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AM Alert: Foster youth rally at Capitol for pregnancy services

Muhammad Haqq, 20, proudly shows off an ultrasound photo of his daughter that is due in September as he packs his things to move out of the Laverne Adolfo Center, a transitional housing program in Sacramento for former foster youth, on April 30, 2013.
Muhammad Haqq, 20, proudly shows off an ultrasound photo of his daughter that is due in September as he packs his things to move out of the Laverne Adolfo Center, a transitional housing program in Sacramento for former foster youth, on April 30, 2013. The Sacramento Bee file

Current and former foster youth will rally at the Capitol as part of California Youth Connection’s lobby day in support of potential legislation to increase resources for foster youth who are pregnant or parenting.

The group will lead a march to the Capitol from the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza on J Street at 7:30 a.m., then visit with legislators to promote its proposed bill, which would also increase privacy rights for pregnant and parenting foster youth after they age out of the system.

California Youth Connection will end its day with a celebration on the west steps of the Capitol, in recognition of a successful push last year for SB 1099 by former state Sen. Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, which expanded visitation rights for siblings in foster care.

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PTA-LIVE AND WELL: Parents from across the state arrive in Sacramento for the California State PTA’s two-day legislative conference, starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites on Capitol Mall. The school advocacy group will hear from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and Secretary of Health and Human Services Diana Dooley today, as well as Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor and Department of Finance Director Michael Cohen tomorrow. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen are scheduled for a panel, Tuesday at 11 a.m.

COME TOGETHER: Following a weekend “march for real climate leadership” attempting to catch Gov. Jerry Brown’s attention in his home city of Oakland, anti-fracking activists will visit the governor’s office at the Capitol at 4 p.m. to deliver 184,000 signatures calling on Brown to follow New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s lead and ban the controversial oil extraction method in California.

CHAIN REACTION: Assemblyman Roger Hernández, D-Baldwin Park, hosts a screening of Food Chain$, a documentary about efforts to improve working conditions for farm laborers, 6 p.m. at the Crest Theater on K Street. A panel discussion following the film will feature James Araby, executive director of the United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council, among others. Last year, Hernández sponsored a bill holding corporations accountable for subcontractors that violate worker safety and compensation laws, citing the mistreatment of temporary laborers at a farm in Salinas.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, who turns 46 today.

Call The Bee’s Alexei Koseff, (916) 321-5236. Follow him on Twitter @akoseff.

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