To kick off the new year, a dozen or more One-LA leaders attended a two-day seminar with Dr. Danielle Allen, focused on her book Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in the Defense of Equality. Her marvelous book highlights equality as intertwined and interdependent with freedom. Members of our sister IAF organizations from Northern California, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Nevada, and abroad, joined with us and spoke about the inspiring victories of their organizations.
We emerged with a renewed understanding of the importance of our work building democratic institutions and taking action locally. The Declaration of Independence came alive and gives us hope and determination to be agents of change. It was an opportunity to engage with an amazingly thoughtful and provocative thinker. We were very grateful to have had this opportunity to learn, think, and reflect. It was a unique way to start the new year.
– Jane Hirsch and Paula Pearlman
HOW WE MAKE DEMOCRACY WORK!
One-LA celebrated the passage of Measure M in Los Angeles County. Our team led a four-year campaign, with Mayor Eric Garcetti, the MTA, and allies to shape and pass Measure M. $120 billion was raised for new rail lines, improved bus services, and street/highway projects. This will create hundreds of thousands of jobs and make travel easier for people across the greater LA County.
We led one of the largest county-wide, grassroots "Get Out the Vote" Campaigns this election season. A coalition of 25 religious congregations, schools, and non-profit organizations came together to reach tens of thousands of families through sermons, pulpit and bulletin announcements, phone banking, and door-to-door canvassing to spread awareness. These efforts targeted predominantly low-voter turnout precincts.
In December, Dr. Mitch Katz, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health, celebrated the enrollment of 146,000 individuals in MyHealthLA before a packed house of 200 health care leaders.
One-LA leaders assisted in this effort by contributing 8,000 enrollments, and Dr. Katz agreed to authorize funding to expand enrollments to reach an additional 54,000 residents!
PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR WORK IS!
One-LA has been hard at work building a broad-based organization that develops leaders among ordinary citizens, builds power in communities that are often shut out of public decision-making, and has the capacity to shape the economic future of Los Angeles County.
Invest in One-LA and its continued work of creating a vibrant and inclusive democratic culture in Los Angeles.
THE WORK AHEAD
On December 15, 15 One-LA leaders from San Fernando public schools, Neighborhood Legal Services, and Mary Immaculate Parish testified before the LA City Planning Commission to urge an easing of restrictions on garage apartments (also known as "granny flats"). The Commission voted unanimously in favor of the ordinance. On December 10, in collaboration with the Mayor's office, another Breaking Barriers event was held in South LA at Holy Name of Jesus Church. Legal services were provided based on the provisions of Prop 47 for criminal record clearing and traffic ticket amnesty. Event attendees were also given the opportunity to enroll in healthcare via Medi-Cal, Covered CA, & the county health programs for undocumented adults.
SURYA HAS JOINED THE ONE-LA TEAM!
We're pleased to share that Surya Kalra has officially joined our One-LA organizing staff. She joins our team from San Antonio, where she led their efforts. Welcome Surya!
We will take our reflections and understanding of the importance of our work and determination to be agents of change to a Leaders’ Retreat on January 29, 2017. Leaders from One-LA member institutions will come together to deepen our relationships and plan action for 2017.
The mid-term elections are on March 7, and we are preparing for another "Get Out the Vote" effort around Measure H. With the passing of Measure HHH, housing is being constructed for the homeless. The money from Measure H will provide services for the homeless on-site of these newly constructed buildings.
In addition, Mayor Garcetti is running for re-election, and there are several important School Board races at stake. We are planning research actions with candidates and the Mayor – dates to be determined.
To help take action, join us at the One-LA Leaders' Retreat on Sunday, January 29.
ONE-LA LEADERS' RETREAT
WHEN & WHERE: Sunday, January 29
2 PM – 6 PM
Location: St. John's Well Child & Family Clinic
808 W. 58th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90037