Thursday, May 13th, 7 PM: An Evening with Senator Skinner and Assemblymember Wicks
Our state senator and assemblymember will answer your questions about all things COVID-19 in CA, the California state budget, upcoming legislation, and more. We’ll see you there!
Mental Health and Housing
The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a bright light on the public health crisis faced by people experiencing homelessness, and particularly those with mental illnesses. The lack of clean, safe, and affordable housing in the United States’s largest cities, and the limited access to supportive care for people experiencing symptoms of mental illness, is emblematic of not just this current crisis, but of the longstanding inadequacies in our housing policies and the need for swift, long-term action to address them.
While cities are stuck responding to this emergency with temporary measures to protect residents of their emergency shelter systems by moving them away from crowded congregate care settings to other forms of temporary housing, advocates are pushing for more comprehensive plans which appear to be gaining some political traction. In turn, many of these emergency solutions may have planted the roots of a healthier and more humane model of temporary housing, one that better addresses the needs of the chronically homeless and those suffering from mental illnesses.
Now is the time to create a model for addressing our homelessness crisis that is based on affordable, stable, and supportive housing and, more importantly, on a human right to guarantee that it is permanent and available to all.
Congratulations to 2020’s Democratic Winners
The Berkeley Democratic Club offers its proud congratulations to all Democratic winners of the 2020 election, particularly President Joe Biden and Berkeley’s own Vice President Kamala Harris.
We also want to thank everyone who everyone who donated to our match campaign for the Georgia Senate runoff races. Together, we helped flip the Senate back to the Democrats for the first time in six years.