|Early Registration for our 2015 Economic Summit ends March 13th!|
Early registration for our 22nd Annual Economic Summit on May 8, 2015 is open! The special price of $25 will increase to $40 after March 13th! This year’s Summit, titled,”#DiversityTrending: Building an Inclusive Economy,” will be an event where we explore ways to advance diversity as a critical component of creating an economy that creates prosperity for all, and honor visionary leaders paving the way in that effort.
The FCC Approves Net Neutrality, Open Internet for All!
On February 26th, the Federal Communications Commission made history when it voted to approve strong net neutrality protections, particularly to treat broadband as a universal telecommunications service. Greenlining has long argued that this approach is essential to protecting low-income consumers and communities of color from “digital redlining” by providers.
“The FCC got this right,” said Greenlining Institute Energy and Telecommunications Policy Director Stephanie Chen. “Without today’s action we were heading toward a new form of redlining, a sort of digital Jim Crow, that would have devastated communities of color and low-income consumers across the board. Treating broadband as a telecommunications service – that is, as the essential public service it is – is the only sure way to make sure we never face digital redlining.”
Casa Joaquin Murrietta Celebrated its 45th Anniversary!
On February 12th, Casa Joaquin Murrietta, Greenlining’s multi-ethnic residential leadership house for UC Berkeley students celebrated its 45th anniversary! It was inspirational to have current students, Casa Joaquin alumni, Greenlining staff, mentors and supporters come together to celebrate 45 years of student activism, personal & academic development, and recruitment & retention.
After hearing a brief history of Casa from co-founder, Robert Apodaca, Assemblymember Luis Alejo inspired attendees with a reflection of the impact that Casa had on his undergraduate career at Cal. The night’s evens helped attendees remember and honor the historical milestones that took place at Casa. We look forward to continue building on its legacy. View photos from the event on the Casa Facebook Page.
New Issue Brief: Voting Access for Limited-English Proficient Voters
Greenlining’s Claiming Our Democracy team published a new issue brieftitled Community Voices: Improving Access to Voting for California’s Limited-English Proficiency Communities. The new issue brief highlights the fact that 1-in-9 eligible California voters speak only limited English, and many of these voters don’t know what help or services are available to them. Our authors provide recommendations for how to increase access to voting for LEP citizens.
Claiming Our Democracy Fellow Zainab Badi published an op-ed in Oakland Local, saying that “Everyone deserves an equal voice in our democracy. The significant gap in voter turnout among Asians and Latinos leaves thousands of Oaklanders out of the decision-making processes that impact their lives.” Download the issue brief.
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