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Greenlining, Hospitals, and Sunlight: Why Transparency Matters

Greenlining, Hospitals, and Sunlight: Why Transparency Matters

It’s not easy to find a direct analogy that describes the work Greenlining has done to hold not-for-profit hospitals accountable to their community benefit promises. To most, these hospitals seem like the last institution you’d want to criticize, particularly in comparison to the predatory behaviors of banks, insurance companies, and large corporations. However, it’s exactly this type of complacency that lulls so many into overlooking the ways in which not-for-profit hospitals don’t hold up their end of the bargain. And that’s where the Greenlining Bridges to Health team comes in. In the fall of 2013, Greenlining published its first community benefit report detailing a lack of clarity, coupled with large…
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We’re All Going to Die!!!!  Ebola, Health and the Media

We’re All Going to Die!!!! Ebola, Health and the Media

Have you heard anything about Ebola lately? Dumb question, I know. As I write this, Ebola stories are at the very top of the page on Google News and on the home pages of Huffington Post, Fox News, NBC News, the Los Angeles Times, and probably every other news site you can name. I’m not saying that the media shouldn’t cover Ebola, which is causing massive misery and death in a handful of West African countries. It’s important and deserves attention, though not the hysteria we’ve seen in some quarters.  But let’s get some perspective here. Ebola has caused, in total, precisely one death in the United States. At present,…
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This Week in “What the…?” – Ebola Edition

This Week in “What the…?” – Ebola Edition

Has the Ebola epidemic, with its origins in three West African countries, generated a racist response in the U.S.? Some observers certainly think so, and given our nation’s troubled history with race, that wouldn’t shock me. If a scary epidemic had started in some predominantly white country — say, Belgium –  would U.S. politicians be clamoring for a travel ban? You can’t help but wonder, even if it’s hard to know. What I do know for sure is that, racist or not, some of the responses have been plain stupid. Take, for example, the recent decision by school authorities in Stokes County, North Carolina to keep an assistant principal from…
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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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