SEIU 521 is joining court workers across California to win more funding for our courts. Over the next few months, members will be sending postcards, holding meetings, organizing co-workers and walking through courthouses with state legislators to illustrate how underfunding courts is undermining justice.
What you can do today:
Download and sign a postcard to Gov. Brown (PDF) and mail it to:
3055 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1050
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Or, send a Facebook postcard. Use this page to upload a picture of yourself or someone else affected by the court budget cuts, of long lines at a courthouse or something that illustrates what cuts have done to our courts.
Here is our important message to Gov. Brown:
Dear Governor Brown:
Our court system is in crisis.
This year’s budget did far too little to help courts turn the corner. In fact, we are facing closures, layoffs, and continued delays and lines around the state. We need to reinvest in courts if we want all Californians to have access to justice, families to receive the legal services they need, and businesses to have their legal issues addressed in a timely manner.
We also need to ensure that courts maintain a high standard for the provision of these vital public services. Please sign AB 566* (Wieckowski) to hold courts accountable to the same high standards that schools, state agencies, and others must meet when privatizing and contracting out.
Reinvest in justice & hold courts accountable: they have to go together!
*Assembly Bill (AB) 566 authored by Assembly member Bob Wiekowski (D-Fremont), the chair of the Judiciary Committee, would guarantee that the public receives court services, especially the keeping of an accurate record for appeals, by trained and licensed officers of the court, and not by contracted, unaccountable, discount firms.