*Actor/community activist Tyrese Gibson, along with faith and community leaders will come together to denounce Mike Gipson’s campaign mail based on racial profiling. Leaders will also call out Gipson for violating election law by doctoring a photo of Walker.
Also, just added, legendary TV producer Norman Lear (“All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons”) will also be in attendance to share his thoughts.
Last Friday, Assembly candidate Mike Gipson sent tens of thousands of campaign mailers to voters in Watts, Compton, and Carson imposing a hoodie and a gun on a picture of his opponent, Prophet Walker.
“We are appalled that Mike Gipson is engaging in the very same racial profiling that contributed to Trayvon Martin’s death,” said Pastor Xavier Thompson, President of the Southern California Baptist Ministers Conference. “We need our leaders to lift up our community, not to engage in fear mongering and racial profiling. Mike Gipson violated election law and he needs to be held accountable for those actions.”
“We have not seen such despicable, racist campaign tactics since Willie Horton,” said Pastor Shane Scott of the Macedonia Baptist Church. “Our entire community should be outraged by these illegal acts.”
LOCATION: Mt Moriah Baptist Church
DATE: November 3, 2014
Participants: Congressman Tony Cardenas, Compton Mayor Aja Brown, Los Angeles Baptist Minster’s Conference President Xavier Thompson, Pastor K.W. Tulloss, Pastor Shane Scott, Actor/Community activist Tyrese Gibson, Activist Najee Ali, Columnist Betty Pleasant, , and Community Coalition Senior Vice President Alberto Renata, CDTech President, Javier Stauring of Office of Restorative Justice, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and CEO Benny Torres.
Including statements by: Congresswoman Karen Bass, Russell Simmons co-founder of Def Jam Records, Father Boyle of Homeboy Industries, Susan Burton of A New Way of Life.