To All Those Interested in Food and Justice...
Feb. 10th, 2014
- President Signs Lousy Farm Bill: We Won’t Give Up on Fight Against Poverty
- Update on Homeless Bill of Rights Campaign
- Restaurant Workers Host Event Today on Raising the Minimum Wage
- Help Our Bees In Los Angeles
- California Organizations: Please Sign On To Letter To End Lifetime Ban
School Volunteer Pays Off Lunch Balance For 60 Students
1. President Signs Farm Bill: We Won’t Give Up on Fight Against Poverty
The President has signed the Farm Bill. Although it is being touted as an example of bipartisan cooperation, the bill includes $8 billion in cuts to the SNAP (food stamp) program. In addition, some of the reform to subsidies going to large farms is not reform----the money has simply been shuffled into another crop insurance program.
Many are saying that the cuts to food assistance to needy people weren’t as bad as they could have been, but in fact they will impact a certain group of participants who could lose up to $60 per month in assistance. At the same time the Senate recently fell one vote short to pass an extension to unemployment benefits for over a million jobless Americans who have been searching unsuccessfully for work.
We appreciate all the work that you all who advocate put in standing up for the poorest and neediest. During 2014, we will not be spending time mourning the cuts to benefits, as bad as they are. We will be working proactively on some other issues affecting poor working people and those seniors and people with disabilities who cannot work:
--We will be urging the state government to restore some of the benefits to seniors and disabled in the SSI program who have had their benefits cut and have not had an increase in their monthly allotment for six years
--We will be joining other allies especially in the restaurant industry to fight for an increase in the minimum wage
Please let me know if you could send a representative to the Hunger Action LA monthly meeting on Friday , Feb 28, from 10 am to 12 noon, at the CHIRLA building, 2533 W 3rd St. in Los Angeles. Alternatively I will be reaching out to you to see if there are other things we can do to bring the communities you work with into the circle of activity on these issues.
LA Times - Wal-Mart lowers forecast due to food stamp cuts, bad weather http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-79116396/
2. Update on Homeless Bill of Rights Campaign
(Thanks to LA CAN for leadership on this issue and notes below)
Last year a statewide coalition developed to support a Homeless Bill of Rights. The bill did not pass the state legislature, but the coalition remained and has been active and successful in identifying local issues which are truly human rights issues---rights we all have, but that are often violated if someone is homeless: basic rights such as eating, sleeping and sitting, and not having your possessions thrown away without due process, when you have nowhere of your own to go.
The coalition is growing and we want your support! Below are a few notes about upcoming events or potential events. Please join us!
The next meeting will be on March 1, 2014 from 10am – 12pm at Chuco’s Justice Center, 1137 E Redondo Blvd, Inglewood, CA.
Know Your Rights Trainings: If you know of a group/area that would potentially be interested in hosting a training that gives an overview of rights that all people have, including rights you have even if you’re homeless, please contact Eric (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Coastal Commission Meeting hearing Venice Boardwalk and Beach Closure:
On either March 12 or 13, the California Coastal Commission will be hearing and weighing in on the City of L.A.’s decision to close the Venice Boardwalk/Beach at night. We don’t know the exact date, but we will be organizing for heavy turnout on these days to make sure that the Coastal Commission votes to oppose the City’s decision and keep Venice public space open for all.
Follow up/Next Steps: We will be pushing for turnout as the date approaches. For now, however, we are encouraging groups to gather signatures for a petition that will go to the California Coastal Commission. For a copy of the petition, please contact Deborah (email@example.com) or Mike (firstname.lastname@example.org) .
If you have any questions or would like to get more involved, please contact Eric (email@example.com or 213.228.0024).
Los Angeles Community Action Network
3. Restaurant Workers Host Event Today on Raising the Minimum Wage—RSVP ASAP
From Restaurant Opportunities Center: Friends and allies: In anticipation of the 2.13 National Day of Action to raise the tipped minimum wage, we invite you to...
ROC-LA Mixer to #RaisetheWage & Learn About #LivingOffTips
Because no one should earn less than the minimum wage– whether through wage theft or a tipped wage.
WHEN: Monday, February 10, 2014, 4-6pm
WHERE: Red Hill Restaurant @ 1325 Echo Park Ave, LA 90026
(free parking available in lot next to restaurant & Walgreens parking lot)
WHAT: The first hour from 4-5pm will be a mixer. At 5pm, we will have a brief program with stories and remarks from restaurant workers as well as Jason Michaud, owner of Red Hill. Refreshments donated by Red Hill, a ROC-LA High Road partner.
For over two decades, the federal minimum wage for tipped workers has remained frozen at $2.13. California is home to the nation's largest restaurant industry and is one of only eight states that does not have a tipped minimum wage. California restaurant workers and High Road employers are uniquely positioned to advocate for increasing the federal minimum wage.
