YES on SB403

Support CA Senate Bill SB403

SB403 in a NutshellCalifornia law has hard-won civil rights protections in place for those who may face discrimination based on certain specified categories such as race, color, sex, religion and disability. This bill will add caste to the list of specified protected categories.

DateStatus of the Bill
06/06/23To be referred to a California House committee
05/11/23California Senate passed overwhelmingly with 34-1 votes
04/25/23California Senate Judiciary committee passed unanimously with 11-0 votes

What can you do to support it now?
As the bill moves to the CA House, we need our  assembly members to vote YES on the bill.

Call your assembly member today and ask them to vote YES on SB403 –  Find Your Assembly Member
Share your experiences or observations of everyday caste practice with us – Share your testimony
Academic/Teacher/Student?Please add your support
Ask Governor & Electeds to support SB403Sign petition

What is the goal of SB 403?Caste discrimination, a system of social stratification, is prevalent among the South Asian diaspora of all religions today. It manifests in the US in several ways that include social exclusion, denial of workplace opportunities and outing of caste identity with an intention to discriminate. This bill will provide a legal safeguard to the oppressed castes for their constitutional rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. The goal is to free them from fear and enable them to live up to their full potential.

Quick Overview: How Californians have led the way into the battles against various oppression:

The legacy of Californians against oppression

1959: Blacks win the legal right to be treated fairly by businesses in CA with the passage of the Unruh Civil Rights Act. This is five years before the federal equivalent, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, is passed.

1963: Fair Housing Act is passed in CA: Blacks win (diluted) housing rights.

1974: Sex is added as a protected category to the Unruh Civil Rights Act.

2005: Marital Status and Sexual Orientation are added as protected categories.

2011: Gender Identity and Gender Expression are now protected. You can’t be discriminated against based on your genetic information either.

2015: Primary Language, Immigration Status & Citizenship are now protected.

2023: What can you do to add “Caste” in this legacy?

Help ban discrimination based on caste and be part of this legacy!

Want to download full SB403 FACTS SHEET? – click here to download

Other Resources:

SB403 Misrepresentations vs Facts:Find answers to top lies spread by the bill’s opponents

Caste Discrimination/Practices Testimonies Read the real voices of caste discriminated in the land of free

Do you want share your caste discrimination testimony with us?(your real identity will be protected)

SB403 Bill official details

Read the full text of SB403

Practice of Caste in USA: Discussion Series Learn how caste discrimination and casteist practices operate in the diaspora

Watch/Listen at YouTube: Practice of Caste in USAYour chance to watch/listen and get educated more on caste discrimination and remedies