Hunger Meetings, Advocacy, Awards +

June 13th, 2014

  1. HALA Meeting, Friday June 27th
  2. Tell Governor Brown: It’s Still Raining on California FamiliesRestore Safety Net Programs!
  3. Support California Neighborhood Food Act: Call Senators Today and Monday!
  4. Market Match In The News!
  5. Homeless Bill of Rights Meeting: June 26th
  6. LA CAN Awards and Dinner June 14th
  7. Free Vegetable Matter Ideal for Composting
  8. Ending Poverty: America's Silent Spaces—Town Hall Discussion With Tavis Smiley, Thursday June 26th

1. HALA Meeting June 27 Friday


The next Hunger Action LA meeting is Friday June 27 at :

Friday June 27

10 am to 12 noon

2533 W 3rd St. Los Angeles


Main topic will be follow up on this year’s state budget and bills affecting low income people including:


  • Continuing the fight to bring benefits for people in re-entry
  • City issues including the Raise LA campaign
  • Urban ag issues including AB 2561 (See alert further below) with special guests

RSVP [email protected] or 213 388 8228


2. Tell Governor Brown: It’s Still Raining on California Families---Restore Safety Net Programs!

From our allies at California Partnership: “The people of California are hurting. Now is the time to stop the bleeding. The Legislature in Sacramento is in the final stages of negotiations on the state's 2014-15 budget but conversations don’t seem to indicate a substantial reinvestment in our communities by restoring vital public programs such as CalWORKs, childcare slots, and In-Home Supportive Services!”


Thanks to your continued pressure we made some progress in raising the visibility on working families in our state. Help us continue the heat on the Governor by delivering a simple message: invest in our communities, restore the cuts to social services!


Here is what you can do:


•         Make a call to Governor Brown (916) 445-2841 and tell him it's still “raining” for our communities!!! Here’s a sample phone script:

"Hi, my name is ____(Name)__________and I am from ______(org)________. I am calling because I believe that Governor Brown should put less money in the State's rainy day fund, and instead he should reinvest in safety net programs that were devastated by cuts during the great recession. This includes funding for programs like CalWORKs, In Home Support Services, SSP/SSI, and subsidized child care. Please reinvest in Californians, not a rainy day fund."


  • Build a buzz on social media by tweeting or posting on Facebook. Here are a few sample messages:

  • @JerryBrownGov California is in a poverty crisis. It’s time to invest in our communities & restore 2 billion to social services! #CAbud

  • Prisons are not the answer. Tell [email protected] to reinvest in our communities! Sign our #SunnyDayFund petition!

  • @JerryBrownGov stop spending in prisons & reinvest in our communities! Sign our #SunnyDayFund petition #CAbudget


Recent articles on legislative and budget items impacting low income people (Thanks to Western Center on Law and Poverty) :


A Nation of Laws Except When It Comes to Protecting the Poor:


Justice Overdue: Time to Lift the Lifetime Ban:


Hay Que Recovar La Regla MFG (Time to Repeal MFG):

Unfair Welfare Rule Hurts CA Kids:


3. Support California Neighborhood Food Act: Call Senators Today and Monday!


Bill would allow tenants to grow food: Hunger Action LA is following and supporting AB 2561, authored by local Assemblymember Steven Bradford. The bill is called The California Neighborhood Food Act and seeks to ensure the rights of renters and homeowners to use backyards for growing food.


The bill requires that tenants of single family homes and duplexes be able to grow produce in portable containers on the property they rent for personal use or for donation as long as it does not block walkways or utilities or create other hazards. It allows the landlord to require an additional security deposit for restoring lawns or landscaping if needed. Commercial food cultivation is still subject to agreements between landowner and tenant, as in existing law.


Alert from Sustainable Economies Law Center:


AB 2561, the Neighborhood Food Act, is moving rapidly through the Senate! The first vote is scheduled in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee for this coming Tuesday, June 17th! We need your help to make sure it gets out of committee!

1. Make a phone call to your Senator if s/he is on the committee (see list of So Cal senators below who are on the committee: Ricardo Lara, Carol Liu, or Fran Pavley).


If you’re not in one of those districts,  call Senator Mark DeSaulnier's office asking them to vote yes on AB 2561. Feel free to share the sample script, below. And please make a call on behalf of your organization as well!


2. Tweet and Facebook the appropriate messages below, your Senator's pages/feeds, and Senator DeSaulnier's page/feed.


Mark DeSaulnier, Democrat, Chair

District 7: Contra Costa County

Email: [email protected] Phone: ( 916) 651-4007

Twitter: @SenDeSaulnier


Senator Ricardo Lara

District 33: Long Beach, Huntington Park

Email: [email protected]  Phone: (916) 651-4033

Twitter: @SenRicardoLara


Senator Carol Liu

District 25: Pasadena, Glendale, other parts of LA County

Email: [email protected]  Phone: (916) 651-4025

Twitter: @SenatorCarolLiu


Senator Fran Pavley

District 27: Eastern Ventura County, parts of Los Angeles County

Email: [email protected]  Phone: (916) 651-4027

Twitter: @SenatorPavley


Sample Phone Script:


“Hi my name is ____________, 

I am a [state all that apply to you: renter, gardener, homeowner, member of any relevant community group] and I wish for the State Legislature to pass AB 2561, the Neighborhood Food Act.

