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BART riders! Vote YES on Measure RR

Originally designed to carry 100,000 riders a week, BART now carries over 400,000 riders a day. The tremendous surge in ridership has placed a significant strain on the four decade old train system. And with the region expecting the population to grow by 2.4 million people by 2040, the Bay Area simply cannot wait any longer to update its aging BART transportation infrastructure to meet the surging demand.

Measure RR is a critical $3.5 billion bond measure that would modernize BART to keep it safe and reliable and bring it forward to the 21st century. 

Ensure affordable housing in Alameda -- YES on Measure M1 and NO on Measure L1

Rent in Alameda is increasing, on average, at 10 times the rate of inflation. Household income, however, has not kept pace. As a result, more and more Alameda residents are unable to afford housing thanks to skyrocketing rents and the rising crisis of “no-cause” evictions. This is unacceptable.

LA + Parks = Awesome (YES on Measure A!)

Fifty-one percent of LA County residents don’t live within a ten minute walk of a park. By comparison, in New York, that number is less than 5%. Luckily Measure A would help bridge that gap. 

Measure A would provide funding through an annual parcel tax of 1.5 cents per square foot to raise up to $94 million annually to update and build local parks, improve recreation and senior centers, plant drought tolerant landscaping, and more. 

University of California: Don't support anti-LGBT hate

Next year the University of California football team is slated to play in North Carolina, which recently passed “the most extreme anti-LGBT [law] in the country.” The law, called HB2, mandates discrimination against transgender people and even stops North Carolina cities from banning employment or housing discrimination against LGBT folks.

The University of California should neither legitimize nor support North Carolina’s bigotry by bringing its money, its fans, or its football team to the state. 

Vote YES on Prop 62. Vote NO on Prop 66.

Your vote in the fall election could literally be a matter of life or death. Since 1973, 153 people who were sentenced to die have been exonerated, including 3 in California. The fact is that even in a progressive state like ours, the death penalty comes with a real risk of putting innocent people to death.

November's ballot provides a real chance to end the barbaric, failed, and costly death penalty.

SIGN THE PETITION: Stand with Colin Kaepernick

Black Americans and their allies around the country are protesting persistent mistreatment by police. Now one famous athlete -- Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers -- is standing up for black lives by sitting down during the national anthem.

Kaepernick's statement shows real courage. And it has been powerfully effective, elevating the central narrative of the Movement for Black Lives in the press. But it's also made him a target of racist hate and conservatives in the media who have the audacity to question his patriotism.

Tell Governor Brown: Give farm workers fair overtime pay!

Farm workers are vital to our well-being as a nation. But for nearly 100 years, they've been treated like second-class citizens and denied real overtime. 

AB 1066 is a commonsense solution that will give farm workers eligibility for overtime pay. That is why we must urge Governor Brown to swiftly sign this bill into law as a champion in the struggle for fairness and equity for farm workers. 

Gov. Brown: Commit to Sign the Stronger California Women's Agenda Bills

August 26 is Women’s Equality Day, which marks the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. It is a day to recognize and lift up women’s political and economic power and an opportunity for Governor Brown to demonstrate his continuing commitment to women and families throughout the state.

Keep Wall Street Honest: End Forced Arbitration

Think consumers should be able to sue corporations that have wronged them? Today’s the day to speak up.

Buried in many contracts you’ve signed -- for loans, credit cards, and even Pokemon Go -- you’ll find a “ripoff clause” in the very, very, very fine print. These clauses stipulate that consumers cannot band together in a class action suit to protest unfair fees, seek damages due to dangerous products, or otherwise protest wrongdoing. As pointed out in the New York Times, “Without the ability to pool resources, most people abandon their claims and never make it to arbitration.”

SIGN THE PLEDGE: I'm fasting for farm workers!

NOTE: FASTING CAN BE DANGEROUS. THOSE WITH HEALTH ISSUES OR CONCERNS THAT MAY BE AFFECTED BY FASTING SHOULD NOT PARTICIPATE. ANYONE UNSURE OR WITH QUESTIONS SHOULD CONSULT THEIR DOCTOR BEFORE PARTICIPATING.

Farm workers are vital to our well-being as a nation. But for nearly 100 years, they’ve been treated like second-class citizens and denied real overtime.

But right now, we have an opportunity to right this wrong with Assembly Bill 1066 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez.

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