One LA has been hard at work conducting a county-wide "Get out the Vote" campaign for Tuesday's election. From Pacoima, San Gabriel, Compton, South LA, and the Westside, One LA leaders have been holding Civic Academies, "Get out the Vote" events, and registration and education drives before and after services and at festivals. One LA has endorsed the following five ballot propositions and measures, and we are encouraging our members to vote "Yes" come Tuesday.
Los Angeles City Measure HHH: Homelessness Reduction and Prevention
This measure would allow for the construction of 8,000-10,000 units of safe, clean affordable housing for the homeless.
Los Angeles County Measure M: Expands Public Transportation in LA County
We believe that this will also provide opportunities for new jobs and affordable housing development around these new lines of transportation.
California State Proposition 55: Tax Extension to Fund Education & Healthcare
This will extend by twelve years the temporary personal income tax increases enacted in 2012 with no new tax. It will increase state revenues annually from 2019 to 2030 for use in K-12 schools and California Community Colleges.
California State Proposition 57: Criminal Sentences
This allows parole consideration for persons convicted of a nonviolent felony, upon completion of full prison term for a primary offense. This will also save the state approximately tens of millions of dollars, primarily due to a reduction in the prison population.
California State Proposition 62: Repeal of the Death Penalty
Repeals death penalty as maximum punishment for persons found guilty of murder and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. This is estimated to reduce costs around $150 million annually within a few years.
For more information on the work that One LA has done over the past few months, click here.
SOUTH LA UPDATES
At the One LA Leaders Meeting on October 5, we unanimously agreed to support Prop HHH, and each institution pledged to build our broad-based organization with financial commitments, leadership development, institutional collaboration, and recruitment. Questions continued to arise regarding the effects that Measure M will have on the Leimart-Crenshaw Line. A representative from the Measure M Committee stated that ongoing discussions are underway and invited all interested leaders to join. Each institution shared their plans for their "Civic Academies" in conjunction with “Get out the Vote” activities, and many agreed to collaborate.
Holy Name of Jesus's One LA Team kicked off their Civic Academy and "Get out the Vote" party with their Youth Ministry Choir leading the congregation in patriotic songs, followed by several voter registration and education events held after Mass.
On October 16, Holy Name's One LA Team collaborated with Community Coalition and held a "Vote the Ballot” event to educate the community on all propositions and measures currently on the ballot. The results were very positive, because many felt that this year’s 219-page ballot book was very difficult to read.
We will continue to inform our congregation with bulletin and pulpit announcements pertaining to the election, and we will be hosting an "Election Results Viewing" party on November 8, from 6 – 8:30 PM at Holy Name of Jesus Church Hall.
–Sheila Thomas, Holy Name of Jesus Church
EDUCATION IN THE VALLEY
This year, One LA has deepened its work in the area of education by adding four new "Alliance Schools." These four elementary schools, all located in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, join Augustus Hawkins High School and Academia Avance as One LA school-based member institutions. These new schools include Haddon Avenue Elementary School, San Fernando Elementary School, Sara Coughlin Elementary School, and Roscoe Elementary School.
One LA leaders and organizers have held individual and house meetings at all four schools, conducted a half-day training retreat for parents and staff, and are developing a joint plan of action with these schools as well as other member institutions in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. One of the primary issues that has surfaced is "economic homelessness" among families within these schools. Because of high rental prices and lack of affordable housing, families are forced to live with other families or in garage apartments that are not up to city code. The One LA San Fernando Valley cluster will be working to address this and other issues in the coming year.
–Doug Greco, Organizer One LA
Temple Isaiah hosted their ballot party Civic Academy on September 21. 60 individuals from Temple Isaiah and other One LA member institutions were presented with information concerning the five One LA-endorsed propositions and measures on the November ballot. Janet Hirsch and Debra Silverman chaired the event and led the lively discussion.
Members from the Westside joined St. Brigid Catholic Church in canvassing to "Get out the Vote" in South Los Angeles on October 23.
"Personally, this walk was very meaningful. The tone of this election has left me feeling distraught and powerless. Knocking on doors and finding people with a desire to discuss the propositions and vote uplifted me. Being proactive and engaging the community in conversation was the antidote." –Nancy Goldstone
You can join St. Bridgid on Sunday, November 6 at 12:30 PM to experience this for yourself as they continue to walk the precinct.
