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AiQ: August 19

1. Call the Senate Appropriations Committee before Thursday’s suspense file hearing. Call Committee Staff at (916) 651-4101 in support of the following bills which will be heard on 8/20: AB 3121: Reparations Task ForceAB 2542: Racial Justice ActAB 2043: Farmworker Safety and CalOSHA requirementsAB 826: Emergency Food Assistance for Immigrants Give your name and city of residence. Go on the record in support of each bill. Tell the staffer why you care. 2. Email your Senator in support of CalFresh Prison Preenrollment today. Support 3. Sign up for Friday’s immigrant justice vigil and ballot measure events
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AiQ: August 12

1. Immigrant Food Assistance Support AB 826 with a letter to Senator Anthony Portantino, Chair of the Appropriations Committee Submit letter 2. Reparations Bill Call the Senate Appropriations Committee and voice your support for AB 3121 (Weber): Reparations Task Force. This bill will be heard in Appropriations tomorrow, Thursday August 13. Call Senate Appropriations Staff at (916) 651-4101 Name and city that you live inGo on the record that you support the passage of this bill to the Senate floor 3. Federal Relief Package Share this fact sheet (use share icons on left corner of page) and tag Congressmembers and White House officials in your post. Fact Sheet The only way to adequately meet the needs of a reeling economy, struggling families, and cash-strapped states and localities is for President Trump and Congress to come to agreement on a robust, bipartisan economic relief package. Tens of millions of people have lost their jobs, and millions report that their households did not get enough to eat, are behind on their rent or mortgage, or both.Nearly 30 million adults reported that their household didn’t get enough to eat for the week ending July 21, according to Census estimates.Nearly 15 million renters (more than 1 in 5) reported that they were behind…
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It is possible to become discouraged about the injustice we see everywhere. But God did not promise us that the world would be humane and just. He gives us the gift of life and allows us to choose the way we will use our limited time on this earth. Cesar Chavez, in his statement at the end of his 24-day fast for justice Today’s Actions #Farmworker Day of ActionCall Senate Committee to Support Food Access for People Leaving IncarcerationSign On to Ensure School Meals Access#SafteyNet4All Day of Action Other bills discussed include AB 3070 – Anti-discrimination in Jury Selection, AB 2542 – Racial Justice Act, and AB 3121 – Reparations Task Force (Similar to HR 40). To support, please visit the committee websites and make a phone call to staff or committees members Farmworker COVID-19 Study California employs an estimated 800,000 farmworkers. Most work at seasonal jobs—rarely holding full-time, year-round work—and earn an average annual income of less than $18,000. A recent study found: Nearly 1/2 of farmworkers lost work time & income during #COVID19. 60% of workers are undocumented & ineligible for most social safety net programs. 54% of respondents reported that costs, lack of insurance, and/or lack of sick leave prevented them from accessing healthcare, even if ill.  Read full data summary here. Tweet,…
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AiQ: SNAP Increases

State Action AB 3073 is waiting to be scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Human Services Committee. With 5 weeks left in the session and many bills to consider, Senators need to hear from you to know that this bill is important and must be heard! LOPPCA is a sponsor of this bill alongside Bread for the World. This bill allows people exiting the criminal justice system to enroll in CalFresh benefits prior to leaving prison, supporting successful reintegration into civic life.  Support AB 3073 Federal Action Tell Congress: Make food access a priority. As negotiations continue through the week, we urge California’s lawmakers to lift up responsible and real solutions to the hardship millions are facing. The next recovery package must include:  a 15% boost to SNAP benefits, an extension of Pandemic EBT, an extension of WIC waivers, and more significant fiscal relief for states and people with low and moderate-incomes–including ALL immigrant households. Call & Email Your Members of Congress. Your voice is critical. Urge your members not to leave D.C. without boosting SNAP benefits and enacting other key anti-hunger provisions in the next recovery package. Sample Script & Contact Info
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AiQ: Protect Asylum Seekers

The Administration proposed a rule in the middle of June that would effectively end asylum, a form of protection meant to give refuge to people fleeing for their lives. The proposed rule makes many drastic changes to the way people are able to access this form of protection including:  Taking away due process rights for asylum seekers,Increasing the bar people have to meet to move past an initial interview to impossibly high standards,Eliminating access to asylum for people fleeing violence from non-state actors, including people fleeing due to gang or gender-based violence. If this rule is implemented, it would mean that thousands of our siblings in Christ, many of whom are already suffering due to changes made to our asylum system, would be unable to seek protection in the United States. As Lutherans and as citizens, we are called to speak up to ensure that people fleeing for their lives can find refuge in this country.  Please join us in standing up for asylum by submitting a comment against this proposed regulation by July 15th. Take action by:  1.     Submitting a comment. It is necessary when submitting comments for a proposed rule to customize your message, whether your message is brief or lengthy, to ensure it is counted as a unique comment. Use the following points to guide you…
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Board votes to center anti-racist lens in all policy work

The LOPPCA Policy Council unanimously affirmed a move to center an anti-racism lens to fuel and undergird our advocacy priorities as an organization. The Board will work in conjunction with the Director to develop protocols and guidance for how this will be implemented and measured. What is an anti-racist lens? “The opposite of racist isn’t ‘not racist.’ It is ‘anti-racist.’ What’s the difference? One endorses either the idea of a racial hierarchy as a racist, or racial equality as an anti-racist. One either believes problems are rooted in groups of people, as a racist, or locates the roots of problems in power and policies, as an anti-racist. One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an anti-racist. There is no in-between safe space of ‘not racist.” ― Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist An anti-racist approach confronts and dismantles systems and structures which promote racism and white supremacy. Such an approach is necessary because anti-blackness and white supremacy are embedded in our history, our present, and the pull of the status quo. Racism is devastating, harmful, and at times lethal to people of color, and it is harmful to our common life together as beloved community. How does ANTI-RACISM apply to policY-making? “Americans have…
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LOPP Welcomes New Board Member

Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith, the new CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Southern California, joins the LOPPCA Policy Council as an ex officio member As President and Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Social Services of Southern California, Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith oversees the strategic direction and execution of the agency’s core mission: ignited by faith, we live out God’s love by embracing, equipping and empowering vulnerable people in Southern California. Establishing a vision for community impact that works across private, public and corporate sectors, Beckwith leads a diverse team of 150+ employees across 18 offices in eight counties, to improve conditions for underserved and marginalized communities. Dr. Beckwith joins the organization from California Southern University where she most recently served as Provost and Chief Academic Officer. She offers a wealth of fiscal and executive management to the position following a 27- year career with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) retiring as the Vice President of Eastern Region, responsible for profit and loss for operations. Supported by the work Dr. Beckwith’s done through the Professional Christian Women in Service organization she established in 2005, and other leadership and empowerment programs she created over her professional career, it is clear her heart is truly aligned with the values of Lutheran Social Services. Dr.…
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