Thurs 9/12: Call your CA legislators! A deceptively-named plastic industry group is trying to kill the plastics bills!

“Californians for Recycling and the Environment (CRE)”, a plastics industry front group,  is actively trying to kill SB 54 + AB-1080. They have an slick website and logo, filled with scary promises that we won’t have toothpaste, baby food and dog food. Nonsense. What’s NOT listed is who’s funding it. But according to Calmatters, there are no surprises. “The coalition represents the packaging industry and officially formed “maybe a few weeks ago,” according to spokesman Micah Grant. Despite its effort to kill at least one of the bills, Grant insisted in an email to CalMatters that the group “doesn’t ‘oppose’ SB 54.” However, their “Take Action” page says differently.

Tell your legislator to step up into the future we need. There’s a list at the bottom of nervous ones who haven’t signed onto SB 54 + AB-1080 yet. Call yours if they’re on the list. (Jacqui Irwin – we’re looking at you!) If your legislators AREN’T on the list, call them, thank them and ask them to encourage their colleagues.

Action  – “One word: Plastics. There’s a great future in plastics.

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Wed 8/28: Two actions for health and plastic pollution and today’s update on our favorite CA bills!

ICYMI:

  • CA legislation actions on plastic pollution and chemicals behind the words “fragrance” and “flavoring” in your hygiene products and cosmetics earlier this week, go here.
  • Call the governor at (916) 445-2841 to sign the bill that bans trapping for fur in CA. IT’S ON HIS DESK! Also ask your federal legislators to use a CRA (Congressional Review Act) against the Endangered Species Act. Go here.
  • We asked Newsom to pull out some problematic amendments his office made to AB 1505  in favor of for-profit charter schools.

Also, check out bill updates from 8/16/19 at the bottom.)

Action #1 –  Today is SB 29 – Call-in Day!

SB 29 is a top priority for immigrant rights and health care advocates and would provide full-scope Medi-Cal to low-income undocumented adults by removing immigration status as an eligibility exclusionNo one in our state should have to wait until an emergency to be able to access health care.

Minimum script:  Hi, I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Assemblymember [___] to to support SB 29 to expand Medi-Cal access to undocumented immigrant elders. California is stronger when everyone has access to healthcare and we are all healthier when everyone is covered.

Contact: 
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Patch-thru number: 760-891-CALI, press 2 to be connected

State Assemblymember Monique Limón (CA-37): SAC (916) 319-2037, SB (805) 564-1649, VTA (805) 641-3700 email
Not your people?: findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.

Action #2 –  There is no plan “B” for plastic waste.

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Tues 8/13: Call your CA legislators! Two actions and an update on our favorite bills!

The California legislature’s legislative session resumed yesterday! Here’s our latest list of bills we’re following and what you can expect in the next month:

  • August 12: Legislature reconvened after summer break!
  • August 30: Bills must pass out of Appropriations
  • September 13: Final deadline for bills to be passed

Action #1 – “One word: Plastics. There’s a great future in plastics.”

We know a lot more about plastics than we did when “The Graduate” was being filmed in 1967. The future we’re envisioning now would phase out non-recyclable single-use plastic, drive massive reductions in California’s plastic footprint, and push companies to redesign packaging, creating a blueprint for the zero-waste future we need. If you haven’t heard about CA’s bills AB-1080/SB-54 – “California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act”, you can read about them here.

The plastics industry is ramping up efforts to kill the bill, so we need to pull out all the stops and remind legislators who they represent ahead of a crunch vote in the Assembly and Senate, as well as to send a strong message to Governor Newsom. 

Minimal Script for assemblymembers: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Assemblymember [___] to vote “YES” on SB-54 California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act.

Minimal Script for state senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Senator [___] to vote “YES” on AB-1080 – California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act.image.png

Extra credit: For those who can make it to Sacramento on Wednesday, 8/21, you can sign up to become part of a day of action regarding these bills. RSVP here. Join a show of strength at a press conference outside the State Capitol and then help deliver messages by calling on legislators to support SB 54 and AB 1080! More details on their Facebook page here.

(Contact information for legislators after Action #2 below)

Action #2 – Question for today – “Why are some things “toxic” in Europe but “OK” for Americans?”

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Thurs 5/24: The “Blue Wave” starts at home.

Just like the calls we ask everyone to make to their legislators, showing up at our local city council meetings gives our local leaders the strength to do the right thing.

The fight to stop cities from joining in on an anti-SB-54 lawsuit, Camarillo Edition.

(From Indivisible Conejo) “Some great news to start (or finish) your day! The Camarillo City Council has voted 5-0 to take a neutral stance on SB 54, the California Values Act. The vote followed more than three hours of public comment. Thank you so much to the activists of Camarillo, the Conejo Valley and elsewhere — including a number of hearty souls from Indivisible: Conejo. Thousand Oaks, take note — this is how a good-hearted group of activists and a brave council repel the anti-immigrant horde!” Continue reading “Thurs 5/24: The “Blue Wave” starts at home.”

Ask CA legislators to pass SB 183 and keep ICE out of State buildings. Deadline Sept. 15!

(Photos from http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-romulo-avelica-deportation-20170731-story.html)

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [__] and I’m asking my Rep [__] and Sen. [__] to vote YES on SB 183 (“State buildings: federal immigration agents” Act) before the legislative deadline of Sept. 15th.

More Script if you want it: This bill would make schools, state-owned buildings and college campuses off-limits to federal immigration agents and would force officers to get warrants before they visit public sites for surveillance or arrests. Our neighbors need this to feel safe in their daily lives.

Hannah-Beth Jackson: SAC (916) 651-4019, SB (805) 965-0862, OX (805)988-1940
Monique Limón: (CA-37): SAC (916) 319-2037, SB (805) 564-1649, VTA (805) 641-3700
Not your people? Not sure?http://www.phoneyourrep.com

This is it, folks. The last week.

(This is from Julie Diaz Martinez of Indivisible Conejo)

Please make calls to both Governor Brown and target Assemblymembers by using 1-844-336-0046 (a number that automatically connects people to their target Assembly members or Gov. Brown, depending on their zip code)

Also, please share this image on social media outlets.  Click here to tweet the number.

If this isn’t done by Sept. 15th, and signed by Governor Brown by Oct. 15th, it will be  held over until the next year!

ICE, however, won’t be taking a break.

Call.

If you can’t be in Sacramento standing beside us, flood their phone lines!

Script for Gov. Brown: My name is ___ and I’m calling to ask Governor Brown to support a strong California Values Act, SB 54, in its most visionary form. We cannot use California’s resources to help the Trump administration deport our comunity members.
Call: 916-445-2841

Script for your Assemblymember: “Hi, I’m calling from [zip code] and I would like to  ask Assemblymember [___]  to support a strong SB 54, the California Values Act, in its most visionary form. California must lead and protect our immigrant communities against increasing attacks from Trump’s deportation machine, whether it’s the pardon of racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio or canceling DACA.

Assemblymember Monique Limón: (CA-37): SAC (916) 319-2037, SB (805) 564-1649, VTA (805) 641-3700
@AsmMoniqueLimon, https://twitter.com/AsmMoniqueLimon

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