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June 2, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Major Movement For Several Key Pieces of Legislation

With today being the deadline for bills to clear their house of origin, this week saw major movement on several bills that the California Catholic Conference (CCC) is tracking. Thank you for the thousands of emails you sent this week to ask lawmakers to measure their impact on life and dignity as they voted on these bills.

Last minute votes include some very troubling bills:

May 19, 2017 News, Public Policy Insights

Governor’s Revised Budget Includes Several Catholic Conference Priorities

The California Catholic Conference (CCC) was pleased to see that Governor Jerry Brown included new appropriations for several CCC priorities in his May budget revise. The newly proposed budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year now includes funding for palliative care programs, early childhood education, retention of several beneficial programs and expanded funding for immigration related services.

May 12, 2017 News, Public Policy Insights

California Bishops Urge Church and Society to Support Immigrant Families

The following is a statement released by the California Catholic Conference of Bishops:

During this week of Mother’s Day celebrations in the United States and Mexico, the enduring bonds of family will light up social media, overload telephone lines, and overflow many dining tables as children text, call, FaceTime, present home-made cards, feast, offer bouquets, and thank their mothers for their lifetime of labor and love.  The wisdom of the fourth commandment, to honor thy father and mother, is on display as children use all means of transportation and communication to be close to the ones who gave them life. 

May 5, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Surrogacy Bill Aiming to Terminate Maternal Support

The unification and nurturing environment of a family is something that cannot be artificially manufactured or replicated. Children are a gift from God, but what happens when the parental relationship is convoluted by multiple parental roles and contractual obligations? In the case of surrogacy, the foundation of family values are often traded out for financial transactions and turning human life into a commodity.

April 28, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Catholics Advocate for Children at Capitol

Earlier this week, close to 100 Catholic Advocacy Day delegates – representing the dioceses of California - gathered in Sacramento for prayer, legislative briefings and meetings with lawmakers to discuss bills benefiting our precious children.  Their full reports on the visit will be available soon.

April 21, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Next Week’s Catholic Advocacy Day Focuses on Children

Oftentimes, we define success by how much money we make or how many luxuries we acquire.  When you think about it, however, true success isn't about money or things.  It's about our health.  It's about our community.  It's about our kids. 

April 7, 2017 News, Public Policy Insights

Catholic Advocacy Day Backgrounders Now Available

“All children must be able to play, study, pray and grow, in their own families, and do so in a harmonious context of love and serenity,” says Pope Francis. 

By advocating for programs that address poverty and homeless, better education, life for the unborn and improvements in juvenile justice programs, this year’s six Catholic Advocacy Day bills have a special focus on helping children reach their greatest potential. 

March 31, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

SF Mission District Landlords Exploiting Undocumented Immigrants

San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood, where the city began in 1776 with the founding of Mission Dolores, today is a dense mix of people.

Affluent techies, long-time Mission residents, undocumented immigrants and even homeless people in tents can all be found living in a single block.

In that environment undocumented migrants feel especially pressured, and some landlords seem to be taking advantage of them to raise rents or push them out. The migrants fear being reported and deported, so they feel extremely vulnerable to landlord threats, real or perceived, to raise rents or threaten eviction.

March 24, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Revised Execution Protocols Deny Chaplains Hours Prior to Execution

In an odd and unexplained rule change proposal, California may ban chaplains from meeting with death row prisoners nearer than three hours before their scheduled execution.

The California Department of Corrections (CDCR) is engaged in a detailed revision of its procedures for ending the lives of prisoners sentenced to death. The elaborate set of rules specifies in minute detail death drug formulation, testing, staff training and numerous other aspects of executions.

March 17, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

CDSS Awards Catholic Charities Additional Grant for Immigration Legal Services

The Catholic Charities statewide network of agencies has received $825,400 in additional funds from The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to provide immigration legal services to immigrants across the state. The additional funding will be used to provide no-cost legal representation for 1,138 low-income immigrants.

This award increases the Network’s total funding for the 2016-2017 fiscal year to $5,961,750—the single largest award under the CDSS Immigration Services program in 2016-2017. Funding will be used to provide legal representation to immigrants for DACA, Naturalization, and other affirmative legal remedies.

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