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HR-23 (2013-2014)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  September 06, 2013


House Resolution
No. 23

Introduced by Assembly Member Bradford
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Achadjian, Alejo, Ammiano, Atkins, Bloom, Bocanegra, Bonilla, Bonta, Brown, Buchanan, Ian Calderon, Campos, Chau, Chávez, Chesbro, Cooley, Daly, Dickinson, Eggman, Fong, Fox, Frazier, Garcia, Gatto, Gomez, Gonzalez, Gordon, Gray, Hall, Roger Hernández, Holden, Jones-Sawyer, Levine, Lowenthal, Medina, Mitchell, Mullin, Muratsuchi, Nazarian, Pan, Perea, John A. Pérez, V. Manuel Pérez, Quirk, Quirk-Silva, Rendon, Salas, Skinner, Stone, Ting, Weber, Wieckowski, Wilk, Williams, and Yamada)

August 08, 2013

Relative to youth.


HR 23, as amended, Bradford.

WHEREAS, The criminalization of African American, Latino, and Asian and Pacific Islander youth continues to pervade our social, educational, political, and cultural systems; and
WHEREAS, Boys and men of color throughout California continue to face unnecessary hurdles in education, in opportunities to work, in public safety, and in other areas based on preconceived notions and fear; and
WHEREAS, The verdict in the case against George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin was deeply troubling to many young people and to Californians in general. Many have interpreted the ruling to signify that there are two separate but unequal justice systems for whites and nonwhites, that fearing a black and brown youth can justify the taking of a life, and that simply walking down the street or wearing certain clothes is viewed as criminal; and
WHEREAS, California’s boys and men of color face unique barriers on their road to adulthood. They are more likely to grow up in neighborhoods marked by poverty, violence, underfunded schools, and low-wage jobs; and
WHEREAS, In California, 35 percent of African American youth and 26 percent of Latino youth do not graduate from high school; and
WHEREAS, Young African American men experience homicide rates at least 16 times greater than that of young white men; and
WHEREAS, Racial profiling continues to exist throughout this state, and our young people deserve better; and
WHEREAS, It is essential that all Californians examine their prejudices and biases so that we can work toward a world in which all people are judged by the content of their character and their actions, and not by the color of their skin; and
WHEREAS, All lives are valuable, and none are disposable; and
WHEREAS, All people, regardless of the color of their skin, should be able to enjoy the basic liberty that many of us take for granted, including the freedom to walk down the street; and
WHEREAS, Laws like Florida’s Stand Your Ground law risk escalating minor confrontations with tragic results. We need to find ways to defuse conflicts, and not escalate them; and
WHEREAS, The best way to honor the memory of Trayvon Martin is to channel our pain and frustration into our work to create an inclusive California in which our communities need not fear our sons and brothers walking down the street; and
WHEREAS, Trayvon Martin’s death is not in vain. The tragedy is a catalyst to create a California that embraces and invests in the health and well-being of all young people. They are a source of strength, creativity, and economic dynamism, and not a group that should be feared or condemned. California’s diversity is its greatest strength and a competitive advantage; and
WHEREAS, The Legislature is taking action through legislation, budget decisions, and through the Legislative oversight function to ensure that the needs of California’s boys and men of color are a priority in state investments and programs; and
WHEREAS, The Assembly has established the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color to help put our young people on a road to a healthy and successful adulthood because successful young people are not born, they are nurtured; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, That the Assembly encourages the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color to continue to advance its legislative agenda to improve the lives of young people of color, including its work to reduce the use of policies and practices that push boys out of school and to instead promote common sense discipline that keeps pupils in school and on track; and be it further
Resolved, That the Assembly encourages the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color to deepen its commitment to prepare young men of color for success in the workplace and in the marketplace and to increase the numbers of young men of color who are prepared for jobs and professional careers in the health, education, and green infrastructure sectors; and be it further
Resolved, That the Assembly further encourages the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color to support growing state and national efforts to shine a spotlight on the needs and aspirations of young men of color across the United States, including the newly formed Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.