Press Releases

CLRJ develops targeted, culturally-based communications strategies to provide prominent visibility to the Latina Reproductive Justice framework and a public platform for Latin@ leaders, allies and community members to promote this frame. Below are examples of Press Releases announcing CLRJ’s recent media activities promoting Reproductive Justice issues, initiatives and campaigns.

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June, 2017
In Hostile National Landscape, California Pushes Through Two Pro-Women, Pro-Reproductive Justice Bills
Sacramento, California (June 1, 2017) --- Yesterday the California Assembly approved two bills - AB 569, Gonzalez Fletcher, and AB 557, Rubio - that safeguard reproductive decisions, strengthen labor protections, and protect victims and survivors of intimate partner violence who are current CalWORKs recipients. Both bills highlight California’s leadership to uphold a reproductive justice agenda in the face of an increasingly accelerated hostile national landscape where the current administration continues to take aim at eroding the rights and well-being of women, the LGBTQ community, and marginalized communities, including Latinas/x, throughout the country.
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May, 2017
CA GOP put the lives of millions of Californians in jeopardy with the passage of ACHA in the House
Los Angeles, CA (May 4, 2017) - California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ) denounces today’s vote (217-213) in the U.S. House of Representatives that would result in more than 24 million Americans losing their health care coverage. It is alarming and inhumane to realize that 14 million Californians enrolled in Medi-Cal can potentially lose their coverage to care because of the cowardly efforts of California’s GOP members.
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October, 2016
CLRJ brings “No Más Bebés” Fresno State University
California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ) will hold a special screening of the award winning documentary “No Más Bebés,” Thursday October 13th at California State University Fresno, followed by a question and answer session with Executive Producer, Virginia Espino, and CLRJ Executive Director, Laura Jimenez. The film’s screening in Fresno is the first time one of the film makers makes an in person appearance to screen the film in the area.
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June, 2016
Upholding Bodily Autonomy: Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt Supreme Court Decision
"Today's Supreme Court decision is a step towards re-establishing our bodily autonomy, our right to decide over our own bodies and what is best for us and our families. With over 200 anti-abortion laws passed in this country in the last 5 years, in California we are proud to continue to push forward laws that expand healthcare access, including abortion, to anyone seeking services regardless of zip code, income bracket, gender, sexual orientation, or immigration status...
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June, 2016
Governor Brown Signs Historic Health Care Bill For Undocumented Californians and DACA Recipients
June 10, 2016 - Today the Governor signed legislation that would remove an exclusion to Covered California that prevents undocumented immigrants and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients from purchasing health coverage on the state’s insurance marketplace. SB 10 (Lara), directs the state to apply for a federal 1332 waiver under the Affordable Care Act so that all Californians have access to Covered California. This innovative approach would make California the first state to apply to the federal government to allow undocumented immigrants and DACA recipients to buy health plan  through our marketplace. If the waiver is approved by the federal government, undocumented and DACA recipients will be able review and purchase an unsubsidized health plan through our state marketplace, Covered California.
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June, 2016
California To Repeal Maximum Family Grant Rule
Sacramento, California (June 10, 2016) – Governor Jerry Brown, senate Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) have agreed to include funds to repeal the state’s welfare to work program, CalWORKs, family cap rule, known as the Maximum Family Grant, in the state’s 2016 Budget. The inclusion of the repeal of the CalWORKS Maximum Family Grant (MFG) rule is a huge victory for the broad base coalition of reproductive justice, anti-poverty, and social justice advocates.
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June, 2016
California Moves to Repeal Maximum Family Grant Rule
SACRAMENTO — After years of tireless work to see one of California’s most discriminatory laws repealed, today women and families across the state are rejoicing in news that Governor Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) agreed to include funds to repeal CalWORKs Maximum Family Grant (MFG) rule in the state’s 2016 Budget Act.
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May, 2016
Re: Governor Jerry Brown’s May Revised Budget Release
The release of Governor Jerry Brown’s May Budget Revise today reflects the perpetual indifference that California’s leadership has for low-income families and women of color. While Governor Brown’s revised budget includes a “1.4% increase to CalWORKS grants,” California’s welfare-to-work program, it is no where near the increase needed to repeal the punitive Maximum Family Grant (MFG), a holdover from the Pete Wilson era. For the past four years, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice has joined reproductive, social justice, and anti-poverty advocates to fight this racist and classist policy that impacts the lives of poor women and children.
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