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Daily Action: Our California Values Act Petition Needs Signatures!


Today we begin this week's focus on immigrants' rights issues, leading up to our General Meeting on Sunday, May 21. (Please RSVP for the meeting if you have not yet done so.) In particular, we'll be working this week to convince our region's State Assembly members -- and particularly Jacqui Irwin, who represents Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Moorpark, Camarillo and Oxnard -- to support SB 54, the California Values Act.

Today's Daily Action is really a weeklong project -- to gather signatures on a petition urging Assemblymember Irwin to vote "yes" on SB 54. We strongly encourage you to ask your (voting-age) friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to sign the petition; you can return the completed petitions to us at the General Meeting, or we can arrange to pick them up from you. You may print multiple copies of the petition if you complete a page.

Irwin is considered a swing vote on the California Values Act, which is scheduled to come to a vote before the full Assembly in early June. Labor, religious and civil rights groups broadly support the legislation, which would restrict the ability of local and state agencies to use state resources to communicate with federal immigration agents. In addition to prohibiting direct physical participation by state officials in most immigration raids, S.B. 54 includes a number of protections against police and other agencies collecting and sharing residents' personal data with federal authorities for immigration enforcement purposes. 

Sources familiar with Irwin's thinking believe she is torn between her large Hispanic constituency (particularly in the western part of Ventura County) and her perception of the views of white constituents in the eastern part of her district. She is also being pulled toward opposing the bill by her collegiality with Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean, who has not been swayed by amendments to the bill that allow advance notification to immigration authorities when violent criminals are about to be released from prison.)

Indivisible: Conejo activists need to show Assemblywoman Irwin that there is strong sentiment in favor of the California Values Act in the East County, and that support for the measure is not limited to Hispanics.