Lorena Gonzalez (D-80) hosted a pro-Warren campaign event in San Diego on Saturday night. The main event was an appearance by former presidential candidate Julian Castro, but the elephant in the room was AB5.
Anti-AB5 activists weren't about to let the occasion pass by without making their presence known and their voices heard. A determined group of freelancers and artists showed up with signs and waited for the disgraced assemblywoman to take the stage. When she did, they let loose, holding signs and chanting "Repeal AB5!" loudly. Those in attendance said the commotion clearly affected Gonzalez as she realized what was happening. However, instead of pausing, recognizing the protesters or otherwise working to calm the situation, Gonzalez fell into a now all-too familiar pattern...she got vulgar.
With children and families present, the San Diego representative began a chant of her own..."F**k Trump!" Perhaps it was all she could think to say or perhaps she thought she could rally her supporters with some "red meat" and drown out the protesters asking to be freed from her horrendous legislation. Whatever the case may be, the chants for repeal got louder. Here's how Alitzah Wiener-Dallas described it in the public Facebook group "Freelancers Against AB5":
You can follow this link to see the live streaming video one kind protester provided.
Gonzalez' response is indicative of how she views her constituents - as serfs and pawns. A true politician would have at the very least waited for the crowd to grow quiet or responded with some diplomatic (if not disingenuous) platitudes. The assemblywoman is so entrenched in her personal point of view and so beholden to her powerful donors that she felt no shame at all getting completely vulgar at a family event meant to highlight a woman who is running to be the first female president of the United States. Not exactly a ringing endorsement.
*Head to ab5facts.com for voter guides, press and media and other resources. The bill to repeal AB5 (AB1928) will be heard this coming Thursday - that is, if the committee chair allows it to be heard on the floor at all. Call your reps and ask that they hear and pass AB1928 and join the Facebook groupFreelancers Against AB5 for more stories and information.
We're a loose coalition of freelancers and independent contractors trying to centralize information about AB5 and empower ICs across the state to fight for their livelihoods. We tell stories and make plans.
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