The Alliance for Boys and Men of Color has identified five core priorities for action in 2016. They include: 1.) End the criminalization of youth, 2) Ensure police reform and accountability, 3) Implement Prop. 47 equitably, 4) Promote safe and successful schools, and 5) Advance equitable school funding.
With the exception of “Promote safe and successful schools” each priority area includes a set of bills that the Alliance has been actively supporting.
Equity for Farmworkers
AB 1066 (Gonzalez) would remove the exemption for agricultural employees regarding hours, meal breaks, and other working conditions, including specified wage requirements, and would create a schedule that would phase in overtime requirements, as defined, over the course of four years (from 2019 to 2022). Beginning January 1, 2022, the bill would require any work performed by a person, employed in an agricultural occupation, in excess of 12 hours in one day to be compensated at the rate of no less than twice the employee’s regular rate of pay.
Action: Call your Senator and urge them to vote yes on the bill when it hits the floor.
Fasting for Equity for Farmworkers. Lorena Gonzalez is authoring AB 1066, and is organizing a 24-hour fast for elected officials, faith leaders, and other allies to fast in support of the bill. Find more info by following @LorenaAD80 or @LorenaSGonzalez.
AB 2298 (Weber) Shared gang databases. 1) provides the right to written notice of alleged membership, 2) the right to challenge designation, and 3) automatic removal from database if no gang-related conviction in the preceding 3 years.
UPDATE: This bill got off of suspense in the Senate!!! We now head to the floor of the Senate! An audit of the CalGang database revealed that law enforcement HAS been using this database for employment, housing, military despite their constant denials AND that children as young as 1 are also being placed into the database.
SB 882 (Hertzberg) Ends the criminalization of youth for transit fare evasion. STATUS: Currently, on Governor Brown's desk. Ask him to sign the bill now!
SB 1052 (Lara) Juveniles: Mandates legal counsel for youth even before reading of Miranda rights.
SB 1143 (Leno) Juveniles: solitary confinement. Strictly limits use of solitary confinement for juveniles in state and local facilities.
AB 2765 (Weber) – Removes the time limitation for petitioning or applying for a reduction of sentence. Requires a 2/3rds vote.
Ensuring Police Reform and Accountability
SB 1289 (Lara) Prohibits law enforcement agencies from entering into for-profit contracts to detain immigrants. Also delineates rights for undocumented detainees.
AB 2792 (Bonta) TRUTH Act, increases transparency and accountability by local law enforcement regarding immigration enforcement policies, the data they maintain on immigrants, and transfers and notifications made ICE deportation programs.
- SB 443 (Mitchell) Forfeiture: controlled substances. Requires a criminal conviction prior to seizing property.
Implementing Proposition 47 Equitably
AB 1014 (Thurmond) & SB 527 (Liu) Safe Neighborhood Grants (Proposition 47). Would establish the Learning Communities for School Success Program for the purpose of implementing the grant program and sets forth criteria to guide the department in making grant awards.
Advancing Equitable School Funding
AB 2548 (Weber) Requires a statewide accountability system to meet federal guidelines and includes key indicators from the LCAP rubric.
Promote Safe and Successful Schools
- While legislation is not actively being advanced in this arena, the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color is demanding an end to willful defiance suspensions and expulsions. Leaders throughout the state are working to elevate public understanding of willful defiance and the suspension and expulsion issues that disproportionately impact youth of color by:
- supporting local campaigns organizing to remove use of willful defiance from the discipline code,
- monitoring local and state implementation of AB 420,
- sharing research and data on the impact of willful defiance and AB 420, and
- developing a messaging strategy informed by the experiences of youth.