Come to RAC-CA’s most important event of the year to urge our legislators to make the Golden State reflect our Jewish values of justice, compassion, and wholeness. The event takes place on Tuesday, August 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Sacramento. You’ll learn to lobby and meet with your elected officials. Register now at rac.org/CAlobbyday and share this link with members of your Reform congregation or other community.
Housing/Homelessness is our top legislative priority along with four other issues. Here's what we are working on:
- Overview of the RAC-CA Summer 2019 Legislative Agenda
- Housing/Homelessness Legislative Package
- Climate/Environmental Justice: SB 54/AB 1080 (Reduce and recycle single-use plastic)
- Immigrant Justice: AB 1282 (Preventing state contractors from helping deport immigrants)
- Gun Violence Prevention: AB 165 and AB 339 (Require police standards and training for gun violence restraining orders)
- Criminal Justice Reform: SB 136 (Stop extending criminal sentences for prior convictions)
In 2019, RAC-CA set gun violence prevention and housing as our two top issues. With help from Reform communities across the state, RAC-CA helped triple funding for local gun violence prevention programs in California communities most affected by gun violence. We also backed a package of housing and homeless bills that will help build new affordable housing, protect tenants, and remove barriers for housing production. Learn more about our successful legislative efforts in 2019.
RAC-CA seeks to build our collective power to create the California of our dreams. Our structure includes professional staff, a statewide leadership team, issue research groups, and congregational social justice teams.
RAC-CA has six issue research teams covering climate change, criminal justice, immigration, health care, housing, and gun violence prevention. Comprised of lay leaders and clergy, these teams research bills and ballot measures to help set our legislative agenda and mobilize congregational social justice teams.
Building on a successful year of advocacy in 2018, Reform congregations across California are meeting with their state legislators to build relationships and prepare for 2019. Talk to your congregation now to schedule a meeting with your state assemblymember and senator before January 18, 2019. Click on the links below for more resources!
Reform Congregations across CA are meeting with their legislators to talk about the urgent issues facing our state, our country, and our world. Interested in joining, but not sure how to make the biggest impact? Check out these resources on how to be a successful advocate:
The Brit Olam: The World We Want covenant is a commitment by clergy and key lay members to lead your congregational or community rapid response to hatred and bigotry, and to advocate for CA legislation that advances Jewish values.