Students and Communities of Color Across California Unite Against Prop 23

Contact:
Braelan Murray: 510-333-7978 or braelanm@greenlining.org
Gabriel Elsner: 310-738-3738 or gabriel.elsner@gmail.com

The Clean Energy Tour Will Bring Music, Awareness to Campuses Statewide

Young people and communities of color are fighting back against dirty energy companies to determine the outcome of this November’s California election. Over 100,000 Californians across the state will be joining the effort by pledging to vote and utilizing smart phones and text messaging to activate and educate their communities. The Clean Energy Tour is sponsored by the California Students Sustainability Coalition (CSSC) and Communities United Against Prop 23, a coalition of over 80 social justice and community based organizations uniting to stop the Dirty Energy Proposition.
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New Law to Boost Clean Energy Jobs in Communities of Color

Contact:
Bruce Mirken, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell); brucem@greenlining.org

Gains Would Be Endangered If Prop. 23 Passes

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – Legislation signed last week by Gov. Schwarzenegger, called AB 2758, will open up new opportunities for minority-owned firms to successfully compete for clean energy and smart grid contracts from California’s major utilities, advocates said today. But they warned that passage of Proposition 23 on the November ballot could derail this promising developmennt.
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Greenlining Institute Calls For Foreclosure Moratorium, Asks Atty. General Brown to Act

Contact:
Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Coordinator, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell)

Problems Likely Aren’t Limited to 23 States Where Some Banks Have Suspended Foreclosures

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA – The Greenlining Institute today called for a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures in California and asked Attorney General Jerry Brown to join the push to halt foreclosures until it can be confirmed that California consumer protection laws are being followed.

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Protest, Press Conference at Tesoro Wilmington Refinery Oct. 14, 4 p.m.

Contact:
Bruce Mirken, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell)
Braelan Murray, 510-333-7978 (cell)

Community Members, Assemblymember Warren Furutani to Say “No!” to Tesoro’s Dirty-Energy Prop. 23

WILMINGTON, CALIFORNIA – Residents suffering health problems related to pollution from the Tesoro and Valero refineries in Wilmington will join Assemblymember Warren Furutani (D – south Los Angeles County) for a protest and press conference on Thursday to say a resounding “No!” to Proposition 23, the dirty-energy ballot measure sponsored by the two companies.

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Voters of Color Crucial to Prop. 23 Outcome

Contact:
Bruce Mirken, 415-846-7758 (cell)
Abel Haptegeorgis, 510-910-2672 (cell)

Massive Effort to Reach Latino, Asian, African-American Voters May Have Turned Tide Against 23 & 26; Victory Party Tonight at The New Parish in Oakland

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – If tonight’s results spell defeat for Proposition 23, as recent polls suggest, much credit may belong to a massive grassroots effort to educate voters of color about Propositions 23 and 26 through door-knocking, phone calls, direct mail, radio ads and ethnic media outreach. The campaign was mounted by Communities United Against the Dirty Energy Proposition, a coalition of over 130 organizations representing low-income communities and people of color in California.

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Urgent Action Needed to Stem Foreclosures, Greenlining Institute Warns

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Coordinator, 415-846-7758 (cell)

Group That Warned of Crisis in 2005 Sounds New Alarm as Senate Examines Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. -– The Greenlining Institute, whose 2005 warnings of a growing crisis in subprime lending were ignored by then-Fed Chair Alan Greenspan and other regulators, sounded a new alarm today as the Senate Banking Committee prepares to examine the ongoing foreclosure crisis. Greenlining urged aggressive action to stem a pending tide of foreclosures, including a moratorium and principal reductions.

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Redistricting Panel Selection Enters Final Phase

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Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Coordinator, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell)

Greenlining Institute Continues Monitoring; Experts Available for Comment

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA – The process of selecting California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission enters its final phase today. As they have at every step, policy experts at the Greenlining Institute will be watching closely as they work to ensure that the body reflects the full diversity of California’s communities. The 36 finalists left after legislative leaders exercised their rights to eliminate two dozen candidates will be entered into a lottery to pick the first eight commission members today at 10 a.m. The lottery will be streamed live at http://www.wedrawthelines.ca.gov.

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First 8 Redistricting Commissioners Chosen

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Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Coordinator, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell)

Greenlining Institute Launching Campaign For Fair District Lines

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA – The Greenlining Institute today urged the just-chosen first eight members of the new Citizens Redistricting Commission to ensure that the final membership represents all of California’s communities. Greenlining has been closely monitoring the selection process with an eye to ensuring that the body reflects the state’s full diversity. Eight of 36 finalists were chosen as commission members today in a lottery that was streamed live at http://www.wedrawthelines.ca.gov.

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Redistricting Commission Holds First Meeting Today

Contact:
Michelle Romero, Greenlining Institute Redistricting Fellow, 510-926-4016

Greenlining Urges Swift Action to Fill Remaining Slots With Diverse Representatives

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – With the partially-formed Citizens Redistricting Commission scheduled to hold its first meeting today, The Greenlining Institute urged the eight members selected so far to move quickly to fill the six remaining seats and to ensure that these new members reflect California’s broad diversity as much as possible. The first eight commissioners, chosen by lottery Nov. 18, include only one Latino and one African American and no representatives from San Diego or Orange counties as well as most of the Central Valley.

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Assembly Bill Would Boost Jobs

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Coordinator, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell)

Measure by Jose Solorio (D-Anaheim) Would Require Insurance Companies to Report Contracting with California-Based Diverse Businesses

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Solorio (D-Anaheim) introduced legislation this week aimed at boosting small businesses and job creation related to California’s insurance industry. The bill, known as A.B. 53 and modeled on a successful program long used by the California Public Utilities Commission, would require insurance companies doing business in California and with annual revenues exceeding $25 million to report how much business they do with firms owned by minorities, women and disabled veterans, and what percentage of those contracts are with companies that have most of their employees in California.

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