AN EXPLANATION OF OUR ENDORSEMENTS
JOE BIDEN for President:
ADA supported Bernie Sanders in the Primary, as we did 4 years ago. Joe Biden is a corporate Democrat who has been on the wrong side of so many of the issues we care about. Nevertheless, we are urging a vote for Joe this year. It is better to have toenail fungus than to have your leg amputated! Donald Trump is eagerly working to turn what is really a corporate oligarchy that pretends to be a democracy into a full-fledged fascist authoritarian regime. He must be defeated! We agree with Bernie’s assessment that we must elect Joe Biden and then pour into the streets to demand that the new administration act on the issues that we champion, that will help build a more equitable, just and sustainable society. As California is a dependably Blue state, you can vote your conscience and support a third party candidate as a protest vote and it won’t swing the election either way. But consider phone banking voters in Battleground States where their vote makes much more of a difference!
ANGELICA DUEÑAS and DAVID KIM for US CONGRESS: Representatives Tony Cardenas, Brad Sherman and Jimmy Gomez are centrist, corporate Democrats representing districts that are much more progressive than they are. If we can elect Bernie Sanders as President, these guys are going to be an obstacle to passing his bold and urgent agenda. That’s why we’re supporting Angelica Dueñas in the 29th CD and David Kim in the 34th. Unlike the incumbents, they share our values and are poised to fight hard to enact them.
GEORGE GASCÓN for LOS ANGELES DISTRICT ATTORNEY: Incumbent DA Jackie Lacey has refused to prosecute when police kill unarmed civilians. She is still filing death penalty cases, and the vast majority of these are against people of color. It’s time for her to go! George Gascón was a police officer in Los Angeles, but has been serving much more recently as the DA for San Francisco, where he saw a reduction in incarceration and also in crime. He embraces Restorative Justice programs. He’s particularly focused on keeping juveniles out of a criminal justice system meant for adults. And he won’t hesitate to investigate officer-involved shootings!
PATRICIA CASTELLANOS and SCOTT SCHMERELSON for LOS ANGELES SCHOOL BOARD: Los Angeles has more charter schools than any other city in the country. Most of these are run by corporations. They are largely unregulated, unaccountable and they mostly employ non-union teachers. If we can elect both of these candidates we’re endorsing, we have the opportunity to reverse this trend and strengthen our public school system in a way that benefits students, teachers and our communities, and not billionaire charter school donors.