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HR-63 (2017-2018)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

House Resolution No. 63


Introduced by Assembly Member Gallagher
(Principal coauthors: Assembly Members Travis Allen, Brough, Chen, Choi, Cunningham, Dahle, Flora, Fong, Harper, Melendez, Patterson, Steinorth, and Waldron)

September 05, 2017


Relative to condemning Antifa.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


HR 63, as introduced, Gallagher.

WHEREAS, In these times of turmoil and division it is ever more important to have reasoned and civil debate. Hateful or racist speech and violence should always be soundly and universally condemned; and
WHEREAS, The best way to counter hateful and racist speech is to bring it into the light and expose it to reasoned and civil debate where it can be condemned and where it will ultimately be discredited in the marketplace of ideas; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the heroes of the Civil Rights Movement showed us how to defeat hate and racism with reasoned debate, peaceful protest, and nonviolence; and
WHEREAS, Antifa is an organization that appears to be dedicated to Marxist ideology and to disrupting and using violence against persons assembling and speaking on issues that they arbitrarily deem “fascist”; and
WHEREAS, In many cases, Antifa activists have targeted people holding conservative beliefs and have used intimidation tactics and violence to shut down and suppress conservative speech; and
WHEREAS, Antifa activists disrupt events they deem fascist by showing up in numbers, masking their faces, and then using clubs, rocks, Molotov cocktails, and other weapons to carry out violent assaults on their target; and
WHEREAS, Antifa activists have carried out attacks on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley against those gathering to hear persons holding conservative viewpoints and in one incident in February of this year they carried out violent attacks on spectators and caused $100,000 worth of damage when they set fire to a building on campus where Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak; and
WHEREAS, Antifa activists have carried out violent attacks in many cities throughout the nation and have become increasingly more violent in recent months; and
WHEREAS, Antifa has recently stated that it would attempt to blockade a speech by conservative commentator Ben Shapiro on the Berkeley campus and would also disrupt a planned Free Speech Week being put on by the Berkeley College Republicans; and
WHEREAS, The Mayor of the City of Berkeley has called on Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ to cancel conservative events to avoid violence, which only emboldens Antifa and further suppresses the speech rights of students and California citizens; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, That the Assembly condemns Antifa’s violent tactics and urges all of its citizens to commit to expressing their beliefs in respectful, reasoned, and civil debate; and be it further
Resolved, That the Assembly calls on the University of California, the California State University, and community college campuses and the cities in which they are located to commit to and secure the rights of individuals to free speech and specifically to take actions to ensure that groups like Antifa are not permitted to use violence and intimidation to suppress the free speech rights of others; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.