Murray-Ramirez missed San Diego Pride, but said it was an honor to recognize community leaders to the north.
OAKLAND, California – This past Friday at the Alameda Ducal Council annual coronation, Queen Mother of the America’s Nicole Murray-Ramirez presented Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff and Emeryville Mayor John Bauters with the International Jose Julio Sarria Civil Rights award.
You may remember Mayor Schaff for her efforts in alerting citizens of immigration raids on her city last May. She drew criticism from White House officials after doing so, Attorney General Jeff Sessions saying, "How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of our law enforcement officers to promote a radical open-borders agenda?"
To which Schaff responded, "How dare you vilify members of our community by trying to frighten the American public into thinking that all undocumented residents are dangerous criminals."
Fellow recipient Mayor John Bauters of Emeryville also made headlines this year after he invited Christian Bale, a Kentucky high schooler who identifies as gay and gender non-conforming to give his valedictorian speech at the city's pride celebration. Bale had been barred from giving the speech by the Catholic Diocese in his hometown.
The Jose Julio Sarria Civil Rights Award recognizes leaders who have and continue to fight for civil rights.
“I am honored to receive such a prestigious award and I will always stand in defense of the vulnerable in our community," said Mayor Bauters upon receiving the honor.
Nicole Murray-Ramirez says it was a first to miss San Diego Pride this weekend but was deeply honored to be asked by both Schaff and Bauters' LGBT communities to visit and present the prestigious award to them.
"Mayors Schaff and Bauters are both outstanding public servants who embrace the diversity of our great state and who stand up for the civil rights of all people," Murray-Ramirez told San Diego Gay and Lesbian News.