It’s Personal – An Open Letter From LACDP Chair Mark Gonzalez

Danny Leserman June 19, 2018 0


Like many of you, I have been rocked to my core with the recent events taking place at the U.S. – Mexican border. Forcefully separating children from their families for seeking a better life is no less evil than the internment of Japanese Americans during World War Two or the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. The Trump adminstration is using the lives of children as bargaining chips for their “wall,” and since the Republicans in Congress are too scared to stand up to these blatantly evil policies, it is up to us Democrats to ensure that Trump’s and the GOP’s power is stripped away so we can stop these heinous acts.

Aside from being the most evil action the Trump administration has taken, these recent xenophobic events are especially personal for me. The largest detention center for these children is stationed in my hometown of Mcallen, Texas. It brings me to tears to hear these children screaming for their mothers and fathers while locked away in the town where I was born, and it makes my blood boil to know that, unless we collectively stop it, the worst is yet to come.

We must let these children and their parents know that we hear their cries. While we march and fight for these policies to end, we must also remember how imperative it is to vote away the GOP’s power in November. The country is now coming to terms with the feckless nature of the Republicans in the face of their Trump-overlord, and their fear to do anything to help children put in cages will be their undoing.

If there is any doubt that Democrats are the party of humanity, let that be put to rest now. It is up to us to put up a united front to elect Democrats who will stop these heinous policies, and that is exactly what we will do. Los Angeles and California have always led the way in progressive politics, but now the lives and futures of children who are being locked away from their families with unbridled cruelty depend on it. We are the progressive lantern that the rest of the country follows, and we Democrats are at the frontlines to save our nation from this despair.

In the coming days, weeks, and months, we will march, rally, protest, walk precincts, and most importantly, get out the vote to ensure that our society is saved from this monstrous form of policy and politics. We hope you will join us as we keep you notified of events and action items up to and through the November midterm elections.

In Solidarity and Humanity,
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Mark Gonzalez
Chair, Los Angeles County Democratic Party



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