Congressmember Karen Bass

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Vision Awards recipient, 2018; Harriet Perl Tzedek Award

As a young person, Karen Bass learned to speak truth to power from her teacher, Harriet Perl, a lesson Karen transformed into a life of public service as the founder of Community Coalition in South Los Angeles and as the first African-American woman Speaker of the California State Assembly. What’s more, as the officiant of Rabbi Lisa Edwards and Tracy Moore’s only legal wedding in 2008 during California’s “Summer of Love,” Congressmember Karen Bass has a special place in our BCC hearts.

Now, as representative of BCC’s congressional district (CD-37), Karen has been out front on issues of public policy and moral conscience, from immigrants’ rights to criminal justice reform, from gun safety to foster care reform, from protection of our environment to protection of our educational system.

Latest news on Karen Bass

April 4, 2018: Rep. Karen Bass issued a statement observing the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Fifty years ago, our country, and this world, lost a beacon guiding a movement of equality by the north star of justice,” Bass wrote. Read the story

April 2, 2018: Rep. Bass Statement gave a statement on the Israeli agreement with the U.N. Refugee Agency regarding immigrant relocation: “I am very relieved and excited by the announcement that Israel reached an agreement with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to facilitate the resettling of African migrants.” read more

March 21, 2018: Karen Bass was one of 57 members of Congress to the House Appropriations Committee who signed a letter calling for continued funding for the preservation of historic sites where Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II. Read the story

On Saturday, March 17, 2018 Rep. Karen Bass hosted a community resource fair at Hawkins High School in South Lost Angeles. The 4-hour event hosted more than 15 service providers to help constituents with services like free blood pressure monitoring, car seats for infants, legal aid, education counseling, health services and more.

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