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AiQ: Commit to Equity

Tweet with us! The Commit to Equity campaign is hosting a Twitter Storm today, Wednesday July 8th starting at 11:00 AM PST and going on throughout the afternoon.  We are asking organizations to take part by using the #TaxCABillionaires and #CommitToEquity hashtags on Wednesday, July 8th beginning at 11:00 AM.  California’s 154 billionaires have increased their net worth by 25% during the first 3 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, while nearly 1 in 5 Californian has lost their job. The recently passed California budget threatens massive cuts to the services our communities depend on. We’ve setup an easy click to tweet page here with additional posts and images here:https://committoequity.org/storm/ Register for Conversation with Bishop Eaton and Bishop Curry Our thoughts and prayers inform our actions. “Advocacy Tools for Loving Your Neighbor” on Thurs, July 9 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. PDT is an online training event jointly hosted by The Episcopal Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to equip you. Both Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, plus advocacy leaders from both denominations, will be part of this time of exploring the nature of faith-based advocacy, the issues to which we can speak, and the ways we can make our voices heard. Rostered ministers, Lutherans, Episcopalians and friends are welcome to the free webinar and will leave with tools and inspiration…
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AiQ: Ballot Measures

Thank you for joining us for AiQ this week! With the Legislature in CA out of session, our normally full actions are fairly quiet. Still, voices raised together can make a difference on key federal legislation which will be heard in the Senate in the coming weeks. Ballot MeasuresCalifornia voters have a lot to decide on in November. Start getting informed with this article from CalMatters. Read Article LegInfoTo learn about bills, get to know California’s Legislative information website. Some bills we are following: AB 3070, AB3073, ACA 5.Check out LegInfo SNAP AdvocacyNegotiations on the next recovery package are expected to take place when the House and Senate return from the July 4th recess. This may be our last chance to secure critical hunger relief. Before decisions are made, we need your help ensuring that members of Congress are consistently hearing about the need for action over the next few weeks. Call, write, or post on social media targeting Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein.Take Action
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When I Broke by Regina Banks

You remember the story of Jonah and the whale, right? God commands Jonah to preach repentance to his foes in the city of Nineveh. But Jonah wasn’t down with being God’s little messenger. Not about that. Not to them. So, he booked passage on the first ship heading anywhere but there. The Bible tells us plainly that Jonah “ran away from the Lord.” That worked out about as well as you would expect and after many storms and tribulations Jonah found himself in the belly of a whale; saved from certain drowning by a God with a plan. In the belly of the whale, the reality of the task being asked of him became clear to Jonah. In the belly of the whale, the enormity of the force sending him to Nineveh became clear. When I announced my intention to go to law school my mother’s family became suspiciously excited. As I went through the application process I talked with them about this school or that. A couple of days would pass, then worked casually into the next conversation somehow would be the stats for that law school’s Criminal Law department. They weren’t subtle. But I of course they thought criminal law. My grandfather was the first Black Genesee…
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AiQ: Thank You for the CalEITC!

June 24 Action Items Write or call Senator Mitchell, Assemblymember Ting, and Governor Newsom to tell them thank you for including ITIN filers with children from 0-6 in the CalEITC. We know that they were juggling a lot of priorities, and we are grateful that the administration is supporting some of our undocumented neighborsCheck out LegInfo and learn about AB 3070, jury selection.Save contact info for your legislator! Other Actions you can take: ACA 5 – Support Racial Justice and Affirmative Action by calling or emailing your senator today.
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ACA 25 – Oppose Unless Amended

Update: ACA 25 was pulled from the legislative process by the author’s office on June 18, 2020. None of our work matters if we cannot participate in the legislative process. Assembly Constitutional Amendment 25 (ACA 25) is a provision to allow for remote and proxy voting in case of an emergency. But ACA 25 was drafted quickly and lacks key specifications and protections to ensure that the democratic process is not compromised. Along with a coalition of organizations in the Green California and Building the California Dream Alliance, we oppose this bill unless amended. Read the Bill Text Here. Background and Requests of AdvocatesRemote proceedings present significant obstacles to transparency and public engagement, two cornerstones for accountable democracy enshrined in our State Constitution. As such, remote participation should only be authorized in exceptional cases, when absolutely needed, and for only as long as needed. Unfortunately, ACA​ ​25 falls below that standard and incorporates related provisions, like unconstrained proxy voting and pro tempore appointments, which could be abused in a manner that undermines representative democracy. The decision to amend the constitution is a momentous one that it is crucial to get right, so we respectfully request the following amendments: Remove or Limit Proxy Voting: ​ACA 25 authorizes either House to…
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AiQ: Oppose ACA 25

June 17 Action Items Call your Senator to tell them why you oppose Assembly Constitutional Amendment 25 unless amended to protect public participation and retain legislative transparency. The amendments we support are:1) Remove or Limit Proxy Voting;2) Specify Rules for Pro Tempore Appointments in Emergencies;3) Eliminate Quorum Reduction​;4) Ensure Remote Voting and Proxy Voting Transparency;5) Time-Limit Remote Voting and Proxy Voting​.Learn More Here.ACA 5 – Support by calling the Senate Labor Committee at (916) 651-1556 or email. June 17, 2020 Events Emanuel Nine Commemoration and PledgeLearn about World Refugee Day  RACIAL EQUITY BILLS ACA 5 (Weber) Opportunity for All: repeals the ban on affirmative action in higher education, employment and contractingACA 6 (McCarty) Free the Vote: restores voting rights for people on paroleAB 901 (Gipson) Juveniles: ends the practice of putting youth on probation when they have not committed a crime (yes, that’s a thing we do)AB 1950 (Kamlager) Probation Reform: limits probation termsAB 2054 (Kamlager) CRISES Act: creates an alternative emergency response to the policeAB 2147 (Reyes) Conservation Camps – Expungement: creates a process for people who served as firefighters while in prison to expunge their convictions and obtain jobsAB 2342 (McCarty) Parole Reform: limits terms parolesAB 3070 (Weber) Anti-Discrimination in Jury Selection: addresses racial discrimination in jury selectionAB 3121 (Weber)…
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AiQ: Budget

June 10 Action Items Check out CA’s budget: Assembly Version; Senate Version.Keep this bill moving forward with us! SB 882 is sitting on the suspense file – which is just what it sounds like. This is the only thing stopping it from being voted on on the Senate floor.  Let’s move it to the floor!Watch Webinar: Detention, Family Separation, and Asylum in the Era of COVID-19 for Communities of Faith
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AiQ: Black Lives Matter

June 3 Action Items How can you support Black liberation in your community? Use this list of bail funds to find ways to support the movement with your dollar and find resources to learn, support, and give.Voice your support for racial equity in urging an Aye vote on AB 3070 (Weber) – Anti-discrimination in Jury Selection.Urge your Assemblymember to vote yes on AB 3073 (Wicks) to make CalFresh preenrollment possible for people exiting the criminal justice system.
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