Minorities Fight Back Against Prop. 23

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By Orson Aguilar

They’re at it again:  Once more, special interests are trying to hijack California’s state ballot to enrich themselves at the expense of our communities. The Latino, African-American and Asian communities that make up California’s new majority are most at risk, and we’re not taking this lying down.

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Greenlining’s Guide to November Ballot Propositions: Corporations Trying to Buy Our Democracy – Again

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By The Greenlining Institute

It’s getting to be a depressingly familiar pattern: A ballot crowded with confusing propositions, one or more of which were placed there by corporate interests looking to pad their own pockets at the expense of taxpayers.  Here we go again.

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Fight Brewing Over the Best Law You’ve Never Heard of

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By Preeti Vissa

What if there was a law that told big corporations that they have responsibilities to the communities they serve? A law that told companies that if they take profits out of a community, they need to put some investment back into it, and treat that community’s residents fairly?

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Big Rate Hikes Pose Questions for Insurance Commissioner Candidates

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By Carla Saporta and Rosa Martinez
The Greenlining Institute

Major California health insurers have big rate hikes coming – raising questions that the candidates for state insurance commissioner must answer.

The insurance commissioner race has gotten relatively little attention in this election season, but the start of implementation of national healthcare reform and a wave of rate increases raise urgent concerns. These questions are of great concern to all Californians, and especially to the low-income Californians and communities of color that we represent – the people who have generally had the least access to quality healthcare.

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The New War on Homeownership: Could It Lead to a Permanent American Underclass?

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Preeti Vissa

As long as most of us have been alive, owning your own home has been a big part of the American Dream, but suddenly some prominent media voices are saying, “Not so fast!” Some of these newfound doubts about homeownership have a distinct aroma of racism about them.
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Viewpoint: Wrong to Blame Homeownership

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By Orson Aguilar and Preeti Vissa

As long as most of us have been alive, owning a home has been a big part of the American Dream. If you ask renters or young people if they hope to own a home one day, the resounding answer will be yes.

These young dreamers might be dismayed at the growing movement to make America a nation of renters. Some conservatives and progressives have suddenly decided it’s time to rethink the ideal of homeownership — and by amazing coincidence, they seem to have had that brainstorm just as Latinos, African-Americans and Asians were beginning to get a piece of the action.
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Texas Oil Companies Are Attacking Our Communities With Prop. 23

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by Dr. J. Alfred Smith Jr. and Orson Aguilar

They’re at it again: Once more, special interests are trying to hijack California’s state ballot to enrich themselves at the expense of our communities.

Two big Texas oil companies are spending piles of money to kill California’s fast-growing clean energy economy and the hundreds of thousands of jobs that economy has already created. Get ready for the lies to fly thick and fast, and remember who is behind them.
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Petroleras y la Prop. 23

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Orson Aguilar

Lo están haciendo otra vez: De nuevo, los intereses especiales están tratando de arrebatar la iniciativa de ley en la boleta de California para enriquecerse a costa de nuestras comunidades.

Dos grandes compañías petroleras están gastando grandes cantidades de dinero para matar la creciente economía verde de California y los cientos de empleos que esta economía ha creado. Prepárense para las mentiras que se esparcirán rápido y recuerden quién está detrás de ellas.
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Orson Aguilar: Doors of Opportunity Slamming Shut in UC System

Santa Cruz Sentinel
Orson Aguilar

The University of California’s home page proudly declares, “The 10 campuses of the University of California open their doors to all who work hard and dream big.” Not anymore.

The doors of opportunity being slammed shut at UC will hurt all of California, but low-income communities will be damaged the most. I grew up in one of those communities, the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles, and owe much of what I’ve achieved in life to my UC education. Now, thousands of qualified kids won’t get that chance.
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Financial Regulatory Reform: Diversity Matters

By Preeti Vissa and Chris Vaeth, the Greenlining Institute

As House and Senate conferees put the finishing touches on financial regulatory reform, they — and the White House, which will have to implement whatever passes — need to ensure that both new and old regulatory structures reflect all of America’s diverse communities, in both their activities and their personnel. The good news is that the legislation as it now stands takes major steps in that direction.

This isn’t just political correctness. And it is not — despite misleading and irresponsible claims from some quarters – an effort to impose some sort of racial quota system on lending. It is the only way to ensure that the financial nightmare still haunting our economy doesn’t repeat itself.
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