200 diverse youth and advocates are speaking up for health equity in Sacramento today: give their advocacy a boost by visiting our online action center now
This morning, Californians from across the state are converging in Sacramento for ENACT Day 2017 to speak up for healthier, safer, and more equitable communities. Amplify their advocacy efforts in the Capitol by making your voice heard through our online action center. Your call, fax or email will make a difference.
Our ENACT Day Online Advocacy Center has all the tools you need to be an outstanding e-advocate, from factsheets to letters of support you can send directly to your legislators. In years past, your calls, emails, faxes, and virtual support have energized the youth and advocates, inspired legislators to act, and helped carry vital legislation over the finish line. Please take a moment to join in the action.
This year’s ENACTers are sharing their vision for healthy, safe, and sustainable communities and learning about bills that will:
- streamline access to free school meals for students enrolled in Medi-Cal (SB 138);
- address hunger on college campuses by expanding access to CalFresh benefits (AB 214);
- restructure the California Transportation Commission to provide a greater voice for communities most affected by transportation-related environmental injustices and underinvestment in their transportation infrastructure (AB 179); and
- set in motion a statewide parks bond to fund parks and recreational facilities in communities that lack fair access to well-maintained parks and open space (AB 18 and SB 5).
Click on the hyperlinks below to access customizable letters of support for each of this year’s bills. Personalized letters that illustrate why these bills matter to you and how they’ll make a difference in your community make a big impact.
- AB 18 (Garcia), the California Clean Water, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018, and SB 5 (De León), the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018, will set in motion a bond to fund parks, recreational areas, and water resources with the goals of expanding access to parks in park-poor communities, investing in safe drinking water, and addressing health inequities. Download a factsheet to learn more about AB 18 and SB 5 (English / Spanish). Click here to send a letter in support of AB 18 to the Senate Committee on Rules, where it is under consideration, and send a letter in support of SB 5 to members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
- SB 138 (McGuire), Count Me in for School Meals, will expand Medi-Cal direct certification for school meals statewide to improve school districts’ ability to identify low-income students, reduce child hunger, and support student success. Download a factsheet to learn more about SB 138 (English / Spanish). To send a letter of support to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, click here.
- AB 214 (Weber), the College Student Hunger Relief Act, will address hunger on college campuses by requiring California Student Aid Commission to help students verify their eligibility for CalFresh, California's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and expanding on-campus food options for CalFresh participants through the CalFresh Restaurant Meals Program. This bill is co-sponsored by the California State University Student Association. Download a factsheet to learn more about AB 214 (English / Spanish). Click here to send a letter supporting AB 214 to your Assembly representative.
- AB 179 (Cervantes), the California Transportation Commission Reform Effort, will restructure the California Transportation Commission to ensure diverse representation that promotes equitable transportation planning, investments, air quality, and a focus on environmental justice for communities most impacted by pollution. Download a factsheet to learn more about AB 179 (English). Click here to send a letter in support of AB 179 to the Assembly Transportation Committee.
Thank you for taking action today!
ENACT Day is collaboratively organized by California Food Policy Advocates, CA4Health, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, California State University at Chico – Center for Healthy Communities, Public Health Advocates, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute, and the Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership.
We’d also like to thank this year’s generous group of supportive organizations including the California Endowment, the Social Justice Learning Institute, the California Center for Civic Participation, The Sarah Samuels Center for Public Health Research & Evaluation, Community Intelligence, Community Health Councils, Mujeres de la Tierra, The Nature Conservancy, and Community Health Improvement Partners.
Thank you also, to the legislative leaders who've made every effort to join this year’s ENACTers. Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (both tentatively confirmed), and Senator Richard Pan (invited), we applaud your unwavering commitment to health, equity and environmental justice.