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    On Thu, May 2, 2013 at 4:12 PM, Frank Tamborello ... -- JAI RAC-LA [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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      On Thu, May 2, 2013 at 4:12 PM, Frank Tamborello
      <frank@...>wrote:

      > *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! ****
      >
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      > ** **
      >
      > *May 2, 2013: *
      >
      > ***1. ****Hunger Action Day May 21-22*
      >
      > ***2. ****LA City Council To Hear Testimony on Homeless Bill of
      > Rights Tuesday May 7 , 10 AM*
      >
      > ***3. ****Update on State Hunger Policy Issues*
      >
      > ***4. ****Fix The Sequester---Not Just Airport
      > Delays
      > *
      >
      > ***5. ****Make Your Voice Heard on Farm Bill
      > *
      >
      > ***6. ****What�s the Controversy with Breakfast in the
      > Classroom? *
      >
      > ***7. ****Free Summer Meals Available to Children in Low-Income
      > Communities** *
      >
      > ***8. ****Your Turkey Has SuperBacteria: What to Do?*
      >
      > ** **
      >
      > **************************************
      >
      > ***1. ****Hunger Action Day May 21-22, Sacramento: You�re Invited!*
      >
      > ** **
      >
      > The 16th (or possibly 17th) annual Hunger Action Day in Sacramento is
      > May 22 at the state capitol. Everyone concerned about ending hunger is
      > encouraged to participate: low income residents, nonprofit agency staff,
      > clergy of all faiths, doctors, butchers, bakers ,candlestick makers. (Even
      > pro basketball players from teams already eliminated from the playoffs are
      > welcome). Busses leave L.A. the morning of Tuesday May 21 if you like the
      > full experience: or, you can meet us up at the Capitol having gotten around
      > the airport delays thanks to Congress looking out for their priorities (see
      > item 4). To rsvp and find out more contact frank@... . On
      > Hunger Action Day about 400 people from all over the state will converge on
      > the Capitol to educate our lawmakers about how they can de-criminalize
      > poverty, especially through state bills that support successful recovery
      > after prison and that spare the homeless from being arrested or cited for
      > resting or eating in public (see following items.) See
      > www.hungeractionla.org for the full flyer and list of details.****
      >
      > ** **
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      > **************************************************
      >
      > *2. LA City Council To Hear Testimony on Homeless Bill of Rights Tuesday
      > May 7 , 10 AM*
      >
      > ** **
      >
      > State bills often get supported or opposed by other entities such as
      > cities and counties, who weigh in with their point of view on the bill. LA
      > City Council is holding a hearing to determine their support or opposition
      > to Homeless Bill of Rights on Tuesday May 7, at City Hall. People are
      > encouraged to go and speak out in support of the bill at that time. Already
      > 200 cities have opposed it, but they are not up to date on the current
      > version of the bill in its more focused form, and are re-acting to earlier
      > misconceptions about it. ****
      >
      > Please call LA CAN 213 228-0024 for more information.****
      >
      > ** **
      >
      > *When: 10:00 am Tuesday May 7*
      >
      > *Where: LA City Hall, 200 S Main St *
      >
      > *Look for: Folks in orange shirts*
      >
      > * *
      >
      > This bill passed the state�s Judiciary Committee, with several changes
      > from the original version. In fact right now it primarily protects a
      > person�s right to rest in a public place without being harassed, cited or
      > arrested by law enforcement, as well as the right to share and eat food in
      > public. These are fundamental rights for a group of people who have no
      > choice but to rest, eat and keep their belongings in public. The bill does
      > not endorse or make legal obstructing traffic or pedestrians, harassing
      > people, or defecating all over the place, as some of its detractors have
      > claimed. ****
      >
      > ** **
      >
      >
      > ******************************************************************************
      > ****
      >
      > *3. Update on State Hunger Policy Issues*
      >
      > * *
      >
      > There are a few updates on bills we will be fighting for in Sacramento:***
      > *
      >
      > ** **
      >
      > *SB 283�Successful Re-Entry and Access to Jobs.* This is the bill that
      > restores CalFresh and CalWORKs eligibility to people re-entering after
      > certain drug felonies, who are in compliance with parole andprobation
      > requirements. The bill was put in the suspense file by the Appropriations
