Steve Bullock is not John Hickenlooper, and John Hickenlooper is not Jay Inslee, but they do blend seamlessly into a haze of slight jowls and ruddy whiteness, such that if you puree their chromosomes in a laboratory, you might get Michael Bennet, who is also running for president, even though you can’t remember who he is or what he looks like. It is also important to note that Seth Moulton is not Tim Ryan, and Tim Ryan is not Eric Swalwell -- but they might as well be, because each of them is an avatar of ish-ness: young-ish, handsome-ish and nonexistent-ish, with each polling close to zero in the 2020 Democratic presidential race, which feels like it started a generation ago and will probably continue until your uncle declares, too, sometime during Thanksgiving dinner later this year. Now add Bill de Blasio to the mix, because Bill de Blasio added himself to the mix Thursday, because what we need right now is Bill de Blasio in the mix, running for president...This expresses at the tonal level of contemporary punditry-qua-celebrity-gossip a comparable and far more serious mediocrity of policy substance or imaginative heft across the sprawl of these pale, stale, male also-rans. A feeling of eerie unequalness to the urgent tasks we truly and collectively face. Now, I'm still personally quite impressed by Elizabeth Warren's campaign and I'm still keeping my eyes on Kamala Harris' superior organization, and I guess it is edifying that they are both settling into the middle of the pack of Democratic contenders for now, well beneath Biden and Bernie (neither of whom excite me at all, except my occasional disgust, tho' of course I will instantly vote for either against the execrable authoritarian bigot Trump), but well within contention as campaign vicissitudes begin to tell. The Republicans are terrifying me, the Democrats are disappointing me (in ways that are also a bit terrifying): this has been true since I came into political awareness in the 80s, of course, but like everything in Trump-stage, that is to say probably terminal stage, America everything is just that much more surreally worse.
Using Technology to Deepen Democracy, Using Democracy to Ensure Technology Benefits Us All
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
The 2001 AUMF has been used to justify military action in more than 40 countries. It’s past time for us to hold a debate & vote #StopEndlessWar – especially since more than 80% of current members of Congress weren’t in office when we voted on it in 2001. pic.twitter.com/cRy4jibUiI— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) May 22, 2019
Washington has become the first state in the US to legalise human composting. Under the new law, people there can now choose to have their body turned into soil after their death. The process is seen as an alternative to cremations and burials, and as a practical option in cities where land for graveyards is scarce. At the end of the composting, loved ones are given the soil, which they can use in planting flowers, vegetables or trees. The bill was signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday... Katrina Spade, who lobbied for the law to be introduced, founded a company that could be the first to provide the service. "Recomposition offers an alternative to embalming and burial or cremation that is natural, safe, sustainable, and will result in significant savings in carbon emissions and land usage[.]"Sign me up the minute it is legal in California. Feed me to a plum, ginkgo, apple-pear, or maple tree, and I might manage to facilitate after death some small beauty in and healing of the world. Would go some way to compensate my many ineptitudes trying the same in life.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Monday, May 20, 2019
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Summer 2019, Session A, 2-4.30pm., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 88 Dwinelle Hall
Instructor, Dale Carrico: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com;
Course Blog: http://whatiscompelling.blogspot.com
Participation/Attendance/In-Class Activities, 25%; Reading Notebook, 15%; Mid-Term Exam, 30%; Final Paper, 5-6pp., 30%. (Rough Basis for Final Grade, subject to contingencies)
The arc of the moral universe is a longing... and it bends from just us.
This course provides students with tools they can use to make better, more compelling, arguments and also to read arguments in better, more critical, ways. We will draw the tools for our argumentative toolboxes from the long history of rhetoric, from sophistical dissoi logoi, to the Aristotelian appeals, to Quintilian's four master tropes, to the rich archive of formal and informal fallacies, to argument modeled on litigation via Toulmin's schema, to argument modeled on mediation via Rogerian synthesis, to the pragmatism of the ends of argument. All the while we are workshopping these technical skills we will also be reading and discussing a range of texts that tackle questions of the reach and forms of violence and nonviolence in historical struggle and in everyday life. These texts will likewise draw from a long history, from Immanuel Kant, Martin Luther King, Jr., Frantz Fanon and Hannah Arendt to Arundhati Roy, Judith Butler, and Ta-Nehisi Coates. We will also talk through a play by Euripides, an essay by Nietzsche, a novel by Octavia Butler, a film by Cronenberg… The crucial thing to understand about the course is that we will not be taking on two separate projects, one practical and another theoretical. This course proposes that there is an indispensable relation between the traditional focus of rhetoric as instruction in the art of making compelling arguments and the theoretical preoccupation of many rhetoricians with questions of what violence or compulsion ultimately consists. It is commonplace to see Persuasion offered up as an alternative to the violent adjudication of disputes or hear Argument idealized as a space "outside" of violence. But the truth is that many arguments rely on the acceptance of a violent status quo or depend on conventional assumptions that deny marginal testimonies to violation. Also, many arguments stealthily threaten violence while at once congratulating themselves on their peacefulness. Ultimately, the course proposes that it is rhetoric's definitive concern with the traffic between the literal and figurative dimensions of language and its situated understanding of truth-telling that connects the work of rhetoric with a project of reconciliation that resists violence even as we cannot help but risk it.
