Free Outdoor Screening: Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power
Special preview in advance of the August 20 theatrical release
Stephanie Mechura is the editor of Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power.
Barbara Lee has paved the way for us to change. . . . The strength of her conviction emboldens and gives the rest of us permission to do the same thing.Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Oakland residents have long considered Barbara Lee to be their fierce and visionary champion for social justice equity, but it was her historic “no” vote in the aftermath of 9/11 that captured the attention of the world. This comprehensive documentary by local luminary Abby Ginzberg shows Lee in her hometown as she reminisces on her early years as a single mother dependent on federal aid, to her work with the Black Panthers, and her pivotal friendships with Shirley Chisholm and Ron Dellums. Ginzberg takes full advantage of her unlimited access to Lee’s sons, sisters, and colleagues to present a compelling and inspiring profile of a Bay Area political powerhouse who has steadfastly worked on behalf of the underserved for decades.