We have the power to give a voice to the voiceless in Washington as we advance an agenda rooted in justice and equality.
That voice has taken on a new sense of urgency in the past week.
People are afraid of what’s to come and many are feeling powerless. That is why it’s so important we make it clear—just as Kamala did in her victory speech last week—what our movement is going to stand for in the coming weeks, months, and years ahead:
We intend to fight for an economy that includes everyone, to fight for immigrant families and communities of color, to fight for criminal justice reform, to fight for women’s reproductive rights, to fight for meaningful student loan debt reform, and to fight for commonsense gun safety legislation.
As we’ve said before: one presidential election cannot erase our values, ideals, and diversity as a nation—but only if we come together and FIGHT.
Now is the time to come together to advance an agenda that is rooted in fighting for what makes America actually great.
Now is the time to let millions of people in this country—our kids, our immigrant families, our communities of color, and our women—know that they are not alone.
Thank you for being a part of this team.
Juan, Mariah, Jenn, and all of us at Team Kamala
California’s election results brought good news on an otherwise hard day for so many of us.
Empowering All Californians
Here in the Golden State we continue to lead the way to build a stronger, more inclusive democracy where all people’s voices are heard. I’m proud to report that in this election:
- We set a new voter registration record in California with over 19.4 million Californians registered to vote!
- We didn’t just register — turnout was strong, with 14 million ballots cast by California voters.
And it wasn’t a coincidence. It was a collective effort. Thank you to all the volunteers, candidates, and campaigns who dedicated time and resources to register voters in communities throughout the state. I tried to do my part, traveling the state and partnering with high schools, community colleges, universities, military bases, the business community, professional sports teams, and countless community organizations getting the word out on the importance of registering and voting.
I especially thank our social media partners, including Facebook and Google, for helping drive hundreds of thousands of new voters to our online voter registration tool. Our work was recently recognized by the Sacramento Bee.
Building A Progressive California
On November 8, California voters reaffirmed a positive vision for our state by electing Kamala Harris to United States Senate, a proven progressive who will fill the shoes of retiring Senator Barbara Boxer. California voters also passed a series of measures including Proposition 55 to maintain a stable state budget and protect public education and health care funding, Proposition 56 which raises the tax on cigarettes, and Proposition 67 to uphold the California Plastic Bag Ban.
I’m especially proud of Proposition 67. I authored the bill to phase out single-use plastic bags my final year in the State Senate. California became the first state in the nation to ban single-use plastic bags statewide, only to see out-of-state plastic bag manufacturers pour millions of dollars into a signature-gathering effort and referendum. I’m glad, but not surprised, that Californians saw right through their arguments and upheld the law. It will be good for our environment, for state and local government budgets, and will reduce blight in all communities.
To view all statewide election results, click here.
Continuing To Fight For California
A lot of our family and friends are disappointed with or concerned about the outcome of the Presidential election. That’s understandable. But I’ve known for a long time that progress doesn’t come easy. I promise to continue to fight for California and the country we love.
In fact, just last Thursday, I called out President-elect Trump for his selection of Kris Kobach to his immigration transition team. Kris Kobach is the leader of Arizona’s SB 1070, the law that requires proof of citizenship at all times, and a proponent of building the wall and requiring photo IDs to vote. Click here to read more.
I’m comforted knowing that California remains a beacon of hope for the rest of the country. Like you, I am committed to fighting for the California we love, the diversity we value, and the principles we hold dear.
“Repeal and Replace” of the Affordable Care Act threatens more than 20 million Americans with death and despair
Over 20 million Americans who were uninsured now have health insurance thanks to the ACA.
President-Elect Trump and Republican leaders in Congress propose to repeal the ACA. And replace it with health savings accounts which are not sufficient to enable many people to afford health insurance.
As a result, over 20 Million Americans newly insured who rely on the federal assistance in the ACA will lose their health insurance. And so at least 20 million Americans will be denied the life saving treatments and medical care they need.
Everyone already insured got a host of important consumer protections from the ACA. Like protection from being thrown off your insurance when you get sick. And banning insurers from denying health insurance to Americans with pre-existing health conditions.
So we all lose. Read my full statement here.
We won’t let this happen without a fight. But it is going to require sending a loud and clear message to Republicans in Congress and to President-Elect Trump. To learn how you can help, go to Families USA, the “leading national voice for health care consumers.”
Thank you for continuing to advocate for policies that help all Americans.
WE MUST PROTECT CALIFORNIA
FROM PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP
Time to build a metaphorical wall against Donald Trump’s policies
The election of Donald Trump ushers in one of darkest eras in our nation’s modern political history. Many across the state and country are frightened, and they are right to feel that way.
But now is not the time to give in, now is not the time to give up. Now is not the time to capitulate… now is the time to stand up and fight!
I call upon Governor Jerry Brown and our State Legislature to pass constitutional amendments and statutes to safeguard the people of California from Donald Trump’s dystopian worldview.
I have already begun discussions about these concepts with California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon who agrees with me that these are important steps to protect California’s future. Now is the time to shore up California’s mantle as a beacon of hope in the coming years.
