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April 24, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressmember Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Global Human Rights, issued the following statement marking Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.

“Today marks 106 years since the murder of 1.5 million Armenians in the first genocide of the 20th century. That’s what happened. The continued denial of this genocide is an afront to the Armenian community in Los Angeles, throughout this country, and throughout the world.

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April 21, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, a resolution to encourage reunions of divided Korean American families introduced by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Global Human Rights, was passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution was introduced after constituents and local community organizers raised this important issue at a town hall meeting in Los Angeles before the pandemic.

“I want to thank the local organizers and families in my district who brought this incredibly important issue to my attention at a local town hall a few years ago,” said Rep. Karen Bass. “The division of the Korean Peninsula millions of families, including some who are now citizens of the United States and have not been able to see their families in more than 70 years.

April 21, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the United States House of Representatives passed the Young African Leaders Initiative Act of 2021, H.R. 965, authored by Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Global Human Rights.

“Already, President Biden has signaled to the world his support for strengthening our partnership with the continent of Africa and the countries there,” said Congressmember Bass. “The Young African Leaders Initiative flourished under President Obama and Vice President Biden. I commend my colleagues for passing this important bill to solidify our embrace of the future of the continent.

April 21, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement:

“I am saddened to learn of the recent passing of President Idriss Déby Itno and express my condolences to his family, and the people of Chad. I stand with the people of Chad, and hope that their rights to free speech, expression, and assembly are recognized, and urge for a peaceful transfer of power.”

April 20, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Reps. Karen Bass (D-CA), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Joseph Morelle introduced legislation to prohibit law enforcement officers from using chemical weapons on minors in the course of policing activities. H.R. 2663 has been referred to the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary.

“Police brutality must be stopped,” said Rep. Bass. “Congress should do all it can to ensure that the communities that are supposed to be served and protected are not being brutalized and abused. I’m thankful to my colleagues, Congressman Morelle and Congressman Jeffries, for allowing me to join them in this effort."

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April 20, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressmember Karen Bass (D-CA), issued the following statement following the verdict delivered in the trial against former police officer Derek Chauvin.

“Thirty years ago, Rodney King was brutally beaten by police. The video of the assault shocked the world, but not the jury, who let every single police officer responsible roam free. 

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April 8, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Global Human Rights, and Rep. Young Kim (R-CA) introduced a resolution encouraging reunions of divided Korean-American families.

In 1953, the division of the Korean Peninsula separated more than an estimated 10 million families, including some who are now citizens of the United States and have not been able to see their families in nearly 70 years. Rep.

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April 7, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep, Karen Bass (D-CA) hosted a telephone town hall to discuss the tax benefits of the American Rescue Plan. Listen below:

April 6, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement marking World Health Day.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for the international community to work together to address the U.S. and the world’s health disadvantages. On this World Health Day, let us acknowledge that humanity’s health is dependent on every human’s complete physical, mental, and social well-being. 
 

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March 31, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement:

“I condemn the alleged military coup near the presidential palace just two days before new President Mohmed Bazoum is to take office. This is Niger’s first elected transition in its history since independence from France in 1960, and the perpetrators are trying to impede on the country’s democratic progress.

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