Stop the War on the Poor Southern California is part of a first annual international week of actions. (For actions in Washington, DC, Phila; Milwaukee, SF & in other countries: http://www.everymothernetwork.net)
WHAT: Community Gathering with Speak-Out, Community Resources for Low-Income People, Food, Children’s Activities.
Practical experiences of and campaigning against poverty, war, criminalization of survival, solitary confinement, prison/jail expansion, deportation, removal of children from their moms due to poverty, lack of resources that tear families apart, and the destruction of the planet. For a world that Invests in Caring for People and the Planet, Not Killing.
Information will be available on getting criminal records expunged; access to welfare, SNAP/food stamps, medical care, assistance with immigration questions; dealing with DCFS. The event is collaborating with the weekly food distribution by RAC-LA.
WHEN: Sunday, July 20th at 12:30pm till 3:30pm
WHERE: MacArthur Park, Wilshire Blvd./Park View, Los Angeles 90057
WHO: Southern California Planning Group:
Alexandria House; Bilal Ali (statewide coordinator, Homeless Bill of Rights Campaign, for ID purposes); California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement; DCFS Give Us Back Our Children; Every Mother is a Working Mother Network; Food Not Bombs; Feminists Working on Real Democracy (F*WORD, Santa Cruz); KidVillage@OccupyLA; Long Beach Area Peace Network; Martin Luther King Coalition of Greater LA; Military Families Speak Out; No More Jails LA; OccupyLongBeach; RAC-LA; Sin Barras, Santa Cruz; Women of Color/Global Women’s Strike & GWS/LA; Veterans for Peace LA
Stop the War on the Poor actions are demanding:
- Passage and implementation of the RISE Out of Poverty Act (H.R. 814, Rep Gwen Moore D-WI) that makes the elimination of child poverty central to welfare legislation and recognizes caregiving and education as work
- Passage and implementation of the Social Security caregivers Credit Act (H.R. 5024, Rep Nita Lowey D-NY), another step toward recognizing caregiving as work.
- Child welfare agencies stop removing children from families because of poverty, racism, sexism or other bias rather than abuse or neglect.
- A living wage for mothers and other caregivers – we are launching an international petition.
- Resources for the care of people and the planet, not war and occupation.