On Saturday, August 4th, residents of California gathered at the capitol to protest the NRA. There was an open mic, and a march against the NRA.
On February 9th, in Sacramento at the Capitol, there will be an event called San Joaquin Valley Health Fund Equity on the Mall. This event aims to unite the people of San Joaquin Valley against issues that they face in their communities. It will be set up on the west side of the Capitol and speakers will talk about the issues of equity in their area. The event organizers believe that communities along San Joaquin Valley haven’t had equity and the same opportunities as other cities in California.
Organizers are coming with an all-around approach for dealing with racial, health equity, and some of most pressing issues in the valley. Some of those include sustainable agriculture, community safety, drinking water, education, environmental justice, and housing. Over a thousand people from the valley are coming to support this event.
Organizers will also have special guests that will come and support their cause. Diane Dooley, Secretary of California Department of Health and Human Services, will be making appearing as well as many state elected officials such as Senator Ricardo Lara and assembly members Joaquin Arambula, Rob Bonta, and Tony thurmond.
Attendees will gather for a briefing in room 4202 to go over everything that will be done during the day. The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund is in partnership with over 50 organizations alongside nine state and national foundations. They hope that they can unite everyone to bring awareness about equity in their community.
“Together, we will continue to sow seeds so that transformative change takes place in the Valley.” Said Chet P. Hewitt in a blog post on January 25th.
Registation will begin at 11:30 followed by a welcoming by Diane Littlefield. From then on out the event takes off and does what it was meant to do.
For more information about this event please click here.
The 3-day #FreeOurDreams Youth Organizing Summit and Advocacy Day event for California youth was held from August 5th through the 8th. Participating youth stayed at the dorm rooms at the UC Davis campus for the entire event. Youth from all over California departed in their buses Friday morning, bonding and getting to know each other along the way to Davis.
The event started with community building activities such as getting into groups and introducing themselves and talking about their opinions and who they are. Quickly after that, they continued on to the dorms ending the day.
Youth woke Saturday morning and had breakfast provided by the campus. Youth went on during the day doing various activities With a focus on encouraging them on advocating for what they think is right such as having a Free Our Dreams activism college and career panel. From there they Continued on to participate in workshops of various subject matter like crimmigration, a youth strategy session, defeating gang injunctions, and more.
“With this event, our youth are stepping up. They are finding their voices,” says Jose Pinto, a youth advocate from South Kern when asked what he felt was most important about this event.
On Monday morning the youth packed their bags, boarded their buses, and left to the Capitol with a #FreeOurDreams march around Downtown Sacramento. The youth got into their groups and go talk with elected officials within the Capitol about issues surrounding their own community. The event ended with everyone boarding their buses and heading home.
On August 8th, the Boys and Men of Color from Sacramento, L.A., Oakland and Fresno visited multiple senate and assembly members for group discussions. Speaking of the many issues statewide and solutions to change them. I am happy to say that the members support our movement and will continue to open their ears to the voices of the youth.
After our visits, the California State Assembly held a special hearing for our cause.
The California Latino Capitol Association Foundation (CLCAF) is proud to announce its seventh annual Summer Internship Program. This summer, a select group of Sacramento area high school students will have the opportunity to intern for a State Legislator in the Capitol or a Governmental Affairs office.
Eligibility criteria for the internship includes having junior or senior status at a high school in the Sacramento area, having a flexible summer schedule and being available 10-15 hours per week to intern for a Senator, Assembly member or a Governmental Affairs office.
Students must also have an interest in public policy, government, or community service and be in good academic standing, with a minimum a 2.0 GPA.
The goal of the CLCAF Summer Internship Program is to provide high school students from underserved communities a chance to gain a meaningful professional experience in public service and a greater sense of civic responsibility. The program also will provide mentorship and support to assist students in pursuing their higher education goals.
Click here to see a copy of the application.