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Justice
January, 2012

In This Issue - Clickable Links To Articles
A New Web Site Resource
Live United
Who Represents You?
Important Bills - Tight Deadlines
Join California Communities United Institute
Homophobes Attack Truth In Education
Women Under Attack - Still
Ballot Initiatives Attack Immigrants
Equal Gender Representation In California's Legislature
 
 
 
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A New Web Site Resource

Miss Liberty
Justice
 

As you will see, the theme of this newsletter is largely about proposed ballot measures here in California.

 

As of January 3, 2011, it is technically possible that as many as 75 ballot measures could be on the November, 2012 ballot. Many won't qualify, but, California Communities United Institute has added a page to its web site to help you keep track of them all.

 

To read the rest of this article, click here.

 

Boyce Hinman

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Live United

 

Miss Liberty
Justice

The title of this article happens to be a trade marked phrase of United Way. However, it also is part of the heart and soul of California Communities United Institute.

 

Many of you, our members, are members of the LGBT community. Some are living with HIV/AIDS. Some of you are African American. Some are Latino/Latina, some are Asian or Pacific Islander American, and many of you are women. All of those communities, except women, are minorities. And all of the people in those communities are denied full equality and respect from the world at large.

 

And minorities, by virtue of the fact that there are relatively few of them, have little power to obtain the rights and respect that they should have as free citizens in this nation. Even women, although more or less equal to men in numbers, find themselves getting less pay than men, getting fewer promotions, and being denied full rights to control their own bodies.

 

To read the rest of this article, click here.

 

Boyce Hinman

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Who Represents You?

 

Would you like the names and contact information of your elected officials? To find that information please click
http://www.calcomui.org/whorepresentsme.html
 
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Important Bills - Tight Deadlines

  
California State Capitol
California Legislature
 

We are now beginning the second year of a two year session of the California Legislature. The session began on January 1, 2011 and will end on December 31, 2012.

 

Lots of bills were introduced last year. If they were approved by the house in which they were introduced (called the house of origin), but have not yet been approved by the other house, they have until August 31 to be approved by that second house.

 

However, many bills were introduced in one house or the other in the California Legislature, but have not yet been approved by their house of origin.

 

These bills face a tighter deadline. They must be approved by their house of origin no later than January 31. Any of those bills, which fail to get approval by that deadline, are in fact dead. They can go no further.

 

Forty one of the bills tracked by California Communities United Institute (CalComUI) are facing that deadline; 33 in the Assembly and 8 in the Senate.

 

To read the rest of this article, click here.

 

Boyce Hinman

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Join California Communities United Institute

The members of California Communities United Institute (CalComUI) get monthly E-mailed newsletters filled with information about legislation and other issues that affect each of the communities we serve. The newsletter helps you track the progress of the bills you care about.

 

Members also get E-mailed alerts about legislation of importance to the communities we serve. These alerts help members easily E-mail their elected officials on that legislation.

 

You can join CalComUI by visiting our web site and keying your E-mail address into the yellow box at the bottom. To start the process click here
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Homophobes Attack Truth In Education

Register To Vote 

Late in 2011 Governor Brown signed SB 48, introduced by Senator Mark Leno.

 

Usually, such a bill would be a no brainer. It simply requires California's schools to teach the truth about the contributions of certain groups of people to the development of California and the nation.

 

How could anyone oppose telling the truth? Why should anyone want to prevent kids from learning about people who made positive contributions to their state and nation?

 

To read the rest of this article, click here.

 

Boyce Hinman

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Women Under Attack - Still

 

Asian WomenOn January 22, 1973, the US Supreme Court Issued its Roe V Wade Decision. In that decision, the court declared that women have a basic right to abortion.

 

Ever since then, the opponents of abortion have attempted to whittle away that right.

 

In California, year after year, they have put initiatives on the ballot seeking to prohibit abortions for minors unless the minor's parents give specific written consent to the procedure. And each such initiative has been voted down by the voters of California.

 

This year no fewer than 7 anti-abortion initiatives have been proposed in California.

 

To read the rest of this article, click here.

 

Boyce Hinman

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Ballot Initiatives Attack Immigrants

 

Two anti-immigrant initiatives have been proposed for the next state-wide election in California.

 

One of them would require state law enforcement officials to enforce federal immigration law, and would also deny driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants. Interestingly, it also would direct $35 million of state funds each year (for the next 20 years) to the investigation of transnational gangs, such as foreign drug cartels, which have operations in this country.

 

The second initiative would overturn a law, enacted in 2011, which allows certain undocumented immigrant students to qualify for state funded assistance in paying fees at California's public colleges and universities. We covered this second initiative in our November 2011 newsletter.

 

To read the rest of this article, click here.

 

Boyce Hinman

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Women's Equal Legislative Representation

 

Someone has proposed an intriguing reform of representation in the California Legislature.

 

A person by the name of B.C. Keith has proposed an amendment to California's constitution which would require equal representation men and women in the state legislature.

Keith proposes that each Assembly district and each Senate district have two elected representatives, one male and one female, doubling the number of state legislators.

 

To See the rest of this article, click  here.

 

Boyce Hinman

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