It may sound like something from 1953, but it’s happening right now.
Outraged Orange County supervisors are taking a stance against a proposed law in Sacramento that would prohibit the firing of state employees for belonging to the Communist Party.
The bill by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, AB 22, was narrowly approved by the Assembly Tuesday. It strikes language referring to communism, but still allows for the dismissal of anyone who knowingly advocates the violent overthrow of the government.
The law that would be modified dates back to 1953.
“As an immigrant, my parents fled from North Korea to get away from a communist country, so I was shocked to hear this,” said Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel. “I’m asking we all write a letter to oppose this legislation.”
Supervisor Andrew Do, also an immigrant whose family fled Vietnam during the fall of Saigon in 1975, also criticized the legislation.
“Sometimes history needs to be reminded when we live in such a peaceful country like the United States,” Do said.
“Especially for young people, they don’t know the full impact of what it means to live in a communist society where you have no legal protection, when basically the communist party protects its own leadership and robs the people and exploits its people.”
Do said the legislation is “outrageous,” and represents, “the height of ignorance.”
“This is something we need to take a strong and vocal stance against,” Do said.
–City News Service
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