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To All Those Interested in Food and Justice...from Hunger Action LA

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  • John A Imani
    ... From: Frank Tamborello Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 3:47 PM Subject: this is the real newsletter To: food-advocates@aumlist.com
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      From: Frank Tamborello <frank@...>
      Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 3:47 PM
      Subject: this is the real newsletter
      To: food-advocates@...


      *To All Those Interested in Food and Justice... *

      A (usually) weekly update on food issues, promoting access to sufficient,
      affordable, healthy food ---with a focus on campaigns you can become active
      in! ****

      *Follow us *on Twitter @HungerActionLA . Welcome to all the new people on
      the list: please respond to frank@... if you wish to use a
      different e mail or be removed****

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      *Feb 25, 2013: *

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      The sequestration looms---$850 billion of cuts that were devised as a
      motivational tool to get Congress to agree on something better will go into
      effect March 1. Generally speaking half of these cuts are from defense and
      half from social programs. This sequestration was designed as the fallback
      plan if Congress couldn�t agree on cuts, dating back to 2011 when the
      Republicans refused to raise the country�s debt ceiling if the Democrats
      didn�t agree to severe cuts in social programs, including Social Security,
      Medicare, SNAP (CalFresh here), WIC and many others. ****

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      The media is portraying this as a �both sides are being stubborn� kind of
      problem, but the bald plain fact is that what was proposed by the
      Republicans has always been an unacceptably high level of spending slashing
      that will impact the poorest Americans---especially women and kids, in
      fact almost exclusively women and kids as far as food programs go. The WIC
      program is possibly heading for huge cuts that may cause the elimination of
      kids over 4 from the program. WIC has had many Republican supporters over
      the years, and it would be a shame to see them put a stubborn partisan
      stance, designed to score a political victory over the president, over
      what they�ve attested to as their own values****

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      From Western Center on Law and Poverty: �Without action from Congress this
      week, sequester cuts will begin on March 1st. Please see these resources
      to understand what the impact of sequester will be on California. �****

      White House CA Factsheet:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/sequester-factsheets/California.pdf
      ****

      Coalition on Human Needs CA Factsheet:
      http://www.chn.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/CA_sheet.pdf ****

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      *1. Hunger Action Meeting Friday March 22*

      *2. WIC Under Threat: Contact your member of Congress today! *

      *3. Hospital Breastfeeding Promotion Bill Introduced*

      *4.Support Homeless Bill of Rights*

      *5. SB 283: Successful Re-Entry and Access to Jobs Bill Introduced*

      *6. Food Forward Recovers Thousands of Pounds of Food in Santa Monica:*

      *7. WalMart Pressing Charges Against Worker for Stealing
      Oreos
      **8. �Are
      Junk Food Makers Worse than Tobacco Industry Giants? How Fritos, Coke and
      Lunchables Vie for Addicts�***

      *9. Fast Food Makes Up 11% of Calories In U.S. Diet*

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      *1. Hunger Action Meeting Friday March 29*

      The next HALA meeting is *Friday March 22 at LAANE, 464 S Lucas Ave, LA CA
      90017.* All are invited. *10 am to 12 noon*. Bring your ideas for vibrant
      campaigns to fight for food justice in LA! The last meeting this past
      Friday produced over 50 commitments to action, already underway in South
      LA, Long Beach, the Valley, East LA, Downtown, and other areas. HALA
      members are collecting stories for testimony in support of the *Homeless
      Bill of Rights* and *Successful Re-Entry* bills, and gearing up to support
      restoration of cuts to *dental services for seniors in Medi-Cal. *Come join
      the fun!****

      *Hunger Action Day:* HALA is also preparing along with numerous colleague
      organizations around the state for Hunger Action Day, which will be
      Wednesday May 22 in Sacramento at the state capitol. If you�re interested
      let us know and we can save you a spot on the bus for the adventurous ride
      up the day before (Tuesday May 21) from an as-yet-unknown central
      location. ****

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      *2. WIC Under Threat: Contact your member of Congress today! *

