"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."
- Connie Rice, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Advancement Project
- Darius Bellinger, CEO of Chasing23
- Alicia Garza, Co-Founded Black Lives Matter
- Raheem DeVaugh, Grammy nominated singer and songwriter
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.
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.
"This video shows George Floyd being slowly murdered by a police officer while a crowd of people watch. It’s consistent with US history. Black lives didn’t matter when our ancestors were enslaved. Black lives didn’t matter as we were lynched. We could not breathe on the boats. We could not breathe under trees. We cannot breathe with knees on our necks."
Read the full letter here.
“I first met DJay when he was in Washington, DC participating in our Foster Youth Shadow Day program,” said Rep. Bass “His smile lit up dim meeting rooms and his laugh bounded through sometimes-hollow hallways. He was an advocate through and through – a champion for health care reforms for current and former foster youth and other changes to our child welfare system.
"I am discouraged by the recent apparent detainment and brutal assault of three young women from the opposition party in Zimbabwe. Joannah Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri, and Netsai Marova have the right to peacefully protest the government, and should not be subjected to inhumane treatment while exercising their human rights.
In their letter, the Members note that “the USMS is responsible for the care of individuals charged with federal offenses, from the time they are arrested and ordered detained pretrial to the time they are either ordered released from USMS custody or are convicted and transported to serve their sentences in a BOP facility.
"The Trump administration’s latest action to veto a UN resolution that called for a global ceasefire in order to collectively address this pandemic is yet another indicator that they are completely uninterested in cultivating a unified international front to combat this disease.