Speaking Truth to Power

As most of the world knows the American political system has been a mess the past few years…or maybe longer than that. It seems like with the Right holding power, no matter who is in the White House, that advances that have been made have been rolled back. In frightening ways. With that in mind, it is more important than ever to shine a light on those in politics, no matter what side, who are fighting the good fight.

One who has been doing that for many years is Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee. She is the U.S. representative for California’s 13th congressional district. This is her 12th term. Today Barbara Lee is the highest ranking African American woman in the U.S. Congress.

A native of Oakland, California Lee is and has always been a pioneer and strong voice for racial and economic justice. A single mother, who was a victim of domestic abuse, and raised two sons with the help of food stamps, Lee knows what is important to the average American and what she should fight for.

Though she is a Democrat, Barbara Lee is really an Independent at heart. Rather than blindly following her party, she is a politician who is not really your typical politician. Rather she fights for the people. The people in her area. Fights for what they want and need. She is one of those rare true public servants.

For example, Congresswoman Lee was the only one who voted against former President Bush’s ask for the authorization of military force after the September 11th attacks. There was plenty of kickback and even death threats against Lee, but she held true to her belief that this kind of absolute power for the President was not a good thing.

The film not only features interviews and moments in the life of the Congresswoman, such as cooking dinner with her sister, but also archival footage and interviews with Representative John Lewis, Senator Cory Booker, Representative Ayanna Pressley, CNN commentator Van Jones, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, actor Danny Glover, and author Alice Walker. They all speak about what the Congresswoman has meant to American politics over her decades involved in it.

It is a rather inspiring documentary about a woman who I did not know much about despite her contribution to American politics over the past few decades. This showed me that it is still possible for one person to make a difference. Hopefully, people will watch this and use it as fodder for trying to fight for what is right too.

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