Weekly Update – 4/4/17

What is Equal Pay Day? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day is Tuesday, April 4 and is held to symbolize how far into the year women need to work to make what med did the previous year. It is always on Tuesday to represent how far into the work week women must work to earn what men earned the previous week. On average, women make 77 cents for every dollar that men earn, and women of color make even less.

Minneapolis and St. Paul Mayor Races Starting to Heat Up

Click here for information about St. Paul candidates.

Click here for information about Minneapolis candidates.

DFL ward caucuses are starting in late April and there are numerous forums scheduled for both Minneapolis and St. Paul mayoral candidates.

California Today: Defying Trump With Sanctuary Bill

Kevin de Leon, the leader of the State Senate, said legislation to turn California into a so-called sanctuary state would enhance public safety.

Kevin de Leon, the leader of the State Senate, said legislation to turn California into a so-called sanctuary state would enhance public safety.

California’s State Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation on Monday, April 3 that essentially turns California into a so-called “sanctuary state” for undocumented immigrants. The legislation prohibits any state or local law enforcement agency from using resources to investigate, detain, report or arrest people for immigration violations. The bill was amended after fierce criticism from the CA State Sheriff’s Association to allow local law enforcement officials to notify ICE of the release date of serious and violent felons. The bill will now move to the Assembly.

Amid Challenges, Rep. Ilhan Omar Find Success as First-Year Lawmaker

Rep. Ilhan Omar, DFL-Minneapolis, spoke on Friday, March 24 at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, DFL-Minneapolis, spoke on Friday, March 24 at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Omar – the first Somali-American elected to a state legislature – has had a successful and busy first few months. She has introduced  23 bills in her first few months at the Capitol and has found common ground with lawmakers of both parties. She also sits on three House committees – higher education policy and finance, state government finance and civil law and data practices.

 

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By: Alex Bollman

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About Juventino Meza

Juventino Meza is an internationally recognized champion for human rights, a non-profit executive and leader in civic engagement. His work is focused around Latinos, higher education, LGBT communities, immigration policy and democracy. Juve co-founded NAVIGATE MN, a leadership development program, and co-founded the Capitol Pathways internship program for college students and Native American students as an effort to racially diversify who works in and around state government. In 2013, Juve played a critical role in building a broad coalition to get President Obama to create DACA in 2012 and pass the MN Dream/Prosperity Act in 2013. Juve is a member of the Latino Economic Development Center’s Latino Scholarship Fund Selection Committee & serves in the Saint Paul’s Mexican Consulate’s Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) Fellowship Program selection committee. Juve is the youngest recipient of the Ohtli Award, the Mexican Government’s highest recognition for a civilian Mexican living outside Mexico, & is recipient of the Immigrant of Distinction Award from the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Juve was named one of the “25 Under 25” by OutFront Minnesota in 2012. Juventino Meza is graduate of Augsburg College and currently attends William Mitchell School of Law.