Take Action to Advance Equity in California

18 Jul 2014 | Anand Subramanian
Take Action to Advance Equity in California
Above: California State Capitol

Last year, California advanced a significant number of policies that advance equity-the idea that investing in low-income communities and communities of color is essential to achieving a healthy and prosperous state.

Those bills successfully passed due to the determined advocacy of our state's equity leaders and the actions of Californians - individuals like you - who understood that investing in excluded communities helps the entire state.

This year, we need your help again to advance equity even further. Below, we have identified a number of important bills that would improve the lives of California's most vulnerable communities. Please click on the bill titles and follow the simple steps to send a personalized letter of support. For more impact, please copy and paste the letter language onto your organizational letterhead (if applicable) and fax it to the numbers provided:

AB 1629 (Bonta): Victim Compensation Fund. Supports physical and emotional recovery for Californians injured by gun or other violence by extending peer counseling services and reimbursement through the Victim Compensation Fund.

SB 1391 (Hancock): Community Colleges/CTE Courses/Inmate Education Programs. Increases job skills and employability of people who were formerly incarcerated by providing educational opportunities and career technical education in prison.

AB 1451 (Holden): Concurrent Enrollment. Facilitates access to college through partnerships between California Community Colleges and local school districts regarding the concurrent enrollment of high school pupils in college classes.

AB 2102 (Ting): Health Workforce. Captures more complete and consistent data on California's health-care workforce by requiring various boards, such as Board of Nursing, to report demographic information.

SB 1111 (Lara): Involuntary Transfers. Protects due-process rights of students involuntarily transferred to county community or community day schools.

SB 1151 (Canella): Vehicles - School Zone Fines. Funds school zone safety projects within the Active Transportation Fund by imposing an additional fee for violations occurring in school zones.

SB 1396 (Hancock): School Climate. Creates positive cultures in schools and improves school discipline practices by establishing Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Program (PBIS).

Thank you for taking the time to support equitable policies that will improve the lives of all Californians. Stay tuned for an update on the status of these and other priority legislation.