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Calling California WILPFers

for the California November General Election

WILPF-CALIFORNIA, the new statutory project established through branch and individual efforts for statewide legislative and ballot measures, has recommendations on four November ballot measures; and additionally calls attention to one of WILPF’s longstanding Principles & Policies in support of abolition of capital punishment. Please see the detailed analyses of the Friends Committee on Legislation of California's positions on these and the other ballot measures at http://www.fclca.org/images/stories/pdfs/october2012revisedfinal.pdf.

Measure Topic

Information Link

(Secretary of State)

No Proposition 32 Restricts union political fundraising by prohibiting use of payroll-deducted funds for political purposes. Does not control corporate spending on elections. Go to Prop 32
Yes* Proposition 34 Replaces death penalty as maximum punishment for persons found guilty of murder and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. Applies retroactively to persons already sentenced to death. Has prisoner work requirements and other provisions. Go to Prop 34
Yes Proposition 36 Revises three strikes law to impose life sentence only when new felony conviction is serious or violent. Authorizes re-sentencing for offenders currently serving life sentences if third strike conviction was not serious or violent and judge determines sentence does not pose unreasonable risk to public safety. Go to Prop 36
Yes Proposition 37 [GMO Food Labeling] Requires labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specific ways. Prohibits labeling or advertising such food as “natural.” Go to Prop 37
Yes Proposition 40
Keeps the California State Senate lines as drawn by the Citizens Redistricting Commission in 2011. Go to Prop 40

*Our WILPF US Principles & Policies (1985), articulate our section’s support of abolition of capital punishment which informs this recommendation to support Proposition 34 despite the serious issues regarding prison reform that are not addressed in this measure.

Questions? Contact Nancy Abbey (Santa Cruz) at nabbey@cruzio.com or Barbara Nielsen (San Francisco) at bln.sf.ca@gmail.com.

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