California activists target seven congressmen who sought to “disenfranchise communities of color”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (above) is one of seven California Republican Congressmen that are facing calls for expulsion due to their objection to the certification of the presidential election results.
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Editor’s Note: The seven pro-Trump Republicans supported the decertification of the November elections and a coalition of grassroots activists of color in their districts want them out.
By Pilar Marrero, Ethnic Media Services
Grassroots activists from the districts of seven California Republican Congressmen who last week objected to the certification of the Presidential elections results called for their expulsion for seeking to “erase the votes” of people of color which they said were “the result of organizing and not fraud.”
The activists called for severe consequences for the group whom they called “the seditious seven” from California: Rep. Devin Nunes (Central Valley), Rep. Jay Obernolte (Central Valley), Rep. Ken Calvert (Inland Empire), Rep. Darrell Issa (San Diego), Rep. Mike Garcia (Los Angeles), Rep. Doug LaMalfa (Far North California) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy: (Central Valley).
“One of the common lies being told around the country in regard to fraud, especially across conservative outlets, is that they…can erase black women, black and people of color who make up a significant portion of the voting block in the state of California”, said Pablo Rodríguez, executive director of Communities for a New California based in California´s Central Valley.
The activists said the seven may not be kicked out of Congress, but added that they will work to empower more voters in the districts they represent so “we can turn them blue,” said Tina McKinnor of LA Voice Action, a grassroot inter-faith group from Los Angeles.
“With their support for not certifying the election results, these representatives joined in the lies to disenfranchise voters,” said Chris Rice-Wilson, from the Alliance San Diego Mobilization Fund. “The record votes we saw in our communities wasn´t the result of fraud but of organizing efforts”.
Michael Gomez Daly, executive director of Inland Empire United, based in San Bernardino, said that he´s ashamed of his congressman Ken Calvert but pointed to other local officials who “share conspiracy theories on social media.”
“They´re openly advocating violence,” he added.
Irene Kao, executive director of Courage California, a progressive online activism network, said that even though President Trump has been impeached and suffered politically “punishing him won´t be enough when these congressmen still have two years in office to continue pushing the insurrection he started.”
Pilar Marrero is a journalist and author with long experience in covering social and political issues of the Latino community in the United States. She is one of the foremost experts on immigration policy and politics in the US media world and has covered the issue extensively during her years as a reporter. Marrero is the author of the books “Killing the American Dream” and “El Despertar del Sueño Americano.” In October 2018, she was selected by her peers at CCNMA (Latino Journalists of California), as Latina Journalist of the Year.