I didn’t realize that policy work and legislative advocacy for communities could bring about real change to so many. – Aria Sa’id, 2016-2017 WPI fellow
This visionary group of grassroots and community leaders is embarking on a year-long intensive training program that will enable them to effect change at the center of California’s policy-making: the Capitol in Sacramento.
This is the 14th class of the state Women’s Policy Institute. Over the course of the last 13 years, past fellows have worked in teams to help pass more than 28 bills into law. These bills outlaw the shackling of pregnant inmates, require overtime labor protections for domestic workers and expedite the processing of food stamp benefits for protected domestic violence survivors, among other policy wins.
The Institute is an inclusive program that reflects the diverse communities its fellows serve. Seventy percent of fellows in the 2016-2017 class are people of color and one of the five teams is focused on protecting the rights of transgender people who are incarcerated.