August 14, 2017: Campaign Statement on Charlottesville Attack

This past weekend we witnessed the devastating chaos and tragic loss of life caused by the violence of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. For some, hatred, fear and intimidation is nothing new. On the contrary; it is an all too familiar experience. For others, it is a wake up call. For still others, this is a stark reminder that the struggle continues. 

 

As an immigrant I’ve felt the isolation that racists and xenophobes try to force on our communities. I will not repeat the shouted vitriolic sloganshere. I will not perpetuate their message. I will not allow haters to control my narrative. Instead I want to announce two powerful endorsements and allies in our campaign for the state assembly. 

Activist and organizer Bobby Seale has endorsed our campaign. 

Activist and organizer Bobby Seale has endorsed our campaign. 

The founding Chairman of the Black Panther Party, Bobby Seale was inspired into action by the writings of Malcom X. I am inspired by Bobby Seale.

I am also inspired by 
legendary civil rights activist, Reverend Phil Lawson.

I am deeply grateful to have his endorsement once again. Pastor Emeritus of Easter Hill United Methodist Church, Reverend Lawson has been a leader in the social justice movement his entire life. He marched with Martin Luther King, Jr., and as Secretary and President of the Northern California Ecumenical Council he was responsible for resettling thousands of Central American refugees. 

As Bobby Seale has said “You don't fight racism with racism; the best way to fight racism is with solidarity.” I absolutely agree with him. We will not beat back the rising tide of racism unless and until we unite and reject it as a community and as a people. We can do this. As a favorite popular Ethiopian quote states: “When spiders webs unite, they can tie up a lion”. 

California must lead the way. We can be the spider that spins the first web. We must set an example for other states. Together we can create a nation where our value is not judged by the color of our skin, our gender, orientation or religious beliefs, but rather by our commitment to our community. 

Join our campaign. Together we can build people’s revolution that ends the racism we’ve seen in Virginia this weekend.