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Your Voice Counts!

Individual Activism Shapes Our Community

In this often overcrowded and polarized political environment, many individuals are left wondering, “Does my voice matter, can I really make an impact?” Congresswoman Karen Bass, representing the 37th Congressional District of California, and Congressman Ed Royce, representing the 39th Congressional District of California, weigh in:

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Congresswoman Karen Bass hosted Justice for Girls with ARC calling for Congress to include the unique needs of women and girls in conversations around criminal justice reform.

“A constituent can definitely make a big difference by being active and involved in their community. The best public policy comes from the people,” shares Congresswoman Bass. “I’ve recently witnessed a perfect example of how a few individual voices helped raise awareness about an issue. The Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) visited me at my Washington office last year. The several young women I met with were involved in the child welfare system and/or the criminal justice system and had joined ARC to raise awareness about their stories to impact policy change. Their stories demonstrated the sheer resilience and strength of each of these young women. One key takeaway was how no one was talking about the girls and women of color who are impacted and enter the juvenile justice and criminal justice system as adults. The fact is – the pipeline for girls and women is different. We had a town hall in my district that summer and two of the ARC members who were in my Washington office served as panelists, they helped raise awareness and candidly spoke about their experiences.”

Congressman Ed Royce encourages, “I think an engaged citizenry is good for our community. Not only at the federal level – our state lawmakers, school board members, and city councils do important work that impacts our day-to-day lives. Providing input to these officials will shape what our community looks like. And, consider running for one of these positions if you have good ideas.”

When a bill or action is up for consideration, each phone call and letter/email received by the office of a legislative representative, whether for or against a measure, is tallied. These numbers DO matter and can influence how a representative votes or proceeds.
Congresswoman Bass continues, “YOU are the expert in the issues that affect you and your community. Bringing the community together and forming a coalition to address pressing issues to shift the power of the community back to the people is essential. You can do that as individuals by continuing to put pressure on your elected officials to work together and to continue to do the work that impacts the necessary changes.”
“One of the first issues I tackled as a lawmaker was assisting the victims of stalking. The stories, input, and testimony from the women who were victims of this crime guided me as I wrote my proposal and convinced my colleagues that action was needed,” explains Congressman Ed Royce. “We later watched the President sign the first federal anti-stalking bill into law. One person can make a difference. Don’t ever hesitate to use your voice.”

At the YWCA Greater Los Angeles, members are encouraged to be actively involved in the politics of their local communities. Your voice matters and can make a big difference for the future. Visit our “Take Action” page on the YWCA Greater Los Angeles website for tips on how to be involved.

“The YWCA Greater Los Angeles has been transforming lives, building self-reliance and strengthening communities for decades. It speaks out for the voiceless and stands up for those who cannot do so themselves,” shares Congressman Ed Royce. “Whether providing care to a victim of sexual assault, or adult education for someone on the job hunt, the YWCA makes the world we live in a better place for all.”

Your Voice Counts!
When a bill or action is up for consideration, each phone call and letter/email received by the office of a legislative representative, whether for or against a measure, is tallied. These numbers DO matter and can influence how a representative votes or proceeds.
To follow a bill and make your voice count visit
www.legislature.ca.gov/

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