It has come to our attention that Alameda County Sheriff Ahern has offered to contribute significant financial resources to your campaign for reelection to the position of Alameda County District Attorney.
Sheriff Ahern has proven his allegiance to the Republican Party and the Trump regime by his words and his actions.
- The sheriff applied for and accepted a grant from the federal government which most other local agencies declined due to the requirements, including assisting ICE in detaining immigrants in our sanctuary state. https://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Alameda-County-gets-U-S-grant-to-hire-officers-12373292.php ““The tension in Alameda County is that is has a set of sanctuary city policies that are generally immigrant friendly, but the sheriff has always decided that his policy is going to be fairly significant cooperation with ICE,” said Santa Clara University law professor Pratheepan Gulasekaram, who specializes in immigration law.”
- In addition, the sheriff’s office has been challenged by human rights groups for mistreatment of inmates and misuse of precious public safety dollars. https://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2017/11/22/activists-call-for-audit-of-sheriff-ahern “The sheriff is running a corrupt department and is allowing deputies to abuse people in the jails,” alleged Tash Nguyen, an organizer with the Ella Baker Center (EBC).”
These are just some of the concerns we have concerning the linking of our local system of justice with an agency run by an avowed supporter of AG Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice. These are not the values of Alameda County, and according to DA O’Malley and her supporters, not her values either.
That is why we are asking her to refuse the use of these funds for any expenditures toward her re-election. If these funds are spent on mailers or other advertising without her knowledge, we respectfully request that she match these notices with those condemning such expenditures.
The California Sanctuary Campaign
The Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club
The Coalition for Police Accountability
Reverend Deborah Lee, UCC Minister
Pastor James Alfred Smith, Jr.
Reverend David Brazil
Pastor Allison Tanner
Malena Mayorga, Immigrant Defense Advocate
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