2016 Legislative Wrap Up

Over the past few weeks, a multitude of bills regarding sexual violence passed Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. Included is a summary of legislation that CALCASA had been tracking leading up to the end of September. For those of us working to end sexual violence, knowing and understanding how these new policies affect our communities, and directly [...]

Your Vote Your Voice

It is common to hear about people who just don't want to engage in the presidential race this year. Apathy around the upcoming election is alarming, to say the least. Whether people are voting for a candidate or decidedly against the other, one truth remains the same, voting is a key component in our democratic [...]

California Janitorial workers embark on a hunger strike to demand an end rape on the night shift

Janitoiral workers and their families at hunger strike

On Monday a group of 14 survivors of sexual abuse began a 5-day hunger strike on the lawn of our state Capitol. They have put their lives and health on the line in order to demand Governor Brown’s signage of AB1978 into law. These women, my sheros, are the janitorial workers who clean our offices [...]

Today, We’ll Change Tomorrow

  Yesterday, PreventConnect and CALCASA staff had the opportunity to attend the White House Summit on the United State of Women. The first-ever White House sponsored summit on gender equality was framed around five pillars including violence against women, health and wellness, economic empowerment, entrepreneurship and innovation, and educational opportunity, leadership and civic engagement. The day [...]

CALCASA Attends CA Child Welfare Council’s CSEC Action Team Meeting

Last week, CALCASA staff Adrienne Spires and Jeannette Page attended the California Child Welfare Council's quarterly meeting in Sacramento. Established by law in 2006, the CWC's purpose is to improve and streamline the components of the child welfare system throughout the state and, ultimately, create better outcomes for youth. The CWC consists of representatives from [...]

Walking to School: Schools and Social Change

The definition of civil rights within our schools is in the news again and there is another "Dear Colleague Letter." This time schools are the site of the debate around gender identity. It is clear that schools must play a role in representing opportunity for all and shifting the cultural landscapes that continue to oppress, control [...]

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