20 Aug

Do Your Thing on Eclipse Day!


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Do Your Thing on Eclipse Day!


On August 21, 2017, between 9:00AM and 11:30AM, the sun will be in partial eclipse.
What does that mean for California?Our ability to produce solar energy will be slowed as the eclipse begins, and then will slowly resume to normal from around 10:20AM until noon. This is a big deal for our state because, during the eclipse, California’s ability to produce solar will be reduced by 70 percent.


Energy Upgrade California, a state-led customer engagement initiative, asks all Californians to take the pledge to reduce customer demand by avoiding the use of electricity from 9:00AM to 11:30 AM on Eclipse Day. 

Here are a few ideas on how to save energy during the eclipse, and all year round:  

  • Turn the thermostat up
  • Turn off or dim lights
  • Use cold water only
  • Hold off on laundry
  • Charge the phones earlier
  • Turn off power strips

To take the pledge and for more ideas on how to save energy during the eclipse, visit:

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20 Aug

Voter suppression is a form of white supremacy


Alex Padilla

Over this past week, we’ve seen Republican lawmakers denounce white supremacy, even when the President himself continues to double down and defend white supremacists, neo-nazi, and domestic terrorists.

But what these Republican lawmakers aren’t realizing is their hypocrisy: while they denounce white supremacy, they are also engaging in efforts to suppress American votes.

The history of voter suppression is rooted in white supremacy. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was a direct response to states denying African Americans the right to vote.

States might have moved away from literacy tests and poll taxes, but they’re now using new, even more cynical targeted methods to suppress the vote, like unjust redistricting plans, gerrymandering, and strict voter ID laws.

Actions speak louder than words. Every lawmaker who condemns white supremacy must also reject attacks on our civil rights and voting rights. 

Add your name now to let Republican lawmakers know that if they truly want to denounce white supremacy, they must oppose all forms of white supremacy including attacks on voting rights.

We must stand united against the hatred that plagued Charlottesville this past weekend. But in order to make systemic changes to make our democracy more reflective of our nation, we all need to be able to participate.

We cannot return to the era of literacy tests and poll taxes. We need to restore the Voting Rights Act and make sure that all who are eligible to vote are able to — free of physical or structural barriers or intimidation.

Sign our petition now to demand that we restore the Voting Rights Act and send a message to Republican lawmakers that if they want to denounce bigotry and hatred that they need to stand for civil rights, including voting rights >>

Thank you,

Alex Padilla
California Secretary of State




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