AAUW Works for Social Justice & Public Policy

AAUW storms the Capitol in Sacramento

Lobby Day was quite a success. To introduce our legislators to AAUW CA’s social justice and public policy priorities, 120 members from 50 branches met with 46 Assembly offices and 23 Senate offices, most on Zoom, others in person. 

Locally, a committee of Susan Rife, Public Policy chair, and three AAUW San Jose members met with Ashley Labar, Gail Pellerin’s chief of staff, via Zoom. Pellerin represents Assembly District 28. New branch member Anja Hamilton, met with John Laird’s staffer Quincy Stivers. Laird represents State Senate District 11. 

We presented on SB 287, California Social Media Platform Liability for Child Addiction and Harms, its companion bill AB1394, California Social Media Platform Liability for Child Sexual Abuse and Trafficking, and AB 549, the California Elimination of Discrimination Against Women Act. 

Ashley indicated Assembly Member Pellerin’s general support of the legislation. It was a good meeting with Ashley taking notes and being receptive and supportive of AAUW initiatives. Presentations on the three same bills to Senate Laird staff drew a positive response as well. 

You can track these bills and find out more about them on the AAUW CA TRACKING website. They closely support AAUW CA’s mission.


Susan Rife, AAUW MH Public Policy Chair, and AAUW California Public Policy Committee

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