#EMPOWER California


Six months into the year, Senator Harris continues her steadfast fight for the 40 million Californian residents, and Americans across the country. 

Recently, Senator Harris held her largest town hall at St. Genevieve Parish Church and Schools in the San Fernando Valley where she listened to ideas from community and student leaders. Some issues discussed included reforming our country’s immigration and criminal justice system, access to health care, gun violence, and the environment. "There are so many more issues to discuss and we will keep having these conversations," said Senator Harris. "I do these town halls because this is exactly what I want to do. I need to be here accountable to you, I need to be here and listen, and be present and that’s why I’m here."  

Watch Senator Harris's Town Hall in the San Fernando Valley

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Last week, Senator Harris and Republican Senator from Alaska Lisa Murkowski introduced the Ending the Monopoly of Power Over Workplace harassment through Education and Reporting Act (EMPOWER) to address the ongoing issue of workplace harassment and the pervasive culture of fear that has resulted from those in power silencing their victims. This comprehensive, bipartisan bill will empower victims to speak out and seek justice, put companies on notice that they can no longer financially protect harassers in secret, and arm individuals with the resources they need to address systemic workplace harassment. This includes prohibiting non-disclosure and non-disparagement clauses (NDAs) that employers have required individuals to sign as a condition of receiving the job - which has perpetuated a culture of silence. The EMPOWER Act has received support from over a dozen civil rights and women’s rights organizations.

Below is a quick rundown of other Harris happenings in D.C.:


  • Keep Families Together Act: A bill that promotes family unity by prohibiting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials from separating children from their parents, except in extraordinary circumstances. To view the full bill, click here.  
  • Congressional Accountability and Harassment Reform Act: A bill to amend the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 to reform the procedures provided under such Act for the initiation, investigation, and resolution of claims alleging that employing offices of the legislative branch have violated the rights and protections provided to their employees under such Act, including protections against sexual harassment and discrimination, and for other purposes. To view the full bill, click here.
  • Disaster Housing Assistance Act: A bill to establish a pilot program for long-term rental assistance for families affected by major disasters in 2017. To view the full bill, click here.
  • DONE Act: A bill to prohibit the expansion of immigration detention facilities, to improve the oversight of such facilities, and for other purposes. To view the full bill, click here.
  • Ensuring Diverse Leadership Act of 2018: A bill to amend the Federal Reserve Act to require Federal Reserve banks to interview at least one individual reflective of gender diversity and one individual reflective of racial or ethnic diversity when appointing Federal Reserve bank presidents, and for other purposes. To view the full bill, click here.


  • Harris, Feinstein, Colleagues Call on Sessions to Uphold Protections for LGBTQ Asylum Seekers Fleeing Persecution: U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris and Dianne Feinstein (both D-CA) led a group of their senate colleagues in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging that the Justice Department uphold a ruling by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) that provides protections for LGBTQ asylum seekers who are fleeing persecution. To view the full letter, click here.

  • Harris, Feinstein, Wyden, Heinrich Call on CIA to Declassify Information on Haspel’s Role in Enhanced Interrogation Program: U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats requesting that all Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) information related to any involvement Gina Haspel may have had in the CIA’s Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation program be declassified in advance of her nomination hearing at the Senate Select Committee on the Intelligence on May 9, 2018. To view the full letter, click here.
  • Harris, Menendez, Durbin and Hirono Lead Group of Senators in Demanding Rejection of Trump’s Deportation Force Budget Request: U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) led a group of their colleagues in a letter urging Senate Appropriators to reduce funding for the Administration’s “reckless immigration enforcement operations.” To view the full letter, click here.

As we look ahead to the final six months of the year, let’s continue to raise our voices against injustices and fight for the ideals we believe in.


Julie Chávez Rodríguez 
State Director
U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris