Cesar Chavez Day Food Justice Update

To All Those Interested in Food and Justice...

A (usually) weekly update on food issues, promoting access to sufficient, affordable, healthy food ---with a focus on campaigns you can become active in!


March 31, 2014:


Cesar Chavez Day: As we honor the great farmworker leader today, a new food worker justice movement spearheaded by the Food Chain Workers Alliance is honoring the occasion by delivering a petition with 101,000 signatures and a letter signed by 100 food justice organizations including HALA to House Speaker John Boehner calling for a vote on raising the minimum wage. Joann Lo, the group’s director, reminds us in this article that “The nation's 20 million food workers make up one-sixth of the workforce in the U.S., making the food system the largest employer in the country. At the same time, over one-third of food system workers are paid less than $10.10 and make up the largest sector of minimum wage workers. “

Food Chain Workers Take Action on Cesar Chavez Day



  1. Hunger Action LA Activities
  2. Join the Call for a Raise in Benefits for our Seniors and Disabled
  3. Extending Unemployment insurance and Raising the Minimum Wage are at Stake: From the Half in Ten Campaign
  4. Equal Voice for Southern California Families: Community Rally and Press Conference April 14
  5. April 12th – Earth Day South LA 2014 – 11am to 6pm
  6. Interesting Items:
  • Montebello Students Run Their Own Farmers Market
  • LA Times: Private Charity Can’t Replace Govt. Programs
  • Riverside Raising Money for Hygeine Facilities for Homeless
  • Medi-Cal Dental Benefits for Adults Return, On May 1


1. Hunger Action LA Activities:


Hunger Action Day: Join us for the annual Hunger Action Day in Sacramento, where we’ll converge with 400 other Californians to educate our legislators about opportunities for reinvestment in human needs, including access to food and other assistance for people in re-entry and help for our seniors and people with disabilities. The event is at the State Capitol on Wednesday May 21. You can make your own travel arrangements and join us up there, or be part of the communal journey by bus leaving Tuesday May 20.



Market Match: Hunger Action LA is now operating Market Match at 14 LA Farmers Markets along with an additional 2 from our colleagues at SEE-LA. Market Match allows people getting CalFresh, WIC or SSI to spend bonus dollars to get fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables, grown locally and sustainably. It’s a four way win-win---Ending Hunger, Promoting Health, Boosting the Economy and Protecting the Environment.  See the current list of markets here:

List of Participating Markets, April 2014


We would love to expand this program to additional markets in Los Angeles. Please contact [email protected] or [email protected] if you would like to help us strategize obtaining resources to operate a program in your area.


Accompanying the program occasionally are special events that are just more fun than a human should be allowed to have, such as the recent Smoothie Bike presentation at the Mar Vista market, dutifully chronicled by denizens of Instagram and Twitter :





Peoples Guide:  We still have copies of the 2013-2014 Peoples Guide in English and Spanish. They are excellent tools for learning how to get needed assistance with food, money, health care and housing, plus overviews of immigrants ‘ rights and tenants’ rights.  Go to this link for ordering information:




2. Join the Call for a Raise in Benefits for our Seniors and Disabled


California Organizations: Please Submit Support Letter to Increase SSI in California: One and a half million Californians who are disabled, blind or over 65, depend on Supplemental Security Income (together with a State Supplemental Payment or SSP), a monthly payment of a maximum $877 for individuals. They must pay for all their housing, food, transportation and out of pocket medical expenses from this $877. As this is practically impossible in most parts of California, many SSI participants are homeless, or if they are housed have almost nothing left over for food and medications. The current grant is below the official federal poverty level.


The benefit is supposed to increase slightly each year to account for higher costs of living. But for many of the last several years, this increase has not been added to the benefit, and in fact cuts have been made. The pool of money for this program was raided annually, to help balance the overall state budget.


This year, there’s a movement especially among those working with seniors and people with disabilities to replace at least some of what’s been lost from the SSI/SSP (State Supplemental Payment) overall benefit. At this link you’ll find a support letter which you can copy and paste onto your organization’s letterhead, or adapt to send as an individual. We’re getting the word to the Assembly Budget Committee and the Senate Budget Committee, who can make the decision to include these survival funds in the state budget:





3. Extending Unemployment insurance and Raising the Minimum Wage are at Stake: From the Half in Ten Campaign


This week, the Senate will vote on whether to renew emergency unemployment insurance, or UI, and could also vote to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. We need your help to urge your senators to vote the right way.