A Provisional Schedule of Meetings
May 28 SKILL SET: Key Definitions
 Rhetoric is the facilitation of efficacious discourse as well as an ongoing inquiry into the terms on the basis of which discourse comes to seem efficacious or not.
 A text is an event experienced as arising from intention, offered up to the hearing of an audience, and obligating a responsiveness equal to it.
 An argument is a claim supported by reasons and/or evidence.
Introductions: Rhetoric as occasional, interested, figurative; The literal as conventional, the figurative as deviant.
May 29 SKILL SET: Reading Critically/Writing Critically; Audience/Intentions -- Audiences: Sympathetic, Unsympathetic, Apathetic; Intentions: Interrogation, Conviction, Persuasion, Reconciliation
Euripides: Hecuba (Here is a link to the last few lines of the play, cut off from the online version for some reason)
May 30 SKILL SET: Aristotelian rhetoric; Ethos, Pathos, Logos; Writing A Precis
Immanuel Kant, Idea for a Universal History with a Cosmopolitan Purpose
June 4 SKILL SET: Four Habits of Argumentative Writing: 1. Formulate a Strong Thesis, 2. Define Your Terms, 3, Substantiate/Contextualize, 4, Anticipate Objections; Performativity
Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence
June 5 SKILL SET: The Toulmin Schema
William May, "Rising to the Occasion of Our Death" (In-Class Handout)
Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail
Logan Rimel, My "Nonviolent" Stance Was Met With Heavily Armed Men
supplemental/referenced texts this week:
Henry David Thoreau, A Plea for Captain John Brown
Howard Zinn, On Henry David Thoreau and When To Resist An Immoral State
Ella Baker, Bigger Than A Hamburger
Combahee River Collective Statement
June 11 SKILL SET: Logoi Dissoi
June 13 SKILL SET: Literal/Figurative Language; Figures, Tropes, Schemes; Four Master Tropes
Nietzsche, On Truth and the Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense
supplemental/referenced texts this week:
Angela Davis, Abolition Democracy
Nietzsche, selections from The Gay Science
June 12 Mid-Term Examination
June 13 Screening and Discussion of the Film, "A History of Violence," dir. Cronenberg
June 14 Hannah Arendt, Reflections On Violence and "Must Eichmann Hang?" (In-Class Handout)
June 19 Octavia Butler, Kindred (Purchase in time for class. ISBN-10: 0807083690 ISBN-13: 978-0807083697)
June 20 SKILL SET: Debate
Correspondence of Tolstoy and Gandhi
Jane Addams, New Ideals of Peace: Passing of the War Virtues
supplemental/referenced texts this week:
Mohandas K. Gandhi, The Meaning and Practice of Ahimsa
Karuna Matena, The Power of Nonviolence
Gene Sharp, How Nonviolent Struggle Works
June 26 Rob Nixon, Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (Introduction, pp. -44.).
