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Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 54 – the California Values Act – into law. SB 54 ensures that state and local resources will not be used to fuel mass deportations and separate families.

Lourdes Martinez, Political Director of Mujeres Unidas y Activas and Member of the Stronger California Steering Committee said:

“As Latina immigrant women, we celebrate the passage of the California Values Act as the first law in the nation to so boldly push back against the Trump Administration's xenophobic persecution of our immigrant communities. And yet we also recognize that there is much more work for us to do as Californians to realize an inclusive vision of who we are that embraces immigrant families when we talk about public safety. The Sheriffs and other law enforcement officers who aligned with anti-immigrant forces in the struggle for SB54 have contributed greatly to preventing many immigrant women from seeking help when they experience violence at home or on the streets, labor abuse and exploitation, and other violations of their humanity and dignity. We applaud all of the California legislators and other allies who supported us in this fight, and we call them to continue their support as we move forward to implement the protections of the Values Act and to expand them further to protect our families' safety and wellbeing in a time of great fear and peril in our communities.”

SB 54 was a major 2017 priority bill for the Stronger California Advocates Network because we know the chilling effect impact deportations, and fear of deportation, has on women, their families, and communities across the state. 

Learn more about the Stronger California Advocates Network and our legislative priorities at strongercalifornia.org.  

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There are just two weeks left for California Governor Jerry Brown to sign bills into law – and we need your help to push two critical equal pay bills over the finish line.

Equal Rights Advocates is a proud sponsor of two bills that would help ensure equal pay across California:

  • AB 168 would prohibit employers from inquiring about job applicants’ prior salary. Setting pay based on prior earnings perpetuates past pay discrimination and this small change can make a big difference.
  • AB 1209 would require large employers to provide pay data by race and gender to the state. You can’t fix what you can’t see – in order to close pay gaps, employers need to know they exist. (Read the SF Chronicle's endorsement of AB 1209). 

Call Governor Brown today -- 916-445-2841 -- and ask him to sign AB 168 and AB1209.  

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1. My name is         and I live in         
2. I am calling to urge Governor Brown to support equal pay and women's economic security and sign both AB 168 and AB 1209 into law. 

Together, we will continue to push our political leaders to enact policies that truly support the economic security of women and families. Thank you for standing with us!

NOT YET A MEMBER OF THE TEAM?

Join the Equal Rights Action Team to receive timely information on how you can help defend women's hard-fought civil rights.

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Last week, the federal Department of Education attacked students’ civil rights. 

By rescinding clear guidance for how schools should respond to sexual violence and replacing them with vague, piecemeal measures that focus more on the accused than survivors, Secretary DeVos is threatening the safety of students nationwide.

But in California we’re fighting back. 

Equal Rights Advocates is a sponsor of Senate Bill 169, which would ensure California schools receive the same strong guidance for responding to sexual violence issued by the Obama Administration. SB 169 passed with broad bipartisan support in the California legislature and now sits on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk awaiting signature.

Call Governor Brown today -- 916-445-2841 -- and ask him to sign SB 169.  

Script:
1. My name is         and I live in         
2. I am calling to ask Governor Brown to sign Senate Bill 169 to ensure that California students’ right to a safe education, free of discrimination, is upheld in every school. 
3. Secretary DeVos’ decision to rescind the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter makes this bill especially critical. 

SB 169 is especially important for girls of color across California. 67% of Black girls in 8-12th grade report being victims of sexual harassment and assault at school, and yet they often receive less support and protection from teachers and administrators. We need clear, strong guidance for how schools investigate sexual misconduct claims to ensure sexual violence and harassment don’t disrupt girls’ education.

Make sure Governor Brown hears from you – send him an email urging him to sign SB 169.

While SB 169 passed with bipartisan support and has had no formal opposition, there is still misinformation out there about what this bill does and why it matters for girls of color. Help us dispel the myths – share this thread and make sure Gov. Brown knows #blackgirlsmatter.

 

NOT YET A MEMBER OF THE TEAM?

Join the Equal Rights Action Team to receive timely information on how you can help defend women's hard-fought civil rights.

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Join Equal Rights Advocates and Co-Chairs Marci Rubin and Betsy Cotton for an evening of music and entertainment featuring the trio Hills to Hollers on November 6 in Berkeley! All proceeds from the evening will benefit ERA's Strong Girls Initiative, which is ensuring students in the East Bay and across the country have equal opportunities at school.

More information and ticket purchase available here.

 

Contact Tracey Heather with any questions at theather@equalrights.org or 415.575.2395. 

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Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 54 – the California Values Act – into law. SB 54 ensures that state and local resources will not be used to fuel mass deportations and separate families.

Lourdes Martinez, Political Director of Mujeres Unidas y Activas and Member of the Stronger California Steering Committee said:

“As Latina immigrant women, we celebrate the passage of the California Values Act as the first law in the nation to so boldly push back against the Trump Administration's xenophobic persecution of our immigrant communities. And yet we also recognize that there is much more work for us to do as Californians to realize an inclusive vision of who we are that embraces immigrant families when we talk about public safety. The Sheriffs and other law enforcement officers who aligned with anti-immigrant forces in the struggle for SB54 have contributed greatly to preventing many immigrant women from seeking help when they experience violence at home or on the streets, labor abuse and exploitation, and other violations of their humanity and dignity. We applaud all of the California legislators and other allies who supported us in this fight, and we call them to continue their support as we move forward to implement the protections of the Values Act and to expand them further to protect our families' safety and wellbeing in a time of great fear and peril in our communities.”

SB 54 was a major 2017 priority bill for the Stronger California Advocates Network because we know the chilling effect impact deportations, and fear of deportation, has on women, their families, and communities across the state. 

Learn more about the Stronger California Advocates Network and our legislative priorities at strongercalifornia.org.  

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Win! Governor Brown Signs CA Values Act Into Law

October 5, 2017 | by

Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 54 – the California Values Act – into law. SB 54 ensures that state and local resources will not be used to fuel mass deportations and separate...
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Action Alert: Tell Gov. Brown to Sign Equal Pay Legislation Today!

October 3, 2017 | by

There are just two weeks left for California Governor Jerry Brown to sign bills into law – and we need your help to push two critical equal pay bills over the finish line. Equal Rights Advocates is...
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Action Alert: Stop the Attacks on Students

September 27, 2017 | by

Last week, the federal Department of Education attacked students’ civil rights.  By rescinding clear guidance for how schools should respond to sexual violence and replacing them with vague,...
read more

Join us for Rockin’ for a Reason: A Benefit Concert!

September 26, 2017 | by

Join Equal Rights Advocates and Co-Chairs Marci Rubin and Betsy Cotton for an evening of music and entertainment featuring the trio Hills to Hollers on November 6 in Berkeley! All proceeds from the...
read more