Author Archives: Stina Va

Stop Secretive Surveillance (SB 1186)

Californians deserve a voice and a seat at the table when it comes to law enforcement’s acquisition of surveillance technologies. Unfortunately, that is rarely the case in California, where law enforcement’s use of this technology invades our private lives and…

Dignity and Opportunity Act (SB 990)

Too often, LGBTQ people and others deemed vulnerable to assault in prison or jail are placed in segregated housing where they do not have access to the programming and work opportunities enjoyed by people in “general population.” Denial of education,…

Lifting the Veil of Secrecy: Police Misconduct & Use of Force (SB 1421)

Although California is often thought of as a beacon of progressive values, the Golden State is actually one of the most secretive states when it comes to information about police use of force and serious and confirmed misconduct by police….

Celebrate Pride Month by Improving California Laws

By Amanda Goad June is Pride month, a month to celebrate the strength and activism of LGBTQ people. Communities across California honor the spirit of Pride every year with parades, marches, and other events. But as we celebrate, it’s also…

Police Use of Deadly Force (AB 931)

Police departments in California are some of the deadliest in the country. Police in Kern County, for example, have killed more people per capita than in any other county in the U.S. But many of these deaths could have been…