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ACT NOW: Keep important changes to the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum!

Important background: In August 2019, the California Department of Education (CDE) released the first draft of an Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum, which was roundly condemned by Jewish organizations.  Californians submitted thousands of public comments, community leaders and media spoke out, and CDE committed to rewrite the draft.  The CDE released the new draft on August …

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One last election —

After the many challenges of the 2020 election, Democrats around California may be thinking they can hang their local politics hats up for a bit. Georgia’s Senate race consumes much of our time and activism, but there’s one more local race we must all vote in. Assembly District Elected Members (ADEM) elections are in January. …

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What are ADEM elections and why are they so important?

Every two years the California Democratic Party (CDP) holds meetings for voters to elect 14 Democrats from 80 Assembly Districts to represent them at the annual CDP Convention. These people represent YOU in your Assembly District and are elected to make important decisions on your behalf.  What do ADEM delegates do? Delegates vote and conduct …

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PZC Congratulates IQC for Progress on Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum

 “We look forward to the December draft, and working with our partners to ensure that minority communities’ concerns are addressed in the final curriculum, said Susan George, Executive Director of PZC. “While many positive changes were adopted, we anticipate advocating for additional refinements. However, we are pleased with the representation of the breadth of the …

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PZC Encouraged with the November Executive Board Meeting Results

“This is remarkable progress overall”, said Executive Director Susan George. “It is more important than ever to promote normalization and dialogue between Israelis, Palestinians, and those interested in learning more for themselves about the region. The resolutions passed at this Executive Board meeting will help ensure that the CDP helps model these difficult conversations.”

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We thank you all for your hard work and commitment to making this model curriculum reflective of the many communities who live in California. This draft is finally on its way to fulfilling the core call of inclusion and education of AB 2016.

An Open Letter to the California Department of Education

An Open Letter to the California Department of Education October 14, 2020 Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony ThurmondChief Deputy Superintendent Stephanie GregsonInstructional Quality Commission Executive Director Shanine CoatsInstructional Quality Commission Members Re:  Anti-Zionism as a Cover for Hatred of the Jewish People Dear State Superintendent Thurmond, Chief Deputy Superintendent Gregson, IQC Executive Director Coats, and …

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Jewish Groups Praise Newsom for Vetoing Ethnic Studies Bill

Jewish JournalAaron Bandler10/01/2020 Several Jewish groups praised California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, for vetoing a bill on Sept. 30 that eventually would have required the state’s high school students to take a course on ethnic studies. Newsom explained in his signing statement that he was vetoing the bill, AB 331, because “there is much uncertainty about …

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Progressive Zionists of California (PZC) thanks California Governor Gavin Newsom for his Wednesday veto of AB 331

Progressive Zionists of California (PZC) thanks California Governor Gavin Newsom for his Wednesday veto of AB 331, a bill requiring all California high school students to complete an ethnic studies class before graduating high school.  PZC strongly supports the addition of an ethnic studies curriculum in California high schools. However, we have a number of …

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