Sacramento, CA – A broad coalition of progressive organizations announced they have formed the Building the California Dream Alliance and outlined a united, ambitious agenda to uplift families and expand economic opportunities for Californians from birth to retirement.
The Building the California Dream Alliance includes: ACLU of California Center for Advocacy & Policy, ACCE, Advancement Project, Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), California Budget & Policy Center, California Calls, California Environmental Justice Alliance, California Immigrant Policy Center, California Labor Federation, California League of Conservation Voters, California NOW, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Courage Campaign, Equality California, Equal Rights Advocates, Health Access, Lutheran Office of Public Policy, Mobilize the Immigrant Vote, Mujeres Unidas, PICO California, Planned Parenthood Affiliated of CA, PolicyLink, Progressive Era Project (PEP), SEIU California, Sierra Club of California, Voices for Progress, and the Western Center on Law & Poverty.
SEIU California Executive Director Jon Younghdal said the Alliance’s legislative agenda will directly counter the annual “Job Killer” list issued by the Chamber of Commerce. “For too long, California leaders have allowed a few CEOs to limit what’s possible in California; today is a new day,” he said. “Our ‘Dream Builders’ define a new progressive vision for a Golden State of unlimited opportunity, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, disability, health status or age.”
The legislation endorsed by the Alliance today promote broadly shared prosperity and economic security, educational and job opportunities, a clean environment and a healthy planet, justice, quality healthcare for all, responsive and democratic government, and a strong safety net.
“The Building the California Dream Alliance harnesses the policy expertise, diversity, and grassroots organizing power of dozens of organizations committed to a broad vision of progress for our state,” said Elizabeth Landsberg, Executive Director of the Western Center on Law and Poverty. “Together we will advocate for policies that put people and communities first – ahead of profit or political gain – to provide the California Dream for all.”
At a news conference today, the Alliance identified the following as top priorities this legislative session:
See the full list of Dream Builder legislation below.
The coalition also unveiled a list of “Dream Killers” – bills that deny opportunities families and individuals need to work their way out of poverty and live in dignity in the Golden State.
See the list of Dream Killer legislation below.