Oppose Arizona's Anti-Immigrant and Anti-Ethnic Studies Bills

Resolution Number 11-04.84

WHEREAS, on April 23, 2010, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1070, which authorizes local law enforcement to demand proof of legal immigration status from any person suspected of a crime; and HB 2218, which prohibits the teaching of Ethnic Studies in K-12 schools; and

WHEREAS, Senate Bill 1070, which violates human and constitutional rights including equal protection, will encourage racial profiling, create a climate of fear and persecution, and lead to under-reporting of crime and an increase of criminal activity; and House Bill 2218 has been used by the Superintendent of the public school system in Arizona to target the Raza Studies program in Tucson and outlawed its teaching in the Tucson Unified School District, despite the fact that students in the Raza Studies program graduate at a higher rate than do other students in Arizona and the test scores of these students also surpassed the scores of other students in Arizona; and

WHEREAS, the Platform of the California Democratic Party calls on Democrats to oppose racial profiling and xenophobic conduct that polarizes communities, and to condemn actions that keep undocumented immigrants in the shadows of our society;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party denounces the enactment of Senate Bill 1070 and House Bill 2218, urges their immediate repeal, and encourages local governments in California to formally oppose it; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party commends President Obama's Department of Justice for taking the necessary legal action to overturn Arizona's unconstitutional state law SB 1070; and commends the educators who support the teaching of Ethnic Studies and upholding academic freedom in their federal lawsuit against HB 2218.


Authors/Sponsors: Mary Rose Ortega and the CDP Resolutions Committee, San Diego County Democratic Central Committee; Fresno County Democratic Central Committee Organization 

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party\xe2\x80\xa8
At its 2011 State Convention
Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento\xe2\x80\xa8\xe2\x80\xa8
May 1, 2011



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