Lobby Day 2021 was a great success. We had over one hundred attendees, meetings with thirty-four legislative offices, and five bills we advocated on. But even more importantly, it was a day of connection, meaning, learning, and fun, both with each other and with our state representatives.
Bill Update: As of Thursday, May 20, 2021, 3 of our 4 active bills passed out of appropriations to the floor of their respective houses. AB 221: Emergency Food4All, SB 464: Food4All, and AB 937: The VISION Act (No ICE transfers) have the opportunity to continue to move forward in the legislative process. Your advocacy made a difference.
Lutheran Office of Public Policy-CA Welcomes Two New California Bishops
Director Regina Q. Banks and the LOPP-CA Policy Council and warmly welcome Bishop Elect Megan Rohrer of Sierra Pacific Synod and Bishop Elect Brenda Bos of Southwest California Synod to the work of Lutheran Advocacy in the Golden State. We look forward to this new era of your historic anointed leadership. For more information about the newly elected bishops click on the following links: https://www.socalsynod.org/2021/06/05/bishop-elect-brenda-bos/ and https://www.revrohrer.com/blank-mpvle
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Advocacy during COVID-19
COVID-19 has stopped many parts of the economy as well as our social and religious life together.
But public policy remains important and indeed a crucial response to the pandemic. Existing economic and racial disparities have been exacerbated over the last few months.
The California Legislature has moved to respond. Legislation moves quickly and all citizen engagement takes place remotely. With new challenges, we’ve found new opportunity to engage with the 400 ELCA congregations in our state through a weekly virtual briefing.