Amidst Unrest Throughout the Country, Disparities in COVID-19 Impacts, Haaland to Discuss Legacy of Racism and Slavery During Press Call Led By Rep. Barbara Lee

June 1, 2020
Press Release

Albuquerque, N.M. – Monday, June 1st, Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) will discuss the legacy of racism and slavery during a press call led by Congresswoman Barbara Lee. The press call will focus on the introduction of Lee’s new legislation calling for the formation of a Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Commission to address the legacy of slavery and racism in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic and recent cases of police brutality and violence have highlighted the continued and growing disparities between communities of color and their white counterparts. If our country is ever going to be a truly fair and equal society, we need to address the wrongs of our past and recognize how they impact our present and future.


  • Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13)
  • Rep. Karen Bass, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CA-37)
  • Rep. Jim McGovern, Chair of the House Rules Committee (MA-02)
  • Rep. Deb Haaland (NM-01)
  • Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04)
  • Rep. Grace Meng (NY-06)
  • Wade Henderson, former President of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Dr. Gail Christopher, former Senior Advisor and Vice President of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Former Rep. Tom Perriello, Executive Director, Open Society-U.S.

WHAT: Press call discussing efforts to address the legacy of racism in the United States.

WHEN: Monday, June 1st at 12pm ET / 10 a.m. MT

WHERE: Zoom – click here to register.