News Update Aug 14th 2017

August 14th 2017

Hunger Action LA sends condolences to the family of Heather Heyer, who stood up to white supremacist terrorism this past weekend in Charlottesville. She exemplifies the leadership that is lacking in our current presidential administration. It’s a reminder that all of us must stand up against “evil”, that there is no moral equivalency in this struggle, and we need each other’s love and support to prevail.

The poor are constantly under attack, both with violence in the community and from law enforcement and from policies created by those who want to aggrandize the already-wealthy and try to ignore poverty out of existence. Join us in a training on how to protect the far-from-perfect safety net from the certain attacks of upcoming months and years.

Please note, I sent this out last week with the incorrect weekday. It will be Sept. 13, which is a Wednesday. 

  1. Defending SNAP : Petitions Now, and Training on Protecting Anti Poverty Programs, Wednesday September 13, 6 pm-7:30 pm @ Hunger Action LA
  2. California Food Policy Advocates Needs Your Input: What Health and Food Issues Should be Priorities for Next Year in the Legislature?

1. Defending SNAP : Petitions Now, and Training on Protecting Anti Poverty Programs, Wednesday September 13,  6 pm-7:30 pm @ Hunger Action LA

The U.S. House of Representatives will soon be working on their budget resolution, affecting almost every anti-poverty program you can think of, in the upcoming weeks. In addition, the House has already begun hearings on the Farm Bill, which is due next year and authorizes SNAP as well as billions of dollars in farm subsidies. Through both of these processes there will likely be proposals detrimental to SNAP and of course to other programs helping low income people ranging from SSI to housing to earned income credit and other attacks on health care.

We’re attaching links here to two petitions, one for organizations and the other for individuals. These petitions are related specifically to protecting the SNAP program (CalFresh here in California). Many of you have already signed for your organization, and there’s no need to sign again. Otherwise, please sign your organization or yourself on to this petition.

Here are the links:

 

Organizations Sign Here to Defend SNAP

Individuals Sign Petition to Defend SNAP

And, by no means are we going to limit our advocacy to SNAP. We all lose when we become divided by our constituencies, whether health care, housing, immigration, food benefits, the rights of people in re-entry. In that spirit Hunger Action LA is sponsoring a training in which you can learn 1) what’s going on and 2) help us plan what to do about it!

Protecting Anti Poverty Programs

Wednesday September 13

6 pm to 7:30 pm

Light meal provided

St. Mary’s Church, Parish Hall

961 S Mariposa (Enter on Normandie) LA CA 90006

RSVP: info@hungeractionla.org or online at http://hungeractionla.org/training

All are welcome. Free.

 

Thank you all for the work you do in the community!


2. California Food Policy Advocates Needs Your Input: What Health and Food Issues Should be Priorities for Next Year in the Legislature?

California Food Policy Advocates is one of the leading food policy organizations in the state. Many of the bills that Hunger Action LA members have fought for over the years originated with CFPA. Currently CFPA is collecting input from the public concerning their priorities for the next year. Follow the links to the survey below so they can hear loud and clear which issues they should put at the top of the agenda!
(And you’ll be entered to win a $100 gift card as well)

CFPA is in our annual policy development process, and your contribution is key! 

 

Have you given us your input yet?

 

Our 5 -10 minute annual survey collects feedback about challenges and opportunities to improve the health and well-being of all Californians through improved access to nutritious, affordable food. 

 

Tell us: What do YOU think we should work on next year! 

We'll be collecting responses for three more weeks until Friday September 1st. All respondents will be automatically entered to win a $100 gift card! 

 

We'd like to hear as many voices as possible - please share this survey with colleagues and partners! You can forward this email, or share via Twitter or Facebook (check out our new page, by the way!)

 

We look forward to hearing from you! 

---Tracy Patterson, CFPA (contact phone 510.433.1122 x101)


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