Social Media Toolkit for Governors Proposed Budget Reveal on January 10,2024

January 10th, Governor Newsom is expected to issue his economic predictions as part of his 2024-25 State Budget proposal (this deadline is set by the State Constitution). In mid-May, the Administration will issue a revised budget plan (the May Revise) that typically has a clearer picture of what budget will be enacted. The Legislature’s deadline to send a budget to Newsom is June 15 and the 2024-25 fiscal year starts July 1. 

When Newsom delivers his announcement about his initial proposed 2024-25 State Budget, State Scientists will picket nearby in Sacramento (location and time to be announced soon) and take to social media to ensure the public, key decision-makers, and Governor Newsom know that the time is now to #ValueScientists! 

When: Wednesday, January 10, 2023, various times, depending on in-person or virtual participation! 

Where: In person in Sacramento (TBD, 2 hour picket) and online via social media!

The Action: Make some noise to call on this Administration to #ValueScientists! You can do so in-person in Sacramento and on social media. NOTE: Participation must be done on personal time.

Sign up here and commit to participating in this action.

Last year, Governor Newsom announced his budget press release only 3 days in advance, so be sure to look out for updates to the time and place!

If you’re not able to make it in person, please join the conversation by posting on social media at least once every hour from 8:00am – 4:00pm PST and amplifying the voices of other California State Scientists as we highlight the critical role California State Scientists play in tackling the global challenge of climate change, protecting the health of our communities, sustaining our agricultural industry, and beyond! 

Participate in our social media storm by using this toolkit that includes posts, images, and hashtags!

Be sure to also follow @capsscientists on our official social media and amplify our message: CAPS Twitter/X and Instagram.

Support CAPS and State Scientists with Social Media Actions Participate and Share:

  • Follow @CAPSscientists on Instagram and Twitter/X
  • Amplify the work of California State Scientists!
  • Do you know what #CaStateScientists do for you? Read up here: https://calscientists.org/  

Best Practices

  • Follow @capsscientists and use the hashtag #ValueScientists
  • Tag @capsscientists for a chance to be featured on our social media!
  • Include one or more of the recommended hashtags in each post
  • Tag the key parties, listed below in your posts!
  • Include a graphic, photo, or gif (you can use the graphics on this page in your posts!)
  • Personalize your posts!
  • Make a strong ask by sharing your story!

Primary Hashtags to Use

  • #ValueScientists
  • #CaStateScientists
  • #PayEquity
  • #LaterIsTooLate

ACCOUNTS to Tag on Social Media

  • @capsscientists, that’s us!
  • @flatgavin, the Flat Gavin account.
  • @calhr_gov, CalHR’s official social media account.
  • @cagovernor, the official California State Governor account.
  • @gavinnewsom, Gavin Newsom’s personal account.
  • @JenSiebelNewsom, the First Partner’s account.
  • @HDatFinance, the Director of the Department of Finance’s account.

Post Ideas

  • What are the importance of your job duties to the State of California (i.e. to CA residents or particular industries)?
  • What does “Value Scientists” mean to you?
  • We need a salary equity because…
  • I became a union member with CAPS because…
  • Spread our demands by sharing this website: https://www.capscontract2023.org 
  • Ask folks to sign on to support our platform here: https://www.votervoice.net/CAPSSCIENTISTS/campaigns/106371/respond
  • Ask folks to donate to CAPS’ Strike Hardship Fund, in case future collective action needs to happen: https://givebutter.com/StateScience 
  • Post a picture wearing your green shirt, union swag, union events, etc.
  • Post a picture of your daily work, of you in the lab, out in the field, etc.
  • Does your furry friend support our union? Tag @capsscientists and hashtag #ValueScientists with photos of your pets!

Graphics to Share

Profile Photos

Pre Drafted Posts

We know it’s hard to start sometimes! We’ve developed some starter Tweets/Posts to help kick off your social media presence in support of CAPS!

  • In August ‘21, @CAGovernor Newsom said “later is too late” to clean the air we breathe, protect our communities from the harmful impacts of the oil industry, or accelerate California’s clean energy future. I agree, so #ValueScientists today!
  • CA State Scientists implement the @CAGovernor ‘s programs. It’s past time for these public servants to get the raise they deserve. #ValueScientists
  • It’s imperative that the State of California leads by example and is able to compete for the best scientific talent. #ValueScientists!
  • You can’t have science without scientists. It is high time to #ValueScientists!
  • Later is too late to #ValueScientists, @CAGovernor Newsom!
  • I am a CA State Scientist whose work is integral to implementing this Administration’s priorities. @CAGovernor Newsom, show us that you truly #valuescientists today. #LaterIsTooLate
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