YES on Prop 1: Right to Reproductive Freedom Amendment
The FUND envisions “a region where power and resources are distributed equitably, empowering everyone to participate in making decisions that affect them.” The Supreme Court’s decision to limit women and pregnant people’s sovereign right to their bodies and health denies women and pregnant people the right to make their own decisions regarding reproductive health, and strips women and pregnant people of their dignity and right to their bodies. Prop 1 would protect the reproductive rights and bodily autonomy of women and pregnant people and contribute to “a community free of exploitation and oppression.”
No on Prop 26: Legalize SPorts Betting on American Indian Lands
Negative impacts of gambling, which include addiction, mental health impacts, and increased poverty rates, disproportionately affect vulnerable communities, particularly working class communities of color. We are against Prop 26’s move to increase gambling opportunities through the legalization of sports betting and expansion of gaming, and are against gambling’s influence on creating and upholding cycles of poverty and addiction. While we support the sovereignty of Native peoples in their own economic pursuits and economic development, we envision “a community free of exploitation and oppression,” and believe that the gaming industry’s impacts reinforce exploitation of vulnerable communities.
NO on Prop 27: Legalize Sports Betting and Revenue for Homelessness Prevention Fund Initiative
Negative impacts of gambling, which include addiction, mental health impacts, and increased poverty rates, disproportionately affect vulnerable communities, particularly working class communities of color. Prop 27’s move to establish a new gambling industry through legalizing online and mobile sports betting would have disastrous consequences, including increasing early gambling addictions, as online betting targets youth populations, as well as the gambling industry’s creation and upholding of cycles of poverty. Gambling addiction can contribute to homelessness – something acknowledged by Prop 27’s weak attempt to mitigate the disastrous consequences of an expanded gambling industry. While we support the sovereignty of Native peoples in their own economic pursuits and economic development, we envision “a community free of exploitation and oppression,” and believe that the gaming industry’s impacts reinforce exploitation of vulnerable communities.
YES on Prop 28: Art and Music K-12 Education Funding Initiative
Every student in California deserves a complete education, one that feeds and supports all aspects of a complete person. Arts education must be a part of that complete education, but when such programs are cut, it is usually in lower-income communities, already those places less likely to have access to the arts. Proposition 28 would guarantee that 1% of the total Prop. 98 funding received by school districts be used for teaching arts. According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office, that 1% guarantee would increase spending on arts education by $800 million to $1 billion. One percent is the least we should do. We call for “A region where power and resources are distributed equitably.” Art is both a power and a resource that all children deserve.
Neutral on Prop 29: Dialysis Clinic Requirements Initiative
While we appreciate the concerns of those organizations that support this measure, we can find no evidence that the primary demands of this meaure — that a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assitant be present at all dialysis centers — is necessary to improve patient care. While we are sympathetic to the other demands of the measure — those requiring information disclosure, the prohibition on reducing patient services without state approval, and the prohibition on refusing patients based on source of payment — it would be more appropriate to achieve these goals through legislation rather than initiative.
No On Prop 30: Tax on Income above $2 Million for Zero-Emissions Vehicles and Wildfire PRevention Initiative
Budget should be a legislative activity not a referendum. This prop would carve out spending for 20 years regardless how things change. Also it is sponsored by Lyft which is hoping to use tax dollars to electrify its fleet. This measure would circumvent the Prop 98 guarantee of 40% of the general fund budget for education, settling a bad precedent for future initiatives if it passes. The FUND’s vision statement calls for, “A region where power and resources are distributed equitably, empowering everyone to participate in making decisions that affect them.” Ballot measures funded by corporations to benefit corporations take the power from the people and their representatives.
Yes on Prop 31: Flavored Tobacco Products Ban Referendum
Flavored tobacco encourages tobacco addiction, in adult and youth populations alike. The FUND’s vision statement elevates that we envision “A community free of exploitation”, and this measure blocks the exploitation of some of the most vulnerable among us. Banning flavored tobacco products would stop special interests by tobacco corporations and contribute to prioritizing community health over corporation profits.