Survivors Speak: From Healing to Action 2017

Sacramento CA

Apr 2 - 4, 2017

On April 3-4, 2017, hundreds of crime survivors will join state and community leaders in California’s state capitol for the largest gathering of crime victims in the United States. Held annually during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Survivors Speak brings together crime survivors, particularly from communities most affected by crime, to share stories, honor loved ones, and advocate for smart justice policies that transform our families, communities and the state.

Last year, Survivors Speak brought together more than 500 crime survivors and advocates from across California and featured a keynote address from Governor Jerry Brown.

The theme of Survivors Speak 2017 will be “From Healing to Action,” placing survivors at the center of a powerful movement to win new safety priorities. The event will feature regional chapter events across California in March and April 2017; a Survivors Speak Bus to the Capitol, with attendees traveling by bus from their respective regions to arrive in Sacramento on April 3; a march through downtown Sacramento; and a rally at California State Capitol calling for new safety priorities, with remarks from policy and movement leaders and resources on healing and advocacy, on April 4.

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Antonio Villaraigosa

41st Mayor of Los Angeles, CA Gubernatorial Candidate

Bio: A former California Assemblymember and Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa will run for Governor of California in 2018. He is committed to giving a voice to constituents often left out of the policymaking process. During his time as mayor, he achieved education reform, spurred economic development by eliminating government red tape, streamlined city bureaucracy, and made Los Angeles a national model of sustainability and green growth.

Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer

District 59, California Assemblymember

Bio: California State Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer has committed himself and his work to the local neighborhoods he represents. Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer recognized the devastation of the School-to-Prison-Pipeline in his community, and as Chair of the Public Safety subcommittee, he helped secure nearly $100 million for recidivism reduction grants. As a result, millions of dollars in grants were made available to service providers to help turn-around the lives of the formerly incarcerated.

Assemblymember Rob Bonta

District 18, California Assemblymember

Bio: Rob Bonta was elected to the California State Assembly's 18th District in 2012, where he represents the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro as the first and only Filipino American legislator in the 165-year history of California. His passion for justice and equality has woven through his work as California Assemblymember, Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, and Vice Mayor of the City of Alameda.

Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber

District 79, California Assemblymember

Bio: Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber was elected to the 79th Assembly District in 2012, where she has lived for over 30 years. As a local school board member, and subsequent board president, she became known for her advocacy for closing the achievement gap and a higher standard of excellence for all children, a passion that she took with her to the State Assembly.

Chief Eric Jones

Chief of Police, City of Stockton

Bio: Chief of Police Eric Jones began his career with the Stockton Police Department in 1993, appointed as the 49th Police Chief for the Stockton Police Department in 2012. He is committed to building trust between Stockton residents and the police force to create a safer, more equitable community.

Laphonza Butler

President, SEIU ULTCW - United Long Term Care Workers’ Union

Bio: As President of SEIU ULTCW, Laphonza Butler’s leadership has empowered members to lead and build a powerful, transformational worker organization that has celebrated historic victories. Laphonza has served in numerous leadership roles on behalf of working people throughout her career, amplifying the voices of workers all over the U.S.

Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom

Lieutenant Governor of California, CA Gubernatorial Candidate

Bio: A former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and San Francisco Mayor, Gavin Newsom became Lieutenant Governor of California in 2011 and will run for Governor of California in 2018. He has pushed the envelope in California on issues such as same-sex marriage, gun safety, marijuana, the death penalty, universal health care, access to preschool, paid family leave, technology, criminal justice reform, sugary drinks, and the minimum wage.

Mayor Michael Tubbs

Mayor, City of Stockton

Bio: The city’s first Black and youngest ever mayor, Michael Tubbs was endorsed by President Barack Obama in his bid for Mayor of Stockton in 2016, winning with a wide margin. As a Councilmember, he championed the creation of the City's Office of Violence Prevention, founded the Reinvent South Stockton Coalition, and led the South Stockton Promise Zone planning efforts. Fundamental to his work is his desire to create opportunities and positive outcomes for his community.

State Treasurer John Chiang

California State Treasurer, CA Gubernatorial Candidate

Bio: John Chiang will be running for Governor of California in 2018. As California Controller, he withheld pay for state legislators when they failed to pass a state budget on time, and refused to implement an illegal order from then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger who threatened to cut State workers’ pay as leverage in a budget battle. More recently as California Treasurer, Chiang launched a website to make pay, benefits and borrowing costs for state and local governments available online, making it easier for taxpayers to hold their government accountable.

Senate President Kevin de León

California State Senate President pro Temporare

Bio: Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) is President pro Tempore of the California State Senate. Senator de León is committed to public safety, using the public-policy process to empower the least fortunate and voiceless, and strongly maintaining the state’s leadership in building a clean-energy economy that benefits everyone. He has led an agenda intended to increase economic opportunity for all Californians focused on education, equity for women, immigrants and low-wage workers.

Tracie Stafford

#SurvivorsSpeak M.C.

Bio: Tracie Stafford is a business and community leader that has been outspoken on behalf of crime survivors. Her life changed when she she addressed the California State Legislature, disclosing the abuse that she had suffered as a third generation domestic violence victim. Inspired by the need to heal herself and others, she took her dedication to public service sharing her journey from a past of poverty, domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault, to a life of love, joy and limitless possibility.

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