JPAC has been around since 1972, and in that time has had a huge amount of influence in Sacramento. However, for many young people, Sacramento is a distant place compared to Washington D.C.. JPAC is embarking on a new effort to engage Jewish student leaders in California advocacy.
JPAC Student Fellows Program
We aim to change the way that college students think about Sacramento and advocacy through our new JPAC Student Fellows Program. The program will allow us to raise money for scholarships so that students can attend JPAC Advocacy Days in Sacramento. We will be planning Days and in the District for students on college campuses across California to meet with their electeds and educate them about JPAC’s policy priorities.
If you or someone you know is a leader on their college campus, we want to connect with them. To learn more, please visit our website: www.jpac-cal.org and contact us at Julie@jpac-cal.org.
JPAC STUDENT LEADER SCHOLARSHIP FUND
JPAC launched the JPAC Student Leader Scholarship Fund in 2017 to allow Jewish student leaders from all California Universities to attend JPAC Advocacy Day for free. In 2017, five outstanding Jewish student leaders from UCLA and CSUN attended Advocacy Day in Sacramento through the scholarship fund.
Here is what they had to say abut their experiences:
“JPAC Advocacy Day gave me the opportunity to re-connect with my representatives in Sacramento and to learn more about how the Jewish community can play an active role in fighting for our immigrant communities and against identity-based hatred.”
“JPAC’s Advocacy Day was a meaningful learning and leadership development opportunity for our community’s student leadership at UCLA. I enjoyed learning more about JPAC’s leading role in advocating for California’s most vulnerable populations and established meaningful relationships with community partners who we will continue to work with at UCLA. Serving as a group leader during lobby visits was a personal highlight of the conference.”
“It was incredible to see the depth and breadth of JPAC’s relationships with policy makers — including but not limited to Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Senator Anthony Porantino and a staffer from the office of Assemblymember Shirley Weber to discuss legislation related to immigration reform, protections for undocumented immigrants and intolerance targeting religious minorities. There is no more meaningful experience than being surrounded by a community of leaders committed to making this state a better place for all. ”
Donate to the JPAC Student Leader Scholarship Fund here:
On May 9, over 130 advocates from across California representing the Jewish community will gather in Sacramento to lobby for legislation that serves a much greater purpose to advancing the civil rights of all Californians. Those bills are:
- Immigration Bill Package:
- AB 3 (Bonta)
- AB 291 (Chiu)
- AB 699 (O’Donnell)
- SB 6 (Hueso)
- SB 29 (Lara)
- SB 31 (Lara)
- Sb 54 (de Leon)
- AB 1520 (Burke): Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Act of 2017
- $2million budget appropriation for the Nonprofit Security Grant program
JPAC has a long history of advocating on behalf of critical social service programs that serve those members of our community most in need and this year is no exception. We will be meeting with over 50 legislators to ask for their yes votes on these critical bills. For those who cannot join us in person, please consider writing letters or calling your representatives to ask for their support.
With the 2016 election just behind us, there is a lot of momentum to get involved and work to ensure the well-being and opportunity for all Californians. Please save the date to join with JPAC to meet with the State Legislature and lobby them on issues of importance to the greater California Jewish community and community at large. Each year, we provide opportunities for one on one discussions with colleagues and elected officials, hear from experts on relevant policy issues (housing, poverty, state budget, BDS, among others), and learn how to effectively advocate to influence public policy. We hope you can join us on May 8-9 in 2017!