For Immediate Release:
August 15th, 2011
On July 13th 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 48, the FAIR Education Act stating, “History should be honest. This bill revises existing laws that prohibit discrimination in education and ensures that the important contributions of Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life are included in our history books…”
Within days, right-wing opponents mounted a petition campaign to put a referendum on SB 48 on the November Ballot in order to “stop the forced sexualization of our children” and end “corruption disguised as freedom”. Signature gatherers who are getting paid for each of the 504, 760 registered voter’s required to sign-on have been heard to tell unsure voters to at least sign “so the people get to vote”.
Equality California led the successful campaign for adoption of the FAIR Act and is leading the campaign to prevent it’s repeal. The San Diego Democratic Club is proud to have Roland Palencia, Executive Director of Equality California and Kevin Beiser, Board member, San Diego Unified School District to inform attendees of its August 25th meeting of the Act’s purpose, plans for implementation as well as plans to combat the campaign against the Act. The meeting is open to the public and begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Joyce Beers Community Center – 1220 Cleveland Avenue, two blocks North of University Avenue (across from Trader Joe’s) in the Uptown District for snacks prior to the SDDC business meeting, which starts at 7:00 p.m.
ROLAND PALENCIA is the Executive Director at Equality California, a statewide organization dedicated to achieving equality and to securing legal protections for the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities of California. Most recently, Palencia was the Community Benefits Director at L.A. Care Health Plan and an Advisor to HONOR PAC, an LGBTQ political action committee that led the efforts to fight Proposition 8 in East Los Angeles. Roland received a B.A. in history from UCLA and was a guest Lecturer at California State University Northridge in the Central American Studies Department.
KEVIN BIESER serves on the San Diego Unified School District’s School Board and has been involved in the San Diego community in many capacities to improve education: Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC), Math Department Chair, Professional Learning Team Leader (PLC), District Curriculum Instruction and Assessment Committee, Strategic Planning Committee for Budgets, Football Coach, Math Field Day Coach, Public Library Volunteer, Link Crew Advisor and AVID Site Team. He is passionate about implementing research-based reforms that have helped turn around underperforming schools. Kevin earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Phoenix. Beiser is a member of the San Diego Democratic Club.
More about San Diego Democratic Club:
The San Diego Democratic Club, an affiliate of National Stonewall Democrats, was founded in 1975 and is the largest club chartered with the Democratic Party in San Diego County. SDDC’s mission is to secure for all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people the equal human rights guaranteed to all citizens by the Constitution of the United States, to foster the ideals of the Democratic Party and to contribute to the Party’s growth and influence.
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