Garment Worker Bill Signed; Respect Life Month

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Governor Signs Bill to Protect Garment Workers

With the legislative session over, the Governor has been combing through the hundreds of bills he must sign or veto by Oct. 10, or they will automatically become law.

The California Catholic Conference is excited to report that Gov. Newsom signed the CCC–supported SB 62, the Garment Worker Protection Act by Senator María Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles), that will end the industry’s practice of paying workers below-minimum wages. The legislation also expands fashion brands’ liability for unpaid wages, including wage theft by contractors.

In his press release, the Governor noted that “These measures protect marginalized low-wage workers, many of whom are women of color and immigrants, ensuring they are paid what they are due and improving workplace conditions. We are committed to having their backs as we work to build a stronger, more inclusive economy.”

The Governor also signed a package of bills that will invest $22 billion in housing and homelessness in California, including behavioral health services to help the homeless stay off the streets.

The Governor has yet to veto or sign SB 380, the physician-assisted suicide bill. If you haven’t already, please use this link to quickly send an email to Governor Newsom asking him to veto the bill.


Respect Life Month

October is Respect Life Month, and the first Sunday of October is designated as Respect Life Sunday. This year’s focus is on St. Joseph, Defender of Life. 

In a prepared statement, the USCCB called St. Joseph “the faithful protector of both Jesus and Mary, we find in St. Joseph a profound reminder of our own call to welcome, safeguard, and defend God’s precious gift of human life.”

The USCCB has various resources, including webinars, posters, prayer cards, homily helps, and graphics to help celebrate.

Last week, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, H.R. 3755. This bill would impose abortion on demand nationwide at any stage of pregnancy through federal statute. It would also eliminate pro-life laws at every level of government -- including parental notification for minor girls, informed consent, and health or safety protections specific to abortion facilities.

Last week, the Archbishop Naumann of the USCCB’s pro-life committee released a statement saying the “bill assumes that abortion can be the only, or best solution to a crisis pregnancy. H.R. 3755 is built on a false and despairing narrative that utterly fails women.”

In addition, the Archdiocese of San Francisco will be holding an informational webinar based on the report “How Americans Understand Abortion: A Comprehensive Interview Study of Abortion Attitudes in the U.S.” You can learn more and register here.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles will also be holding a virtual speaker series throughout the month of October on numerous topics related to the reverence for life. Learn more here.



Newsom Signs Bill to Remove Serra Statue from State Capitol 

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Friday to replace a statue of St. Junípero Serra at the State Capitol with a monument to the State’s indigenous peoples.  

Newsom’s signature on Sept. 24 was widely expected after AB 338 was passed with almost unanimous approval by legislators in both of the state’s chambers.

Following the Governor’s signature, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone tweeted ““This new law does not change the facts: Junípero Serra spent his life caring for and defending the indigenous people of California to the point of heroic virtue. Indian and Spaniard alike mourned when he died. We would do well to imitate his virtues. We ignore history to our peril.”

The statue of the Catholic saint, canonized by Pope Francis in 2015, had stood in Sacramento’s Capitol Park since the 1960s. It was toppled by protestors last year in one of several attacks on statues of the Spanish saint across California amid widespread protests over racial injustice in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 



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