–Nancy Goldstone, Temple Beth Am
SAN GABRIEL MISSION HOSTS CIVIC ACADEMY
At a Civic Academy held by One LA core leaders at San Gabriel Mission, members of the parish came together to discuss key propositions supported by San Gabriel Mission and One LA. With such a large number of propositions and initiatives on the ballot, parishioners came out to share their opinions and voice their concerns on issues such as repealing the death sentence, Proposition 62's proposed limits on pharmaceuticals, and how and where to vote. Core team leaders took the opportunity to conduct small house meetings and members of the parish were grateful that their issues and concerns were being heard.
A representative from Move LA, an advocacy group in support of Measure M, was also in attendance. They discussed the benefits of passing this important measure, key facts about where the money will go, and how it can be spent. Measure M is very important to San Gabriel's core team members, since research is being conducted on how those funds can be used to improve transportation problems within the City of San Gabriel. If Measure M is passed successfully, San Gabriel Mission's core team plans to explore the idea of adding more buses to an already exhausted Dial-A-Ride program, or perhaps a bus service that can service the residents, especially the elderly, of San Gabriel.
WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday, November 2
7 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Temple Isaiah
10345 W Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064 TOPIC: Final "Get out the Vote" Strategy
WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday, December 7
7 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: One LA Hall
515 W 27th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90018 TOPIC: Year End Reflection and Planning the Year Ahead
"GET OUT THE VOTE" EVENTS
WHEN & WHERE: Sunday, November 6
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: St. Brigid Catholic Church
5214 S Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90062 TOPIC: "Get out the Vote" Precinct Walk
WHEN & WHERE: Sunday, November 6
2:30 PM – 4 PM
Location: St. Agnes Church
2625 S Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90007 TOPIC: "Get out the Vote" Precinct Walk
ELECTION DAY Tuesday, November 8
WHEN & WHERE: Tuesday, November 8
9 AM – 5 PM
Location: One LA Hall
515 W 27th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90018 TOPIC: Election Day Phone Bank
HEALTH CARE ENROLLMENT
WHEN & WHERE: Saturday, November 12
9 AM – 2 PM
Location: Mary Immaculate Catholic Church
10390 Remick Ave.
Pacoima, CA 91331
WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday, November 23
8 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Our Lady Queen of Angels / La Placita
535 North Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
HEALTH CARE ACTION WITH DR. MITCH KATZ
WHEN & WHERE: Thursday, December 8
Location: The Wellness Center
1200 N State St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
IAF SCHOLAR SEMINAR WITH DR. DANIELLE ALLEN
WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday, January 4 & Thursday, January 5
Location: TBD (will be near LAX)
For more information and/or to join our efforts: contact us at
(213) 743-0005 or email@example.com or check us out at www.onela-iaf.org
515 West 27th St., LA 90007
(free parking on the corner of Flower and W. 27th)
Take the train!
Our office is a 5-minute walk from the Expro Line’s LATTC/Ortho Institute Line.
One LA leaders have been conducting voter education “Civic Academies” at congregations including Temple Isaiah, Our Lady of Victory in Compton, San Gabriel Mission, Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, and St. Agnes Catholic Church.
On Sunday October 23, 30 leaders from St. Brigid Catholic Church and other Southside and Westside member institutions flooded precinct 900 conducting door to door voter registration and educating the community on ballot propositions.
On the weekend of October 22 & 23, 51 One LA leaders conducted non-partisan voter registration and education events attended by over 15,000 people, had over 600 individual conversations, and registered over 100 voters.
Our Lady of Victory in Compton hosted a "Get out the Vote" Civic Academy on Thursday, October 27, with close to 100 people in attendance, including many young adults. After hearing presentations from parish leaders and special presenters such as Andy Rivas from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Jerard Wright of Move LA, participants broke into small groups and shared stories about issues on the ballot. As a result, over 15 people joined Our Lady of Victory’s social justice team!
Leo Baeck Temple was on the move in support of Measure M and Prop 57 with a "Get out the Vote" walk on Sunday, October 30 in Westwood, knocking on doors in the rain to get word out about these propositions.
Leaders at Mary Immaculate Parish in Pacoima distributed 1,000 flyers after eight different Masses to ensure that important voter information on Measures M and HHH and Propositions 55, 62, and 57 made it into the hands of congregants. During services, over 5,000 parishioners heard about the importance of their vote from their pulpit.
–Doug Greco, Organizer with One LA
A BIG WELCOME TO ONE LA'S NEWEST TEAM MEMBERS!
Doug Greco has returned to organizing, and he has hit the ground running. We are so thrilled to have him as a vital member of our team.
Tené Harris has joined One LA's team to help out with the "Get out the Vote" initiative over these crucial last few weeks. We are so fortunate to have her help with this final leg of the race.
We're also pleased to welcome Surya Kalra to our One LA organizing staff. She joins our team from San Antonio, where she led their efforts, and she begins on December 1.