California Communities should Vote Yes on Prop. 15, No on 16 and 17, Greenlining Institute Urges

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Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Coordinator,510-898-2053

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA — The Greenlining Institute announced its positions on California’s June ballot propositions today, urging voters to approve Proposition 15, which sets up a pilot system for public financing of state elections. Greenlining urges voters to reject Propositions 14, 16 and 17, noting that 16 and 17 are special-interest propositions that would benefit particular companies at the expense of the vast majority of Californians.
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April 30 Redistricting Applicant Review Panel Meeting Must Address Diversity Concerns

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With Large Population Groups Underrepresented In Applicant Pool, Greenlining Institute Urges Push for Diversity

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Coordinator, 510-898-2053

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA — With an applicant pool for the Citizens Redistricting Commission that is nowhere near representing California’s diverse population, the Applicant Review Panel must commit itself to ensuring that the final body truly represents all Californians, officials of The Greenlining Institute said today. The ARP will meet Friday morning to discuss the applicant review process and the “qualities and characteristics” that members would like to see in panelists.
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New Report Finds Bank Overdraft Fees Excessive, Confusing

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New Comparison of California Bank Fees Released as Banks Use Scare Tactics To Dissuade Customers From Opting Out of Fees; Fed Urged to Require Reforms If Banks Don’t Act

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Coordinator, 510-898-2053

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA — Over the next few months, banks will be required to have customers opt-in to overdraft protection and the stiff fees that come along with it, but a new report released today by The Greenlining Institute finds that these  fees continue to be excessive and confusing, while some banks seem to be using scare tactics to discourage customers from opting out. The report, which includes a new comparison of the overdraft fees and policies of major California banks, urges banks to voluntarily  reduce and simplify their fee structures, and asks the Fed to require such changes if banks do not act voluntarily.
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Rep. Barney Frank to join Business and Political Leaders, Activists for Economic Summit in L.A. 4/9

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Economic Summit in L.A. 4/9

Unique Gathering of Grassroots Activists and Top Officials to Focus on

“Rebuilding the American Dream”

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Coordinator,
510-898-2053 (office) or 415-846-7758 (cell)

LOS ANGELES — Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, will join an impressive array of government and business leaders and community activists at the Greenlining Institute’s 17th annual Economic Summit, “Rebuilding the American Dream,” taking place in Los Angeles April 9. Frank, who will receive an award and speak at the concluding dinner, has been a major force in shaping financial industry reform legislation now moving through Congress.
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National Health Care Reform Highlights Need for California Rate Regulation

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Communities of Color, Disproportionately Uninsured, Will Benefit Greatly, But State Reforms Urgently Needed

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Coordinator, 510-898-2053

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA — National healthcare reform just signed into law by President Obama will give a huge boost to low-income Californians and communities of color, who disproportionately lack access to care, but further state-level reforms are urgently needed, officials of The Greenlining Institute said today.

“The new law will help millions of African-Americans, Latinos, and Asian and Pacific Islanders, who now disproportionately lack health coverage, but it doesn’t go far enough,” said Carla Saporta, Greenlining’s health program manager. “We urgently need to pass state-level legislation such as AB 2578 so that we have the same sort of strict regulation of health insurance rates that California has now for auto insurance. Surely our health is at least as important as our cars.”
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National Broadband Plan Offers Historic Chance to Shrink Digital Inequality

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Experts From The Greenlining Institute Available For Interviews

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Coordinator,
510-898-2053

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tuesday’s planned release of the National Broadband Plan by the Federal Communications Commission offers an historic opportunity to reduce digital inequality and help level the economic and social playing field for Americans of all races and income levels. Experts from The Greenlining Institute will be available to comment on the report once it is released.

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Greenlining Institute News: Advancing Change

Greenlining’s 17th Annual Economic Summit: Rebuilding the American Dream
Join us on April 9th in downtown Los Angeles as we discuss how we nurture new and capable leaders to Rebuild the American Dream. We will discuss current efforts that aim for a more responsive and effective government as well as the need for responsible corporations to be partners in win-win efforts.  This years keynote speaker will be the Hon. Barney Frank Chairman of the House financial Services Committee.
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Green Assets:
Greening Our Neighborhoods & Putting Americans to Work
Energy-Efficiency or ‘Cash for Caulkers’ says President Obama, is the most effective way to help Americans. Our most recent report concurs – Block by Block – Community by Community – saving $$$ while boosting our local economies.
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The State of Solar: Expanding California’s New Landscape of Opportunity
With billions of dollars heading to California for solar manufacturing and installations through the American Recovery Reinvestment Act, Greenlining looks at equity and opportunity. Will Solar Shine for all Californians?
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Toxic Triangle Meeting Kicks off February 13th at Allen Temple Baptist Church

Representing the Greenlining Coalition, the Green Assets Team will be presenting at the first of three public hearings at the Allen Baptist Temple Church in Oakland. This is a wake-up call to the community, policy makers and all concerned with our future and health.
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Greenlining Institute Uses Election Day to Begin State-Wide Campaign to Ensure Redistricting Diversity

Contact:
Orson Aguilar
Executive Director
510-926-4005 office
510-552-0493 cell
orsona@greenlining.org

Yesterday the Greenlining Institute launched a state-wide initiative that seeks to ensure that the new Citizens Redistricting Commission represents California’s diverse population. The redistricting commission resulted from Proposition 11 which was passed by voters last year. This commission will redraw the lines for the state’s Assembly, Senate, and Board of Equalization. Previously, this duty was held by members of the legislature.

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Excitement Builds Among Green Jobs Advocates and Communities for Sunset Reservoir Solar Protect

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Contact: Joshua Arce (Brightline) 415-252-9700
Samuel Kang (Greenlining) 510-926-4004

Thirty Percent Low-Income Community Workforce Unparalled In Green Sector, Start Date In November

October 14, 2009, San Francisco, CA—There will be no better case study on the potential for green jobs to create a pathway out of poverty than when San Francisco’s 5-megawatt, 25,000-panel Sunset Reservoir solar project breaks ground this November.  In April of this year, San Francisco’s CityBuild program began working with San Francisco-based Recurrent Energy to channel green jobs advocates’ and city policymakers’ desire to see no less than 30% of the project’s workforce drawn from the city’s most underserved and unemployed neighborhoods.  CityBuild and San Francisco community-based organizations will soon begin the process of recruiting qualified economically disadvantaged residents who have been trained in a variety of skills, including solar installation, in an effort to revitalize the city’s most vulnerable communities.

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Greenlining Institute News: Advancing Change

Leadership Academy:
Meet the New Class of 2009 Academy Fellows
The leaders of tomorrow are here today!  Greenlining proudly welcomes the fellow’s class of 2009.  Read bios here.

Now Accepting Applications for 2010 Academy Programs
The Academy Promotes leadership in students who want hands-on public policy and advocacy experience and provides opportunities for them to acquire skills and build vital social networks that will enhance their effectiveness as future leaders.
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Our Democracy:
Line Up California! Draw the Lines for a Diverse Democracy

Last year voters passed Proposition 11, the California Voters FIRST Act, which calls for the creation of a new Citizens Redistricting Commission. The Greenlining Institute is working to ensure that this powerful commission reflects the diversity found throughout our state. Click here to apply and learn more.

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