Legislative Day 2016


BWOPA / TILE State President Dezie Woods Jones, and Executive Director LaNiece Jones thank the Annual Legislative Learning Day planning team and attendees for ensuring this year's event was a grand success.

This year of the 80 attendees, close to 35 were students from West Contra Costa Unified School District who engaged with state legislators and toured our State Capitol.  Focus bills included AB1644, AB2200, AB2434, AB1575, AB2498 and SB966.    (See below legislative bill package)


Students and members met in the offices of over 15 legislative members and their staffers to include Senator Isadora Hall, Senator Hancock, Assemblymembers Rob Bonta, Tony Thurmond, Dr. Shirley Weber, Kevin McCarthy, Chris Holden, Reggie Sawyer Jones and Mark Ridley Thomas.


Throughout the day, members visited our hearing room in the Legislative Office Building to give special remarks opening with Assemblymember Jim Copper, followed by Assemblymember Shirley Weber's legislative representative Rory Kaufman, and Assistant Chief Clerk Sue Parker. BWOPA's former 1st VP and now Senator Holly Mitchell facilitated the end of day debriefing session.

Sincere gratitude to Oakland / Berkeley Assemblymember Rob Bonta's office for serving as our Capitol host for the day and Chief Clerk Dotson Wilson's office for our educational collateral.

Special thanks to our Richmond/Contra Costa Chapter - President Kathleen Sullivan, Pamela Price, Uche Uwahemu, Cesar Zepeda, Tanya Brown and Janie Anker - for mobilizing over 50 students, chaperones and members from the Richmond area. 

Oakland/Berkeley Chapter members were joined by Dezie Woods Jones Public Policy Fellows Fatima Alleyne, Ashley Chambers, Tamisha Torres Walker, Amelia Neal, Charlette Viney and Shahidah Lacy.

See you all next year! 

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