November 17, 2017 Media 0 Comments

Released: October 17, 2017

Broad-based Coalition Secures Victories on 14 of 17 Legislative Priorities, and Commits to Progress on Bail Reform and Other Crucial Economic & Justice Issues in the Year Ahead

Sacramento, CA – The Building the California Dream Alliance – a broad coalition of progressive organizations – today announced that the unified efforts of its members have resulted in significant victories on health care, affordable housing, and worker, immigrant, and LGBTQ rights. Of 17 legislative priorities identified for 2017, the united coalition achieved 13 victories.

The Alliance was founded in 2015 to further a progressive, positive vision for California, offering a sharp contrast to the Chamber of Commerce’s cynical, anti-worker, anti-environment agenda. The coalition’s work has become even more urgent in the face of Trump’s unprecedented attacks on women, immigrants, workers and vulnerable Californians.

“The Building the California Dream Alliance has shown that when it comes to protecting our values of justice and opportunity, the best resistance is a good offense,” said Tim Molina, Organizing Director with the California-based Courage Campaign. “Rather than let Trump and extremists reverse our progress on crucial issues of economic progress and civil rights, we are pushing California to be even more inclusive and opening more doors of opportunity for the next generation.”

“California’s Dream Builders have succeeded in strengthening the pathways and support systems that enable more Californians to succeed,” said Kevin Baker, with the ACLU of California Center for Advocacy. “Our success in delivering on our shared progressive priorities makes our broad and diverse coalition even more determined to finish what we started this year – including moving bail reform to the top of the 2018 agenda and alleviating hunger that stresses classified school employees in the summer months.”

Earlier this year, the Building the California Dream Alliance identified 17 legislative priorities in pursuit of a Golden State of unlimited opportunity, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, disability, health status or age. Of these, 13 were signed into law:

  • AB 90 (Weber) States the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to ensure that CalGang and any other equivalent shared gang database has an oversight structure that supports accountability for proper database use and protection of individual rights.
  • AB 179 (Cervantes) Restructures the California Transportation Commission (CTC) to ensure diverse representation that promotes equitable transportation planning, investments and air quality in California.
  • AB 262 (Bonta) Requires state agencies to consider the embedded carbon emissions of industrial products like steel and glass when contracting for state-funded infrastructure projects.
  • AB 258 (Lara) Requires cleaning products manufactured or sold in the state to disclose on the product label and website a list of each ingredient and contaminant of concern contained in the product.
  • AB 1008 (McCarthy, Weber) Extends “fair chance hiring” and “ban the box” to both public and private sector employers, thus opening up job opportunities for the one in three adult Californians with a record.
  • AB 1505 (Bloom) Allows local governments to require developers to include affordable homes in new housing developments.
  • SB 33 (Dodd) Safeguards consumers from fraudulent schemes like the Wells Fargo scandal.
  • SB 17 (Hernandez) Increases transparency in prescription drug pricing.
  • SB 54 (De León) Ensures California does not use state and local resources to fuel mass deportations and separate families.
  • SB 63 (Jackson) Extends job-protected parental leave to more workers in California, requiring employers of 20 or more employees to provide the benefit for workers after one year of employment.
  • SB 180 (Mitchell) Reforms sentencing enhancements that unfairly and disproportionately impact low-income communities of color.
  • SB 239 (Weiner) Brings California’s HIV criminalization laws in line with laws involving other serious communicable diseases, updating a stigmatizing 1980s-era law that reflected fear and ignorance about HIV transmission.
  • SB 258 (Lara) Requires cleaning products manufactured or sold in the state to disclose on the product label and website a list of ingredients of concern and harmful contaminants contained in the product.
  • SB 306 (Hertzberg) Protects workers who are exercising their right to form a union from retaliation, allowing them to return to their jobs while retaliation charges are being investigated.

The Alliance also supported AB 52 (Cooper), provisions of which were adopted through the budget process, to require public sector employers to provide orientation to new employees to inform them of their rights and responsibilities, and require that employee organizations be allowed to discuss their role in representing employees.

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The Building the California Dream Alliance includes: ACLU of California Center for Advocacy & Policy, ACCE, Advancement Project, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), Black Women for Wellness, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, California Attorneys For Criminal Justice (CACJ), California Budget & Policy Center, California Calls, California Domestic Workers Coalition, California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), California Environmental Justice Alliance, California Labor Federation, California Immigrant Policy Center, California League of Conservation Voters, California NOW, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, California Reinvestment Coalition, Child Care Law Center , Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Consumer Attorneys of California, Council on American-Islamic Relations, California Chapter (CAIR-CA), Courage Campaign, Drug Policy Alliance, Earth Justice , Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Environment California , Equality California, Equal Rights Advocates, Friends Committee on Legislation, Health Access California, Lutheran office of Public Policy, MALDEF, Mobilize the Immigrant Vote, Mujeres Unidas, NARAL California, Next Generation , PICO California, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of CA, PolicyLink, Progressive Era Project (PEP), Public Advocates, SEIU California, Sierra Club of California, UFCW, Voices for Progress, and the Western Center on Law & Poverty.