Barbara Lee

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Barbara Lee

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        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Current Cosponsors: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX) and Rep. Bobby Scott (VA)

Endorsed by: N’COBRA, LCCR, American Public Health Association, Embrey Family Foundation, Open Society US Foundation, and Duke University – Center on Genomics, Race, Identity, Difference and Center



Dear Colleague:

Last year marked the 400th anniversary of when the first African slaves arrived in the United States, I believe it is incumbent upon our nation to conduct a serious self-reflection. We must have a collective awareness of the full range of experiences
of people of color in America. That is why I plan on introducing the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Resolution to establish a commission that would examine the effects of slavery and racism against people of color, on American history, and
their impact on the laws and policies that we have today; similar to what some communities have successfully done on a local level.

The TRHT Resolution, while informed by the well-recognized truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) model, is a unique process designed to reflect, embrace, and address the unprecedented diversity and unparalleled racialized history of the United States.
The goal of the TRHT is to change the way the people in America think about issues of racism by exposing and jettisoning the belief in the myth of a hierarchy of human value based on superficial physical characteristics such as skin color and facial features.

During our nation’s recent conversations on the history of slavery and the confederacy, it is clear that there is a great need for a common understanding of our shared history.

If you are interested in joining me in this effort, please fill out the
online form
. If you have any questions, contact Shelly Marc on my staff at or 5-2661. I look forward to working with other Members interested in collaborating with me on this very
important issue as we work to heal race relations in America.



Barbara Lee
Member of Congress

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