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We’re in the middle of a radical change to our work force. Californians have been asking honest, tough questions, because changes in the economy have left many people behind, or wondering if their kids will be able to do better than they have.

 

Truck drivers, retail clerks, and many others all see what we see—new technologies are coming that will take away their current livelihoods. I'm prepared to roll up my sleeves and offer a new set of plans to make sure that this new economy brings everyone forward, and that we don't accept leaving anyone behind.

None of these issues will be easy. We’re going to have to educate our kids differently, empower and train workers for new opportunities, and stop doing things that we know don’t work. This is no time to fall back on wedge issues and poll-tested ideas that will bring out one group or another. It’s a time to solve new problems—taking risks, working across groups, challenging assumptions, testing out ideas, and letting others take the credit. We can’t count on politics as usual to help working families navigate the new economy, protect our shores from climate change, safeguard our homes from cyber-crime, to give communities the tools to fight the epidemic of addiction and depression, or to heal political divisions.

Every time we’ve been at a point like this, Californians have forged a way forward. That is our State's ethic. Californians settled here because, as a people, we've never been afraid to reach the furthest frontier. We pioneered public higher education, we pioneered space travel and satellites, we developed the world wide web, and the music and films and vision that have inspired and shaped the world. Californians won't settle for less in facing today’s challenges. It's time to do some good things together.

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    Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Endorses Jeff Bleich for Lt. Governor

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    May 24, 2018

    BRADY CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE ENDORSES JEFF BLEICH FOR CALIFORNIA LT. GOVERNOR

    Oakland, CA – Today the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Jeff Bleich's campaign for Lt. Governor of California. The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March, is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025.

    "Jeff Bleich has proven through words and actions to be a champion of the gun violence prevention movement, and we’re proud to endorse his campaign for Lieutenant Governor," stated Peggy McCrum, president of the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign. "Jeff will be a great ally as we work with him to bring about a safer California."

    Earlier this week, Bleich’s campaign released a new ad highlighting the work Jeff has done for more than twenty years to address the epidemic of gun violence.

    “I have worked with the Brady campaign for the past twenty years, and am honored and humbled to have the endorsement of an organization that has done so much to prevent and reduce gun violence throughout the country,” said Bleich. “As Lt. Governor, I’ll stand up to the NRA and the gun lobby as I always have, and continue my work with Brady and other violence prevention organizations to enact common sense gun laws.”

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    A Message From Jeff: This isn’t politics. This is very personal.

    Last week our country suffered another senseless school shooting. Ten more families lost loved ones, thirteen more were injured, and another community has been shattered by the loss of classmates and teachers and their sense of safety. Again.

    I’ve been in towns that have been devastated by school shootings, and I know the grief of the Santa Fe High, Texas community. Nearly 20 years ago, after the Columbine shooting, President Clinton asked me to lead his Youth Violence Commission. That year I began traveling across the country to towns afflicted by violence. I met the families of children who had been killed in school shootings and classrooms of traumatized children.

    I sat at kitchen tables with parents, and saw the empty chair where their child should have been.

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