Monday, September 14, 2009

You Made a Difference with SB 600

California’s 2009 Legislative Session came to a close on Friday. Unfortunately, we did not see a tobacco tax increase signed into law this session. Click here to let your legislators know that we won’t be giving up any time soon:

Your support for this life-saving legislation has been tremendous and has laid the groundwork for upcoming opportunities. For this, we couldn’t be more thankful to you!

We truly came together to fight Big Tobacco and no one can deny that our Legislature felt the heat! You sent over 14,000 e-mails and attended hundreds of meetings in support of SB 600; you also wrote letters to the editor and made countless phone calls to your legislators.

It’s about time CA increased its tobacco tax and you helped make that perfectly clear. Please e-mail your legislators today and tell them that we will not give up on this issue; we cannot give up on the lives it will save.

Reminiscent of the words of the man who I believe will one day sign into law a tobacco tax increase, “We’ll be back!”

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

You're the Cure Challenge, are you up for it?

Our You're the Cure Networkers have contributed to the fight against heart disease and stroke by advocating for public policy changes.

To have even greater success in the fight against heart disease and stroke we need your help to recruit more passionate You're the Cure Networkers!

For the next two months, I am asking you to be a part of the You're the Cure Challenge! I challenge you to help recruit 500 new advocates in California by October 31st!

Your e-mails, phone calls, letters and meetings have encouraged elected officials to strengthen tobacco control, improve the chain of survival and the quality and availability of care, and promote obesity prevention in our schools and communities.

You know how fun and easy it can be, so encourage your friends to do the same! It takes the support of many committed members like yourself to pass meaningful legislation.

In the upcoming months, I will provide you with ideas, resources and materials that you can use to recruit your friends, family members, coworkers and community members to You're the Cure.

You will even qualify for prizes by recruiting people:

• You're the Cure Friend: Register 10+ new advocates & receive recognition on the You're the Cure Blog.
• You're the Cure Partner: Register 25+ new advocates & receive an official award certificate.
• You're the Cure Heart Hero: Register 75+ new advocates & receive an official award certificate and a You're the Cure T-Shirt.

You're the Cure Advocate with the most registrations collected will be highlighted in an upcoming You're the Cure Quarterly!

Our voice will be stronger and louder at the Capitol with each new advocate recruited.

Together, we will build healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke!