In the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon last week the US Congress voted almost unanimouslyto authorize President Bush to use military force to fight terrorism. Almost. Representative Barbara Lee of Oaklandcast the only dissenting vote against the use of force. It’s a position she has become accustomed to. Barbara Leecast one of only five votes against the renewed bombing of Iraq in 1998. In 1999 she cast the lone dissenting voteagainst the bombing of Yugoslavia. This week Barbara Lee was placed under guard by Capitol Police after receivingthreats from people opposed to her position.
As the Bush Administration and Congress try and prepare the nation for war, it is Barbara Lee whose actions havegiven voice to people around the country who are beginning to mobilize for peace.
- Representative Barbara Lee, Democrat from California representing the Bay Area.