Summer 2019 In-District Visits Recap
NCJW|LA Advocacy Working Group activated their skills and passion for social justice while meeting with State elected officials.
This year’s meetings kicked off with a fruitful and in-depth discussion with Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian on July 16. The discussion centered on the current need to ensure undocumented seniors are also covered— “now more than ever, California must fight for what is right,” said Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian during our visit.
On July 24 we met with Barri Worth Girvan from Senator Robert Hertzberg’s office. She graciously toured us around their colorful office--and shared the Senator's commitment to supporting Legislation to ensure Paid Parental Leave laws are more comprehensive and inclusive.
On July 18 we met with Senator Ben Allen’s chief-of-staff David Bocarsly and Assemblywoman Wendy Carillo and her entire team. Conversations during these meetings centered on the need to create a greater safety net for the working poor. “We need to do more to help the prehomeless population, we need to create a better system to build affordable housing and combat NIMBY,” said Bocarsly.
On July 30, we met with Assemblywoman Autumn Burke and discussed at length the current needs and barriers working women are facing. Her legislative priorities include her fight on ending child poverty and improving the state’s social safety net programs, like CalFresh, Medi-Cal, CalWORKs, and CalEITC, and to collaborate and develop a streamlined application process for these programs.
On July 22 we met with Nikki Perez from Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel’s office and Assemblymember Richard Bloom and Field Representative Melissa Kaufler. During both visits, discussions centered on priority issues including housing and homelessness and working collaboratively to address this issue in our shared district.
On August 5 we had the pleasure to meet with Seamus Garrity field representative for Assemblywoman Laura Friedman. During our time together, Seamus shared Assemblywoman’s commitment to the environment, combating homelessness and improving the lack of affordable housing.
On July 23 with Lizeth Zardeneta from Assemblymember Miguel Santiago. Lizeth shared the excitement to collaborate with NCJW|LA mission to advance economic justice and equity for women and their families. Additionally, on July 23 we had the pleasure of meeting Senator Maria-Elena Durazo, her trailblazer legislation Senate Bill 29: Health4All was indeed the catalyst that propelled Gov. Newson to expand Medi-Cal coverage to undocumented adults ages 19-26. “The fight does not stop now,” said Senator Durazo. SB29 was amended and reintroduced to the Senate, ensures the elderly undocumented population is provided with health care.
This year’s in-district visits culminated with a meeting with Jamie Kennerk, field representative for Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove on August 9. During our time together, we discuss the Assemblywoman’s commitment to addressing the lack of housing impacting greater Los Angeles. At NCJW|LA we are hopeful and motivated to continue to advocate for economic justice and equity for women and their families. We look forward to continuing to work and collaborate with our state representatives and their offices.
A special thank you to each of the Advocacy Group Members who contributed their time, passion and knowledge, these meeting wouldn’t have been possible without their help.
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