We are delighted to share exciting highlights from our recent Capitol Day in Sacramento. After a three-year in-person hiatus, we returned with renewed energy and enthusiasm for advancing access to essential health care services for all Californians. Capitol Day provides a unique opportunity for people to actively participate in the legislative process, and this year's event was nothing short of remarkable!
We focused on our top-priority legislation -- including AB 576, the Medication Abortion Equity Act -- aiming to safeguard reproductive rights across the state. It was heartening to witness the commitment of our elected officials to support the bill package.
Meanwhile, a team of dedicated Nevada volunteers fought for reproductive health care access -- not just for Nevadans, but for people across state lines -- by testifying in support of SB131. This vital bill safeguards those who come to Nevada for abortion care from being prosecuted when they return to their home states. It also protects our essential abortion providers.
Assemblymember Stephanie Nguyen (AD 10) (third from the left), PPMM Public Affairs Director Candelaria V. (left), PPMM Sacramento Grassroots Organizer Maiya D. (right), and volunteers.
PPMM Central Valley Grassroots Organizer Karina M., (left), California Controller Malia Cohen (left, middle) and Assemblymember Jasmeet Baines (right, middle) and Visalia’s College of the Sequoias PP Generation Action students.
Assemblymember and Speaker Designate Robert Rivas (AD 29), PPMM Silicon Valley/Coast Grassroots Organizer Elizabeth M., and volunteers/constituents.
Left to Right: PPAMM board member Alejandro C., Volunteers Gisselle P. (second to the left) and Kathryn S. (third to the left), Assemblymember Marie Alvarado-Gil (SD 4), PPMM Public Affairs Director Socorro S., and COS Generation Action Students Odessa M. (second to the right) and Marcus (far right).
Our dedicated team of over 100 staff, supporters, and community partners convened virtually and in Sacramento to learn from reproductive freedom advocates and make their voices heard by elected officials. The turnout was extraordinary, with passionate newcomers and steadfast advocates, joining forces to advocate for our reproductive rights.
Throughout the day, we engaged in impactful discussions with our esteemed reproductive freedom champions, including Assemblymember Marie Alvarado-Gil(SD 4, Placer, El Dorado, Amador, Alpine, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Stanislaus, Madera, Merced, Mono, Nevada, and Inyo), California Controller Malia Cohen and Assemblymember Jasmeet Baines (AD 35, Kern), Assemblymember and Speaker Designate Robert Rivas (AD 30, Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz), Sen. Nancy Skinner (SD 9, East Bay), Assemblymember Stephanie Nguyen (AD 10, Sacramento), Assemblymember Cecilia Aguilar-Curry (AD 4, Colusa, Lake, Napa, Sonoma, Yolo), Assemblymember Dawn Addis (AD 30, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz), Assemblymember Gail Pellerin (AD 28, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara), and many more who generously shared their time and insights.
Now, let's hear directly from our fierce volunteers and organizers who played a pivotal role in facilitating a successful and inspiring Capitol Day:
Sen. Nancy Skinner (SD 09) (fourth from right), Principal Consultant for California Legislative Women’s Caucus Margaret Hanlon-Gradie, PPMM Public Affairs Director Dianna Z. (pink blazer, left), PPMM Alameda County Grassroots Organizer Becca H. pink blazer, right), and volunteers.
I appreciated how supportive the team was and how well organized everything was. This was my first time sharing my story outside of friends/family/coworkers, and I felt totally comfortable. I appreciated the team staying on after the formal training to hear me practice and appreciated the positive feedback after our two Zoom sessions. I feel so grateful to have had this opportunity to share my story in a way that was directly impactful to legislators, but also allowed me to remain private. I hope there will be additional opportunities like this in the future!Danielle, Capitol Day Volunteer
A dynamic group of ten lobbied their legislators and provided compelling testimonies in favor of this critical bill, while also providing an educational tour of Nevada’s State Legislature. SJR7, a measure seeking to enshrine abortion protections in the Nevada Constitution passed out of the Assembly, bringing it one step closer to the ballot.
We are delighted to share a momentous legislative milestone! Gov. Joe Lombardo officially signed SB131 into law, Nevada’s abortion providers and out-of-state patients seeking care in our state can now breathe a sigh of relief knowing that their information and right to exercise control over their own reproductive health care.
Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro (black blazer, middle), PPMM Reno Grassroots Organizer Hailey L., (lower, middle), Storyteller Danielle M. (far right) and volunteers.
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