The Senate Education Committee meets this next Wednesday, April 15th, to vote on whether or not to remove our civil and first amendment rights by passing SB 277 (the law that will remove vaccination exemptions and parental rights to choose). The Senate Health Committee already passed this bill on the 8th. This is URGENT! Regardless of if you are pro/anti vaccine, if you oppose the government having any say of what you put in your body, your voice needs to be heard ASAP!
Please help! It will only take 10 minutes and we made it simple for you.At this point the main actions are:
- set up meetings with Ed Committee members and their staff
- Email the Senate Education Committee members.
- Make a new email. Under TO: Put your email address.
- Under “BCC:”, put the following email list:
Senator.Liu@senate.ca.gov, Senator.Huff@senate.ca.gov, Senator.Block@senate.ca.gov, Senator.Hancock@senate.ca.gov, Senator.email@example.com, Senator.firstname.lastname@example.org, Senator.email@example.com
- For Subject use “Oppose SB 277” or “I encourage you to Oppose SB 277”
- Copy and paste the below letter into the body of the email.
- Add your name at the bottom.
If you have more time, then please do more:
Call the individual Senators Education Committee members using the lists below. Remember: Keep calm, professional, and collected. You can state “This is a defining issue for me and my family. We will be voting along the lines in future elections of those who support us in this matter.” There is NO need to state where you live nor your name as they are to represent all of us.
TWITTER (for this weekend)
Use an existing account OR make a new account. You don’t need any followers. Here’s how to sign up: https://support.twitter.com/articles/100990-signing-up-with-twitter We’ll have a call to action about this soon.
If your senator isn’t on the education committee, please get in touch with your school districts, specifically the school board and superintendent to make them aware of the cost implications and administrative nightmare it could be to implement. And tell them that the education committee is meeting next week and they should contact them if they have concerns.
Also, please focus today on community outreach-specifically targeting schools and daycare centers in your area which have high exemption rates. Call and ask if they are aware of the bill. Ask if you can leave flyers, organize a meeting for parents to learn more, send out a mass email to all parents, etc. Go to the schools and daycare centers and talk to parents as they drop off or pick up their kids. Get all parents on board with us who currently file exemptions. Use links below to access your county’s data.
Fax your letter now to the Senate Education FAX hotline (916) 445-7799. Please note: a call was made to their phone number and the assistant said if the hotline is abused the committee will remove the number. Please FAX your letter instead.
WRITE HANDWRITTEN LETTER:
- Handwritten letters make the MOST impact. See the bottom of this email for recommendations to customize your letter. Note: Senators are not reading each letter so no need to make it long unless you want to. Main thing is tell them “I Oppose” and in gentle language: “This is a defining issue for me and my family. We will be voting along the lines in future elections of those who support us in this matter.”
- Write and mail your 1 letter to the Senators per your last name to the address listed below. (or write all 7 if you have time).
RESOURCES FOR ACTION ITEMS:
LETTER IDEAS (use what you want):
Ideas to include:
- Your name
- If parent/grandparent or concerned citizen, business owner, how many adults in your household
- That you are part of a group of thousands and thousands of registered California voters called Our Kids Our Choice with constituents in their district (Note: Californians for Medical Freedom – Tahoe is the Tahoe/ Sierra Nevada part of Our Kids Our Choice)
- Your strong opposition to SB 277
- Any other reasons you want to list why they should oppose SB 277, such as we all have a right to free and public education; homeschool does not fall under this category.
- “This is a defining issue for me and my family. We will be voting along the lines in future elections of those who support us in this matter.” Gentle language.
SENATOR PHONE LIST:
- Senator Carol Liu (Chair) – D; Capitol Office Phone: (916) 651-4025
- Bob Huff (Vice Chair) – R; Capitol Office Phone: (916) 651-4029
- Loni Hancock – D; Capitol Office Phone (916) 651-4009
- Connie Leyva – D; Capitol Office Phone: (916) 651-4020
- Marty Block – D; Capitol Office Phone: (916) 651-4039
- Tony Mendoza – D; Capitol Office Phone: (916) 651-4020
- Richard Pan – D (Author of SB277) Capitol Office Phone: (916) 651-4006
- Andy Vidak – R; Capitol Office Phone: (916) 651-4014
SENATOR MAILING LIST:
Feel free to mail to all Senators stating that you are from a group of more than 6,000+ registered voters with constituents in their district. If mailing one letter, then mail one according to the letters your last name starts with:
- Senator Carol Liu: 1000 North Central Avenue, Suite 240, Glendale, CA 91202
- Last Name A-C write: Bob Huff: State Capitol, Room 5097, Sacramento, CA 95814
- Last Name D-F write: Loni Hancock: State Capitol, Room 2082, Sacramento, CA 95814
- Last Name G-I write: Connie Leyva: State Capitol, Room 4061, Sacramento, CA 95814
- Last Name J-M write: Marty Block: State Capitol, Room 4072, Sacramento, CA 95814
- Last Name N-Q write: Tony Mendoza: State Capitol, Room 5061, Sacramento, CA 95814
- Last Name R-U write: Richard Pan: State Capitol, Room 4066, Sacramento, CA 95814
- Last Name V-Z write: Andy Vidak: State Capitol, Room 3082, Sacramento, CA 95814
SENATOR ONLINE FORMS:
- Last is Pan: http://sd06.senate.ca.gov/
POINTS OF CONCERN FOR EDUCATION COMMITTEE:
- CA constitution states that a free public education is a right for all children.
- Denying a child an education based on vaccination status is discriminatory and unconstitutional.
- If SB277 passes you will be forced to pull your children from school and will be charged with truancy, risking fines, jail time and CPS involvement.
- Schools will lose millions of dollars when thousands of children are no longer able to attend because of vaccination status.
- Even if partially vaccinated and unvaccinated children are secluded to homeschool they will still mingle with other children in other public places such as parks and playgrounds. Therefore the idea of excusing them from attending public and private schools is illogical to prevent diseases from spreading. This will not accomplish that goal. Furthermore, partially and unvaccinated children pose no more a threat to public health as does a vaccinated child. They can all transmit diseases.
- Most families can’t afford to homeschool so this is not a sufficient amendment to sb277. Our children deserve access to public and private schools regardless of their vaccination status.
POTENTIAL LOSS OF REVENUE if SB277 passes:
- 9,174,877 Children attend public school in California. Source retrieved April 9, 2015:
- 2.54% Vaccine exemption rate for the 2014-2015 school-year. Source retrieved April 9, 2015: “The governor’s office says that since the bill took effect, those exemptions have decreased by nearly 20%, from 3.15% of children in the 2013-14 school year to 2.54% in 2014-15.”
- 2.54% = 165,100 children
- Each child represents approximately $5,000 in annual revenue (Sources retrieved April 9, 2015)
- Average amount $4,988 per year in San Diego County
- Amount of lost revenue for Nevada and Placer Counties: $7,295,000 (see image below. Source April 10, 2015: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/immunize/Pages/ImmunizationLevels.aspx)
- Additional sources reviewed to obtain average retrieved April 9, 2015:http://fairshare4kids.org/ and http://ed100.org/
- 165100 x $5,000 = $825,500,000 LOST REVENUE …if these children no longer attend California’s public school
- Childcare data (CDPH)
- Kindergarten data (CDPH)
- 7th grade data (CDPH)