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July 7, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement regarding the Trump administration's plan to withdraw from the World Health Organization.

"The move to withdraw from the World Health Organization in the midst of a pandemic highlights this administration’s gross mismanagement of this global health emergency and a complete abdication of international responsibility and leadership.

July 6, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement regarding recent violence in Ethiopia.

"I would like to extend my condolences to the family of Ethiopian singer and activist Hachalu Hundessa, and other victims of the violence that ensued following his death. All Ethiopian voices must be heard, and people must be given the right to assemble peacefully.

July 2, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa issued the following statement:

"I would like to congratulate President Lazarus Chakwera on winning the rerun of the historic election in Malawi.  The repeat of this election demonstrated that the voice of the people can be heard and that African courts have the capacity to tackle ballot fraud and restrain presidential power. Malawians came together through peaceful protests to urge that Malawi must be for all citizens, regar

June 25, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement.

"I urge the Government of Malawi and the opposition party to stay committed to a credible, fair, and peaceful electoral process as Malawians recast their vote in the presidential election.  

June 25, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, by a bipartisan vote of 236 to 181. The legislation is the first-ever bold, comprehensive approach to hold police accountable, change the culture of law enforcement, empower our communities, and build trust between law enforcement and our communities by addressing systemic racism and bias to help save lives. Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-CA), Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), and House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 on June 8, 2020. The legislation has 231 cosponsors in the House and 36 cosponsors in the Senate.

Under the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, for the first time ever federal law would: 1) ban chokeholds; 2) end racial and religious profiling; 3) eliminate qualified immunity for law enforcement; 4) establish national standard for the operation of police departments; 5) mandate data collection on police encounters; 6) reprogram existing funds to invest in transformative community-based po

June 23, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) and the Congressional Black Caucus issued the following statement regarding the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

"In recent months negotiations have stalled and there has been an escalation of tensions on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) that impacts, Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan.  The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) encourages the continued cooperation and peaceful negotiations of all stakeholders in the construction of the GERD.

June 22, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass along with 26 of her colleagues sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom, California Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to endorse the California Act for Economic Prosperity, which would repeal Proposition 209 – a measure that bars affirmative action in public contracting, public employment, and public education.

“Twenty-four years ago, we went door to door, neighborhood to neighborhood, precinct to precinct, urging voters to turn out against the deception propagated by advocates of Proposition 209,” said Rep. Bass. “They called 209 a civil rights initiative. That was a lie.

June 12, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement regarding the passing of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza.

"President Nkurunziza is a former university teacher, he served as the minister of good governance in a transitional administration, then eventually took up Burundi's highest post in 2005.  I would like to offer my condolences to the family and citizens of the country on the loss of President Pierre Nkurunziza."

June 8, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-CA), Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), and House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, the first-ever bold, comprehensive approach to hold police accountable, change the culture of law enforcement and build trust between law enforcement and our communities.

Chair Bass: "What we are witnessing is the birth of a new movement in our country with thousands coming together in every state marching to demand a change that ends police brutality, holds police officers accountable, and calls for transparency.

May 28, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – In response to the recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, House Judiciary Committee Democrats sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) demanding prompt action, including the opening of pattern and practice investigations of police misconduct. The letter calls for the DOJ to investigate the prosecutors involved in the case of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed African American man who was shot in cold blood while running in his neighborhood. The letter also calls for DOJ to open pattern and practice investigations into the police departments in Louisville, Kentucky, where Breonna Taylor was gunned down in her own home by police, and in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where George Floyd was killed after a police officer kneeled on his neck and body. The House Judiciary Committee will also be pursuing additional oversight and legislative action in June to address the series of racially motivated violence and unjust policing practices that have resulted in the deaths of Afric

Federal law prohibits any governmental authority from engaging in a “pattern or practice” of conduct by law enforcement officers that deprives persons of their constitutional rights. This federal statute also authorizes the Attorney General to initiate a civil action to obtain appropriate equitable or declaratory relief to eliminate such a pattern or practice.

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