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September 13, 2017

Racial Justice and Drug Policy Reform Groups Win Rare Change Through Legislature

Sacramento, CA— Today, the California State Assembly passed a bill to repeal sentence enhancements for prior drug convictions by 41 to 25 vote. Senate Bill 180, authored by Senator Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles and Ricardo Lara of Long Beach, repeals a three-year sentence enhancement for prior drug convictions, including petty drug sales and possession of drugs for sales.

The bill passed the State Senate in June, and now goes to Governor Brown for his signature or veto.

September 13, 2017

Democrats who control California’s Legislature are continuing their efforts to ease criminal penalties, including voting to end a punishment critics call a relic from the nation’s failed war on drugs.

The Assembly on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill that would eliminate allowing judges to impose an additional three-year sentence on repeat drug offenders.

Democratic Sen. Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles, who co-authored SB180, says officials should concentrate on prevention and rehabilitation.

September 13, 2017

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By Mariya Khan 

September 12, 2017

By Jazmine Ulloa

A state Senate bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown would reduce sentence enhancements for some low-level, nonviolent drug offenses, part of a push by Democratic legislators to help young people facing charges or doing time in California.

Under current state law, a person convicted for sale or possession for sale of a small amount of drugs can face a sentence of three to five years behind bars, plus an additional three years in jail for each prior conviction for similar drug offenses. 

September 12, 2017

Democrats who control California’s Legislature are continuing their efforts to ease criminal penalties, including voting to end a punishment critics call a relic from the nation’s failed war on drugs.

The Assembly on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill that would eliminate allowing judges to impose an additional three-year sentence on repeat drug offenders.

Democratic Sen. Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles, who co-authored SB180, says officials should concentrate instead on prevention and rehabilitation.

September 12, 2017

By Sophia Bollag

SACRAMENTO, Calif.

California Gov. Jerry Brown and top lawmakers announced Tuesday that they plan to spend $30 million helping young immigrants with legal services and college financial aid.

The announcement comes in response to President Donald Trump's decision to end a program that gives temporary protection from deportation to people brought to the country illegally as children or by parents who overstayed visas. The proposal requires legislative approval this week before lawmakers head home for the year.

September 07, 2017

The African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” is a parable that resonates with many in our community, particularly with Sydney Kamlager-Dove, elected president of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) for Board of Trustees. LACCD is the largest community college district in the nation and it has positioned Dove in “Seat 3” on the Board.

September 07, 2017

Listen to reporter Guy Marzaroti  of KQED/NPR San Francisco talk about how it was 'big win' yesterday for Sens. Holly J. Mitchell and Ricardo Lara to have Senate Bill 190 sent to Gov. Brown; Marzaroti also previewed other bills in their #EquityAndJustice package. Listen to the segment, about two minutes into this broadcast, by clicking HERE:

September 06, 2017

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State Assemblymembers from both parties today approved a plan to end unreasonable fees on families of incarcerated children, making the measure one step away from Gov. Brown’s desk.

August 30, 2017

Allahiya Shabazz
Staff Writer

new, interactive anti-racism exhibit called the Unity Center. Hundreds lined up at the doors of the auditorium to view a panel celebrating and discussing California’s social justice progress.

The idea for the Unity Center originally came about after the 1999 Summer of Hate, when two Jewish synagogues were bombed and multiple hate crimes were committed against the LGBTQ community.