Friday, May 17, 2019
Only 20 states have laws protecting LGBTQ Americans against discrimination. DespiteTrump’s attempts to stonewall our progress, the #EqualityAct will move our country in the right direction.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) May 16, 2019
.@HouseDemocrats took a huge step forward today by passing the #EqualityAct, ensuring that everyone has equal rights — regardless of who they are or who they love. Let's keep working #ForThePeople! #HR5 pic.twitter.com/SrenszTEUr— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) May 17, 2019
Thursday, May 16, 2019
The Trump administration is denying LGBTQ couples from passing their citizenship onto children “born out of wedlock.” This outrageous policy dehumanizes and delegitimizes LGBTQ families. I won’t stand for it.https://t.co/HWTbjq8ZEH— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) May 16, 2019
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
The Trump Administration’s continued steps to escalate tensions with Iran is dangerous and undermines the prospects of any diplomatic solution. We cannot afford a disastrous war against Iran. #StopEndlessWar https://t.co/of0aEBjTWh— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) May 14, 2019
Monday, May 13, 2019
No one should be fired because of who they love. But for #LGBTQ Americans in 30 states, no law protects them from this happening. It's time to put an end to end this discrimination and pass the #EqualityAct. #HR5 https://t.co/XDrRJbFfC5— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) May 13, 2019
Sunday, May 12, 2019
As we celebrate #MothersDay today, we cannot forget the thousands of families that are still separated due to Trump’s inhumane family separation policy. #EndFamilySeparation #UntilEveryFamilyIsReunited pic.twitter.com/hNteX1O8Wp— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) May 12, 2019
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Another week, another community in America terrorized by gun violence. When is enough going to be enough? Democrats are ready to act. It’s time for the GOP to prioritize the lives of our children and future over the NRA.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) May 11, 2019
Friday, May 10, 2019
Thursday, May 09, 2019
More than 40 years of the discriminatory Hyde Amendment is far too long. Let’s #BeBoldEndHyde so all women, regardless of how little they earn or where they live, have access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare. @AppropsDems pic.twitter.com/dUXvd2Rc7E— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) May 8, 2019
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Thoughts and prayers are a beautiful thing, but to protect our children and our communities, we need real, commonsense gun reform. And that’s exactly what House Democrats plan to do. https://t.co/1aLALQV1OI— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) May 7, 2019
Tuesday, May 07, 2019
It’s been one year since Trump instituted his inhumane family separation policy, and what I said last summer stands true: This never should have happened. I’ll keep fighting to make sure no more families have to endure this pain. #EndFamilySeparation #UntilEveryFamilyIsReunited pic.twitter.com/28D9LLeL0x— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) May 7, 2019
Sunday, May 05, 2019
The Trump admin aims to deny #homecare workers —many women & women of color— the ability to choose a strong union to fight for higher wages. This country has a long history of telling working women what they can and cannot do. It’s time to stop! #RiseUpHomeCare— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) May 5, 2019
Happy 167th birthday to the beautiful city of Oakland! I am so glad to call you home. pic.twitter.com/5pQgExkuz0— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) May 4, 2019
Saturday, May 04, 2019
Trump just got one step closer to dismantling the *entire* Affordable Care Act. We won’t let his administration get away with stripping life-saving health care from millions of Americans. Democrats will always fight to #ProtectOurCare.https://t.co/JROjt3vTIe— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) May 4, 2019
Friday, May 03, 2019
Thursday, May 02, 2019
The number of people experiencing homelessness is increasing across the country, especially in California. It’s an absolute disgrace that people are forced to choose between medicine, rent, and food.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) May 2, 2019
Affordable housing is a basic human right.
Wednesday, May 01, 2019
On #MayDay, we’re reminded that working Americans still don’t make a living wage while giant corporations rake in the profits. Today, and everyday, we must recognize how important unions are to representing and fighting for everyday Americans.https://t.co/yEG03yxQAF— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) May 1, 2019
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Racism is a public health issue. African American women are 4x more likely to die from childbirth than white women and African American men are dying from police brutality at alarming rates. We must acknowledge and fight institutionalized racism before any more lives are lost.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) April 30, 2019
It's just common sense. pic.twitter.com/ULko6MjPXW— The Labour Party (@UKLabour) April 29, 2019
Wish Labour was more consistently anti-Brexit, but won't quibble when their ads are this effectively educational. Also wish business school undergrads (if they must exist) watched this and skipped the libertopian macroeconomic miseducations they receive too often instead.
