3 Ways to Improve Obamacare After the Trumpcare Debacle

3 Ways to Improve Obamacare After the Trumpcare Debacle

Congressional Republicans voted to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain on Friday, March 24 – by not voting at all. Just 18 days after Speaker Ryan introduced the almost universally maligned American Health Care Act, the extremist alt-right Freedom Caucus responded with one resounding message: After seven long years of bluster and bold promises, the GOP finally had the opportunity to inflict serious damage on Obamacare, and inflict damage they did – on themselves, that is. However, as Republicans regroup to focus on ANOTHER Muslim ban, tax reform, trying to repeal Obamacare… again – the question remains: How do we improve our health care system? If Speaker Ryan, President Trump, and their allies are serious about improving…
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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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Congress Doesn’t Want to Let You Control Your Internet Privacy

Congress Doesn’t Want to Let You Control Your Internet Privacy

Hey, quick question: Do you mind if I take a look at the web pages you visit, the links or ads you see and follow, what apps you use, your social security number, location history and the things you search for? If you’re anything like most people, the answer would be a resounding “hell no.” After all, our browsing data is a window into our thoughts, our anxieties, our plans, and personality (click here to see what I mean). This data allows corporations to track information about you, like your gender, ethnicity, and income, which might seem harmless. However, those companies can look at your internet use and determine your interests,…
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The 10 Stages of Diversity Advocacy in GIFs

The 10 Stages of Diversity Advocacy in GIFs

Despite five years on the job, I still struggle to explain exactly what diversity advocacy really means. Front line activists think I’m in HR while my parents resort to telling people I’m a community organizer “like Obama.” If 2017 has taught me anything, it’s that nothing is sacred. So I thought, “why not be a good millennial and GIF it out?” Without further ado, here are the 10 stages of diversity advocacy: Step 1: Forget what you know about “diversity”. Those pictures of rainbows and handholding are tired AF. Step 2: Have your lightbulb moment: Diversity is a critical tool to make sure people of color 1) access and thrive…
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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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Top 10 Things To Know About California Climate Investments

Top 10 Things To Know About California Climate Investments

A few years ago, California started an ambitious program to charge polluters for the climate-changing greenhouse gases they put into our air, and then use that money to promote clean energy and energy savings while bringing the benefits of this growing clean energy economy to our most polluted and economically struggling communities. The California Department of Finance must submit an annual report to the legislature on the status and outcomes of projects funded by the money polluters pay into the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. The 2017 Annual Report lists the projects funded by the GGRF and describes their status. It also provides estimates of the greenhouse gas reductions expected from project…
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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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Urban Forestry Brings Greener, Cleaner, Healthier Neighborhoods

Urban Forestry Brings Greener, Cleaner, Healthier Neighborhoods

What could your community do with $60,000 for tree planting? Late last week, California ReLeaf and CAL FIRE announced $550,000 in grant awards to urban forestry and greening projects throughout California. This means $550,000 to plant nearly 2,000 trees, grow gardens and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in some of our hottest, least tree-lined communities. Growing up in Brooklyn, I have lots of love for the concrete jungle. And the best kinds of concrete jungles are those lined with street trees that clean the air and provide shade — street trees that make you want to walk around the ‘hood and sit on your stoop. Thanks to the funding collected from polluting…
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We Will Save America: An Ecosystem Starts to Heal

We Will Save America: An Ecosystem Starts to Heal

Perspective.  We all struggle for it, and for most of us that struggle’s only gotten worse since last November’s election. One way to get some perspective is to turn off the TV, put away the smartphone and detach from the cascade of madness that is the news. Sometimes nature will tell you things you won’t get from Twitter or Facebook or cable news. On Sunday, I went for a hike in the Indian Valley Open Space Preserve outside of Novato.  After years of punishing drought, this winter’s rains have brought about an astonishing transformation.  Instead of the brown, dry desolation California has experienced, the creeks burbled, the waterfalls splashed enthusiastically,…
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Law Enforcement Can’t Fix America’s Inner Cities

Law Enforcement Can’t Fix America’s Inner Cities

We hear a lot of talk these days about “inner cities.” During his campaign, our new president characterized them as “a disaster education-wise, job-wise, safety-wise, in every way possible,” and proposed ramping up policing as the catch-all solution. This ignores how racist practices like redlining caused this “disorder” in the first place. Low-income neighborhoods and communities of color literally had big red lines drawn around them, deeming these sections undesirable and cutting them off from mortgage loans, capital and investments. Instead, the redlined communities got things like environmental hazards, waste sites, liquor stores and fast-food restaurants, while more productive businesses, jobs, and schools deteriorated. Yet instead of trying to fix…
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