Blog|Social Justice Working Group
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Legislation to put an initiative on the November ballot to eliminate the section of the state constitution that allows involuntary servitude-forced labor compelled by the use or threat of physical or legal coercion – is making progress in the state legislature. Yesterday the Senate voted 21-6 in favor of Assembly Constitutional Amendment 3. San Francisco’s Scott Weiner and East Bay Sen. Nancy Skinner voted aye. We are grateful for the Grace community members who reached out to legislators in support of ACA 3.
Because the bill requires a supermajority, the author, Sen. Sydney Kamlager, prepared a technical amendment to address bipartisan questions about the fiscal impact while maintaining the ethical weight and urgency of the legislation. Members of the Social Justice Working Group have contacted legislators and advocates supporting the amendment. It must be adopted by the Senate and Assembly by June 30. Be assured that we are closely watching the process as it unfolds.
There will be another update with information about how the Grace community can help push ACA 3 over the finish line on Tuesday, June 28 from 6:15 to 7 pm. This meeting will also be an opportunity to learn more about the measure under consideration for the November ballot that would codify reproductive freedom in the state constitution.