Monday, April 29, 2019
Sunday, April 28, 2019
The housing crisis is real and affecting cities across the country, especially in California. The American Housing and Economic Mobility Act is the bold action we need to help expand affordable, accessible housing for all.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) April 28, 2019
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Friday, April 26, 2019
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Five years ago the #FlintWaterCrisis began and this community along with many others across the country still face a water crisis. As one of the wealthiest countries in the world, it’s downright shameful we can’t guarantee everyone access to clean water.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) April 26, 2019
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Title X ensures that everyone, regardless of income, has access to basic care like birth control, cancer screenings, and HIV tests. Trump’s Title X gag rule would strip this essential care from millions. I’m fighting to end this administration’s dangerous attacks on women.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) April 24, 2019
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Saturday, April 20, 2019
On #420, millions will gather to celebrate marijuana. But for many, it’s just another painful reminder of our nation’s discriminatory practices. My Marijuana Justice Act would reform our outdated marijuana laws while providing restorative justice to communities of color.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) April 20, 2019
Friday, April 19, 2019
I'm not endorsing a candidate yet because it's too early. But Elizabeth Warren keeps impressing me with her moral clarity, practical plans, and willingness to tackle corruption head on. Pay attention to Elizabeth Warren -- not just for 2020 but for today.— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) April 19, 2019
Same. Same. Same.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Don’t let this get lost in the headlines today. Under Trump’s reign, Border Patrol is forcing immigrants to stay in filthy conditions without places to sleep. It’s inhumane. https://t.co/m0JH4hPrsn— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) April 18, 2019
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
The US’ participation in the Saudi-led war on Yemen is unconstitutional and wrong. Trump’s veto undermines Congress’ constitutional power on matters of war and peace, and will only serve to continue one of the world’s greatest humanitarian crises. #YemenCantWait https://t.co/j479yCPvba— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) April 17, 2019
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
: Despite dozens of states legalizing some form of cannabis, thousands of people continue to be criminalized for possession. It's critical we do more than just legalize – we need to address the legacy of the failed War on Drugs too. #MarijuanaJustice https://t.co/2nwpQsoHvK— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) April 16, 2019
Monday, April 15, 2019
OneHostility to taxes is commonplace among self-styled anarchists, as well as for right-wing "conservatives" whose advocacy of "smaller" or "more limited" government might as well be anarchism, since always only advocating ever smaller, ever more limited government without ever indicating what good government actually should be and alone can accomplish is substantially equivalent to blanket anti-governmentality in principle. Exploitation of discontent over taxes is also commonplace among neoliberal/neoconservative right-wing politicians and thinkers who want to ensure taxes subsidize primarily the fortunes of incumbent elites through extractive-industrial-financial corporate-militarism backed by complacent consumerism and organized violence. I for one do not want to smash states, but to democratize them. And an understanding and championing of taxes should be no less indispensable to the work of democratization as its obfuscation and demonization is indispensable to the work of anti-democratization.
TwoTaxes are not really the price we pay for a civilized society -- in Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.'s, influential phrase -- for civilization is priceless. This is just to say that commonwealth is not a private commodity but a public good. Taxes are not, for example, fees for discrete services that might be provided otherwise, nor are taxes a price for which there might be discount alternatives. Perhaps the true spirit of Holmes' phrase is captured best in a negative formulation: anti-tax zealots would appear to believe that civilization is the only free lunch.
ThreeCertainly taxes are not theft, as anarchists of the right and the left are so pleased to declare, since taxation is a precondition for the constitution and ongoing intelligibility of the claim to ownership on which notions of theft depend in the first place.
FourNeither should taxes be mischaracterized as forced contributions to what might instead be charitable causes, since the basic rights secured through taxation cannot be regarded as matters of charity else they are not truly rights but mere favors bestowed by privileged elites.
FiveTaxes are not, however annoying they may seem, burdens on our freedom so much as essential enablers of freedom. Taxes, government bonds, and public fees support the public investments maintaining the legal, infrastructural, and administrative material conditions alone within which political freedom can abide.
SixTaxes ameliorate undemocratic concentrations of wealth and authority to secure sufficient equity among citizens of diverse fortune. The equity valued by democracy ensures that the diversity also valued by democracy does not disable the demanding and costly democratic processes facilitating collective responsibility, expression, criticism, problem-solving and the interminable reconciliation of the aspirations of all the people with whom we share and contest the present world.
SevenTaxes pay for the maintenance of institutions providing nonviolent alternatives for the adjudication of disputes. Taxes pay to secure basic needs to ensure that the scene of consent to everyday association is reliably informed and is non-duressed by the threat of deprivation, inequity, or insecurity. And taxes pay for the accountable administration of commons and public goods without which they are inevitably violated and exploited for short-term profit-taking by minorities to the cost and risk of majorities. Far from representing quintessential state violence, taxes are the enabling condition of a democratic state facilitating nonviolence.
EightTaxes coupled to representation itself ("No Taxation Without Representation") tie the maintenance of government as such -- an organization invested with legitimate recourse to force with all the clear dangers inhering in that state of affairs -- inextricably to public accountability and democratic legitimacy.
