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LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement following the passing of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe.
“I want to acknowledge the passing of former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe. Robert Mugabe helped liberate Zimbabwe from the British colony in 1980 and served as its leader for 37 years. His ZANU-PF party won Zimbabwe’s first independent election.
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement responding to escalating violence in South Africa.
“I call on both the South African and Nigerian governments to stand in solidarity against isolated malicious attacks against the people of Nigeria and South Africa.
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), issued the following statement requesting the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) recommend that USPS issue a commemorative stamp honoring civil rights leader Bayard Rustin. The statement comes on the 32nd anniversary of the activist’s death.
“Bayard Rustin was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement and trailblazer for LGBTQ rights. Rustin organized Freedom Rides and later served as an organizer for the March on Washington In honor of his fight and his resilience, I call on the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee of the U.S. Postal Service to request that you issue a stamp commemorating the life of Bayard Rustin.”
FORT MONROE, VIRGINIA - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) delivered remarks as part of the 400th anniversary ceremony commemorating the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia. Watch her full remarks below.
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa issued the following statement after Abdalla Hamdok was sworn in as Prime Minister of Sudan.
“I am encouraged by the signing of a political agreement and Constitutional Declaration between the Transitional Military Council and the Forces of Freedom and Change. By swearing-in Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and the members of the sovereign council, Sudan is one step closer to a civilian-led government.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Chairs of the Congressional Tri-Caucus – Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (CA-37), Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Joaquin Castro (TX-20), and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair Judy Chu (CA-27) – released the following statement on the rise in hate crimes and domestic terrorism under President Trump on the second anniversary of Heather Heyer’s passing. Heyer was a civil rights activist who was killed during the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“In the days, months, and years following the tragedies that took place in El Paso, Charlottesville, and a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, our communities continue to cope with these devastating acts of terrorism.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, federal immigration officials raided several food-processing plants in Mississippi and arrested approximately 680 people. These raids took place on the first day of school for the local school districts, meaning many of the arrested workers’ children returned home to no parents. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement in response:
“The raids that took place today have created senseless trauma and is an incredible waste of taxpayer dollars,” said Rep. Bass. “Under this Administration, roughly 680 men, women, fathers, mothers, and care-takers were arrested and held for hours. Although some were released, many of these individuals were unable to pick up their children from their first day of school.