      > Committee. That makes May a crucial month for the committee to hear from us
      > that this is a bill we support. You can see a sample support letter here.<https://www.facebook.com/notes/successful-re-entry-sb-283/sample-support-letter-for-sb-283/539661142723767>
      > ****
      >
      > *AB 191*---This bill aligns MediCal and CalFresh so low income people
      > getting health insurance can also get food benefits. This bill was also put
      > in the suspense file by the Appropriations Committee.****
      >
      > More details, including fact sheet: http://cfpa.net/ab-191 ****
      >
      > ** **
      >
      > *Also some news on a proposed tax on soda to create a Children�s Health
      > Fund:*
      >
      > *Proposed Soda Tax* *SB 622*: (From Prevention Institute): �Yesterday,
      > Senate Bill 622, which would establish a statewide soda tax and create a
      > Children�s Health Promotion Fund, passed the Senate Health Committee. This
      > victory is no small feat -- it's the first time a sugar-sweetened beverage
      > tax has ever cleared two committees. Next stop: the bill will be heading to
      > the Appropriations Committee, where it will need strong support from public
      > health advocates and families up and down the state. ****
      >
      > You can find more information on California�s proposed sugar-sweetened
      > beverage tax, including a factsheet, and sample letters of support on the California
      > Center for Public Health Advocacy�s website<http://org2.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=DovikEgAkbvqFXT53TK%2F8N3fzMkYk6U1>
      > .�****
      >
      > �In our latest blog post<http://org2.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=EtjNV1UJc6eB2T91%2FGauK7XS3aSmE48L>,
      > Sarah Mittermaier takes a look at SB 622 and explores the need for a
      > statewide soda tax to stem the tide of chronic disease and fund vital
      > children�s health initiatives. She writes:****
      >
      > *I am more confident than ever that public opinion is shifting and that
      > beverage industry lobbying dollars will not always be able to buy
      > elections. In a recent Field poll<http://org2.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=RVIxKfKwZSS1kOhzOl8bpLXS3aSmE48L>,
      > 68% of California voters (including 79% of Latinos and 70% of African
      > Americans) said they would support taxing sugar-sweetened beverages if the
      > proceeds funded increased physical activity and improved nutrition in
      > schools.�*
      >
      > ** **
      >
      > ** **
      >
      > ********************************************************************
      >
      > *4. Fix The Sequester---Not Just Airport Delays*
      >
      > * *
      >
      > From Coalition on Human Needs (with some edits and new material inserted
      > by us) : Tell Congress to take action now: Fix ALL the harmful automatic
      > cuts � not just inconvenient air travel delays.****
      >
      > Remember the �sequester� that took effect due to new, extremely
      > conservative members of Congress trying to force the issue and cut Social
      > Security, Medicare and other programs? While some talk shows are actually
      > saying �what sequester� and claiming there have been no negative impacts
      > from the cuts, here are some happening right now:****
      >
      > **� **Cancellation of Head Start summer programs, ended regular
      > Head Start programs weeks early, or dropped children from Head Start
      > classrooms. ****
      >
      > **� **Cuts in unemployment benefits for long-term jobless people
      > by 10 percent or more. ****
      >
      > **� **Many thousands of low-income people already on waiting
      > lists for years are consigned to wait longer for rental vouchers; others
      > with vouchers are seeing large rent increases or are losing the vouchers
      > they had. ****
      >
      > **� **Fewer homebound seniors are getting home-delivered meals �
      > or getting fewer of them. ****
      >
      > (See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZfQUxzInjI ) and
      > http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/29/meals-on-wheels-sequestration_n_3165256.html
      > ****
      >
      > **� **Teachers and teachers� aides in schools serving low-income
      > children are being laid off. Public defenders are being furloughed. ****
      >
      > And that�s only a very partial list of the impact of the automatic cuts
      > known as �sequestration.� ****
      >
      > Congress has the power to revoke these cuts. So they took emergency action
      > on only one thing----: they allowed the Federal Aviation Administration
      > (FAA) to move funding around to end furloughs for air traffic controllers,
      > thus ending long lines at some airports. Conveniently, in time for them to
      > fly home and get a much needed rest from making American�s lives miserable.
