State Leaders Outline CA Resistance Actions to Hundreds During East Bay Town Hall
Oakland - On the Saturday, June 17, more than 200 community members attended a town hall meeting hosted by State Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) at the Cesar Chavez Education Center in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood. KPIX 5 Reporter Melissa Caen moderated the conversation between the three legislators and their constituents who discussed actions taken by the California legislature to protect immigrants, expand health care, fund education, and address climate change. Following the panel, attendees raised their own questions about a variety of topics including single payer healthcare, criminal justice reform, affordable housing, and climate protection.
“While Washington moves backward, California continues to move forward,” said State Senator Nancy Skinner. “We’re keeping our promises on climate protection, we’re defending our residents, and increasing our investments in education from preschool to higher education.”
“It’s always energizing to hear from such engaged constituents,” said Assemblymember Rob Bonta. “The East Bay is passionate about advancing our shared values of justice and inclusion. We continue to hear that driving theme. We will never stop fighting to improve lives and create greater equity and opportunity for everyone in our communities.”
“California is the world leader in innovation, not just technological innovation, but also legislative innovation,” said Assemblymember Tony Thurmond. “As the sixth largest economy in the world, we must continue to invest our resources in places that will lead to better results for all people. Now more than ever we must continue to invent ways to uplift our communities when Washington is determined to bring them down.”
In addition to the panel discussion and audience questions, a dozen community organizations and non-profits provided information to attendees on how to engage in local efforts, such as awareness campaigns, service projects, and policy advocacy.
Senator Nancy Skinner (@NancySkinnerCA) represents the 9th Senate District which includes the cities of Oakland, Richmond, Berkeley, Albany, Alameda, San Leandro, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Hercules, Kensington, Pinole, Piedmont, San Pablo, and Rodeo. She serves as Chair of the Senate Public Safety Committee and the Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 5 on Corrections, Public Safety and the Judiciary.
Assemblymember Rob Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro and is the Assistant Majority Leader and Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus.
Assemblymember Tony Thurmond represents the 15th Assembly District, comprised of the cities of Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Hercules, Kensington, Piedmont, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo, Tara Hills, and a portion of Oakland.