Event on May 15 Marks 10th Anniversary of California Marriage Equality

Equal Justice Society

May 15, 2018, marks the tenth anniversary of the California Supreme Court’s historic ruling in In re Marriage Cases, 43 Cal.4th 757 (2008), recognizing the freedom to marry for same-sex couples and strict judicial scrutiny for laws that discriminate based on sexual orientation.

You’re invited to a special conversation about the far-reaching impacts of this historic decision. This event is co-sponsored by Morrison & Foerster LLP and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Kate Kendell, the Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and former EJS board chair, will moderate the discussion, with the following distinguished speakers:

Justice Goodwin Liu, California Supreme Court

Shannon Minter, NCLR Legal Director

David Codell, former NCLR Constitutional Litigation Director

Professor Courtney Joslin, UC Davis School of Law.

In re Marriage Cases:
May 15, 12:00-1:30

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César Chávez, Dolores Huerta, Larry Itliong

Equal Justice Society


This Saturday, March 31, is César E. Chávez National Holiday and César Chávez Day in California, an official state holiday. 2018 also marks the 25th anniversary of César Chávez’s passing. The American labor leader and civil rights activist helped spark and lead a movement in the 1960s and 1970s to empower farmworkers in California and throughout the country in order to end the suffering caused by racist agribusiness owners.

Chávez and the United Farm Workers employed radical acts of non-violence to raise awareness of the struggles and mistreatment of the farmworkers. Chávez himself underwent many fasts to advance the farmworkers’ rights movement. In 1988, he started an eventual 36-day fast to protest the use of pesticides in the fields.

“This solution to this deadly crisis will not be found in the arrogance of the powerful,” said Chávez, “but in solidarity with the weak and helpless. I pray to God that…

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Please write Gov. Brown to support equal protection rights

If you or your community has ever been impacted negatively by a voter-initiative, we NEED YOUR SUPPORT.

AB 2646 (Ting) has made its way through the Senate and Assembly and currently awaits Governor Brown’s signature. If he does not hear from enough stakeholders, there is a chance the Governor will veto this bill.

AB 2646 offers us a tool to potentially invalidate laws, including voter initiatives, which change the political structure regarding a matter of importance to minority groups.

Click here for detailed information about this bill and a template letter that you can use to write to Governor Brown.

It does not fix all the problems with the ballot initiative system in California but it provides much-needed safeguards.

Please send a letter of support by Friday September 12, 2014.

Claudia Peña
Statewide Director

CCRC Communications Workshops Serve Dozens of Organizations

Claudia Peña and Keith Kamisugi conducted four free communications workshops in Los Angeles on Feb. 22, in Bakersfield on Feb. 25, in Sacramento on Feb. 26, and in Santa Ana (Orange County) on March 28. The four workshops combined attracted approximately 50 attendees.

Our local partners were critical in securing venues, attracting attendees, and providing feedback: Dolores Huerta Foundation and Camila Chavez (Bakersfield); APA Legal Center and An Le (Los Angeles); Western Center on Law and Poverty and Mona Tawatao (Sacramento); and ACLU Foundation of Southern California and Maria Esquivel (Santa Ana).

Each workshop was slightly different – customized based on responses provided by attendees in a pre-event survey – but each covered media relations, social media, web and online marketing, and communications management.

A sample of the organizations that attended:

• A New Way of Life Reentry Project
• AIDS Legal Referral Panel
• Alliance for Justice
• Asian Youth Center
• California Black Health Network
• Campaign for College Opportunity
• Center for Community Change
• Critical Resistance
• Delhi Center
• H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection of Kern County
• Khmer Girls In Action
• Legal Services of Northern California
• Los Amigos de Santa Ana
• Rosie’s Garage
• Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities
• South LA Reintegration Council
• United Lu-Mien Community, Inc.
• Youth Justice Coalition

“Fantastic and very practical. I am cynical about media/communications trainings because I’ve been to so many bad ones. [This] was one of the best I’ve been to.”
– Senior litigator

“I enjoyed our first class. Communication effectiveness is most important for advocacy. Currently I am attending a class on framing and these two complement one another. Thank you for your efforts!”
– Neighborhood activist

“I learned a lot at workshop. Very much appreciate your presentation. Just created a page for my organization and getting ‘likes’. ”
– Advocate for the homeless

To learn more about the 2013 communications workshops, contact Keith Kamisugi, Director of Communications at the Equal Justice Society at kkamisugi@equaljusticesociety.org.