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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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Transition Team Advocacy

Advocates have an important role to play when a new administration—either a new president or governor— is coming into power. Advocates will find that some of the activities discussed below will also be appropriate actions to take with newly elected legislators as well. The transition period (the time between election and inauguration days) is an important window of time when organizations, including 501(c)(3) charities, can build relationships and work to have their concerns made a priority of the new administration. There are many activities, including ones that do not constitute lobbying, that organizations can engage in to influence the policies and direction of a new administration.

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Administrative Advocacy: Influencing Rules, Regulations, and Executive Orders

Not all efforts to influence public policy meet the definition of lobbying, so 501(c)(3) organizations can play a significant advocacy role while still staying within their annual lobbying limits. This fact sheet outlines the types of decisions that are designed to influence federal, state and local agency rules (including school boards), executive orders, and regulations.

State Law Resources

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).

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Our commitment to supporting nonprofits and foundations does not stop at providing resources on the law. When an organization’s ability to do its work and speak out for its communities and constituents is threatened or can be expanded, Alliance for Justice gets involved.

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