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Join us for the presentation of the first ever Quincy Award for Responsible Statecraft. We will recognize U.S. Representative Barbara Lee for her advancement of ideas that move U.S. foreign policy away from endless war and toward vigorous diplomacy in the pursuit of international peace. The award, like our organization, is named for John Quincy Adams, the nation’s sixth president and one of its most accomplished diplomats.
Rep. Lee exemplified political courage with her solitary vote in 2001 against the authorization for the use of military force against terrorists implicated in the attacks of 9/11 — later extended by interpretation to cover “associated forces.” Lee has since led repeated efforts in the Congress to repeal the war authorization, which has been taken by the Executive Branch as conferring the authority to use lethal force in at least 19 countries in the two decades since it was passed.
The award will be bestowed to Representative Lee in a virtual ceremony on Friday, December 4, from 5:30 – 6:15 PM ET. The event will feature a conversation between Representative Barbara Lee and Quincy Institute President Andrew Bacevich, as well as comments from a number of the congresswoman’s esteemed colleagues and allies in the fight to end endless wars.
The Quincy Institute will issue the award yearly on or around the anniversary of its December 2019 launch to a Member of Congress, a currently serving or retired member of the US Armed Services, a member of the Diplomatic Corps, an elected official or an ordinary citizen who exemplifies the ideals and singular political courage in furtherance of peaceful US engagement with the world.