Nonprofits Talking Taxes

Nonprofits Talking Taxes is a fast2paced workshop offered at no cost for nonprofit organizations in California seeking ways to talk about the state and local budget crisis and the key income solutions. This 902minute workshop will help your organization to thoughtfully consider and participate in policy solutions by helping staff form their own opinions about the role of public funding and taxes.

If you can gather at least 10 people for a workplace workshop, a Nonprofits Talking Taxes trainer will bring the presentation to you. You can also host other nonprofit organizations in a larger session or join a webinar. To schedule a workshop online: http://www.compasspoint.org/showmemoney For more information please email Steve Lew at stevel@compasspoint.org

Sign up for a free training: http://www.compasspoint.org/nptalkingtaxes

Help Cut Drug War Waste

Dear Friends,

Please join me in asking Governor Brown to cut drug war waste in California prisons by reducing the penalty for possession of a small amount of drugs from a felony to a misdemeanor.

Over 9,000 people are currently locked up in state prison and thousands more in county jails for these offenses at a cost to taxpayers of hundreds of millions of dollars per year and with sentences as long as three yearsThis has to change.

A recent California poll – commissioned by DPA, the ACLU of Northern California and the Ella Baker Center – found that nearly three-quarters (72%) of likely voters support reducing the penalty for simple possession of a small amount of drugs for personal use, including 40% who believe the offense should be considered an infraction, with no imprisonment at all.

This sentencing reform would help preserve scarce dollars for education, health care and social services. And it will mean that California will stop spending unnecessary millions to incarcerate people for lengthy periods at no benefit to public safety.

Help me send this message to the governor – and ask your friends to help, too! Thank you!

The action is online here.

Best,

Stephen

New Redistricting Tool

Don’t miss this once-in-a-decade opportunity!
NEW Redistricting Tool available

The time has come for the Citizens Redistricting Commission to visit your area. They want to know where YOU want to draw the lines for state senate, assembly, and congress, and how they can best help you achieve fair representation for your communities. As part of our statewide civic engagement effort, The Greenlining Institute will host a series of “Mapping our Future” workshops aimed at equipping community members with the skills and tools they need to provide meaningful input to the commission. No experience necessary; we will teach you everything you need to know.

Schedule of Upcoming Workshops:
“Mapping Our Future” – Preparing to Testify series
Space is filling fast. RSVP now to Michelle at micheller@greenlining.org

INLAND EMPIRE: Wed. MAY 4th @ 5:30pm-7:30pm
Norman Feldheym Central Library – Room B
555 West 6th St, San Bernardino, CA

SAN DIEGO: Tues. MAY 10th @ 1-3pm

Malcolm X Library – Seminar Room
5148 Market Street, San Diego, CA

Just added!
STOCKTON: Mon. MAY 16th @ 5:30-7:30pm
El Concilio
224 S. Sutter Street, Stockton, CA

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA: Tues. MAY 17th @ 1-3pm
The Greenlining Institute
1918 University Ave, Berkeley, CA

During these 2-hr workshops, we will provide hands-on mapping training, help accessing data, and guidance at every step of the process as community members prepare testimony for the hearings. Don’t know what you want to say at a public hearing? New to redistricting? Not a problem! Attend one of our workshops and connect with your fellow community members to discuss and develop a strategy. Don’t miss this once-in-a-decade opportunity to ensure our communities are represented for the next 10 years.

We strongly encourage you to forward this invitation to your networks and encourage others to attend the next workshop in your area. Use our redistricting video as a tool to help educate others about this important process.

For questions about redistricting or to RSVP for an event
call 510-926-4016 or email micheller@greenlining.org.
Thank you for helping ensure our communities have a voice!