STATEMENT: AAPI Victory Fund Criticizes Los Angeles County Council Members After Racist and Homophobic Remarks, Calls for Immediate Resignation for Those Involved

OCT. 11 -- WASHINGTON – Yesterday, leaked audio revealed racist and hateful comments made by Los Angeles City Council members toward their colleagues during a conversation about redistricting. The racist comments made by Council members Nury Martinez, Kevin de Leon, and Gil Cedillo show that they are unfit to serve the diverse Los Angeles community.

AAPI Victory Fund has issued the following statement, calling for immediate resignation from all involved.

AAPI Victory Fund President and CEO Brad Jenkins issued the following statement:

“We at the AAPI Victory Fund are truly appalled at the racist, homophobic, and abhorrent comments that were made by these elected leaders in Los Angeles. We hold the strong belief that our elected officials, in both the private and public spheres, must display a dedication to equity and inclusivity. Los Angeles is a city that is filled with diversity, and to hear that council members have made derogatory remarks towards the same people that they are elected to represent is despicable. We, at the AAPI Victory Fund, are calling for an immediate resignation for all involved.”


The AAPI Victory Fund is focused on mobilizing Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) eligible voters and moving them to the ballot box.

Background of this story (condensed from LA Times):

In October 2021, while councilmembers discussing the maps that had been proposed by the city’s 21-member redistricting commission,
Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez made openly racist remarks, and derided some of her council colleagues. The conversation's recording was leaked and became a new and incendiary issue in the coming Nov. 8 election. Martinez and the other Latino leaders present during the taped conversation were seemingly unaware they were being recorded as Martinez said a white councilmember handled his young Black son as though he were an “accessory” and described Councilman Mike Bonin’s son as “Parece changuito,” or “like a monkey." During the conversation with Councilmembers Gil Cedillo and Kevin de León and Los Angeles County Federation of Labor President Ron Herrera, Martinez described Bonin at one point as a “little bitch,” according to a recording of the meeting reviewed by The Times. Martinez also mocked Oaxacans and said “F— that guy … He’s with the Blacks” while speaking about Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón. De León appeared to compare Bonin’s handling of his child to Martinez holding a Louis Vuitton handbag. Along with revealing cruel and racist comments, the leaked audio offered a rare window into the behind-the-scenes machinations of the redistricting process and the bare-knuckled fighting between various groups trying to secure political power.