News Update: April 10th 2015

Calendar of Important Upcoming Events Related to Hunger & Poverty

April 11: Know Your Rights Seminar

Panelists: Susan Burton Founder and Director of A New Way of Life : Nana Gyamfi Attorney, professor, and human rights activist : Pete White Founder and Co-Director of the Los Angeles Community Action Network(LA-CAN) : Carl E. Douglas Attorney, specializing in police misconduct cases (O. J. Simpson) : Rev. Lawson American activist and university professor (UCLA) : JR Valrey Minister of Information for Block Report Radio : Mark-Anthony Johnson Director of health and wellness Dignity and Power Now-Black Lives Matter : Milton C. Grimes Attorney, specializing in civil rights cases (Rodney King)

Saturday April 11th, 12PM, Vision Theater Leimert Park 3341 W 43rd Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90043

This open meeting is to advance the movement for social justice, with a focus on police abuses and immunity. Panelists will discuss the roots of discriminatory policing patterns and ideas to change the status quo.

Esteemed speakers and experts in their fields will discuss issues of: 1) inequality and corruption that has ruptured our justice system 2) the work of existing groups in our community towards eliminating police corruption 3) your rights and what to do if they are violated, international standards on human rights 4) how to pursue a civil rights case 5) infamous police brutality cases our panelists have handled.

April 15: Fight for $15 Minimum Wage, LA

We’re standing together on April 15 to scream, “Enough!” Together we’re turning the tide in favor of working people and our families. And we’ll need everyone’s help — including yours — to make this a reality.

We will join working people, students, faith organizations, union members, and others in communities across the country will stand together for a national day of action to call for raising the minimum wage to $15 for all workers, union rights, and better jobs. Be sure to register at so we can send you reminders!

We'll be meeting at Figueroa St & W 28th St at 11AM and expect to stay until at least 1PM. You don't want to miss out on any action!

Additional information such as bussing, support organizations, and more will be posted to the event and our facebook page.

Sign up on for email and text updates!

April 22: Renter’s Day LA

A coalition of groups from across LA County will be convening Renter’s Day on Wednesday April 22 at City Hall. Housing costs in LA are a primary cause of hunger as median income families are spending 41% of income for rent, and rents today are 15.2 percent higher than they were at the end of the recession in 2009 (Source: Reis, a real estate firm)

Solutions proposed by this diverse coalition include a Quality Repairs Ordinance: a City limit on evictions for demolitions & conversions, which further reduce the amount of rental property available: ending unaffordable & unfair rent increases: and creating funding for new, affordable housing.

Rally, Press Conference & Hearing at City Hall
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
8:30am City Hall South Lawn, 1st Street & Mainl
More information: [email protected]

April 22: LA Food Policy Council

The LA Food Policy Council looks forward to seeing you at our April Network meeting to explore collective impact in action, with a spotlight on our nationally regarded Good Food Purchasing Policy. The policy, adopted in 2012 by the City of Los Angeles and LA Unified School District, provides clear standards that empower institutions to procure high quality, sustainable, fair and humanely sourced foods, while providing healthier meals to school children, seniors and public employees.

The Good Food Purchasing Policy was developed by the LA Food Policy Council's Good Food Procurement Working Group, a cross-sector collaborative space with advocates and experts from across the food system. Learn how a shared vision for change evolved into the most comprehensive and metric-based food procurement policy in the country. Take home valuable strategies and lessons from local leaders on how to build a successful policy campaign using collective impact to advance food system change in Los Angeles and beyond.

Space is limited, RSVP now!

When: Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 1:30 - 5:00 pm
Where: The California Endowment in Downtown LA
1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
If you have questions about accessibility, please email Anisha at ahingorani [at] goodfoodla [dot] org.

Tentative Meeting Schedule

  • 1:30 – 2:00 PM Registration
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM Presentation and Panel Discussion
  • 3:00 – 3:30 PM Networking Session
  • 3:30 – 5:00 PM Working Group Meetings and New Member Orientation

RSVP on Eventbrite by April 15, 2015.

April 24: DeRailing Hunger! Anti-Poverty Training, Hunger Action LA & Community Health Councils, 6 pm-8 pm

When: Friday April 24, 6 to 8 PM
Where: Community Health Councils, 3731 Stocker St. LA CA 90008
Free---Light Meal Served

Learn about this year’s initiatives on the state and local level that if passed, could significantly reduce hunger for over 1.5 million Californians:

The movement to raise SSI/SSP for seniors and disabled Californians

  • California Nutrition Incentives Act to make farm fresh food affordable for thousands of residents—and help our drought-stricken farmers at the same time
  • Right to Rest Act to stop the criminalization of poor people and those sharing food with them
  • Urban farming issues in the city of LA

RSVP to [email protected]

The training will cover the content of these initiatives, plus How to Speak to Your Elected Officials---basic tools for advocates
Highly recommended training for those who have no experience with advocacy and for those planning on attending Hunger Action Day in Sacramento, May 13

Co-Sponsored by Community Health Councils
RSVP to [email protected] or 213 388 8228

May 8: LA Aging Advocacy Summit

The 6th Annual Los Angeles Aging Advocacy Coalition Summit on Aging: Building and Empowering Communities takes place on May 8, 2015 from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm at the Center for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment in Los Angeles, CA.

This one day Summit convenes over 300 senior services organizations, federal, state, and local policy-makers, advocates, key stakeholders, and community leaders from the Los Angeles area; to address key program and policy issues affecting California’s older adults.

This year’s Summit will open with an address from Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis (1st District) and will feature a keynote address from Nora Super, Executive Director, 2015 White House Conference on Aging, among other notable guest speakers.

Another highlight of this year’s Summit is the LAAAC Champion Award Luncheon. During the luncheon segment, LAAAC will take the opportunity to honor a Champion in Aging Advocacy. The 2015 recipient is Marvin Schachter, Senior Advocate, Chair of the Pasadena Senior Advocacy Council and President of the Advisory Council of the Los Angeles County Area Agency on Aging.

By attending the Summit you are participating in an exceptional opportunity to inform, educate and engage about current and emerging policies impacting the lives of older adults. Learn what action you can take to help preserve essential senior programs and services for older adults in Los Angeles County and beyond.

For more information and to register for the 6th Annual LAAAC Summit on Aging click here:
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May 12-13: Hunger Action Day

Each May hundreds of anti-hunger advocates from across the state meet in Sacramento to educate their legislators about hunger and encourage their support for anti-hunger legislation. This year advocates from your community will be at the capitol on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. (Group travel date from LA for overnight in Sacramento is May 12.) With more than 3.8 million California adults struggling with food insecurity it’s important we speak out

Come join us up at the Capitol!:

  • Space is limited so reserve now : 213.388.8228 or [email protected]
  • Leaving on bus 9 am from LA on Tuesday May 12 (RSVP first)
  • Departure point will be announce in a separate email, likely departing from Downtown LA.
  • Staying overnight in Sacramento : main events are on Wed May 13. It will be hot and windy
  • Leaving Sacramento 2:30 pm Wednesday May 13 after Hunger Action Day
  • Arrive back in LA approx 9 pm Wed May 13
  • $40 donation requested, no one turned away
  • Groups welcome from community organizations in LA, East LA, South LA, Valley, Westside, Pasadena/Glendale, San Gabriel Valley, Long Beach, Antelope Valley, and anywhere else!
  • You can also make your own travel arrangements & meet us in Sacramento: still RSVP please

Send questions or RSVP to : [email protected]

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