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June 5, 2018 > Political forum passes resolutions

Political forum passes resolutions

Submitted By Sean Manalo

During its May general membership meeting The Tri-Cities Democratic Forum (TCDF) passed two resolutions focusing on local and regional issues.

The first resolution denounces Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board Members Desire Campbell and Larry Sweeney for their comments and votes to suspend sexual and reproductive health education for fourth through sixth grade students. The second resolution condemns ÒBig TobaccoÓ for their practices of unfairly targeting children and minority groups through ads for sale of vape pens, cigarettes and other tobacco related products.

With the Fremont Unified School District BoardÕs decision to suspend sexual and reproductive health education for elementary school students, the board deviated from a 40-year tradition of providing evidence-based sex education in Fremont schools. The education curriculum in question is compliant with the California Health Youth Act, that is designed to promote positive healthy relationships, give all students an understanding of consent, and prevent the spread of HIV and other disease for all students regardless of gender, sexual orientation, and ability.

Despite the recommendation of well-qualified FUSD educators and professional recommendations for passage of the measure citing its importance to include gender inclusive curriculum and the need to promote positive sexual health, Trustees Campbell and Sweeney, along with Trustee Yang Shao voted against the measure.

TCDF also passed a resolution put forth by the Tri-City Health Center (TCHC), condemning ÒBig TobaccoÓ for the unfair practices of selling flavored and inexpensive tobacco products to directly target children and high-risk communities, including communities of color and LGBT youth.

The resolution also endorses TCHCÕs campaign effort to raise awareness about this issue to the community at large. Today, 61 percent of 11th graders in Fremont believe that it is easy to get tobacco products. Eighty-seven percent of middle and high school students who purchase cigarettes smoke flavored cigarettes that can be purchased for as little as 3 for 99 cents.

ÒThis is a unique time in our Fremont political landscape, and the members of our organization were driven to speak up,Ó said Sean Manalo, President of the Tri-City Democratic Forum. ÒIÕm proud of these member driven initiatives to keep our elected officials accountable and to challenge the status quo. The public has the right to know, and the right to decide what our community will value now and into the future. With the passage of these two resolutions, the club showed leadership and courage to speak up and challenge us all to stand up for an inclusive and healthy society.Ó

The Tri Cities Democratic Forum is the local, progressive Democratic organization for the communities of Fremont, Newark, and Union City.

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