Introduction to the Proposition Advocacy Tool Kits
The Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) is proud to play a role in promoting civic engagement throughout our system. The SSCCC has also taken stances of support for the following statewide ballot initiatives:
- Proposition 15 - Raises needed revenue to invest in schools and vital services for communities across the state
- Proposition 16 - Repeals Proposition 209 (1996), which stated that the government and public institutions cannot discriminate against or grant preferential treatment to persons on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment, public education, and public contracting.
- Proposition 17 - Seeks to amend the Constitution of California to allow people who are on parole for felony convictions to vote.
- Proposition 18 - Allows 17-year-olds to vote in primary and special elections if they will turn 18 by the subsequent general election.
All of the SSCCC sponsored statewide ballot initiatives are related to community college students and the mission of the SSCCC. The SSCCC has created this toolkit in order to assist you in advocating for these propositions. These tools include sample resolutions, talking points, social media posts, phone banking opportunities, and other useful tools.
Please be advised to use legal caution when using these tools. Student body associations (SBA) and their officers and student members should not participate in proposition advocacy other than authoring a support resolution. It is important to undertake proposition advocacy outside your SBA. For more legal guidelines are linked to each proposition page.
Please use these toolkits to educate people at your school and in your community about the propositions and why it is a good idea to vote for them. There are plenty of sample talking points, social media posts, and graphics to spread the word to your community. If you know students who are passionate about social justice and taking political action, please share this tool kit with them.
Thank you so much for doing your part to advocate for real change in California. Student voices hold power!