THE CLBC CALLS FOR THE END OF RIOTING IN BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

April 28, 2015

Sacramento, CA - The California Legislative Black Caucus calls for the end of rioting and destruction in Baltimore, Maryland.  This type of unnecessary violence and deliberate destruction of property will not solve anything except to further worsen the relationship between law enforcement and communities.

“This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the March on Selma and the Voting Rights Act; we should use these two milestone events in our history as examples of how we can bring about change in a peaceful and more effective manner,” states Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Chair of the CLBC. “The March showed our ability to come together and protest peacefully against civil right violations; while the Voting Rights Act provided us with the right to exercise our civic duty to vote against those, who try to maintain the status quo.”

Violence and destruction of private property will not achieve anything but only fuel the legacy of distrust that permeates our communities. Let us duplicate instead the legacy of those who marched in peace and harmony and work together as a community to bring about meaningful criminal justice reform.