Amended in Senate July 15, 2015

Senate Joint ResolutionNo. 15


Introduced by Senator Glazer

(Principal coauthor: Senator Hall)

July 2, 2015


Senate Joint Resolution No. 15—Relative to the Confederate States of America.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SJR 15, as amended, Glazer. Confederate States of America.

This bill would urge the Congress and the President of the United States to rename any federal buildings, parks, roadways, or other federally owned property that bear the names ofbegin delete those associated withend deletebegin insert elected or military leaders ofend insert the Confederate States of America.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, The Confederate States of America and its
2secessionist movement were rooted in the defense of slavery; and

3WHEREAS, Using the names ofbegin delete those associated withend deletebegin insert elected
4or military leaders ofend insert
the Confederate States of America for federal
5buildings, parks, roadways, or other federally owned property only
6deepens the pain of those living under the legacy of slavery; and

7WHEREAS, The United States of America continues to struggle
8with racial equality and tolerance; and

9WHEREAS, The continued use of namesbegin delete associated withend deletebegin insert of
10elected or military leaders ofend insert
the Confederacy in public places is
11offensive to Americans who treasure the United States as one
12nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all; and

P2    1WHEREAS, The horrific shooting deaths of nine African
2Americans attending church in South Carolina have once again
3raised the searing issue of racial violence and intolerance; and

4WHEREAS, The ensuing images of the killer wrapping himself
5in the Confederate flag points to the continued use of that emblem
6of cruel oppression as a way to further demean, offend, and wound
7whole segments of our society; and

8WHEREAS, The use ofbegin delete Confederate-associatedend deletebegin insert Confederate
9leaders’end insert
names in public schools, buildings, parks, roadways, or
10other federally owned property in California only serves to further
11the discriminatory agenda of current sympathizers of the ideology
12of the Confederate States of America, and is antithetical to
13California’s mission of racial equality and tolerance; now;
14therefore, be it

15Resolved by the Senate and the Assembly of the State of
16California, jointly,
That the Legislature respectfully urges the
17Congress and the President of the United States to rename any
18federal buildings, parks, roadways, or other federally owned
19property that bear the names ofbegin delete those associated withend deletebegin insert elected or
20military leaders ofend insert
the Confederate States of America; and be it
21further

22Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of
23this resolution to the President and Vice President of the United
24States, to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, to the
25Majority Leader of the Senate, and to each Senator and
26Representative from California in the Congress of the United
27States.



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