State Senator Connie Leyva made a statement Thursday amid growing concerns about systemic racism.
Senator Connie Leyva of Chino, is urging the state of California to declare racism a public health emergency.
In a Thursday press release, Leyva says she was inspired by the recent decision by the County of San Bernardino to draft a similar resolution. She says this is the first step in addressing the systemic racism that has oppressed millions of Californians, particularly Black Americans, throughout state history.
This comes after weeks of protests from communities across California in response to the death of George Floyd.