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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.