Video: Greenlining’s Testimony to California Assembly Public Safety Committee in support of AB 149

This video is Greeenlining testifying to the Assembly Public Safety Committee about AB-149 which would require the Department of Corrections to provide notification of an inmate or former felon’s right to vote.

To skip to Greenlining’s testimony, click on the “Index” link below the video, and then click on the “AB-149 Voting rights: inmates and persons formerly incarcerated. Weber”

Video: Greenlining’s Testimony to Assembly Committee on Health AB 975 Hearing

Video: Greenlining’s testimony on AB 975 given by Carla Saporta at the California Assembly Committee on April 2, 2013. The testimony can be found online in video format by clicking this link. Video: Testimony by Greenlining on AB 975.
To view the testimony on AB 975, click the Index link in the video, and then click on the “AB-975 Health Facilities community benefits. Wieckowski”

The testimony is also here in written form: AB 975 hearing comments by Carla Saporta of the Greenlining Institute on April 2nd, 2013.

The Greenlining Coalition to Governor Newsom: Support Diverse Small Businesses and Non-Profits

The Greenlining Coalition wrote a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom thanking him for his exemplary leadership during this crisis and urging him to ensure that vulnerable communities, diverse small businesses and grassroots nonprofits are prioritized in state-level recovery programs. Greenlining detailed policy recommendations that could help avert disaster for Black, Latinx and AAPI small business owners in California, as well as support diverse nonprofits and the communities they serve.

Testimony: House Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion

Greenlining urged the committee to promote greater transparency regarding diversity in the banking industry, stating:
  1. Diversity and inclusion are the building blocks of a fair society. Numerous academic and private-sector studies have shown that diverse businesses outperform homogenous organizations time and time again;
  2. Transparency in an institution’s approach to diversity does not require any change to that institution’s business plan or practices, it merely gives consumers in our diverse nation the ability to fairly evaluate where they spend their hard-earned dollars; and
  3. By 2040, the US will be majority people of color. Our communities have a right and responsibility to contribute to our nation's public, private, and non-profit sectors, and transparency data can help make clear where our participation is lacking.

Testimony to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus The Americas’ Future in the Balance: A Briefing on the Underfunding of Latino Communities

Orson Aguilar, Executive Director

The Greenlining Institute

June 19, 2012

Thank you for allowing me to speak to you today on an important topic.  The Greenlining Institute is a California based research, advocacy, and leadership institute focused on improving the lives of people of color.  Our mission is simple — to ensure that all American’s have a fair shot to fullfill their economic potential.

America has a philanthropy problem.  Simply stated, we are not investing in America.  And most importantly, we are not investing in the future of America.  As we all know, the majority of American babies born today are of color.  Most of the new births today are in fact Latino babies.

As you will hear today, Latinos are not getting their fair share of philanthropic dollars.  Reports such as the one recently released by Hispanics in Philanthropy are important because they remind us that much progress can and must be made.   We need to measure philanthropy going to Latinos and other communities on a regular basis. As they say, what isn’t measured doesn’t matter.   If you don’t measure something, you will not make progress.

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Testimony on Southern California Edison’s “Charge Ready 2” Electric Vehicle Charging Station Application

The Greenlining Institute’s Environmental Equity Legal Counsel Joel Espino submitted expert testimony regarding Southern California Edison’s application to the California Public Utilities Commission for approval of a $760 million program to deploy 48,000 EV charging ports. Greenlining is part of this proceeding and will continue to advocate for racial equity by ensuring this investment creates the most benefits for low-income people of color.

Testimony of Michelle Romero of The Greenlining Institute Before the National Commission on Voting Rights – California Hearing, Panel III: Language Access

At the National Commission on Voting Rights hearing in San Francisco, Greenlining’s Michelle Romero discussed the needs of limited-English voters and measures that can be taken to make elections more accessible to these citizens, as well as the need for making the state voter guide more understandable.

To read the testimony, Click Here.

Testimony by Sharon Velasquez on How California Can Protect Consumers

Senior Economic Equity Program Manager Sharon Velasquez testified before the California Assembly Banking and Finance Committee in support of the state exploring avenues to better protect consumers, especially those of color. She served as a panelist at an informational hearing called by committee chair Monique Limón entitled The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: An Examination of the CFPB under the current Federal Administration and Options for California to Better Protect its Consumers. In her comments, Velasquez provided recommendations on how California could counterbalance the federal deregulatory agenda and the weakening of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, particularly in the area of fair lending