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Daily Action: No State Contracts, Investment for Firms Building Border Wall


CONTACT:
Sen. Henry Stern:

(916) 651-4027 (Sacramento)
(818) 876-3352
(805) 815-3917 (Calabasas)
Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson:
(916) 651-4019 (Sacramento)
(805) 965-0862 (Santa Barbara)
(805) 988-1940 (Oxnard)
Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin: 
(916) 319-2044 (Sacramento)
(805) 482-1904 (Camarillo)
(805) 483-4488 (Oxnard)
Assemblyman Richard Bloom:
(916) 319-2050 (Sacramento)
(310) 450-0041 (Santa Monica)
Assemblyman Dante Acosta:
(916) 319-2038 (Sacramento)
(661) 286-1565 (Santa Clarita)

Short Script:
Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Senator/Assemblyperson ___________'s in ____________, California. I'm calling to urge her/him to support S.B. 30, which would deny state contracts to construction firms helping build President Trump's border wall. I also would like her/him to support A.B. 946, which would require the unions representing our state employees to divest from those companies. Trump's plan for a wall does not represent our values as Californians, and would hurt our economy, our environment, and our people. California should not reward any company that chooses to participate in building it. Thank you!  
 

BACKGROUND
In recent weeks, two bills have been introduced in Sacramento that would shape California's response to the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Congress have been slow to approve funding to implement Trump's campaign promises on the subject, but a request for initial funding was included in Trump's budget proposal last month, and the administration has begun accepting bids from construction contractors.

Senate Bill 30, as amended last week, would prohibit the state from contracting with any person or organization that provides any goods or services for the wall. (The bill initially was introduced late last year as a measure that would require California's voters to approve construction before the state's section of a wall could be built.) The city of San Francisco is considering similar legislation.

Meanwhile, Assembly Bill 946 would require the California Public Employee Retirement System and the California State Teachers Retirement System to divest from any company that helps build a wall. CalPERS and CalSTRS are the nation’s largest and second-largest pension funds, controlling nearly $312 billion and $202 billion in investments, respectively. San Francisco and Berkeley, among other cities, already have promised to divest from firms that provide materials and services for a wall.