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Health4All – Because Caring for Our Neighbors Helps Us all

Health4All – Because Caring for Our Neighbors Helps Us all

On Wednesday, October 8, advocates and legislators came together at a Health4All rally to publicly and emphatically support access to health coverage for all Californians, especially undocumented immigrants. The testimonies at the rally echoed the voices of a majority of California voters, who recognize that we can’t wait any longer to provide health care to our undocumented neighbors and friends. At the rally, the Greenlining Institute joined Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), and several organizations, such as Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education (ASPIRE), California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA), California Partnership, California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC), Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC), Young Invincibles, California Health Professional Student Alliance (CaHPSA),…
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Greenlining’s Michelle Romero on KQED-TV’s  “Newsroom” Friday Night

Greenlining’s Michelle Romero on KQED-TV’s “Newsroom” Friday Night

Michelle Romero, Greenlining’s Claiming Our Democracy director and tireless campaigner to make sure our democracy works for all of California’s communities, will appear Friday evening  Oct. 17 on KQED-TV’S “Newsroom.”  She’ll be part of a discussion of  voting and democracy issues (including access for limited-English voters) in the context of the race for Secretary of State, joining Bay Area News Group reporter Josh Richman, KQED reporter John Myers and “Newsroom” anchor Scott Shafer. “Newsroom” airs on KQED (channel 9 in the San Francisco Bay Area) Fridays at 8 p.m.  and is repeated on Sunday at 5 p.m.  And if you miss it on TV, you can also catch the audio…
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They Listened! Covered California to Hire a Diversity Officer

They Listened! Covered California to Hire a Diversity Officer

You may remember that back in June we released a new report on how well Covered California did in the first year, Covered California’s First Year: Strong Enrollment Numbers Mask Serious Gaps. One of those gaps was in outreach to Californians who don’t speak English well, and we said that Covered California needed to have a more intentional effort to incorporate diversity and inclusion in to all aspects of its business model in order to better reach the communities they serve, namely communities of color. Diversity and inclusion efforts need to start from the top in order to permeate all aspects of the organization’s culture and activities. So we recommended…
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If you are a California vote-by-mail voter, you might want to know…

If you are a California vote-by-mail voter, you might want to know…

Vote-by-mail voters who are between the ages of 18-24, in the military overseas, and those who cast a ballot in a language other than English are all more likely to have their vote-by-mail ballots rejected, according to a recent study by Mindy Romero of the California Civic Engagement Project at UC Davis Center for Regional Change. For young voters and voters in the military overseas, the number one reason for a rejected ballot was that it arrived late. In fact, lateness was the number one reason for rejection of all English vote-by-mail ballots. That’s right, postmarks do not count. In California, all ballots must be received before 8pm on Election Day,…
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How the CPUC’s Supplier Diversity Program will Benefit LGBT Businesses—and Everyone

How the CPUC’s Supplier Diversity Program will Benefit LGBT Businesses—and Everyone

If you take a look at my past blog posts, you’ll see that I spend a great deal of time writing about Greenlining’s work on mergers, and universal service, and the future of telecommunications. Those issues are incredibly important, and I love writing about them, but in doing so, I have failed to mention one of the Telecommunications and Technology team’s major policy initiatives: supplier diversity. “Supplier diversity” refers to a business’ practice of purchasing goods or services from what we call “diverse business enterprises” (DBEs)— minority-, women-, and disabled veteran-owned businesses. Until now, LGBT-owned businesses have not consistently been included in supplier diversity efforts. It’s safe to say that…
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Community Panel Asks Secretary of State Candidates Critical Questions

Community Panel Asks Secretary of State Candidates Critical Questions

  Last night, I had a front row seat at the California Secretary of State Candidate Forum in Berkeley where Alex Padilla and Pete Peterson shared their plans for how to increase voter participation. As the chief election official for the state, the next Secretary of State will play a key role in determining the future of voting rights and elections in California. The two candidates, one a Democrat and the other a Republican, actually agree on a lot of things when it came to increasing voter participation. Both said that getting VoteCal – a statewide voter registration database that is long overdue – up and running would be their…
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Last Chance to Meet the California Secretary of State Candidates

Last Chance to Meet the California Secretary of State Candidates

Tonight is the last public candidate forum scheduled for the California Secretary of State race before voters go to vote in November. The forum will be held at UC Berkeley’s Chevron Auditorium tonight from 6:30pm-7:30pm. With so much at stake, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn about the candidates’ plans to increase voter registration in California, improve turnout, and reduce barriers for voters of color. I’ll be joining Jidan Terry-Coon of Mobilize the Immigrant Vote and Morgan Prentice of California Common Cause of Berkeley on a community panel, to ask the tough questions about how each candidate plans to serve our communities. For example, what about formerly…
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This Week in “What the…?” — Police Edition

This Week in “What the…?” — Police Edition

Okay, it’s been a lot longer than a week since I did one of these “This Week…” pieces, but the Washington Post just posted a blog item that speaks volumes about race, class and law enforcement, complete with video. If you don’t think race and class affects the way police officers do their jobs and the way people experience law enforcement, read and watch.


Join Us to Support Health4All

Join Us to Support Health4All

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Four and a half years ago, the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marked a tipping point in the struggle to undo the injustices in health care that Dr. King spoke of. Despite a few hiccups, California is leading the charge to implement this law, as millions have transitioned to Medi-Cal or qualified Covered California health plans. For the first time in several generations, the prospects for health care look brighter. Californians should be proud of our state’s strides towards greater health equity. And yet, we still have…
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What do limited-English voters and voters with disabilities have in common?

What do limited-English voters and voters with disabilities have in common?

When it comes to access to information about voting, voters with limited English proficiency and voters with disabilities actually have a lot in common. Essentially, they both struggle to obtain timely access to accessible information about voting, and small changes to the way our elections are run would significantly improve access for both groups. In 2012, The Greenlining Institute launched a series of community input sessions aimed at evaluating what communities of color think of California’s official voter information guide: what works, what doesn’t, and what else do people need to make informed decisions? We specifically recruited Asian, black, and Latino infrequent and frequent voters to participate in community input…
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