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September 25, 2017
Here are this week’s 5 Actions!
1. Make one call to Governor Brown to support 8 social justice bills
2. Sign a petition for the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act
3. Stop the Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal proposal
4. Fix the “funding cliff” to stop the closure of thousands of community health centers
5. Call your 3 Members of Congress to support the Children’s Health Insurance Program
Support Social Justice in California
1. Call Governor Brown and ask him to support and protect immigrants, victims of human trafficking, extend job protected leave for new parents, protect the environment, decriminalize people living with HIV, and stop workplace discrimination based on reproductive decisions. Join us in calling Governor Brown to support these seven vital bills. He has until October 15th to sign these bills into law. Let’s make sure that Governor Brown knows how important we think these bills are.
Sample Script: My name is ______________ and I’m calling with the National Council of Jewish Women. I am calling to ask Governor Brown to support several bills; SB 54, AB 260, SB 225, SB 63, AB 1227, AB 569, SB 239, and AB 262. Will the Governor sign these bills?
Information on the bills:
AB 260 – This bill requires hotels and motels to out up human trafficking posters in their establishments.
SB 225 – This bill would add the texting phone number to the human trafficking hotline poster.
SB 63 – This bill would give up to 12 weeks of job protected leave for new parts with companies of 20 or more employees.
AB 1227 – This bill focuses on human trafficking prevention education and training for teachers and students.
AB 569 – This bill would amend the California Labor Code to protect employees who work in California from workplace discrimination based on their personal reproductive decisions.
AB 262 – This bill requires the state to spend public dollars on infrastructure materials in a way that reduces climate pollution and recognizes clean manufacturers.
SB 54 – This bill will protect the safety and wellbeing of all Californians by ensuring that state and local resources are not used to fuel mass deportations, separate families, or terrorize our communities. The bill will provide essential safeguards to ensure that police, schools, health facilities, courts, and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement remain accessible to Californians from all walks of life and that California’s limited resources are directed to matters of greatest concern to state and local governments.
SB 239 — SB 239 updates several outdated criminal laws that unfairly target people living with HIV and ensures that California law reflects the current scientific understanding of HIV.
Help End Discrimination for Reproductive Health Decisions
This action comes from NARAL Pro-Choice CA. The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (AB 569) has passed the California Assembly and Senate and is headed to the governor’s desk. Now we need your help to make sure we secure protections for Californians so no one risks their job when they make private reproductive health decisions.
Californians aren’t immune to the threat of employers intruding on our reproductive health decisions. Teri James was fired from her job as a financial aid specialist because her boss didn’t approve of the fact that she was pregnant and wasn’t married. The San Francisco Archdiocese wanted teachers to sign a contract saying that the marriage is between “one man and one woman” and that sperm donation, the use of a surrogate and other forms of “artificial reproductive technology” are “gravely evil.” No one should be afraid they’ll lose the ability to support their family because of how or when they decide to have one.
Stop the ACA Repeal
We must do all we can to stop the newest attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal proposal will strip millions of people’s healthcare throughout the country.
The following two actions come from CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates.
Today in California, more than 1,200 community health centers provide comprehensive, high quality care to 6.2 million people – 1 out of every 7 Californians. Without action from Congress before September 30th, health centers will face a devastating 70% cut in grant funding. The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that this “funding cliff” will lead to a closure of 2,800 health center sites, 51,000 layoffs of clinicians and other personnel, and loss of access for more than 9 million patients nationwide.
Community health centers have two fights this month that need your help: Fixing the funding cliff and stopping the Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal proposal. We are calling on all advocates to help us #FixtheCliff and protect patients who rely on community health centers every day. Can we count on your support to contact your Representative and share our cause on social media? See below for steps to take.
Make Your Call Right Now by dialing the toll free Advocacy Hotline: 1-866-456-3949. We have two asks:
- Hello, my name is _____, I’m calling from ______ (organization) .
- I’m calling today because the Graham-Cassidy bill directly targets California and would be extremely harmful to the 6.2 million Californians that depend on Community Health Centers for their healthcare. Therefore, on behalf (organization)__________, I am asking that you vote NO on the Graham-Cassidy legislation.
- Rather than voting on the Graham-Cassidy Bill – which takes money away from health centers and California’s most vulnerable communities – I ask that Congress take action to fix the Health Center Funding Cliff. Without action by September 30th the Health Center Program will lose 70% of Program funding – this would be a devastating cut. California’s Community Health Centers cannot afford to take this kind of hit; there are literal lives and jobs at stake.
- For Calls to your Representative: I’m asking Representative _______ to co-sponsor HR 3770, the CHIME Act being led by Rep. Stefanik – this bill calls for a 5 year extension to Health Center funding. Can I count on the Congressman/woman to co-sponsor?
- For Calls to your Senators: I’m asking Senator ________ to co-sign the Blunt-Stabenow Health Center Cliff letter requesting action to fix the cliff before September 30th. The deadline to co-sign the letter is September 18th. Can I count on the Senator to co-sign?
- Thanks for taking the time to talk with me today – I’m counting on the Senator/Representative to act to fix the Health Center Funding Cliff before the end of the month.
***Bonus: An NCJW|LA Advocacy Committee Member is hosting a phone bank to stop the repeal in her home in Santa Monica on Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 6-8 pm. Please email email@example.com for more info.
Advocate for kids’ healthcare
This action comes from Jen Hofmann’s Action Checklist for Americans of Consience.
Call: All 3 Members of Congress (lookup).
Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] calling to ask [name] to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program before funding lapses on September 30th. Millions of children rely on this funding. This is not the time to be angling for for partisan policy riders. Can you tell me what [name] is doing to insure a clean reauthorization of CHIP?
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