Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – BLM urges Gov. Newsom to appoint Black woman to fill Kamala Harris’ Senate seat

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This post is one installment in an ongoing news series: a “living history” of the current national and international uprising for justice.

Today’s movement descends directly from the many earlier civil rights struggles against repeated injustices and race-based violence, including the killing of unarmed Black people. The posts in this series serve as a timeline of the uprising that began on May 26, 2020, the day after a Minneapolis police officer killed an unarmed Black man, George Floyd, by kneeling on his neck. The viral video of Floyd’s torturous suffocation brought unprecedented national awareness to the ongoing demand to truly make Black Lives Matter in this country.

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Black Lives Matter urges Gov. Newsom to appoint Black woman to fill Kamala Harris’ Senate seat

ABC Los Angeles

November 19, 2020

Rep. Barbara Lee & Rep. Karen Bass
Rep. Barbara Lee and Rep. Karen Bass, both longtime members of Congress, have been tapped by Black Lives Matter and the California Legislative Black Caucus to fill the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by Kamala Harris once she officially resigns to become vice president.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KABC) — Sen. Kamala Harris is set to make history as the first Black woman vice president — which means her Senate seat will soon be open.

Black Lives Matter is calling on Gov. Newsom to replace Harris with another Black woman.

The activist organization joins the state’s Legislative Black Caucus in pushing for two California congresswomen — Rep. Karen Bass and Rep. Barbara Lee — as candidates.

Black Lives Matter says it wants to ensure the organization has proper representation in the Senate and has started a petition.

Following Harris’ historic role in the Senate, “it just makes sense to continue a tradition, but particularly from the perspective of African-American women,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, part of a group of Black California lawmakers pushing Bass.

Harris will be sworn in as President-elect Joe Biden’s vice president on Jan. 20, and it’s not yet clear how soon before then she will give up her seat. Newsom has said he has no timeline to make an announcement.

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