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Friday, May 11, 2018

(Sacramento) – The California Legislative Jewish Caucus on Monday commended Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. for including in his final budget proposal funds to maintain and restore the landmark Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.   

The Governor released his May Revise in the State Capitol Monday, updating his January proposal with revenue totals from the income tax season.

Monday, April 16, 2018

(Sacramento, CA) – Today, the California State Assembly honored Holocaust survivors, descendants of survivors, and World War II liberators residing throughout the state during its annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony.

Monday, April 9, 2018

At a City of Malibu event recognizing the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising on March 30, California Senator Henry Stern pushed Polish Republic Consul Ignacy Żarski to reconsider an amendment to Poland’s Act on the Institute of National Remembrance.

The 1998 act criminalized the denial of Nazi crimes and other offences committed against Polish citizens and those of other nationalities.

The amendment—Act of 26 January 2018—legalizes “criminal penalties up to three years in prison for any individual who ‘attributes to the Polish Nation or to the Polish State responsibility or co-responsibility for the Nazi crimes committed by the German Third Reich.’”

Authored by Assemblymember Marc Levine, Assembly Joint Resolution Number 35 strongly recommends that Polish lawmakers revisit the amendment to make changes or reverse it entirely.

Stern said, “I think telling the truth about history matters ... Especially in the areas of remembrance and memory, we have to focus on no fear in speech, and no fear in dialogue.”

Poland’s constitutional tribunal is currently reviewing the amendment.

 

Monday, April 2, 2018

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APRIL 2, 2018 
Contact: Morgan.Culbertson@sen.ca.gov; (805) 822-9694

Senator Stern Asks Polish Government to Reconsider New Holocaust Speech Law

Concerns raised on behalf of California Jewish Caucus at recent 75th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising event in Malibu

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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March 14, 2018 

(Sacramento, CA) – Today, the California Legislative Jewish Caucus introduced AJR 35 condemning a new law in Poland subjecting individuals who cite the participation of Poles in Nazi crimes to imprisonment for up to three years, despite the historical record of this collaboration.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

There is something different about making energy and water policy when 100,000 rockets are pointed at your family.

I went to Israel last month to exchange strategies on water and clean energy. I came home with an entirely new perspective on lawmaking.

In 2014, California and Israel signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on energy and water innovation. The mission of our California delegation to Israel was to put muscle behind the memo with funding and technical expertise.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Caucuses Join Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon in Calling on Congress to Immediately Pass a Permanent Solution for Dreamers

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

SACRAMENTO – In response to the unfair detainment of Mr. Orr Yakobi, a University of California student and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program enrollee, by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Mexico border, the California Legislative Jewish Caucus, sent a letter to ICE urging for his immediate release. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The California Legislative Jewish Caucus is committed to supporting the 200,000 Californians participating in the DACA program. We urge the President to rescind his inhumane and repulsive decision to target Dreamers. DACA participants are exemplary members of our society. They have overcome many obstacles to reach for the stars and are vital members of not only California but the entire United States.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

California lawmakers said Tuesday that they plan to protect young adults whose immigration status is jeopardized by the end of the DACA program. 

At news conference at the Capitol attended by more than 20 legislators, Senate Speaker Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) said California should be "beacon of hope and opportunity."

“We’re not going to allow one single executive decision on DACA to reverse generations of progress at the height of our historic diversity, economic output and our sense of global responsibility," he said. 

Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell), chair of the Legislative LGBT Caucus, said Trump's other actions against Muslims and transgender service members don't show a commitment to diversity. 

“Our president clearly wasn't held enough as a child," he said. "It’s important that we talk about how we embrace love.”

Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), chairman of the Legislative Jewish Caucus, called the President's decision "evil."

"He has lulled and lured young people to register with the government ... and then take that information and use it as a tool to deport them," Levine said. "That is ethnic cleansing."