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Susie Lee was born into a working-class family in Canton, Ohio. Lee attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and graduated with honors, earning a master’s degree in public management. After college, she worked in Massachusetts at an environmental and economic consulting firm that specialized in water resource issues.

She moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1993, where she then worked as a campaign policy advisor to Las Vegas Mayor Jan Laverty Jones and founded a homeless shelter for parents and children in need. Susie also became the Founding Director of After-School All-Stars, which serves over 7,000 students every day after school.  In 2010, she became the president of the Board of Communities In Schools of Nevada (CIS), a program that seeks to lower high school dropout rates. Lee has served on several other boards and committees in the Las Vegas area.

Susie Lee has earned the endorsement of many organizations including Former President Barack Obama, Former Vice President Joe Biden, Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC, and the Clark County Education Association.


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Education

I was the Founding Director of After-School All-Stars, a program that provides our most at-risk students with after-school enrichment activities and academic support. As President of Communities in Schools of Nevada for the past six years, I have worked to close achievement gaps, adequately fund education and keep kids on the road to graduation. Under my leadership, CIS has grown to serve 68,000 students in Nevada and dramatically increased graduation rates in the schools we serve.

In Congress, I will work to increase funding for early childhood education and programs that assist students living in poverty. I will also fight to ensure that every classroom in America has a great teacher with the resources he or she needs to succeed. We also need to do more to make college more affordable and reduce the burden of student loans. We should protect and expand programs like the Pell Grant, and others that help students afford college.

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Gun Safety

I will pressure Nevada’s leaders to recognize the will of the people and implement the background check law that was passed by voters in 2016. I’ll also advocate for national background check legislation, and limiting the ability to modify legal firearms with devices like bump stocks that make them military-grade weapons capable of causing the carnage that we witnessed in our community.

Congress should also take concrete steps to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, felons, and individuals on the no fly list. Expanding Red Flag laws, as well as access to preventive mental health treatment, will help prevent high-risk individuals from committing acts of mass violence, as well as address the pandemic of gun suicides in this country. Furthermore, we need federal legislation that cracks down on illegal gun trafficking, including stiffer penalties for those who engage in illegal straw purchasing, when prohibited purchasers buy guns by funneling money to a different buyer.

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Immigration

The U.S. has a proud tradition of opening its doors to immigrants from across the world, who in turn have made immeasurable contributions to our country. We must continue to welcome immigrants, while at the same time reforming our broken immigration system by securing our borders and providing a path to citizenship for the immigrants who strengthen our communities. Congress also must act to protect TPS recipients, and the thousands of Nevada DREAMers who have lived, worked, and studied in the United States since they were children. I will continue to oppose the cruel practice of separating families at the border.

While I do not support the abolishment of ICE, which protects communities as a part of the Department of Homeland Security, I believe ICE, like any other federal agency, should be held to a high standard of accountability, and Congress should remain vigilant in its oversight of the federal government.

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Equal Rights

The Equal Pay Act was passed 52 years ago, yet women still earn only $.78 for each dollar that a man earns for an identical job. That pay gap is even larger for women of color. This is unacceptable, and I will fight every day for pay equity. When women thrive, families thrive.

Moreover, it is long past time that we address the pervasive issue of sexual misconduct and harassment. As we’ve seen, there are not sufficient safeguards in place for women in the workplace. Additionally, we need to fight for fair representation for women in leadership roles in all industries, so that we can truly change the culture of harassment that has gone unchallenged for far too long.

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Forum details

 

Date & time

Sunday, October 7, 2018
5PM - 7PM

Masjid Ibrahim

3799 N. Edward Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89108

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