Civil Rights and Social Justice

Congressman Lieu joins civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis and House Democrats during the House Democrats Sit-In on Gun Control

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"I am fully committed to ensuring and protecting the civil rights of all Americans. I vehemently stand against any sort of racial, cultural, or religious intolerance that threatens to divide the melting pot our country has become. If we want to uphold the principle of equality that this country prides itself on, we must not let fear tear us apart."

"As an immigrant from Taiwan, I am proud to be a strong advocate for Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in Congress. As an executive board member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), I am dedicated to promoting the well-being of the AAPI community."

More information on Congressman Lieu's work on AAPI issues can be found here.

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More on Civil Rights and Social Justice

July 31, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, the House passed H.R. 7617, a spending bill that includes an amendment introduced by Representatives Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles County), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Deb Haaland (D-NM), and Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) that prohibits funds from being used to expand federal law enforcement engagement in Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee and other U.S.

July 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, the House passed by a voice vote an amendment introduced by Representatives Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles County), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Deb Haaland (D-NM), and Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) that would cut off funding for the federal government’s ongoing interference in Portland and other U.S. cities. The amendment to H.R.

July 28, 2020 In The News

Attorney General William Barr defended the federal government’s response to protests over racial injustice and the coronavirus pandemic during a tense appearance Tuesday on Capitol Hill, frequently clashing with House Democrats who accused him of pursuing the president’s political agenda in an election year.

July 28, 2020 In The News

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ted Lieu of California are proposing an amendment this week that would prohibit funds from being used to send federal agents into American cities as part of Operation Legend or Operation Relentless Pursuit: Justice Department initiatives that have led brutal crackdowns on protesters in cities like Portland, Oregon.

July 22, 2020 In The News

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About 150 members of Congress called on the Justice Department to take action against COVID-19-related anti-Asian racism this week.

The bipartisan group, led by Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., demanded that Attorney General William Barr publicly condemn attacks targeting the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, as well as provide status updates on the steps the department is taking to combat acts of anti-Asian bias.

July 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) announced that they will introduce a bill to restrict the ability of the U.S. Marshals Service to deputize other federal employees to perform the functions of a Deputy U.S. Marshal. The bill would also prohibit the Attorney General from designating Drug Enforcement Administration officers to enforce federal laws outside of their Title 21 authority. The bill allows for an exception when the federal support is requested by the state governor.

July 20, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County), along with Reps. Rob Woodall, Judy Chu and Pete Olson, led a bipartisan letter of 150 Members of Congress calling on Attorney General William Barr to publicly condemn acts of anti-Asian bias stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Members also urged AG Barr to provide regular status updates regarding the steps the Department of Justice is taking and will take going forward to combat this behavior.

In the letter, the Members wrote:

July 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the Department of Defense announced that confederate flags were prohibited on military sites. In June, Veteran Reps.

July 13, 2020 In The News

In the wake of George Floyd's killing, many Asian American leaders are pointing out that the drive for real change often fades away. But they're aiming to help prevent that this time around, they say.

July 2, 2020 In The News

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has confirmed a report by The Associated Press that some of the service members who were mobilized to Washington, D.C., last month in response to civil unrest over the killing of George Floyd were issued bayonets. Defense documents obtained by the AP show some were not trained in riot response.

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