"Since Inauguration Day, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions and Stephen Miller-like Republicans have made it their mission to take their bigoted ideals to terrorize our nation’s immigrants and divide our nation. I applaud SCOTUS’ ruling rejecting the Trump Administration’s frivolous United Stares v California lawsuit against our State. Attorney General Becerra’s incredible defense of the SB54, led and championed by former Speaker Pro Tempore Kevin DeLeon, affirms that California, like all 49 other states, will continue to exercise it’s constitutional authority to decide how our law enforcement responds to immigrant rights and protections. While Jeff Sessions continues to campaign in Alabama on his decades of bigotry, the CAGOP, NRCC, Donald Trump and their party are not only going to have to prove their need for state and local cooperation with federal agents in court, but also reckon with their actions for years to come. Los Angeles Democrats will continue to stand on the side of all Americans, including immigrants, all across our county and our state."
"LGBTQ Americans all across our county and our nation continue to face unimaginable discrimination, despite all the progress we’ve made. Today’s SCOTUS Bostock v Clayton County, GA monumental ruling affirmed that workplace discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity is not only wrong, but unlawful under Title VII protections in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Our nation must continue to fight for the rights and protections of LGBTQ Americans not only in the workplace, but in our schools, in our communities and in our homes. Our fight is not over, especially on the heels of the Trump Administration rolling back healthcare protections for transgender Americans. As we celebrate Pride Month and honor LGBTQ pioneers, Los Angeles County Democrats will continue to be at the forefront of that fight for justice and equal rights."
"The facts are clear: Donald Trump and his administration do not care about human life. Their continued attacks on Black, Hispanic, Asian Americans, Women, and once again the LGBTQ community should be a stark reminder that this lawless president will not protect you. Today’s Health and Human Services ruling erasing federal healthcare protections for Transgender Americans on the 12th day of Pride Month, the anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, and in the middle of a pandemic is disgusting. This president has again given the green light for those who’s duty it is to protect life, license to discriminate on the basis of sex and gender identity. LA Democrats will continue to fight for the rights our transgender community, especially in a time where so many Black Transgender Americans are being killed, including Dominique Rem'mie Fells and Riah Milton just this week. The president and his administration should be ashamed - but we know they lack the morals."
LOS ANGELES, CA -- In response to today's vote-by-mail ruling out of Sutter County against Governor Newsom's executive order, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark J. Gonzalez released the following statement:
"As we continue to see a rise in coronavirus-related cases, voting by mail is not only critical to our safety, but essential to ensuring that all Americans have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote. Today’s ruling out of Sutter County, suspending the Governor’s executive order, does not change that necessity. Governor Newsom’s first priority is the safety and well-being of Californians, and Assemblymembers Gallagher, Kiley and the CAGOP have spent more time aligning with Donald Trump and his lies and playing politics, and less time working to provide a working solution on safely ensuring millions of Californians can vote. LA Democrats look forward to supporting the legislative efforts in the Assembly and State Senate, and making sure to codify the vote-by-mail process as we head in to November."
Pride is usually a time for myself, the LGBTQ community and allies to come together to laugh, learn, celebrate and grow together.
Pride is usually a time where we reflect on the work of pioneers like Morris Kight, Bayard Rustin, Tak Yamamoto and June Lagmay, Jose Sarria, Jeanne Cordova and others who helped usher in a generation of activism and leadership. Over the years, representation within our ranks here at LACDP has grown, as we welcome more LGBTQ Angelenos within our leadership and in our new class of elected members than ever before.
Pride is usually a time where we welcome Americans and those from all across the globe who have come to accept themselves into the "family," and to provide the support for those who continue to need it.
Pride is usually a time where, while waving rainbow flags, marching in a parade, and meeting new people, we can celebrate a moment of joy.
For the past 50 years, Pride has been a constant reminder that the fight for equality is hard, but not impossible. As our country attempts to stay healthy in the middle of this pandemic, our nation has once again been confronted with the sins of racial injustices that have plagued our communities. Pride grew out of protests 50 years ago, and we're seeing our nation rise up once again and say ENOUGH.
This year, our fight is not only at the ballot box, but in continuing to support and uplift Black voices all across LA County, especially black transgender voices who are continuously forgotten in this fight for equal justice.
I'm proud to stand alongside of you and LA County Democrats and all the work we do on behalf of LGBTQ Angelenos.
