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HR-51 (2017-2018)

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Revised  August 21, 2017
Corrected  August 23, 2017


House Resolution No. 51

Introduced by Assembly Members Levine, Bonta, Cristina Garcia, Gonzalez Fletcher, Holden, and Low Low, and Mayes
(Principal coauthors: Assembly Members Berman, Bloom, Friedman, Medina, Nazarian, Rubio, and Thurmond)
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Acosta, Aguiar-Curry, Travis Allen, Baker, Bigelow, Brough, Burke, Caballero, Calderon, Cervantes, Chau, Chávez, Chen, Chiu, Choi, Chu, Cooper, Cunningham, Dababneh, Dahle, Daly, Eggman, Flora, Fong, Gallagher, Eduardo Garcia, Gipson, Gloria, Gray, Grayson, Harper, Irwin, Jones-Sawyer, Kalra, Kiley, Lackey, Limón, Maienschein, Mathis, McCarty, Melendez, Mullin, Muratsuchi, Obernolte, O’Donnell, Patterson, Quirk, Quirk-Silva, Rendon, Reyes, Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez, Salas, Santiago, Steinorth, Mark Stone, Ting, Voepel, Waldron, Weber, and Wood)

August 21, 2017

Relative to California’s diversity and equality.


HR 51, as introduced, Levine.

WHEREAS, On August 12, 2017, white supremacists held a horrifying “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia; and
WHEREAS, The hateful event announced to the world that neo-Nazis and white supremacists threaten our communities; and
WHEREAS, The white supremacists chose Charlottesville in response to the city’s recent decision to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from Lee Park and rename it Emancipation Park; and
WHEREAS, The protesters, which included members of the KKK, marched with torches, confederate flags, and swastikas with the ultimate goal of sowing fear and intimidating communities throughout the United States; and
WHEREAS, Militias dressed in military-style fatigues carrying semiautomatic rifles stood across the street from a local synagogue and called for the synagogue to be burned down, and Nazi Internet Web sites promoted these horrifying threats; and
WHEREAS, Known white supremacists like David Duke and Richard Spencer proudly participated in and supported the rally; and
WHEREAS, Counterprotesters also arrived to confront the hateful messages of the rally; and
WHEREAS, James Alex Fields drove into a crowd of counterprotesters, resulting in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer and the injury of at least 19 others; and
WHEREAS, A police helicopter monitoring the protest also crashed, resulting in the death of Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen III and Trooper-Pilot Berke M. M. Bates; and
WHEREAS, The racism, anti-Semitism, and bigotry expressed by the participants of the “Unite the Right” rally are contrary and repugnant to the morals and values of the United States; and
WHEREAS, This legislative body recognizes the value of the diversity of our state, and has passed legislation protecting all Californians from bigotry, including the Unruh Civil Rights Act and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act; and
WHEREAS, California’s diversity and equality has been a source of strength and has helped make California one of the largest economies in the world; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, That the Assembly recognizes and honors the diversity and equality of its residents, and condemns any form of bigotry, violence, and hatred; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.

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