Cooper Hefner Statement on Treatment of the Uighur People
California must be a positive force in the global fight for civil liberties and human rights. Our state’s prominent role in the United States and global economy positions itself to be just that. California’s government needs to take action to do its part to stop the cultural genocide of the Uighurs in Xinjiang, China. The kidnapping, imprisonment, mass surveillance, and cultural cleansing of the Uighur people is an atrocity that cannot and should not be ignored by any people who value decency and human life. I promise to implement restrictions on California-based firms doing any business with any corporations involved in the persecution of the Uighurs and will propose a ban on the import and sale in California of any goods made by Uighur slave labor.
I do not believe the United States should seek out conflict with China unnecessarily. Collaboration between both countries has the potential to improve the lives of billions around the world. However, the treatment of the Uighur people is unacceptable and requires international action to force an end to the ongoing atrocities. The evidence of re-education camps, forced sterilization, and slave labor is robust and deeply disturbing and must not be ignored by any Californian or any American. While China has significant importance in global affairs and is a key trading partner with California, the magnitude of this atrocity necessitates action. Silence in this case would be a betrayal to humanity.
The policies of the Trump administration have done nothing to require that China end their mass campaign to exterminate the Uighur culture. Strong policies, including targeted sanctions and coordinated multilateral action, is needed by the next administration to reverse China’s course. For the time being, California’s legislature should do what it can to apply pressure and assist the Uighur people. California is one of China’s largest trade partners giving us a degree of leverage that must be exercised to help those in need. While I am focused on ensuring the best future for Californians, we cannot turn a blind eye to this. Failing to act and to call out the atrocities would constitute an unacceptable moral failing of immense proportion.
Cooper Hefner Statement on Record Breaking California Fires
Our California communities are once again being ravaged by fires. Emergency responders are currently fighting over 600 fires across the state. Thousands of Californians are under evacuation notice, over 1 million acres of land have been devastated by the blazes, and lives have tragically been lost. My heart is with the communities reeling at the […]
Cooper Hefner Statement on California’s Energy Grid and Heat Wave Emergency
Over the past days, millions of Californians have experienced power blackouts while record-breaking heat covers the state. This does more than disrupt lives, it kills. The energy crisis currently being experienced alongside the heat wave is yet more evidence of the need for California to invest in a modern electricity grid, switch even more rapidly […]
Public Safety Reform
Breonna Taylor and George Floyd are among the names we know, but for each of them there are hundreds of others who have been lost to police violence without a public reckoning. The tragedies of their deaths point to a truth that must be acknowledged and acted on—systemic racism plagues our state and our nation. […]
Addressing the Housing Crisis
California and Los Angeles County in particular face a serious housing crisis. The demand for housing has long surpassed the supply, leaving millions of Californians unable to rent at an affordable price or purchase a home. Tens of thousands are stuck sleeping on the street. Our approach to solving California’s housing crisis will prioritize the […]