      * *

      From California WIC Association: �Congress plans to cut WIC Program funding
      by 5.1% in March as a result of sequestration. WIC clinics across the
      country will have to cut 600,000 mothers and young children from the
      program and make dramatic changes to service delivery, impacting program
      effectiveness and undermining improved health outcomes. In California,
      100,300 people will lose WIC services that are vital to a healthy start in
      a child's life, and many WIC staff will lose their jobs.****

      TAKE ACTION:****

      � Go to the National WIC Association website to learn the
      details about proposed cuts. Tell your member of Congress to protect the
      WIC Program from these proposed cuts, using the NWA's email form.****

      http://capwiz.com/national-wic-association/issues/alert/?alertid=62190791 **
      **

      California WIC Association www.calwic.org****

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      *3. Hospital Breastfeeding Promotion Bill Introduced*

      * *

      Giving economically disadvantaged infants a fighting start to life, the
      California WIC Association is pleased to announce Senator Kevin de Le�n
      (D-Los Angeles) has introduced Senate Bill 402, legislation helping
      disintegrate barriers for babies and mothers.****

      SB 402 will require all California perinatal hospitals by January 1, 2020
      to implement �Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding,� as adopted by Baby
      Friendly USA per the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. These are practices
      that hospitals can introduce to encourage and support breastfeeding moms.
      Studies show that babies who are breastfed exclusively for six months are
      less likely to be overweight or obese later in life, and may suffer less
      from asthma, cancer and diabetes: in fact $13 billion in health costs could
      be saved in the US if 90% of moms breastfed their infants exclusively for
      six months. 90% of moms do want to breastfeed exclusively, but don�t do so
      while in the hospital because hospital staff are not trained in how to be
      supportive of the decision, and so they end up giving the baby supplements
      or formula, or separate the mom and baby when they should be kept together.*
      ***

      http://www.calwic.org/storage/documents/state/2013/SB402PressRelease_Feb222013_final.pdf
      ****

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      *4.Support Homeless Bill of Rights*

      * *

      Area groups and individuals are stepping forward to call for passage of the
      Homeless Bill of Rights.****

      AB 5-the Homeless Bill of Rights- is a bill in the state legislature that
      would stand against locally passed laws that target mostly homeless people
      for crimes such sleeping, standing, sitting, and even food-sharing in
      certain locations. This is happening in various municipalities in
      California and all over the country. Rhode Island has taken the lead by
      passing recently the first Homeless Bill of Rights. ****

      http://www.wraphome.org/work/civil-rights-campaign#bill-of-rights ****

      Here�s a sample support letter for the bill: ****

      http://www.wraphome.org/images/stories/ab5documents/AB5SupportLetter_Assembly_.pd
      f* *

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      *5. SB 283: Successful Re-Entry and Access to Jobs Bill Introduced*

      * *

      The Successful Re-Entry and Access to Jobs Bill has been introduced, by
      state Senator Loni Hancock. It has a number: SB 283. This bill would
      assist many people leaving prison or jail, not to mention our local
      probation officers, greatly by opening more avenues to people with past
      drug felonies, including eligibility for CalFresh and CalWORKs providing
      they are complying with or have successfully completed parole or probation.
      Thanks to co-sponsors Western Center on Law and Poverty, County Welfare
      Directors Association of California, and Drug Policy Alliance.****

      For a sample support letter contact frank@... ****

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      *6. Food Forward Recovers Thousands of Pounds of Food in Santa Monica:*

      Sarah Spitz has written a story for Santa Monica Daily Press about Food
      Forward) and its Farmers Market Recovery Program, focused on Santa Monica.
      According to Sarah, �But the program, now in four markets, is ramping up to
      9 markets (they already serve Hollywood, Studio City, two in SaMo, and
      opening in Mar Vista on March 3).�

      ****

      http://www.smdp.com/gleaning-program-provides-fresh-produce-to-the-needy/118442?doing_wp_cron=1361376290.2087941169738769531250
      ****

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      *7. WalMart Pressing Charges Against Worker for Stealing Oreos*

      �Walmart is pressing felony charges against a 63-year-old maintenance
      worker who ate Oreos and other snacks on the job without paying for
      them�because she was hungry and couldn't afford them on the $11.40 an hour
      she was earning after working at various Walmart stores for eight years.�***
      *

      http://rss.dailykos.com/~r/dailykos/index/~3/EdvBJmP2zns/-Walmart-pressing-felony-theft-charges-against-worker-for-eating-Oreos
      ****

