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From: California State Legislature

It’s now WAY easier to write to your legislators!

Everyone who may want to advocate to the legislature can now register for this (FREE!!!) portal system to send your opinions to the legislature.

This portal was designed to facilitate the submission of position letters to committees as bills move through California’s legislative process. Anyone wishing to submit a position on a California Legislative bill can use this site. Please note they have three categories of registrants:

  • Registered Lobbyists with the Secretary of State
  • Organizations – an individual affiliated with an organization
  • Individuals

From: the campaign for Protecting Immigrant Families

Help Fight the New “Public Charge” Regulations

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released its “Public Charge” regulations that expand the conditions under which DHS can exclude applicants for U.S. entry or green card status, including people with disabilities.

If these new regulations are implemented, some families will be forced to choose between health care, food and homes, and a safe, stable future in the U.S. because using programs — like Medi-Cal (over the age of 21), CalFresh, Food Stamps, and SSI — could threaten their pathway to a green card in the future. To understand more about what “Public Charge” means and to determine if it applies to you and your family, check out the following links: Napa County Public Charge Flyer (in English and Spanish) and Does Public Charge Affect Me? / Carga pública: ¿cómo me afectará?.

It’s up to Congress to do its part to stop this.

Congress has the power to refuse to allow federal funds to be used for these regulations. Join us in the fight and tell your legislator: It’s time to step up and protect immigrant families. To learn more and for a letter you can send to your legislators, visit the “Take Action” page on Protecting Immigrants Families’ website. Below are the U.S. Congress contacts for Napa:

Senator Kamala Harris
112 Hart Senate Office, Washington, D.C. 20510 | (202) 224-3553
District office: (415) 981-9369 | Fax (202) 224-0454
For e-mail, go to: www.harris.senate.gov/contact

Senator Dianne Feinstein
331 Hart Senate Office, Washington, D.C. 20510 | (202) 224-3841
District office: (415) 393-0707 | Fax: (202) 228-3954
For e-mail, go to: https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me

House Representative Mike Thompson
Washington Office: 406 Cannon Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515 | (202) 225-3311 | Fax: (202) 225-4335
District Office: 2721 Napa Valley Corporate Drive, Napa, CA 94558 | (707) 226-9898 | Fax: (707) 251-9800
For email, go to: https://mikethompsonforms.house.gov/contact/


From: National Council on Disability

IDEA Series: English Learners and Students from Low-Income Families

English learners (ELs) and students with disabilities from low-income families enter school with additional challenges to learning that are not directly associated with their disability. As a result, ELs and students from low-income families may confront extraordinary challenges in their efforts to receive a high-quality, inclusive education. Learn more about some of the challenges these students face, the programs in place to help them, and recommendations for improvements.

Download the presentation here.

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