The Reproductive Health Non-discrimination Act (RHNDA), would protect employees who work in California from workplace discrimination based on their personal reproductive health care decisions. For example, it would prohibit an employer from firing an employee for using in vitro fertilization or birth control.

All women should have the ability to make private decisions that affect their reproductive health, economic security, and other aspects of their lives without employers intruding. When employers interfere with health care, patient care is undermined. This bill will ensure that employees and their families can make their own health decisions, including whether, when, and how to start a family and what the size of their family should be, without fear of losing their jobs or facing retribution from their employers because of private, non-work related decisions.

There are countless stories from across the country about women who’ve been threatened or fired from their jobs for their reproductive health choices, including being pregnant and unmarried, using IVF to conceive, and even using birth control. The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act would ensure that no employee in California would face the same turmoil as Teri James in San Diego, Emily Herx in Indiana, Jennifer Maudlin and Christa Dias in Ohio, Shaela Evenson in Montana, Michelle McCusker in New York, and many more women.

This bill is about simple fairness. People should be judged at work based on their performance, not on their personal, private reproductive health care decisions. The RHNDA does not force anyone to change his or her views on reproductive health. It simply asks employers to not discriminate against women who make their own choices. These women are not breaking the law and should not fear losing their jobs because of personal family-planning decisions.

This is both a reproductive rights and economic security matter for women and their families. The reproductive decisions of women should not limit their ability to provide for themselves and their families. We urge all legislators to support AB 569 and show that California stands firmly against discrimination.

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This license plate will fund family planning services for low-income Californians and support quality reproductive health clinics in our communities.

Women’s health and reproductive rights are under attack like never before. Our state has a proud legacy of protecting and expanding reproductive freedom, and in the face of threats against reproductive health funding we must take a stand for California values.

SB 309 creates a pro-choice license plate that raises money to provide family planning services to low-income Californians. Across the state, medical providers face threats of losing federal funding because they provide abortion services. The absence of federal funding would significantly impact the ability to provide care. The “California Trusts Women” license plate provides much-needed support for clinics that would be the hardest hit if the Trump administration and Congress succeed in defunding Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health providers.

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This act will ensure that people are not held in dangerous, overcrowded jails after an arrest simply because they cannot afford to post bail. The effect of the Act will be to ensure that people return to court as required and that the public is protected, while ending the current bail system’s cruel discrimination against low-income Californians and people of color.

According to the Public Policy Institute of California, about 63% of people in jail in California on any given day (or 46,000 people) are either awaiting trial or sentencing – at a high financial and social cost to taxpayers.

California’s current bail system is punishing whole families and communities. Most Californians cannot afford to post bail and so must either stay in jail or pay substantial nonrefundable fees to a bail bond company. These fees are not refunded under any circumstances – even if the court finds that a person is innocent or was wrongfully arrested. Over-policing of communities of color results in more arrests, exacting a disproportionate price from these communities. Whole families suffer, as they take on long-term debt to purchase the safety and freedom of a loved one, and women are hit the hardest. According to an Ella Baker Center survey, 83% of family members who take on court-related costs on behalf of loved ones are women.

Successful models for reform can be found in California and other states. Like with these systems, under the California Money Bail Reform Act, judges will have access to more information than they do now about people coming before them so they can determine, based on the circumstances of the individual case rather than a person’s wealth, who can return home and under what conditions while their case is being resolved. More informed decision-making protects public safety while reducing the number of people kept in jail after arrest, at a cost to the liberty of low-income Californians and to taxpayers.

It is time for California to implement these proven and cost-effective systems across the state.

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The California Values Act recognizes the humanity of all people, protects our communities from harmful mass deportations, and ensures the safety of all.This bill introduced by Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) prevents the use of state and local resources for federal immigration enforcement actions that will separate families and hurt the state’s economy. SB 54 ensures that no state or local resources are diverted to fuel any attempt by the federal government to carry out mass deportations and that our schools, our hospitals, and our courthouses are safe spaces for everyone in our community.

Assembly will hold the first hearing for SB 54 CA Values Act, which would keep families together by preventing most state resources from being used to aid Trump’s hateful anti-immigrant agenda. Because it’s crucial we pass the strongest version possible, we need as many calls to assemblymembers as possible urging they support it with no amendments: assembly.ca.gov/ assemblymembers

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Los Angeles City Council is poised to approve a proposed 21-story hotel project by R.D. Olson Development and R.D. Olson Construction. These developers of the Hollywood Ivar Gardens Hotel were linked through R.D. Olson Construction’s president Bill Wilhelm to Legatus, a virulently anti-gay organization that publishes articles supporting “conversion therapy” to “cure” LGBT kids, the re-criminalization of abortion, and repeal of marriage equality nationwide. Wilhelm should publicly and unequivocally denounce this bigoted Legatus organization.

Community leaders have repeatedly communicated our concerns with Councilman Mitch O’Farrell but he has said he is committed to support this company and its project. It took months of community pressure to get these developers to say they respect just one of our community’s core civil rights values.

 

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