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Published On: Fri, Apr 28th, 2017

Barbara Lee stands firm against ‘extremists like Ann Coulter’ but says ‘outside agitators’ ‘undermine’ ‘constitutional rights’

Congresswoman Lee released the following statement on Thursday’s protests in Berkeley:

“UC Berkeley has a storied history of dissent and, as an alumna myself, I am proud of the university’s long-standing commitment to providing a forum for free speech. While I stand in firm opposition to the hateful ideology that fuels extremists like Ann Coulter, we must ensure that all parties can peacefully and safely exercise their First Amendment rights.

“We cannot allow outside agitators to undermine the work of nonviolent protestors and students exercising their constitutional rights. Recognizing that the battle of ideas cannot be won with violence, I urge everyone to protest peacefully.”

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee
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Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Budget and Appropriations Committees, Vice Chair of the Steering & Policy Committee, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, former co-chair of the Progressive Caucus and a Senior Democratic Whip. She also serves as chair of the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality and Opportunity.

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