      One reason that she may have taken junk food rather than �real � food: see
      next piece.****

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      8. �Are Junk Food Makers Worse than Tobacco Industry Giants? How Fritos,
      Coke and Lunchables Vie for Addicts�****

      �It�s far from an accident that you�re addicted to
      chips<http://us.lrd.yahoo.com/_ylt=AhK99IUuWZ7aAI4b6hBK1exfbqU5;_ylu=X3oDMTFnMTFlb21tBG1pdANCbG9nUG9zdEJvZHkEcG9zAzEEc2VjA01lZGlhQmxvZ0JvZHlBc3NlbWJseQ--;_ylg=X3oDMTJudDBxYnBiBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDYmExMjcwNjEtM2NkYS0zODBjLTkwYzEtNjVmYjdjNjQ5NGFlBHBzdGNhdANmb29kBHB0A3N0b3J5cGFnZQ--;_ylv=0/SIG=119bs8p5n/EXP=1362630969/**http%3A/yhoo.it/XpOmuo>�or
      soda or pre-made lunch packs or probably any other processed-food you can
      think of, explains a very un-sugar-coated New York Times Magazine investigative
      piece<http://us.lrd.yahoo.com/_ylt=AmSHE6KZ.vXOFNtrHB1XfelfbqU5;_ylu=X3oDMTFnaWFnZWRzBG1pdANCbG9nUG9zdEJvZHkEcG9zAzIEc2VjA01lZGlhQmxvZ0JvZHlBc3NlbWJseQ--;_ylg=X3oDMTJudDBxYnBiBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDYmExMjcwNjEtM2NkYS0zODBjLTkwYzEtNjVmYjdjNjQ5NGFlBHBzdGNhdANmb29kBHB0A3N0b3J5cGFnZQ--;_ylv=0/SIG=13u2gfftl/EXP=1362630969/**http%3A/www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/magazine/the-extraordinary-science-of-junk-food.html%3Fpagewanted=1%26hp>�.

      �In �The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food,� previewed online
      now and adapted from his forthcoming book �Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food
      Giants Hooked Us,�<http://us.lrd.yahoo.com/_ylt=AheDsSfNh69QgW3r108AIF9fbqU5;_ylu=X3oDMTFnZTVzNmR1BG1pdANCbG9nUG9zdEJvZHkEcG9zAzQEc2VjA01lZGlhQmxvZ0JvZHlBc3NlbWJseQ--;_ylg=X3oDMTJudDBxYnBiBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDYmExMjcwNjEtM2NkYS0zODBjLTkwYzEtNjVmYjdjNjQ5NGFlBHBzdGNhdANmb29kBHB0A3N0b3J5cGFnZQ--;_ylv=0/SIG=11g0ua04f/EXP=1362630969/**http%3A/michaelmossbooks.com/>Pulitzer
      Prize winning reporter Michael Moss delves deep into the long
      history of how snack food and beverage makers scheme with a mix of science,
      willful ignorance, and masterful marketing to sell mountains of their
      salty, sugary products.�

      �What I found, over four years of research and reporting, was a conscious
      effort�taking place in labs and marketing meetings and grocery-store
      aisles�to get people hooked on foods that are convenient and inexpensive,�
      writes Moss, adding that he talked with more than 300 current or former
      employees of the processed-food industry, �from scientists to marketers to
      C.E.O.�s.�****

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      *9. Fast Food Makes Up 11% of Calories In U.S. Diet:*

      * *

      And that�s good news, because it�s actually down from 13% from a previous
      study. Income was not a factor in how many daily calories came from fast
      food, except among those aged 20 to 39, where fast-food calories dropped as
      income rose:****

      http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2013/02/21/fast-food-makes-up-11-percent-of-calories-in-us-diet-cdc
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      Frank Tamborello****

      Hunger Action Los Angeles****

      961 S. Mariposa #205****

      Los Angeles CA 90006****

      213-388-8228****

      frank@...****



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      JAI
      RAC-LA


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