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July 17, 2017

 

Here are this week’s 5 Actions!

1. Call the Assembly Appropriations Committee and ask them to stand with immigrants
2. Phone bank to protect our healthcare
3. Oppose DeVos’ attempt to dismantle protections for campus rape victims
4. Call Representative Walters: Hands Off Our Paid Sick Days!
5. Call Your Senators to Oppose Extremist Judicial Nominees John K. Bush and Damien Schiff

Stand with Immigrants in California

NCJW|LA is a member of the ICE Out of CA Coalition. The following Action is in support of SB 54, the CA Values Act, and come from the ICE Out of CA Coalition. To read the fact sheet on the bill, click here, or read this brief summary: The California Values Act will protect the safety and well-being 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.

1. Call the Assembly Appropriations Committee and ask them to stand with immigrants and support SB 54

Sample script:

My name is ________ and I am calling on behalf of the National Council of Jewish Women. I am calling to ask Assemblymember _____________ to support the California Values Act, SB 54, in its current form so that California can continue to lead the way in protecting our immigrant communities. SB 54 will help ensure that state and local resources are not used to separate families and fuel mass deportations. Can we count on Assemblymember _____________ to vote for SB 54 in the Appropriations Committee?

Lorena S. Gonzalez Fletcher (Chair)  (916) 319-2080
Frank Bigelow (Vice Chair)  (916) 319-2005
Richard Bloom  (916) 319-2050
Raul Bocanegra (916) 319-2039
Rob Bonta  (916) 319-2018
William P. Brough  (916) 319-2073
Ian C. Calderon  (916) 319-2057
Ed Chau  (916) 319-2049
Susan Talamantes Eggman (916) 319-2013
Vince Fong  (916) 319-2034
Laura Friedman  (916) 319-2043

 

National Action: Protect Our Healthcare:Oppose the repeal of the Affordable Care Act

The Senate health care repeal bill prioritizes tax breaks for the rich over vital health coverage for millions of people, including women and their families. If the Senate’s bill passes, over 22 million people will lose health care. The measure also puts affordable health coverage out of reach for many women by eventually eliminating the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) cost-sharing subsidies. This bill is a direct assault on reproductive health care, stripping funding from Planned Parenthood and leaving millions of women uninsured while pregnant and parenting. –NCJW Inc.

2.  PHONE BANK to protect our healthcare with NCJW|LA and Temple Israel of Hollywood!

 When: Tuesday, July 185-6:45 pm
Where: NCJW|LA, 543 N. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles, 90036
RSVP required to: maya@ncjwla.org
Important Info: You are required to bring a laptop or tablet and a cell phone to make the calls.

 When: Friday, July 28, 1-3 pm
Where: Temple Israel of Hollywood
RSVP required to: maya@ncjwla.org
Important Info: You are required to bring a laptop or tablet and a cell phone to make the calls.

 Find Other Phone Banks in the LA Area: The California ACA Coalition has set up phone banks throughout the state. To sign up as a volunteer and be placed with a phone bank if there is one in your area, click on this link: http://bit.ly/caaction

 

National Action: Protect Title IX

3. Oppose DeVos’ attempt to dismantle protections for campus rape victims

 This action comes from Jen Hofmann’s Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience.

 Write or Call: Your three Members of Congress at a local office (lookup or leave message).

 Script: Hi, I’m from [ZIP], and I’m concerned Betsy DeVos is considering dismantling Title IX (nine) and protections for survivors of sexual violence. Where does [name] stand on Title IX and campus sexual violence? Can I count on his/her support of S. 856 (Senate) / H.R. 1949 (House)? Thank you.

 

 National Action: Protect Paid Sick Days in California

4. Call Representative Walters: Hands Off Our Paid Sick Days!

This action comes from the CA Work and Family Coalition, of which NCJW|LA sits on the Steering Committee.

Congresswomen Mimi Walters (CA-45) has been working with corporate and HR groups on national legislation that would create a voluntary threshold for paid sick days or flexible schedules – any employer who meets this federal threshold would NO LONGER HAVE TO COMPLY with state and local paid sick days laws. The bill has not yet been introduced and it is imperative that we do all that we can to stop it before it is. This legislation would set a horrible precedent and negatively impact the health and well-being of our families and communities. They will pitch this bill as ‘workplace flexibility,’ but the employer gets to decide if the time you want would ‘unduly disrupt’ their business, and would likely control when a worker could take the time. The legislation will be introduced soon and we need as many people in CA-45 as possible to let Rep. Walters’ Office know that we’re aware, we care, and we’re not going to stand by and let these outside business groups negatively impact our communities and overturn the will of the people. 

Congresswoman Walters’ District Office Phone: 949-263-8703

Sample Script:

Hello, my name is_________ . [If you are a constituent say: I am a constituent.] I’m calling Congresswoman Mimi Walters (CA-45) to ask her to back down from introducing a bill that would pre-empt our local and state paid sick days and other family-friendly laws. I heard about this proposed legislation and I am concerned because the health of our families and communities depends on basic workplace protections like paid sick days. Please respect the will of the people and stop trying to create ways for large corporations to dodge these laws that benefit workers and their families.

Add who you are and why this is important to you, for example: “I’m a health care worker/librarian/mother/father/grandparent/priest . . .and this impacts me/my community in these ways . . .” You can refer to one or more of the key talking points below:

  • It is undemocratic to create a way for wealthy companies to avoid complying with the law.
  • This legislation would reinforce existing inequities and giant loopholes.
  • This means flexibility for big corporations and robs flexibility from employees/people like me.
  • This bill could mean we’d have no option if our employer violates their paid sick days policy.
  • It would create an uneven playing field for small businesses.

Will the Congresswoman reconsider her support for this harmful legislation?

 

National Action: Disarm Hate

5. Send an email to your Members of Congress to prevent people who commit hate crimes from buying firearms

Right now, someone who has been convicted of a hate crime — like drawing a swastika on a synagogue — can legally buy a firearm in 47 states in America and the District of Columbia. Hate incidents are often precursors to more radical, violent crimes, and adding firearms to the mix only makes it more dangerous. The Disarm Hate Act (S 1324/HR 2841), introduced by Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), would prevent individuals convicted of hate crime misdemeanors from buying firearms. –NCJW Inc.

Click here to easily send an email to your Members of Congress encouraging them to support and co-sponsor the Disarm Hate Act: https://act.ncjw.org/disarm-hate/

 

We’d love to know if you’re taking action with us. Email maya@ncjwla.org with a list of the actions you’ve taken. We are very appreciative!

Questions? Email Maya Paley at maya@ncjwla.org or call (323) 852-8536.

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