      > ****
      >
      > You can make your voice heard by taking any one or more of these steps:***
      > *
      >
      > Coalition on Human Needs emailable letter to Congress: Fix Life-Changing
      > Cuts, Not Just Inconveniences<http://org.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=otrFJeyvsvX75g76uthZLmUekimTOW1N>
      > ****
      >
      > Campaign for America�s Future/Daily Kos emailable letter to Congress: Repeal
      > the Sequester<http://org.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=itpgt3zH1yhU71JsuETTWGUekimTOW1N>
      > ****
      >
      > Half in Ten Campaign Sequestration Toolkit<http://org.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=bVxMtzwdOIaSMN6viPOJv2UekimTOW1N>(sample press release, letter to the editor, tweets, how to tell your stor,
      > helpful graphics)****
      >
      > National Education Association: Ed Flight campaign<http://org.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=rOLAlro8%2BfFCn6mH0wC%2BrGUekimTOW1N>(take a picture of yourself holding a paper airplane and post it to
      > Congress)****
      >
      > MoveOn.org Petition: Fix the Sequester Cuts for the Poor, Not Just
      > Congressional Travel<http://org.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=B7iQBZ2R7Fn6%2BkxMKGMag2UekimTOW1N>
      > ****
      >
      > Background information available at: CHN Background Info on Sequestration<http://www.chn.org/human_needs_report/chn-fear-of-flying-congress-fixes-waits-in-airports-but-lets-the-poor-wait-one-more-year-for-housing-vouchers-2/>
      > ****
      >
      > Two-Way Communication: ****
      >
      > To tell us if you are planning actions to stop these cuts, if you know of
      > specific cuts in your area caused by sequestration, or for more
      > information, please contact Danica Johnson, CHN�s Communications Manager,
      > at djohnson@... .****
      >
      > ** **
      >
      > ** **
      >
      > **************************************************
      >
      > *5. Make Your Voice Heard on Farm Bill*
      >
      > Several national groups are gearing up for the fight to protect SNAP in
      > the 2013 federal budget and in the Farm Bill. ****
      >
      > Bread for the World has easy ways to contact Congress and tell them to
      > protect SNAP. In addition, Bread is urging Congress to protect the reforms
      > in international food assistance recently implemented which call for the
      > government to purchase food from the local countries needing assistance,
      > rather than the time consuming corporate welfare process that benefits U.S.
      > companies and leaves other countries dependent on us, rather than
      > strengthening their ability to help themselves.****
      >
      >
      > http://www.bread.org/what-we-do/resources/newsletter/may-june-2013/act-now.html
      > ****
      >
      > ** **
      >
      > ** **
      >
      > *******************************************************************
      >
      > *6. What�s the Controversy with Breakfast in the Classroom?*
      >
      > * *
      >
      > By Frank Tamborello: Breakfast in the Classroom is one of the best
      > anti-hunger programs ever devised. It solves several challenges faced by
      > low-income students in Los Angeles Unified. They attend a very crowded
      > school district in a city with a lot of traffic problems, so getting
      > nutrition in the classroom is a great way to make up for what may not
      > always available at home, in time to start the school day.****
      >
      > ****
      >
      > I know it�s a successful program because my niece is a teacher in a rural
      > area of east Texas, where kids get bussed in from a lot of remote areas.
      > She loves the program and has noticed the difference in the attitudes and
      > abilities of the kids when they�ve been fed. She said they don�t have any
      > problem with bugs or any mess left behind. If they can do it in Texas,
      > surely it would be no problem in LA? ****
      >
      > ****
      >
      > The program�s implementation here in LAUSD, though, has become a political
      > football (or hot potato if you prefer a food metaphor, maybe a sweet potato
      > pancake (a popular breakfast entr�e in LA)?). Here is how something sweet
      > as ending childhood hunger in Los Angeles went off the rails: Last year,
      > Superintendent Deasy and the LAUSD Board announced that breakfast will be
      > served in the classrooms of 700 LA schools. The first 275 schools now
      > offer breakfast in 10,000 classrooms, leading to a 9.5 million increase in
      > additional breakfasts served!****
      >
      > ** **
      >
      > Some teachers, amplified by United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), have
      > complained that while they want students to eat breakfast, they dislike
      > cleaning up after messes, or it takes too long. They released some of
      > these complaints and called on the district to stop the rollout of BIC.
      > Superintendent Deasy hit back hard: he announced that, in order to continue
      > rolling out BIC into the next schools, the LAUSD board needs to vote to
      > continue it, as part of the budget decisions scheduled for 2014. In order
      > to illustrate the potential impact on the district�s budget, he proposed to
      > remove 912 cafeteria workers� jobs if BIC isn�t continued. The Service
      > Employees International Union (SEIU) has loudly mobilized to ensure these
      > positions are retained.****
      >
      > ****
      >
      > Whose voice has been missing from this spat between the city�s
      > powerbrokers? Of course the most important voices of all: the parents and
      > the students who benefit from the program directly.****
      >
      > ****
      >
      > Hunger Action LA has been a strong supporter and advocate for BIC,
      > participating in the No Kid Hungry launch in 2011 and the BIC launch in
      > 2012 with California Food Policy Advocates, Inner City Struggle, and
      > Healthy School Food Coalition. While HALA�s membership has always been
