News Update: November 18, 2014

This Week at HALA:

SSI Campaign Begins: A statewide movement to help lift 1.5 million California seniors and disabled persons out of poverty is underway. Please contact [email protected] for a support letter that your organization can sign. Further actions for individuals are upcoming.

See down at the end of the newsletter for more info on our upcoming Dance event with California Dance Cooperative!

Homeless Bill of Rights Event:MacArthur Park, Thurs Nov 20

From the Homeless Bill of Rights Campaign: THIS Thursdays Right to Rest/Homeless Bill of Rights Food Share has been moved to MacArthur Park (Corner of Alvarado and Wilshire). Please join us from 5pm-6:30pm THIS THURSDAY 11/20 in MacArthur Park as we set up a food line in support of the right to share food and the Right to Rest Bill/Homeless Bill of Rights. We’ll be distributing a warm meal, spreading the word about the campaign, and exercising our human right to share food with our neighbors!

(For information about other upcoming activities in support of right of homeless people to rest and eat without being given citations, contact Eric Ares, LA CAN, 213-228-0024)

Update on LA Street Vending Campaign

The campaign to legalize street vending in LA, thereby joining the ranks of other cities that have long had regulated legalized vending, has been moving into higher gear! Upcoming events:

LA Street Vending Coalition Breakfast – November 20, 2014, 9AM @ UFCW Local 770 (630 Shatto Place near Vermont/Wilshire) MAP – very informal, short campaign update and feedback session to keep everyone in the loop on the details of our progress collectively. Some amazing work has been happening – this is the place to learn and meet some of your peers. RSVP ASAP! 323.604.1958 [email protected]

California Food Law: Locally Grown, Made and Shared

A Workshop, Saturday December 6

Learn How New Legislation Opens Up Local Food Production and Sustainability

Thanks to a mini-grant from Shareable, the Arroyo S.E.C.O. Local Economy Incubator is excited to present a December workshop!

California Food Law: Locally Grown, Made and Shared
Saturday, December 6th
(light bites served from 12-1pm)
Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond, Pasadena CA 91103 MAP

Designed to create more awareness about recent California legislation that makes local food production, selling and sharing more accessible, this workshop will cover a variety of topics related to food sovereignty:

  • Learn how you can forage, glean and sell legally
  • Find out how you can get your kitchen certified to start your own home-based food business
  • Hear from experts about the do’s and dont's, along with personal stories from food activists on the front lines

Legislation Covered:
AB 1990   Community Food Producers
AB-551    Urban Agriculture Act
AB-2561   Neighborhood Food Act
AB-1616   Homemade Food Act

Come learn, make connections and enjoy samples of ASNTB cottage-produced food. Stay for a light bites afterwards (until 1pm).

Workshop Facilitators

  • Mark Stambler, local bread baker and author of the Homemade Food Act
  • Hector Gutierrez, policy analyst at Community Health Councils


  • Free and open to the public, but a suggested donation of 1-2 time credits or $5-10 is appreciated and will help us continue bringing useful information for community resiliency
  • You must RSVP to attend: Secure your spot now by emailing Sarah McGowan Dear at [email protected]

Come Dance With Hunger Action LA!

First of all , we at Hunger Action LA want to thank all of you who supported our Awards and Dinner event last Thursday! Exit polls indicate everyone had a good time. Honoree Matt Sharp promised dancing, and sure enough there will be dancing on Saturday November 29 at a special event in Pasadena!


California Dance Coop Los Angeles is hosting an Empty Bowls Fundraising Event on Saturday, November 29th in Pasadena. Empty Bowls is a grassroots effort to fight hunger and food insecurity. Guests at the event will be invited to select a handcrafted ceramic bowl for a simple meal of soup and bread in exchange for a donation to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity. This year, Empty Bowls would like the money raised during the event to benefit Hunger Action LA.

Contra dancing —similar to Square Dancing for those of you who grew up where I did— is something fun to learn just before you actually perform it! Check out the videos on , to learn how!


History of Contra Dance (Wikipedia)

Job Announcement: CalFresh Specialist

Maternal and Child Health Access has a few positions available including a full time Calfresh Specialist position. Please forward the link below to anyone who is looking for employment.

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