Speak UP stands with civil rights hero, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), and we call on LAUSD School Board President and Board District 4 representative Steve Zimmer to join us.
Speak UP wholeheartedly agrees with Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), who said: “While I do not dispute that Trump won the Electoral College, I cannot normalize his behavior or the disparaging and un-American statements he has made. For me the personal decision not to attend the Inauguration is quite simple: Do I stand with Donald Trump or do I stand with John Lewis? I am standing with John Lewis.”
Speak UP finds President-Elect Donald Trump’s disparaging treatment of Lewis to be abhorrent and shameful. We believe it is part of a pattern of divisive, racist and bullying behavior that continues to harm and set a terrible example for our children.
Trump’s words and behavior have incited racist, anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic violence and bullying – much of it in schools – and has terrified the children of Los Angeles. His anti-immigrant rhetoric threatens the most vulnerable undocumented immigrant children in Los Angeles, as well as the American-born children of immigrants who fear their parents may be deported. And Trump’s disparagement of a reporter with a disability was a despicable bullying tactic that sends a message to our kids that it’s acceptable to bully children with special needs.
For these and many other reasons, Speak UP stands with Lewis. We call on LAUSD School Board President Zimmer to follow our lead and do the same.