We did it! NINE bills signed to help youth thrive. And more!
DISTRICT and CAPITOL NEWS
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We did it! With your help and the support of many others, including dozens of sponsors, Gov. Brown has signed NINE of my bills to help our youth and reform criminal justice. This includes six #EquityAndJustice measures to promote crime prevention, rehabilitation and maintaining family cohesion.
These new laws take effect Jan. 1, 2018, won bipartisan support and, taken together, promise to usurp the cradle-to-prison pipeline that has devastated the very families who have the fewest resources to bounce back and become productive members of our community.
For a summary of those and related bills of mine signed by the governor this month, click HERE: To learn what the governor and other elected officials, programs are saying about our reforms, click HERE: Also, see IN THE DISTRICT below for item on community celebration of these much-needed laws.
IN THE CAPITOL
Legislative Women’s Caucus priority bills signed
I was proud to stand with fellow women lawmakers as Gov. Brown joined the California Legislative Women's Caucus to sign legislation that improves services and support for women, children and families in California. Said Brown: “The Legislative Women's Caucus is once again paving the way toward a better California, and today's actions will make a positive difference for women, children and families across the state.”
IN THE DISTRICT
Praise and thanks to the community for supporting reform
INGLEWOOD - To celebrate the success of #EquityAndJustice, Sen. Ricardo Lara, who jointly authored the package, and I held a community celebration at the Youth Justice Coalition office in Inglewood. Nearly 100 people attended and heard moving first-person accounts of formerly incarcerated youth who worked hard to turn their lives around. For more, click HERE:
Making a difference by inspiring women to lead
LOS ANGELES - I had the honor of delivering the keynote address for an event titled: Power Manifesto - Black Women for Wellness, held during the group's annual reproductive justice conference. I talked about the importance of being active in our community and the value of remembering that whatever you do, make sure that you always prioritize your work through the lens of Black women. Even in the progressive state of California, there are not that many of us - and we need each other like never before. HERE:
California Humanities project celebrates rich cultural heritage of L.A.
I am pleased to announce that California Humanities, a non-profit organization that has distributed $29 million to state cultural groups since 1975, has awarded a $20,000 Humanities for All Project Grant to our district called Visualizing language: Oaxaca in L.A. Sponsored by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, this visual art exhibition will be on display through January at the Downtown Central Library, 630 West. 5th St., 90071. It showcases the rich, social fabric of Los Angeles through the lens of the city’s vibrant Oaxacan community. Check it out!
- Oct. 19, 2017: ABC-7 LOS ANGELES - Sens. Holly J. Mitchell and Lara celebrate #EquityAndJustice
- Oct. 12, 2017: KQED'S CALIFORNIA REPORT - Jerry Brown Signs Criminal Justice Reforms, Eases Prison Terms
- Oct. 12, 2017: COURTHOUSE NEWS SERVICE - California Justice Reforms Give Hope to Youthful Offenders
- Oct. 11, 2017: LOS ANGELES TIMES - Gov. Jerry Brown signs legislation to ease punishment, criminal fines for juvenile offenders
- Oct. 11, 2017: SACRAMENTO BEE - California youths serving life will get possibility of parole
Holly J. Mitchell
Senator, 30th District