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Aug
19
Wed
August Online Briefing on ACA 5 with Gail Heriot and Lydia Ortega
Aug 19 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

On Wednesday, August 19 we’ll be co-hosting a special online briefing.

 

“The Return of Discrimination? ACA 5 is now Prop 16 on the November Ballot”

Is ACA 5 the Return of Discrimination?  SPARC, in partnership with the California Congress of Republicans (“CCR”) and its supporting chapters welcome Lydia Ortega, Ph.D., Chair emeritus of the SJSU Economics Department, and Gail Heriot, Professor at the University of San Diego School of Law and Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

ACA 5, put on the November ballot as Proposition 16 by the Democrat-controlled Legislature, seeks to strip away the inclusive and meritorious standards set forth by Proposition 209 (also known as the “Civil Rights Initiative”).  Prop 209 eliminated California’s discrimination based on gender or race.  Proposition 209 was heralded by then UC Regent Ward Connelly, approved by a majority of the State’s voters, and upheld by the California Supreme Court in a 6-1 decision.

Data show that ending affirmative action actually benefited minority groups academically.

Republican State Senators are speaking out, including Ling Ling Chang who said of ACA 5, “The answer to discrimination is not more discrimination.”  Senator Pat Bates said, “I cannot in good conscience support a measure that would enshrine into law the soft bigotry of low expectations. ACA 5 would be a step back from achieving Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream where we can be judged by the content of our character instead of the color of our skin. I hope California’s voters will reject the false promise of ACA 5 at the ballot box.”


Those who have signed up in advance can access the video conference via Zoom on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. A link to the meeting will be sent by email. Alternatively, you will be able to dial in to hear the audio.

 

This online briefing is only available to guests who register in advance.

Questions?
Call 848-GO-SPARC (848-467-7272)
or email sparcgop@gmail.com

Sep
16
Wed
September Online Briefing on Gig Workers’ Initiative with Assemblyman Kevin Kiley
Sep 16 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

On Wednesday, September 16 we’ll be co-hosting a special online briefing.

 

“The Gig Workers’ Initiative and the Fate of California”

Assemblyman Kevin Kiley has take a leadership role in promoting the rights of so-called “gig” workers. Moms who only want to work while the kids are at school, seniors who want to work a few days per week, and people who need to supplement another job to cover their expenses. For example, app-based food and grocery delivery and rideshare drivers provide essential services, delivering food and medicines to seniors and families who are forced to stay in their homes, helping restaurants survive, and providing easy access to earning opportunities for struggling Californians who have recently lost income or jobs. But a new state law, created by Assembly Bill 5, threatens the availability of these services for millions and the earning opportunities for hundreds of thousands of Californians at the worst possible time.

AB 5 limits gig workers, including app-based drivers working as independent contractors with control over their schedules, instead forcing Californians who want to keep driving to become employees with no control over their schedules and shifts.

Proposition 22 protects the availability of app-based delivery and rideshare services for consumers. It preserves app-based driver jobs, while improving quality of work by establishing historic new earnings and benefit guarantees. This measure was recently endorsed by the Initiatives Committee of the California Republican Party. Assembly Kiley will explain its impact as well as the fate of others who aren’t carved out of the AB 5 nightmare.


Those who have signed up in advance can access the video conference via Zoom on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. A link to the meeting will be sent by email. Alternatively, you will be able to dial in to hear the audio.

 

This online briefing is only available to guests who register in advance.

Questions?
Call 848-GO-SPARC (848-467-7272)
or email sparcgop@gmail.com