Using Technology to Deepen Democracy, Using Democracy to Ensure Technology Benefits Us All
Saturday, December 19, 2020
All of the state attorneys general and U.S. Congress members who collaborated with President Trump in his attempt to subvert the Constitution and stay in office....
Friday, December 11, 2020
Friday, December 04, 2020
The bill is passed.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) December 4, 2020
As co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, I’m proud of this victory for racial justice. We are one step closer to ending the failed War on Drugs and our nation’s discriminatory marijuana laws. https://t.co/XWxqvcxU7p
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Saturday, November 07, 2020
Friday, November 06, 2020
New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota, Mississippi, & Montana have all voted to legalize recreational or medical marijuana.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) November 6, 2020
As states lead the way for cannabis reform, we are one step closer to bringing cannabis justice to Congress.https://t.co/oHLdR65ak0
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Thursday, October 22, 2020
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” — MLK— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) October 22, 2020
Young people in Nigeria are bearing the brunt of police brutality & refuse to take this injustice any longer. I stand firmly in solidarity with the Nigerian people in their fight for freedom & equality. #EndSARS
Monday, October 12, 2020
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
The whistleblower complaint about forced sterilization at ICE facilities must be investigated. Cruel and inhumane treatment cannot be tolerated.— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) September 15, 2020
It’s a moral disgrace and a violation of basic human rights. https://t.co/uplAdIHj4n
Wednesday, September 09, 2020
The East Bay sky this morning is like nothing we have ever seen. This is the border of Oakland & Emeryville at 8 a.m.— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) September 9, 2020
Everyone please stay safe and follow all fire and smoke safety guidelines. pic.twitter.com/NPxYVTWqH7
Saturday, August 15, 2020
Friday, August 07, 2020
Thursday, August 06, 2020
Sunday, July 26, 2020
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Monday, July 20, 2020
Saturday, July 18, 2020
About John Lewis: “He loved this country so much that he risked his life and his blood so that it might live up to its promise. And through the decades, he not only gave all of himself to the cause of freedom and justice, but inspired generations that followed to try to live up to his example.” -- Barack Obama
Monday, July 13, 2020
We are in a pandemic that has killed over 130,000 people and our defense budget is STILL 90 times the CDC’s budget. We cannot allow this to continue. Read my latest with @repmarkpocan on ending wasteful defense spending.https://t.co/VYrKWCQpJi— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) July 13, 2020
Monday, July 06, 2020
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Monday, June 29, 2020
Friday, June 26, 2020
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Friday, June 19, 2020
Today is #Juneteenth. As we celebrate and honor Black freedom, we must always remember the painful and dangerous legacy that white supremacy has on our country. We have a long way to go to achieve true freedom, but we must never stop fighting for justice.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) June 19, 2020
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Monday, June 15, 2020
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Police accountability starts with passing the Justice in Policing Act which includes:— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) June 10, 2020
- Banning on chokeholds and no-knock warrants
- Demilitarizing our police
- Establishing a police misconduct database
- Collecting data on use of force
- Making lynching a federal hate crime
Monday, June 08, 2020
[E]very high-quality national poll with proper education weighting had Joe Biden leading Donald Trump two months ago by an average of 6.2%. And nearly every one of them have him leading by more today, by an average of 10.2%... Biden’s lead is not only larger than Hillary Clinton’s in 2016, “it’s more secure.”Pointing out this sort of thing isn't about counting chickens before they hatch (tho' Oscar Wilde insisted that that's the only sensible time to count chickens, since they move around so much after they hatch), this is, for me at least, about resisting despair and trying to be sensible. It is awfully encouraging to think that the Trump epoch might soon really end. It is also encouraging to think the present righteous uprisings against white supremacy and police violence are instilling well the lesson that it isn't enough to vote for Democrats like Biden but necessary to push even the best Democrats (of whom Biden is far from one) from across the democratic left where we are to ensure they do what we elect them to do after the election is done.
Sunday, June 07, 2020
We have a right to peacefully protest without teargas, rubber bullets, and excessive force. I condemn the spike in violence toward peaceful protesters who are marching for justice. It needs to stop.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) June 7, 2020
Thursday, June 04, 2020
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Course Blog: aclashoffuturisms.blogspot.com
Instructor: Dale Carrico email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Schedule of Meetings (Subject to Change, Check Online Version for Updates)
Ted Goertzel, "Methods and Approaches of Future Studies"
Roland Barthes, from Mythologies, "The Nautilus and the Drunken Boat," “Jet-Man," "Plastic" (for the relevant passages scroll to pp. 65-67, 88-90, 97-99.)
Audrey Watters: The Best Way to Predict the Future Is To Issue A Press Release
Nathan Pensky: Ray Kurzweil Is Wrong
Jaron Lanier: The First Church of Robotics
Week Three: Ecology
John Bellamy Foster,
Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Race And/As Technology
Critical Arts Ensemble, Eugenics: The Second Wave
Alison Kafer, from Feminist, Queer, Crip
FT Marinetti, War, The World's Only Hygiene
Valentine de Saint-Point, Futurist Manifesto of Lust
Luigi Russolo, The Art of Noises
Karen Pinkus, Futurism: Proto Punk
Tananarive Due, Afrofuturism: Dreams to Banish Nightmares
Nnedi Okorafor, The Magical Negro (this one page story is the first in Okorafor's wonderful collection Kabu Kabu, and the easiest way to read it free is just to preview the book at Amazon, and scroll to the story)
Nnedi Okorafor: On Stephen King's Super-Duper Magical Negroes
Monday, June 01, 2020
The first Pride was a riot.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) June 1, 2020
As we begin Pride month, let’s not forget that Pride started with transgender women of color: Marsha P. Johnson & Sylvia Rivera, who led the initial Stonewall riots. We must remember that people of color are at the forefront of every social movement. pic.twitter.com/iCunFHvxAc
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Happy #MothersDay to all the moms, grandmas, and moms-to-be!— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) May 10, 2020
#FrontlineMoms are make up the majority of minimum wage, essential workers. We need to put women ahead of corporations and ensure they have child care, equal pay, sick leave, and quality, affordable health care!
