The California Senate will hold a series of public hearings next month to explore the rise of white supremacy in California and to ensure that the state is prepared to deal with race-driven rallies in the aftermath of the violence in Charlottesville.
“These issues cut to the heart of our society and our response will show what kind of nation we want to be,” said Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León while announcing the hearings on the Senate Floor on Monday. “We don’t want it to repeat itself again in our great state of California.”
De León asked the chairs of the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management and the Senate Public Safety Committee to convene the hearings. He said the committees will ask the state’s public universities and the California Highway Patrol to testify about how the agencies are prepared to deal with these types of events. White supremacists intend to rally in San Francisco on Saturday. California officials have requested that the National Park Service rescind a previously issued permit for the event.
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