Election reform, tightening up banking regulations, anti-trans legislation, and more!
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- ELECTION REFORM
Oregon has the highest voter turnout rate in the country. The Vote at Home Act introduced by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) will, if passed, allow voters all over the country to vote by mail in federal elections and provide for automatic voter registration when applying for driver’s licenses, just as Oregon already has. Let’s tell our Senators to co-sponsor S.700.
- KEEP MASK REQUIREMENTS IN HEALTHCARE AND HIGH-RISK SETTING
SAs we enter the third year of COVID, Seniors, disabled, incarcerated, and unhoused people remain highly vulnerable to this disease. Despite this, on April 3, the California Department of Public Health will end mask requirements in healthcare and high-risk settings, including homeless shelters, emergency shelters, and correctional facilities. These policy decisions ending mask requirements in high-risk settings are cruel, dangerous, and against public health. It’s time for our public officials to act, to keep mask requirements in high-risk settings, including healthcare and long-term care settings, beyond April 3, and restore full universal mask requirements in non-healthcare high-risk settings. We can click here to learn more, to use and share a guide with three quick and easy actions we can take to pressure our state government officials to keep masks in CA.
- OPPOSE ANTI-TRANS LEGISLATION IN CONGRESS
[Trigger warning: mention of suicide]Ninety Republican House members have co-sponsored a bill that would prevent trans girls from participating in school sports that align with their gender identity. This is the first attack on trans youth this year at the federal level, but with 428 anti-LGBTQ bills currently introduced at the state level this year, we can expect more. These attacks contribute to a country-wide emergency for our trans community; according to the Trevor Project‘s 2022 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health, 48% of trans girls/women and 59% of trans boys/men considered suicide in the past year. Let’s make it a priority to support trans youth in every state, and at the federal level. First, let’s read through the Trevor Project’s Survey, then let’s use that to inform our calls to our representatives when we ask them to oppose the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act (H.R. 734). We can also use the ACLU’s letter-writing tool to ask our members of Congress to vote against the bill. Finally, if our representative was among the 90 Republicans who have co-sponsored the bill, let’s be sure to contact them and hold them accountable.
- SUPPORT THE SECURE VIABLE BANKING ACT
In response to the recent failure of Silicon Bank, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Katie Porter have introduced a bill which would undo the loosening of bank regulations (S. 817 and HR 1602 ) established in the Dodd -Frank Act after the major bank collapse in 2008. While the bill’s chances of passage right now in a Republican House and nearly split Senate are slim, let’s still speak out to both our Democratic and Republican MoCs, no one wants to see another major financial crisis, so let’s make the argument on why we need to re-tighten regulations.
- STATEHOOD FOR DC
Joe Biden has signed a GOP-sponsored effort to block an update of the District of Columbia’s criminal code. This measure was passed overwhelmingly by the DC city council and was intended to eliminate most mandatory minimum sentences and reduce the maximum sentence for several crimes… leaving the code harsher than those in many red states. DC officials sharply criticized the decision to dismiss their autonomy and argued that this once again demonstrates that the only real path forward for Washington is statehood. Let’s contact our members of Congress and President Biden and tell them we want action on statehood for DC, and check DC Vote for ways to stay engaged.
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