July 16, 2020: Rep. Karen Bass
The Sacramento Press Club is honored to have Rep. Karen Bass join us for a conversation on Facebook Live on Thursday, July 16, at 12:15 p.m. A familiar face to Sacramento as the former Assembly speaker, Bass has been in the headlines recently as a potential vice presidential candidate for Joe Biden and a leader on congressional action on police reform in the wake of George Floyd's death.
As the San Francisco Chronicle noted in a recent profile, "Like many of the other women on Biden’s short list, Bass, 66, is a ceiling-breaker. The daughter of a postal worker, in 2008 she became the first Black woman in history to lead the California Assembly or any similar legislative body in the country. But she’s also different. She’s a healer. And right now, she’s having a moment in the national spotlight while trying to bring together warring parties."
Bass, a Democrat from Los Angeles, is chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. She serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, where she chairs the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations, and on the House Judiciary Committee, where she is active in crafting new criminal justice policies.
Bass is also working on unity team between Biden and his former presidential campaign rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, trying to get progressive excited for the presumptive Democratic nominee.
George Skelton, LA Times Capitol Journal columnist, Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle Senior Political Reporter, and Seema Mehta, LA Times Political Reporter, will interview Congresswoman Bass.
A fun fact: Bass earned brown belts in tae kwon do and hapkido.
Please join us for this conversation on politics, police reform and other issues facing our state and nation.