Congressman Sherman Convenes 7th National Crisis Town Hall
Sherman Oaks – Last night, over 5,000 Valley residents participated in Congressman Brad Sherman’s (D-Sherman Oaks) interactive “Telephone Town Hall” for an hour. During this time, the Congressman updated his constituents on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and addressed the widespread public demand to reform policing practices.
Congressman Sherman was joined by Dr. Lynn Goldman, Dean of the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, who discussed the latest on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, including the recent news regarding a steroid, dexamethasone, the first drug shown to help save severely ill coronavirus patients, according to scientists in Britain.
The Congressman also discussed legislation in Congress, like the recently introduced Justice in Policing Act of 2020, that aims to develop an aggressive response to the recent nationwide upheaval over racial injustice and police brutality; legislation that would curb the use of excessive force by police, prohibit strangulation holds by police, and require more effective training.
“Telephone Town Halls have always been a regular part of my outreach to constituents,” said Congressman Sherman. “As the nation grapples with an unprecedented pandemic and growing widespread civil unrest, having accurate information is critical and that is why my Telephone Town Hall last night allowed me to easily interact with thousands of Valley residents, keeping them informed during this critical time in our country.”
The Congressman was also joined by California Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel who discussed the latest on local response efforts to the coronavirus pandemic, including information for assistance regarding the California Department of Employment Development.
During the Telephone Town Hall, Sherman requested input from his constituents by asking a series of survey questions about their thoughts on next steps forward. The results of the survey questions are as follows:
- In April/May we sent stimulus checks in the amounts of $1200/$500. Should we do an additional round of stimulus checks?
- Yes: 72%
- No: 13%
- Unsure: 15%
- Do you believe the LAPD treats Blacks, Latinos and people of color with appropriate respect?
- Almost Always: 12%
- Usually: 22%
- Usually Not: 49%
- Unsure: 17%
- Do you support the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 that aims to combat police misconduct, excessive force, and racial bias in policing?
- Yes: 60%
- No: 8%
- Unsure: 33%
Congressman Sherman will host a series of Telephone Town Halls during this crisis. The next one will be on July 7th. To learn how to participate in the next townhall go to BradSherman.house.gov/TownHalls.