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June 24, 2020

California voters will decide in November whether to reinstate affirmative action after lawmakers approved a proposal Wednesday asking them to repeal the 25-year-old law that bans the consideration of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in university admissions, public employment and contracting.

In a 30-10 Senate vote, Assembly Constitutional Amendment 5 secured the necessary two-thirds majority needed to send the measure to repeal Proposition 209 to voters in the Nov. 3 election. Only one Republican, state Sen. Scott Wilk of Santa Clarita, voted for the measure.

June 17, 2020

The California Senate is now considering a measure that would send to voters a repeal of Proposition 209 which banned the use of affirmative action in admission to the CSU and UC system and public contracts. NBC4’s Conan Nolan talks with State Senator Steven Bradford (D-South LA).


June 08, 2020

As Vice-Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus and Chair of the Senate Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color — and more importantly, as a human being — I am appalled by the senseless killing of George Floyd. His death is another tragic reminder of the police violence that has devastated Black families and communities for decades.

May 29, 2020

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This was published on May 29, 2020 by CalMatters and California Black Media partners, including the Sacramento Observer, SF Bay View, and San Diego Voice.


The coronavirus crisis is testing most households and businesses in California, pushing some to the very brink of what they can bear before falling off a cliff.

But for some, clinging to the edge is nothing new.

October 31, 2019


Nation starts to follow California’s lead on rights for college athletes: Steven Bradford

By Steven Bradford |

PUBLISHED: October 31, 2019 at 12:44 am | UPDATED: October 31, 2019 at 12:45 am

Soon, for the first time in America, college student-athletes will be able to be compensated for their immensely profitable work.

October 30, 2019

California Law Prevails As NCAA Agrees To Allow Student Athletes To Be Compensated

The NCAA announcement comes as more and more states have joined with California on the issue

By Evan Symon, October 31, 2019


Less than two months after California passed a law allowing collegiate student athletes in California to be compensated for their image, likeness, or name being used, the NCAA has announced that it will be allowed nationwide. Initially the NCAA vowed to place numerous sanctions against them if students started to receive money.


December 07, 2017

Growing up in Senate District 35 nearly my whole life, I cherish what the community has afforded me and how it has shaped my life as a public servant. This is why, especially during the holiday season, it is essential that we give back.