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

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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
• CA LULAC
• 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
• LA CAN
• 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.
• VOICED
• 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.

Recommendations on 2012 Ballot Measures

Click to download a PDF of our California 2012 ballot measure recommendations, which were decided upon by the CCRC Steering Committee. Not all member organizations of CCRC endorse each of the positions. Please register to vote by October 22.

CCRC is a statewide community of civil rights organizations, activists, educators, lawyers, and advocates representing a wide range of issues and working as one to create a just and healthy society. We stand for quality education for all, good jobs, affordable housing, access for people with disabilities, safe neighborhoods, environmental justice, LGBTQ equality, a fair criminal justice system, access to healthcare and transit, economic equity, immigrants’ rights, social equity, racial justice, increased opportunities for disadvantaged communities, and a populace, government and business community that share a responsibility to ensuring human dignity for all Californians. Continue reading →

The California Revenue & Budget Problem

At CCRC, we believe we are all in this together. We have all been affected by California’s budget crisis whether by our children’s elementary school which can no longer take field trips or libraries closing down or huge potholes endangering the roads or public offices limiting their hours.

California has had a revenue and budget problem for years. But this year, the deficit is almost at 16 billion dollars!

The safety net is feeling less and less safe and yet there are still those who claim we need to make more cuts. This cutting and cutting is what took California from being the Golden State to state of crisis it’s in now. And now is the moment to address the root causes of the revenue and budget crisis so that we can again offer a public education that is amongst the best in the nation and set trends for innovation and progress.

Root Causes of California budget crisis

California used to be the only state in the United States that had two super-majority rules. We required a 2/3 vote in the legislature to pass a budget and a 2/3 vote to raise revenues both at the state and local level. These two rules together wreaked havoc in California for too long. Fortunately, in 2010, Californians passed Proposition 25, which relieved the legislature a bit by making it possible to pass a budget with a majority of our elected leaders.

This 2/3 rule to raise revenue was written into Proposition 13, passed in 1978, which also created vast property tax loopholes for California’s largest corporate property owners. This dramatically reduced California’s revenue. Corporations who have not sold or built up their property since 1978 are essentially paying taxes on their property as if we are still in the year 1975. This HUGE tax loophole is costing the state billions of dollars a year.