California Democratic Legislative Leadership Is Ready To Fight

California Democratic Legislative Leadership Is Ready To Fight
Hardy L. Brown. Photo by Benoit Malphettes

Hardy L. Brown. Photo by Benoit Malphettes

While much of the country is continuing down the narrow-minded and bigoted path laid out by the national leaders, California’s legislature is ready to begin the next great progressive era in California. As Speaker Rendon pointed out, 'Californians should be wary of national calls for unity and healing. Unity must be separated from complicity… We don't need healing, we need to fight.'" 

Last week I wrote about “To Be Or Not To Be A Democrat” and that thought has not changed but has grown stronger with the amount of like-minded feedback from other Black people of all political parties. 

My new motto: “ No permanent friends, no permanent enemies, just permanent issues” and in California some of our long time coalition friends have become our enemies while our issue of Black unemployment is growing higher, access to taxpayer institutions of higher learning have become harder for Black students to enter while other students are being granted access and recruited from other countries, public contracts are being awarded to outside companies to build public works projects inside of the community, and companies who operate under the governance of California Public Utility Commission contract with fewer and fewer Black owned businesses.

The latter is most disappointing because the people we included in our fight to gain public access to help make laws are now wanting to deny us that right. I guess they are practicing what we forgot. I remember in San Bernardino when Art Townsend, Rev. William Jacks and the SB NAACP fought for representation on the city council they included another seat for Jess Arias to be elected. When the League of Mothers was headed by Francis Grice, Valerie Pope, Bonnie Johnson and the NAACP, they also included a seat for Roger Anton. Only one of those people I mentioned was elected in the public seats they fought so hard to open so others could serve and do the public’s business. Don Griggs and I did the same thing at Edison where we were employed. At Kaiser Hospitals in Southern California, I worked with Art Forbes, and John Woods to expand opportunities for all people not just African-Americans. At the school district as a board member I advocated for — and the rest of the Board adopted — an Affirmative Action Program that worked for all people.

While I will continue to believe in this approach, however, for such a time as this I think we must regroup and adopt the sentiment of California Democratic Legislative Leadership Senate Pro-Tem Kevin De Leon and Speaker Anthony Rendon: "While some of California citizens are traveling down the narrow-minded and bigoted path funded by billionaires, (my Black brothers and sisters must come together) and chart a new course and form new alliances and be ready to begin the next chapter in our struggle for fairness and equality in California. Blacks should be wary of those who call for unity and healing. Unity must be separated from complicity. We don't need healing, we need to fight.'" 

I know we will heal as we fight because the Lord did not bring us this far to leave us. Let me remind you as stated in Psalm 124: “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side where would we be, now may Israel say; If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us: Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us: Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul: Then the proud waters had gone over our soul. Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth? Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth”. 

This is what we must do: have faith, develop a plan, and fight back.

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