Congresswoman Barbara Lee

National Urban League CEO Celebrates New LAUL President  

National Urban League President/CEO Marc H. Morial is on a high note, but isn’t he always. Coming fresh off the success of his new critically-acclaimed HBO documentary, “Gumbo Coalition,” aptly named for his energetic leadership style and the title for the most recent version of his book, “The Gumbo Coalition: 10 Leadership Lessons That Help You Inspire, Unite, and Achieve,” the former New Orleans mayor who also served as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors made a landmark visit to Los Angeles to celebrate the Los Angeles Urban League’s newly installed President & CEO Cynthia Mitchell-Heard.  

Lawson Honored at New Frontier Democratic Club Gala

The New Frontier Democratic Club held its 63rd  Annual Fundraiser Gala in honor of renowned leaders, including Ambassador Michael Lawson, Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Urban League, for his outstanding community service and leadership to greater Los Angeles area. New Frontier’s chosen theme for the evening was Reparations Now! Equity, Education, and Democracy for All, which characterizes the many chapters of his life-long career sealed by the Los Angeles Urban League. The 2023 Annual Gala was emceed by veteran actor, Richard Lawson, who has been a beacon in the world of entertainment and education. Ambassador Michael Lawson received this award among friends, family, and 500+

African American Leaders Speak Out on SCOTUS Roe Reversal

African American leaders across the nation largely condemned the U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued on June 24, overturning the federal abortion protections of Roe v. Wade, with some describing the action as a “pro-policing of women’s bodies” and a move to “criminalize Black women.”

Mia Bonta Sworn in to State Assembly District 18 and the Newest Member of the California Legislative Black Caucus

This week, Mia Bonta was sworn in as the 11th member of the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC). Mia Bonta gave her oath of office in a formal ceremony at the state Capitol and will now serve as a member of the California State Assembly representing the 18th Assembly District (Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro). Bonta won her campaign last week in a special election for the seat recently vacated by her husband, Rob Bonta.  Mr. Bonta was appointed Attorney General this past spring.

Black Clergy Honor Bass and Lee on International Women’s Day

The California Black Women’s Collective united with faith leaders throughout the state to recognize the achievements of U.S. Congresswomen Karen Bass and Barbara Lee. More than 200 people logged-in on International Women’s Day, March 8, to pay tribute to the political trailblazers. The virtual event, billed as “A Conversation with Black Clergy and Faith Leaders,” was co-sponsored by the Baptist Ministers Conference of L.A. and Southern California (BMC), Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California (SCLC-SC), the AME Church and Allen Temple Baptist Church. The program also focused on strategies to secure the former senatorial seat of U.S. Vice President

U.S. Rep. Lee and Rev. Dr. Oden Unite in Marriage

The Rev. Dr. Clyde W. Oden and U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee united in holy matrimony during a ceremony on Dec. 31. Oden, who retired in 2019 as pastor of Bethel AME Church in Oxnard, served many years as the pastor of Bryant Temple AME Church in L.A. and was a former CEO/president of United Health Care. He was widowed in 2016. Lee has served 11 terms representing Oakland and the East Bay in the House of Representatives. She wrote on Twitter, “I look forward to welcoming Clyde to the East Bay community and introducing him to you as my kind

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Slams President Trump’s Backwards Policy Towards Cuba

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s new policies further restricting U.S. relations with Cuba: “The Trump Administration’s announcement on the implementation of Title III or Helms-Burton flies in the face of decades of bipartisan consensus and will only serve to further isolate the United States from our key allies.  It will also harm U.S. interests and our ability to resolve outstanding property claims in Cuba.  In addition, the Administration’s decision to cap remittances and restrict Americans’ travel to Cuba takes us back down the same failed road toward isolation that failed

Inglewood Pastor Spearheads Memorial to Young Victims of Jonestown Tragedy

Pastor Jynona Norwood  and Martin Luther King III Dedicate “Cherishing the Children Jonestown Memorial Wall”   November 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the mass murders in Jonestown, Guyana.  The horror of that tragic event in 1978, where more than 600 adults, 300 youngster and 40 infants died, lingers strong in the memories of many, especially Inglewood Pastor Jynona Norwood. Norwood, who leads Faith I AM Center, had rescued her young son from the cult, yet she and her family still lost 27 loved ones. In fact, her relatives were the youngest, a two-months-old baby; the second oldest, her 90-years-old cousin; and the

The Chisholm Legacy

The 50th Anniversary of Rep. Chisholm’s election offers our country a chance to renew our commitment to Black women, not only in elective office, but within the ranks of true political power.