By Jon Munoz —
VICE CHAIR’S REPORTS –SERGIO CARRILLO and PAT SANDERS
Sergio Carrillo thanked Janice Hahn for proposing that LA County inquire about why gay men cannot donate blood.
Pat Sanders introduced Pastor Lewis Logan from GA. Here are highlights of Logan’s talk below:
Grateful “Flash-Blacks” – this is a moment for us to take seriously the stories of people of African Descent. Oftentimes different and contradictory in the denial of our humanity. Common aspirations, equal justice for all. Engaged – with People for the American Way – in civil disobedience for encouraging Biden administration to pass all, but dead voting rights legislation.
They were arrested. He was held in a 10 by 10 cell. No mattress, no blanket, no pillow. Tons of roaches, rats. “Something about drawing on your past, knowing what you are doing, why you are doing what you are doing, the people who came before you and faced worst situations.”
Focus on who we are supposed to be to the wheat. “We are wheat, let the weeds grow where they want. Protect the harvest of justice, truth, humanity, inclusivity for all humans.”
CHAIR’S REPORT – MARK GONZALEZ
Gonzalez introduced Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara to speak (first LGBT & Latino Insurance Commissioner):
- First to demand auto insurance companies give reimbursements.
- AB585 – Part of his climate insurance group. Find solutions against sea level rise, extreme heat and fires. Will create a ranking heat system. Extreme heat is the #1 killer for senior and immune-compromised. The bill would rank heat waves so it would help families that can’t afford AC, refrigeration for medications. 2.4 M policy holders were prevented from being dropped by insurance.
STANDING COMMITTEE and TASK FORCE REPORTS
AB1400 (Health Care For All) was supported.
AB257 – was supported. Fast food recovery act.
Continued boycott of Denair ice cream cakes due to labor issues. Workers have been on strike for 3 months.
Cal State University contract has been agreed for next 2 years thus averting a strike.
RESOLUTIONS – TONY HALE & ORTEGA
Humane conditions for Prisoners motion – including effective AC and heating was passed by LACDP. LACDP shall communicate this resolution to the LA County Sheriff and head of Correctional.
LEGISLATIVE ACTION –DEANA IGESLRUD & FLORENCIO BRIONES
A vote was taken and passed on supporting these bills:
AB1655 – asks that Juneteenth be a state holiday.
AB1666 – Abortion and Civil Rights actions. Protects people from being sued for helping someone getting an abortion. Supported by Planned Parenthood.
SB467 – bill has been changed – Trial testimony and witness habeas corpus. Expands definition of flawed testimony. California Innocence Project, Loyola Innocence Project are among the sponsors.
TASKSFORCE ON STATEWIDE HEALTHCARE ADVOCACY –DEANA IGELSRUD & LINDA SANCHEZ
AB1400 CAL CARE – Mark Gonzalez is proud of the work LACDP did on this. Drive to continue pushing for single payer health care.
ELECTION PROTECTION AND OVERSIGHT – CONNIE SULLIVAN
The voter protection hotline is staffed by volunteers. Incidents are reported to election county officials. CDP added a poll observer program which will be in place during primary and general election. It started during the recall.
LACDP will be looking to committee members to administer this program during the primary.
LA City Controller Ron Galperin is running to be state controller. First LGBTQ elected official in LA history. Has support of Betty Yee. The one candidate who has actually been a controller.