Fighting for justice and equal opportunities to succeed

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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  • From the blog

    Jeff Bleich's Keynote Address to New American Citizens

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    On January 11, 2018, Jeff delivered the keynote speech in a naturalization ceremony at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, CA. On the same day that President Trump insulted and disparaged immigrants, Jeff told the audience that the only way to drown out racism and bigotry is by ringing the bell of freedom louder and stronger than even a President’s voice.

    Below are Jeff's full remarks from the ceremony:

    There is no greater honor than the one I have at this moment. To be the very first person to call each of you "my fellow Americans."

    Nothing is more American than the journey that brought each and every one of you here today. You've come from 91 countries, and endured many different challenges. But today, we have all come together, to arrive at this place, at this moment, to pledge a common faith.

    That's unusual. People of other nations aren't expected to share principles. They share land, language, culture, and symbols. But what binds all Americans together is not simply our physical borders, our language, or our flags and symbols. We are bound together by an ideal. For centuries, people from around the world have come to the United States seeking a different life -- a life in which they could choose their leaders, speak their minds, live where they wish, marry who they wish, worship as they wish, pursue their dreams, and be among people who would honor those choices. That's who we are.

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    Congresswoman Jackie Speier Endorses Jeff Bleich for California Lt. Governor!

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    Today, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) announced her endorsement of Jeff Bleich for Lt. Governor of California. Rep. Speier is widely recognized as a fierce advocate for women’s rights, and was the first member of Congress to push for fundamental reforms to end the epidemic of sexual assault in the military and on college campuses. The backing from one of Congress’s most respected leaders on education and fearless spokesperson for the #MeToo movement adds to Jeff’s growing base of support from progressive elected officials.

    “Jeff has been a true leader on improving California education as Chair of the Cal State University Board, Chair of the Fulbright Board, and someone who has taught in our high schools and universities,” said Congresswoman Speier. “He also has a long track record for standing up for women and doing what’s right to make our workplaces, homes, and neighborhoods safer. Jeff has helped lead national programs to stop domestic violence and youth gun violence. As Lt. Governor, Jeff will keep California pressing forward.”

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