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. This week, we are going to continue our focus on the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade and actions we can take in response.
If you have a call to action that you would like us to highlight, email us at: [email protected]
For Thursday, July 7, 2022
1. More Abortion Access Support Actions from Lawyers for Good Government (L4GG)
Adam Cohen on 6/26/22: “We are all distraught over the Supreme Court overturning #RoeVsWade. And the terrible impact this will have on women across the country. But outside of protesting and voting this November” here are action/info items L4GG suggests—
- Volunteer your time and expertise to help protect abortions. We must pursue proactive protections beyond the courts and focus our efforts on building power from the ground up, at the state and local levels. Below are a few ways you can do that.
- If you’re a lawyer or a law student, sign up for L4GG’s new State Legislative Advocacy Academy, a first-of-its-kind training series for lawyers to learn how to use their unique skills and privilege to influence public policy in their home states. Members of our initial lawyer cohort will go through a multi-part training in the fall of 2022 ready to fight for abortion access and other key issues in their own state during the 2023 legislative session.
- If you’re a lawyer at a large law firm, ask your pro bono coordinator whether your firm is a Pro Bono Partner of L4GG. If your firm is already a partner, there may be opportunities forthcoming for you to volunteer for abortion access projects that our policy team is working on. If your firm would like to learn more about partnering with us, please ask your pro bono coordinator to email us at [email protected].
- If none of the above opportunities is applicable to you, but you'd still like to help, make sure you’re on our email list and check the websites of some of our organizational allies for other ways to volunteer - The Brigid Alliance and the Center for Reproductive Rights are good places to start.
- Donate to the L4GG Action Fund to advance state protections for abortion access and other issues of civil and human rights. L4GG is working on two fronts to protect abortion access, and we need your support. First, we’re launching the above-mentioned Advocacy Academy this fall that will mobilize lawyers nationwide to influence public policy in their own states on issues like reproductive and racial justice. Second, we are working in coalition with leading abortion access groups to ensure they have the legal resources they need to enact new state-level protections of abortion care, including providing them with pro bono volunteers and trained state legislative advocates from our Advocacy Academy.
- Support providers, patients, abortion funds, and clinics on the ground. If abortion is protected in your state, support your local providers with the resources they will need to serve out-of-state patients in light of Dobbs. If abortion is not protected in your state, consider supporting the Brigid Alliance or your local Abortion Fund to cover procedures, transportation, lodging, and more. The National Network of Abortion Funds is a great place to start.
2. Other Organizations to Support to Protect Access to Abortion
- “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 with things like funding, travel, and childcare 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.weareplannedparenthoodaction.org/onlineactions/6iOI0_HnUUmPu_6_SRgayg2?sourceid=1006442&ms=4NALz2100K1N1A&gclid=CjwKCAjwzeqVBhAoEiwAOrEmzQTaCRBYCv81Zhmra7aKO2UT4BNCXPgVU-dwPiHZBgazpHF5ClqF6RoCw4MQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
- NARAL: https://www.prochoiceamerica.org/fight-back-for-our-freedom/
3. Support Assemblymember Ramos’ AB 1314
Assemblymember Ramos has introduced AB 1314, which seeks to create an emergency notification system for missing Indigenous persons.
Please write to Assemblymember Ramos and let him know that you support this legislation. Suggested text:
Dear Assemblymember Ramos:
Please know that I strongly support the bill you have introduced, AB 1314, which will create an emergency notification system for missing Indigenous persons in our state of California. I greatly appreciate your efforts in raising this vital need to the California legislature’s attention so that it can take constructive action.
State Assemblymember James Ramos (AD 40): https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD40
or (909) 476-5023 - district - and (916) 319-2040 - Sacramento
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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/
- The January 6th Committee will resume its public hearings in July. The next hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at 7 am Pacific. 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 is continuing to work on this project along with the University of Redlands project.
- Learn about the 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!
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