ECDC Co-Sponsors Resolution on Reporting of Crimes Against Children

ECDC member Mister Phillips is sponsoring a resolution to alter penalties for non-reporting of crimes against children. At its Oct 22 meeting, the ECDC Board agreed to co-sponsor the resolution at the CDP meeting on Nov 19.

Mister described his motivation for introducing the resolution: “I drafted the resolution in response to the 2009 gang rape at Richmond High School. It upset me that witnesses would not report the crime to the police. It also upset me that the law did not require witnesses to report the crime to the police, because the victim was 16 years old. In my opinion, 16- and 17-year-olds are children. I think the law should protect 16- and 17-year-olds too.”

The text of the resolution follows:

REPORTING OF CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN

WHEREAS, existing state law mandates that any person who reasonably believes that he or she has observed the commission of a murder, rape, or lewd or lascivious act where the victim is a child under the age of 14 years shall notify a peace officer, but does not mandate that any person who reasonably believes that he or she has observed the commission of a murder, rape, or lewd or lascivious act where the victim is a child over the age of 14 years shall notify a peace officer; and

WHEREAS, murder, rape, and lewd or lascivious acts are also committed against children over the age of 14 years, and the reporting of murder, rape, and lewd or lascivious acts committed against children over the age of 14 years is just as important as the reporting of murder, rape, and lewd or lascivious acts committed against children under the age of 14 years; and

WHEREAS, the expansion of existing state law to mandate that any person who reasonably believes that he or she has observed the commission of a murder, rape, or lewd or lascivious act where the victim is a child under the age of 18 years shall notify a peace officer would necessarily reduce the incidence of murder, rape, and lewd or lascivious acts committed against all children, including children over the age of 14 years;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the California Democratic Party calls on Governor Jerry Brown and the California State Legislature to expand existing state law to mandate that any person who reasonably believes that he or she has observed the commission of a murder, rape, or lewd or lascivious act where the victim is a child under the age of 18 years shall notify a peace officer; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the California Democratic Party shall send copies of this resolution to Governor Brown and every member of the California State Legislature to encourage them to expand existing state law, as stated above, so that every child, regardless of age, is protected from murder, rape, and lewd or lascivious acts.

Authored by Mister Phillips; Co-sponsors: CDP African American Caucus; CDP Region 2; Democratic Party of Contra Costa County; Lawson C. Stuart, Chairman, CDP Veteran’s Caucus; Nadine Peyrucain, AD 14

All Care Alliance endorsement

At the Sep 24, 2013, meeting, the Club unanimously endorsed the new AllCare Alliance campaign, with the endorsement statement:

“We believe that health care is a basic human right, and everyone is entitled to highquality, affordable, comprehensive care. We support the establishment of a fully publicly financed, single-payer health care system in California and the nation.”

ECDC sponsors CDP resolution on sexual assault

Authored by club member Mister Phillips, the resolution was co-sponsored by the ECDC and passed by the state Democratic Party in July. The full text of the resolution is below, and available on the CDP website.

PROTECT SERVICE MEMBERS FROM SEXUAL ASSAULT

Resolution 13-07.35L

WHEREAS, sexual assault is a serious crime that often causes significant physical and mental harm from which some victims never recover;

WHEREAS, there were 3,374 reports of sexual assault involving members of the United States Armed Forces in fiscal year 2012; and the actual incidence of sexual assault involving members of the Armed Forces was probably much higher; the United States Department of Defense (DoD) estimates that approximately 26,000 members of the Armed Forces experienced “unwanted sexual contact” in fiscal year 2012; and

WHEREAS, the DoD admits that “[d]espite unprecedented attention and involvement from senior leadership, enhanced SAPR [sexual assault prevention and response] policies and training, and outreach to key stakeholders, sexual assault remains a persistent problem in the military;”

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the California Democratic Party urges President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, and every member of the United States Congress to use the full weight of their respective offices to substantially reduce the number of sexual assaults involving members of the Armed Forces; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, copies of this resolution shall be sent to President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, and California’s Democratic congressional delegation to encourage them in this most important effort to protect services members from sexual assault.