Category Archives: California Legislature

Interesting and informative: Find your California Representative’s Courage Score

A PDB member recommended this from California’s Courage Campaign:

Courage Scores grade legislators on how well they stand up for constituents over corporations or special interest groups that seek to exploit Californians, particularly the poor, disadvantaged, or communities of color.

Find your California Representative’s
Courage Score HERE.

Read all about the Courage Scores here.

Meeting of March 8 – Celebrating International Women’s Day

We celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8 with a great crowd at Arts Benicia, 991 Tyler St., Suite 114.

See the video of the event on Constance Beutel’s Youtube channel: full-length version or 20-minute edited version.  From our previous announcement:

2020: Women Stepping Up in Benicia

  • Celebrate International Women’s Day – Women making a difference!
  • Women’s leadership forum – learn about leadership opportunities for women of all ages and life stages from local leaders.


  • Betty Yee, California State Controller since 2015
  • Susannah Delano, Executive Director, Close the Gap California
  • Linda Escalante, So. CA Legislative Director, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • Cora Young, Field Representative, Congressman Mike Thompson

Opening remarks by Mayor Elizabeth Patterson
Moderated by Kari Birdseye


Download the poster – distribute far and wide!

ACLU California – Register now for 2019 Conference and Lobby Day

From an ACLU email…

Introduction by Phyllis Debois:

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California is offering a workshop, April 7th & 8th, that will train activist to lobby their California legislators.

Spend one day learning about the bills, networking with other activists, and a second day meeting with representatives.

Attendees may register for one or both days.  See below.

Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 8:24:28 AM PST
Subject: April 7-9: Lobby your lawmakers

Register today before tickets sell out!

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Dear [name],

Across California, ACLU activists are working together to build power. And this April, we’re bringing a wave of progressive reform to the State Capitol.

Join us for the ACLU’s 2019 Conference and Lobby Day. This year, we have the chance to expand voting opportunities for thousands of people, pass crucial privacy protections, ensure that people’s reproductive healthcare needs are respected, and protect immigrants and their families from federal government abuse.

ACLU of California
Conference and Lobby Day
Meet up with ACLU activists from across California to bring progressive change to the state capital!

Sunday, April 7 – Monday, April 8
Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza
300 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814


At the conference, you can attend workshops, learn about our bills, network with other activists, and meet your representatives.

The stakes are high, but we have momentum. Last year, hundreds of conference attendees laid the groundwork for landmark legislation that ended 40 years of secret police misconduct. Now, we are returning to demand that our lawmakers put an end to the epidemic of deadly police shootings.

Register now to help make California a state where everyone can live with freedom and dignity. Space is limited, so sign up today!


ACLU of California