Revenue to the Rescue

June 15 is the constitutional deadline to pass a budget but the GOP is holding the budget hostage and we need to come out and demand for a budget with revenue. Please join us on June 15 at noon in downtown LA.

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

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!

California Calls

Dear allies, supporters and friends,

Since September 2009, the California Alliance has worked to create a new base of progressive power in our state. Our progress, and the collective victories of the movement, should give us good reason to be hopeful for the future.

We know that California is not defined by the problems we face. California stands for something more. It’s the dignity that comes from being able to find a good job to support your family. It’s the promise that every child — no matter what neighborhood they live in — will have access to a quality education. It’s the security that comes from knowing that our state’s natural beauty will be there for the next generation.

Making that dream a reality is our calling.

That’s why I am happy to announce our new name. The California Alliance is now California Calls: An Alliance to Renew the Dream.

We’re proud of what California Calls has accomplished. But we know that if we’re going to make changes to the way our state government works, we can’t do it alone. We need your help.

Today, we’re launching our new website. Will you respond to our call and spread the word to five of your colleagues?  If we can count on you, click here to visit our website.

Despite the significant challenges we face as a movement, the Alliance anchor organizations as well as our dynamic friends and allies around the state have achieved a great deal. In the past six months we have:

  • Contacted over 170,000 voters, 63% of whom voted in the November election.
  • Convened a coalition of community-based organizations, unions and advocates to more strategically build power and create a lasting partnerships for progressive change.
  • Updated the equation for buiding statewide power through training , coaching and regional strategy sessions.

California Calls is looking forward to working with you to renew the California Dream.

Sincerely,

Anthony Thigpenn