RESOLUTION URGING SUPPORT FOR LEGISLATIVE AND FEDERAL ACTION IN THE WAKE OF THE TRAYVON MARTIN CASE
WHEREAS, Florida resident George Zimmerman was absolved of all charges in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and was subsequently freed without any consequences to his life, liberty, or pursuit of happiness despite having taken the life of a young, unarmed, college-bound man and destroying the lives of his family;
WHEREAS, Local police departments have been sanctioned for abuses of police power, police brutality and racial profiling, and there is growing public concern that racially disproportionate “Stop-and-Frisk” policies and so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws may be enacted in California and other states in response to concerns for public safety;
WHEREAS, The Democratic Party must stand behind President Barack Obama’s call for the US Justice Department to evaluate grounds to re-try Zimmerman for having violated Martin’s civil rights and the President’s acknowledgement of racial disparities in arrests and sentencing throughout the US, with young men of color receiving the brunt of policing and imprisonment disproportionate to their percentage of the population;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT The Alameda County Democratic Party and its members do hereby: Express support for the Martin Family in their search for justice for the death of their son; Express support for President Obama’s and California State and local officials’ call for a national conversation on racial inequities in the Justice system and support for US Attorney General Eric Holder in his efforts to defend the civil rights of this minor child; Express support for legislative and political efforts to stop police brutality, to end “stand your ground” laws and to eliminate racial profiling and racial disparities from the California criminal justice system.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be sent to U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Governor Jerry Brown, California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, California Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, all members of Alameda County’s State Assembly, State Senate, and Congressional delegations and all Alameda County mayors. In a show of support, a copy would be sent to the Seminole County (Florida) Democratic Party.
Respectfully Submitted by: Pamela Mays McDonald, AD15.
Co-Sponsored by Alameda County Central Democratic Committee and the following organizations and individuals: Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club; Karen Weinstein; Ginny DeMartini; Chantal Reynolds; Jesse Arreguin; Kathy Neal; Igor Tregub; Bryan Parker; Howard Egerman; Mario Juarez; Kerry Birnbach; Miguel Dwin; Pamela Drake; Kate Harrison; Brett Badelle; Black Young Democrats, East Bay; East Bay Young Democrats; Kimberly Gates; Raj Salwan; Kate Harrison; Sharon A. Ball; Andy Kelley; Black Elected Officials and Faith Based Leaders of the East Bay; Berkeley Democratic Club; Oakland East Bay Democratic Club; Treva Reid; Elizabeth Echols; Saundra Andrews; Cheryl Moore; Jim Prola; Deneen Ogbeide; and Ces Rosales.