  • More than 2 million unemployed Americans have been struggling for too long without the critical support of Unemployment Insurance.
  • Lack of spending power due to no unemployment benefits has drained more than $3 billion from our economy in January and February alone.


Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour will provide Americans who work hard a better opportunity to get ahead while giving the economy a needed shot in the arm.

  • It would help 28 million American workers make ends meet
  • More than 21 million children would have a parent who received a raise.
  • it would also lift 900,000 people out of poverty.


Here’s how you can take action right now:


To extend UI:

Enter your zip code to email your members of Congress

• Go to Campaign for America’s Future’s click-to-call page to drive calls to the House to also pressure them to renew UI

To raise the minimum wage:

Download our national and state-specific minimum-wage toolkits

• Text “HalfinTen” to 30644 to be immediately connected to your senator’s office

Thank you,


Half in Ten Team


Check out the Half in Ten website



4. Equal Voice for Southern California Families: Community Rally and Press Conference: Monday April 14


WHEN: Monday April 14, 2014 @ 11:30 am

WHERE: Twin Towers Correctional Facility

450 Bauchet St, LA CA 90012


Our Taxes, Our Communities: It’s Time for a Sunny Day Fund: Equal Voice SoCal is a multiracial, multi-issue alliance uniting voices in a call for California to fight poverty by reinvesting in our communities!

Join our Equal Voice rally and press conference on April 14th, 2014


Background: The Governor wants to put our budget surplus in California’s “Rainy Day Fund” instead of restoring the programs and services that we need! Help us take a stand and tell the Governor that we want to de-invest in prisons, and re-invest in our communities by asking for a Sunny Day Fund!


Among the programs we’re fighting for: Childcare, Education, SSI/SSP, CalFresh, CalWORKs, CAPI, IHSS, Medi-Cal


Groups that are part of Equal Voices include: California Partnership, LA  Community Action Network, Community Coalition, LA Alliance for a New Economy, Inner City Struggle, and about 19 others



5. April 12th – Earth Day South LA 2014 – 11am to 6pm


OUR WORLD NOW!  -  Music, Art, Food, Community, Just Change!  -  FREE FAMILY EVENT!

WHERE: Mercado la Paloma, 3655 S Grand Ave in Los Angeles

WHEN: Saturday April 12, 11 am to 6 pm


This year's event will be held in the parking lot of the Mercado La Paloma and will be themed around global climate change.



*Full stage line up of diverse and grooving music and performances *Information tables

*Community craft vendors *All day chef demos *Workshops *Kids' Activities


If you are interested in being part of the event in any of the following ways please reach out as below:

Sponsorship/Workshop/Kids' Activity: [email protected]

Stage performance: [email protected]

Information table/Vendor/Chef demo: [email protected]

Donation of food or drink for green room and kids activities: [email protected]


Check out http://csuinc.org/earthday/   for updates and details!


Together we envision an annual Earth Day event where community residents come together in a safe environment to have fun, celebrate our foods and cultures, learn about and participate in sustainable practices, and connect with each other and organizations working to make positive change in our neighborhood.


We are proud this year to be partnering with Esparanza Community Housing, TRUST South LA, GREEDY City, EMH Group, CD Tech Public Allies and numerous community groups and individuals to bring you the 6th Annual EDSLA.


6. Interesting Items:(AKA More Stuff I Copied and Pasted):


Montebello Students Grow and Sell Food:


Students from several Montebello Unified School District locations are not only growing gardens, they are selling their harvest to family, friends and fellow students at a farmers’ market they host:

Montebello Students Host Farmers Market


Private Charity Can’t Replace Government Social Programs---LA Times Editorial:


Michael Hiltzik in the LA Times writes that the old argument that private charity is more effective than government programs is really just an unsubstantiated talking point for politicians who want to slash social spending. He points out as well that nonprofit organizations cover a wide range of activities, many of which have nothing to do with helping the poor:




Riverside To Raise Funds for Hygeine Facilities for Homeless


The city of Riverside wants to build showers and laundry facility at the Riverside Access Center for Homeless individuals.  The walk is to raise funds to make it happen.



Some Medi-Cal Dental Benefits Are Back for Adults!


→ Beginning May 1st, 2014:

• exams and x-rays

• cleanings

• fluoride treatments

• fillings

• full dentures

• anterior root canals (front teeth)

• prefabricated crowns

• other necessary dental svcs



dental call @ 1 800 322 6384

website @ www.denti-cal-cal.ca.gov



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