Frequently Asked Questions
What do you do – in a nutshell?
We lobby at the Capitol in Sacramento– we have a registered lobbyist who keeps track of what bills are being written, heard in committee and voted on. We pick out bills that we think will be of interest to our supporters and that we feel are important to act on in accordance with our policy statements. Then we write letters of support or opposition, testify at hearings and make sure legislators hear from their constituents by making it easy for people like you to communicate with your representatives. Many times we work in coalition with other organizations to have a stronger impact.
Who do you represent?
Unlike a lot of lobbyists you may have heard about, we don’t represent the interests of one particular group or business. We strive to put forward the public interest and to make sure our laws respect the worth of every person, including those who have been the most marginalized – those who often have no voice. Who cares if a guy in prison has to pay more to see a doctor or call his family? We do.
Who are the “Friends”?
What kind of issues do you work on?
We’re known for our expertise and focus on criminal justice reform. Public safety bills and prison issues take up a lot of the legislative agenda and we are very active in this area.
But we also respond actively to other issues: supporting the clean money for elections campaign; speaking up on the budget; standing up to the Selective Service when they want to automatically register every young man who gets a California driver’s license for the draft.
How can I interact with your group?
Well, since you’re already on our site, you can go here and register for our free Action Network. We’ll send you an Action Alert when something important is happening at the Capitol – we’ll make it easy for you to find and communicate with your legislator.
After that, check out this page. We hope you’ll become a contributing member – basic membership is $60 and low-income is $35. As a contributing member, you’ll receive our quarterly FCLCA Newsletter and the confidence that you have a lobby of conscience in Sacramento. Welcome!