Protecting Women's Rights
On January 17, I joined the #IStandWithPP rally and a crowd of hundreds of demonstrators to promote access to affordable healthcare for Californians. Did you know, "Six in 10 women who access care from a family planning health center like Planned Parenthood considers it their main source of health care" (Planned Parenthood Fact Sheet)? Bottom line, we cannot afford for families to lose their last line of defense.
Extending LGBT Rights
I am happy to co-author Senate Bill 179, expanding the rights of the LGBT Community, with principal author, Senator Toni Atkins. SB 179, also known as "The Gender Recognition Act of 2017" provides individuals with a non-binary option to use on government documents.
This bill will allow a transgender person to apply to change gender on their birth certificate to the person's gender identity.
When the bill was brought before me, I was proud to say that I get it and I want to support and be a part of advancing rights for our LGBT community. I have met with trans-women of color in my district, and they've educated me on the challenges they have experienced in the workplace. This bill is a demonstration of our commitment to advance the rights of all residents in our state and for California to lead our nation.
Honoring MLK's Memory by Offering Free Services to Children in South LA
In the spirit of MLK Service Day community partners and I walked almost two miles along Martin Luther King BLVD to Leimert Park Village. During the parade I was joined by Shields for Families, Planned Parenthood, The Right Way Foundation, and the Children's Ministry at Holman United Methodist Church.
Along the route, we promoted free optical screenings and glasses. The screenings and glasses were donated at the post-parade Freedom Festival by Vision to Learn.
Senator Mitchell in the Media
USC Sol Price Welcomes Senator Holly J. Mitchell
The Asian Pacific Islander Caucus hosted State Senator Holly Mitchell, Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, and Mayor Pro Tempore of Sierra Madre, Rachelle Arizmendi, who discussed their experiences as women in politics at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.
"I'm teaching a seminar at Mount St. Mary's, and I am struck by number of times I am asked 'How do you manage in a male-dominated arena?'" Mitchell said. "Frankly, my initial response is 'How does a man manage in my world? He must have a hard time.'" (Daily Trojan 2.29.17)