Donald Trump has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and he has the votes in Congress to do it. So, we must enshrine a right to quality health care for all into our state’s constitution.
Donald Trump has promised to deport all undocumented immigrants with a “deportation force.” We must do all we can to shield undocumented immigrants from Trump’s clutches, and empower our institutions to refuse to turn over lists of names to agencies who attempt to ferret out those who live in the shadows and on the margins.
If Donald Trump follows through with his promise to block entry into the United States for Muslims, we must speak out loudly in opposition, and if he attempts to create a system to “register” all Muslims who already live here, we must instruct our institutions to refuse to cooperate.
Donald Trump has said he will appoint conservative Supreme Court Justices and federal judges who will overturn Roe v. Wade, marriage equality, and innumerable anti-discrimination laws. Therefore, we must ensure that California’s constitution clearly enshrines the right for women to make their own reproductive healthcare choices, for people to marry whomever they love and to be protected from all forms of discrimination.
If Donald Trump appoints federal judges who attempt to limit first amendment protections for free speech, we must enshrine in our state constitution the strongest freedoms for the press in the country.
If Donald Trump’s administration and Supreme Court Justices try to limit the ability for working men and women to organize and bargain collectively, we must ensure that our state’s constitution maintains the strongest protections for these essential rights.
If Donald Trump appoints officials who deny the grave dangers of climate change and green light the pollution and degradation of our land, air and water, our laws must continue to keep California as a world leader on these fronts.
Several months ago, I facetiously called on Governor Brown to build a wall around California to keep Donald Trump out. Today, on a more serious note, I sincerely call on Governor Brown and our Legislature to build a metaphorical legal wall to keep our residents safe from the grim and cynical vision that Donald Trump has laid out for America.
The battle is not over, it has just begun. Standing up to a man like Donald Trump won’t be easy, but it wasn’t easy to win our rights in the first place. Progress is never easy.
It’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work, and let the world know that California will never let hate win. We will always be a bastion of freedom and the protector of the real American dream.
Eric C. Bauman
Vice-Chair, California Democratic Party
Chair, Los Angeles County Democratic Party
The 2016 election is behind us and I am disappointed for many reasons. Not only did we loose the 4th Congressional district, America has lost something.
I want to thank all of you for getting behind our US Congressional campaign and providing funding through your many donations which allowed us to get our name and message out over the entire district with it’s population of 700,000 spread over 10 counties.
Together, we have built a campaign for the Congress for which we can feel great pride. Sure, I had hoped that I would be giving a victory speech rather than conceding defeat. But I am grateful, thankful, and inspired to continue in the political and democratic process that has made this country great.
I am fulfilled by the experiences I have had traveling up and down this immense, scenic, resource-rich district – and meeting so many neighborly, decent, caring and hard-working people.
We now have before us a new government for 2017, which lacks many of the checks and balances that our 240 year-old Democracy has relied upon to truly have a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” I therefore encourage you to be politically active, end express your views through our First Amendment rights of freedom of speech, press, and assembly.
Thank you, again. I appreciate all of you. I care about all of you and I look forward to carrying on that which we started in this campaign.
Our campaign may be over, but there is no doubt that the struggle for justice and equality has never been more urgent.
Earlier today, I was introduced for the first time as Senator-elect—and it was with great purpose and intention that we selected the location of this event: at the headquarters of the CHIRLA Action Fund, a nonprofit that fights for full inclusion of immigrant families throughout California.
Now, it is no secret that there exists two divergent directions for our country to take on immigration reform and the treatment of our immigrant communities, both documented and undocumented.
One side believes it is okay to demagogue immigrants, has proposed unrealistic plans to build a wall, and is promising to break up families by deporting millions of people.
The other side believes in respect, justice, dignity, and equality as part of an approach to bring millions of people out of the shadows.
So if you are wondering why we decided to stand with CHIRLA at our first post-campaign event, it is because I wanted every immigrant family in this country—as well as the new Trump administration—to know exactly where I stood on immigration reform.
Just as we always have, I believe our state has an outsized role to play in the direction our country heads on this issue. Like most Americans, we celebrate diversity and inclusivity—and we are proud to be the home of more immigrants—both documented and undocumented—than any state in the union.
I am also proud to say that we have some of the strongest civil rights protections for our citizens—protections that I want to see us extend to every single person in this country.
Right now is a time to bring people together. To unite our country around the common values and ideals that actually make us great. Demagoguing or outright attacking communities of color is not a real plan—it is a recipe for disaster.
What we must do is rededicate ourselves to the fight for who we are, and build a coalition that is ready to join that fight, because we are stronger when we are inclusive.
I recognize that Tuesday’s election has made millions of people in this country feel powerless and afraid of what is to come.
That is where our diverse movement—and the responsibility the people have granted me in this office—comes into play. We have the power to give a voice to the voiceless in Washington as we advance an agenda rooted in justice and equality.
That is how we heal. That is how we make progress in the coming years.
Thanks for all you do.