Coming Home to the Bay Area
On Wednesday, I joined Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. John Lewis, the Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden, Cleve Jones, and HIV/AIDS community leaders in the Library of Congress to announce the return of the AIDS Memorial Quilt from Atlanta, Georgia back to the Bay Area, where its first stitches were sewn. Managed by the National AIDS Memorial, Oakland and San Francisco will once again be home to this work of art and share in our responsibility to tell the stories lovingly stitched into every panel. None of this would have been possible without the continued dedication and support from The NAMES Project Foundation, who have cared for the Quilt for over 30 years.
I will never forget when Cleve Jones, the founder of the Quilt, came to my house to discuss his ideas for the Quilt, and a few years later we had a 2,000 panel Quilt displayed on the National Mall of Washington D.C. Laying the Quilt out on the Mall in our nations capital was a triumph, and will help us cherish the memories of all who were lost to AIDS including friends and family.
The Bay Area is an inseparable part of the story of HIV/AIDS. Our community has taken comfort in the Quilt, and renewal & remembrance in the Memorial Grove for nearly 30 years. It was a privilege to author legislation to designate the Grove as the only National Memorial to those lost to HIV/AIDS.
The Library of Congress will become the new home for the AIDS Quilt Memorial Archives, a collection of more than 200,00 documents containing biographies, photographs, and other artifacts that provide background on each of the panels of the Quilt and contextualize the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on this nation and the lives forever changed by it.
In its permanent Bay Area home, the Quilt with its 50,000 panels commemorating 105,000 lost souls, will empower us to keep fighting the stigma & discrimination that hinders progress, particularly for communities of color. We will continue our efforts to find a cure & achieve an AIDS-free generation.
A Week of Explosive Testimonies
This week, the House Committee on Intelligence heard testimonies from various members of the Administration regarding the impeachment inquiry of the 45th President of the United States. As the House legislates, we continue to investigate and litigate, as the inquiry proceeds.
The explosive evidence of career public servants, diplomats and decorated war heroes over the past two weeks has corroborated President Trump’s own words: “do us a favor.”
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi sits down with Face the Nation’s Margaret Brennan to discuss the House’s ongoing impeachment inquiry into the President.
The President’s actions were wrong. It is wrong for a President to sacrifice our national security interests for his own personal, political benefit. It is wrong for a President to abuse his power, corrupt our democracy and shake down an ally to get ahead in the elections.
The President said to me that the call was “perfect” and I said: “perfectly wrong.”
A constituent reached out for assistance because of a sudden reduction of his monthly retirement benefits due to Medicare premiums being erroneously deducted from his financial benefits. My office worked closely with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to resolve the issue, and they returned the deducted amount to my constituent in a supplemental payment.
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