The California Reinvestment Coalition released the following statement today in response to leaked audio capturing a racist conversation between Los Angeles City Councilmembers:
“We’re both disheartened and disturbed to learn of the racist and shameful remarks made during a closed-door meeting between Nury Martinez, the LA City Councilmember who resigned Monday as council president, councilmembers Gil Cedillo and Kevin de León, and labor leader Ron Herrera. The nature of that conversation was harmful and highlights just how pervasive anti-Black, anti-Indigenous and anti-LGBTQ+ sentiments are behind closed doors.
“Even more disturbing are the political implications of the conversation. The dangers of having elected officials who uphold racist and violent beliefs at the helm of policy decisions cannot be overstated. This is another clear example of how systems of oppression routinely harm and direct violence toward marginalized communities.
“As an organization that works to disrupt anti-Blackness, dismantle white supremacy, and remove roadblocks to economic and racial equity for our communities, we cannot be silent on this issue. We steadfastly condemn the actions of these elected officials.
“It is not enough for Martinez to resign from her position as Council president. All three council members must step down in order to ensure Los Angeles can move forward on a path where Black, Indigenous and LGBTQ+ communities are free from harm – both publicly and behind closed doors.
“The people of LA need a City Council that will not only protect their best interests but who are also willing to stand up to anti-Black, anti-indigenous and anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric and legislation.
“CRC will continue to hold elected officials accountable and fight for a fair and equitable future that meets the need of Black, Indigenous, People of Color and LGBTQ+ communities.”