News Update Oct 5th 2017

October 5th, 2017: Several upcoming events around food security

House Passes Budget that Destroys Programs for the Poor

The House of Representatives just passed a Budget Resolution that would make severe cuts to health, income assistance and food assistance program that millions of Americans depend on.  The California delegation was straight party line:

The Food Research and Action Center speaks for hundreds of anti hunger groups, individuals, and others who are concerned about poverty, or themselves from hunger with this statement from their president Jim Weill:

"The budget resolution includes massive tax cuts heavily tilted toward the wealthy that will increase inequality and build pressure to reduce spending that helps the neediest Americans. These tax cuts, moreover, will ultimately be paid for by stripping down programs, including SNAP, school meals, TANF, SSI, low-income tax credits, Medicare, Medicaid, and others that help the poor and struggling middle class.

"SNAP is one of the nation’s very best investments, and it is unacceptable that this proven and effective program is on the chopping block. The budget includes instructions to the House Agriculture Committee to make $10 billion in cuts over 10 years to programs in its jurisdiction — a reduction clearly pointed at SNAP. The budget also calls for another $150 billion in SNAP cuts through benefit and eligibility restrictions and structural changes.

" Congress must return to its bipartisan tradition of protecting nutrition assistance programs and work to produce a budget that addresses the needs of all — not just the wealthiest among us."

SSI targeted in earlier legislative act: Last week, the House also passed HR 2972, which would cut SSI benefits for people with so much as an outstanding warrants---although titled the “Fugitive Felons Act”, it in fact targets people who haven’t even been arrested for a crime, only suspected of one. See Barbara Lee’s response to this bill passage:

Make it Fair Town Hall Saturday October 7: Closing California Tax Loophole

Join the conversation at our Los Angeles Town Hall on how we can close California's commercial property tax loophole to restore over $9 billion annually to invest in local communities.

Millionaires, billionaires and big corporations are taking advantage of an unfair commercial property tax loophole that is undermining the quality of life we deserve - great schools, health care for all, affordable homes, and other vital community services.

The #MakeItFairCA campaign will level the playing field for small businesses while continuing to guarantee Prop 13 rules remain in effect for homeowners and renters.

Speakers will include:

State Senator Holly Mitchell, 30th District
Torie Osborn, Office of Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Principal Deputy for Policy and Strategy
Larry Frank, Los Angeles Trade-Tech College, President
Alberto Retana, Community Coalition, President & CEO
Dr. Manuel Pastor, University of Southern California, Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity, Director USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and Director USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII)
Arlene Inouye, UTLA, Union Officer and Bargaining Co-Chair
Clarissa Woo Hermosillo, ACLU of Southern California, Director of Economic Justice/Deputy Director of Advocacy

Registration Opens at 9:30 am and Program Starts at 10 am.Light refreshments, childcare and Spanish translation will be available. We kindly ask the guest please pre-register on Eventbrite.


Event will take place at Los Angeles Trade Technical College on the South Campus Quad in the South Tent. 
Address: 2215 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles CA 90007
Public transportation encouraged. Blue Line - LATTC/Ortho Institute Station and Expo Line - Grand/LATTC.
There is free parking available at 24th Street Lot (244 W 23rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90007).


Learn more at:

Netiya’s Second Annual Food, Faith & Field Symposium Nov. 5

Save the date for Netiya’s 2nd annual Food, Faith & Field Symposium! It’s Sunday November 5, from 3 to 7 pm, at Temple Israel of Hollywood , 7300 Hollywood Blvd. LA CA 90046.

You're invited by Netiya and the Executive Director, Devorah Brous to this multi-faith gathering where we will make connections between LAND, stewardship, spirituality and sustenance. Land use is the theme,  and keynote speakers include Helena Norberg-Hodge, a local food pioneer and author of Ancient Futures, a book detailing how Western influences of tourism and technology have wrought havoc on traditional ways of life in a Himalayan region.


If you’re part of a faith-based group looking to walk the walk about social justice, ethical use of land and reclaiming food sovereignty---or just starting a little garden---this conference is for you! 

Tickets here:

Tickets Here for Food, Faith & Field

Volunteer or sponsor:

UCLA National Food Week Festival: Harvesting Change, Oct. 26

Harvesting Change: Fostering Partnerships for Food Security, a festival and panel discussion, Thursday October 26, 6 pm to 9 pm, 3rd floor Commons, Public Affairs

RSVP: Internet site----

It's national food week! Join us for a festival and panel discussion on food security featuring speakers from Food Forward, Hunger Action LA, and LADPH. There will be food, fun, and booths to get you connected to the movement.  Panel includes Jessica McBride, founder of Open Silo LA: Rick Nahmias, founder/executive director of Food Forward: Frank Tamborello, director of Hunger Action LA; Dr. Rhea Holler, psychologist: and Fatinah Darwish, Health Program Analyst, LA County Dept. of Public Health.

Meyer and Renee Luskin Lecture Series, Sponsored by the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and the UCLA Food Studies Graduate Certificate Program

Ben & Jerry’s Signs Landmark Agreement for Dairy Farmworkers

From an article by Kathleen Masterson,

Ben & Jerry's and Vermont dairy farmworkers have come to an agreement on a program they say will ensure "just and dignified working conditions" on the Vermont farms that supply milk for the ice cream company.

Representatives from the Vermont farmworker advocacy group Migrant Justice and Ben & Jerry's CEO Jostein Solheim came together Tuesday in front of Ben & Jerry's Burlington ice cream shop to sign the agreement.

Migrant Justice has been negotiating with the ice cream company for two years to create this worker-led initiative.

Both negotiation parties decided to keep the final agreement private. However, Solheim says that as part of the initiative, Ben & Jerry's has committed to pay dairy farmers who join Milk with Dignity a higher price to support wages and safe working conditions.

"There is a dedicated premium for Milk with Dignity, and dedicated pass-through for workers, to incentivize them also participating in this," says Solheim.

In addition, he says the program involves educating dairy farm workers of their rights and the pathways to file complaints, which will be done by Migrant Justice.

He says an independent nonprofit called the Milk with Dignity Standards Council will work with farmers and dairy workers to make sure all are in compliance with the labor standards outlined in the agreement. Ben & Jerry's currently receives milk from 85 Vermont dairy farms, many of which are part of the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery.


Documents written by Migrant Justice say the Milk with Dignity program is based on a code of conduct drafted by the dairy workers themselves. Farmers who decide to join the Milk with Dignity program must commit to providing their workers with adequate breaks, time off, paid sick days, safe working conditions and fair housing.

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