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LA Times Editorial Supports SB 283 – A Bill to Restore Food Stamp Access to People with Certain Drug Offenses Supported by LA CAN and More than 100 Other Organizations

Posted in food access, health access, human & civil rights, organizing, press coverage, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 2, 2013 by Cangress

LA CAN, Hunger Action LA, California Hunger Action Coalition, and more than 100 organizations have been working diligently all spring to ensure that SB 283 is passed.  We are pleased to see the LA Times agrees:,0,4750480.story


Join Us at the 3rd Annual Int’l South LA Health and Human Rights Conference!

Posted in health access with tags , on November 7, 2012 by Cangress

Friday, December 7th from 8:00am – 5:00pm
Register here:

Cost: FREE

South Los Angeles, formerly known as South Central Los Angeles, encompasses nearly 100 square miles and is generally considered to include the communities located south of the Santa Monica Freeway, east of LA Brea Avenue, and north of the Century Freeway. With more than one million residents, South Los Angeles is home to many historic neighborhoods, including Leimert Park, the Crenshaw District, Morningside Park, West Adams, Watts,

Willowbrook, Compton, Baldwin Hills, Inglewood and Lynwood.

Long-standing structural violence have led to deep inequities in the health care and physical environment in South Los Angeles. These inequities, in turn, have led to and been worsened by poor health and social outcomes.

Read the South LA Health and Human Rights Declaration here:

More information coming soon! Spread the word!

Conference Conveners:
SEIU UHW United Health Care Workers West
LAM Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches
LACAN Los Angeles Community Action Network
SAJE Strategic Action for a Just Economy
Esperanza Community Housing
Southside Coalition of Community Health Centers
PNHP California
CHC Commuity Health Councils
St. John’s Well Child and Family Center Right To Health Committees

THIS Thursday: Housing, Homelessness, Health, and Human Rights Event at Charles R. Drew University

Posted in art & culture, education, health access, human & civil rights with tags , , on September 10, 2012 by Cangress

The August/September Community Connection is NOW AVAILABLE!

Posted in art & culture, civil rights, community connection, health access, housing victories, organizing, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2012 by Cangress

Click on the Photo above to read the Community Connection Online.
You can also download a PDF version HERE.

We need your help! CALL-IN ACTION TODAY and TOMORROW!

Posted in Call to Action, civic participation, civil rights, food access, grassroots policy, health access, human & civil rights with tags , , , , on August 13, 2012 by Cangress

We need your support TODAY to help lift the lifetime ban on receiving CalFresh assistance for people with a prior non-violent drug conviction, and who verify their participation in recovery or treatment programs.

See below for more information! This Action will take 5 minutes, but will help thousands of people receive access to critical nutrition benefits.

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This week, members of the Senate Appropriations Committee will decide whether to advance AB 828, the bill to lift the lifetime ban on receiving CalFresh assistance for people with a prior non-violent drug conviction, and who verify their participation in recovery or treatment programs.

Thirty-seven other states and the District of Columbia have already taken this important step to fight hunger by removing the lifetime ban.

Take Action!

Join statewide call-in days on August 13 and 14 to urge the Senate Appropriations Committee to make the right decision and support nutrition assistance for families in need.

See below for a list of target committee members and their numbers. If you are not in any of their districts, call Senator Kehoe, the committee chair.

Sample message:

My name is_____ and I live in_____.

I’m calling to ask you to support AB 828, the bill to lift the lifetime ban on receiving CalFresh assistance for people with a prior drug-related conviction. People shouldn’t be sentenced to a lifetime of hunger for any crime. Food is a human right, and to put entire families at risk of hunger because one of them committed a crime for which they have already served their time is unjust and inhumane.

AB 828 would end the policy of denying families critical nutrition assistance for life because one of them committed a crime for which they have already served their time. Allowing these families to access CalFresh assistance would help to reduce hunger and recidivism, boost local economies, and increase program efficiency. Click here for a fact sheet on AB 828 (PDF).

Target Senate Appropriations Committee Members

Chair: Sen. Christine Kehoe (San Diego), 916-651-4039
Sen. Elaine Alquist (Santa Clara), 916-651-4013
Sen. Curran D. Price, Jr. (Los Angeles), 916-651-4026
Sen. Darrell Steinberg (Sacramento), 916-651-4006
Sen. Ted Lieu (Los Angeles), 916-651-4028

Contact Tim Shadix with any questions at or (510) 350-9917.

