FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 21, 2018
CONTACT: FREDY CEJA
City Council Approves Creation of Civil and
Human Right Ordinance for City of Los Angeles
Los Angeles–Today, the Los Angeles City Council approved a motion (CF 18-0086) co-authored by Council President Herb J. Wesson and Councilmember Gil Cedillo and seconded by Councilmember Nury Martinez, instructing the City Attorney to prepare and present a draft Civil and Human Rights Ordinance that: 1.) Prohibits discrimination, prejudice, intolerance and bigotry that results in denial of equal treatment of any individual; 2.) Provides remedies accessible to complainants; 3.) Creates the City of Los Angeles Civil and Human Rights Commission and any other supporting unit to investigate and enforce violations of the proposed Ordinance.
“It is time that the City of Los Angeles creates an ordinance that outlaws discrimination, prejudice, intolerance and bigotry,” stated Councilmember Gil Cedillo, Chair of the Immigrant Affairs, Civil Rights and Equity Committee. “We are living in a time where our President overtly uses racist and discriminatory remarks against certain ethnic groups, women, people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community. His actions encourage other Americans to do the same. This ordinance will discourage human and civil right violations and create a new commission for enforcement. We will create a City that protects people’s right to be here, without fear of persecution,” added Cedillo.
A diverse metropolis, the City of Los Angeles has a duty to protect and promote public health and safety within its boundaries and to protect its residents against discrimination, threats and retaliation based on a real or perceived status. Such discriminatory and prejudicial practices pose a substantial threat to the health, safety and welfare of the community.
The City of Los Angeles must discourages discrimination, prejudice, intolerance and bigotry that denies equal treatment to any individual because of the individual’s race, color, ethnicity, creed, age, national origin, citizenship status or perceived status, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or perceived orientation, disability, marital status, partnership status, employment status or source of income.
Councilmember Gil Cedillo currently represents the 1st Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano Canyon, Sycamore Grove, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union, Adams-Normandie, University Park, Rampart Village, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park. For more information, please visit www.GilCedillo.com.