Racism will never be tolerated in Los Angeles
I write to you with a heavy heart, saddened, and deeply upset by the disturbing statements made by three Los Angeles City Councilmembers. Like many Angelenos, I feel betrayed.
The comments made about a child were distressing, and the racist comments are completely unacceptable. Over the course of a leaked conversation, we heard elected leaders make demeaning and racist remarks about Black, Indigenous, Jewish, Armenian, and LGBTQ+ communities, and it cannot go unaddressed. There is no place for bigotry and racism in our government.
I have called for the resignation of all three Councilmembers, Nury Martinez, Gil Cedillo and Kevin de León. I am encouraged to note that Mrs. Martinez has officially resigned not only as President but from the Los Angeles City Council.
The last few days have been painful, but I have faith that together, we will heal. To that end, I have joined the efforts of Congresswoman Karen Bass, who recently convened a meeting with faith, justice and civic leaders to help guide our efforts and next steps towards unity.
Los Angeles is a world city because of its people, all of whom, are worthy of respect and dignity.
Assemblymember, District 51
Chair, Assembly Budget Subcommittee No.4 on State Administration
Chair, Select Committee on Young Girls and Women of Color
Vice Chair, Legislative Progressive Caucus