RAC-CA

The California Religious Action Center (RAC-CA) brings together the Reform Jewish congregations and communities of California to organize powerfully across lines of race, class, and faith.

Current Legislative Campaign

Health, Climate Justice and More

Based on feedback at our March Campaign Selection Webinars, the RAC-CA 2021 Legislative Agenda includes three campaigns. Our primary campaign is SB 467, a health and environmental justice campaign to address the dangerous impacts of oil and gas drilling on millions of Californians in largely People of Color Communities. The bill will require protective setbacks between drilling and nearby neighborhoods and schools, where studies show respiratory impacts worse than those of secondhand smoke.

Our secondary campaigns are SB 731, Time Done, a transformative criminal justice campaign, and SB62, the Garment Worker Protection Act, an important fight impacting thousands of immigrant women in our state.

What's New

RAC-CA Civic Engagement Campaign 2020

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.

Read about our 2020 Civic Engagement Campaign

Read our 2020 California Ballot Measure Positions

RAC-CA 2020 Legislative Victories

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.

RAC-CA 2020 Legislative Advocacy Campaign Results

Call on Gov. Newsom to Reduce Prison Populations During COVID-19

RAC-CA Campaign for a People First Budget

RAC-CA 2020 Legislative Agenda

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. 

Legislative Agenda

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.

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RAC-CA Victories

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.

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Past Events

RAC-CA Lobby Day 2019

On Tuesday, August 20 in Sacramento, RAC-CA held its most important event of the year to urge our legislators to make the Golden State reflect our Jewish values of justice, compassion, and wholeness. Participants learned how to lobby and meet with their elected officials.

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Governance of RAC-CA

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.

Learn more about RAC-CA's governance structure

Download one-pager on RAC-CA

Issue Research 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.

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