While we may not be able to be together this month like we have in the past - remember now is the time for focus, let's continue to meet the challenges head on, and take pride.
“In a time where blatant corruption is running rampant at the highest level of our government, Los Angeles residents deserve representation in our local government free from greed and deceptive practices. The recent indictments from the Department of Justice make clear that there are bad actors who have selfishly tainted the trust Angelenos have in our city officials and their ability to govern. While we have endorsed and supported Councilmember Huizar in past elections, Democrats will not tolerate illegal dealings or abuses of power. As a CD14 resident myself, I echo the call from Mayor Garcetti, Council President Nury Martinez and others calling for Councilmember Huizar to immediately resign, so City Hall can get back focusing on how to protect our city as we continue to navigate this pandemic."
“Tonight, Angelenos are coming together after witnessing yet another killing of an unarmed black male in America. Make no mistake, a pandemic has not stopped hate that has reverberated across this country for decades, exasperated even further by a lawless, racist and bigoted president and his administration. The murder of George Floyd this week in Minnesota at the hands of those sworn to protect and serve, and the seemingly never ending cycle of unnecessary deaths, continues to be a stark reminder that our country still has a serious problem. Black Lives Matter isn’t just a saying - it’s a reality, and LA County Democrats continue to stand with those demanding justice, accountability, and change”
“The Republican playbook has been the same for years, and frankly voters are finally starting to see it for what it is - voter suppression. The RNC and the CAGOP’s latest attempt to use the courts to gaslight supporters is another charade to confuse and deflect from their inaction on putting forth policies designed to help working class voters. California joins South Carolina, Utah, and 26 other states who allow vote-by-mail - are they suing Republican-led states, too? If you don’t want voters to vote, then don’t run to represent them. No one should have to choose between their health and their right to vote”
this Memorial Day
“We end this month, as we have for the past 152 years, honoring fallen Angelenos and Americans all across the country who have served in our Armed Forces and sacrificed their lives for our country.
From Civil Wars, to Vietnam, to the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, our young nation has been, and continues to be tested, at home and around the globe. Today we remember those patriots, women and men, black, latino, API, LGBT and more who sacrificed themselves in service to our nation.
As we continue to grapple with the effects of this pandemic, this start to our normal summer may look a little different, but one thing is for certain - it's continued to remind us about true sacrifice.
This Memorial Day, take a moment to reflect on those brave Americans who fought to ensure that we continue to maintain a healthy democracy, free from tyranny. Let us remember those that fought for our right to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. Let us honor those fallen services members and recommit ourselves to helping build a more perfect union.
Wishing you and yours a very thoughtful Memorial Day.”
“Tonight the Trump-Garcia-McConnell machine showed America that they will continue to deploy their dangerous tactics, buying and lying their way into an election. As we continue to grapple with the local and national affects of the coronavirus, Mike Garcia has fallen in line with Donald Trump in their attempt to destroy the Affordable Care Act, putting millions of Americans at risk. I know the Christy will be the voice Congress needs right now to ensure that our workers are safe and our families are secure. This fight in CA25 was never going to be over tonight. Trump, Mike Garcia and the Republicans have been put on notice, and they will do whatever they can do defeat Christy in November. There’s too much at stake, and LA Democrats look forward to the challenge ahead with Christy.”
“The NRCC and the Trump/Mike Garcia Republican Party are nothing if not consistent. Their latest tweet attack and attempt to suppress the vote is so on brand, they’re practically telling on themselves. The reality is, here in LA County and all across the country they are afraid of voters and democracy. Just ask Mitch McConnell - voter suppression is the only way they know they can win. We’re glad to have led the fight to ensure that all Angelenos in CA25 have an opportunity to vote in Tuesday’s Special Election and we’re going to keep making sure voters have that opportunity in November and beyond.”
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“The safety and health of all Californians and Angelenos continues to be a top priority of our elected officials, especially through the leadership of Governor Newsom. With so much uncertainty due to COVID-19 over the next few months, LA County residents should not have to choose between their safety and their right to vote. On behalf of the 2.9 million Democrats, almost a third of the state’s voting base, I applaud the Governor’s decision to ensure that all Californians will be able to vote-by-mail in the upcoming election. I look forward to our party’s continued work to make sure that we’re working with Secretary Padilla, Registrar Dean Logan and the county to ensure a safe and democratic election.”