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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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ELCA reaffirms commitment to combat racism and white supremacy

What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8) The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) reaffirms its commitment to combating racism and white supremacy following the recent murders of Black Americans. Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Dreasjon (Sean) Reed, and George Floyd were our neighbors. Ahmaud Arbery was chased down, shot, and killed by a retired police officer and his son while jogging in Brunswick, Ga. (Feb. 23, 2020). Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, was shot eight times by Louisville Metro Police Department officers who entered her apartment while serving a “no-knock warrant” (March 13, 2020). Dreasjon (Sean) Reed, a 21-year-old from Indianapolis died after being shot at least eight times by an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer (May 6, 2020). George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis while begging for his life, a block away from Calvary Lutheran, an ELCA congregation (May 25, 2020). As the Conference of Bishops, we condemn the white supremacy that has led to the deaths of so many unarmed Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color in our country. We grieve with, pray for and stand in solidarity with the families and friends of all whose loved ones have…
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Bishop Eaton Addresses LOPPCA Followers

https://vimeo.com/420453458 A message from Presiding Bishop of the ELCA, Elizabeth A. Eaton, to California advocates on what would have been our second annual Lobby Day today. We are grateful for her unwavering support of our work. This year’s Lobby Day has been postponed to September given the special circumstances of the legislative session during COVID-19. In other news, we received approval for our permit to gather at the Capitol for Lutheran Lobby Day 2021. We are looking forward to gathering in person next year on May 19, 2020. You can mark your calendars!
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AiQ: CalFresh Access for Seniors

May 20 Action Items Mark your calendars for May 19, 2021 for next year’s Lutheran Lobby Day. We just got our permits approved and pray we will once again gather in person to advocate together. God’s Work, Our Hands, Our Voices: Let us know what your church is doing for Sunday, Sept. 13 2020. What sort of advocacy component would you imagine? Email us at Regina.Banks@elca.org and Nicole.Newell@elca.org or just reply to this email.Call the Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee to support Calfresh Access for Seniors. Why?Calfresh applications have gone up 243% compared to last year. Eligible California seniors have very low participation rates due to barriers in access and retention. SB 882 removes these barriers for seniors and adults with disabilities. Prioritize your outreach to Senator Anthony Portantino (D-Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena), the Chair of the Committee on Appropriations. This should take you just a few minutes. Senator Anthony Portantino, Chair (D-25) (916) 651-4025 Please also spend a few minutes contacting your Senator if they are listed below as members of the committee: Patricia Bates, Vice Chair (R-36) (916) 651-4036Steven Bradford (D-35) (916) 651-4035Jerry Hill (D-13) (916) 651-4013Brian W. Jones (R-38) (916) 651-4038Connie Leyva (R-38) (916) 651-4020Bob Wieckowski (D-10) (916) 651-4010 Sample script: Hi, my name is _____ and I live in ______. I’m calling to…
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ELCA presiding bishop issues pastoral message on COVID-19 racism and white supremacy

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. —I Corinthians 12:12 May 13, 2020 Dear church, Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia! During the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am encouraged by your resilience and creativity in our witness to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I am also inspired by your generosity. Through the ELCA COVID-19 Response Fund and our Daily Bread grants, we are providing critical support to struggling yet vital ministries across this church. Through Lutheran Disaster Response International we have intensified our accompaniment of global partners. We are church together. This is a trying time for us all. At the same time, we know that a disproportionate burden of illness, death, discrimination and harassment falls on communities of color. This pandemic has exacerbated racism and racial inequities deeply entrenched in society and across the church. We see this in the growing anti-Asian racism and the disproportionate number of deaths in black, American Indian and Latinx communities. I have been learning from the leaders of the ELCA’s ethnic associations how the data we see on the news is experienced in real life. I have listened…
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