News Update Nov 28th 2017

November 29, 2017

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Call Your Senators Today Ahead of This Week’s Dangerous Tax Bill Vote Message: Vote "No" on Lopsided Senate Tax Bill

(From Food Research and Action Center)

The Senate is expected to vote on its version of the GOP tax cut bill (pdf) as early as this Thursday, November 30. This follows the House’s November 16 vote (227-205) to pass its version of the tax bill, H.R. 1 — Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
The Senate tax bill overwhelmingly benefits the wealthiest individuals and corporations and will ultimately be paid for by low- and moderate-income households. 

Action Needed: Call and email your Senators today to urge them to vote “no” on the Senate tax bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Use these talking points:

  • I strongly urge the Senator to vote “no” on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and to speak out against it.
  • The tax cut bill overwhelmingly benefits the wealthiest individuals and large corporations, would ultimately raise taxes on many low- and middle-income households, and would leave 13 million more people uninsured. The recently released Congressional Budget Office report confirms that most people earning less than $75,000 a year will be worse off under the proposed tax bill.
  • By dramatically increasing the deficit, the Senate tax bill will put “the squeeze on” critical programs that serve low- and moderate-income people — including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). House and Senate leadership are already proposing major reforms to human needs programs as early as next year to help “pay for” the tax bill.
  • This tax bill will make hunger and poverty far worse in our state — and across the country — and will further deepen income inequality (use FRAC's facts on food insecurity and poverty, and SNAP participation data in your state).

California Poverty Hearing Saturday December 9

2017 Poverty Hearing
Saturday Dec. 5  from 10 am to 12 Noon
2845 W. 7th St., LA CA 90005


Join us for a morning of conversations around ending poverty in California! Come and connect with our legislators and community, and learn about the work local organizations are doing.

It is important that legislators hear directly from their constituents on the issues we face daily. So come out, bring a friend, and lets show them how LA flexes its civic power! 

To RSVP or if you have any questions or need for additional details you can reach out to California Partnership LA organizer:
Karen Kandamby at [email protected]


Trump Going After Welfare Next

Notwithstanding the fact that the Clinton “welfare deform” of 1996 has devastated the safety net including for many women who are victims of domestic violence, President Donald Trump is gearing up to attack the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program (TANF, or cash and other aid to low income parents with young children), and also try to extend work requirements to programs like Medicaid. While far more Americans believe income inequality is a serious issue than believe that people are “taking advantage” of what remains of the welfare system, the Trump administration wants to shine the spotlight on poor people, while passing massive tax cuts for the wealthy:


Trump Wants to End Welfare As Bill Clinton Knows It


For comparison so that you don’t think the above statements are mere hyperbole:


TANF Benefits Have Fallen By More than 20 Percent in Most States


Many states use TANF dollars for other purposes besides direct assistance to the poor. “In 1998, nearly 60 percent of welfare spending was on cash benefits, categorized as “basic assistance.” By 2014, it was only about one-quarter of TANF spending. That shift has happened despite a burgeoning economics literature suggesting that direct cash transfers are in many cases the most efficient tool to fight poverty” (Andrew Flowers on


Most Welfare Money Doesn't Go To Poor People Anymore


How States Use Federal and State Funds Under TANF Block Grant


While employment rates rose among women dropped from welfare rolls in the early 1990s, that was a time of a growing American economy. In subsequent decades many families found themselves in deep poverty earning less by working than they had been paid on welfare, and many states have such restrictive policies for who can apply that families can’t even get the job training and other alternatives to cash aid that they are promised. Welfare reform succeeded in getting people off welfare, but not in attacking poverty, racism or lack of education.


How Welfare Reform Failed

Regenerating the Soil to Fight Global Warming

Ronnie Cummins, director of the Organic Consumers Association, has a piece in Op Ed news decrying the media’s focus on reducing emissions as the only way to combat climate change. If we reduced emissions to absolutely zero today, we’d still be dealing with thirty years of the impact of yesterday’s emissions. An underacknowledged part of the solution is called “Regenerative Agriculture”---redirecting carbon from the “atmosphere, where there’s currently too much, to the soil, where there’s too little” (quoting another piece here . California’s Department of Food And Ag has appropriated $7.5 million to a Healthy Soils Program that will announce grant awardees this month to begin implementing projects in January. 


