Compiled by RADC Members - Tracy Wise and Jeff Poggi
Welcome to this week’s Call to Action, where you can find some of the latest events and news to help you take part in the issues that matter to our communities.
If you have a call to action that you would like us to highlight, email us at: [email protected]
For Wednesday, August 24, 2022
1. Are You Ready to Pledge to Take Action for the Midterms?
Now is the perfect time to get involved as we head into the final months before the November midterms. Remember, California mail-in ballots will begin to arrive in *October*. So there is no time to waste.
#TakethePledge: Redlands Dems will be sharing a calendar of candidate events and other volunteer opportunities. Share your volunteering at: [email protected]
- before the September 17, 2022 at 11 am general meeting or place that info in the chat at the start of the meeting (we will draw three winners from a hat for some fun prizes) and
- before the October 15, 2022 at 11 am general meeting or place them in the chat at the start of the meeting (we will draw another three winners from a hat for more fun prizes).
We encourage you to volunteer for at least *2* activities a month, be it phone banking, canvassing, text banking, sending postcards, attending and taking action at a Solidarity Sundays-Redlands meeting, etc., for just a few examples.
2. Learn about the Movement to Undermine and Destroy Public Education
There is a national movement in the U.S. which seeks to undermine and ultimately destroy public education in the country. Once upon a time that would have sounded like hyperbole. Unfortunately, it is actually happening, through the fights against “critical race theory,” against teaching actual U.S. history, and against trans-youth and other members of the LGBTQIA community.
We must ensure none of the members of this movement are elected to our local school board. Here is a listing of the IE Family PAC’s current candidate slate: https://iefamilypac.org/meet-the-candidates/ This group is continuing to raise money for extremists across SoCal.
Here is an article about the effort in California from calmatters: https://calmatters.org/politics/2022/08/california-republicans-school-board-races/
Salon is tracking this anti-public education movement on their website. You can access their collection of articles here: https://www.salon.com/topic/public_schools
3. Learn about the City of Redlands November Ballot Initiatives!
Learn about Measure F (which allows the University of Redlands Transit Villages project to go forward without opposition from a local group led by former mayor Bill Cunningham, with additional protections for canyon areas included) and Measure J (which has to do with business tax rates).
Initial reporting can be found here: https://www.redlandscommunitynews.com/two-redlands-initiatives-set-for-the-november-ballot/article_ce29ccd4-1f30-11ed-9602-1b776297ab2d.html
More information and voting recommendations to come.
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- Support Organizations Working to End Gun Violence in the U.S.
- Moms Demand Action: https://momsdemandaction.org/
- Brady United Against Gun Violence: https://www.bradyunited.org/
- Everytown for Gun Safety: https://www.everytown.org/Act
- Sandy Hook Promise: https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/
- Giffords: https://giffords.org/
- Support Organizations Assisting Women with Access to Abortion Services
- “The National Network of Abortion Funds builds power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice.” https://abortionfunds.org
- “On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade shocked the nation. Here you can find resources for learning more about what it all means and how to engage.” https://nwlc.org/resource/resource-hub-the-supreme-court-and-roe-v-wade/
- Two organizations which help women with things like funding, travel, and child care while seeking an abortion:
- Whole Woman’s Health Wayfinder program, “built specifically to help people find their way from a state where they are denied an abortion to a state where they can get that abortion.” https://www.wholewomanshealth.com/abortion-wayfinder/
- Planned Parenthood Action Fund: https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org
- NARAL: https://www.prochoiceamerica.org/fight-back-for-our-freedom/
- The January 6th Committee public hearings are on hold this month. Hearings will resume in the fall, though the committee continues to release additional details. Check C-SPAN or PBS for recordings of past hearings, as well as the J6 site itself: https://january6th.house.gov/
- Advocating for a vibrant downtown Redlands with a re-use of the site of the current derelict Redlands Mall: The Planning Commission and the City Council held a joint meeting on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. Lasting over 5 hours, the result was a unanimous vote by the City Council in favor of the developers’ design for the Redlands Mall project. This is an important step forward in building a sustainable and resilient downtown Redlands for the future.
The City Council has approved the revised ballot measure for the November 2022 election which will allow the University of Redlands transit village plan to go forward (Measure F). The competing ballot measure has been withdrawn. More news and details to come as the ballot is finalized.
- Learn about the Redlands City Council Candidate running in the new District 3: Mario Saucedo.
Go to https://mariosaucedo.com/ to learn more about this native Redlander and community
activist and the issues he is prioritizing in his campaign. We will be sharing future events for
Redlands Dems to attend!
- Learn about the Redlands City Council re-election campaign for Denise Davis in District 1:
https://www.deniseforredlands.com/ for more information.
- Learn about House of Representatives Seat CA-23 candidate Derek Marshall:
https://www.derekmarshallca.com/ for more information.
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