California Legislative Black Caucus
The California Legislative Black Caucus represents and advocates for the interests of Black people throughout California. It seeks to increase African American participation and representation in all levels of government. Since the formation of the California Legislative Black Caucus (LBC), the core mission of the LBC has been to close (and, ultimately, to eliminate) disparities that exist between African-Americans and white Americans in every aspect of life. Specific priorities of the LBC include:
- Increase Black representation in all levels of government, including statewide appointments and statewide elected offices.
- Creating employment opportunities and economic security for African Americans.
- Ensure the African American community has equal access to education, social services, health, mental health, and other government programs and services.
- Preserve safety net health, mental health, and social service programs that serve the African American community.
- Strengthen protections against hate crimes and defend the civil rights and liberties of Blacks.
- Fight racial stereotypes and negative portrayals of Blacks in the media.
- Promote greater civic participation and knowledge about major policy issues among the African American communities.
- Closing the achievement and opportunity gaps in education.
- Assuring quality health care for every Californian.
- Building wealth and business development for all Californians.
- Ensuring justice for all.
- Retirement security for all Californians.
The California Legislative Black Caucus was formed in 1967 when black members of the California Legislature joined together to strengthen their efforts to address the legislative concerns of black and minority citizens. The members believed that a black caucus in the California Legislature, speaking with a single voice, would provide political influence and visibility far beyond their numbers.
Officers are elected from within the LBC with equal representation from both the Assembly and Senate members. In 2007, more than a year before the general election, all but one of the members of the LBC endorsed Barack Obama for president.
|Chair||Reggie Jones-Sawyer||59th (Assembly)|
|Vice Chair||Isadore Hall||35th (Senate)|
|Treasurer||Holly Mitchell||30th (Senate)|
|Secretary||Sebastian Ridley-Thomas||54th (Assembly)|
|Assemblymember Cheryl Brown||47th district|
|Assemblymember Autumn Burke||62nd district|
|Assemblymember Jim Cooper||9th district|
|Assemblymember Mike Gipson||64th district|
|Senator Isadore Hall, III||35th district|
|Assemblymember Chris Holden||41st district|
|Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer||59th district|
|Assemblymember Kevin McCarty||7th district|
|Senator Holly Mitchell||30th district|
|Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas||54th district|
|Assemblymember Tony Thurmond||15th district|
|Assemblymember Shirley Weber||79th district|
- "Mission Statement". The California Legislative Black Caucus. Archived from the original on September 13, 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-11.
- "History". The California Legislative Black Caucus. Archived from the original on May 14, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-11.
- "Members". The California Legislative Black Caucus. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved 2008-05-11.
- Debose, Brian (2007-09-14). "Obama gets key black support". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2008-05-11.