RAC-CA is working as part of Every Voice, Every Vote: The Reform Movement's 2020 Civic Engagement Campaign to strengthen democracy by expanding the electorate, both inside and outside our congregations, and by educating Reform Jews about key ballot measures.
RAC-CA changed its 2020 legislative agenda in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Thirty-nine meetings with state legislators plus two with the Governor’s staff led to the release of vulnerable prisoners and new revenue in the state budget, though not as much as we were seeking.
The health and economic crises caused by the coronavirus call us to respond together from our Jewish values and tradition to support Californians who are suffering – both inside and outside our Reform congregations and communities. Events are moving quickly and we must act together. Our 2020 agenda may change as the political situation changes.
This Passover, take action during your seder with our seder action insert. Call on Gov. Newsom to reduce the population of state prisons and provide for the safe reentry of those released in order to protect those who are incarcerated and those who work in prisons and to prevent state prisons from becoming an ongoing source of contagion.
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.