Today, Governor @GavinNewsom released his proposed 2021-22 budget. As California begins its recovery in the wake of the #COVID19 pandemic, I’m encouraged by the Governor’s priorities & proposed investments to support Californians hardest hit by its impacts.a15.asmdc.org/press-releases…
This year’s budget, necessarily, looks very different from last year’s — and helping working families recover from the pandemic must be the lens through which all decisions are made.gov.ca.gov/2021/01/08/gov…
Above all, I’m heartened by the proposed $4.4B aimed directly at Californians’ needs in this moment — funding to get all Californians vaccinated, direct stimulus payments, and grants and fee waivers for small businesses across the state.
“Here is the real unfortunate reality, to quote fmr Sen Majority Leader Harry Reid on Donald Trump: He is the Frankenstein of the Republican Party. I’m not going to take the onus off the Republican Party for the monster *they* built & created—
“Let’s not put all the responsibility at the feet of Trump. Let’s instead put some responsibility on those who worked *diligently* to suppress votes—then wanted to call John Lewis the conscience of the Congress when he died—but *still* won’t pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act—
“Let’s not take the responsibility away from the people who still have the power — and the *votes* — to do the right thing in the United States Senate. Whether it’s on voting rights, election security, or COVID relief—
2020 was a year of historic significance. A global pandemic. Economic hardship. Racial reckoning.
But it’s in these moments of consequence that we’re reminded govt *does* have a role to play. We need good public policy that actually *helps* people.
So what comes next? (Thread—)
First and foremost in my mind: we need policies that support our working families — who are struggling to keep their heads above water just trying to make it work. Particularly working parents.
And being hit the hardest right now? Working moms—who are having to take on so much all at once. So much that too many are finding it impossible to keep their balance, much less “lean in.” That’s why many are dropping out of the workforce. We must fix this.nytimes.com/2020/11/17/bus…
Every day in CA, nearly 550,000 fast food workers serve more than 10M customers. Yet, at the height of a pandemic, fast food workers face pressure to work while sick, are fired for calling in sick, get denied sick pay & a living wage — & lack access to PPE.mercurynews.com/2020/05/26/all…
Fast food workers are treated as expendable — and yet, time and again, they prove to be critically essential.
It’s long past time we hold these billion-dollar fast food companies accountable for any unsafe — and unfair — working conditions at their restaurants.
Together, we must all do more to protect our fast food workers from unsafe and dangerous working conditions.
Yesterday brought w/it sobering pandemic news: A record number of #COVID cases. A record number of hospitalizations. And almost 2,000 lives lost. It’s especially disheartening when you consider this is all coming *before* people congregate to celebrate the holiday season. Thread—
In light of this news I wanted to take a moment to share w/you the most up-to-date moves by our state and county to limit the spread of the virus here at home — as well as tips from @CAPublicHealth@CoCoHealth & @Dare2BWell for how we can all celebrate the holiday season safely.
First and foremost, our county health officers are always reminding us that the most simple—most effective—way that we can prevent the spread is to always wear face coverings when going out. If we all did just that, we’d make incredible progress combating this pandemic.
#AB2037 — with the Governor’s signature, our communities will have more time to respond to, or plan around, the closure of a hospital or the loss of healthcare services.
With the #COVID19 pandemic, this is as vital as ever.
✅ JUSTICE FOR SURVIVORS
#AB3092 will give more than 200 women who were sexually assaulted by ex-UCLA physician Dr. Heaps one additional year to seek justice (after years of having their cases time-barred by the statute of limitations).
ADDENDUM: It's pretty incredible that we're ~ 6 months since our 1st #COVID19 case—& @realDonaldTrump is *still* incapable of understanding that the most important thing we must get right w/kids in schools, is minimizing how they spread the virus to adults.usatoday.com/story/news/hea…
Kids are also more likely to be asymptomatic—which heightens the potential for spread—ESPECIALLY when tests aren't avail for those w/no symptoms.
In recognition of #Pride month, I want to share & celebrate the story of the trailblazing Black woman in these photos: Ernestine Eckstein.
These photos of her picketing w/a sign reading
"Denial of Equality of Opportunity is Immoral" were taken in Oct of 1965 in front of the WH.
These picket lines were organized by Frank Kameny to protest the ban on #LGBTQ people from serving in the federal govt. These were early gay rights demonstrations — at a time when being gay was still considered a "mental illness.”
They were risking their jobs.
They were BRAVE.
Ernestine Eckstein was just 24 at the time — serving as VP of the NY chapter of the Daughter of Billitis, a lesbian rights organization.
In 1966, Ernestine posed for the cover of the DOB magazine, The Ladder. She posed in profile, so as to make identifying her more difficult.
As @hasanminhaj explains—they're one of the fastest growing vehicles for charitable giving in the US.
They're appealing bc when you give to a DAF, you take the tax break now—w/out any legal requirement of $ to go to nonprofits. Indefinitely.
DAFs are exploding in popularity—almost *tripling* in total assets since 07.
A *huge* sum of donations go to DAFs. But unlike donations to private foundations, DAFs are *not* legally required to donate a min amount to charities—they get a tax break, w/out having to spend a dime.
Like most, I’m locked down @ home—relying on teleconferences for much-needed facetime w/family, friends & staff. And like many of you, I have a restless toddler on my lap through it all—[thread]
I understand the challenge of our situation. But I hope you—like myself—find power in information & action.
Along w/my colleagues in local & state gov't, I'm working hard to bring you the latest—as quickly as possible. We're approaching this situation w/the urgency it deserves.
To that end, I wanted to provide you w/a list of all the add'l resources avail. during this time of uncertainty & need. My staff & I did our best to incl. resources in response to many of the most freq. questions we've received.
I know many are feeling a little overwhelmed & powerless right now in the face of this #COVID19 public health crisis — so I wanted to share some ways you can take action to help our neighbors & communities during this time of need.
This is frightening & insane—“A bill to ban abortion introduced in the Ohio legislature requires doctors to ‘reimplant an ectopic pregnancy’ into a woman’s uterus – a procedure that does not exist in medical science – or face charges of ‘abortion murder.’—theguardian.com/us-news/2019/n…
“An ectopic pregnancy is a life-threatening condition — where an embryo implants on the mother’s fallopian tube rather than the uterus— rendering the pregnancy unviable. It can kill a woman if the embryonic tissue grows unchecked. Ohio’s—is one of the most extreme bills to date.”
While Ohio & other states pass illegal & inhumane abortion bans—attempting to control our bodies & force us to carry all pregancies to term—California welcomes *all* women w/open arms & this message of hope:
Here’s our sorry excuse of a president—the President of the United States of America—on Russian state TV calling Vladimir Putin “a great guy.” He’s a dictator who rules w/impunity, oversees terror campaigns against LGBTQ+ ppl, & attacked our democracy.
It comes just a day after the son of our president — accidentally gave away the game, when he posted this vile tweet about Senator @KamalaHarris during the Democratic Debate. He then deleted it, but not before observant watchdogs figured out it was an aggressive bot campaign—
These images from the #HandmaidsTale have stayed w/me all week. They've stayed w/me b/c it wasn't too long ago, that we'd see images like these in a movie & just view them as fictional portraits of an unrealistically dystopian future.
Now I can't help but view them as a warning—
These images warn us of what's to come if we don't change course.
Exaggeration? Wed in AL, a woman was arrested for miscarrying after being shot.