ACA 5 Support Letter Sample
Instructions to send a letter of support
1) Cut and paste the content below the line to your letterhead
2) Adapt and add your own story if you have one
- Sign, Scan and send a PDF to Tiffaney.Boyd@asm.ca.gov
- Sign and Fax to:916-319-2179
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The Honorable Shirley Weber
Member, California State Assembly
State Capitol, Room 3123
Sacramento, CA 95814
RE: ACA 5 (Weber) — Support
Dear Assemblymember Weber:
YOUR ORGANIZATION] is pleased to support ACA 5, which will create equal opportunities for all Californians and fight discrimination against women and people of color by restoring affirmative action in public contracting, public employment and public education.
[OPTIONAL: INSERT BRIEF STATEMENT ABOUT WHY YOUR ORGANIZATION SUPPORTS ACA XX AND/OR HOW IT WILL IMPACT YOUR MEMBERS. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO INCLUDE A STATEMENT, PLEASE DELETE THIS PARAGRAPH.]
California is currently the fifth largest economy in the world and has the world’s largest system of higher education. Despite this, women and people of color are not getting their fair share of opportunities to get ahead:
- A 2015 study showed that businesses owned by women and people of color lose $1.1 billion annually in government contracts
- Women in California earn only 80 cents for every dollar a man earns on average, and women of color and single moms make less than 60 cents on the dollar for the same work as their white male counterparts
- Just a third of leadership and tenured faculty positions at the California Community Colleges, California State University, and the University of California are held by Black, Latino, or Asian-American scholars .
- At the University of California, women make up 54% of enrolled students, but just one third of the tenured faculty and less than a third of the members of the Board of Regents.
Overturning California’s ban on programs that promote equal opportunity is long overdue. The growing concerns about the economic harm of the COVID-19 pandemic only heightens the importance of bringing fairness to our public contracting and employment practices. There’s no denying that small businesses owned by women and people of color will be the hardest hit by any downturn in the economy. ACA 5 will ensure that any government solution to spur economic growth will actually help the most vulnerable in our community.
In the 21st century, the State of California needs to hire more women to positions of leadership, contract with businesses that reflect the diversity of California, and expand access to higher education for all Californians. We can’t continue to deny Californians an opportunity to succeed simply because of how they look or who they are. ACA 5 will level the playing field and allow all Californians to find a good job, earn a decent wage and get ahead in life and their careers.
You can’t have shared success without shared opportunity. Let’s put California on a path toward true equal opportunity for all.