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Strategic Alliance Alert: June 12, 2014

What a Day! California Advocates Made Our Presence Felt in Sacramento

We’ve been working hard in the two weeks since ENACT Day to assemble some of the day’s highlights and successes, and we’d like to take a moment to share that information with you. Thanks to everyone on the Strategic Alliance network who helped make this day a success!

ENACT Day 2014 brought almost 200 California health advocates to the Capitol building. These advocates represented over 50 cities and towns and conducted 40 visits and 80 drop-ins with legislators or their aides. Back home, e-advocates sent an incredible 1098 letters in support of the four ENACT Day bills. 

Genoveva Islas, executive director of the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program, captured the spirit of the day in her remarks: “Your power today is your voice, it’s your presence and it’s your vote. And the people behind us in this building are here to represent you, so let’s not forget that and make sure we hold them accountable to the type of changes we want to see in our community!” 

Both participants at the Capitol and those online engaged in a lively discussion on Twitter. Take a look at some of the highlights.

The day ended on a high note--with Senate Bill 1000, the soda warning label bill, passing the Senate and heading to the Assembly. Our camera crew caught up with Lizzie Velten, policy coordinator at the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, at the end of the day for a victory statement--and the last word in our video about the day: “You can feel like you participated in something very special today--this is legislation in action and you were a part of it!” 

We want to thank EVERYONE who helped make ENACT Day such a success! You don’t need to wait until next year to join the action--we’ll keep you informed about upcoming advocacy opportunities this summer and fall, as the bills we supported at ENACT Day move through the California legislature. 

Download A Healthy Future for California

This platform for prevention - released on ENACT Day - outlines key priorities and recommendations to make California a healthier, safer and more equitable state. 

ENACT Day featured in Visalia Times-Delta

Kudos to Central Valley advocates and CCROPP, the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program, for gaining great media coverage of ENACT Day (see articles here and here).

Moving Community Prevention Forward: New Funding Opportunities to Advance Community Health and Equity

Join us on June 23 at 10AM PT to learn how six new funding opportunities from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may benefit health and equity in your communities. Register for the webinar here.

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