CIVIC has some very exciting news to share! AB 1876, the bill CIVIC is co-sponsoring to reduce the cost of phone calls for people imprisoned across California, passed through the Local Government Committee of the California Assembly today.
Among those who testified were Assemblymember Bill Quirk (the author of the bill), CIVIC’s Christina Mansfield, Gabriel Castanona (the directly affected husband of a woman who was detained) and Jennifer Kim (with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights). The California Immigrant Policy Center and the Friends Committee on Legislation of California were also present and voiced their support as co-sponsors, along with several other organizations including CURB (Californians United for a Responsible Budget), the California Catholic Conference, and many others.
In terms of votes, we received 7 votes in support of the bill and we only needed 5 to pass it out of the Committee. In terms of the makeup of those votes, we received the support of 4 Democrat members and 3 Republican members!
We want to thank everyone who has supported this initiative so far. The next step is a vote on the Assembly floor that will likely take place during the week of May 19th. For more information, email Christina at CMansfield@endisolation.org.