Statement on the Separation of Children at the Southern Border

On June 18, 2018, the Yolo County Democratic Party unanimously voted in favor of the resolution below.

Expressing the Opposition and Outrage of the Democratic Party for Human Rights Abuses, Negligence, Unlawful Detention, the Forcible Separation of Children from parents at our Southern Border

Whereas, the American Civil Liberties Union, in its 2018 report, documented pervasive physical, sexual and emotional abuse of migrant children by Homeland Security and ICE agents at our Southern Border, including, but not limited to, teenagers run over by border protection officials and subsequently beaten; a young girl who was forced to spread her legs and was molested by federal agents, a pregnant teen whose cry for medical attention was ignored which resulted in a stillborn birth; multiple children threatened with rape and death; children forced to sleep in holding pens on concrete floors; all of which has led to an overwhelming atmosphere of fear, isolation, medical emergencies and death at our Southern border; and

Whereas, the Trump Administration has implemented a zero tolerance policy at our Southern border including, but not limited to, the unlawful abduction of children forcibly removed from their parents who have been criminalized even though many are lawfully seeking asylum from deadly and dangerous circumstances in other countries thereby violating their constitutional right to due process and resulting in the United Nations Human Rights Office calling upon the U.S. to stop separating children from parents because separation as a deterrent to illegal immigration runs counter to human rights standards and principles; and, separately, creating a system without background checks , tracking or oversight for children released from federal custody which has resulted in them being handed over to human traffickers, and approximately 1500 children who could not be located; and

Whereas, the Trump administration has fueled an atmosphere of hatred and discrimination against all immigrants seeking refuge in the United States at our Southern border which has led to intolerance and an increase in discrimination and poor treatment of immigrant communities.

Therefore, be it resolved, that the California Democratic Party affirms its commitment to take action against the abusive, immoral, inhumane and illegal treatment of migrant children at our Southern border and calls upon the Democratic Delegation of Congress to take immediate steps to insure that migrant children are tracked for family unification and, in the interim, placed with organizations designed to care for the emotional, physical, medical, and educational needs of minors, with proper oversight and monitoring by independent institutions; and

And, therefore be it resolved, that a copy of this resolution be sent to Democratic members of Congress, media outlets and the Democratic delegation of our CA State Legislature.

Authored by Susie Shannon

Statement on Charlottesville and the Activities of White Supremacists on August 12, 2017


Yolo County Democratic Party Calls on Yolo County Republican Party to Denounce White Supremacy

West Sacramento, CA, 5th September 2017 – A resolution condemning the President of the United States for his speech on Charlottesville was unanimously passed at the monthly meeting of the Yolo County Democratic Party on August 21, 2017. It also called on the Yolo County Republican Party to denounce his speech as well.

Below is a statement released alongside the resolution:

The Neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville were not “very fine people” as the president called them Tuesday. They are racists, terrorists and fascists. They represent the most un-American values of hate, intolerance and division. And, sadly, they have found a sympathizer in this President.

This is not who we are. Too many Americans have sacrificed in military and civil rights conflicts defending our shared values of freedom, justice, inclusion, equity and opportunity. Our nation has made important progress in recent years. We have elected an African American President, we made marriage inclusive, and we expanded protections for immigrants. We have done a lot, but always, remember, the work is not finished. How can it be when these groups feel free to espouse their hatred. Now is the time for everyone to speak up and speak out.

These dangerous groups now feel emboldened and are planning many more rallies around the country including here in California. Wherever their message of hate and violence is spread, we need to work to bring respect, understanding and love.

We are outraged at the support the President gave to neo-nazis and the KKK last week and we urge the Yolo County Republicans to make a statement denouncing them as well.

We must all stand together to reject hate and the ideologies that seek to turn us against one another.  We are all in this together. We will move forward together, or we won’t move forward at all. We know that– united and committed — we’ll continue to move forward.

Yolo County Democratic Party