Compiled by RADC Members - Tracy Wise, Jeff Poggi and Israel Igualate
Welcome to this week’s Call to Action, where you can find some of the latest events and news to help you take part on 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 Thursday, February 17, 2022
1. ACT LOCAL: Get Involved in Loma Linda!
If you live in Loma Linda and are thinking of running for city council, you now have less than a month to file for the June 7, 2022, primary election, when two Loma Linda City Council seats, currently held by Phill Dupper and Ron Dailey, will be on the ballot,
The filing period runs from February 14 to March 11. If an incumbent does not file by March 11, the filing period will be extended to 5 p.m. March 16, according to the City Clerk.
Nomination packets can be picked up in the Loma Linda City Clerk’s Office (25541 Barton Road, Loma Linda, CA 92354).
2. GUN SAFETY: Tell CA Senators to include life-saving gun safety provisions in the Violence Against Women Act
The U.S. Senate has the opportunity to protect women from gun violence by addressing deadly federal loopholes that let violent domestic abusers get their hands on guns.
As your constituent, I urge you to support including the life-saving provisions that keep guns away from abusive intimate partners in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). We can take an important step towards reducing gun violence in America by ensuring that provisions that protect women from gun violence are part of the Senate Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill—like the bipartisan House VAWA reauthorization bill that passed last year.
When a gun is present in a domestic violence situation, it's five times more likely that the woman will be killed by her abusive partner. And intimate partner homicides are as likely to be committed by dating partners as by spouses. Now's the time to address the deadly loopholes in federal law that let violent dating partners get their hands on guns.
Or go to:
Senator Diane Feinstein, 11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 915, Los Angeles, CA 90025 - (310) 914-7300 or [https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me].
Senator Alex Padilla, 11845 West Olympic Blvd., Suite 1250W, Los Angeles, CA 90064 - (310) 231-4494 [https://www.padilla.senate.gov/]
3. TELL PRESIDENT BIDEN TO CANCEL STUDENT LOAN DEBT
We are in a student loan debt crisis. As of 2020, Americans owe more than $1.6 trillion in student debt, surpassed only by mortgage debt. Two-thirds of that debt is held by women. Black borrowers take out more debt, contributing to the racial wealth gap. Debt is growing fastest in the lowest income neighborhoods; increasing repayments means additional strain on borrowers’ incomes, contributing to the inability to buy a house, start a family, invest in a business, etc. President Biden campaigned on a promise to cancel student debt. He paused loan payments during the pandemic, but they are set to start back up again in May. We need to speak up now.
Dear President Biden,
You campaigned on a promise to cancel student debt, and the time has come to fully implement that promise. A recent study from the Roosevelt Institute demonstrated that broad-based debt cancellation of $50,000 is a progressive policy that will help many Black people as well as borrowers in the lowest income brackets, along with being an anti-racist measure which would contribute to closing the wealth gap.
This is the next step in securing the economy and growing the future of so many Americans.
It is time.
President Joseph Biden, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20500
And with that we want to remind you to submit your event or call to action for consideration to: [email protected] -- Have a great rest of the week!
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- Redlands City Redistricting: Our Congressional maps have been set, but the City of Redlands is just beginning its process of reviewing and potentially re-drawing the City’s five districts. Between now and April, the City Council will look at submitted maps and will make a final decision. We need to urge the City Council to select a map which brings equity to the residents of Redlands.
Upcoming City of Redlands public meetings are scheduled:
- March 1, 2022 (6:00 pm, City Hall)
- April 17, 2022 – adoption of the final maps
More detail on the specific agendas for each meeting can be found at: https://drawredlands.org/schedule/
- The Rittenhouse trial demonstrated to us that judicial elections are incredibly important. Let us pledge together to become better informed prior to the next election where judges are on the ballot to ensure that we are electing qualified, non-partisan members of the bench to serve the judiciary in our region. #NoRittenhouseJudgesHere
- Laws taking effect in California in 2022:
- The Los Angeles Times has a recent story on 43 of the new laws and how they may impact us. You can find the story here: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-12-30/new-2022-california-laws-covid-19-housing-policing
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