Making Equity Real: Results of Greenlining’s Legislative Priorities

Making Equity Real: Results of Greenlining’s Legislative Priorities

In May, I wrote about our major legislative priorities for 2019 and how we focused on making equity real in our communities. October 13 was officially the last day of the legislative session, so today I’m writing to provide an update on Greenlining’s progress and reflect on our accomplishments over the past year. To be honest, sometimes policy work feels like a slog, with progress that’s slow, incremental and hard to quantify. Happily, this is not one of those times. I’m pleased to report that our advocacy for our legislative priorities was very successful this year, with hard-fought victories across Greenlining’s issue areas:     We significantly increased protections for…
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ICE Raids, Asylum Seekers and the Othering of People of Color

ICE Raids, Asylum Seekers and the Othering of People of Color

Like many of you, I’ve watched the reports and rumors of expected ICE raids, images of adults and children in U.S. concentration camps and the attacks on asylum seekers with horror. The large-scale ICE raids that officials have hinted at haven’t yet materialized as I write this, but they’ve succeeded in what may have been their real objective: terrorizing immigrant communities. Central and South Americans seem to be mainly in the crosshairs, but they’re far from the only ones. Meanwhile, the Trump administration has openly mocked its own claims to be focused only on immigrants who do not follow legal procedures: Officials have announced a draconian crackdown on asylum seekers…
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Making Equity Real: Our 2019 Agenda for the California Legislature

Making Equity Real: Our 2019 Agenda for the California Legislature

The California Legislature is well into its 2019 session, considering hundreds of bills as well as the state budget. In my first post as Interim President, I’d like to update you on how we’re making equity real in the legislature. As the mother of two young children, I know that the concept of fairness is ingrained deeply into their views of the world. Here at Greenlining, we know that the systems that we live in aren’t always fair or equitable, and especially towards people of color. For every dollar of wealth the median White family in the U.S. has, the median Black family has about a nickel, with Latino families…
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