Calling All National, Christian White Supremacists, READ THIS:

July 4, 23

FACTS LAW TRUTH JUSTICE Opposition to Assemblyman Corey Jackson’s (D-Distr. 60, Riverside) Assembly Bill 1078.

WHY?

Because this:

On June 21, 2023, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond’s and his new “education task force” served notice to districts that defy laws to honor student diversity.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Jackson’s claims that, under AB 1078, the State will only “issue guidance” helping school districts, county offices of education, charter schools, and school personnel “manage conversations about race and gender” and “review instructional materials to ensure that they represent diverse perspectives and are culturally relevant” were false.

If Jackson and his colleagues on the State’s new Task Force have it their way, they will not only enforce new unconstitutional and illegal laws that strip power away from, completely circumvent, and render obsolete school boards (Asm. Corey Jackson (D-Distr. 60, Riverside), AB 1078) and otherwise unconstitutionally penalize and oust non-conforming members (Asm. Mia Bonta (D-Distr. 18, Oakland), AB 1352), they will “be a source of ideas and for developing and advocating for legislation on inclusive practices,” and monitoring the State’s monitoring of whatever boards are left.

According to EdSource:

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and legislators on a new task force on inclusive education extracted commitments Wednesday from publishers and vowed more oversight with potential penalties on school boards that resist state policies on inclusive materials. [Emphasis added].

Because nothing says not totalitarian authoritarianism than extracting agreement under threat of extreme, severe, and crippling oversight and penalties!

Thurmond, task force members and speakers Wednesday said they’d favor more state oversight of school districts to prevent actions like that of the Temecula Valley Unified board. [Emphasis added].

So there you have it: they are coming after you.

WHAT TO DO NOW?

I get it is the holiday weekend, but (1) the hearing on AB 1078 is set for Wednesday, July 5, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Senate Education Committee, and (2) we have the luxury of lobbying from our couches – wherever those may be for the next few days – so let’s do it:

  1. Check out our FLTJ AB1078 OPPOSITION TOOLKIT.
    1. Note: our IT / Web Master is gone until 7/5, so I linked all of our resources on the main RESOURCES page, rather than in the Toolkit because I do not know how to do that « big grin smile emoji »
      1. Status: hearing in Senate Education Committee at 9 a.m. Wednesday, 7/5
      2. FLTJ Opposition Letter re: AB1078
      3. PERK Opposition Letter re AB 1078
      4. EdSource: State Superintendent Tony Thurmond elicits publishers’ pledges for more inclusive texbooks – New task force serves notice to districts that defy laws to honor student diversity (June 21, 2023)
  2. Call and email Jackson and leave a vm: (1) ask him why he is doing this, why did he undo the agreed-upon amendment that got his Bill out of its originating house, why he’s secretly expediting the hearing on this Bill if he is so comfortable with it, and why doesn’t he just pull it and save everyone the time and energy of having to come up there in person to kill it; (2) ask him to pull his bill, and (3) register your opposition:
    1. Capitol Office (AD-60) AND
      P.O. Box 942849
      Sacramento, CA 94249-0060
      (916) 319-2060
      FAX: (916) 319-2160
    2. District Office: Friday
      18700 Lake Perris Dr.
      Perris, CA 92571
      (951) 943-6054
    3. assemblyman.jackson@assembly.ca.gov
  3. Call each of the 7 Senate Education Members and leave voicemails and send emails (1) explaining history of this bill, (2) registering your opposition, (3) asking the Senator to vote “No” or abstain on this bill as written (4) AFTER admonishing Jackson for his alarming abuse of authority and flagrant disregard for the his colleagues, the Constitution, well-settled legislative policies and procedures, his constituents and the law:
    1. Josh Newman (Chair, D-Inland) – not an ally, but not fond of Jackson’s bill or antics.
      1. CAPITOL OFFICE1021 O Street, Suite 6520
        Sacramento, CA 95814
        Phone: 916.651.4029
      2. DISTRICT OFFICE203 N Harbor Blvd.,
        Fullerton, CA 92832
        Phone: (714) 525-2342
        FAX: (714) 525-2367
      3. Email: Senator.Newman@senate.ca.gov
    2. Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (R-Yucaipa) – friendly
      1. Capitol Office1021 O Street, Room 7220
        Sacramento, CA 95814
        Phone: (916) 651-4023
        Fax: (916) 651-4923
      2. Redlands Office1758 Orange Tree Lane, Suite B
        Redlands, CA 92374
        Phone: (909) 335-0271
        Fax: (909) 335-0282
      3. Email: Senator.OchoaBogh@senate.ca.gov
    3. Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) – not a friendly
      1. CAPTIOL OFICE1021 O Street, Suite 6630
        Sacramento, CA 95814
        Phone: (916) 651-4015
        Fax: (916) 651-4915
      2. CAMPBELL OFFICE2105 S. Bascom Avenue Suite 154
        Campbell, CA  95008
        Phone: (408) 558-1295
        Fax: (408) 558-1296
      3. Email: Senator.Cortese@senate.ca.gov
    4. Steve Glazer (D-Alameda, Contra Cost) – potential friendly.
      1. CAPITOL OFFICE1021 O Street, Suite 7520Sacramento, CA 95814Phone: (916) 651-4007

