#ResistReport, Vol. 4

#ResistReport, Vol. 4

Welcome to the latest issue of Greenlining’s #ResistReport, which appears on our blog every Thursday. With so many harmful policies coming out of Washington, we hope this will help our friends and supporters plug into grassroots activities to resist these policies here in the Bay Area and around the country. If you find this weekly compilation of actions, updates, and resources useful, please share it with your friends and colleagues. TAKE ACTION: Individual actions: Keep calling your senators to tell them to resist 45’s SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch and his terrible record on women’s rights, special interests, LGBTQ rights, workers’ rights, immigrant rights and other issues. Get involved in local…
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#ResistReport, Vol. 3

#ResistReport, Vol. 3

Welcome to the latest issue of Greenlining’s #ResistReport, which appears on our blog every Thursday. With so many harmful policies coming out of Washington, we hope this will help our friends and supporters plug into grassroots activities to resist these policies here in the Bay Area and around the country. If you find this weekly compilation of actions, updates, and resources useful, please share it with your friends and colleagues. TAKE ACTION: Individual Actions: It’s not over! Call your member of Congress to defend the Affordable Care Act. Even though ACHA (“Trumpcare”) failed last week, Congress still wants to repeal Obamacare and Trump (aka 45) has many ways to undermine…
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#ResistReport, Vol. 2

#ResistReport, Vol. 2

Welcome to the latest issue of Greenlining’s #ResistReport, which appears on our blog every Thursday. With so many harmful policies coming out of Washington, we hope this will help our friends and supporters plug into grassroots activities to resist these policies here in the Bay Area and around the country. If you find this weekly compilation of actions, updates, and resources useful, please share it with your friends and colleagues. TAKE ACTION (note that some of these are extremely time-sensitive): ACHA (“Trumpcare”) could be voted on TODAY, 3/23! Contact your representatives to resist this terrible bill: Check out this easy-to-use toolkit, complete with call scripts, images, local groups, and interactive maps.…
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#ResistReport, Vol. 1

#ResistReport, Vol. 1

Welcome to the first issue of Greenlining’s #ResistReport, a new weekly feature on our blog. With a flood of bad policies coming from Washington that will hurt communities of color, we want to do all we can to protect our communities. As Greenlining’s policy teams both work behind the scenes and speak out forcefully, we also want to help our friends and supporters plug into grassroots activities here in the Bay Area and around the country to resist these attacks. We hope you find this weekly compilation of actions, updates, and resources useful. If you do, please share it with your friends and colleagues. Take Action: Resist the new Muslim…
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Uber and the Tech Economy Have a Discrimination Problem

Uber and the Tech Economy Have a Discrimination Problem

Earlier this week, researchers from three top universities reported new research indicating that ride-hailing companies have a discrimination problem, producing piles of negative press for these firms. According to Bloomberg’s report on the study, “Drivers for Uber Technologies Inc. in Boston canceled rides for men with black-sounding names more than twice as often as for other men. Black people in Seattle using Uber and Lyft Inc. faced notably longer wait times to get paired with drivers than white customers.” In fairness to the companies, they have expressed concern about these findings, and it’s important to note that it seems to be individual drivers engaging in discrimination, not the companies themselves. That said, nothing…
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“We Have Come to Cash this Check”

“We Have Come to Cash this Check”

Last week, federal regulators, including the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), held a hearing in downtown Los Angeles to get the public’s view on the proposed merger between CIT Group and OneWest bank. If approved, the new bank would total $3.4 billion in size, creating L.A.’s new “too big to fail bank.” The hearing was an important victory for opponents of the merger who argue that a bank of this size should invest in all communities, and not just bank the 1 percent. Given that regulators rarely grant public hearings and that the CEO of OneWest Bank organized his powerful west-side friends to…
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The State of the Union Speech Obama Should Have Given

The State of the Union Speech Obama Should Have Given

Last night, a relaxed and upbeat President Obama gave his annual State of the Union address. It contained a lot that’s worthy of applause, but there are a few things he didn’t say that I wish he had. Here are a few: My fellow Americans, I come before you tonight to say that the progress we’ve made is real, but it’s not enough. Our economy is recovering, but relatively few have benefited. We need an economy where wages rise at least as fast as the stock market, instead of remaining stagnant as they have.  For that reason I am not only calling for an increase in the minimum wage, but…
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After Ferguson

After Ferguson

On Monday night the county grand jury investigating the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael  Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson decided not to indict the officer for the shooting.  For millions of black and Latino Americans, this was no surprise. The story isn’t over, of course. A federal civil rights investigation continues, and it could lead to action against Wilson or others for civil rights violations. Not having seen all the evidence, I’m reluctant to second-guess the grand jury’s decision, but I can’t help wondering whether the outcome would have been the same if Michael Brown had been white. Maybe it’s that over the weekend, another black kid,…
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Fixing Our Criminal Justice System: Yes on Prop. 47

Fixing Our Criminal Justice System: Yes on Prop. 47

Our criminal justice system is a disaster – so big a disaster that entire books (like Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow” and Matt Taibbi’s “The Divide”) only start to cover the waste, dysfunction and needlessly ruined lives. An incarceration rate massively higher than any other country in the world hasn’t done much to make the U.S. safe, even as we burn through hundreds of billions of dollars. California alone spends $9 billion a year just on prisons. People get upset when you call our justice system racist, but it’s hard to find another word for something that arrests and imprisons people of color at such dramatically higher rates than…
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