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SR-58 (2017-2018)

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Enrolled  September 15, 2017
Passed  IN  Senate  September 14, 2017
Amended  IN  Senate  September 08, 2017
Amended  IN  Senate  September 01, 2017


Senate Resolution
No. 58

Introduced by Senators Wiener, Allen, Glazer, Hertzberg, Jackson, Newman, Stern, and Stone

August 28, 2017

Relative to anti-Semitism and other bias, prejudice, and discrimination


SR 58, Wiener.

WHEREAS, Across the nation, and in California, there has been a rash of bomb threats targeting Jewish Community Centers, Jewish day schools, synagogues, and other Jewish institutions. In recent years, there has also been a nationwide, including California, increase in discriminatory rhetoric and actions, including cemetery desecrations and verbal and violent anti-Semitic assaults targeting Jewish community members and, specifically, Jewish university students; and
WHEREAS, The Federal Bureau of Investigations, ProPublica, Southern Poverty Law Center, Anti-Defamation League, and other reputable groups have identified evidence of hundreds of incidents of anti-Semitic harassment and intimidation throughout the country targeting individuals perceived to be of Jewish ethnic or religious ancestry, or both; and
WHEREAS, In the last few months, anti-Semitic chants at protests in Charlottesville, Virginia and LGBT parades in Chicago, Illinois, and the vandalism of Temple Israel in Alameda County, California provide the more recent examples of a rise in anti-Semitic behavior in the United States; and
WHEREAS, These anti-Semitic acts appear to come from white-supremacist and neo-Nazi groups, as well as from groups on the far left and right of the political spectrum, and often include anti-Jewish bigotry, including anti-Semitic discrimination rooted in efforts to delegitimize Jewish self-determination or hold Jews collectively responsible for actions by the State of Israel; and
WHEREAS, These incidents occur in the context of a steep rise in anti-Semitism globally, and xenophobic discrimination targeting people of diverse backgrounds based on race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, and veteran status; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That, in light of the volume and frequency of acts of intolerance and xenophobia, and the evolving nature of anti-Semitism, the Senate hereby reaffirms its commitment to an open and inclusive state that actively opposes all forms of prejudice, bias, or discrimination; and be it further
Resolved, That the Senate will work to uphold principles of equality, pluralism, and inclusivity, and will stand in solidarity with Jewish and other communities whenever they are targeted or marginalized; and be it further
Resolved, That nothing in this resolution may be construed to diminish or infringe upon free speech or any other right that is protected under the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.