A Milestone For Equality
Landmark SCOTUS Rulings Uphold LGBTQ and DACA Protections
This week the Supreme Court upheld America’s values of equality and opportunity for all. In two landmark decisions, the rights and liberties of Americans across the country were protected from the President’s discriminatory and harmful policies.
On Monday, the Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, unequivocally affirmed that all Americans, regardless of who you are or whom you love, are protected from discrimination in the workplace. This momentous decision ensures that federal employment non-discrimination laws protect all LGBTQ employees, and is a critical victory for the LGBTQ community, for our democracy and for our fundamental values of equality and justice for all.
And just yesterday, the Supreme Court rejected the Administration’s illegal and immoral assault on young immigrants as being ‘arbitrary and capricious.’ The Court’s decision upholds our values, the law and the will of the American people who know that Dreamers and their families make America more American. Eight years after President Obama launched the DACA initiative, our Dreamers can rest easier knowing that the Court has upheld their right to pursue their American Dream.
However, the fight is not over. Now, we must rededicate ourselves to continue marching toward progress to combat the forces of hatred, bigotry and xenophobia that still undermine our communities and our nation. The House will continue to be relentless in demanding that the Senate take up H.R. 5, The Equality Act and H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act. Leader McConnell must end his partisan obstruction and allow the Senate to vote on this critical legislation. We will not rest until we have secured a brighter, more just and equal future for the LGBTQ community, DACA recipients and all Americans.
Fighting For Bold Change
America is experiencing a moment of national anguish, as we grieve for those killed by police brutality and racial injustice. To deliver bold, unprecedented reforms to curb police brutality, end racial profiling and increase accountability for law enforcement, the House introduced the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
This sweeping legislation contains real, structural reforms to fundamentally and forever transform the culture of policing to combat systemic racism and injustice and ensure transparency and accountability for police. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act bans chokeholds, prohibits no-knock warrants in drug cases, ends racial profiling, eliminates the qualified immunity doctrine, requires data collection with body and dashboard cameras, creates a national registry of police misconduct, among other life-saving provisions.
Sadly, in contrast, the President’s weak Executive Order and Senate Republicans’ Justice Act both fall sadly and seriously short of what is required to combat the epidemic of racial injustice and police brutality in America, and fail to contain meaningful, mandatory accountability measures to end misconduct.
The House hopes to work in a bipartisan way to pass legislation that creates meaningful change; we will not surrender to the bare minimum. The Judiciary Committee has now passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act out of committee, and the full House will pass it on the Floor next week. House Democrats urge the Senate and the White House to join us to support real reforms.
Moving Forward For The People
This week, the House proudly unveiled H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, taking bold and transformative action to rebuild our infrastructure while addressing key injustices laid bare by the COVID-19 crisis.
The Moving Forward Act delivers urgently-needed investments to protect Americans’ health, create jobs, grow the economy and make our infrastructure the envy of the world:
- Rebuilds our highways, bridges, transit, rail, airports, ports and harbors;
- Ensures all communities have clean drinking water and invests in new, safe wastewater infrastructure;
- Rebuilds and safely reopens schools, with a focus on high-poverty schools;
- Invests boldly in affordable housing;
- Expands affordable high-speed broadband Internet to underserved communities;
- Upgrades hospitals and health care infrastructure;
- Meets the infrastructure needs of the Postal Service; and
- Embraces a transparent, science-based approach to fighting the climate crisis
House Democrats will continue to fight for strong, smart, bold investments to give the American people the 21st century infrastructure they need to grow and thrive.
Staying Updated in San Francisco
With the ever-present threat of COVID-19, it is important to stay updated with the ongoing changes in our community. Below you can find some of those changes as well as tools and resources to help with these developments:
- San Francisco COVID-19 Data Tracker
- COVID-19 Took Kit
- San Francisco Moves to Next Phase of Reopening
- Mayor Breed Announces $1.5 Million to Establish City's First African American Small Business Revolving Loan Fund in Response to COVID-19
- Mayor Breed Announces Audit of Law Enforcement Employment Examination and Hiring Practices
- Small Business Administration Offers Disaster Assistance to California Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Pier 45 Fire. Information is available in English and Spanish
- First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and California State Library Launch Five-Week Summer Reading Challenge to keep California’s families learning and engaged
- Californians are now required to wear face coverings in public spaces in most settings outside the home. To learn more, click here
- The IRS reminds taxpayers to use electronic options to support social distancing and speed the processing of tax returns, refunds and payments. Although the tax filing deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020, from April 15, the IRS continues to process electronic tax returns, issue direct deposit refunds and accept electronic payments
- Hot summer weather is right around the corner. For tips on how to stay cool this summer, visit CalEOS online
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