21 Oct Local Environmental Orgs Call for the Immediate Resignation of LA City Councilmembers Involved in Racist Audio Leaks
In response to the leaked recordings of former Councilmember Nury Martinez, Councilmembers Gil Cedillo and Kevin de León, as well as former President of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, Ron Herrera, that captured the members in a conversation that included racist remarks and political scheming, local environmental organizations have united and released a joint statement calling for the immediate resignation of Cedillo and de León. The organizations include: Heal the Bay, Friends of the Los Angeles River, Active San Gabriel Valley, The Bay Foundation, TreePeople, 5 Gyres Institute, Girls in Focus, Wildwoods, and Los Angeles River State Park Partners.
Los Angeles has no space for racism, homophobia, discrimination, or hate. As environmental and environmental justice organizations whose missions are centered around issues such as conservation, environmental education, environmental equity, climate justice and connecting Los Angeles’ diverse communities to nature, we condemn the anti-Black, anti-Oaxacan, anti-Indigenous, anti-LGBTQIA+, antisemitic, and anti-Armenian statements and behavior of former Councilmember Nury Martinez, Councilmembers Gil Cedillo and Kevin de León, as well as former President of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, Ron Herrera.
We stand against the deliberate attempt to demobilize and disenfranchise the voting powers of Angelenos through the redistricting process. Los Angeles’ long legacy of racial injustice cannot be enabled any longer, and we support efforts to dismantle these power structures, hold our city leaders accountable, and call for the overdue, immediate resignation of Councilmembers Gil Cedillo and Kevin de León.
One of the many things that makes our city special today is the diverse communities and perspectives that call Los Angeles home. This diversity makes our city stronger. And in moments when that strength is tested, we must be committed to our resolve in protecting it. Communities, individuals, and organizations coming together to demand our city do better – that is what makes Los Angeles.
The City of Los Angeles is built on the unceded homelands of the Gabrielino Tongva People, and within the unceded homelands of the Fernandeño Tataviam and Chumash People. Since time immemorial Indigenous communities lived and continue to live in respectful and reciprocal relationship with this place. We stand in solidarity with the Black, Oaxacan, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+, Armenian, and Jewish communities of Los Angeles and invite local organizations and all Angelenos to:
1) Join us in demanding the immediate resignation of Council Members Kevin de León and Gill
2) Support local Black, Oaxacan, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+, Armenian, and Jewish communities
working toward environmental justice in Los Angeles.
3) Continue to stand for and advocate for communities impacted by environmental racism and fight
for environmental justice for all of Los Angeles.
You can’t have climate change without sacrifice zones, and you can’t have sacrifice zones without
disposable people, and you can’t have disposable people without racism.
– Racism Is Killing the Planet by Hop Hopkins, Director of Organizational Transformation for the Sierra Club
Friends of the Los Angeles River is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to build capacity for communities, students, and future leaders to advocate for nature, climate, and equity on the Los Angeles River. FoLAR is a leading force in educating youth, guiding policy, and connecting communities to the River.