      > supportive of union struggles (after all, with sufficient jobs and wages
      > hunger is much less of an issue), it�s stressful and not productive to see
      > conflicts between groups of allies who generally want the same goal of a
      > just (and hunger free) society.****
      >
      > ****
      >
      > Hunger Action LA calls on all our partners to come together and make this
      > work. The challenges facing some teachers in some classrooms are
      > solvable. The cafeteria workers deserve to retain meaningful jobs in our
      > schools. The students and parents deserve good nutrition and great
      > learning . ( I saw a poster at the Wilshire/Normandie red line that said in
      > 2018, 63% of all jobs will require a higher education, and posters in such
      > locations don�t lie.) We�re certain that our allies on both sides of this
      > matter can identify and implement solutions to keep the program intact and
      > get our kids on the right track for learning by providing nutrition for
      > their growing brains and bodies.****
      >
      > ** **
      >
      > To see the program in action, watch this inspiring video:****
      >
      > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkrq1lbyByg&feature=youtu.be ****
      >
      > ****
      >
      > Here�s ABC 7�s report on what�s going on.****
      >
      > ** **
      >
      > http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/los_angeles&id=9085658
      > ****
      >
      > ** **
      >
      > The LAUSD Board is discussing Breakfast in the Classroom at its May 14
      > meeting. We encourage you to go and support mending (not ending) this vital
      > nutrition program.****
      >
      > ** **
      >
      > ****************************************************************
      >
      > * *
      > 7. Free Summer Meals Available to Children in Low-Income Communities****
      >
      > From the National Hunger Clearinghouse: �Summer is fast approaching and a
      > lot of families in low-income areas still don't know about the free,
      > nutritious summer meals available to their children 18 years old and
      > younger. Help us spread the word about summer meals so that no child goes
      > hungry this summer when school is out.. Tell families you work with how to
      > find sites in their community that serve free summer meals by telling them
      > to:�****
      >
      > - Call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE
      > (for Spanish-speaking families). A live operator will tell them where the
      > nearest sites are****
      >
      > - Visit *www.whyhunger.org/findfood*<http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTMwNDI2LjE4MjA4ODUxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDEzMDQyNi4xODIwODg1MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTM4MzE2JmVtYWlsaWQ9cGF0cmljaWFyYW1vc2FsdmFyZXpAZHBzcy5sYWNvdW50eS5nb3YmdXNlcmlkPXBhdHJpY2lhcmFtb3NhbHZhcmV6QGRwc3MubGFjb3VudHkuZ292JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&&&100&&&http://www.whyhunger.org/findfood>.
      > Families can type in their address and then an online map will show them
      > where the nearest summer meals sites are in their community.****
      >
      > �Better yet, you can hang up or hand out our new Summer Meals Fliers (in
      > English and Spanish) in your community or place of work to get the
      > information to the people who need it. �****
      >
      > - *Click here to download the English flyer.*<http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTMwNDI2LjE4MjA4ODUxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDEzMDQyNi4xODIwODg1MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTM4MzE2JmVtYWlsaWQ9cGF0cmljaWFyYW1vc2FsdmFyZXpAZHBzcy5sYWNvdW50eS5nb3YmdXNlcmlkPXBhdHJpY2lhcmFtb3NhbHZhcmV6QGRwc3MubGFjb3VudHkuZ292JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&&&101&&&http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Summer/library/Hotline-English.pdf>
      > ****
      >
      > - *Click here to download the Spanish flyer.*<http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTMwNDI2LjE4MjA4ODUxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDEzMDQyNi4xODIwODg1MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTM4MzE2JmVtYWlsaWQ9cGF0cmljaWFyYW1vc2FsdmFyZXpAZHBzcy5sYWNvdW50eS5nb3YmdXNlcmlkPXBhdHJpY2lhcmFtb3NhbHZhcmV6QGRwc3MubGFjb3VudHkuZ292JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&&&102&&&http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Summer/library/Hotline-Spanish.pdf>
      > ****
      >
      > ** **
      >
      > ******************************************************
      >
      > * *
      >
      > *8. Your Turkey Has SuperBacteria: What to Do?*
      >
      > From Consumer Reports: �*Consumer Reports� latest investigation confirms
      > that all those antibiotics being fed to our food animals **do** matter.
      > (See Consumer Reports finds superbugs in turkey<http://cu.convio.net/site/R?i=I331b_vyp5CEdk6rUrfxaA>
      > )*****
      >
      > �Released today, our study found meat from conventionally raised turkeys
      > � which can be routinely fed antibiotics �had bacteria resistant to more
      > drugs than birds raised without antibiotics. Since one way superbugs can
      > spread to people is through raw meat, it�s crucial you know these findings.�
      > ****
      >
      > �It's important to cook turkey thoroughly, and we have tips to help you
      > avoid antibiotic-raised meat. But just avoiding the problem isn�t the
      > solution*. Industrial food producers must stop playing this dangerous
      > game with our life-saving drugs � and a bill has been introduced to do just
      > that!�*****
      >
      > Email Congress to stop mass feeding of antibiotics to food animals, and
      > check out our new investigation and tips.<http://cu.convio.net/site/R?i=yj-_1p5hA1d1me8PbUsnAg>
      > ****
      >
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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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