Assemblymember Steven Bradford introduced the California Neighborhood Food Act, AB 2561, to increase access to fresh food throughout California. Many Californians NEED more access to fresh food. What better way than to grow it on our own. As a California resident seeking increased access to fresh, local food, I'm calling to urge the legislature to pass AB 2561. Thank you!”


Neil Thapar, Staff Attorney

Sustainable Economies Law Center

436 14th St. Suite 1120, Oakland, CA 94612

Direct: (562) 547-6594 | Email: [email protected]

4. Market Match In The News!


Market Match provides bonus dollars to low income families, seniors, and people with disabilities to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables grown by California farmers. It has grown into a mighty collaboration, now embracing 20 farmers markets in LA County. Hunger Action LA and SEE-LA are running the program locally, with The Ecology Center coordinating the work of over a dozen partners statewide, and First 5 LA providing key funding at the LA County markets. The Archstone Foundation is funding benefits for senior participants. Beginning July, Public Health Foundation WIC Program will be partnering with numerous markets and distribute WIC Farmers Market Coupons on site. Families in WIC can get up to $40 to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables on the spot.


Here is some recent media spotlighting the program:

Channel 5, Wednesday June 11:

LA Times, Monday June 9:


You can get more information and background at

Find out where markets are, all over California, that accept EBT/CalFresh and that use Market Match:

5. Homeless Bill of Rights Meeting: June 26


From our allies at LA CAN: You are invited to a very important convening of the Southern California Homeless Bill of Rights Coalition on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 6pm at the NEW LA CAN Offices (838 E. 6th St. 90021).


We’ll be presenting our draft model legislation for feedback from our coalition partners – like you!

Since we launched our campaign back in November, we’ve focused primarily on community outreach to grow our coalition and uplifting the need for a Homeless Bill of Rights by focusing on things like ending the Venice Beach curfew and stopping L.A.’s proposed ban on public feeding.


However, we’re about to enter the next phase of the campaign. But before we do, we need your input. We have a time of folks working on language for a potential bill that we can push during the next CA legislative session. We’re going to be spending the next few months checking in with our partners to make sure that we have the best bill language possible. We also want your help on creating an action plan for the next 3-6 months.


We’ll only ask for this type of large convening once or twice a year – SO PLEASE JOIN US!


Respond to:

Eric Ares

Community Organizer

Los Angeles Community Action Network


[email protected]

6. LA CAN Awards and Dinner June 14

Have you purchased your tickets to the FREEDOM NOW Awards?

Saturday, June 14, 2014 | 5pm - 8pm
The California African American Museum
(located at Exposition Park)


LA Community Action Network’s 4th Annual Freedom Now Awards and Dinner will be held at the California African American Museum. Honorees this year include Robin D.G. Kelley, Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA: Diane Middleton, longtime civil and human rights attorney and founder of the Diane Middleton Foundation: and core LA CAN members Ignacio Aguas and Emma Gullette.

To purchase tickets or sponsorships, contact Becky at 213.228.0024 or [email protected].

Click HERE for more information.

7. Free Vegetable Matter Ideal for Composting

Food Program Every Sunday generates tons of compostables. Bring your own container and load up.
SE Corner of Wilshire Bl and Parkview LA 90057

Please reply to e-mail.

[email protected]

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8. Ending Poverty: America's Silent Spaces—Town Hall Discussion With Tavis Smiley, Thursday June 26


Thursday, June 26, 2014
6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Opportunity Marketplace hosted by WeConnect
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Town Hall Discussion
Check-in begins at 6:00 p.m.

Center for Healthy Communities
1000 North Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Click here for directions and parking



Moderated by Tavis Smiley

in conversation with:

Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital

Maria Brenes, InnerCity Struggle

Jonathan Fielding, MD, MPH, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Community Coalition

Dr. Manuel Pastor, University of Southern California

with welcome by Dr. Robert K. Ross, The California Endowment


Admission is free; however, an RSVP is required.

While the Los Angeles economy continues to recover, the opportunity to advance remains out of reach for many. Poverty and structural inequities continue to plague our communities and are associated with poor health and well-being. A number of studies link poverty to higher levels of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other diseases and conditions.


As the most populous county in the nation with the highest rate of poverty among California counties—exceeding that of the national average—how can Los Angeles instead become the leading example for expanding economic opportunity, prosperity, and well-being to its communities?


Join The Tavis Smiley Foundation in conversation with a multidisciplinary panel of experts on poverty, including grantees on the frontlines of this work with The California Endowment, California’s largest private health foundation, as we work to identify innovative and community-based solutions that will inform a meaningful path out of poverty for our communities.


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