Congressmember Karen Bass


Vision Awards recipient, 2018; Harriet Perl Tzedek Award

Read the exclusive interview with Congressmember Karen Bass (interviewed by Josh Gershick) on our May/June issue of G’vanim

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

June 8, 2018: Rep. Karen Bass introduced a resolution encouraging reunions of divided Korean-American families ahead of the White House’s summit with North Korea. Read more

May 24, 2018: Congress member Karen Bass recieved the “Friend of Africa” award at the inaugural AfroBall, an event to celebrate the innovative exploits of Africans in the diaspora. Bass was honored for her work in advocacy on African business policy and development through her office. Read more

May 23, 2018: Rep. Karen Bass co-chairs Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth that brings together over 100 Members of Congress to discuss the challenges facing all foster youth and develop bipartisan policy initiatives. This week, the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth welcomes 100 former foster youth, who visit members of Congress in Washington D.C. to advocate for child welfare reform. read more

May 3, 2018: Caring for foster care children: “A key way to minimize the danger is placing more children with their own relatives rather than with strangers in foster homes or group homes,” said U.S. Representative Karen Bass, a longtime campaigner for foster care reform. read the story

April 30, 2018: Rep. Karen Bass among elected officials to share advice at Mount Saint Mary’s campaign training designed to prepare more women to run for office. Read the story

April 24, 2018: As the FAA Reauthorization package makes its way to the House floor, Rep. Karen Bass has introduced 4 amendments and cosponsored more than 40 others aimed at reducing flight noise in Culver City, Baldwin Hills and the West Adams neighborhood. Read the story

April 20, 2018: Rep. Karen Bass spoke to high school students about safety and legislative issues on gun control. Read the story

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.