NineTaxing more those who profit more by their personal recourse to the shared inheritance of human knowledge and culture, to the shared substance of precarious environmental resources on which we all depend for our survival and flourishing, and to the ongoing benefits of collaboratively maintained infrastructure, institutions, norms, trust, legitimacy, and security is not unfair in the least. Progressive taxation follows quite simply from a recognition of the indisputable fact of our radical inter-dependence as both productive and vulnerable beings in the world. This same recognition, of course, is also the foundation for fairness.
TenWhenever a right wing politician declares all government wasteful, criminal, or corrupt you should pay close attention, because he is revealing his intentions. Wherever government is meant to be of by and for the people, to be anti-government always means to be against the great majority of the people.
At the same time the House was holding hearings about combating #WhiteSupremacy, people were burning black churches to the ground. The American people need to grapple with our country's legacy of racism before more people are hurt. #EndHate https://t.co/Go3yZbCbTh— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) April 14, 2019
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Friday, April 12, 2019
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
It’s outrageous that Republicans are warning pharmaceutical companies to not comply with investigations into skyrocketing drug prices. As usual, Republicans are siding with Big Pharma and their seven-figure checks over everyday Americans.https://t.co/3uyL3rMdne— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) April 10, 2019
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
We're seeing more and more violent crimes inspired by white nationalist rhetoric. Last year alone, hate crimes across America rose 17% – the third consecutive year that such crimes increased. #EndHate https://t.co/RZUz0l2itl— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) April 9, 2019
Monday, April 08, 2019
Sunday, April 07, 2019
Winning the war on poverty is going to take work. A lot of work. We must revamp our education system, invest in public assistance, extend public transit, raise the minimum wage — and above all, we must level the playing field so everyone can succeed. But this fight is worth it.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) April 7, 2019
Saturday, April 06, 2019
The American people deserve truth, transparency, and accountability. Every presidential candidate since Nixon has released their tax returns. If Trump is so unwilling to release his own, it begs the question: what is he trying to hide?— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) April 6, 2019
Friday, April 05, 2019
46 states have some legalized some form of cannabis. Yet far too many people still face federal prosecution and roadblocks in their daily lives — especially people of color. I’m proud to support the #STATESAct to stop federal interference in legal cannabis enterprises. pic.twitter.com/lhjTHB1Sft— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) April 4, 2019
Thursday, April 04, 2019
Today, I voted to end the United States’ unconstitutional role in the war in Yemen. The humanitarian crisis facing millions of Yeminis grows worse by the day -- and our complicity in their suffering is immoral and inexcusable. #YemenCantWait pic.twitter.com/3JYEX6DVuD— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) April 4, 2019
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
I was there and saw first-hand children in prison, sleeping on cement floors, crying for their parents. All while you’re insisting nothing is happening. Shame on you! https://t.co/LR3H4YYmsp— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) April 2, 2019
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Immigrants often seek shelter in the United States because they’re fleeing from violence back home. If the GOP truly wanted to curb immigration, they would focus on supporting and uplifting countries abroad. https://t.co/CgZtMaEi4h— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) April 2, 2019
Monday, April 01, 2019
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Republicans are trying to strip millions of Americans of life-saving health care — again. I’m going to continue fighting to ensure that health care is a right for each and every one of us.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) March 31, 2019
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Preferential college admission for donors and alumni often discriminates against students of color. We must end these archaic practices and give all students an equal opportunity to attend their dream schools. https://t.co/GvoRDiCnrY— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) March 30, 2019
Friday, March 29, 2019
It's shameful it took a massive public outcry for Trump to do the right thing.— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) March 28, 2019
By the way, Mr. President, Congress decides what the government funds – and we were going to ignore your cruel request anyway. https://t.co/uoIb3daz1P
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Wars in the Middle East have cost our nation trillions of dollars, leading to thousands of deaths, and causing untold damage both here at home and abroad. Congress must recognize the devastating effects of #EndlessWar and commit to finally end them. https://t.co/8ahZwWc2e7— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) March 27, 2019
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
It’s appalling that Betsy DeVos is STILL trying to cut funding from our amazing Special Olympic athletes. This is yet another example that Trump and DeVos are putting their wealthy friends ahead of everyday families. #TrumpBudget https://t.co/Oy8pdEAP02— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) March 27, 2019
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
🌸I can finally publicly talk about it. We’re developing WILD SEED! 😃!! https://t.co/gZT5XS1icc— Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (@Nnedi) March 26, 2019
