CalCAN supports the Black Lives Matter movement and the demands of community-based organizations on the front lines around the state and country, including calls for police reform and accountability and reallocation of funding to better support the needs of black and brown communities.
We encourage you to view our full statement here and engage with the resources and policy issues included.
As part of our continued commitment to addressing social justice and inequity in the state policy arena, CalCAN has recently supported the following bills:
- AB 2043: Occupational safety and health: agricultural employers and employees: COVID-19 response (Rivas, Garcia and Gonzales) – protects farmworkers from COVID-19. This bill has been introduced to the State Senate. Passed the Assembly and is being considered in the Senate. Call your state Senator to encourage their Yes vote on the bill.
- ACA-5: Opportunities for all (Weber, Gipson, Santiago, and Gonzales) – creates equal opportunities for all Californians by restoring the consideration of race and gender in public contracting, public employment and public education. This Constitutional Amendment passed out of both State Senate and Assembly and will be on the November ballot. We encourage you to support it with your vote!
- Executive Order N-42-20 – Statewide Moratorium on Water Shutoffs to maintain and restore access to water in vulnerable communities in light of COVID-19 impacts.
Phase out single use plastic and fund compost and healthy soils!
The California Recycling and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act would provide millions of dollars every year to build compost facilities and give grants to farmers and ranchers for healthy soil and water-smart practices. The money would come from a one-cent fee on plastics products sold in California that would fund healthy soils, composting, recycling, ocean cleanup, mitigation of the impacts of plastics pollution on disadvantaged communities, and more.
One of the leaders on this campaign is Californians Against Waste (CAW), a CalCAN partner and supporter of climate smart agriculture and composting. For background on the measure, please see the campaign website. If enough signatures are collected by early July, the measure will be on the November 2022 ballot and we encourage your support then to pass it into law.