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WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) --Low-wage federal contract workers call on President Obama for more than just a minimum wage increase. They want a way to organize and do their own bargaining.
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Vigils held across the U.S. for Trayvon Martin

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Members of Congressional Black Caucus support Florida boycott

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Sign language mistaken for gang talk

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Black Caucus leader accepts Reid's apology

Black Caucus leader accepts Reid's apology

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Caucus: Obama can do more for U.S. blacks

Caucus: Obama can do more for U.S. blacks

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Several black lawmakers say they're more satisfied now than before that U.S. President Obama is working to provide greater financial aid to black communities.
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Barbara Lee
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-CA, (L) Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, (R) Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, (center) and Dorothy Height (seated), joined by other dignitaries, participate in a ceremony unveiling a portrait of the first black woman Member of Congress, Shirley Chisholm of New York, on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 3, 2009. Rep. Chisholm served New York's 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

Barbara Jean Lee (born July 16, 1946) is the U.S. Representative for California's 9th congressional district, serving since 1998. She is a member of the Democratic Party. She is the first woman to represent that district. Lee was the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and was the Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Lee is notable as the only member of either house of Congress to vote against the authorization of use of force following the September 11, 2001 attacks. This made her a hero among many in the anti-war movement. Lee has been a vocal critic of the war in Iraq and supports legislation creating a Department of Peace.

Congresswoman Lee was born in El Paso, Texas. She moved from Texas to California in 1960 with her military family parents, and attended San Fernando High School in San Fernando, California. She was a young single mother of two receiving public assistance when she began attending college. Lee was educated at Mills College and received an M.S.W. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1975.

While a student at Mills College, she was a volunteer at the Oakland chapter of the Black Panther Party's Community Learning Center and worked on Panther co-founder Bobby Seale's 1973 Oakland mayoral campaign. Lee was a staff member for United States Representative Ron Dellums and a member of the California State Assembly and the California State Senate before entering the House. She ran for Congress in a special election that created a year-long series of five special elections as various East Bay politicians vied for political office. (For a detailed account of these elections, see Special election musical chairs.)

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