Statement of Rep. Barbara Lee

Feminist/Progressive Writers The Personal Is Political Statement of Rep. Barbara Lee on the floor of the House of Representatives September 14, 2001 Mr. Speaker, I rise today with a heavy heart, one that is filled with sorrow for the families and loved ones who were killed and injured in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Only the most foolish or the most callous would not understand the grief that has gripped the American people and millions across the world. This unspeakable attack on the United States has forced me to rely on my moral compass, my conscience, and my God for direction. September 11 changed the world. Our deepest fears now… Read More

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Why I voted against war

Feminist/Progressive Writers The Personal Is Political Congresswoman Barbara Lee Why I voted against war The Baltimore Sun – October 6, 2001 Washington – On Sept. 11, terrorists attacked the United States in an unprecedented and brutal manner, killing thousands of innocent people, including the passengers and crews of four aircraft. Like everyone throughout our country, I am repulsed and angered by these attacks and believe all appropriate steps must be taken to bring the perpetrators to justice. We must prevent any future such attacks. That is the highest obligation of our federal, state and local governments. On this, we are united as a nation. Any nation, group or individual that… Read More

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The Personal is Political

18th September 2001 In our grief and our anger about the recent terrorist attacks on America, each of us is making choices about how we will respond. Feelings of powerlessness and rage can be like a sedative – lulling us into thinking there’s nothing to be done but more violence. For me, the challenge is to stay awake. My heart aches for so many lost and for their families and friends left with a sudden blunt stillness. As much as I want to turn away from all the news coverage, some part of me knows that I must keep looking. It means something deep and hopeful that each of us… Read More

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Avalon Reviews from Listeners…

6th September 2001 Here are some more messages from listeners who are enjoying Avalon. I guess I’ll never get over the overwhelming surge of gratitude that washes over me whenever I get notes like these. Each piece of feedback is like a blast of adrenaline. I deeply appreciate every person who has taken the time to write me about their experience of my new music. Onward and Outward!   More Avalon Reviews from Listeners… I am also a singer songwriter, retreat leader and writer. Last weekend at a retreat, I distributed tiny hand-held mirrors and played your song “Woman in the Mirror” for the Christian lesbian retreat members so they… Read More

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Listeners Review AVALON

14th July 2001 I promised I’d share some of the responses I’m getting from people who are enjoying Avalon. Here are a few of my favorites, along with a breath-taking flower I saw growing right up through stone on The Big Island of Hawaii. Onward and Outward!   Avalon has become a permanent fixture in the six slot CD player in my car. Just to show you how much it is played, my children are singing along to “A Woman’s Work is Never Done”…which by the way spurred an interesting dialogue with my six year old daughter the other day. The song was on and she said to me, “Mom,… Read More

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