CFA Statement in Solidarity with Dr. Abdullah

The California Faculty Association expresses solidarity with Dr. Melina Abdullah, faculty in Pan-African Studies at Cal State Los Angeles and co-founder of the Los Angeles Chapter of Black Lives Matter. We support the actions of Dr. Abdullah to exercise her right of free speech and to demand accountability from public officials for excessive police violence and the killings of civilians.

On the morning of March 2, 2020, Dr. Abdullah and Black Lives Matter advocates were exercising their right to peaceably assemble in front of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s house because of the D.A.’s refusal to meet with them for years. We are appalled by the actions of Mr. Lacey, husband of Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, who pointed a gun at Dr. Abdullah’s chest and threatened her in an aggressive and chilling act of intimidation. Community members have a right to participate in public actions and demand accountability from their public officials, and public officials must be held accountable for ensuring the safety and first amendment rights of their constituents.