Global Warming Solution Under Our Feet

Oregon Rep Introduces Forward Thinking Farm Bill Proposal

Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon has released a Farm Bill proposal that reimagines American food policy from top to bottom. Among the highlights:

  • First ever “Food Waste” title in a Farm Bill, recognizing the importance of minimizing food waste across the USA:
  • Raising the minimum SNAP (CalFresh here) benefit to $25
  • More money for programs that support increased fruit and vegetable consumption, from Market Match-type programs to school programs, healthy food financing, and “veggie prescription” projects:
  • First ever Animal Welfare title:
  • Protection for small farmers from anti-competitive business practices by big meat processors:
  • More support for beginning farmers and ranchers.

You can see these and other highlights at Food and Farm Act Highlights

Expect to be hearing more about this proposal as Farm Bill discussion moves along.

Kitchen Divas Show You How It’s Done Wed. Nov. 29 in Harbor City


Kitchen Divas! Yes, Black Women for Wellness’ Kitchen Divas are doing a Healthy Cooking demo to show you how to eat more plant based foods on a daily basis:

When:                  Wednesday, Nov 29        At 12 Noon

Where:                 Harbor City Farmers Market presented by Kaiser Permanente, 25825 S. Vermont Ave, Harbor City (At Vermont Ave. & Pacific Coast Highway.)              Questions: 323-290-5955

Upcoming Events: Taking On Hunger Through Theater

“Pang!” a play by Dan Froot

Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 8:00 PM and 
Sunday, December 3 at 3:00 PM at
24th Street Theatre, Los Angeles CA.
1117 W 24th St. in LA, 90007


“Pang! is an evening of three short plays based on the oral histories of families hungering for change in Los Angeles, Miami and Cedar Rapids. The plays are performed as if we are a radio theater company performing a live broadcast, amidst a forest of microphones, sound effects props and musical instruments.  Pang! aims to raise awareness, decrease stigma, and promote cross-class dialogue around circumstances faced by families living below the poverty line”. 

24th Street Theatre is at 1117 W 24th St. in LA, 90007. Hoover is the cross street.



Cornerstone Theater “Magic Fruit”. 
at The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles​, 1238 W 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90026


Dates and Times: November 16, 2017 through December 10, 2017
Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8:00pm, Sundays @ 3:00pm

“In Magic Fruit Tami, an ex-gang member, sets out on a journey through an apocalyptic Los Angeles. Despite the many challenges Tami faces, including hunger, addiction, financial insecurity and a system she doesn’t really understand, she finds unexpected allies in strange places as she aims to reunite her family, find a home, and just maybe save the world.”

Clothing Giveaways Looking for Volunteers or Donations:
National Council of Jewish Women Annual Clothing Giveaway: Volunteer-Dec 3



Join us on Sunday morning, December 3, 2017 - Rain or Shine.

Help us give away 75,000 pieces of clothing and children's book to more than 3,000 individuals in our community. 

Volunteer opportunities are available on Saturday and Sunday

Follow this link to sign up!

Free Association of Anarchists
 8th Annual Skid Row Clothing Giveaway -- Monday, December 25th. –Donations and Volunteers


If you'd like to participate, see the details below (and feel free to show up with donations, as discussed below). If you can't participate, but would like to donate, please email [email protected] with your intentions. We'll try our best to pick things up.

 Skid Row Clothing Giveaway - X-Mas Day (am)

WHAT: Giving donated clothing to the Skid Row folk. Feel free to show up with bags of clean, gently-used clothing, or with anything else that might be helpful to Skid Row denizens (e.g. toys for the kids, hygiene items, rain ponchos, food). 


WHERE: SW corner of 6th and San Pedro Streets, "Skid Row," LA. 


Google Map of Location

WHEN: Monday, 12/25, 9am to noon-ish. 

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