In the News

October 09, 2019

Senator Holly J. Mitchell invites you to the next Senate Select Committee on the Social Determinants of Children's Well-Being hearing scheduled for Thursday, October 24th in Los Angeles. The Select Committee was created and chaired by Senator Mitchell to examine the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, and age, and how those conditions impact their well-being. The hearing will focus on the history of immigration in Los Angeles and the federal actions around immigration and their impact; California’s investments in expanding assistance in legal matters, access to higher education, healthcare and mental health services to immigrants; and additional ways we can improve the well-being of immigrants.

September 17, 2019

Representative LaKeshia Myers, D-Milwaukee, introduced the Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair Act to the Wisconsin Legislature August 1, aiming to protect natural hairstyles from discrimination in the workplace.  

Myers credits California Senator Holly J. Mitchell with starting the movement. “It is a slow drumbeat to go state by state to have this change take place but I think it is is something that is necessary,” Myers said. “If it hadn’t been for Senator Mitchell, we would not be in this place.”

September 12, 2019

Doctors, nurses, lawyers and court workers in California may soon be asked to confront their prejudices under a trio of legislative proposals that are headed to the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom.


The Legislature passed the final bill on Thursday, one of two approved this week that would mandate implicit bias training as a continuing education requirement for many medical professionals and court workers. A third measure that passed this week is aimed at ensuring pregnant black women receive equal treatment with similar training for those involved in perinatal care.

September 11, 2019

California landlords would no longer be allowed to reject prospective tenants solely because they hold federal Section 8 housing vouchers under a bill passed by the state Legislature on Wednesday. State Sen. Holly Mitchell, the bill’s author, said bans on Section 8 tenants unfairly harm people of color and those who earn low incomes.

September 09, 2019

Las personas que pertenecen a esta industria consiguieron que se les aprobara un fondo de restitución monetaria de 16 millones de dólares que serán incluidos en el presupuesto de California para beneficio de los trabajadores. Esta medida se da, entre otras razones, por el robo de salario en grandes almacenes textiles.

September 09, 2019

Victoria para trabajadores de la costura en LA

Luego de años de explotación laboral y robo de salarios por fin tendrán justicia; los pagos de restitución provienen de un fondo estatal de $16 millones


Por: Jorge Luis Macías / Especial para La Opinión | 01 de Septiembre 2019


August 13, 2019

It’s hard to believe in 2019 a woman can lose her job over the way she wears her hair, and yet that’s the reality for millions. But this is finally changing thanks to a collective sisterhood of legislators, servicewomen, and business moguls raising their voices and using their positions to put an end to hair discrimination.

August 09, 2019

State Sen. Holly J. Mitchell was a leader in making California the first state to legally ban natural hair discrimination. Her efforts have been celebrated by women and men across the country and helped inspire similar measures in New Jersey, New York and elsewhere. Here, she shares why the issue is so important, and what's next.

July 15, 2019

New York is officially the second state to make it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees because of the way they wear their hair. The signing of this law comes on the heels of California's recently enacted CROWN Act, which made the state the first in the country to ban employers from discriminating against people with natural hair. "By introducing the bill, I wanted to use it as an opportunity to educate my colleagues about the unique experience and opportunities of having black hair. I didn't want them to see it as a negative," Los Angeles Democratic senator Holly Mitchell told Glamour.

July 11, 2019

Democrat Sen. Holly Mitchell, who introduced the bill earlier this year known as the Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act, said that the new law is about “inclusion, pride and choice.”

“The law protects the right of Black Californians to choose to wear their hair in its natural form, without pressure to conform to Eurocentric norms,” CNN reports Mitchell said in a statement. “I am so excited to see the culture change that will ensue from the law.”