MAKING OUR CHILDREN A HIGHER PRIORITY: California Urban Partnership Joins Effort To Gather Signatures With The Sacramento Kids First Coalition
Sac Kids First petitioners gather before heading out to gain 50,000 signatures. On November 10, the California Urban Partnership, Roberts Family Development Center, Youth Forward, East Bay Asian Youth Center (EBAYC) along with several other youth leaders, children’s advocates and educators, participated in the signature gathering launch for Sacramento Kids First (Sac Kids First) at the offices of EBAYC.
SACRAMENTO, (CA) - As a part of its work to achieve racial and health equity in marijuana policy, the California Urban Partnership has joined the Sac Kids First Coalition. The Coalition is collecting signatures to place a measure on the March 2020 ballot which would require the City of Sacramento to designate 2.5% of its unrestricted revenue, which includes marijuana taxes, to raise about $12 million annually to fund children and youth services. This Children’s Fund would be an early investment of resources for all children but most importantly for the children of traumatized and underserved communities.
Approximately sixty enthusiastic community leaders and volunteers were greeted with coffee and doughnuts but were quickly motivated and energized by community leaders Derrell Roberts and Jim Keddy, along with Sacramento City Unified School Board members Mai Vang and Darrel Woo. After hearing incredible words of encouragement from these community leaders, a brief training was held covering how to collect signatures, volunteers received their petitions, t-shirts and headed out to gather signatures. The goal is to collect 50,000 by early April.