State Sen. Bill Dodd Virtual Town Hall May 11

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Bill Dodd Town Hall; MoC: fight for a bolder recovery bill

California state Sen. Bill Dodd is having a virtual Town Hall this Tuesday, May 11th at 6 pm. To our embarrassment, both Sen. Dodd and Assm. Aguiar-Curry are co-sponsors of state bill AB 1542, which would expand incarceration in Yolo County. It’s a bill that would incarcerate people under the guise of “treatment” for substance use disorders, and is opposed by Human Rights Watch due to ethical concerns about coercive treatment. All available evidence shows this kind of coercive treatment is not only expensive and ineffective, but harmful, blurring the line between medical care and punishment and fostering distrust in treatment providers. We’re calling both Sen. Dodd and Assm. Aguiar-Curry to register our opposition to the bill, and to demand they stop taking money from police and correctional officer associations or from any part of the incarceration industry.

Our further actions this week are to call our Representative (Garamendi or Matsui) and ask them to fight for a more comprehensive recovery bill. We know the current investment just isn’t enough in so many areas- immigration, health care, climate, the care economy, housing- and we need bold and equitable relief to achieve a just recovery. As part of that effort, we’re asking Rep. Garamendi or Matsui to co-sponsor HR 104, the THRIVE resolution, and to fight for its goals to build a society with greater racial, economic, and gender justice; dignified work; healthy communities; and a stable climate.

Are you interested in advocating for progressive values on the state level? Recruitment is ongoing for California StateStrong workgroups focused on specific topics such as Racial Justice, Democracy Reform, Healthcare, and Environmental Justice. Indivisible Yolo is part of the California StateStrong coalition of California Indivisible groups, and members are working together to follow priority bills closely. For more information or to sign up for a workgroup, use the link HERE. (If you join a workgroup, please send a quick note to indivisibleyolo@gmail.com so we can keep a tally of which members are working on each topic with StateStrong.)

Check out our event calendar at https://indivisibleyolo.org/calendar/for virtual events and actions, including Action Coffee Mondays at 10am.


Picture: silhouette of a man with his head in his hands, in front of prison bars. Text: Oppose AB1542- Mandatory drug treatment does not work! The bill would authorize Yolo Courts to lock up persons accused of a felony for up to a year for substance use disorder treatment; Coercive care raises major ethical questions and is opposed by Human Rights Watch; We need to expand voluntary treatment not incarceration under the guise of care. Stop expanding Yolo detention! #CareNotCages

Call in to CA state Sen. Bill Dodd’s virtual Town Hall Tuesday, May 11 at 6pm and tell him you oppose AB 1542!
If you can’t make it to the town hall, you can still call/email his and Assm. Aguiar-Curry’s office and tell them you oppose this expansion of incarceration in Yolo County, and that you want them to stop taking money from police or correctional officer associations and from any part of the incarceration industry.

When: 6 p.m., May 11, 2021
How to attend:
Streaming live audio: KSVY.org
Video:
https://sd03.senate.ca.gov
https://www.youtube.com/user/SonomaTV/ 
SonomaTV.org
The event also will be broadcast locally on KSVY 91.3 FM
Email questions to: senator.dodd@senate.ca.gov
Call-in questions: 707-933-9133 (studio line)


No on AB1542

Sample Call Script for Sen. Dodd and Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry:

Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME]. I’m a voter and my zip code is [zip code].

I’m calling in opposition to AB 1542. I am against expanding incarceration for people with substance use disorders. I want to see a true public health approach to treating addiction- one that focuses on proven methods like voluntary treatment instead of a punitive approach that focuses on incarceration. We should listen to the evidence instead of doing an unethical pilot study that experts do not believe will work. A program like this would starve Yolo County of resources that could be used on voluntary, evidence based programs.

In the light of calls for a new approach to public health and safety, this is an incredibly tone-deaf and counterproductive bill. I’m asking [Senator Dodd/Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry] to remove [his/her] name from this bill and to oppose its passage. I’m also asking for a pledge to stop taking money from police or correctional officer associations and from any part of the incarceration industry. Thank you.


Urge Rep. Garamendi OR Rep. Matsui: pass a real recovery bill

(Note: only one of these 2 Congressmembers represents you. You can find out which one here)

Sample Call Script:
Hi, my name is [YOUR NAME] from [YOUR CITY, ZIP].

I’m calling to ask Rep. [Garamendi/Matsui] to fight for a bolder recovery bill. The American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan are a start, but aren’t anywhere near the investment we need. Please fight to include:

  • Citizenship for DACA recipients, TPS holders, and essential workers and inclusion of all immigrants in the recovery package
  • To dramatically lower drug prices & use the savings to pay for public health expansion, such as lowering the age for Medicare, expanding its benefits, and capping out-of-pocket costs
  • More investments in climate
  • More investments in the care economy
  • More investments in housing

I’m counting on Rep [Garamendi/Matsui] to fight for bold, equitable, robust, and immediate relief to achieve a just recovery. I’d also like [him/her] to co-sponsor House Resolution 104, the THRIVE agenda and to fight for its goal to build a society with greater racial, economic, and gender justice; dignified work; healthy communities; and a stable climate. Thank you.


Join a California StateStrong Workgroup- continuing recruitment!

California StateStrong is a coalition of independent Indivisible groups across California and is calling for Indivisibles to join one of the workgroups focused on specific topics such as Racial Justice, Democracy Reform, Healthcare, and Environmental Justice to get priority bills passed in the California State legislature.

Indivisible Yolo is part of the California StateStrong coalition of California Indivisible groups, and members are working together to follow priority bills closely. If you think you might be interested in signing up for a workgroup, use the link HERE.

If you join a workgroup, please send a quick note to indivisibleyolo@gmail.com so we can keep a tally of which members are working on each topic with StateStrong.


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