Our community-based State Council this past weekend was nothing short of amazing! It was a tremendous effort by CTA staff who made it all happen, and by the hundreds of State Council members who showed up to knock on doors and phone-bank for our Yes on 30 and No on 32 campaigns. Thousands of targeted voters were contacted in this mobilization, and we caught the attention of the public and the media throughout the 25 sites that were in operation up and down the state. Joining CTA officers Eric Heins, Mikki Cichocki and myself were Gov. Brown, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, local officials, and of course many of our members. Just take a look at some of our favorite photos from the weekend. And don’t forget, the campaign goes on. Let’s keep phone-banking and reaching out to voters!
Gina Whipple of the Lancaster Teachers Association gets her message across. Let’s make it go viral on Facebook.
Here’s what you can do this week:
By now, news is out that the Small Business PAC underwriting the Yes on 32 campaign accepted more than $11 million from Americans for Responsible Leadership, an Arizona nonprofit organization. But who is this shadowy group making such a large campaign contribution? That’s what California Common Cause and the League of Women Voters want to know. They have both accused the group of violating the six-month-old California campaign rules that require disclosure of donors when funds are earmarked for a specific purpose.
It is unacceptable that we, as voters, don’t know who or what is funding this campaign. If these out-of-state donors have the right to spend unlimited amounts to influence our politics, voters ought to have the right to know who’s really behind the money.
Please sign the California Deserves the Truth petition from the California Labor Federation demanding that the Small Business Action Committee come clean about who is funding its campaign. Tell the Small Business Action Committee to either come clean about their “mystery donors.”
Halloween is coming up, and many of us will be staying in to hand out candy to neighborhood kids. This is a great time to also share our campaign message with their parents. Use any of our resources in our campaign section to hand out. You can also email or send a letter to your students’ parents. If appropriate, you may want to make these sample “parent-to-parent” letters and email available to parents as well.
This campaign is serious business, but you can have a little bit of Halloween fun and send a message with our new Facebook cover image. It’s easier than dressing up like a ghost and running around your neighborhood yelling, “Booooooooooo on 32!”
Things to Know
CTA’s community-based State Council and our campaign to pass Prop. 30 and defeat Prop. 32 was captured in a comprehensive story in EdSource this week.
Dean E. Vogel