News Update September 25th

September 25, 2017: Welcome to the new Food Justice News list serve. We’ve made a couple of changes and added a lot of you on to the list. If you like getting this info, let us know: if you don’t just ask nicely to be removed from the list.

  1. Where to Donate for Earthquake, Hurricane, and Ethnic Cleansing Victims
  2. California Food Policy Advocates 25th Anniversary! Reception Oct 27
  3. LA Food Policy Council: What Do You See in the Future of Food?
  4. Tree People Going to Plant 1,400 Trees in Huntington Park and Cudahy
  5. Urban Farming Free Plant Giveaway and Health Fair, Sat. Oct. 7
  6. Would You Eat Meat Custom Grown in a Lab?
  7. News Briefs on Housing and Income Issues that Impact Food Security

1. Where to Donate for Earthquake, Hurricane, and Ethnic Cleansing Victims

“What a wonderful world”, as Louis Armstrong once sang. Here are links to organizations that are assisting victims of the recent hurricanes, earthquake in Mexico, and ethnic cleansing/refugee crisis in Myanmar/Bangladesh.

Hurricane Maria:

The Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund will be housed at the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) and funds will be used to support immediate relief, recovery and equitable rebuilding in Puerto Rico for low-income communities of color hit hardest by the storm. The fund will support organizations working on the frontlines with these communities.

Low-income communities of color often face the worst destruction and slowest recovery and have fewer resources to evacuate and safeguard homes, vehicles, and other property.  When the winds die down and the floods recede, these communities are often forgotten by reconstruction efforts, and underserved by insurance companies.

Here are More Hurricane Relief Links

Local efforts to help Mexico after the earthquake: 

Where to donate to help Mexico quake victims

Myanmar crisis:

IRUSA Assistance for Refugees

UN Refugee Assistance


2. California Food Policy Advocates 25th Anniversary! Reception Oct 27

There’s a reception to celebrate the 25th anniversary of California Food Policy Advocates, who in my opinion have accomplished about 100 years of work in that 25 years, including numerous state legislative improvements to what is now the CalFresh program. Thursday October 27 @ 4 pm at the Japanese American National Museum, 100 N Central Avenue LA CA. Free! But you must RSVP. Just email: 25years@cfpa.net


3. LA Food Policy Council: What Do You See in the Future of Food?

How do you envision the future of food? Calling all creative minds! In celebration of the launch of the NEW Good Food for All Agenda, the Los Angeles Food Policy Council is inviting you to share your most forward-thinking, visionary ideas on the #FutureOfFood! High-tech or grassroots, regenerative and just: come SHOW us your vision at Food Day at LA City Hall this October 24, 2017.

We are accepting proposals on a rolling basis until October 1st, and finalists will be invited to showcase their project at LA City Hall. A jury will award prizes to the three most inspiring and innovative projects. Finalists will receive a small supplies budget to build a Food Day display.

Read more about what we're looking for HERE and then get busy applying!


4. Tree People Going to Plant 1,400 Trees in Huntington Park and Cudahy

Our favorite part of the coming season? Planting trees! That’s why we’re thrilled to introduce three new rockstars from Huntington Park joining our team as our boots on the ground to plant 1,400 more trees in their community and neighboring Cudahy over the next few years.

We can’t wait to get started, but we need YOU to make it happen. Sign up for an event today and plant the seeds of change.


5. Urban Farming Free Plant Giveaway and Health Fair, Sat. Oct. 7

Nonprofit Urban Farming has teamed up with Home Depot, Bonnie Plants and others to help people grow their own food and cut down on monthly food costs. A dozen free vegetable plants will be provided to each of 300 individuals and families.

Saturday October 7, 2017

Home Depot, 5600 Sunset Blvd.

Time: From 11 am until all the plants are gone!

www.urbanfarming.org 


6. Would You Eat Meat Custom Grown in a Lab?

A long time ago when genetic engineering was not much discussed, a friend of mine told me that the new technology meant that in theory you could grow a steak off of a tree. A new start up company, Hampton Creek, believes it will have commercially available “clean” meat---grown without animals---on the market next year. It’s not a plant based substitute: it’s actual meat.

Company Says Animal-Free Meat Available Next Year


7. News Briefs on Housing and Income Issues that Impact Food Security

10 points on affordable housing: Housing affordability has emerged as a major cause of food insecurity in the United States. Former Assemblymember Mike Gatto offers up 10 points to remember in any discussion about how this should be accomplished.  He puts forth an interesting idea about bringing jobs to those areas where housing is still relatively affordable, as opposed to putting affordable housing where job opportunities exist:

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-gatto-ten-points-housing-20170920-story,amp.html

 

Trump admin attacks overtime pay rules: From TruthOut: “In attacking overtime pay Trump is hurting his biggest fans”: The President wants to undo Obama era regulations that would have raised the threshold above which an employee can be “exempted” from overtime. Millions of Americans work far more than 40 hours, but are at the mercy of regulations that mean employers don’t have to pay overtime for salaried employees making $23,000 or more.

Trump Seeks To End Proposal for Overtime Regulations

 

Bolster tax credits to fight poverty and automation? : Vox.com: “A Silicon Valley Congress member’s $1.4 trillion plan to combat wage stagnation and automation.” Representative Ro Khanna has introduced legislation to supercharge the Earned Income Tax Credit, which has become a major anti-poverty program over the years. Rep. Khanna also believes the EITC can correct some of the economic distortion introduced by the “gig” (Uber) economy, and can help workers reduced to lower paying jobs because of automation:

 

Congressman Proposes Large Expansion of Earned Income Credit



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