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Current Advocacy Issues

August 2019

Get Out the Vote

Make your voice heard. Voting gives you the opportunity to influence who will represent your interests and what issues are important to you.

San Francisco voters will decide key issues on November 5, including electing the Mayor and other City positions that have a direct influence on our lives. Join UCSF Advocates events around campus to learn more about what's on the ballot. Make sure you are registered to vote! 

Key Dates

Election Day: November 5, 2019
Find your polling place in San Francisco 

Voter Registration Deadline: October 21, 2019
Click here to register to vote 

Deadline to Request Absentee Ballot: October 29, 2019
Click here to vote by mail

What's on the Ballot

Vote for City-wide offices including Mayor, City Attorney, District Attorney, Public Defender, Sheriff, Treasurer, Board of Education (one seat), and Community College Board (one seat). If you live in District 5, you will also vote for District 5 Supervisor. Candidates for each office are listed here

Here is the list of ballot measures, which are still being considered until August 9.

Visit ucsf.edu/vote for all election related events on campus this fall.  


Rally for Medical Research
Digital Advocacy Day

Why is NIH funding important to you? How has NIH helped you advance life-saving research?

Share your story with members of Congress. Join UC’s digital advocacy day and Rally for Medical Research Hill Day!

On Thursday, September 19, tweet at your Members of Congress about the importance of robust, sustained, and predictable annual NIH funding increases. Follow the @UCSF Twitter account for more information throughout the day. 

Help ensure Congress knows NIH funding must be a priority in the federal budget. Tell Congress why a $2.5 billion increase in NIH funding in the 2020 budget is crucial to our ability to deliver cutting edge discoveries, innovations, treatments, and cures. 

UCSF Advocates will also be organizing advocates at UCSF Postdoc Slam on September 19. Stop by our table for creative ideas of how to advocate for funding.  


Congress Passes the American Dream & Promise Act

Dreamers and recipients of Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure deserve the certainty of the future they continue to work towards. Your calls and emails made a difference.

This legislation would protect millions of immigrants across the country - including those that work, study and contribute at UCSF - by allowing them to earn lawful permanent residence and eventually American citizenship. Without this legislation, our friends and colleagues face the real possibility of being deported to a country they hardly know.

Statement from UC President Janet Napolitano on American Dream and Promise Act
The University of California applauds the House of Representatives for passage of the American Dream and Promise Act and urges the U.S. Senate to swiftly take up the legislation and send it to the president for his signature. UC is home to thousands of undocumented students who are preparing to be the next generation of standout teachers, medical professionals, engineers, lawyers and other important contributors to our country. California has already made a big investment in these students, who have spent the better part of their lives in the U.S. It is now time for them to have a path to permanent residence and citizenship through the American Dream and Promise Act. In challenging the rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in federal court within days of its announcement, UC was an early and vocal advocate for these young people and the university continues to stand with them.

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