News Article

Mar 27, 2014

Over 350 community members gather for re-entry town hall and resource fair for formerly incarcerated people and their loved ones

Issues: Criminal Justice, Jobs & the Economy, Local Issues

Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.), State Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Culver City) and Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D-South Los Angeles) welcomed hundreds of community members and advocates to a town hall and fair at the Crenshaw Christian Center recently, to discuss criminal justice reform.

Mar 20, 2014

'Welcome Home' forum seeks to help ex-inmates, Jobs, housing, services cited as critical needs

Issues: Criminal Justice, Local Issues

More than 400 people packed Crenshaw Christian Center last Saturday to discuss an issue that’s haunted much of L.A. for more than a generation: effectively integrating former inmates back into the community.

Mar 19, 2014

Celes King IV, LA civil rights leader, dies

Issues: Civil Rights, Local Issues

Well-known African-American community leader Celes King IV has died at the age of 70. King died Saturday during heart surgery. King championed the cause of underserved communities. He served for years as president and vice chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).

Mar 6, 2014

Intersections South LA: South LA could get Promise Zone funding in Obama’s 2015 budget plan

Issues: Jobs & the Economy, Local Issues

President Barack Obama released his 2015 budget proposal on Tuesday, revealing a plan to create 40 new “Promise Zones” nationwide — a major bump from last year’s designation of just five. As a low-income neighborhood, South Los Angeles stands to benefit, said Rep. Karen Bass.

Mar 5, 2014

Black Voice News: President Obama Asks for Support of Black Male Initiative, California Endowment Answers Call

Issues: Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Education, Jobs & the Economy, Local Issues

The foundation’s $50 Million program to boost “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative in California, leading other organizations with the largest contribution so far

Feb 10, 2014

West Adams neighbors seek to oust oil production

Issues: Environment & Energy, Local Issues

Residents in the historic West Adams neighborhood are taking a stand against an unwanted new neighbor which set up drilling operations there last year.

Jan 15, 2014

Los Angeles Times: Can L.A. find a way to create local jobs from local transit projects?

Issues: Local Issues, Transportation

A bill would allow projects such as the Crenshaw light-rail line to give hiring preference to area workers. It's a good idea.

Dec 9, 2013

Two Los Angeles congresswomen to attend Mandela’s South African memorial

Issues: U.S.-Africa Policy

Rep. Maxine Waters and Rep. Karen Bass are among two dozen U.S. representatives to attend a memorial service in South Africa today for former President Nelson Mandela. Both were active in the anti-apartheid movement here at home.

Dec 6, 2013

Capitol Hill lawmakers call Nelson Mandela's life an inspiration

Issues: Civil Rights, U.S.-Africa Policy

The death of former South African President Nelson Mandela brought swift and heartfelt reaction from members of Congress, many of whom had personally interacted with the anti-apartheid leader, and others who were inspired in their own public service by his life from afar.

Nov 26, 2013

The Source: Congresswoman Karen Bass introduces local hire legislation — bill is consistent with America Fast Forward legislation

Issues: Jobs & the Economy, Local Issues, Transportation

The rationale has been that all Americans should have access to jobs created with national funding, but the policy fails to take into account that most of the funding for most projects these days is raised locally.