What We Accomplished Together in California in 2019

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Photo of Buffy Wicks provided by the author.

As my first year as the Assemblymember for California #AD15 comes to an end, I’m proud to share that I received perfect vote scores from many leading progressive organizations.

I’m proud to share this—not because of the scores themselves—but because of what they represent: the work we accomplished together.

I was proud to fight with my friends in the labor. Together we passed bills allowing childcare workers to unionize, assuring timely pay for University of California employees, and bringing accountability to charters.

And, we passed #AB1482—a bill I was proud to joint author—stopping egregious rent-gouging.

2019 saw women’s reproductive freedom under attack across the country—with laws seeking to criminalize receiving and performing abortions and forcing invasive ultrasounds, to gagging abortion providers and restricting #TitleX funds.

We need Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California and NARAL Pro-Choice California now more than ever.

As major corporations’ power grows exponentially, we took action to protect consumers and help even the playing field for small business. This year we laid the groundwork for public banks, capped predatory loan rates, and banned “pay-for-delay” deals between brand and generic prescription drug companies.

Working with a broad coalition, we passed my first-in-the-nation bill that requires sites like Amazon provide basic rights to sellers—bringing transparency to these marketplaces.

With the leadership of groups like Equality California and Human Rights Campaign, California continues to lead on LGBTQ+ rights, with laws to:

  • Expand access to PrEP/PEP
  • Help schools support LGBTQ+ students
  • Prohibit discrimination in custody cases
  • Ensures school records are updated with accurate gender and names of former students

In the face of attacks on our environment by Trump, California pushed back—with laws protecting migratory birds and ensuring safe drinking water—and laws that prohibit: the sale and manufacture of fur products, the use of wild animals in circuses, and any new oil and gas infrastructure on state land.

It’s important to me that every vote I cast reflects our district’s values — my values — and I’m proud that my voting record demonstrates that commitment.

I’m very proud of what we accomplished in 2019 — but there’s so much more work left to be done in 2020. I’m ready. #Onward

Originally posted on Twitter. Re-posted with permission.


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Before being elected to the California State Assembly in 2018, Buffy worked as a community organizer, an advocate for kids, and a grassroots activist with experience at the local, state and federal level. She was born in a small town in rural California and grew up in a trailer, raised by working class parents who pushed her to work hard and think big.

Buffy is proud to have been an architect of President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. She is credited with innovating Obama’s grassroots organizing model – from right here in Oakland. In addition to playing a critical role in his momentous electoral victories, Buffy served alongside him in the White House. In her leadership role at the Office of Public Engagement, Buffy brought stakeholders and advocates from across the country together to support and eventually pass the Affordable Care Act, which has provided more than 20 million Americans with health care, including 5 million here in California.

Since arriving in Sacramento, Buffy has been a tireless advocate for working families across California, using her experience as an organizer and leader on policy to fight for and pass bills defending the rights and strengthen the livelihood of all her constituents.

Buffy lives in Oakland with her husband Peter and her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Josephine, also known as JoJo.

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