Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Patriot of the Month

East Bay's Lee, other lawmakers arrested during D.C. rally

- San Francisco Chronicle

Rep. Barbara Lee of Oakland was among seven members of Congress who were arrested today when they blocked the front entrance at the Embassy of Sudan in Washington, D.C.

"Already too many, far too many people have died or been displaced, have been raped, villages have been burned down," Lee told a crowd of protesters. "The people of Darfur deserve to return home."

Lee, who has traveled twice to Darfur with congressional colleagues, is the most senior Democratic woman on the House International Relations committee, where she serves on the Africa Subcommittee. She has been a leader in the movement to divest state pension funds and university endowments from companies doing business in Sudan.

"I saw the desperation in the eyes of the people. I saw the violence, the results of the violence, the results of the genocide," Lee said. "We saw and talked with people who wanted to go home. We saw the gloom and felt the pain and suffering of what is taking place."
Full story here.

Representative Lee is a truly outstanding American. We desperately need more people like her in Washington. Good job, Barbara.

It is also of extreme importance to point out, for those who don't know already, that Barbara Lee was the only dissenting vote in both the House and the Senate against the resolution authorizing President Bush to use "all necessary and appropriate force" against anyone associated (or not associated) with the terrorist attacks of September 11.

You know what that means, don't you? It means Representative Lee is the only person on Capitol Hill with a fully-functional bullshit detector.

You can click on Barbara's picture in the upper right hand corner to go to her official site.


At May 16, 2006 7:34 PM, Blogger enigma4ever said...

She is amazing and truly someone to be proud of....good for you for posting on her....( as far as the BS advisory detector- many days we have a mixed advisory don't we ?)

At May 16, 2006 8:43 PM, Blogger Rex Kramer, Danger Seeker said...

Tell me, how long until we can expect the Honorable Congresswoman will complain that her arrest was the result of "racial bias?"

I mean, isn't this now the standard Democratic response to lawful arrests?

P.S. Ok, that was over the top, even for me. It's always nice to see a Congressperson in handcuffs (it appeals to my anarchist side,)but at least this one went to the pokey for reasons having nothing to do with lining her own pockets.

At May 17, 2006 7:36 AM, Blogger dada said...

As danger seeker said, "at least this one went to the pokey for reasons having nothing to do with lining her own pockets."

Yes, and the real pocket liners, the ones who bankrupted the nation, and us in the process, and got more than a few of our men and women killed in order to keep the price of oil high will never sport a pair of cuffs, orange jump suit or a life behind bars.

In America, the only public officials that go to the pokey are the ones with a sense of their higher principles still intact. And for that, I'm thankful for (the few) folks like Barbara Lee.

At May 17, 2006 11:29 AM, Blogger thepoetryman said...

I wish she were in charge of this regime! Fine post my friend! I was glad to see you over on my blog and i fixed the mp3 problem (I hope). It is now combined with the picture, bottom left...
Lee is a true hero of the people (of the world)... Why is it that this country, many countries for that matter, arrest those that should be held up into the light and gleaned knowledge from and allowed a voice outside of storming a building or given a five second soundbite!? Arrrrghhhhhhh!

At May 17, 2006 11:29 AM, Blogger thepoetryman said...

Loved the BS advisory chart! :>)

At May 17, 2006 4:13 PM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

I should point out that my own representative, Congressman Tom Lantos, was arrested several weeks ago for the same thing. (Full story here).

I should've put him up for patriot of the month for April but I missed the boat on that one.

At any rate, we definitely have a lot to be proud of here in the Bay Area. It's always good to see politicians being statesmen rather than corporate whores.

At May 17, 2006 9:23 PM, Anonymous DAD said...

Barbara Lee is a giant amongst midgets.It is so diffacult to find someone with backbone in the Halls of congress,wher there are so many ready to kiss ass and sell their soul to the highest bidder.People like her give me hope that maybe there is some light at end of the tunnel.

At May 17, 2006 10:53 PM, Blogger GraemeAnfinson said...

good for here. Taking a stance

At May 18, 2006 2:45 PM, Blogger Jeremy said...

I always find the reps to be a lot more individual, a lot more outspoken, and a lot more on the edge than the senators, for obvious reasons (435 to 100, etc).

At May 18, 2006 9:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go, Barbara. Wish she was my representative rather than "you know who".

At May 19, 2006 11:55 AM, Blogger Kathleen Callon said...

She and they are heroes. This gives me hope. It's nice to know we have some great people helping to lead us.

Have a great weekend, PT.

At May 20, 2006 4:10 PM, Blogger glenda said...

You are so lucky to have politicians with a conscience. i feel like shouls make a Tshirt that says, "I voted and all I got was the lousy Tom DeLay."

At May 21, 2006 10:11 AM, Blogger Helen Wheels said...

Wow! This is really amazing. I am so impressed with Ms. Lee. Good for her! I agree with above comments - time for our politicians to have the peoples' interests instead of the corporate ones.

Great post, thanks!

At May 21, 2006 5:56 PM, Blogger Rory Shock said...

wish I could vote for her ... maybe someday ...
love the advisory graphic too


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