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Your Shot of Courage for July 2022

The California Legislature is currently on Summer recess – returning in Aug. 

Lawmakers adopted a $300 billion dollar state budget, that will provide refunds to most taxpayers in the state, boost public education funding, and expand abortion access. 

The following made the state budget.

  • $2.3 billion to provide healthcare access to all income-eligible Californians through full-scope Medi-Cal, extending access to more undocumented Californians 
  • $35.2 million to expand CalFresh to all, regardless of immigration status 
  • $1.4 billion for utility debt relief

ACA 3, known as the End Slavery in CA Act, did not pass: ACA 3 would’ve given voters the chance to remove the clause in our state constitution that currently allows for involuntary servitude. 

The Supreme Court of the United States has ended its term with a long-list of historic decisions. 

  • A few recent notable rulings (all of which were decided 6-3), include: 
    • New York State Rifle & Pistol Assoc. v. Bruen 
      • SCOTUS determined that the 2nd amendment applies to concealed carry in public.
  • West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency  
    • SCOTUS decided that the EPA does not have the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • Shinn v. Martinez Ramirez 
    • SCOTUS decided that individuals incarcerated on the state level have no constitutional right to present new evidence to support claims on wrongful convictions. 
  • Vega v. Tekoh 
    • SCOTUS ruled that a person cannot sue a law enforcement officer for violating their 5th amendment rights against self-incrimination if the officer did not provide a Miranda warning. 
  • Carson v. Makin 
    • SCOTUS held that the state of Maine is required to fund religious education at private religious schools as part of their state tuition assistance program. 
  • Kennedy v. Bremerton School District 
    • SCOTUS held that a high school football coach praying on the field is protected by the first amendment. 
  • Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization 
    • Visit and under “Campaigns” click on “Abortion Rights” to find useful resources. 
    • Visit to check out our blog post: SCOTUS Will Not Stop at Overturning Abortion Rights 
    • Courage California supports SCA10 – listed as Proposition 1 on your Nov. ballot.
  • The Supreme Court’s next term will start in October – and there are some impactful cases lined up that our nation’s court has agreed to hear. 
    • Moore v. Harper – the court will review state power in federal elections.
    • Merrill v. Milligan – the court will reconsider the scope of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which prohibits voting practices or procedures that discriminate on the basis of race.

California’s 2022 Primaries are now behind us! 

Production: Angela Chavez

Editorial: Irene Kao and Angela Chavez

Graphics: Isidra Chávez

With support from: Jay Chotirmal, LisaMarie Betancourt, Lucianna Hernandez

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