Archive for April, 2017

Please Send AB 1308 Letter of Support by Today – Fairer Sentencing for Youth Through Age 25

Thursday, April 20th, 2017
Today (April 20) is the last day to get a letter in for AB 1308 before next Tuesday’s Assembly Public Safety Committee hearing. Please send an organizational letter to support fairer sentencing for youth through age 25 across California.
 
E-mail your letter to elizabeth.potter@asm.ca.gov by 4PM.
 
Please e-mail us a copy of your letters and we can also make sure they are registered for the hearing next week – action@youth4justice.org. Thank you!
 
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Sample letter:
CUT AND PASTE THIS LETTER ONTO YOUR ORGANIZATION’S LETTERHEAD
TO SUPPORT AB 1308 – EXTEND FAIRER SENTENCING FOR YOUTH THROUGH AGE 25
 
Date
 
The Honorable Mark Stone, Member
California State Assembly
State Capitol, Room 3146
Sacramento, CA 95814
 
By facsimile: (916) 319-2129
By email: rebecca.marcus@asm.ca.gov
 
RE: Support for Assembly Bill 1308 (Stone)
 
Dear Assembly Member Stone:
 
[Your Organization Name] supports Assembly Bill 1308 (AB 1308). We believe California should treat young people fairly, and recognize that young people who were convicted for a crime that occurred before they were 26 are still developing their ability to fully understand the consequences of their actions and assess risks. Our laws should reflect the fact that young people deserve opportunities to develop skills, recoginize and repair harm, heal

Please Send AB 1469 Letter of Support by Tomorrow-Student Transportation

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
Tomorrow (April 20) is the last day to get a letter in for AB 1469 before next Wednesday’s Assembly Education Committee hearing. Please send an organizational letter to support free transportation for low-income students across California and end much of the criminalization, stops and searches of youth of color to and from school.
 
Fax your letter to (916) 319-2187 or e-mail it to francie.rupert@asm.ca.gov by 4PM.
 
Please e-mail us a copy of your letters and we can also make sure they are registered for the hearing next week – action@youth4justice.org. Thank you!
 
Sample letter:
 
CUT AND PASTE THIS LETTER ONTO YOUR ORGANIZATION’S LETTERHEAD
TO SUPPORT AB 1469 – STUDENT TRANSPORTATION
 
Date
The Honorable Patrick O’Donnell
Chair, Assembly Education Committee
1020 N Street, Room 159
Sacramento, California 95814
Fax: (916) 319-2187
Re: Assembly Bill 1469 (Grayson) – Support
Dear Chairman O’Donnell:
[Name of Your Organization] supports Assembly Bill 1469 (Grayson), which would help increase opportunities for California’s disadvantaged youth by ensuring that children who attend the poorest schools have access to free transportation to school.
 
Lack of access to transportation to and from school is a key barrier to school attendance for low-income youth. Students who frequently miss school are more

AB 90 Letter of Support Due Today – Gang Databases Accuracy and Fairness

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Please fax in an organizational letter today to support AB 90. Increase accuracy, fairness and oversight of shared databases. Fax your letter to (916) 319-3745.

Please e-mail us a copy of your letters and we can also make sure they are registered for the hearing next week – action@youth4justice.org. Thank you!!
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April 11, 2017

Honorable Reginald Jones-Sawyer
Chair, California State Assembly Public Safety Committee
State Capitol, P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0059
Public Safety Committee: Legislative Office Building
1020 N Street, Room 111, Sacramento, CA 94249-0020
FAX: (916) 319-3745

Re: Support for Assembly Bill 90 – Weber – Gang Databases – Accuracy and Fairness

Dear Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer:

INSERT YOUR ORGANIZATION’S NAME is writing to indicate our full support for Assembly Bill 90, which will address accuracy and fairness in the collection and accessing of gang allegations through CalGang and other shared gang databases, including enacting reforms outlined in the 2016 audit of shared gang databases released by the California State Auditor.

Law enforcement agencies throughout California collect personal information to label and track hundreds of thousands of people suspected of gang membership in order to target them for gang suppression. The vast majority of this documentation occurs outside any …