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WEEKLY UPDATE: A Week of Action

WEEKLY UPDATE: A Week of Action

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This week, the U.S. Senate considered yet another bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and it may be the worst one yet. Just last night, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said that the Graham-Cassidy legislation would result in millions of Americans losing their health insurance – with California the hardest hit of all 50 states.

Because of immediate threats like this, Antonio is making protecting the ACA his highest health care priority. Californians don’t need headlines, we need quality health care and coverage. Please add your name to the thousands of Californians standing with us to protect the ACA.

Back to His Roots

In a powerful video interview with the Los Angeles Times, Antonio discusses his childhood in Boyle Heights and the public schools in Los Angeles that gave him a second chance. He describes how his own experience teaches him we must set “high expectations” for our kids — regardless of their economic background.

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On the Road

There were many great stops on the campaign trail last week, including a visit to the Central Valley to tour carrot, almond and dairy processing plants. California is truly feeding the nation and the world. Antonio also spoke to the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club in San Francisco about his record of standing with LGBTQ community since the early 1990s. He finished last week with a visit to San Diego to speak before the Mexican American Business Professional Association.

In the News

“State Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor of California saying the former Assembly Speaker has the legislative record to best lead the Golden State. ‘I am proud to support my longtime friend Antonio Villa­raigosa for Governor,’ said Senator Bradford. ‘He has spent his life standing-up for all California communities, and I know as Governor he will fight to create opportunities for all Californians.’” — LA Watts Times, 9/21/17

“For Villaraigosa, the Valley is an opportunity to make inroads in a region that often votes Republican – and overcome local skepticism over candidates from a part of the state that is often viewed as overlooking, if not neglecting, Fresno and the Valley.” — Fresno Bee, 9/20/17

Reach Out a Hand

From Houston to Mexico City, there have been a series of catastrophic natural disasters that have devastated pockets of our country and our neighbor to the south.

Recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria are still underway. As Texas begins to rebuild, Puerto Rico is facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis—millions on the island are without electricity and access to clean water is limited. And in Mexico City, residents are reeling from a 7.1 earthquake that has claimed more 250 lives.

Let’s reach out a hand and help those in need to rebuild their communities. Consider contributing what you can to recovery efforts today: DisasterPhilanthropy.org.

Voices Submission of the Week

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“I remember being a young girl, and my abuelita would recall how she came to the United States when she was 30 years old. She came from a small town named Sahuayo, Michoacán. On most nights, I would stay up with her late at night and she would tell me how she always dreamt of becoming a pharmacist but in her town, it wasn’t a possibility. When she came to the United States she first stayed with family in Mission Viejo and eventually made East LA her home. She suddenly had a home and endless possibilities, and she realized that she wanted to sign up for beauty school.

Shortly after, she enrolled at Marinello beauty school, at the time it was on Broadway in Downtown LA. She would often share with me that Broadway was majestic when she first came to the US. This was over 50 years ago, today my abuelita is 81, she is the mother of 1, grandmother to 5 and great grandmother to my four-year-old nephew James. I love California because it gave my abuelita an opportunity she couldn’t have in her country, it has become home, and will be the place that houses her legacy.” — Brandie Carlos, East Los Angeles

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