It’s important to learn what Congressional, State Senate and State Assembly Districts you are in. These will be our districts for the next ten years, beginning with the June 2022 Primary. I used the following link to find mine. It is important to click just one final map at a time to see the districts you are in. If you are close to a line between two districts you can put in your exact address to make sure which one you are in. I needed to do that to verify my State Senate District. https://www.wedrawthelinesca.org/final_maps
ELCA Advocacy is urging all of us to contact our senators urging them to support the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. If you have friends or relatives in states other than California, especially urge them to contact their senators. This is crucial to saving our democracy. Here is a link to an ELCA Advocacy contact form. https://support.elca.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1426
Regina is attending the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on the 31 October – 12 November 2021. The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The UK is committed to working with all countries and joining forces with civil society, companies and people on the frontline of climate change to inspire climate action ahead of COP26. She should have lots of stories to share when she returns!
Budget Advocacy; Please write a “thank you” one of the links below. Mention you are from Lutheran Office of Public Policy. https://nourishca.org/publications/actionalert/take-a-few-minutes-to-say-thanks-for-funding-food4all-and-more-needs-to-be-done/https://nourishca.org/publications/actionalert/damos-las-gracias-por-financiar-food4all-y-necesitamos-compromisos-a-largo-plazo/ Immigration/ Migration https://abic.us/events/the-path-forward-briefing-with-sen-bob-menendez-on-immigration-via-budget-reconciliation/?emci=9ccd605d-afef-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7&emdi=7eb4aa51-b1ef-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7&ceid=5839587 Also encourage your pastor to sign on to the letter linked below, “Garment Workers Sign On Letter” https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pmbiSC0J8085TBp2VSS2qBtuyB1LshdDJD-ItgXcIto/edit?usp=sharing Green Burial : Information on proposed legislation. https://recompose.life/help-bring-recompose-to-california/ https://recompose.life
U.S. representatives regularly return to their home districts to stay engaged with their constituents. Traditionally, August Recess is one such time – and while everyone needs some rest and relaxation, lawmakers are likely busy during this period with Town Halls, arranged meetings and other contact points that give you a window to raise your experiences and policy concerns while they are local. Our ELCA advocacy staff reflected on some current events that intersect with federal policy and priorities this year that you can review today in the “August recess opportunity” blog post. The reflections are based upon the ELCA’s social teaching documents and the experiences of its congregations, ministries and partners to end world hunger and stand up for policies that create opportunities to overcome poverty, promote peace and dignity, preserve God’s creation and promote racial and gender justice.On It will take place on Thursday, July 22, 2021 from 1-1:30 p.m. EDT. you’re invited to the “ELCA Advocacy Network Conference Call: August Recess Possibilities” to hear directly from staff about the current federal policy landscape. Additional details and registration found here. As we enter into the month of August, consider attending one of your lawmaker’s Town Halls or arranging a direct meeting yourself. Resources on how to do each and more can be found at the ELCA Advocacy Resource Page. To find…
With the CA budget passed, these bills we’ve been working on (SB 464 Food4All, SB 107 CalFresh Simple for Seniors, SB 108 State Healthy Food Access) are now being reviewed by the , Assembly Appropriations Committee. Please contact your Assembly Person if they are on this committee and urge full funding for these bills. ASSEMBLY APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE 80 Chair Lorena Gonzales, Dem, San Diego 05 Vice Chair Frank Bigelow, GOP, Sutter Creek, Placerville, Madera 54 Isaac Bryan, Dem, Culver City 57 Lisa Calderon, Dem, Whittier, South El Monte, La Puente, Norwalk, La Mirada, Santa Fe Springs, City of Industry 51 Wendy Carillo, Dem, Los Angeles 49 Ed Chau, Dem, Monterey Park San Gabriel Valley 01 Megan Dahle, GOP, Redding, Nevada City 73 Laurie Davies, GOP, Mission Viejo, Laguna Beach, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point 34 Vince Fong, GOP, Kern County, Bakersfield 45 Jesse Gabriel, Dem, Woodland Hills, west San Fernando Valley 56 Eduardo Garcia, Dem, Coachella, Imperial Valley 10 Mark Levine, Dem, San Rafael, Petaluma, Santa Rosa 20 Bill Quirk, Dem, Hayward, southeast Bay Area 30 Robert Rivas, Dem, Salinas, Morgan Hill, Soledad, Hollister 79 Akilah Weber, Dem, San Diego