For Immediate Release
Contact: Melanie Nathan
Dated June 22, 2020
ICE OUT Joins in the Call for Marin Sheriff Doyle to Resign
“Public safety is not more incarceration. It is not more old-school policing. A community feels safe when everyone in it has access to opportunity, in housing, jobs, education and healthcare.” Lisa Bennett, co-chair of ICE Out of Marin | We want Marin County to be led progressively into a post-racist era and this cannot be accomplished by someone who nurtured racist policy, Melanie Nathan, African Human Rights Coalition.
Marin County voices are rising asking Sheriff Robert T. Doyle, to resign. The organization ICE Out of Marin signed onto a petition and letter calling for the resignation. The Change.Org petition highlights the Sheriff’s defiance of California Sanctuary laws under SB54, as well as other policy and actions reflecting a history of xenophobic, racial and gender bias.
The Petition notes:
- Doyle has presided over and led a department fraught with racist and xenophobic ideology and policy for 23 plus years;
- Doyle is demanding a budget be approved by the Marin Board of Supervisors which entrenches inequities and racist policing. Again in defiance of the climate for progress: the trend is now to change policing – by funding communities in need, allowing for the mitigation of policing;
- Doyle defied sanctuary state law and aided ICE to detain/ deport non-violent immigrants, separating families and hurting children; and
- Doyle lobbied against AB41 – rape kit transparency.
Melanie Nathan, the Executive Director of African Human Rights Coalition, based in Marin, working globally with LGBTQI asylum seekers and refugees, noted in the letter and petition calling for Doyle’s resignation that:
“Following the Black Lives Matter call for equity and racial justice, and given your history, it would be unjust for you to continue in your position. We want Marin County to be led progressively into a post-racist era and this cannot be accomplished by someone who nurtured racist policy, with the added audacity of defying State law while doing so.”
Nathan notes that she was compelled to make this call after this week’s Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decision to not change the lower court ruling that upheld SB54, as well as the national rallies for Black Lives Matter calling for racial justice, especially since the brutal police murder of George Floyd.
There are actions and calls all around the country for the banning of the confederate flag, removal of statutes and renaming of military bases, streets and schools, including in Marin, of all that named for Sir Francis Drake, a known slave trader. Just this week in neighboring San Francisco, Mayor London Breed ordered the removal of the Christopher Columbus Statue. Nathan aligned Doyle with “racist relics of the past,” noting that the time is now to clean up such relics and to try and poise Marin, a county notorious for its failed diversity, for a diverse and post-racist future.
Doyle responded to Nathan’s e-mail in a manner she describes as dismissive, shameful and misogynistic. The correspondence between the two has been published to her blog HERE: https://wp.me/pqRPa-aga
Lisa Bennett, co-chair of ICE Out of Marin, said:
“Sheriff Doyle has not evolved in his understanding of what public safety really means, and in that he is behind the times. Public safety is not more incarceration. It is not more old-school policing. A community feels safe when everyone in it has access to opportunity, in housing, jobs, education and healthcare. Public safety is not cooperation with ICE. And because of his cooperation with ICE, many people don’t call the police. So if this system isn’t working, let’s fix it.
He told the Point Reyes Light that it was ‘a dumb question’ to ask whether what happened to George Floyd could happen here.” This comment betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of systemic racism.
It’s time for him to admit that his time has passed. Instead of embracing this opportunity for change and reform, he insults activists and retreats to his old-school ways. It is time for him to go. He does not reflect our values and he is resisting fundamental, transformational change.”
Please join in calling for Sheriff Doyle’s resignation by signing The Petition which is located on Change.Org at https://www.change.org/doyleRESIGN
Any other organizations wanting to sign on can contact Melanie Nathan at nathan@AfricanHRC.org
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PRIOR PRESS RELEASE HERE.