ACTION ALERT: Tell Senators to Vote YES on AB 1460/Ethnic Studies

It’s time to type up that email and pick up the phone to urge State Senators to vote yes on Assembly Bill 1460.

Sponsored by CFA, the bill would make a three-unit ethnic studies course a requirement to graduate from the CSU.  If the bill passes the Senate, it will go to Governor Gavin Newsom for signature.

“This is a simple and fast action that anyone – faculty, students, staff – can take,” CFA President Charles Toombs said.  “It’s a great way to commemorate that February is Black History Month.”

We need a final push to get this critical legislation over the finish line.  We know these courses help students of different backgrounds better understand each other and work together.  Studies show that students from all backgrounds benefit from completing an ethnic studies class.

Sacramento State Education Professor and CFA Associate Vice President North Margarita Berta-Ávila’s life and career paths were transformed by an ethnic studies course.

“I was majoring in international studies and my first quarter I took an Introduction to Chicana/o/x Studies,” she said.  “It helped me frame what I had been experiencing up to that point. It changed my trajectory completely. I knew I needed to change majors and continue my work to disrupt and interrupt systematic racism and inequalities.”

Go to www.calfac.org/take-action to contact your Senator as soon as possible.  The bill could go up for a vote as early as THIS week. The petition includes a template email and a script for calling Senators’ offices.  It all takes three minutes, and you can recruit other CFA members and students to call or email.  #YESonAB1460.