Recent polls show Congresswoman Karen Bass as the front-runner for mayor of Los Angeles, but some people are still wondering who is backing her. Based on the audience at her press conference on July 5, her supporters are a large and powerful, diverse coalition.
Dozens of residents representing a range of ethnicities, professions, genders, cultures and faiths stood by Bass at Norman O. Huston Park and pledged their time and talents to ensure the success of her campaign. The large crowd cheered and waved several “Karen Bass for Mayor” signs as a number of speakers outlined their reasons for supporting Bass.
“I’ve known Karen for several decades as she fought to build a coalition to stop the proliferation of liquor stores in our poor neighborhoods. She understands that union wages stabilize families so that our youth do not end up in foster care,” explained State Senator Maria Elena Durazo.
“I’m here on behalf of the garment workers and I support Karen Bass. You and I will work hard to elect her as the next mayor!”
Among those who punctuated Durazo’s statement with loud cheers and applause were state senators Steve Bradford and Sidney Kamlager; Assembly members Mike Gipson, Chris Holden, Laura Friedman and Reggie Jones-Sawyer; Los Angeles Council Member Marquis Harris-Dawson; and Los Angeles County Democratic Chairman Mark Gonzalez.
Supporters also included union members, community leaders and nonprofit organizers. Also in attendance were representatives from Joint Council 42 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters and SEIU 2015.
Kathy Unger, president of Planned Parenthood’s Defense Project, lamented the recent decision by the US Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, which protected a woman’s right to seek an abortion. Reminding listeners that the court struck down a 49-year-old law, Unger said the justices “took away the right to control our bodies. How can we live in such a world?”
Acknowledging that state abortion laws protect women in California, she hinted that many civil liberties battles are still on the horizon
“Karen Bass is not new to this job. She didn’t come here yesterday. She has dedicated her entire professional life to protecting women and protecting young people, and she will never, ever back down,” Unger stressed.
“Our state needs and deserves a leader who has proven time and time again that he can partner with the county, state and federal government to make Los Angeles clinics and hospitals have what they need to provide necessary health care in this city.’
Referring to Rick Caruso, Unger said, “The opponent in this race is mostly anti-abortion, giving thousands of dollars to candidates like Mitch O’Connell and Kevin McCarthy. This is 2022, not 1920. We need a leader who will stand by us and not hold the city back. Karen Bass has always led the effort to protect women.
Shawna Ganguly of the League of Voters of Los Angeles cited Bass’ environmental initiatives as some of the reasons why she is behind the congressman’s campaign. “She is the only candidate who has committed to improving public transport to reduce congestion, which is a key issue affecting quality of life,” she said.
“When we elect people who care about the environment, they also care about public health, they care about our future. They invest in us. Clean air, clean water, healthy food – our communities depend on it, so we need a leader – Karen Bass – to be the next mayor of Los Angeles,” Ganguly insisted.
Offering the perspective of faith leaders, Pastor Eddie Anderson of McCarthy Memorial Christian Church spoke on behalf of his community in West Adams and as a representative of LA Voice, an ecumenical organization.
“Some may ask why believers care about this election and why we support Karen Bass. The answer is simple – because the soul of Los Angeles is on the ballot,” Anderson replied.
“More than fifty thousand homeless Angelinos live in inhumane conditions. It is a moral crisis when homeless people do not wake up in the morning because we fail to provide them with services. It is inhumane to leave people on the streets and move them from one area to another. I don’t want a mayor who’s going to arrest homeless people or move them out of the city limits,” he said.
“I want a mayor who is a moral defibrillator who understands the times and the issues. I want a mayor who will immediately get people off the street into housing and provide them with whatever support services they may need,” Anderson pleaded.
“I want a mayor who cares more about affordable housing than luxury housing. I want a mayor who solves problems and has moral courage. I want a mayor like Karen Bass!”
With the crowd responding loudly with boos and cheers, Bass took the podium for brief remarks. She began her comments by thanking the hundreds of volunteers working phone banks and going door-to-door on behalf of her candidacy, raising awareness and funds for her campaign.
She also thanked the “nearly 300,000 voters who put us first in the primary. It showed the city that regardless of whether you spend millions of dollars on distortion and lies, voters will be able to determine the truth and see through the attacks.”
Bass noted that she was motivated to run for mayor because of her concern about the city’s various problems, combined with her optimism about the potential of Los Angeles residents.
“I entered this race out of deep concern and hope—concerned about the many crises facing Angelenos, but also out of a strong sense of hope because I know who we are and what we can do. I know we have the talent, the resources, the skills and the capacity to deal with the crises,” Bass said.
As she concluded her remarks, Bass reiterated her commitment to her campaign’s key tenets of addressing the city’s biggest issues of homelessness, crime prevention, affordable housing, women’s reproductive health, environmental protection and gender justice. undocumented Angelinos.
The congresswoman also promised to build coalitions that bring together “resources, expertise, relationships that can build a level of power and influence that can fundamentally change conditions.”
“Forward is where we’re going, and we’re going to get there together,” Bass concluded.
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