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In Sacramento, CA Governor Gavin Newsom Urged To Veto Caste Bill

In Sacramento, CA Governor Gavin Newsom Urged To Veto Caste Bill

India-West Staff Reporter

SACRAMENTO, CA  – Hundreds of Hindus gathered here to protest an anti-caste discrimination bill, which they say will further fuel instances of Hinduphobia if signed into law.

The SB 403 bill, which seeks to outlaw caste-based discrimination in the state, was passed in the California Senate last week with an overwhelming 31-5 votes and now rests with Governor Gavin Newsom for clearance.

Holding banners and placards, the group, on September 9, urged Newsom to veto the bill, which if signed, will make California the first state in the US to add caste as a protected category in its anti-discrimination laws.

Sharing videos and images from the peaceful protest, in a press release, the advocacy group, Coalition of Hindus of North America (CoHNA), wrote, “Gavin Newsom, we hope you see how deeply concerned our community is about this bill and its potential impact on us”.

Asserting that the bill seeks to “silence” the Hindus, CoHNA said that SB 403 “is not facially neutral, allows for the targeting and profiling of Hindus and violates our civil rights”.

“‘Caste’ is not neutral like race, religion, gender, ethnicity, ancestry, and other categories. And, existing California laws can already address any claims of caste discrimination,” CoHNA said, urging Newsom to “stand on the right side of history.”

The bill, introduced by Senator Aisha Wahab in March, adds caste as a protected category to an existing law, the Unruh Civil Rights Act, which provides that all people in the state of California are entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services in all business establishments.

“We want to ensure organizations and companies do not entrench caste discrimination in their practices or policies, and in order to do that we need to make it plainly clear that discrimination based on caste is against the law,” Wahab had said in March 2023.

Just after the passage in the California State Assembly, its supporters went on a hunger strike asking Newsom to sign it into law as soon as possible.

The office of Governor Newsom told BBC that he would evaluate the bill when it reaches his desk.

Before its passage in California’s senate, the bill had cleared the State Assembly late last month with a 55-3 vote, a sign of broad support.

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  • Newsom should sign it. And then classify all Californians in each caste.

    What happens next when India start to classify Americans working in India by US laws that discriminated by color and heritage?

    September 11, 2023
    • India already has laws banning discrimination on the basis of race.

      September 11, 2023
  • This bill SB403 is regressive and takes Indian American community backwards by assigning caste label which is unknown to Indian kids born in US. In fact, the state unsuccessfully tried to assign caste & religion to the main defendant Sundar Iyer in the widely published Cisco caste case. Since this was civil rights violation of Sundar Iyer, the state was forced to withdraw the case. Why is this bill still being advanced? This bill should have been killed as soon the Cisco case it was built was withdrawn.

    September 11, 2023
  • Wahab is a trouble maker who is heavily anti-Indian. Somebody should introduce an anti honor killing bill. Wahab know about it where is she from. Finally, she should be deported. This country is not compatible with her views.

    September 11, 2023
  • The sponsor of SB403 is equality labs and according to the materials it has published, y ou cannot say namaste, cannot celebrate Holi or Diwali, cannot eat what you like, God forbid if you are a vegetarian and your coworker offers you chicken curry. Stupid equality labs says these are all signs of caste oppression. SB403 is crafted with this nonsense where someone can “perceive” any of these as caste discrimination. SB403 is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Hindus need to wake up and get on governor Newsom’s back to VETO SB403. Please call. write, tweet to Governor Newsom NOW.

    September 13, 2023

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