Greenlining Institute December 2010 Newsletter

Greenlining Co-Founder Robert Gnaizda Stars in Must See Film ‘Inside Job’

If you see one film this year, Greenlining recommends that you see ‘Inside Job,’ Charles Ferguson’s meticulous and infuriating documentary about the causes and the consequences of the financial crisis. Ferguson not only gets it right but also gets a strong interview from Robert Gnaizda, who emerges as one of the film’s true heroes!

To watch ‘Inside Job’ trailer please click here
To read our response to attacks on the film click here
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Diverse Redistricting Commission Faces Challenges

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

Greenlining Institute Gears Up to Ensure Fairness as Line-Drawing Starts Next Year

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – The Greenlining Institute applauded the selection of the final six members of the Citizens Redistricting Commission, which were announced this morning. Greenlining, which has been pushing to ensure that the commission membership adequately represents California’s diverse communities, is launching a major campaign to engage communities of color and low-income Californians in the redistricting process.

“Given the various factors they had to consider – geographic and ethnic diversity, skill sets, and the requirement to select two candidates each from the Republican, Democratic and independent pools, the commission selected an excellent slate of six members,” said Greenlining Redistricting Fellow Michelle Romero. “Still, selecting a diverse commission is just the first step toward fair representation for all of California’s communities.”

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Cap-and-Trade Rules Must Protect Low-Income Californians, Greenlining Institute Argues

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

Group Urges Fewer Free Carbon Allowances, Strong Price-Hike Protections

SACRAMENTO – As the California Air Resources Board prepares to adopt final cap-and-trade regulations today, The Greenlining Institute is urging increased protections for low-income Californians and a reduction in the amount of free carbon allowances given to polluters.

“Although the proposed rules issued in November have positive elements, we are concerned about their impact on our state’s most vulnerable communities,” said Greenlining Institute Green Assets Fellow C.C. Song, who will speak today at CARB’s public hearing. “We’d like to see fewer free carbon allowances for polluters and stronger protections for low-income Californians.”

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“California’s New Majority” – Report Summarizes State’s Changing Demographics

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

First “Majority Minority” State’s Evolution Will Impact Politics, Education, Business

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA – In a new report issued today, The Greenlining Institute summarizes the remarkable, continuing evolution of America’s first “majority minority” state. Drawn primarily from state Department of Finance estimates and the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey,  “California’s New Majority” will provide a useful reference for journalists, businesspeople, political leaders and others needing to understand and reach California’s diverse population.

The full report, assembled by Greenlining Research Director Daniel Byrd, Ph.D., is available online here. Among the highlights:

  • By 2040, Latinos will make up approximately 48 percent of California’s population. The Latino population will increase by roughly 15.5 million people from 2000 to 2040 – more than the entire current populations of Los Angeles and Orange counties combined.
  • During the same period, the state’s Asian population will increase by 3.4 million, making up 13 percent of California’s population.
  • California’s Asian population is highly diverse, with no clear majority among a wide variety of nationalities and cultures.
  • While California’s African American population will grow by nearly 300,000 people, the black percentage of the population will decline slightly.
  • Alameda and Solano counties have the highest percentages of African Americans, while Imperial and San Benito counties have the highest percentages of Latinos. San Francisco and Santa Clara counties have the largest percentages of Asians.

Reclaim the Dream, Stop Foreclosures

Dear Supporter,

As you all know, economic justice was a crucial part of Dr. King’s vision for civil rights and today’s foreclosure crisis is imperiling that vision for millions of Americans. In honor of Martin Luther King Day, Greenlining will hold a press conference and protest at 11:30am on Thursday, January 13th on the steps of the Alameda County Superior Court building in Oakland to share Dr. King’s message. Please join Greenlining as we Reclaim the Dream of Dr. King and demand a solution to the foreclosure crisis.

Please join us and help amplify Greenlining’s message to the Obama administration and the financial industry to put our communities first and take concrete steps to stop foreclosures in California. As economic justice was crucial to Dr. King’s vision, our message is: “don’t bar our communities from achieving the dream of Dr. King.”

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Protest Jan. 13: Stop Foreclosures, Reclaim Dr. King’s Dream

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

Press Conference, Protest at Alameda County Superior Court to Feature Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, Mock Auction of Goldman Sachs CEO’s $26 Million Manhattan Condo

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan will join struggling homeowners for a protest and press conference this Thursday, Jan. 13 at 11:30 a.m. to call on banks and the government to take concrete action to stem the tide of foreclosures. The event, to take place in front of the courthouse where foreclosed homes are auctioned off, will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call for economic justice – a part of Dr. King’s dream that is often left out of commemorations of his birthday.

WHAT: Press conference and protest to call for foreclosure relief, with mock auction of Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein’s Manhattan luxury condo.

WHO: Homeowners facing foreclosure; Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan; FAME Corporations President and Chief Operating Officer Denise Hunter; Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara County Executive Director Fred Villasenor; Greenlining Institute Community Reinvestment Director Preeti Vissa; other speakers to be announced.

WHERE:Alameda County Superior Court building front steps, 1200 Fallon St., Oakland.

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (press conference at noon)

VISUALS: Enlarged graphs illustrating the foreclosure crisis, blown-up photos of Blankfein’s condo.

Homeowners, Local Officials Push for Relief as Foreclosures Set Record

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

Martin Luther King’s Dream of Economic Justice is in Danger, Advocates Say

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – In the wake of new reports indicating record foreclosures last year and a further increase expected in 2011, elected officials and nonprofit leaders joined homeowners today to call for an urgent program to stem the tide of foreclosures and reduce the principal of troubled mortgages. They spoke at a protest and press conference this afternoon in front of the Alameda County Superior Court building where foreclosed homes are auctioned off. They warned that the millions of foreclosures that are imminent will devastate neighborhoods, with communities of color suffering the most. Continue reading “Homeowners, Local Officials Push for Relief as Foreclosures Set Record”

New Academy Partnerships and Program Deadlines

Heinz College-Greenlining Scholarships for Academy Alumni at Carnegie Mellon University

The Greenlining Academy is excited to announce the Heinz College-Greenlining Tuition Reduction Scholarship in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University for Academy alumni. A $6,000 per semester scholarship is now available for alumni who are accepted and enrolled in 1 of 10 masters programs within the Heinz College School of Information Systems & Management and the School of Public Policy & Management.

For more information please contact David Eber, Director of Admissions, at
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Health Reform Repeal Endangers Health of People of Color

Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Coordinator, 415-846-7758 (cell)
Samuel S. Kang, Greenlining Institute General Counsel, 415-317-5946 (cell)

Latinos, African Americans and Asians Most Likely to Be Uninsured, Represent Key Voting Blocs; California Leads in Implementing Reforms

WASHINGTON – Tomorrow’s planned House vote to repeal health care reform represents trouble for communities of color, policy experts at The Greenlining Institute said today. California, they added, deserves credit for moving swiftly to implement reforms backed by the state’s voters.
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Invitation to Media Briefing on Redistricting

Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Coordinator, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell)
Michelle Romero, Greenlining Institute Redistricting Fellow, 510-926-4016

League of Women Voters, National Assoc. of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, Other Groups Will Update Press at Luncheon Briefing Jan. 24

With California’s first-ever Citizens Redistricting Commission beginning work on drawing legislative and congressional district lines — a process that will affect California and national politics for the next decade — organizations working to bring grassroots input into redistricting have come together to brief the media on the nuts and bolts of this unique process, with an emphasis on issues affecting underrepresented and minority communities.

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