Credit Union Regional Organizational Meetings Build Grassroots Strength

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Last week, two regional organizing meetings were held in Sacramento and Pleasanton to connect local credit unions and continue to build upon our grassroots strength.

A number of credit unions came together last week to strengthen our grassroots advocacy. Grassroots advocacy is about bringing credit unions together as one united force, creating opportunities to get involved in the legislative process, and meet with local legislators.

Last week, two regional organizing meetings were held in Sacramento and Pleasanton to connect local credit unions and continue to build upon our grassroots strength.

In Sacramento, Assemblymember Ken Cooley (AD 8) joined five local credit unions for lunch to discuss his background and experience working with the financial services industry and to brief attendees on his introduced legislation, AB 1416. This legislation specifies that the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) does not prevent a business from using collected personal information to protect or prevent illegal or malicious activity. This fraud prevention bill acts as a follow up to last year’s bills, AB 375 (Chau) and SB 1121 (Dodd). Supporting AB 1416 will be one of the top asks of the California Legislature during our lobby day and having that facetime with Assemblymember Cooley during a small and intimate meeting was extremely valuable for credit unions. Thank you to SAFE CU, Golden 1 CU, McClatchy Employees CU, Schools Financial CU, and Travis CU for participating in this meeting.

In Pleasanton, Patelco CU hosted a lunch meeting for the Bay Area Credit Union Legislative Group. During this meeting, credit union representatives recapped CUNA’s Government Affairs Conference (GAC), received a preview for the League’s Government Relations Rally (GRR), reviewed local Bay Area state and federal elected officials, and strategized on future legislative targets. The Bay Area holds many newly elected officials this legislative group is working to build relationships with, including Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (AD 15) and Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (AD 16). The group also reviewed the upcoming 2020 election open seats in the state Senate and will be reviewing candidates for Senate Districts 13, 15, and 17. Thank you to Star One CU, UNCLE CU, Travis CU, Technology CU, Upward CU, Sequoia FCU, and SafeAmerica CU for participating, and a special thank you to Patelco CU for hosting and providing lunch.

When area credit unions come together, it becomes a strong and powerful tool in grassroots advocacy and the League thanks you for your dedication to the credit union movement! If you have any questions about grassroots advocacy or regional organizing meetings, please contact League Advocacy Specialist Emily Eichner at emilye@ccul.org or (916) 325-1363.

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