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AIQ is On Hold

AIQ is on hold until the State Legislature meets again the first week of January. We may rename it at that time, but we will meet again on Wednesdays at noon beginning in January.
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AIQ Asks for Wednesday, July 28th

Budget Advocacy; Please write a “thank you” one of the links below. Mention you are from Lutheran Office of Public Policy. Immigration/ Migration Also encourage your pastor to sign on to the letter linked below, “Garment Workers Sign On Letter” Green Burial : Information on proposed legislation.
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ELCA Advocacy Opportunities As We Approach The August Recess

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 …
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AIQ for July 7, 2021

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
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Important Up Coming AAMPARO Meetings

AAMPARO July 12th:  Title: Stories from the Southern Border Presenter: Rev. Ray Schellinger, Global Consultant on Immigration and Refugees, International Ministries, American Baptist Churches Summary: Join us to hear stories of resilience from asylum seekers themselves as well as stories from Rev. Ray Schellinger, Global Consultant on Immigration and Refugees International Ministries of the American Baptist Church.  Ray will share about his work at the southern border and share some of the stories he has heard from people there. Participants will learn the types of challenges asylum seekers face and learn about ways they can be involved in providing support and welcome.  Registration Link: July 19th:  Title: Ethical Storytelling – How to tell stories with human dignity Presenter: Laura Curkendall, Director of Program Communications, CWS and Christopher Plummer, Director of Media, CWS Summary: It’s natural to want to share the stories of our refugee neighbors with our own friends and family. But how can we ensure that we’re doing it in a way that we feel good about? Members of the CWS Communications team will share their advice to help you tell refugee stories in an ethical, dignified way. Registration Link: July 26th:  Title: What is Preferred Communities?  Intensive Case Management and the Community in Partnership Presenter: Melissa Berger, Program Specialist, Vulnerable Populations Summary: Many refugees, asylees, and other new arrivals …
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AIQ Action for Wednesday, June 9th

This is a very important week for funding of these bills! Health4All Update: Thank all who have been involved for a powerful month of advocating for Health4All in the budget. Leadership is finishing their negotiations, so it’s our last week to keep the pressure up and ensure they hear from us before the budget goes into print on Saturday! Last Friday, Senator Durazo joined several coalition members at Cliníca Romero in Los Angeles for a press event to call on Governor Newsom to cover those age 50+ in the budget. Everyday this week, please help us lift up Friday’s action by tweeting photos from the event and tagging the @CAgovernor. Photos and sample tweets can be all be found in the digital toolkit, which is provided in both English and Spanish. This is our last push before the budget is finalized. Food4All Update: This is an important moment for this campaign. We haven’t heard any news since the Governor and Legislature began negotiating the final budget, which means there’s still time to make our voices heard and NOW is the best time 🙂 It’s not too late to tell Governor Newsom: fund Food4All! Call/Email Today: Governor Gavin Newsom or Phone: (916) 445-2841. Already called? Call again! …
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AIQ Action for May 26th

Food4All Call to Action Call/Email Key Decision Makers Call or send your own email Direct calls and emails make a difference! Contact these key decision makers to let them know you want to ensure Food4All is included in the state budget. You can also find your Representative here and share the same message below. Governor Gavin Newsom(916) 445-2841Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins(916) 651-4039Speaker of the Assembly, Anthony Rendon(916) 319-2063Senator Nancy Skinner, Chair, Senate Budget Committee(916) 651-4009Assemblymember Phil Ting, Chair, Assembly Budget Committee (916) 319-2019 Sample ScriptHello, My name is _____ from _____ (either location or organization) and I am CALLING/WRITING to urge _____ (Member Name) to support Food4All in the final state budget package. Food4All would expand eligibility in the California Food Assistance Program to all those who need critical food assistance, regardless of their immigration status.  [OPTIONAL: SHARE YOUR STORY in one or two sentences.] California needs to end the unjust exclusion of immigrants from CalFresh, our most effective anti-hunger program. Here is the link for the source of this alert: Also encourage your representatives to support full funding and further expansion of CalEITC to $0 workers.
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California Roars Back: Governor Newsom Announces Largest State Tax Rebate in American History

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Contact: Governor’s Press OfficeMonday, May 10, 2021(916) 445-4571 Two-thirds of Californians set to benefit from Golden State Stimulus checks amounting to nearly $12 billion in total – the largest state tax rebate in American history Billions in funding for rental relief and water and utility assistance Part of the Governor’s $100 billion California Comeback Plan, a comprehensive recovery plan to tackle five of California’s most persistent challenges SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today previewed his $100 billion California Comeback Plan – the biggest economic recovery package in California’s history – including unprecedented investments to address the state’s most persistent challenges, starting with nearly $12 billion in direct cash payments to Californians hit hardest by the pandemic. Chief among the new proposals is a major expansion of the Golden State Stimulus, providing additional direct payments to middle-class families that make up to $75,000. Under the plan, two-thirds of Californians will benefit from $600 direct payments. Qualified families with dependents, including undocumented families, will also now be eligible for an additional $500. The plan triples California’s previous investment, reaching more people and giving bigger benefits. “California’s recovery is well underway, but we can’t be satisfied with simply going back to the way things were,” said Governor Newsom. “We are tripling the Golden State Stimulus to get money in the hands …
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