Progressive Organizations Unite to Pass “Dream Builder” Bills

Progressive Organizations Unite to Pass “Dream Builder” Bills

Coalition Delivers Counter-Punch to Cynical Chamber of Commerce “Job Killers” with Bills that Elevate Workers, Communities

Sacramento, CA – A broad coalition of progressive organizations announced they have formed the Building the California Dream Alliance and outlined a united, ambitious agenda to uplift families and expand economic opportunities for Californians from birth to retirement.

The Building the California Dream Alliance includes: ACLU of California Center for Advocacy & Policy, ACCE, Advancement Project, Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), California Budget & Policy Center, California Calls, California Environmental Justice Alliance, California Immigrant Policy Center, California Labor Federation, California League of Conservation Voters, California NOW, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Courage Campaign, Equality California, Equal Rights Advocates, Health Access, Lutheran Office of Public Policy, Mobilize the Immigrant Vote, Mujeres Unidas, PICO California, Planned Parenthood Affiliated of CA, PolicyLink, Progressive Era Project (PEP), SEIU California, Sierra Club of California, Voices for Progress, and the Western Center on Law & Poverty.

SEIU California Executive Director Jon Youngdahl said the Alliance’s legislative agenda will directly counter the annual “Job Killer” list issued by the Chamber of Commerce. “For too long, we have allowed a few CEOs to limit what’s possible in California; today is a new day,” he said. “Our ‘Dream Builders’ define a new progressive vision for a Golden State of unlimited opportunity, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, disability, health status or age.”

The legislation endorsed by the Alliance today promotes broadly shared prosperity and economic security, educational and job opportunities, a clean environment and a healthy planet, justice, quality healthcare for all, responsive and democratic government, and a strong safety net.

“The Building the California Dream Alliance harnesses the policy expertise, diversity, and grassroots organizing power of dozens of organizations committed to a broad vision of progress for our state,” said Elizabeth Landsberg, Executive Director of the Western Center on Law and Poverty. “Together we will advocate for policies that put people and communities first – ahead of profit or political gain – to provide the California Dream for all.”

At a news conference today, the Alliance identified the following as top priorities this legislative session:

  • SB 1143 (Leno) Ends use of solitary confinement for juveniles, bringing California into line with international human rights standards.
  • SB 380 (Pavley) AB 2722 (Burke) A package of bills to address the impact of methane emissions on public health and climate change, and that will foster a integrative, collaborative approach to comprehensively address disproportionately impacted communities that have suffered from environmental pollution and neglect.
  • AB 533 (Bonta) Protects consumers from being hit with surprise bills from out of network doctors for care received at in-network facilities (hospitals, labs, etc.).
  • SB 23 (Mitchell) Repeals the maximum family grant rule for CalWORKS recipients.
  • SB 1234 (De León) Implements the Secure Choice retirement program to help solve the problem of millions of seniors retiring into poverty, by providing a low-cost, portable, low risk way for low-income private sector Californians to save for retirement.
  • AB 1978 (Gonzalez) Requires all janitorial contractors in the state to register with the Department of Industrial Relations in order to provide janitorial services. This bill also creates sexual harassment and sexual violence training requirements for janitorial and security supervisors and employees.

See the full list of Dream Builder legislation at http://cadreambuilder.org/dreambuilder

The coalition also unveiled a list of “Dream Killers” – bills that deny opportunities families and individuals need to work their way out of poverty and live in dignity in the Golden State.

See the list of Dream Killer legislation at http://cadreambuilder.org/dreamkiller

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