just 25 corporate and state-owned entities. The scale of historical emissions associated with these fossil fuel producers is large enough to have contributed significantly to climate change, according to the report. ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Chevron are identified as among the highest emitting investor-owned companies since 1988. If fossil fuels continue to be extracted at the same rate over the next 28 years as they were between 1988 and 2017, says the report, global average temperatures would be on course to rise by 4C by the end of the century. This is likely to have catastrophic consequences including substantial species extinction and global food scarcity risks...
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Once again, in an effort to sabotage the health care markets, the Trump admin will be shutting down https://t.co/g3PAPOEFTr every week during open enrollment. They’re not working #ForThePeople – they’re trying to keep affordable health care out of reach.https://t.co/BpeIc6aB9t— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) October 9, 2018
Tuesday, October 09, 2018
Even after this incredibly difficult week, I still have hope.— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) September 30, 2018
Today, we are one step closer to bringing President Trump to justice and restoring checks and balances to our democracy. https://t.co/tlDgcPl2lN
Monday, October 08, 2018
Standing in solidarity today with those who first called this land home. We must remember the struggles they have endured and honor the contributions they have made to our nation. #IndigenousPeoplesDay2018https://t.co/kOqPu13q3k— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) October 8, 2018
Sunday, October 07, 2018
“If you’ve been feeling a new rage at the flaws of this country, and if your anger is making you want to change your life in order to change the world, then I have something incredibly important to say: Don’t forget how this feels.”https://t.co/j8pjPeLODu— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) October 5, 2018