Policies We Support

As our young people identify community issues and push forward policies at the local level, their efforts are shaped by and help to shape advocacy at the state level and beyond. It is critical that yli have a voice in and show our support for policies that impact our youth, and stand in solidarity with partners whose work aligns with our values. Below are the policies we are actively supporting – and we invite you to stand with us in supporting them, too.

2020

Calling on California decision-makers to ensure that state funds are invested in youth development and equity.

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Calling on city, state, and federal governments to abolish policing as we currently understand it. We must divest from excessive, brutal, and discriminatory policing and invest in a vision of community safety that works for everyone, not just an elite few.

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Calling on Gov. Newsom to rescind his new plan for Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) realignment, which will profoundly undermine our vision of transforming CA’s juvenile justice system and do nothing to promote the health and well-being of CA’s youth.

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Calling on state representatives to establish the California Youth Empowerment Commission – the first statewide advisory body to the government comprised solely of youth. 

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Support ABC’s proposed emergency rule to issue immediate temporary suspensions of the licenses of any alcohol outlet engaging in gross violation of public health and safety.

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Calling on the Senate Labor Committee to protect our domestic workers by including them in California’s Occupational Health and Safety Protections.

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Calling on California Governor Gavin Newsom and state legislators to prioritize youth in the upcoming 2020-21 state budget.

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Calling on state and local officials to suspend all juvenile system fees and fines for at least the duration of this public health and economic crisis.

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Assembly Bill 2835 ensures that people leaving prison can apply for employment, housing, Medi-Cal, Cal Fresh and other benefits and services that require a CAl ID.

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Calling on California policymakers to enact emergency measures to protect nonprofits, so we can continue to serve our communities, protect public health, and support our employees.

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Community-based organizations across California’s Central Valley, are calling for bold, decisive and swift action on the part of our public officials to ensure that residents are able to remain in their homes.

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As the Coronavirus spreads, many working people are at risk of losing wages and even their jobs. Call on business leaders and public officials to protect workers!

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It is critical that we all make our voices heard. Here are some resources to empower you to exercise your right to vote.

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2019

Ensuring that all CA students have access to a high-quality education.

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SB 130 would create a Higher Education Performance, Accountability, and Coordination Commission – a statewide higher education coordinating body to provide oversight, accountability, and resources to support students across California.

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In response to a sham community process for hiring the new Fresno Police Chief, we are calling for a commitment to implement a community policing philosophy with authentic community engagement.

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Young people are taking action and advocating for solutions to the urgent issues of our time. It’s time they have a voice – and a vote. ACA 8 will lower the voting age in California to 17 years old.

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Improves student outcomes and encourages schools to adopt alternatives to suspensions

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