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: An LA CAN Week in Review

Posted in art & culture, civic participation, civil rights, DWAC & Women's Issues, grassroots policy, health access, housing victories, human & civil rights, LAPD, politics, press coverage, video, women's issues with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2012 by Cangress

Last week LA CAN organized numerous actions and events across the state that received a lot of media coverage. Here is a quick review of just some of the highlights of a busy and successful week.

Play Fair Farmers Field

On May 16, residents from Downtown LA, Pico-Union, and South LA testified at a public meeting on the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed stadium and Convention Center project. Although the hearing was largely filled with boosters who have direct ties to AEG (the developer of the project), community members spoke powerfully about the potential negative impacts that a stadium might have on the community, including gentrification, increased policing, housing displacement, and increased traffic. Another one of the main issues brought up by residents was the lack of sufficient time – 45 days – that the public had to read and analyze the 10,000 page EIR.

The event was covered by a number of outlets. LA CAN’s Pete White was quoted in the Los Angeles Times as saying “The current and unrealistic 45-day comment period insists that residents and stakeholders read, digest and analyze nine pages per hour, 24 hours per day, starting the day the EIR was released up until comments are due. This is an unrealistic expectation and raises many due process concerns.”

Also covering the event were KPCC, The OC Register, and the Associated Press. In addition, the Natural Resources Defense Council, who early on backed the stadium project, has come out and said that the stadium EIR failed to fully analyze the increased traffice-related health impacts that the stadium would have on the community. They’ve called on AEG to redraft and recirculate the EIR.

Women’s Day in the Park

Last Friday the Downtown Women’s Action Coalition it’s 11th Annual Women’s Day in the Park. The event was covered by ABC7, Spanish TV networks, as well as local media/blogs, like Blogdowntown.

Camping Ban

LA CAN’s Becky Dennison was quoted in the Los Angeles Times last week as saying that the proposed City Hall camping ban is “such a waste of legislative time.” The ban would prohibit sleeping bags, hammocks and bed rolls at City Hall. It is direct response to Occupy LA and in anticipation of the reopening of the City Hall lawn this month. Dennison was specifically speaking to the redundancy of the ordinance since camping is already banned in city parks.

Hunger Action Day

On May 17, members of LA CAN joined over 300 residents from across the state for Hunger Action Day. Hunger Action Day is an annual lobby and advocacy day organized by the California Hunger Action Coalition that provides the opportunity for communities to travel to their State Capitol to push their elected representatives to support and vote  for statewide policies that increase food security and nutrition.

Dale Garrett

Last week Our Weekly published a piece covering LA CAN’s May 10 Action and Vigil to Stop Police Murders which was held in remembrance of LAPD slain community member Dale Garrett.

Tenants Win Preliminary Injunction Against Owners of the Huntington Hotel for Discrimination and Illegal Rents

Posted in civil rights, health access, housing victories, legal, press release with tags , , , , , , on May 10, 2012 by Cangress

Attorneys at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and Steptoe & Johnson, LLP  won a preliminary injunction yesterday that enjoins the Huntington Hotel owners from discriminating on the basis of source of income, disability and age.

The lawsuit was filed in December, 2011 on behalf of four displaced tenants and the community organization the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) . The Huntington owners, who bought the 200 unit building in September 2010, had displaced all but two tenants. After renovating the units, they are leasing up the property, but have refused to accept applications from anyone on public benefits, including testers sent by LA CAN.

The Court found that plaintiffs “submitted ample evidence that the Huntington has engaged in a practice of violating fair housing laws by discriminating against persons based on their source of income” and also that plaintiffs submitted “credible evidence that defendants have discriminated against elderly and disabled tenants.”  Becky Dennison of LA CAN explained: “LA CAN members with disabilities had been turned away from the Huntington, being told the building was only for working people and students.  Not only is this illegal, but completely disregards and disrespects the large community of people with disabilities in great need of housing in Skid Row.”

Plaintiffs had won a previous preliminary injunction that enjoins defendants from renting 50 units for market rates because under a city law, the rents cannot be increased above the amounts they were at while the building was in the Rent Escrow Account Program (REAP).

However, defendants have stated that they will not rent the lower priced units for a year until they are lawfully entitled to charge higher rental rates. “Los Angeles faces a shortage of affordable housing options, especially during these tough economic times,” said attorney Fernando Gaytan. “This landlord’s decision to purposefully keep this valuable affordable housing off the market when it is most needed only exacerbates the city’s housing crisis.”