        Fax: (916) 651-4907

      2. ORINDA OFFICE51 Moraga Way, Suite 2Orinda, CA 94563Phone: (925) 258-1176
      3. EAST CONTRA COSTA OFFICE420 West Third StreetAntioch, CA 94509Phone: (925) 754-1461
      4. Email: Senator.Cortese@senate.ca.gov
    5. Mike McGuire (D-Sonoma, Santa Rosa) – potentially friendly
      1. State Capitol
        1021 O Street, Suite 8610
        Sacramento, CA 95814
        Phone: 916-651-4002
        Fax: 916-651-4902
      2. Eureka Office:
        1036 5th St., Suite D
        Eureka, CA 95501
        Phone: 707-445-6508
        Fax: 707-445-6511
      3. Santa Rosa Office:
        50 D St., Suite #120A
        Santa Rosa, CA 95404
        Phone: 707-576-2771
        Fax: 707-576-2773
      4. San Rafael Office:
        3501 Civic Center Drive Suite 425
        San Rafael, CA 94903
        Phone: 415-479-6612
        Fax: 415-479-1146
      5. Ukiah Office:
        200 South School Street, Suite K
        Ukiah, CA 95482
        Phone: 707-468-8914
        Fax: 707-468-8931
      6. Crescent City Office
        1080 Mason Mall, Suite 4
        Crescent City 95531
        Phone: (707) 464-1255
      7. Email: Senator.McGuire@senate.ca.gov
    6. Lola Smallwood-Cuevas (D-Culver City) – unknown at this time.
      1. CAPITOL OFFICE1021 O Street, Suite 6510Sacramento, CA 95814Phone: (916) 651-4028
      2. LOS ANGELES700 Exposition Park DriveLos Angeles, CA 90037Phone: (213) 745-665
      3. Email: Senator.Smallwood-Cuevas@senate.ca.gov
    7. Scott Wilk (R-Antelope, Santa Clarita, and Victor Valleys) – friendly
      1. CAPITOL OFFICE1021 O Street, Room 7140
        Sacramento, CA 95814
        Phone: (916) 651-4021
        Fax: (916) 651-4921
      2. Victor Valley Office
        14343 Civic Drive, First Floor
        Victorville, CA 92392
        Phone: (760) 843-8414
        Fax: (760) 843-8343
      3. Lancaster Office
        848 W. Lancaster Blvd, Suite 101
        Lancaster, CA  93534
        Phone: (661) 729-6232
        Fax: (661) 729-1683
      4. Santa Clarita Office
        23920 Valencia Blvd, Suite 250
        Santa Clarita, CA 91355
        Phone: (661) 286-1471
        Fax: (661) 286-2543
      5. Email: Senator.Wilk@senate.ca.gov
  4. Complete PERK’s One-Click Campaign
  5. Book your tickets for hearing Wednseday, July 5, 9:00 a.m.
  6. Submit your opposition letter through the Portal.
  7. SHARE! SHARE! SHARE!!!

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

DO SOMETHING. Rise up.