News Article

Sep 11, 2014

California lawmakers have mixed response to Obama's Islamic militant strategy

Issues: Foreign Policy

Members of California's Congressional delegation had a mixed response to President Barack Obama strategy for dealing with Islamic militants, which he unveiled in a speech to the nation Wednesday night. Obama said he'll use airstrikes and send trainers and equipment to the region.

Aug 5, 2014

Voice of America: US Congresswoman to Meet African Political, Business Leaders

Issues: Foreign Policy, U.S.-Africa Policy

An adviser to U.S. House of Representative Karen Bass says the congresswoman will host African leaders and American business officials for the Growth and Opportunity in Africa forum on Tuesday as part of the ongoing U.S-Africa summit.

Aug 4, 2014

As Brookings Institute: U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Begins, Key Members of Congress Say AGOA Must Be Reauthorized

Issues: Foreign Policy, U.S.-Africa Policy

In the opening panel, moderated by Vera Songwe, Rep. Karen R. Bass (D-Calif.) and Rep. Smith, who are ranking member and chairman, respectively, of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations, delivered remarks on the importance of Africa and the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

Jul 24, 2014

Los Angeles Times: On Obama's private L.A. schedule: a meeting with Father Boyle

Issues: Criminal Justice, Local Issues

President Obama met privately with Father Gregory Boyle of Los Angeles' Homeboy Industries and four former gang members Thursday as part of the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative aimed at lifting African American and Latino youths.

Jul 10, 2014

Los Angeles Wave: Beating video shocks South L.A. residents

Issues: Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Local Issues

It looked like 1966 in South Los Angeles this week when the community galvanized into a united force to confront an issue many thought had long been overcome — allegations of police brutality against defenseless black citizens.

Jul 8, 2014

Culver City Patch: CHP's Top Boss to Meet with Activists to Discuss Videotaped Beating

Issues: Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Local Issues

California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow met today with a group of community activists in Culver City, demanding action in response to a cellphone video showing an officer repeatedly punching a woman, and he said the investigation would be expedited as much as possible.

Jul 8, 2014

NBC 4: CHP "Wounded" After Officer Caught on Video Hitting Woman: Commissioner

Issues: Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Local Issues

The commissioner of the California Highway Patrol called the CHP a "wounded" organization when he met with community leaders and activists Tuesday amid public outrage over an officer who was caught on video hitting a woman in the face.

Jul 8, 2014

Columbia Daily Tribune: Foster care forum highlights barriers to effective programs

Issues: Foster Care & Adoption

A bureaucratic debate over sentence construction is denying health care to young adults who were once in foster care, a round table on child welfare learned Monday. U.S. Reps. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., and Karen Bass, D-Calif., were joined by advocates and state officials for the lunchtime meeting in the Boone County Commission chambers.

Jul 3, 2014

Culver City Observer: Westside Leaders Outraged Over Israeli Teenagers' Deaths

Issues: Foreign Policy, Local Issues

The recent deaths of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers have not only impacted the players on the world's stage, but also locally. The teenagers' bodies were found Monday evening in a field north of the Israeli city of Hebron, spurring a flow of grief from those around the world as well as in California.