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Social Justice

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

March 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), returned Peace Corps volunteer (Ethiopia 1966-1968) and co-chair of the Congressional Peace Corps Caucus, reintroduced the “Peace Corps Reauthorization Act.” The reintroduction coincides with the  60th anniversary of the Peace Corps’ founding by President John F. Kennedy, and the start of National Peace Corps Week.

February 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-03) voted to pass the “American Rescue Plan” (H.R. 1391), which passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 219-212. The legislation includes much-needed relief to re-open schools, distribute vaccinations in every American community, send an additional $1,400 stimulus check to individuals, support small businesses, and extend unemployment benefits.

January 7, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) issued the following statement after voting to certify the lawful results of the 2020 Presidential election shortly after the U.S. Capitol was cleared of rioters that violently stormed the building:

December 22, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) voted to pass a bipartisan coronavirus relief package and government funding bill (H.R. 133) that will help save the lives and livelihoods of the American people. The legislation passed the House and is expected to pass the Senate tonight before heading to the President’s desk to be signed into law. 

December 9, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-03), Co-Chair of the American Sikh Caucus, along with Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA-16) and Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee (D-TX-18)—members of the American Sikh Caucus—sent a letter to Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Ambassador of India to the United States, regarding India’s recent crackdown on protestors surrounding the nation’s recent passage of agricultural reform bills. Congressman Garamendi and his colleagues expressed their solidarity with the protestors and defended their right to peacefully protest these new laws.

December 4, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) applauded the introduction of the HOME Investment Partnership Reauthorization Act in the Senate by Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV). Rep.

June 3, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, issued the following statement in support of Armed Services Committee Chairman Smith’s demand for answers on the militarization of police in America:

May 15, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) voted to pass the Heroes Act, legislation to address the continued public health crisis and provide desperately needed support for struggling families and essential workers. The bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 208-199. The legislation includes funds for testing and tracing measures, key support for frontline workers, and strengthened assistance for the American people.  Rep. Garamendi also released a new detailed estimate of the direct benefits that the Heroes Act would provide to California and local communities. 

April 24, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Garamendi returned to Washington, D.C. and voted to pass the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, a $484 billion emergency relief package to support small businesses, hospitals and health care workers, and to expand testing for COVID-19 nationwide. The legislation passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 388-5-1 and will head to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

April 13, 2020 Press Release

Sacramento, CA—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, issued the below statement after it was announced that a sailor aboard the U.S.S. Roosevelt died due to complications with COVID-19: