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SUPPORT SB 397–The Religion is Essential Act

Show your support for SB 397, The Religion is Essential Act
SB 397: Religion is Essential by Senator Brian Jones (R-38)

SB 397 declares the Religion is Essential Act and would require the Governor & the local government to deem religious services to be an essential service and to be necessary and vital to the health and welfare of the public.

SB 397 prohibits the state and local government from taking a discriminatory action against a religious organization.

This bill will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on

Tuesday, April 13th @ 1:30pm

There are 2 things you can do to SUPPORT this bill so that it will pass out of committee and not be KILLED.

1.  If you live in SD 17 (Laird)  or SD 10  (Wieckowski), call their office on MONDAY, April 6th and tell them that you SUPPORT SB397.   There is a good possibility that you do!

SD 17:  Senator Laird:  Gilroy, Morgan Hill, South San Jose (Santa Teresa/Oak Grove), all of Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.  CALL 916-651-4017

SD 10:   Senator Wieckowski:  Milpitas, San Jose (Berryessa, East Foothills, Downtown), Alameda County.  Call 916-651-4010

All you need to say is:  This is ________________I live in ________ and I support SB 397

***Actually…if you live anywhere in San Jose call them both!

2. Please call in during the hearing and let them know you support SB 397.

Click here to watch Karen England explain how to call into the hearing.

Senate Judiciary Committee

Sign the Petition

Read Why States Should Protect Religion As ‘Essential’ During Emergencies by Greg Chafuen

April 28th SVARW IN-PERSON Meeting with Senator Jones

Religion is Essential!
California State Senator Brian Jones visits SVARW

For over a year, Governor Newsom has used the excuse of COVID-19 to violate our rights, while his fellow Democrat legislators have sheepishly sat on their hands and allowed it to

Senator Brian Jones

happen. With very little representation on the Republican side, there’s almost no pushback on these damaging policies. But we have a warrior in Senator Brian Jones. He has sponsored several notable legislative measures including his “Made in America” legislation, which makes it easier for manufacturers to do business in California, and recently introduced the “Religion is Essential Act” that would require that the Governor and local governments to treat “religious services” as an essential service (just like retail) and ensure restrictions put on churches are no more stringent than other services deemed essential during any declared state of emergency.

As we continue our “Let’s Fix California!” theme, we have a special treat this month. With the recent retirement of our friend Senator Mike Morrell from the California Legislature, we have lost a key leader in the State Capitol on issues of moral, ethical and religious importance. But he has passed the torch on to Senator Brian Jones, who will continue Senator Morrell’s work to protect religious freedom, safeguard victim rights and ensuring family values are not simply written out of existence. Known for his Are You Kidding Me? videos that shine a light on the nonsensical policy often coming out of Sacramento, Senator Jones will bring insight into what’s happening in our legislature, as well as what he sees in the future and how we can get involved in restoring sanity to our government. Join us for our April SVARW breakfast meeting on April 28, 2021.  Space is still limited so sign up soon!

Date:  Wednesday, April 28th

Time:  Check in begins at 8:45 AM, Meeting called to order 9:30 AM

Location:  Three Flames Restaurant, 1547 Meridian Ave., San Jose 95125

Cost: $20 for Members, $25 for Non-Members, FREE to Reagan and Sponsor Members.  Cost includes plated breakfast.

Click here to register.

Do this now to OPPOSE CRT in our Schools-Hearing April 7

AB 101: Forced Indoctrination – Ethnic Studies

The battle against the indoctrination of our children continues. The California Department of Education unanimously passed the critical race theory based Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC). This model curriculum has been under fire from different groups all across California who recognize the racist, biased, and indoctrination that will come about if it is implemented. Despite the opposition, the California Board of Education passed this controversial and extremely biased model curriculum. Now the California Assembly Committee on Education is going to hear AB 101, a bill that will mandate curriculum like the ESMC to be taught to all high schoolers as a condition of graduation.

Some school districts have already begun teaching biased and racist ethnic studies curriculum created by organizations that groom children to become activists from a very young age. California public schools are forcing students to identify as a victim or as the oppressor. The narrative they want to perpetuate in the public school system is one of victimhood and views everything through the lens of race. The classrooms that were supposed to be neutral and foster the skills of critical thinking have turned into “struggle sessions” where students are trained to examine how they are inherently racist or oppressed. This is how they want your children to think.

On Wednesday, April 7 at 9am, the Assembly Education Committee will hear AB 101. AB 101 will mandate all high-school students to complete a one-semester course of ethnic studies to graduate. If your Assembly member is on the Education Committee, contact their office and tell them to vote NO on AB 101.

Find the link to watch the hearing here: 

Education Committee Members 

Patrick O’Donnell (Chair) (916) 319-2070

Kevin Kiley (Vice Chair) (916) 319-2006

Steve Bennett (916) 319-2037

Megan Dahle (916) 319-2037

Alex Lee (916) 319-2025

Kevin McCarty (916) 319-2007

Sharon Quirk-Silva (916) 319-2065

Board and Commission Opportunities in Santa Clara County—Apply Now!

Board and Commission Opportunities in Santa Clara County—Apply Now!

Looking at the challenges inflicted on our lives by “the government”, our first reaction might be “I need to run for office”.  It is a noble desire to want to impact the government, but running for office and getting elected are two different things.  There is a much swifter route to impact your local community and that is to be appointed to a city or county Board or Commission.

Each of the 15 municipalities in Santa Clara County as well as the county government, have opportunities for citizen to serve in both advisory and decision making positions.  Being appointed and serving on a Board or Commission is a great way to understand how the local government works, the issues faced and it looks great on your resume if you do decide to run for office.

Unlike running for an office, vacancies in these positions happen at various times and you need to apply when there are openings.  Qualifications vary by position from just being a resident of the city/town to fulfilling other qualifications.

Go to the Boards and Commissions tab on the website and check out the opportunities in your city and Santa Clara County.  Contact Jan Soule at if you are interested in more information.  Remember…if you don’t have a seat in local government…a liberal will have it!

Boards and Commissions

Take Test for Firearms Safety Certificate

A Firearms Safety Certificate allows you to purchase a gun and ammo in California.

Jess Guy will administer the test on Tuesdays to groups of 5.   The cost to take the test is $25 payable by cash or check.

To schedule your appointment to take the test, send an email to Kris Cannis at

Prerequisite for taking the test is to have watched the Gun Safety Class that Jess put on and is available for review via online video.  You should also review these documents:

Study Guide for Firearms Safety Certificate

Firearm Safety Certificate-FAQs

Click here to watch the replay of the Gun Safety Class.



Fighting CA’s authoritarian health orders: Federal lawsuit Tandon v Newsom

Paulette Altmaier and her husband have paid to file a suit against Gavin Newsom on behalf of plaintiffs who have lost constitutional rights due to Newsom’s handling of the lockdown.

If you would like to help support this lawsuit, please consider a donation to Liberty Center specifically for this lawsuit:

Fighting CA’s authoritarian health orders: Federal lawsuit Tandon v Newsom

  1. Key Points:
  • This lawsuit is intended to help all of CA, and emphasizes the loss of individual rights and the right to earn a living. The plaintiffs were selected to be representative of these losses.
  • The lawsuit takes a broad approach, making the case for a return to normal Constitutional order in CA
  • It draws a parallel with the Supreme Court’s total deference to the military’s emergency authority in the Japanese Internment court case. That decision (Korematsu) has been repudiated by the Supreme court since, and lives in infamy in the court of history.
  • The lawsuit asks the Courts not to make the same mistake by providing excessive deference to CA’s excessive and authoritarian approach, 7 long months into the covid pandemic
  • The Expert Declarations emphasize that in all past pandemics, hospitalizations and deaths were used as the criteria when determining public health actions, not positive test results, and that CA has never had more than 10% of its hospital beds filled with covid patients.
  • The filing is now complete. The key filing documents – the Complaint (read this first), the Main Brief, and two Expert Declarations – can be read by going to the public google directory whose URL is provided here.
  • We were very fortunate in being able to recruit two top-tier experts for the Expert Declarations –


  • Dr Jay Bhattacharya is a Professor of Medicine at Stanford, and is one of the 3 principals behind The Great Barrington Declaration   together with Harvard’s Dr Martin Kulldorf and Oxford’s Dr Sunetra Gupta. He makes the case for how unscientific CA’s approach is.


  • Dr Rajiv Bhatia is a practicing physician affiliated with Stanford University, and a former public health officer. He makes the case for how CA’s approach violates international accords and norms on Public Health principles and ethics.


  1. Please support this public-interest case with a tax-deductible donation


Since this is a public-interest lawsuit, the non-profit 501c(3) Center for American Liberty is supporting it and has created a donation page where people can contribute to support this SPECIFIC lawsuit, and your donation is tax-deductible.


The Center does not have the resources to actually fund the lawsuit out of existing funds, so my husband and I have guaranteed payment for whatever balance is outstanding after the community has contributed.


The cost for the lawsuit at the District court level is more than $115K, so your support is greatly appreciated.


Here is the link to the page specifically for this lawsuit: Tandon vs Newsom (named after the first-listed plaintiff).


Please note that at the bottom of the page is another link to donate to the Liberty Center overall. Donations made at that link will NOT help defray the cost of this specific lawsuit, so please be careful which link you click on.


  1. Initial win just prior to filing

One of the First Amendment issues in our filings was that one of our plaintiffs, Ritesh Tandon, who is a candidate for US Congress, has not been able to hold meetings and fundraisers in person as normally done when running for political office. The Main Brief originally included a request for an immediate Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to permit this essential First Amendment activity.

Just before our lawyers filed the Main Brief, Newsom’s DoJ got back to them and said they were going to update the State’s rules to state explicitly that all outdoor political gatherings (which we are free to call “rallies”) would now share the same exemption as protests currently have. So this is an initial win even before we enter legal proceedings.

This does not change our list of plaintiffs. The only change is that we are no longer seeking a TRO.

CA has updated its website to reflect the change. You can see the new exemption at this link, under the subheading ‘Can I go to Political Rallies and Protest Gatherings?’