June 15, 2020

Race in America: A Conversation with Rep. Karen Bass, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus

Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-Calif.) is leading the charge to implement unprecedented reforms to curb police brutality, end racial profiling, and eliminate qualified immunity with the Justice in Policing Act. At House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's request, Bass and the Congressional Black Caucus are responding to the national protests calling for change after the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. Bass is working to rally fellow members of Congress to step up and make historic changes to combat systemic issues and police brutality.
Highlights

Rep. Karen Bass: ‘Defund Police’ is probably one of the worst slogans ever

On the ‘Defund the Police’ movement, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) says ‘We have not invested in health, social and economic problems in communities and we leave the police to pick up the pieces...why should police officers have to clean up society’s problems? Cities and states, their priorities are lopsided.’
  • Jun 15, 2020

Rep. Karen Bass: [Trump is] “notorious for fanning the flames”

On President Trump’s upcoming rally in Tulsa, originally scheduled on Juneteenth, Rep. Karen Bass says, “He’s notorious for fanning the flames...he’s getting ready to give a speech on race. I don’t know what good can come of that because I don’t know what he could say that would be positive.’
  • Jun 15, 2020

Rep. Karen Bass says Congress will investigate Lafayette Square incident

Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) says Congress will investigate the use of federal prison guards and the expulsion of protestors from Lafayette Square earlier this month by police with the use of pepper balls, chemical grenades and smoke bombs.
  • Jun 15, 2020

Rep. Karen Bass says Trump Administration is adopting “herd immunity standard”

Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) says she thinks that the Trump Administration is, “adopting a herd immunity standard” when it comes to coronavirus. “I think that the Administration is not being public about this…And you know, herd immunity means just let everybody get exposed...it’s very, very frightening,” she said.
  • Jun 15, 2020

Rep. Karen Bass says upcoming presidential election is a “matter of life and death”

Rep. Karen Bass called Vice President Joe Biden’s run for president “a matter of life and death.” On Biden choosing a running mate, Rep. Bass says, “I’m very excited that he made the commitment to hire a woman, and of course I want it to be a black woman…I think that a black woman would not just galvanize the Black community, but I think that it would galvanize this new movement that is out there.”
  • Jun 15, 2020
Rep. Karen Bass

(D-Calif.)

Jonathan Capehart

The Washington Post

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