Title X

Title X

Yesterday Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate to pass legislation letting states withhold Title X funds (for family planning) from Planned Parenthood and other organizations that provide a full spectrum of women’s healthcare — including abortion. This money was already barred from being used to cover abortion, so the only result is that women in many parts of the country may have no access to health services at all. Male politicians in DC are, yet again, limiting our right to reproductive health care. Our bodies, our choice, let’s choose to vote them out in 2018!

Victory!!

Victory!!

Today we won a great victory!!!

Together our calls and letters worked, and the GOP couldn’t even bring up their horrific inhumane healthcare plan for a vote!

California has a record high ACA/ Obamacare enrollment, and overall we have the healthiest marketplace in the country.. TrumpCare could have broken individual healthcare in California, leading to higher prices and lack of coverage. But now that the GOP’s plan has failed, we have the chance to work to make the Affordable Care Act even better for Californians. Keep contacting your legislators and make your voice heard!

Russia

Russia

Comey’s testimony yesterday made clear that the FBI has an active investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia. But we can’t wait for the outcome of that investigation, which may or may not become public.

I have grave concerns about President Trump and his ongoing relationship with Russia. That’s why I’m co-authoring SR23, a resolution calling for “Congress to conduct a full, independent, and public investigation of any and all connections between the Trump administration, the Trump campaign organization, and the Trump business empire and the Russian government, as well as Russian government-owned enterprises and related business interests.”

Fake News

Fake News

I’m working to take on fake news in social media. We need to teach media literacy in our schools, so that kids have the critical thinking skills to better judge what is credible and what is not. Also we need to teach young people how to keep themselves and their personal information safe when they go on the internet. Read more about my plan.

Voter Pre-Registration

Voter Pre-Registration

My bill #sb113 allowed voter pre-registration at age 16 in California. Now, 16 and 17 year olds can pre-register to vote online! Please spread the word. http://registertovote.ca.gov

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day. A holiday first observed in 1908, thousands of women marched in New York then for shorter hours, better pay, and their right to vote. Over a century later, this day is needed more than ever.

Today I’m wearing red to celebrate A Day Without A Woman in solidarity with the Women’s March. Today we stand up for the equal rights of women, and I stand for those that cannot be here today. The theme of the rally today is Educate, Empower and Engage. I am doing my part to educate and empower in Sacramento, and I hope you will join me in engaging with your state and federal legislators to demand equal pay and equal treatment for women under the law. If you can, please shop at women-owned businesses today too.

Protecting Our Kids

Protecting Our Kids

The Trump administration has now withdrawn protections for transgender kids in public schools. This is a continuation of the Trump policy of generating hate and violence against others, especially those who are most vulnerable. They are trying to distract us from his policies that are eroding our environment, putting more into the hands of the wealthy and letting the greedy Wall Street executives continue to hurt the rest of us.

If a child you know needs help as a result of this decision, or just someone to talk to, they can always go to TheTrevorProject.org or call 1-866-488-7386. Please spread the word.

Not My President’s Day

Not My President’s Day

As we honor presidents from centuries ago or more recent residents of the White House, our country is at a dangerous precipice. Mr. Trump is facing serious allegations that he violated the emoluments clause in the constitution, has a deep and suspicious relationship with Russia and its despot, Vladimir Putin, and attacks the democratic institutions our country holds dear.

We must continue to speak out.

People are rallying across the country today for ‘Not My President’s Day’, joining local groups like SB Progressive Coalition, Indivisible, supporting Planned Parenthood (with more rallies planned for this Tuesday), constantly calling and writing and attending events held by their Congressmembers, writing letters to the editor, working with groups committed to advancing the rights of working Americans, protecting against Wall Street greed and otherwise speaking truth to power. #resistandpersist

We did this

We did this

Thank you to the 9th Circuit court for standing up for justice yesterday. They upheld the block on Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim ban – meaning that we will continue to be a welcoming country for all.

You did this. We did this. We rose up immediately with spontaneous outcries from coast to coast—from Los Angeles to Seattle to Dallas-Fort Worth to New York and airports in-between. We raised tens of millions of dollars for the ACLU, and they continue to fight for all of our rights in court. We are the voice of America. We are a nation of immigrants coming together— Jews, Muslims, Christians and people of all colors, shapes, sizes and beliefs but nonetheless, people committed to our values, our laws and our belief in justice. We in California are leading the fight, and it’s a fight we must win.
#resist #persist

Want to take action? Get involved with the Santa Barbara Progressive Coalition. Join a local Indivisible group (https://www.indivisibleguide.com/groups-nav), or attend a local town hall (http://www.townhallproject.com).

Resist

Resist

I was inspired and exhilarated by the Women’s March last weekend, but our work is just beginning. It’s the first week under President Trump, and already everything and everyone we care about is under threat.

What can we do about it?

We need to go local to our individual Congressmembers and US Senators in California and all other states to call upon them to protect our hard-fought rights. They must protect reproductive health for all –both rich and poor; protect immigrant families from being torn apart by false claims of criminal behavior and just simple racism; protect access to affordable healthcare for all, and more.

  • Take action via the Women’s March 10 Actions in 100 days campaign. Send postcards to your Senators about the issues you care most about.
  • Make 5 calls to your Congressmembers and US Senators every day.
  • Find out how to more effectively influence Congress by reading the Indivisible Guide and joining a local group.
  • Consider running for office! Run For Something is a new organization encouraging progressives under 35 to run for office, but there are many other organizations out there for people of all ages that will help you run for the first time. If you would like support, advice or encouragement please write back and I’d be happy to share what I learned the hard way.

And, if you are in a position to do so, contribute to the organizations who will help in these efforts!