Only 14 lawmakers stood out with 100% on ACLU bills.
For the past seven years, the ACLU in California has pushed for transformational policy change in the state capitol through the ACLU of California Center for Advocacy and Policy (CAP). We are continuing that critical work under a new name – ACLU California Action.
A new name and look, but the same fight:
In 2020, we were able to secure important legal protections for all Californians during a uniquely challenging year. We worked to expand the right to vote to include people on parole, ensure job protection for family leave, keep young people out of probation for non-criminal behavior, improve sheriff oversight, strengthen reproductive healthcare, and advance economic justice by eliminating the harmful and costly infliction of criminal legal system fees on families and the poor. And we worked to block the expansion of dangerous facial surveillance technology.
This work can only be achieved with strong leadership in the state legislature. Each year, we evaluate every legislator to see how they voted on bills that uphold liberty and justice. For the 2019-2020 legislative session, fourteen legislators stood out with perfect scores on civil liberties and civil rights issues.
ACLU California Action's Civil Liberties Champions:
* Steven Bradford – Gardena (SD 35)
* Maria Elena Durazo – Los Angeles (SD 24)
* Lena Gonzalez – Long Beach (SD 33)
* Bob Hertzberg – Van Nuys (SD 18)
* Connie Leyva – Chino (SD 20)
* Holly Mitchell – Los Angeles (SD 30)
* Nancy Skinner – Berkeley (SD 9)
* Scott Wiener – San Francisco (SD 11)
* Rob Bonta – Alameda (AD 18)
* Ash Kalra – San Jose (AD 27)
* Sydney Kamlager – Los Angeles (AD 54)
* Mark Stone – Scotts Valley (AD 29)
* Shirley Weber – San Diego (AD 79)
* Buffy Wicks – Oakland (AD 15)
These legislators distinguished themselves by carrying our sponsored bills and by voting with us on all the bills we supported. They also stood with us on the most controversial bills and the bills we opposed.
Not all lawmakers share our vision for a more equitable, and more just California. There is a wide gulf between our champions and many other legislators – even within the same party and region. ACLU California Action will continue to push them to fight for your rights and the rights of all Californians this next year.
More than ever, now is the time to hold your legislators accountable for representing your views. See how your lawmaker scored and learn how to get involved in our work in 2021. <[link removed]>
Thanks for sticking with us,
Executive Director, ACLU of Northern California
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