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As a Member of Congress, it's my honor and privilege to serve the constituents of California's 14th District.

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Dear Constituents:

On Wednesday, June 24, at 4 p.m. Pacific Time, I am hosting a tele town hall to discuss the need for a national reckoning of our racist history and the inequality and injustices that continue today. The recent killings of Black Americans like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police have horrified the nation and have galvanized Americans of all ages, races, and backgrounds to speak out against systemic racism.

This event will include the esteemed Dr. John Gates, a diversity training specialist and one our country’s thought-leaders on issues of diversity and racial bias. Dr. Gates is the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and a clinical professor in the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University.He is also the Principal and Chief Strategist of Criticality Management Consulting, a full-service Strategic Diversity and Complexity Management Firm. Dr. Gates will share his thoughts with us and answer questions about the movement to address ongoing racial injustice. I will also answer any questions you may have about the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, a comprehensive policing reform bill spearheaded by my Congressional Black Caucus colleagues and of which I am a co-sponsor. The legislation will be voted on in the House of Representatives this Thursday, June 25. Among other things, the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 would:

  • Make it easier to hold police accountable in court when they violate someone’s constitutional rights;
  • Improve transparency into police misconduct by requiring data collection on incidents of police misconduct and use of force;
  • Improve police training and practices, including ending racial and religious profiling,
  • Mandate training on racial bias, and banning no-knock warrants in drug cases;
  • Stop the militarization of state and local law enforcement by limiting the transfer of military-grade equipment from the Department of Defense; and
  • Make lynching a federal crime.

If you would like to be dialed into the tele town hall, please go to and register. You can also hear the tele town hall live on my website and on my Facebook page and post your questions in the comment sections, or just listen along with us. 

I look forward to speaking with you and hearing from you.

All my best,


Tele Town Hall
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
4-5 p.m. Pacific Time


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