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    Reproductive Rights, Health, and Justice Resource Guide – Updated for 2016!

    In this resource guide, we have collected advocacy success stories from reproductive rights, health, and justice organizations and paired them with resources to support advocacy groups working on policy goals ranging from federal legislation to ballot measures to voter mobilization.

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    Robocalling Rules: Before you Pick Up that Phone, Hold that Call—What You Need to Know about Robocalls, Robotexts, and Autodialers

    Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy program has just published the definitive guide to the laws and regulations governing autodialing, robocall, and robotext campaigns, called Robocalling Rules: Before you Pick Up that Phone, Hold that Call—What You Need to Know about Robocalls, Robotexts, and Autodialers.

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    ACT! Quick

    The ACT Quick Check-up (AQC) is a short version of the Alliance for Justice’s Advocacy Capacity Tool (ACT) and is designed to provide a quick diagnosis of the strengths and gaps in organizations’ advocacy skills, knowledge, and practices, and identify areas for strengthening.

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    Philanthropy Advocacy Playbook

    Is your foundation interested in confidently supporting advocacy? Alliance for Justice’s new Philanthropy Advocacy Playbook is for you! This publication provides information on 11 benefits and conversation-starters about philanthropic advocacy and lobbying. Specifically, it answers your questions about legal rules and provides concrete examples, templates, resources, and tips.

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    Have a Question about advocacy? We have answers! If your nonprofit has questions about lobbying or other forms of advocacy, call us. Our attorneys are here 5 days a week.

Bolder Advocacy Blog

  • Gun Violence v. Public Health: Should the CDC or the NRA decide?

    Posted by Avantika Krishna on July 22, 2016

    With approximately 30,000 gun related deaths per year, the rate of gun violence in the United States is unparalleled by any other country in the developed world. Yet Congress continues to deny that it is a public health issue.

  • Nonprofit Coalition Saves Health Coverage for 5,000 Fresnans

    Posted by Avantika Krishna on July 15, 2016

    On June 10th, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 10, which makes California the first state to ask federal officials to allow undocumented immigrants in the state to buy health insurance through its state exchange, Covered California. Immigrant rights’ advocates applauded this step towards health care for all Californians, including those who are undocumented.

  • IRS Issues New Rules and Guidance for 501(c)(4) Organizations to Implement PATH Act

    Posted by Avantika Krishna on July 14, 2016

    Newly formed 501(c)(4) organizations now have a new filing requirement. The IRS has issued a final and temporary regulation along with  guidance (Revenue Procedure 2016-41) to implement new requirements for 501(c)(4) organizations that had been passed as part of the PATH (Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes) Act, signed by President Obama on December 15, 2015. For

  • SCOTUS Decision on Whole Woman’s Health Marks Historic Progress for Women

    Posted by Avantika Krishna on July 13, 2016

    Reproductive health, rights, and justice advocates joined in celebration bright and early on June 27, 2016 as the Supreme Court struck down targeted regulations on Texas abortion providers in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt in a 5-3 decision. As a woman who calls Texas home, I was thrilled to witness the historic progress for women’s

  • “Ban the Box,” A Case Study for Public and Private Foundation Advocacy

    Posted by Christine Reeves Strigaro on June 6, 2016

    Ban the Box is a movement to stop employers from asking job applicants to “check the box” if they have been arrested or convicted of a crime. This hiring practice thwarts formerly incarcerated people — mainly men of color — from transitioning back into society and supporting themselves and their families.

Advocacy In Action

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Gun Violence v. Public Health: Should the CDC or the NRA decide?

Did you know that there is a congressional ban preventing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from researching gun violence? With approximately 30,000 gun related deaths per year, the rate of gun violence in the United States is unparalleled by any other country in the developed world, yet Congress continues to deny that it is a public health issue. The American Medical Association recognizes that the only way to save the thousands of lives affected by gun violence is by lifting the congressional ban so that the CDC can research gun violence and recommend appropriate action to help lower the death toll.

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Nonprofit Coalition Saves Health Coverage for 5,000 Fresnans

On June 10th, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 10, making California the first state to ask federal officials to allow undocumented immigrants in the state to buy health insurance through its state exchange, Covered California. Immigrant rights’ advocates applauded this step towards health care for all Californians, including those who are undocumented. While this is a notable example of nonprofits in California coalescing to advocate for the health rights of undocumented immigrants, it is not the first. The Health for All Fresnans campaign from a few years ago is a welcome reminder of the impact that nonprofits can have when they organize and advocate.

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Understanding City of Los Angeles Lobbying Disclosure Rules

Do you or your nonprofit organization advocate in the City of Los Angeles? If so, you may be required to register as a lobbyist and report your activities to the City if your activities qualify as lobbying under the Los Angeles Municipal Lobbying Ordinance (LAMLO).

Advocacy in Action

Preguntas Frecuentes (FAQs) de las Organizaciones Sin Fines de Lucro de los EE.UU.: Involucrando a los Activistas Indocumentados en la Defensa y Promoción de Causas

Muchas organizaciones comunitarias en los Estados Unidos dependen en activistas indocumentados. Inmigrantes indocumentados tienen el derecho constitucional a la libertad de expresión y reunión, y pueden participar en actividades de defensa y promoción de causas de la organización. Aprenda como los inmigrantes indocumentados pueden ayudar legalmente a estas organizaciones, y aprenda algunas precauciones para evitar riesgos innecesarios con consecuencias graves de inmigración.

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