Signed in as:
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7:30 pm Registration Open
Code of Conduct and Pronouns Reminder
Approval of the Agenda
Program - Areas for Emphasis 2023
Senate Candidates (TBA)
Youth Mic for Under 18
Public Comment and Announcements
9:30 pm Adjourn
(7:15 Doors Open)
7:30 PM Congressmember Katie Porter kicks us off right, opening our meeting.
9:30 Close or Vote to Extend for additional public comment or discussion
Per the Children's Caucus Bylaws, Article VII Section 7:
In order to be eligible to vote or hold office, a new member must have joined the Caucus at least 30 days prior to the election. Continuing members must have renewed their membership by the time of the election meeting in order to vote or be a candidate for Caucus office.
THE COMPLETE BYLAWS CAN BE FOUND HERE: CademChildrensCaucus.org/Bylaws
Chair of the Children's Caucus
Ann Crosbie - "As Chair of the CDP Children’s Caucus for two years, we have made strides in advocacy and visibility serving children. Visit to learn more: Cademchildrenscaucus.org"
Northern California Vice Chair
Jamie Yee - "School Board,12 years; CA State PTA Board, 8 years; My experience will help to further the goals of the caucus. JamieYee.com"
Southern California Vice Chair
Daniel Peeden - "The last two years the Children’s Caucus has advocated for issues of equity and inclusion. If re-elected, I look forward to the work ahead of us."
Darrell Peeden - (Current Treasurer of the CDP Children's Caucus)
Positions to be Appointed by the Chair:
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Because the children of California cannot vote, they are often forgotten when it comes time to protect their interests. The Children's Caucus is a place for concerned Democrats to gather and plan advocacy for the needs of children. For the Children's Caucus to remain vibrant and effective, we need a diverse group of passionate advocates like you!
Voting will take place during our upcoming meeting on May 1. How to vote will be explained during the meeting. You must be present to vote. Proxy voting is not allowed per the caucus bylaws.
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Special Member Meeting to Interview Candidates for Chair of the California Democratic Party, February 22,2021
CDP Children’s Caucus
November 13, 2020 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
1. Meeting was called to order by chairperson Ann Crosbie at 7:30 PM. Reminder of the Code of Conduct for the meeting which is on the website.
2. Approval of temporary secretary Janice Gebhardt.
3. Approval of agenda and the minutes of July meeting unless corrections sent via email or chat.
4. Update from chair – identify issues relating to children that caucus can address. With Trump out (YAY!), Betsy DeVos is too. Propositions 15 and 16 did not pass. Need to find a solution for funding our schools. Ann honored children champions such as Gavin Newson. Complete list is on the website.
5. Ehab Shehata – spoke on HR 2407 which is also on the website. It is getting more support from congress and democratic clubs and addresses the state of Palestinian children. The ethnic studies bill was vetoed . These two are tied together and include the issues of Mexican children at the border. Continued worked needed.
6. Dues and emails – please keep current. We need to demonstrate to the CDP that we are a viable group.
7. Areas of emphasis by the caucus – there will be a 20/21 survey going out to members.
8. Resolution about the children at the border (see website) – 666 children unable to return to their families. Motion made and seconded and passed by the caucus. Labor and disability caucuses approved as well. Biden has promised to address in the first 100 days of his term of office.
9. Northern CA Regional Vice Chair – Steve Chessin is stepping down. Consider running for position.
10. Southern CA Regional Vice Chair – Daniel Peeden. Recommended that the caucus endorse Barbara Lee to replace Kamal Harris. Caucus cannot endorse in an election, but we can send forward a recommendation to the governor. Motion made and seconded. Passed.
11. Treasurer’s report - $2,489.61 with 79 members.
12. Election of caucus officers at the next convention. If interested, see caucus by-laws on website for requirements for any position.
13. Education update -Ann mentioned the lack of support for school districts for directions on COVID. Darrell – reported that his district is moving slowly in order to not create more uncertainty. Environment and resources to prepare classrooms is huge. Each classroom is essentially 4 walls (plain) with desks 6 feet apart and plexiglass protection. All staff tested on a regular rotating basis. Tracing required by district. Districts do not have resources for this. Technology needs are still huge.
14. Rusty Hicks CDP chair stopped by to thank caucus for hard work on campaigns and during these challenging times for education.
