August 27, 2018
Labor Council endorses Jovanka Beckles for State Assembly
Contra Costa’s leading labor organization and political powerhouse has endorsed Jovanka Beckles for State Assembly. The Richmond Councilwoman earned active support from 80,000 working families based on her track record of standing up to corporations, opposing the epidemic of wage theft, and supporting renters.
“We saw how impactful our organizing program was in the Primary, in electing a District Attorney outside the old boys’ club. Now we focus on the Assembly seat and making sure our representative understands worker issues and will fight effectively in Sacramento,” said executive director Margaret Hanlon-Gradie.
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June 27, 2018
Janus Statement, Margaret Hanlon-Gradie, Executive Director, Contra Costa AFL-CIO Labor Council
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June 25, 2018
Statement by Contra Costa Union Leader Opposing
Proposal for Asylum Seeker Detention in Concord
Margaret Hanlon Gradie, Executive Director
Contra Costa AFL-CIO Labor Council
Working families oppose the proposal to jail asylum seekers anywhere in Concord, Contra Costa County, or America.
We have worked for a dozen years to create a new vision for the Concord Naval Weapons Station that brings benefits to our community — not prisons. We believe this land – the public’s land, belonging to the people of Concord – should be used for schools, hospitals, affordable homes and good jobs, not the criminal abuse of human rights.
We stand with Rep. Mark DeSaulnier and other elected leaders in their call to reject cynical political posturing. Our federal government needs to restore DACA for our Dreamers and create a path to citizenship in a functional immigration system that supports workers rights, family reunification, and the needs of local and global economies.
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June 14, 2018
Coalition Works Countywide to Elect District Attorney Diana Becton
From Richmond to Antioch, organizations work to elect the first African-American and first woman to the office
A coalition of nonprofits, advocacy groups, and labor executed an unprecedented county-wide campaign to talk their neighbors and friends about the power of a district attorney, resulting the election of the first ever African-American and first woman to ever serve as DA in the county’s 168 year history.
District Attorney Diana Becton, who ran on a bold, progressive platform, now holds an office that just a year ago was occupied by one of the most regressive and corrupt prosecutors in the country. In her short tenure, Becton has begun implementing new internal policies and procedures to ensure accountability and transparency in the district attorney’s office.
Working a county-wide strategy, Safe Return Project Action, ACCE Action, SEIU 2015 and the Contra Costa Labor Council, spanned from Richmond to Antioch to educate voters on District Attorney Becton’s plan to expand diversion programs, stop the school to prison pipeline, end a relationship with ICE, and protect workers from unsafe working conditions. Working together, this campaign hosted forums, had over 25,000 conversations, and identified over 9,000 supporters of Diana Becton.
“People directly impacted by criminalization have always known the power that prosecutors has and the major role this office plays when it comes to mass incarceration, said Tamisha Walker, Executive Director of Safe Return Action. “Safe Return Action joined the fight for a progressive DA, because it was and is important that those who have experienced what it’s like to be disproportionately disenfranchised and excessively sentenced are leading the movement for progressive political power building, the restoration of democracy, and criminal justice reform”.
“Diana Becton is the change Contra Costa needs. She’s reforming the DA’s office to address the racial disparities in the criminal justice system, and directing resources to crimes like wage left, trafficking, and youth programs,” said Margaret Hanlon-Gradie, Executive Director of the Contra Costa Labor Council.
“ACCE members worked hard for Diana Becton because of her commitment to diversion programs for low level crimes and to treatment not incarceration of those with mental illness,” said David Sharples, Executive Director of Contra Costa ACCE.
“SEIU Local 2015 members are committed to fixing our broken criminal justice system. DA Elect Diana Becton’s commitment to pursuing restorative justice through the use of diversion programs, ending mass incarceration, and providing treatment to those with mental health and substance use issues, was key to earning the support of our members. We congratulate Diana Becton on her victory and look forward to working with her in Contra Costa!” said Laphonza Butler, President of SEIU Local 2015.