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

May 5, 2020 In The News

WASHINGTON — Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) and Nanette Barragan (D-San Pedro) on April 30 sent a letter to the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons calling for the release or home confinement of all inmates at Terminal Island, a federal prison facility in San Pedro.

The letter to Michael Carvajal, which was copied to Attorney General William Barr, comes following reports that more than half of all inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. It reads as follows:

April 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Congresswoman Nanette Barragan (D-CA-44) sent a letter to the Director of the Bureau of Federal prisons calling for the release or home confinement of all inmates at Terminal Island, a federal prison facility in San Pedro, California. Their letter comes following reports that more than half of all inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.

In the letter, the Members write:

Dear Director Carvajal:

April 10, 2020 In The News

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., fired back on Twitter Friday after a social media user accused him of being an “agent of China.”

Lieu, who served in the Air Force and is currently in the reserve, had a sharp response after being accused of spreading Chinese propaganda. The Twitter user also called for Lieu to be charged with treason.

“I served on active duty in the United States military to defend your right to say stupid, racist s--t about me,” he tweeted.

March 27, 2020 In The News

At a time when most people are staying inside fearing the same thing – coronavirus – one group is fearing for their safety in the outside world because of something else: Racism.

One group in California documenting hate crimes and discrimination targeting Asian-Americans said it had received reports of 550 instances in the week after it launched the effort. 

March 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) sent a letter to the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts urging him to adopt teleconference or video conference capabilities for federal courts in light of COVID-19.

In the letter, Mr. Lieu writes:

March 19, 2020 In The News

“I cannot stand idly by while the president uses his pulpit to exacerbate xenophobia in a time of crisis,” wrote the California Democrat.

March 18, 2020 Opinion: Op-Eds

I genuinely want President Trump to succeed in stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus, and will do everything I can to help him in this effort. At stake are the lives of my elderly parents, my family, my constituents and many Americans.

March 11, 2020 Opinion: Op-Eds

Lieu represents coastal communities from Malibu to Rancho Palos Verdes in the House of Representatives. Hall is a retired Olympic swimmer who won five gold medals for the United States.

What do a gold medal Olympic swimmer turned healthcare advocate and a former computer science major turned congressman have in common?

Like millions of Americans, we’re both living with a pre-existing condition.

March 10, 2020 In The News

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that attaching Chinese to a description of the coronavirus was wrong after both President Trump and the top House Republican were accused of racism for labeling it.

February 6, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, a bold proposal to strengthen workers’ power to join a union and hold wealthy corporations accountable for violating workers’ rights.

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