With a unanimous vote of all available members, the Peace & Freedom Party Sonoma County Central Committee has declared its opposition to the recall election of our county's District Attorney, Jill Ravitch. While we have had our differences with Ravitch over her failure to prosecute deputy sheriff Erick Gelhaus for the wanton and unjustified murder of Andy Lopez on Moorland Avenue in rural Santa Rosa, the recall is a separate question.

As a 53-year-old political and civil rights organization, Sonoma PFP has always stood for community control of policing and for the rights of all people to be free from fear of police violence.

We also believe Jill Ravitch should not be recalled by a disgruntled right-wing businessman who was subject to prosecution in the Sonoma courts. Further, locally we are on record as standing against the statewide recall of Gavin Newsom, which is also opposed by the Peace & Freedom Party State Central Committee.

Peace & Freedom Party’s Sonoma chapter can be contacted by mail via Peace & Freedom Party, PO Box 154, Cotati, CA 94931 or by email at peaceandfreedom_party -at- hotmail.com.