City of Albany Votes to Support Exoneration

Resolution 2022-121 passed unanimously

On December 5, 2022, Albany, CA's City Council voted unanimously to pass a resolution supporting efforts to exonerate the Port Chicago 50.

The resolution, originally recommended by Council Members Rochelle Nason and Peggy McQuaid, includes letters supporting exoneration which have been sent to California's U.S. Senators as well as the Congressional Committee on Armed Services. The resolution states:

  • BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council of the City of Albany, California, does hereby support these and all efforts to exonerate the Port Chicago 50 and recognize their service to our country; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors recognize the efforts that this case presents in our nation’s struggle for social justice, racial equity, and workers’ rights.

The City of Albany has a history of supporting the sailors of Port Chicago. In 2021, Council Members Nason and McQuaid, along with then-Mayor Ge'Nell Gary and then-Vice Mayor Preston Jordan, pledged their public support behind efforts to name the former Concord Hills Regional Park in honor of Thurgood Marshall and the Port Chicago 50. ⋆