As many voters cast their ballots in the 2020 general election, we want to revisit a previous Tamarindo podcast episode that first aired on July 15, 2020. This summer was one in which cities across the country witnessed mass protests as communities grew tired about the lack of accountability of police officers and the continuous murder of Black and Brown people at the hands of police. Los Angeles has an opportunity to bring more accountability to policing by electing George Gascón for District Attorney and this episode tells listeners why.
According to the New York Times, the Los Angeles District Attorney (DA) race is the most important DA race in the country. As quoted in this piece, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrice Cullors said that Gascón has “been very clear that he wants to end mass incarceration in Los Angeles. He’s been very clear that he wants to hold law enforcement accountable. He has been very clear that he does not want to lock up people with mental illness.”
George Gascón is running to modernize criminal justice systems. He is a former District Attorney for the City & County of San Francisco, and former Assistant Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. Although he was a police officer for many years, Los Angeles police are backing his opponent who has faced criticism for not prosecuting police officers and has even lost the endorsement of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. George Gascón is who the cops don’t want to win. He has gained national attention including from Senator Elizabeth Warren and Secretary Julián Castro.
Gascón has earned a national reputation as a visionary in criminal justice reform. He’s been honored by the Anti-Defamation League with their prestigious Civil Rights Award and the Win With Justice, WNBA All-Star Maya Moore’s social action campaign, presented him with its Impact Award. Learn more about him at georgegascon.org and on this episode.
Tamarindo podcast, part of Luz Collective, is the Latinx show where hosts discuss politics, pop culture, and how to balance it all con calma, hosted by Brenda González and Ana Sheila Victorino, and edited by Michelle Andrade.