Past Events

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With a nation divided over its values and trajectory, a global pandemic that has decimated our economy, and unprecedented levels of false and misleading information at our fingertips, we are forced like never before to address the hate and violent extremism that has continued to trend upwards in our communities. Last November, FBI hate crime figures for 2018 showed that the level of violence for hate crime hit its highest level since 2002 and according to the Wall Street Journal, the “largest share” of recent increasing attacks were anchored to “far-right ideology”: “

Over the past four years, there were more than 60 terrorist attacks annually in the U.S., which include shootings, assaults and bombs, a trend not seen since the early 1980s, according to the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland.” In the first part of the year, during the pandemic, crime and hate crime are down (though hate crimes generally rise significantly in the second half of election years), but murder, arson and hate crimes against Asians are up significantly in light of racist rhetoric and false information online surrounding Covid-19.

Whether these acts occur in our schools, workplaces, online, or halls of government, acts of intolerance and hate are unacceptable and must be addressed in order to create thoughtful, multi-jurisdictional solutions in response to bigotry.
 
Please join my office – virtually – as we welcome expert panelists from academic and fact-finding institutions to look back at the worrisome trends this last decade and see if we can begin to find a way forward together. 

Join us online for this concise and informative forum!

Tuesday, October 27
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

The event will be held as a Zoom Webinar and will simultaneously Livestream on Facebook.

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Assemblymember Bloom will moderate this forum which will include brief presentations, questions from the online audience, and discussion with the following panelists:

Professor Brian Levin is the director and founder of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. He is the author or co-author of books, scholarly articles, training manuals and studies on extremism and hate crime. He is also the author of influential Supreme Court briefs in the landmark case of Wisconsin v. Mitchell in 1993, where he analyzed criminological data establishing hate crime's severity. Prof. Levin is the recipient of the 2020 Wang Family Excellence Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the California State University system as well as the Block Civil Liberties Award from Stanford Law School, where he received his degree. He also served as Associate Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Klanwatch/ Militia Task Force and as a New York City Police Officer.

Dr. Erroll G. Southers a former FBI Special Agent and former Assistant Chief of Police, is Professor of the Practice in National and Homeland Security at the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy, director of its Safe Communities Institute and director of Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies. He was President Barack Obama’s first nominee for Transportation Security Administration assistant secretary, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Deputy Director for Critical Infrastructure of the California Office of Homeland Security, and an adviser to the Biden-Harris campaign on police reform. A noted counterterrorism expert and security analyst for media networks, he lectures and consults around the world. He earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University, and he holds masters and doctoral degrees in public policy from USC.

Mr. Alan Duke is editor-in-chief of Lead Stories, a leading global fact checking organization. Duke co-founded the technology and journalism company after a 26-year career with CNN. Duke extensively covered domestic terrorism for CNN, including the Oklahoma City bombing investigation and trials, the UNABOMBER case, and the Eric Robert Rudolph bombings investigation (which earned him a federal victim number when he stood too close to an exploding bomb). Duke is a veteran of the U.S. Army, where his duties included serving as a race relations officer. Not only does Lead Stories serve as a 3rd party fact checker for Facebook and TikTok, it includes a team of experienced journalists who monitor the distribution and consumption of hate and violence related content on social platforms using its proprietary Trendolizer tools.   

Dr. Russell Jeunig is a professor of Asian American Studies at SF State University, and is author of books on race, religion, and social movements, including Family Sacrifices: The Worldviews and Ethics of Chinese Americans and Mountain Movers: Student Activism and the Emergence of Asian American Studies.  In March 2020, he founded Stop AAPI Hate with  Chinese for Affirmative Action and the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council. This reporting center tracks COVID-19 discrimination to develop policy interventions and culturally responsive resources.

 

For further information, please contact Melissa.Kaufler@asm.ca.gov. RSVP strongly recommended.

Join us for our Annual District Office Open House on Tuesday, November 19th, for light snacks, refreshments and friendly discussion on the issues affecting our state and communities.  This event coincides with our annual Canned/Packaged Food, Blanket & Sock Drive!!

Canned food items collected will benefit Westside Food Bank which has served as the food bank warehouse for the Westside since 1981, distributing 4.5 million pounds of food annually to over 70 local social service agencies serving much of the 50th Assembly District.

Blankets and socks collected will benefit Daniel's Place, a project of Step Up on Second, created as a drop-in center for transitional age youth who are experiencing mental health conditions and who may or may not be experiencing homelessness, and today, remains steadfast in its efforts to promote early intervention and education in order to reduce the likelihood of the effects of a mental health issue becoming a persistent and disabling condition.

We hope you will consider bringing a donation of any non-perishable foods, blankets (new or gently used) or socks(new) with you to the event, but donations are not required. You can also drop items off at our office anytime before the event.

Please RSVP for the event below.  We look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
5 - 7 p.m.

District Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom
2800 28th Street, Suite 105
Santa Monica, CA  90405

 

Our parking lot is free of charge after 5pm.

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The following canned and packaged food items are always needed and make great donations to the canned food drive:  (no glass please, except for baby food.)

List of potential donation items.

Please make sure that all food donated has not been opened if it is not individually wrapped, and that the inner packaging is still intact. Please, no expired food.

For more information or to schedule a time to drop off donations, please contact Melissa Kaufler at (310) 450-0041.

The Assembly Select Committee on the State of Hate will hold its second hearing on October 29, 2019.  At a time when anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, homophobic and racist behavior is on the rise, these hearings take on increased importance. The second hearing will examine the current state of white nationalism and will feature a panel discussion comprised of representatives from California State University, San Bernardino's (CSUSB) Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, Simon Wiesenthal Center, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, and a former leader of a white nationalist group.

Tuesday, October 29
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
(Doors open at 3:30 p.m.)

California State University, San Bernardino
San Manuel Student Union Theatre
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407

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For further information and due to limited space, RSVP strongly recommended, but not required. Please contact Melissa.Kaufler@asm.ca.gov.

Seniors

Anyone can become a victim of a scam, but if you are 65 years or older, you are a scammer's prime target.  According to the FBI, senior citizens are most likely to have a "nest egg," to own their home, and/or to have excellent credit—all of which make them attractive to con artists.

Please join us for a FREE Senior Scam Stopper Seminar and FREE lunch to learn what you can do to avoid becoming a victim of a scam.

Thursday, October 3
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
(Check-in begins at 10 a.m.)

Sunrise Senior Living
201 N. Crescent Drive
Beverly Hills, CA  90210
Free valet parking with validation on-site.

 

Please RSVP by calling (310) 450-0041 or RSVP online below:

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Representatives from agencies such as the California Contractors State License Board will participate in a panel discussion.

Subjects discussed will include fraud information relating to:

  • Home repair
  • Telemarketing
  • Unclaimed property
  • Identity theft
  • Mortgages and more