Barbara Lee goes veggie; plans civil-rights events

Rep. Barbara Lee said today she’s going vegetarian for two weeks.

“This week, I’m excited to be participating Oakland Veg Week, a vegetarian pledge happening here in my district. I’m also pleased to join the national effort, Veg Week 2012, and continue with this pledge from April 23 to 29,” Lee, D-Oakland, said in a news release. “I am glad that my constituents in Oakland are taking the lead in promoting healthy and sustainable lifestyle choices, and hope others across the country will join me in this pledge.”

So we presume she’ll have a salad or some such thing if she takes Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., to lunch after joining him to address Emery High School students at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Emery Theater on San Pablo Avenue in Emeryville. Lewis, a civil-rights icon, will be reminding the youths of the need for them to play an active role in shaping society and the importance of building a community focused on justice.

Lewis also will be the featured speaker at the final installment of the Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris Lecture Series at 7 p.m. this Saturday, April 21, in Beebe Memorial Cathedral, 3900 Telegraph Ave. in Oakland. Seating for this event is limited, and tickets are available by calling the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center at 510-434-3988 or D. R. Roberts Event Management at 510-654-5335.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.