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Date: 6/5/2022
Subject: Resources List
From: League of Women Voters of Sonoma County

We shared some current issues and resources at our annual member meeting yesterday and we want all of our members to be informed and have access to the resources to learn more and/or take action.
We will share a little about each issue and then list the resources.
Get Out The Vote (GOTV):
June 7th: The June 7th Primary is upon us.  If you have not already voted, please get you ballot completed and returned asap.  Remind your friends and neighbors to vote.
Nov. 8th: Soon we will be preparing for the November midterm election.  We will be partnering with AAUW to participate in Vote Forward again.  Vote Forward is a program where we write letters to reluctant voters in other states to encourage them to vote.   Watch for announcements of our Letter Writing Garden Parties this summer and fall.
You may learn more and sign up at   Vote Forward
FREE Stamps if you come to one of our Vote Forward Garden Parties to write letters.
Reducing Gun Violence:
If you've read or listened to the news, you have witnessed more lives being lost to gun violence, including children.  The LWVUS is working hard to support legislation that would reduce gun violence in our country.

LWVUS:  Supporters of gun reform are encouraged to contact your US Senators about the necessity of passing the Bipartisan Background Checks ActTake Action


LWVUS submitted recommendations on gun safety reforms to Congressional Judiciary Committees.  Learn More


Monday, June 6th 11 am Pacific time Gun Violence Town Hall   Join Town Hall


Reproductive Rights & the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA):

Women's Reproductive and Privacy Rights are under attack.  The passage and enrollment of the ERA could help protect women's reproductive rights as well as many other rights.  The ERA has been passed by the required number of states to be added to the constitution.  But the Senate is refusing to pass the legislation requiring its enrollment as an amendment to the US constitution.

LWVUS- Support full passage of ERA through H-891  (Bill passed by the House which is now in the US Senate)


LWVUS sent a letter to members of the US Senate asking them to vote yes on S4132, legislation that would codify a woman's right to reproductive choice, including access to abortion services.  Read the Letter


Contact your US Senators to support S4132   Contact

Contact your US Senators to support H-891 for the enrollment of the ERA   Contact

Child Care:

Affordable, quality child care is an area of emphasis for our local league.  There is a local effort to put a 1/4 cent sales tax measure on the ballot in November 2022 to raise funds to support access to child care. 
The effort is being lead by the Sonoma County Child Care & Children's Health Initiative.  The campaign is called "Our Kids, Our Future"  Learn More

Affordable Housing:

Affordable housing is another of our local areas of emphasis.  The City of Santa Rosa is currently updating their General Plan which includes a housing component.
June 9th 4:30 pm there is Joint meeting of the Santa Rosa Planning Commission and Housing Authority to review the General Plan Update Housing Element  Join Mtg   Use this Meeting ID: 818 5477 6493.
The DRAFT Housing Element of the Santa Rosa General Plan is available online  Draft Plan 


Athena House

Athena House which has two transitional homes in Santa Rosa for about 2 dozen women/children will soon close for good after more than three decades.   Athena House has been running a treatment program for women struggling with substance abuse for the past 33 years.


Its parent company, California Human Development Corp (CHDC), has set June 30th as closing day. CDCH says it’s closing Athena House because of a drastically reduced number of patients served, inadequate reimbursement rates, late payments from delayed contracts, and rampant inflation. It also cites the pandemic. The 12 employees of Athena House will all be laid off as well.


With the decriminalization of many drug offenses, there are fewer referrals to treatment programs.  But the program was one of the most affordable of its kind in Sonoma County, costing about $3,000 per month. Private treatment centers in the area generally cost between $9-thousand and $15-thousand or more per month.

There is a community meeting June 13th at 6:00 pm, hosted by NOW, to see if there is a way forward to preserve Athena House.

To Learn More about Athena House services:   Learn More 

Petition to Save Athena House:   Sign Petition

Save Athena House Meeting Monday June 13 at 6pm     Zoom link  

Meeting ID: 828 4637 4496 Passcode: 035853


GoFundMe Account to Save Athena House:    Donate