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Julian Castro on Civil Rights

 

 


Supports reparations commission, we need healing process

If we compensate people under our Constitution, if we take their property [as cited in the 5th Amendment], why wouldn't you compensate people who actually were considered property? I support legislation that Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) introduced that would appoint a commission to study reparations, and make a recommendation to the president. I think of this in the way that I think of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa. There's a healing process that needs to happen.
Source: CNN Town Hall: 2020 presidential hopefuls , Apr 11, 2019

Supports commission investigating reparations for slavery

Castro, one of the most vocal candidates on the issue, said that he has long believed "that our country will never truly heal until we address the original sin of slavery."

"If, under our Constitution, we compensate people if we take their property, why wouldn't we compensate people who were considered property and sanctioned by the state?" he asked.

Source: Associated Press, "Reparations," on 2020 Democratic primary , Apr 3, 2019

Property was taken from slaves, so pay reparations

In an interview [at the SXSW conference], Castro criticised fellow candidate Bernie Sanders for his willingness to write "big checks" for things like healthcare or education, but being unwilling to consider reparations to African-Americans descended from slaves. The US constitution mandates that Americans be compensated if their property is taken, he noted, so why shouldn't people who were treated as property themselves also receive compensation?

"I've long believed that the country should consider reparations because of the atrocity of slavery," Mr Castro told me. "I believe that we're never going to fully heal as a country from the racial divide until we've addressed the tremendous wrong that was done with slavery."

He said that, as president, he would set up a commission to determine an inclusive way to address "the best path forward". It will be up to those who support reparations to decide whether a "commission" is the kind of bold move they had in mind.

Source: BBC.com on 2020 Democratic primary contenders at 2019 SXSW , Mar 12, 2019

Protections for GLBTQ; benefits to same-sex partners

Castro also led the creation of one of the country's strictest anti-smoking laws, drafted a successful resolution denouncing Arizona's racist 2010 immigration law, supported extending benefits to same-sex partners of city employees and , after years of reluctance, eventually supported an update to anti-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation.
Source: Jacobin Magazine on 2020 Democratic primary contenders , Feb 15, 2019

Chicano; Jewish; gay: common thread is marginalization

Growing up, Joaquin and I were essentially immersed in Chicana activism. At Stanford, I thought about how relatively unknown, even invisible, the Chicano community was to the vast majority of Americans. I wasn't keenly aware of the discrimination others experienced. There were few Jewish, Native American, gay, or transgender people in my childhood circle.

I would not be surprised if other students heavily submerged in other ethnic cultures encountered the same sense of marginalization. [For a Stanford course, I read] "Imagining the Holocaust": the horrific account of what happened to Jews during World War II. At Stanford I was forced to pull back from my tight community and understand how a common thread ran through so many other cultures around the world where people had to fight for their rights. When one of these groups achieved a victory against discrimination, I felt like "we" had won.

Source: An Unlikely Journey, by Julian Castro, p.111-3 , Oct 16, 2018

Signed onto the "Mayors for the Freedom to Marry" effort

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has signed onto the "Mayors for the Freedom to Marry" effort. Houston's Annise Parker had previously joined the effort, serving as co-chair. So that's 3 Texas Mayors down, 1,212 to go.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is still refusing to sign onto the pledge, despite a petition with 253 signatures and promises of protests at his upcoming public events.

The group has also added two new co-chairs, San Diego's Jerry Sanders and Boston's Thomas Menino; with New York's Michael Bloomberg, L.A.'s Antonio Villaraigosa and Houston's own Annise Parker. The five-co-chairs issued the following statement: Source: Dallas Voice, "Mayors for the Freedom to Marry" , Jan 20, 2012

Extend city benefits to same-sex domestic partners

Last week anti-gay forces were fighting San Antonio's plan to offer domestic partner benefits to municipal workers. On Monday, a group called "Voices for Marriage" held a press conference outside City Hall to oppose the plan.

Extending benefits to cit employees in same sex relationships would cost between $300,000 and $400,000 a year--a small fraction of the total $2.2 billion budget.

However, a local group calling itself "Voices for Marriage" protested the proposed change on Monday outside city hall. The group, citing religious views and current state law, opposes any extension of benefits to domestic partnerships.

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who backs the change, said the city needs to extend benefits to domestic partners in order to stay competitive with other cities and companies across the country that already offer similar benefits. The mayor dismissed concerns by many protestors over the cost of benefits as "a smokescreen for their dislike of gays and lesbians."

Source: Dallas Voice, "Anti-gay protest" , Aug 30, 2011

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