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 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]
This is a repeat week, because it is crunch time, both with taking energetic, non-violent action to protect Roe and to ensure we are electing pro-choice candidates here in the IE. And don’t forget that your ballots should be arriving soon—prepare to VOTE. Redlands Dems will be preparing a special voting issue of the Newsletter to go out in the next few days, so if you want to consult that before you vote, know that it is in the works.
Remember, redistricting means that we have new districts in our area. If you can still vote for Pete Aguilar, please do so. Otherwise, please vote for Derek Marshall in our new congressional district—we must vote out Jay Obernolte in November.
In the meantime, check out Voter's Edge (https://votersedge.org/ca) to research what’s on your ballot. And please consider volunteering for a campaign to canvass/phonebank/textbank–info can be found at www.RADC.vote/Volunteer . Let’s #FlipTheIEBlue and get the vote out in the primaries.
For Friday, May 13, 2022
1. REMINDER: Plan to Protest: May 14, 2022
May 14, 2022, at 10 am is being designated as our next Day of Action to protect Roe.
Planned Parenthood of San Bernardino and Orange Counties is planning a protest at 10 am in Santa Ana at Centennial Park.
Riverside: 10 am, City Hall, 3900 Main Street
Los Angeles: 10 am, womensmarchaction.com/may14-rally
2. Volunteer with a Campaign for a Pro-Choice Candidate
Help us elect these Pro-Choice candidates:
- Connie Leyva for Supervisor https://www.connieleyva.com/volunteer
- DeJonae Shaw for Supervisor https://www.shawforsupervisor.com/get_involved
- Helen Tran for Mayor of San Bernardino https://helentranformayor.com/volunteer/
- Christy Holstege for Assembly https://www.christyholstege.com/get-involved
- Derek Marshall for Congress https://www.derekmarshallca.com/volunteer
- Dr. Asif Mahmood for Congress https://drasifmahmood.com/get-involved/
Here are just some of the actions you can take:
- write postcards
- host ballot parties
- host caravans to the ballot box
- host strolls to the polls
- host a bike ride to vote
- Make a financial contribution.
3. Help California Add Access to Abortions to Our State Constitution
On May 2, 2022, the following press release came out of Sacramento from our state leaders:
SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and Governor Gavin Newsom released the below statement following news reports detailing a preliminary U.S. Supreme Court majority draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade and end federal constitutional protections for the right to abortion:
“California will not stand idly by as women across America are stripped of their rights and the progress so many have fought for gets erased. We will fight. California is proposing an amendment to enshrine the right to choose in our state constitution so that there is no doubt as to the right to abortion in this state. We know we can’t trust the Supreme Court to protect reproductive rights, so California will build a firewall around this right in our state constitution. Women will remain protected here.”
If you have not already done so, send a message to the Governor, Speaker Rendon in the Assembly, President Pro Tem Atkins in the Senate (emails are above), as well as your own assemblymember and state senator to tell them you support this action.
I fully support the proposal of an amendment to the California state constitution to enshrine the right to choose, so that there is no doubt at all regarding the right to abortion in our state. Women must be protected here, and California must take whatever steps it can to protect this basic civil liberty which gives women the right to manage their own bodies.
For Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (SD23): 10350 Commerce Center Drive, Suite A-220, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 or call (909) 919-7731
For Assemblymember James Ramos (AD40): https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD40
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!
STICK A PIN IN THIS
- The mid-terms are on their way! Early voting begins on May 9th and runs through June 6th for the June 7, 2022 primary. For RADC endorsements and information about the candidates to volunteer for, go to: https://www.redlandsareademocrats.org/endorsements
- 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.
- Redlands City Redistricting: Our Congressional maps have been set, and the City Council voted unanimously on March 1st to select Public Map One. The final vote came through the March 15th consent calendar. This is the map RADC advocated for, as the best map to recognize neighborhoods and promote equity while being well within the numerical requirements. This will be our new Redlands district map for the next 10 years. Thank you, everyone, for your efforts in preparing, submitting, and advocating for this map!
- The Rittenhouse trial demonstrated 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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