Food & Justice News July 21st, 2019
Federal Focus: While the President has distracted us once again this time with racist chants recalling the worst days of anti-immigrant hysteria in this country from 100 years ago, Congress has passed a new minimum wage and Senator Warren has introduced a bill on college hunger. But will either of these measures survive a hostile Senate? Meanwhile, another government shutdown may be approaching, and/or severe cuts to human services, and the administration has crippled the work of climate scientists and other agricultural researchers by giving workers in two key agencies the choice of moving immediately from Washington DC to Kansas City.
- Call In Monday July 22: Tell Senators No Cuts, No Government Shutdown
- New Federal $15 Minimum Wage Passes House of Representatives
- Senator Warren introduces College Student Hunger Act of 2019
- Trump Admin Relocates Science Agencies, Squashes Climate Study for Farmers
- Help Blind and Low Vision Shoppers Enjoy the Farmers Market: Hollywood August 4 Sunday!
Food & Justice News April 15, 2019
- Join HALA for a Spring Barbecue Fundraiser : Order Now for April 25
- Hungry for Justice: Anti Hunger Advocacy Training Thursday April 25 3 PM-4:30 PM at St. Mary’s Church, Koreatown
- SSI and CalFresh: Training in San Fernando Valley Monday April 29
- Help Blind and Low Vision Shoppers Enjoy the Farmers Market: Saturday May 11 Crenshaw Farmers Market
- Providing Funds for Fruits and Vegetables Can Save Billions In Health Care
Food & Justice News
March 22nd, 2019
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- CalFresh expansion to SSI recipients
- Beginning new farmers markets and Market Match programs
- Updating the Peoples Guide to Welfare Health and Other Services
- Preparing grassroots advocates for work in Sacramento to pass anti-poverty policies in hunger, housing and other issues!
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Food Justice Updates:
- SSI and CalFresh: A Giant Step to End Hunger for Seniors and People with Disabilities —Training Thursday March 28th NEW TIME 1 PM TO 3 PM
- Tell the Trump Administration It’s Unacceptable to Take Food Away from Struggling Workers and Families: Due April 2nd
- Help Blind and Low Vision Shoppers Enjoy Crenshaw Farmers Market: Saturday March 23rd
February 11, 2019
- Tell the Trump Administration It’s Unacceptable to Take Food Away from Struggling Workers and Families: Due April 2
- Killing Ourselves to Live Part One:
a. Trump Admin Rolls Back Payday Lender Restrictions
b. Sign the Petition for One Fair Wage for Restaurant Workers
- Killing Ourselves to Live Part Two:
a. Insect Extinction Threatens Human Civilization
b. Cancers Related to Obesity Rise Among Younger People
- Groups Giving Food in Public Must Register and Pay Fee Under New Law
November 1st, 2018:
If you haven’t already please get your tickets for the Hunger Action LA annual awards and dinner! This year we’re honoring legendary organizer and activist Nancy Berlin; Santa Monica Farmers Market and food justice pioneer Laura Avery; and community activist Steven Echor. More information and tickets at www.hungeractionla.org/dinnerandawards PS—auction items include one of the first 16 X 20 photos of LeBron James in a Lakers jersey
- Send Comments to Oppose New Public Charge Rules Proposed for Immigrants: Join Day of Action Saturday Nov 10!
- Can Congress Manage to Pass A Farm Bill by Christmas?
- Update on new SSI Eligibility for CalFresh
- Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Drafts Guidance for How Cities Manage Unsheltered Homelessness: Public Comment Needed by November 2
- Next Blind and Low Vision Shoppers Day December 1, Crenshaw Farmers Market
October 10th, 2018Read more
September 24, 2018: Multiple Challenges to Ending Hunger as Trump Administration Attacks Needy Immigrants With New Public Charge Proposals
September 24, 2018: Just this past weekend, the Trump administration introduced something they’ve threatened since early last year: their proposal for new rules to change the guidance for “Public Charge.” If these new proposed rules were passed, it would mean that many immigrant families lawfully present here may drop out of programs they need such as CalFresh because their receipt of these benefits may be used against them later as they try to upgrade their immigration status. (It’s important to remember these rules have a long way to go before being finalized and going into effect, and could change drastically, especially if we all comment on them.)
At the same time, our California Governor signed AB 2178, which would make groups doing voluntary, charitable provision of food, for free, to poor people, a crime unless groups registered and paid a fee to the local county health agency.
That kind of food provision would be one of the only avenues open to immigrant families who would avoid government food assistance (if the proposed Public Charge rules pass.) Federal and state government will have issued a double blow against people who want to end hunger.
Again, please remember the new anti-immigrant rules have not been approved yet they have to be officially published first, and after that would follow a period of 60 days in which we the people can flood them with comments. We do expect this to happen very soon though. Be ready with your comments! More details below.
- Trump Administration Attacks Needy Immigrants With New Public Charge Proposals
- Governor Signs Bill Requiring Volunteer Groups Feeding Hungry People to Register and Pay Fees: AB 2178
September 13, 2018: Two Phone Calls Needed!
Blind Low Vision Program: Volunteer for Sunday September 16 Blind Low Vision program at Mar Vista Farmers Market! It’s from 10 am to 1 pm at 3826 Grand View Blvd, LA CA 90066. Volunteer to help guide blind customers around the farmers market. Enjoy their company and that of other volunteers! Send your contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
September 2018: While we in California are rejoicing over the news that over a million SSI recipients (seniors and disabled) will finally be eligible for CalFresh next year, threats to the program nationally exist in the form of the Farm Bill, which the House of Representatives have loaded down with work requirements in order to cut $20 billion from the program. Meanwhile, on the state level, the most fundamental food assistance—people voluntarily taking food to the poor and homeless—is threatened by a well intentioned bill that would actually make people register and pay fees in order to participate in this giving.Read more