(Sacramento) – The California State Assembly proclaimed April 24, 2017, as California Holocaust Memorial Day with the passage of Assembly Concurrent Resolution 37, authored by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto). “On this day we remember the 6-million Jews and countless other victims, survivors and liberators of the Holocaust,” said Assemblymember Berman. “We must recall, reflect upon and acknowledge these events to ensure that hatred never again leads to such immense tragedy.” Watch as Assemblymember Berman presents ACR 37 to the Assembly in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – We will never forget. With that as the chorus, the California State Assembly held a special ceremony to honor the survivors of the Holocaust and all those who helped them. Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County), Chair of the Legislative Jewish Caucus, passionately implored everyone to never allow the Holocaust to be forgotten, “The retelling of the horrors of the Holocaust is necessary because we, as a Democratic society, need to carry with us the memory that our institutions are very capable of breaking down and being turned against us. We must keep a check on politicians that use hatred and bigotry to get elected to office.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
Other states, like California, are also considering legislation to enhance security at faith-based schools.
Assemblyman Marc Levine, a Marion County Democrat, has filed Assembly Bill 927, setting aside $10 million to provide security at faith-based schools in the state.
“The problem is that while most public schools can afford security to protect the children, faith-based schools do not have the same degree of funding,” Levine wrote in the Sacramento Bee alongside retired basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
If you saw a young child being attacked on the street, would you do something to stop it?
That’s a defining question to a person’s moral character. But it’s also a defining question for a community’s moral character: What are we willing to do to protect our children?
When Marc Levine and Richard Bloom were sworn into office on Dec. 3, 2012, they became the only Jewish members of the state Assembly. Now, two terms later, they’re part of a thriving 16-member California Legislative Jewish Caucus.