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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Bass Statement on the Passing of Congressman Ron Dellums

July 30, 2018
Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, released the following statement regarding the passing of Congressman Ron Dellums.

“Although I first met Mr. Dellums when I was elected to Congress in 2010, I had followed his work for decades before that. His fiery opposition to the war in Vietnam and his adamant stance against apartheid in South Africa are just two examples of why he was such a progressive giant in these chambers and one of the most important national leaders on those issues. It was his bill that was passed that called for a U.S. trade embargo against South Africa and divestment of American companies there. He was also a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and it was initiatives like that bill that helped shape the CBC into a group that is still considered to this very day as the conscience of the Congress.

“I was always very proud when he would send text messages encouraging me to keep up the good fight. His mentorship will be missed.”

To read more about the life of Ron Dellums, click here.