FYI on what the Alliance for Boys & Men of Color having been working at the state level:
Dear Alliance for Boys and Men of Color partners,
More good news! As Governor Brown has said, “While Washington waffles on immigration, California’s forging ahead" (Huffington Post, October 5)
True to his word, the Governor signed a number of bills that represent progress toward a sensible, inclusive immigration agenda, including two important Alliance priority bills:
AB 4 - The Trust Act - makes it harder for federal agents to detain and deport unauthorized Californians who are non-criminals or minor offenders and pose no threat. This will increase public safety by removing one barrier to open communication between immigrant communities and law enforcement; and
AB 60 - Safe and Responsible Driver Act - grants access to drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants and will lead to safer roads and greater economic opportunity.
We thank Governor Brown for his decisive action so far. But there are still seven Alliance priority bills we need him to sign, and this is the LAST WEEK before the October 13th deadline to sign or veto the remaining Alliance priority bills -- all of which will improve health and opportunity for our boys and men of color.
If you have not yet taken action, please do so TODAY! Please choose the bills that matter most to you and click to take action. You can:
1) Electronically sign and send an Alliance for BMOC letter through the websites below; OR
2) Copy and paste the letter onto your organization's letterhead and fax the letter to Governor Brown at (916) 558-3160 AND the bill's author (contact info/fax number provided next to the letter); OR
3) Call Governor Brown's office at (916) 445-2841 to express your support. Feel free to use the following sample script: "I support [number and name of bill] because all Californians, including our boys and men of color, deserve a bright future!"
AB 174 (Bonta) Mental Health Trauma Care in Schools
- Provides mental health services for students impacted by violence and trauma.
AB 218 (Dickinson) Fairness in Government Hiring
- Reduces unfair barriers to employment for jobseekers with criminal records.
AB 411 (Pan) Improving Quality Data in Medi-Cal Managed Care
- Requires Medi-Cal plans to include relevant demographic data during evaluation.
AB 651 (Bradford) Expungement
- Improves expungement process under California realignment plan.
AB 720 (Skinner) Increases Access to Health for Reentry Population
- Helps former inmates access mental health and substance abuse services.
SB 458 (Wright) Cal Gang Database
- Requires parental notification for statewide gang database.
SB 744 (Lara) Involuntary Transfers
- Prevents involuntary school transfers of homeless/foster youth.
This is the final week in this year's campaign to make health and opportunity happen for boys and men of color. Let's show the Governor that a growing and diverse cross-section of Californians support the Legislature's call to invest in the health and success of California's future!