Food Justice News June 2, 2020:
Hunger Action LA condemns not only the police brutality that sparked the current uprising but all the cumulative actions of systemic racism that contributed to it, that built up the pile to which the murder of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin has lit the flame. We do not support looting including looting of buildings by opportunists on the street or looting of the public treasury by politicians working on behalf of those who want to maintain the status quo. That status quo is inequality of races and an economic system whose goalposts forever recede in the distance so that people give up trying to “live” because they’re too busy trying to “survive.”
To wit: the meager program of public assistance called SSI on which 1.2 million of our brothers and sisters in California depend. See below alert. Let’s keep the struggle going on the street and in the often opaque arena of public policy. As Jimi Hendrix wrote:
I just want to know about your different lives, on this here people farm
I heard some of you got your families, living in cages tall and cold
And some just stay there and dust away, past the age of old
Is this true? Please let me talk to you
ACTION ALERT: TELL THE GOVERNOR NO CUTS TO SSI
Below are directions for how to email through Gov. Newsom’s website and a template message. Let us know when you’ve emailed. Thank you!
- Go to https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/
- Screen 1: Enter your name, email, and choose “Budget Proposal 2020-21”
Screen 2: Position is Con, write your message. A template is below, and feel free to edit.
Dear Governor Newsom,
I am writing to oppose the SSI/SSP cut in your May Revise budget proposal and instead urging you to adopt the Senate’s budget proposal that would prevent cuts to the SSP COLA.
The proposed cuts will exacerbate the profound impact that COVID-19 has on low-income older and immunocompromised Californians, women and people of color. People on SSI are one of the most impacted populations in the health care crisis because they’re high risk to get sick from Covid-19, worsening already present inequities. A CalBudget Center brief published in February 2020 reports that SSI is a critical support for older women and people of color because they have faced structural inequality in the labor market. We cannot let the value of this program and the economic disparity between women and people of color fall behind even more, at the time when they need help the most.
SSI recipients have been advocating to restore the Great Recession cuts for over a decade and have only received one COLA, while other programs have been restored and new programs have been created and funded. It’s not much money by most people’s standards, but every dollar means a lot to people living on the edge. If this cut is implemented, how many years will it take after the COVID-19 crisis for it to be restored, let alone to bring the 1.2 million seniors and people with disabilities on SSI out of poverty? We appreciate that the Administration only proposes the cut as a trigger, but still a $5 per month cut would make a large difference for a person currently living at 89% of the federal poverty level.
According to the IMPLAN economic analysis, SSP investments have a significant economic multiplier: Every $10 million in increased State Supplemental Payments would support $15 million in economic output (multiplier of 1.50), 93 jobs, and $0.9 million in state and local tax revenue. This is the kind of boost to the economy that we need.
I hope to see that SSI/SSP will not be cut in the budget and that we can work toward seniors and people with disabilities living with dignity.
Many thanks to Shanti Prasad and the CA4SSI coalition for this template and alert!
Dear Follower of Hunger Action LA:
The stimulus payments of $1,200 will be made automatically to most people in the U.S., including anyone who files a tax return, and most Social Security recipients.
But some of the most vulnerable people in our community won’t be able to get it unless they jump through hoops. Those are the millions of senior, blind or disabled persons who only receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This includes around a million people in California, many of them frail with life-threatening conditions that make survival difficult, even before the current crisis.
They can get the payments if they file a tax return. But the majority of them have either never had to file one because they have been blind or disabled from birth, or the last time they filed was years ago. And being in an especially vulnerable class, it is not easy for them to leave home and go hunting down a tax form.
Other recipients of benefits from the Social Security Administration are getting automatic direct payments. SSI recipients should, as well.
Call the Capitol Switchboard, ask for your Member of Congress.
When you’re connected:
Ask them to sign the letter by Rep DeFazio demanding that SSI recipients get direct payments of the CARES Act stimulus payments.
SSI recipients should not have to file taxes to get stimulus payments, this is an injustice and basic issue of equity and fairness.
Food & Justice News Mar 17, 2020
Updated Coronavirus Resources
- Mutual Aid in Los Angeles
- Grocery Stores Opening Early for Seniors, Disabled, Pregnant Women (Exact Groups Depend on Particular Store)
- Los Angeles Unified School District Grab and Go Meals for Students
- CalFresh and other Public Benefits : Offices Closed But Phone and Online Are Available
- General Resources for Food, Housing, Health, Transportation and Education
- Demand Sick Days for Food Workers
Stay tuned for more updates. We will be working to advocate for following identified needs:
- meal or grocery delivery for people under age 60 who are disabled or immune-compromised
- a moratorium on evictions and utility shutoffs
Food & Justice News Mar 16, 2020
You probably have heard or already experienced most of the new restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak. We’ve included in this issue as well as stuff you already heard, some lesser discussed issues and resources relevant to our current crisis:
- Local Resources available in Los Angeles:
- LAUSD Family Resource Centers And Grab-And-Go Meals:
- Mayor Assures Grocery Stores Will Be Stocked
- Trump Decision To Cut SNAP Stopped By Court, Partly Due to Coronavirus:
- House Bill To Help Americans Held Up By Republican Rep Louis Gohmert
- Truck Drivers Delivering Emergency Goods Can Drive More Hours
- What About Incarcerated People During This Crisis?
- Farmers Markets Will Stay Open With Some Modification
- Keep Up Demand For Sick Days Because House Bill Doesn’t Cover It All
- Guidelines for Unhoused Angelenos And Demands for City and County of LA
This document was created by people who are committed to our community’s health :-) As long as it is done to help others, you are welcome to add resources or copy them. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you see any inaccurate info or if you’d like to add something.
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