Last week the Advocacy Committee hosted the “Legislation and Libations” training event at the Junior League house. Attendees learned about the role of California State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC) within Junior League, as well as our JLSD Advocacy Committee and the work that we do to support specific legislation relevant to our focus areas. We also reviewed how a bill becomes a law in California – remember this fun video from the 70s?
Next, the group was split into sub-groups and we reviewed four actual bills relating to Foster Youth and Human Trafficking and made recommendations on why the League support these bills. A couple of these bills will be presented to the JLSD Board this week for support approval!
After our break-out sessions everyone enjoyed some social time to “mix, mingle, libate and learn”; each attendee received a term and definition from the training to share with three other women to help us retain the information we learned through the training.
Finally, the afternoon ended with a presentation by Roberto Alcantar, a field representative for California State Senator Marty Block. Roberto shared some of the work Senator Block’s office is doing in the area of Human Trafficking. He asked for the Junior League’s support on SB 939, a bill that would streamline prosecution of human trafficking charges and help victims avoid the trauma of testifying in multiple jurisdictions against their traffickers. At the end of his presentation, Mr. Alcantar presented JLSD with a certificate of gratitude for all the support we have provided. He recognized our League as being a major contributor in the area of Human Trafficking and congratulated us for our work and contributions to our community. It was a great honor.
Many JLSD members are not familiar with the advocacy work that JLSD and SPAC do. Look for this fun and worthwhile training again next year. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.