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AM Alert: Lawmakers, youth rally for opportunities for minorities

Longshoremen listen to speakers during an Oakland protest against police brutality earlier this year. An advocacy group will hold a Capitol rally today to for an end to racial profiling and mass incarceration.
Longshoremen listen to speakers during an Oakland protest against police brutality earlier this year. An advocacy group will hold a Capitol rally today to for an end to racial profiling and mass incarceration. AP

The California Alliance for Boys and Men of Color will hold a rally at the Capitol today to advocate for criminal justice changes and better access to health care.

The rally on the Capitol’s north steps, which organizers expect will draw 250 people, will follow a hearing by the Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color. The alliance will call for an end to racial profiling and mass incarceration.

State officials and youth leaders from across California will testify at the Assembly hearing about education, health care, policing and employment challenges that confront minority communities.

EQUAL PAY: Members of the Legislative Women’s Caucus will gather at a news conference urging the approval of SB 358, which is set for an afternoon vote in the Assembly. The measure would prohibit employers from paying any workers less than workers of the opposite sex for “substantially similar work.” It also would ban any restrictions on workers talking about their wages or their rights under the Equal Pay Act, 10:30 a.m., room 3191.

TOBACCO BILLS: The Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to hear several tobacco-related bills at 10 a.m. in room 4203. Senate Bill 5, in the second extraordinary session, would regulate electronic cigarettes as a tobacco product. State Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, introduced the bill shortly after he abandoned an earlier measure rather than take pro-industry amendments in an Assembly committee.

Another health special session bill, SBxx7 by Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-Azusa, also is expected to go before the committee. The bill would raise the legal age for tobacco purchases from 18 to 21.

EARTHQUAKE REMEMBRANCE: Assemblyman Bill Dodd, D-Napa, Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena and others will gather in Napa to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Aug. 24, 2014 earthquake that shook the region.

Damage from the early-morning quake topped $300 million, according to Napa County officials.

Bee reporter Andrew Holzman contributed to this report. Contact Jeanne Kuang: 916-321-1188, @jeannekuang

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