Policy & Research Coordinator
4. Help Our Bees In Los Angeles
From Francesca de la Rosa, Urban Ag Committee of LA Food Policy Council: “As you’ve heard, LA City Council is voting on 3 pending bee measures on Wednesday, February 12th (press conference at 9:15 am). These are the three items that will be voted on:”
#1: LEGALIZE URBAN BEEKEEPING IN LOS ANGELES
#2: SAVING AMERICA'S POLLINATORS ACT
#3 HUMANE POLICY FOR LIVE BEE REMOVAL
Please send out a simple email to each of the Council members with the following:
Greetings Council member __________, My name is ____________, and I urge you to support Council Files 12-0785 (Legalize Urban Beekeeping in Los Angeles), 13-0002-S134 (Saving America’s Pollinators Act), and 13-1660 (Humane Policy for Live Bee Removal).
Bees are essential to urban food production, providing local environmental and economic benefits through pollination and honey production. Over the past several years, honeybee colonies throughout the United States have experienced high rates of loss and many are in danger of collapse. Los Angeles, with its diverse pollen sources, is an urban oasis for bees, which are also threatened by heavy pesticide application in rural areas. Legalizing beekeeping in our neighborhoods gives our communities a resource to humanely and non-lethally care for healthy bee colonies.
Emails and phone numbers:
Councilmember Gil Cedillo (CD-1): firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilmember Paul Krekorian (CD-2): email@example.com
Councilmember Bob Blumenfield (CD-3): firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilmember Tom LaBonge (CD-4): councilmember.Labonge@lacity.org
Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD-5): email@example.com
Councilmember Nury Martinez (CD-6): firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilmember Felipe Fuentes (CD-7): email@example.com
Councilmember Bernard Parks (CD-8): firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilmember Curren Price (CD-9): email@example.com
Council President Herb Wesson (CD-10): firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilmember Mike Bonin (CD-11): email@example.com
Councilmember Mitchel Englander (CD-12): firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell (CD-13): email@example.com
Councilmember Jose Huizar (CD-14): firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilmember Joe Buscaino (CD-15): email@example.com
Feel free to use your personal email address if you cannot send one from your work address.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to let me know. Feel free to spread the word and pass this email on to other. Also, let me know if you send an email. This will help me keep track of how many people City Council has have heard from
Francesca de la Rosa
Director of Policy and Strategic Alliances
Women Organizing Resources, Knowledge and Services (WORKS)
795 N. Avenue 50 Los Angeles, CA 90042
5. California Organizations: Please Sign On To Letter To End Lifetime Ban
(Thanks to Western Center on Law and Poverty)
We’re asking organizations in California (faith based, or nonprofit, or volunteer organizations, or businesses) to join the 75 organizations (listed further below) that have signed on to a letter to the California Legislature leadership asking them to take steps to end the lifetime ban on persons with certain, past drug felonies, which prevents them from receiving not only basic food assistance but help with child care, job training, and, incredibly, with drug rehabilitation! (through CalWORKs)
Our goal is to get 25 more sign-ons before February 26th, date of the first Assembly budget hearing where we hope this issue will be on agenda. Below is a list of official sign-ons. If you see someone missing from your own network, ask them to join us.
To sign on: Please respond to this email, with your organizational logo, to firstname.lastname@example.org that’s Jessica Bartholow at the Western Center on Law and Poverty.
After you sign on, please help get out the word, by tweeting:
We joined 75 orgs to ask @JerryBrownGov & #CALeg #CaBudget leaders: #RepealTheBan to invest in #children #jobs. http://t.co/xdcMifzKE3
For a copy of the letter: Please email email@example.com
Organizations that have signed on:
A New Path
A New Way of Life/All of Us or None
Access, Women's Health Justice
Alameda County Community Food Bank
All of Us or None - San Diego
Black Alliance for Just Immigration
California Association of Food Banks
California Coalition for Women Prisoners
California Food Policy Advocates
California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC)
Casa de Esperanza
Children's Defense Fund - California
Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice - Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights
Coalition of California Welfare Rights
Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP)
Community Services Unlimited
Community Works West
Conservatives for Social Change
Cottage Housing Incorporated
Drug Policy Alliance
East Bay Community Law Center
Ella Baker Center
Feeding America San Diego
Food Bank for Monterey County
Friends Committee on Legislation of California
Gray Panthers of San Francisco
Hunger Action Los Angeles
Hunger Advocacy Network
Isidore Electronics Recycling
Jewish Family Service
Labor/Community Strategy Center’s Community Rights Campaign
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR)
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE)
Los Angeles Community Action Network
Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership
Lutheran Office of Public Policy - California
Maternal and Child Health Access
National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter
Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE)
Paving the Way Foundation
Prison Policy Initiative
Public Interest Law Project
River City Food Bank
Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee
Sacramento Housing Alliance
Sacramento Hunger Coalition
San Diego Food Bank
San Diego Hunger Coalition
Second Harvest Food Bank, Santa Cruz County
Shields for Families Inc, Jericho Vocational Services Center
Silicon Valley Independent Living Center
St. Mary's Center
Starting Over Inc.
The Greenlining Institute
Time for Change Foundation
Union Station Homeless Services/Sources Career Development
United Job Creation Council (UJCC)
Violence Prevention Coalition
Women Organizing Resources, Knowledge and Services (WORKS)
Women’s Foundation of California
Hunger Action Los Angeles
961 S. Mariposa #205
Los Angeles CA 90006