Thursday, May 07, 2020
When two white men called the police after shooting Ahmaud Arbery, they said, ‘He’s a Black man running down our road.’— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) May 7, 2020
Our country is failing communities of color. My heart goes out to Ahmaud Arbery’s family and loved ones. We deserve justice.
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Monday, May 04, 2020
Health care workers are losing their jobs or seeing hours cut.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) May 4, 2020
Hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.
People are delaying necessary medical treatments like check-ups.
Any health care system built on making profits will never be good enough. We need #MedicareForAll.
Thursday, April 30, 2020
The struggle for justice continues no matter who is in office. Do not give in to despair as we must always fight for a better world. Thank you, @StevePtweets, for your words, support, and contributions to our people-powered movement. https://t.co/TDc4SHN1gR— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) April 30, 2020
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Global health scholars propose a jobs program to ‘put millions of Americans to work caring for one another’: Gregg Gonsalves and Amy Kapczynski, directors of the Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale, write that “the coronavirus pandemic illuminates the need “for a new politics of care, one organized around a commitment to universal provision for human needs; countervailing power for workers, people of color, and the vulnerable; and a rejection of carceral approaches to social problems.” The challenge is “to aim at ‘non-reformist reforms’-- reforms that embody a vision of the different world we want, and that work from a theory of power-building that recognizes that real change requires changing who has a say in our political process.” Gonsalves and Kapczynski argue for the launch of a “massive new jobs program,” a community health corps that “would put millions of Americans to work caring for one another, and with far more sweeping goals than just turning around the sky-rocketing unemployment figures we see today. It would serve our needs for a vast force that can track and trace the virus, but add to it workers who can support those in need, all while securing our health and building real solidarity among us.”
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Sunday, April 19, 2020
Americans should not have to risk their health and safety to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming election. We need to expand voter access by pushing for national #VoteByMail for all.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) April 19, 2020
Friday, April 17, 2020
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Gallup: “As President Trump works to contain the damage from the novel coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., the rally in support he enjoyed as the nation entered a virtual lockdown has faded. His job approval rating, now 43%, has slipped six percentage points since mid-March when he earned 49% approval, which tied his personal best... The six-point decline in the president’s approval rating is the sharpest drop Gallup has recorded for the Trump presidency so far, largely because Trump’s ratings have been highly stable and have yet to reach the historical average for presidents (back to 1945) of 53%.”It's always mattered before, here's hoping Trump's ongoing unprecedented unpopularity will topple the tyrant and his toadies, whereupon the diversifying, secularizing, socializing, planetizing rising generations will put this country and the world on a more equitable and sustainable path. Of course, it's hard to feel hopeful after the events of the last few years -- especially knowing just how eagerly and brazenly garbage Republicans will lie, cheat, steal, and kill to prevail -- and coming hard on the heels of a life-long generational slide into this stupid ugly evil morass, but with a hard fight we might just beat back the Nazis and clear a breathing space for something better to be born in. It's hard to imagine a more dreary vehicle than Joe Biden to invest with our hopes, but my own choice Elizabeth Warren didn't seem to fire the imagination or earn the trust of the Democratic base, and the Democratic party is the imperfect but available instrument through which we best defeat the worst and enact the better for now, so, here we go, I suppose, here we go.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
No one should lose their health care in a global pandemic.— Barbara Lee (@BLeeForCongress) April 15, 2020
I’m proud to stand with House Democrats as we fight to ensure Americans who have lost their jobs and their health care as a result of COVID-19 still receive the coverage they deserve. https://t.co/cdvrH3haJQ
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Saturday, April 11, 2020
To the Board of Trustees and Administration of SFAI:
The faculty, students, staff and alumni have been dismayed to hear of the board making critical decisions about the future of the school during closed meetings, without enlisting the community, and apparently without due diligence.
SFAI is eligible to receive millions of dollars in assistance from the federal government’s CARES act, COVID-19 response. Yet decisions about the future of the school -- including layoffs and potential closure -- are set to take place without exhaustive efforts to receive this assistance. Furthermore, even after continued pleas, communication from the board remains inadequate.
In order to establish trust, and ensure an inclusive process, we demand the following:
𝟭. 𝗡𝗼 𝗰𝗹𝗼𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝘀𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗼𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗲𝘀 𝗺𝗲𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀. ALL board deliberations must be open and accessible to all school constituents, regardless of attendees’ voting privileges. (NOTE: Section 8.07 of the Trustees bylaws provides language on making necessary amendments).
𝟮. 𝗡𝗼 𝗹𝗮𝘆𝗼𝗳𝗳𝘀 of any staff or faculty, including adjuncts, shall take place until such time as all available federal, state, and local aid has been thoroughly and exhaustively sought, and these efforts have been transparently communicated to the school.
𝟯. 𝗡𝗼 𝗱𝗲𝗰𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 shall take place without the full consultation of all stakeholders, and again without fully seeking all available aid. We expect the board to provide full accounting and reporting of efforts to receive federal money to the school community and/or our representatives.
We are here to help SFAI and the community, and we need to prevent the repetition of past mistakes. Should the board fail to agree to these crucial needs for accountability and community inclusion, we will assume the board believes itself fit to continue running the school in much the same manner that got us into this situation.