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Water is a human right. On #WorldWaterDay, we’re reminded of all the people in the world who don’t have access to clean water — including millions living right here in the United States. It’s been five years since the Flint water crisis and we can’t forget the painful effects.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) March 22, 2019
Friday, March 22, 2019
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Health care is a right. Full stop. I will keep fighting until everyone — no matter who they are or how much they make — has the security of knowing a surprise hospital bill won’t bankrupt them.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) March 21, 2019
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
16 years ago, the US launched a misguided and unjust invasion of Iraq, costing the US trillions of dollars and both countries thousands of lives. I opposed the war then. I will continue advocating for diplomacy and fighting to reign in our endless wars around the globe.— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) March 20, 2019
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Monday, March 18, 2019
The EPA's #PoisonPlan is a direct threat to the health and safety of communities of color. Almost 70% of African Americans and 40% of Latinx communities live within 30 miles of a coal plant – putting them at an even higher risk of toxic exposure. https://t.co/dBaHSLMpEr— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) March 18, 2019
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Proud of the students in Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda, and around the country who are demanding action on climate change today! Know that I am in this fight with you and for you. #ClimateStrike 💪🏾🌳 https://t.co/txHePMWvVz— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) March 15, 2019
Friday, March 15, 2019
Thursday, March 14, 2019
President Trump appeared to threaten potential violence against his political opponents, telling Breitbart [find it yourself] that “it would be very bad, very bad” if his supporters were provoked into getting “tough.” Said Trump: “I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump -- I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough -- until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.”No, I'm not "surprised" -- I'm disgusted, enraged, and as righteously motivated to expose and defeat Republican authoritarians (and their enablers) as ever, thanks.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
At the core of our nation is the idea that ALL are created equal – but in 30 states, LGBTQ people are at risk of being— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) March 13, 2019
...because of who they are. I’m proud to cosponsor the #EqualityAct to end patchwork protections for LGBTQ Americans.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
When factoring in cost of living and inflation, the the average American worker feels the sting of a flat economy. The #GOPTaxScam benefited the wealthy while everyday families are paying for it. How do we get back on track? #RaiseTheWage.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) March 12, 2019
Monday, March 11, 2019
Sunday, March 10, 2019
We all have a fundamental right to quality health care, good public education, a living wage, and affordable housing. They should never depend on where you live or how deep your pockets are.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) March 10, 2019
Saturday, March 09, 2019
Paul Manafort:— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) March 8, 2019
-$55 million in bank and tax fraud.
-given 47 months.
Fate Vincent Winslow:
-sold $20 of marijuana.
-given LIFE IN PRISON.
Marijuana charges regularly net longer sentences than Manafort—we need #MarijuanaJustice to fix our broken system. https://t.co/q64uRKTWSP
Friday, March 08, 2019
Don’t let the chaos coming out of Washington distract you from what we’re fighting for:— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) March 8, 2019
✅ Medicare for All
✅ Save the Internet Act
✅ Debt Free College Bill
✅ Green New Deal
✅ Marijuana Justice Act
Thursday, March 07, 2019
Make no mistake: the GOP is packing our courts with anti-LGBTQ and other extremist judges who will impact our nation for generations. We must do everything we can to fight back. https://t.co/GejH22RVR7— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) March 7, 2019
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
This is incredible news — and more evidence that we can end the HIV epidemic and achieve an AIDS-free generation by investing in high quality research and treatment programs.https://t.co/gLqLGb8tKq— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) March 5, 2019
Monday, March 04, 2019
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) March 3, 2019
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Saturday, March 02, 2019
In the wealthiest nation in the world, there is no reason any child should ever go hungry. The first step to tackling child poverty is addressing the systemic barriers that keep low-income families, especially those of color, trapped at the bottom.https://t.co/DI3DTVZhJ4— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) March 2, 2019
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Nearly 40,000 Americans died in 2017 as a result of gun violence. That’s not a pattern—that’s an epidemic. The House just passed #HR8 to start getting commonsense, bipartisan solutions in place. #NeverAgain #EndGunViolence pic.twitter.com/dL9breeQhF— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) February 27, 2019
Background checks work. Period. The current system has already stopped more than 3 million sales to prohibited purchasers. I am proud to stand with my colleagues to help save lives by passing universal background checks. #HR8 https://t.co/ll1ePrOB7A— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) February 27, 2019
Quality health care isn’t a luxury for the rich – it’s a human right. #MedicareForAll will provide comprehensive, affordable health care for ALL. I’m proud to cosponsor this important legislation with my friend @RepJayapal and over 100 other cosponsors pic.twitter.com/vHRV7ZytZk— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) February 27, 2019