15. Panel discussion on juvenile justice – Panel members are Frankie Guzman, attorney for youth justice system since 2013 with over 17 changes to the system and Israel Villa, speaker on juvenile and adult systems who worked on SB91 so that 14/15 year olds are not tried as adults. Both spoke on the following:
a. Establish a state level oversite agency to distribute money coming into system in 2024 ($290 million)
b. SB823 – both systems don’t work and need a transformation. Cannot separate children from their families and community.
c. All juvenile halls are at 50% capacity.
d. Time to get serious and change system. Hard to get out of system. Where does change happen?
e. New agency will make counties responsible for services from front end and reduce transfer to adult system. Need to develop services. Counties will get money each year and must develop parameter .
f. Restorative mindset instead of a punishment mindset, holding counties accountable.
g. Will be a local affair – need to engage 5 board of supervisors and public defender. Need local community involvenment
Both will speak and help anytime.
a. State Senator maria Durazo – pick up the pieces from the last four years and the impact on children; strengthening family visitation when incarcerated, SB1111 keeping youth out of adult jail,SB 1290 – debt free justice for all (cannot collect past debt); trying to deal with digital divide; districts feeding children when they should be focused on education
b. L.A. Controller Ron Galperin – food and housing insecurities that children face and the need for resources at all levels; shared website that audits all youth services available and gives information how to contact as well as survey of parks.
c. Tisa Rodriguez – running for CDP secretary
d. Kent Smith – again mentioning Steve Chessin and his role in founding the children’s caucus
e. Diana Love – running for CDP secretary
f. Ehab Shehata – discussed ethnic study issue and need for further discussion in the future. Ann mentioned maybe a special meeting.
g. Susan Rowe – suggested that BOE members be invited to the Children’s Caucus; has seen BOE becoming more conservative especially with sex education – must follow ed. Code
h. Jenny Bach – current secretary of CDP and backed the resolution that the caucus passed; increased training of young H.S. democrats; running for Vice Chair at election time.
16. Meeting adjourned at 9:30 PM.
Whereas, the United States provides in excess of $3,800,000,000 in annual foreign military assistance to the government of Israel; and Israel has ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states that “no child shall be subject to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”; and
Whereas, the United States Department of State, as well as several non-governmental human rights organizations, have documented systematic abuses of human rights by Israel’s military against Palestinian children, including chokeholds, beatings, coercive interrogation, separation from parents, indefinite detention without charge or trial, and other violations of due process of law; and
Whereas, systematic abuses occur within the context of an apartheid system of governance such that there are two separate legal systems (Israeli military law is imposed on Palestinians while Israeli civilian law is applied to Israeli settlers); and an apartheid system and said human rights abuses are contrary to the values of the American people and the efforts of the United States to support equality, human rights, and dignity for both Palestinians and Israelis; and the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 prohibits the United States government from using funds for assistance to foreign militaries where there is credible information implicating that military in the commission of gross violations of human rights, including torture;
Now, therefore be it resolved, that the Children’s Caucus of the California Democratic Party, supports HR 2407 of the 116th session of the U.S. Congress. We urge our legislators to support HR 2407, a bill to promote human rights for Palestinian children living under Israeli military occupation by requiring that United States funds do not support military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children.
DEMAND FOR THE IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATION, PROTECTION AND REUNIFICATION OF DETAINED IMMIGRANT CHILDREN WITHIN THE FIRST 100 DAYS OF PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN’S ADMINISTRATION TAKING OFFICE
Whereas, the Trump Administration coordinated a zero-tolerance family separation policy as part of President Trump’s Immigration policy that led to more than 2,000 children being separated from their families at the U.S. border; and as of November 10, 2020, six hundred and sixty six of these children have been unable to be reunited with their families due to the lack of political will by our government, creating lifelong trauma for these children and their families; and
Whereas, many immigrant children separated from their families remain housed in unsanitary, prison-like detention centers without public oversight, where they are denied the affection required for normal development, where their movement is restricted, and where the lack of appropriate medical care has led to the death of some of these children in our care creating an urgency that cannot be denied; and
Whereas, the American Civil Liberties Union has uncovered tens of thousands of pages of evidence documenting U. S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officials physically, sexually and verbally abusing children in a way that is not only unconscionable and inhumane, but is a blight on the reputation of the United States that affects our standing in the world, violates U.S. law and International Human Rights conventions.
Now, therefore be it resolved, that the Children’s Caucus of the California Democratic Party and the undersigned friends of the Children’s Caucus, support the stated intent of President-Elect Joe Biden to “build back better” which cannot be done while children languish forgotten by his administration; and
Be it further resolved, that we appeal to President-Elect Joe Biden as the new leader of our nation, a man of moral character and a father, to recognize the need to take immediate action to address the needs of these forgotten children within the first 100 days of taking office; to make family reunification a priority, to create a pathway to citizenship for these children and their families, and to decommission these holding facilities so that never again will the United States be complicit with the torture of children.