“A full and complete embargo along with high-level sanctions against the nation of Cuba would have disastrous economic consequences and plunge the state of our foreign policy into the time of the Cold War.
Providing formerly incarcerated individuals with the tools to effectively reintegrate into society is essential in preventing recidivism. One in three American adults currently has a criminal record. Unfortunately, over two-thirds of formerly-incarcerated people are rearrested within three years.
“The focus of the U.S. government should be on supporting efforts both to bring about a peaceful solution to this crisis and to provide aid to the people of Venezuela. We must encourage adherence to the rule of law and under no circumstances support irregular unconstitutional transfers of power.
“John Singleton was a native son of South Los Angeles who included our community in his prolific success.
“I am disappointed by the detainment of journalists and the control of the internet and social media platforms in Benin by the government during the elections. A fair democratic system allows for the right to peacefully assemble, protest, and express views that may disagree with the existing state.
“The attack against the Jewish community in Poway today as they observed the last day of Passover is yet another example of the devastating anti-Semitism and hatred in this country that must be actively confronted and eradicated.
“On World Malaria Day, we must continue to raise the awareness of this deadly disease that affects millions of people globally, with hundreds of thousands of children under the age of five dying annually. I applaud the global community in its efforts to combat and control the spread of this disease as we reach our goal of eradicating malaria.
“My thoughts are with the people of Northern Mozambique and Tanzania as Cyclone Kenneth makes landfall with winds equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane. This just a little more than a month after Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi were all hit by Cyclone Idai, one of the deadliest and costliest storms in Mozambique’s history.
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To those who are triggered by every tweet, who considered decamping to Canada to escape Donald Trump’s presidency, Karen Bass feels you. But the four-term congresswoman for California’s 37th District has seen worse. As a 14-year-old campaign volunteer for Robert F. Kennedy, she listened to the radio when he was assassinated the night of the California primary.
"The sacrifice of four brave soldiers in Niger this month has raised important questions from Congress about the extent of U.S. military presence and engagement across Africa. To date, we have seen only bits and pieces of this administration’s thinking on Africa.
"On Oct. 4, four American families tragically lost their loved ones when U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers were killed in an ambush while conducting a joint patrol in Niger.
Watch Rep. Bass and her constituents react after President Trump announced another troop surge in Afghanistan.