Sacramento, CA – The California Legislative Jewish Caucus released the following statement in response to the Israeli Government barring Representatives Omar and Tlaib from visiting Israel:
Sacramento, CA -- On Monday, August 12, 2019, the first day in Sacramento following Summer Recess, Jewish Caucus members affixed mezuzahs to their office doors in the California State Capitol. Photos are available on the Jewish Caucus website and social media accounts.
In a show of unity, 11 California lawmakers representing the Jewish and Latino legislative caucuses toured Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego on Aug. 9 after increasing scrutiny about conditions at the facility.
The legislators conducted interviews and met with detainees at the center, which is overseen by private prison company CoreCivic and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“Visiting the Otay Mesa detention facility was powerful and profoundly sad,” said Assemblyman Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto), a member of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus. “We all have a responsibility to highlight what is going on at the border. But I do think Jews have a unique history and experience that allows us to empathize with today’s migrants that much more.”
San Diego, CA - Today, 11 Legislators from the California Legislative Jewish Caucus and the California Latino Legislative Caucus visited the Otay Mesa Detention Center and a Migrant Family Shelter operated by Jewish Family Services (JFS). The delegation toured both facilities, conducted interviews with detainees at Otay Mesa, and met with migrant families at the JFS facility. Photos can be found on the Jewish Caucus website.
Sacramento, CA – Last week, the California Legislative Jewish Caucus submitted a letter of concern (found here: https://bit.ly/2Tveauj) regarding the initial draft of the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC), which is open for public comment until August 15, 2019. Once revised and approved, the ESMC will help guide instruction in schools across the state. In its current form, the draft curriculum is inaccurate and misleading in several critical respects and reflects an anti-Jewish bias.