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US Senator Padilla Joins Local Worship Officers in Churches in South Los Angeles

Pastor John E. Cager III offers a prayer for Senator Alex Padilla during services at Ward AME Church. (Ian Fox)

U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla joined longtime allies and friends in South Los Angeles on May 29 as he visited churches, returning to personal services.

Accompanied by Los Angeles City Council member Herb Wesson, former City Council member Martin Ludlow and Ed Sanders, Padilla stopped at services at the Church of God in Christ in West Angeles and the Wardel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where he spoke about Uwalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York.

Padila, who is himself a man of faith, made sincere remarks about the tragedies in Uwalde and Buffalo. Calling the tragedies “meaningless”, he noted touchingly that the vast majority of the victims in both shootings were black and brown. In addition to being hateful, he noted, all too often these mass shootings are carried out by whites, who are increasingly radicalized, violent and armed.

Speaking not only as a senator but also as a father of young children, Padilla spoke out against politicians who do not have the political will to pass laws on safer weapons. Noting that he is as disappointed as parents who are afraid to send their children to school every day, he called on the congregation to take the fight for gun reform to the ballot box. The strength of the vote, he said, is the way forward.

Padilla worships at the Church of God in Christ in West Angeles on May 29. (Ricky Brown)

Padilla is fighting tirelessly to ensure that voters can still use the ballot box for change, both here in California and nationally. As California’s former secretary of state, Padilla defended and expanded the right to vote by pushing for reforms that led to California’s largest turnout since World War II.

He now moved the battle to Washington, where he quickly became a leader in federal voting rights reform. Despite failures on key legislation, which he authored and advocated, he made it clear that he was not giving up. His name was mentioned in the ballot twice this year to complete the term of the Senate in which he was appointed and to serve a new six-year term. He told voters he was seeking to return to the Senate to continue the fight for the right to vote.

Following her call to action, Padilla ended her speech at the Ward AME with words from future Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, whom he helped confirm as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Persistence,” he said. “We can and will persevere. We will prevail. “

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