I believe America’s international strength and respect lies in its diversity and commitment to social justice. This is especially true in California, home to the most diverse population in America. All Americans, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability, deserve equal treatment under the law. When considering legislation, I always remember the immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."
For more information concerning my work and views on the issue of social justice issues, please contact my Washington, DC office.
I look forward to your feedback. Thank you.
--Congressman John Garamendi
More on Social Justice
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME, which forbids public sector unions from requiring “fair share” fees from non-members who still benefit from the collective bargaining process:
WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, announced that he will be joining over thirty Democrats from the House of Representatives to tour detention facilities near McAllen, Texas on Saturday, June 23. The tour is being hosted by Congressmembers Filamon Vela (D-TX) and Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX).
Speaking publicly against separating children from their parents who crossed the United States border illegally isn’t something Vacaville resident Michael Kitzes is taking lightly.
“I struggled with it for awhile,” he said about going public in opposition to how the children are being treated. “They’re ripping these children away from families.”
Kitzes, a Vacaville Unified School board member and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for 28 years, added that it might be easy to call this an immigration issue, but it’s so much more than that.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City, CA) issued the following statement on the defeat of H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018—commonly known as the farm bill:
Walnut Grove, CA—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City) issued the following statement in recognition of the 19th Anniversary of the Columbine Shooting and the National School Walkout:
Nearly two years since ground was broken on a Habitat for Humanity project slated to house six homeless veterans in Dixon, state, city and community leaders came together to celebrate moving the project forward.
“It’s exciting,” said Congressman John Garamendi, D-Solano, Thursday morning. “Housing is a constant problem for veterans, homeless veterans. They need housing. And I’m excited about Habitat’s concept of shared housing.”
It’s the organization’s first shared housing venture, advised Gerry Raycraft, president of Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity.
California’s 3rd Congressional District—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D—Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City, CA) spent the day meeting with constituents in Lake and Colusa counties:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily approved a bipartisan $1.3 trillion spending bill Thursday that pours huge sums into Pentagon programs and domestic initiatives ranging from building roads to combatting the nation’s opioid abuse crisis, but left Congress in stalemate over shielding young Dreamer immigrants from deportation and curbing surging health insurance premiums.
Mid-morning, Jan. 19, 1989, my wife Patti and I cautiously entered the intensive Care Unit at San Joaquin General Hospital. In the bed lay a tiny boy of just five, his right side and arm wrapped in massive bandages.
Hovering over his bed were his Hmong parents, recent refugees from war-torn Laos. They pleaded, “We came here to get away from war. How could this happen in America?” Later that day we visited the homes of two more parents. They were not at the hospital. Their child was dead.