The Coalition for Change, a Covered California Partner, is off to a strong start. Twelve members and friends have been trained as Partners using the “101 Deck”, an explanatory set of slides explaining and demonstrating the benefits of the Affordable Care Act in California. Our group is associated with the University of California Davis through Organizing for Action. However, we are not currently associated with an “entity” which would provide for us to be certified to do enrollment or counseling. We are a source of information, guiding people to the web, to the call centers and to the County Department of Health and Human Services where they can get answers to their questions and enroll by phone, on-line or through the mail – yes there is a paper application. We are currently tabling at the Placerville and Cameron Park libraries, not yet having found some partners in El Dorado Hills. People who are very interested in getting themselves or their family members signed up have not been the least bit shy about approaching our table. We are reaching a critical mass where we can begin to table at local events. We have applied through a new program currently being developed, to be trained to speak to local groups. Anyone wishing to join, even if your commitment is only a day or two a month should contact John McCoy (530) 642-8511.
A few of us gathered in Placerville for a meet and greet with Leisa Faulkner, founder of Children’s Hope in Haiti. We also met her family and an activist from Haiti. Twice a year they take bags of medical supplies to some of the poorest areas in this impoverished country. It was an interesting and inspiring evening… leaving us wondering how we could help in the future.
Members of your Coalition for Change have been involved in the following activities this month:
*Bringing the Affordable Health Care Plan to California
Kathy and John McCoy are taking the lead for us on this huge undertaking. They have attended webinars, read and made copies of pertinent information, and participated in informational meetings. Still, the whole process remains an elusive moving target! Education and outreach efforts begin in September with enrollment starting in October. The full program kicks in on January 1. We are encouraging you to visit the website www.CoveredCA.com to learn all that you can about the new law, job opportunities, and how you might be able to help. As soon as we can offer you something specific in the way of training or activities we will let you know.
**Partnering with the Sierra Club to kick off our independent film series on Sept. 11. We have been involved with publicity; writing and submitting a press release and distributing flyers and handbills. Scroll below to the Aug. 14 post to read about our first offering on Sept. 11, “Last Call at the Oasis”.
This film makes a compelling argument about why the WATER crisis will be the most crucial issue of our time.
Future films are: October 9 “Chasing Ice”
November 13 “We Are Not Broke”
The film series will run the second Wednesday of the month at the Cozmic Cafe as long as there is good public support. Doors open at 6, movie begins at 6:30. Cozmic food service ends at 6. Hope to see you there!
**Several of us have been participating with Rural Communities United under the leadership of Bill Center and Jim Moore (the Measure Y guys).
The presentation to the BOS on Aug. 26 was jam packed with concerned citizens. The power point clearly showed how runaway development of huge housing projects would adversely affect the lives of those of us who already live here… especially the resulting gridlock traffic. The BOS was receptive to our message and directed the planning staff to meet with a small group from RCU to come up with some accurate numbers and suggestions. This is going to be an ongoing issue for the next year or so. Check out the fledgling website at http://ruralcommunitiesunited.com to find out what is going on.
WHO: Residents of El Dorado County and their friends and neighbors
WHAT: A presentation to our Board of Supervisors on a lower-growth alternative for EDC
WHERE: BOS meeting room at the county office complex
WHEN: Monday Aug. 26, 1:30 pm
WHY: This presentation is an opportunity for you to become educated on the future plans for EDC, our home.
You may have heard over the past several months about neighborhood organizations springing up in opposition to some of the large scale developments proposed for our county. You may have figured that if one of these developments is not planned for your backyard, it is not your fight.
Think again…. the traffic from these housing developments will impact you every time you want to leave your backyard.
The Measure Y group (who brought us No Gridlock in 1998), under the leadership of Jim Moore and Bill Center, have formed a coalition of neighborhood and local activists groups to propose an initiative (once again) to address the gridlock traffic created by future runaway development and support a lower-growth alternative proposal that will protect our rural way of life.
We are talking here about OUR homes, OUR neighborhoods, OUR General Plan, and OUR quality of life. It is in your best interest to become informed.
At our August Coalition for Change Meeting we will discuss our involvement in bringing the Affordable Health Care Act to our community. We are getting trained and will be ready to rock and roll on this important program.
Also on the agenda:
- The new independent film series we are helping kick off in Sept.
- An update on the local efforts to stop runaway development in EDCounty.
Raleyʼs on Placerville Dr., Placerville
Summer finds the Coalition working on several issues with a few different groups… the way we work best.
The July agenda included:
**The new Health Care Law-Kathy McCoy is taking the lead on this. We want to be involved in signing local folks up but the plan is kind of a moving target. Every time I get something written to report to you, there is a change or misunderstanding! We will keep at it and report to you when we have something definitive.
**Film series at the Cozmic- We are working with the Sierra Club and other groups on this project. We hope to start in Sept. We will keep you posted when we have a final schedule.
**Educate and encourage progressives to run for local offices such as school boards and community service districts. We are working with Democratic groups on this mission. If any of you are even remotely inclined to run for office, let us know and we will help you.
**Some of us are working with the Measure Y folks to get an initiative on the ballot which will limit development to what our water and road infrastructures can handle. The Board of Supervisors need to start listening to us! This county-wide coalition has invited many local groups to participate in the process.
Our meeting Mon. 6-24, had some interesting discussion items. Even though we did not receive the Covered California grant, we are still interested in helping folks in our community get signed up for affordable health care insurance this fall. There are various programs, training, volunteer and paid positions, etc. that we need to be informed about. Let us know if you are interested in finding out more.
We also discussed an idea brought to us by another progressive local group. Should all of us local progressive groups unite in our efforts to elect progressive minded folks to community positions? Not necessarily Democrats since several non partisan races will have only Republicans running in them. C4C started out as a political action group; do we want to get back to our roots?
And lastly, we touched on the upcoming film series which should start in September.
We’d love to see you next meeting but if you can’t make it, feel free to email us with any ideas or opinions you might have: firstname.lastname@example.org