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Attend “Solidarity, Not Saviors”

Are you an ally newly showing up for immigrant justice? This training is especially for you to learn how to take effective collective action in solidarity with immigrant communities. Deepen your practices of accountability, learn about community safety from an immigrant justice perspective, and effectively apply this learning to campaigns to end deportation, detention, and discrimination. Can’t join us in person? This event will be livestreamed! Register here to receive a reminder and link here.

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Keep ICE Out of the Courthouse

Immigration enforcement actions at or near California’s court facilities intimidates and threatens immigrant residents who need access to the courts, including immigrant survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. This further isolates vulnerable survivors and prevents them from accessing their legal right to support and protection. SB 31 would limit ICE activity at California’s courthouses by giving those facilitites greater ability to prevent civil arrests from happening in the courthouse. Urge your senator to VOTE YES here.

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Know your rights at work

California passed 3 key pieces of legislation to protect immigrants in 2017: SB 54, AB 291 and AB 450. Prepare yourself and your workplace to respond to raids by scheduling a YWCA trainer to come to your organization.

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YWCA State Advocacy Agenda – sign here

The YWCAs of California including: YWCA Berkeley/Oakland, YWCA Contra Costa/ Sacramento, YWCA Glendale, YWCA Greater Los Angeles, YWCA Harbor Area, YWCA Monterey County, YWCA North Orange County, YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley, YWCA San Diego County, YWCA San Francisco & Marin, YWCA San Gabriel Valley, YWCA Silicon Valley, and YWCA Watsonville are leveraging our collective and unified voice to advocate for immigrants in the communities we serve. Sign on to our agenda addressing the criminalization of people of color by promoting policies and practices that eliminate unjust deportation and over-surveillance of immigrant communities.

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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.

Make Family Leave a Reality

Two years ago, we won 12 weeks of bonding leave for all new parents in California. Now we’re taking that win to the next level to make paid leave truly accessible for vulnerable workers and diverse family caregivers. SB 135 will ensure 12 weeks of job-protected leave to care for yourself, your family member, or any designated person (for example, if you provide assistance to a neighbor or a friend). It aligns our paid leave laws to ensure that employees who pay in can take leave when they need it and are guaranteed a job to come back to at the end. Urge your senator to vote yes!

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Shine a light on the wage gap

The gender pay gap results in $78.6 billion in lost wages for women each year in California. SB 171 would require California employers with 100 employees or more to submit an annual pay data report, outlining the compensation and hours worked of its employees by sex, race, ethnicity and job category. It will help identify patterns of wage disparities, particularly as they relate to job segregation by sex and race, leading to the targeted enforcement of equal pay and antidiscrimination laws.

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Take “No Rehire” off the table

Recent coverage of sexual harassment in the workplace has brought increased attention to so-called “no rehire” provisions in settlement agreements. These provisions often require victimized employees to give up their jobs and never re-apply for employment with the employer. In too many cases, a victim of harassment can no longer work at the place where the harassment occurred, while the harasser continues to work there. There are too many instances where victims of harassment or discrimination would prefer to keep their jobs, but feel they must accept the no-rehire provision or forgo any settlement. Tell your Assemblymember to take no-rehire provisions off the table.

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New Parent Leave (SB 63, Jackson), We Won!

The New Parent Leave Act ensures 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.

Sample Tweet: We’re so proud of CA for passing #NewParentLeave and a #StrongerCA for all! Now pass #SB135. #CALeg @YWCASFMarin

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. If you want to learn more about racial justice, why it matters, and how to get started, check out our resource library here.

Take The 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.

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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!

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Outlaw Racial Profiling in California (AB 953), We 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.


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