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We advocate for racial justice, women’s economic empowerment, and affordable housing.

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We’re going to Sacramento to fight for paid, job-protected leave for new parents in California on Monday, May 22. Come with us! RSVP here.

Almost every California employee pays into our state’s paid leave insurance program, but did you know that many people can’t take that leave because they don’t have job protection? SB 63 would make sure parents don’t have to choose between losing their jobs and spending precious first weeks with a new child. We’re meeting with our elected officials to make sure they support working families.

Call to Support SB 63 (Jackson) – New Parent Leave

Find your California State Senator’s number here.

My name is ________. I am a [voter OR resident] in the Senator’s district, and I am calling to ask for your support on SB 63. The New Parent Leave Act would ensure more new parents would have the right to bond with their children and take the paid leave they already contribute to without fear of losing their jobs. SB 63 is an important way to strengthen protections for working families and build a more equitable workplace. It will especially benefit low-income workers, women, and people of color who all have disproportionately little access to job protected leave. I urge the Senator to VOTE YES on SB 63.

Sample Tweet: .[@your senator] Women need your YES vote on #SB63 for #NewParentLeave and a #StrongerCA for all! @YWCASFMarin

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Call to Support SB 54 (de León) – California Values Act

Find your California State Assembly Member’s number here.

My name is ________. I am a [voter OR resident] in the Senator’s district, and I am calling to ask for your support on SB 54. I value my immigrant neighbors. This bill upholds California’s core values of inclusion, equal treatment, community and family unity ensuring that California’s police departments, schools, hospitals, and courts remain accessible to all Californians. Xenophobia and fear are not California values and distrust between local police and the community makes our streets more dangerous for everyone. The California Values Act would protect people I care about in my community and make us all safer by drawing a clear line between local policing and federal immigration enforcement. I urge the Assembly Member to VOTE YES on SB 54.

Sample Tweet: .[@your assembly member] Women need your YES vote on #SB54. #ImmigrantsWelcome in a #StrongerCA! @YWCASFMarin

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Racial Justice

Eliminating racism is central to our mission. We advocate for policies and practices that will move the needle on racial inequity, and we invite our communities to join us in this work.

Inclusion  Inventory

Many organizations recognize the value of diversity but struggle to maintain highly effective multicultural teams. That’s because diversity alone isn’t enough. YWCA’s unique new program, the Inclusion Inventory, bridges the critical gap between diversity and inclusion. We’ll help  you create an environment where people can bring their unique experiences and strengths to the table, without minimizing core aspects of their identity or their culture.

Sanctuary Protections for California (SB 54), Take Action

Immigrants are essential for California. Pro Tem De Leon introduced the California Values Act (SB 54) saying, “To the millions of undocumented residents pursuing and contributing to the California Dream, the State of California will be your wall of justice should the incoming Administration adopt an inhumane and over-reaching mass-deportation policy,” said Senator de León. “We will not stand by and let the federal government use our state and local agencies to separate mothers from their children.” Click here to urge your Assembly Member to Vote Yes on SB 54.

Stand Against Racism, Take Action

Stand Against Racism is a signature, nation-wide campaign to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. This annual event is one part of our larger national strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism. Take the pledge to stand with us!

Outlaw Racial Profiling in California, Won!

In 2015, we advocated for the passage of AB 953, the Racial and Identity Profiling Act. This landmark legislation requires law enforcement in California to collect data on stops, detentions, and citizen complaints alleging racial profiling. Racial justice advocates have used this kind of information in places like Ferguson to help address institutional racism and transform law enforcement’s disproportionate negative impacts on communities of color.

Combating Institutional Racism

In the spirit of beginning with our own work, YWCA San Francisco & Marin provides anti-racism training to staff and board members, and our hiring and leadership development activities are guided by a racial justice lens. We regularly create space to lift up the activist voices of communities of color through our issue education, annual Stand Against Racism and ongoing racial justice forums. We know conversations and taking action on racial justice can be challenging, so we create opportunities for people at all levels of engagement to come together and connect with racial justice frameworks and concrete changes we can make together.

Economic Empowerment

We advocate for strong family-friendly workplace policies that benefit our whole economy. No one who works full time should live in poverty or have to choose between her health, her family, and her paycheck. Living wages, paid sick days, family and medical leave, and fair scheduling are all key components of making jobs work for women, for people of color, and for the families and communities they support.

Job Protected Family Leave (SB 63), Take Action

Too many new parents in California can’t take family leave because their jobs aren’t guaranteed to be there for them when they come back. The New Parent Leave Act closes an important gap, making sure that CA parents who already pay into our paid family leave insurance program don’t lose their jobs for taking it. Job-protected leave for new parents provides enormous health and economic benefits to millions of families. This is a win-win for families and business, with 90% of employers reporting favorable or no effect on productivity, profit and costs.

Opportunity to Work (AB 5), Take Action

In the past 10 years, the number of hourly workers who do not have full-time work at their primary job has skyrocketed. By keeping workers part-time, employers avoid providing critical benefits like health insurance and retirements plans. And nationally, part-timers are typically paid a third less per hour than full-time employees. The Opportunity to Work Act will require businesses to offer any available additional hours to their current, qualified part-time employees before hiring more workers. It will give workers more stable earnings and schedules, and better morale and employee retention save employers money in the long run too.

Expanded Definition of Family, Take Action

We all need to be able to take care of family, and have family take care of us. And family is way more than just our parents and children. YWCA believes family leave should apply to the broad range of family members we love and care for. We urge our legislators to expand family leave to include our siblings, in-laws, grandparents, grandchildren, and all the people we call family.

$15 Minimum Wage, Won!

We were proud to join the Lift Up California coalition in 2016 for a $15 minimum wage and be recognized as a champion community partner. YWCA Advocates collected petition signatures and organized our communities to raise the wages of millions of CA women and people of color. Since 74% of minimum wage workers in California are people of color and over half are women, raising the minimum wage will have an immediate and significant impact on the race- and gender-based wage gaps in our state.

Affordable Housing

As an affordable housing provider, we know firsthand that safe, affordable housing is central to everyone’s well-being, but we face a local housing crisis of unprecedented proportions. That’s why we’re working with partners and bringing our constituents together to promote creative solutions.

Flexible Housing & Junior Units, Won!

Our advocates played a key role in passing AB 2406, which creates a simple, inexpensive permitting process for Junior Units (small secondary apartments inside an existing home). This is an immediate and creative solution for our serious shortage of affordable, quality housing. It is especially relevant for the Bay Area, where there is an abundance of large, single-family homes and a deficit of affordable apartment housing. By enabling homeowners to create a separate rental unit within their existing home, Junior Units generate rental income, make it affordable for homeowners to stay in their homes, and simultaneously create much-needed, affordable rental apartments.

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