2006 Legislative Hearings on Foundation Giving to Minority-Led Nonprofits

Members of California’s Latino Legislative Caucus, Legislative Black Caucus, and Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus held a historic joint hearing on April 24, 2006 to discuss diversity in grantmaking and governance in the philanthropic sector. The hearings were called in part in response to the Fairness in Philanthropy report published in 2005 by The Greenlining Institute.

2012 Sacramento Agenda & 2011 En Banc Testimony

Introduction
Thank you, Ms. Moore. On behalf of California’s diverse business community, it is my honor and pleasure to speak to you, Chairman Bradford, Chairman Padilla, Senator Price, Deputy Commissioner Shultz, and of course the Commission and President Peevey on the state of supplier diversity in California.
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A Just Transition and the Electric Program Investment Charge – Comments by Madeline Stano at EPIC Symposium 2019

Greenlining Institute Energy Equity Legal Counsel Madeline Stano spoke at the California Energy Commission’s EPIC Symposium about how the Electric Program Investment Charge, or EPIC, can play an important part in a just transition to clean energy that benefits low-income and disadvantaged communities. In remarks at the Symposium’s panel on Equitable and Resilient Communities, Stano described how their work in the San Joaquin Valley showed them how low-income communities of color suffer the burdens of a fossil fuel economy, both socially and environmentally.

Stano explained how they view the Electric Program Investment Charge – a ratepayer program that supports development of clean energy technologies — as a just transition policy, quoting Canadian labor organizer Brian Kohler, who said, “The real choice is not jobs or environment. It is both or neither.”

To further that just transition, Stano urged program participants to “meet communities where they are—physically and metaphorically. Go to the communities you seek to build relationships and show up with curiosity and something to offer.”

Addendum Letter to the CA Department of Insurance regarding Aetna/Humana Merger

This letter further clarifies Greenlining’s opposition to the Aetna/Humana merger, and outlines specific provisions that must be made included in the merger agreement. This letter provides detailed guidelines to Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, who will be submitting his recommendations to the federal department of justice.

To read the letter, click here.

Amicus Brief to Restore Net Neutrality

The Greenlining Institute, Common Cause, Center for Media Justice, Color of Change, 18 Million Rising, Media Alliance and Media Mobilizing Project filed an amicus brief urging the DC Court of Appeals to vacate the Federal Communications Commission’s unlawful repeal of net neutrality. The groups argued that the FCC’s net neutrality rules are critical for civic engagement, civil rights, and democracy, particularly for communities of color.

Call for Questions on Expanding Internet Access in Upcoming Presidential Debates

Over three dozen signers from a diverse group of national civil rights groups, technology policy advocates, media advocates, and community organizing groups sent a letter to moderators of the four upcoming debates, urging them to ask how the candidates will help more Americans have access to affordable high-speed Internet choices.

To read the letter, click here.

Coalition Opposes Nonprofit Hospitals’ Requests to Reduce Charity Care Obligations

A statewide coalition of five organizations, including The Greenlining Institute, sent a letter to the California Office of the Attorney General to express opposition to Verdugo Hills Hospital and Mission Community Hospital’s requests to reduce their charity care spending obligations. The proposed reductions would significantly decrease hospital spending designated for indigent and underserved patients. The coalition urged the rejection of all similar requests from nonprofit hospitals.

Coalition Opposes Request to Reduce Saint Agnes Medical Center’s Charity Care Obligation

A statewide coalition of 17 organizations, including The Greenlining Institute, sent a letter to the California Office of the Attorney General to express opposition to Saint Agnes Medical Center’s (SAMC) request to reduce the hospital’s charity care spending obligation. The proposed reduction would significantly decrease hospital spending designated for indigent and underserved patients.