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EPIC News – September 2019


Join Us for Garden Party 2019

Please join us for our annual Garden Party fundraiser on Thursday, October 10, 2019 in Los Angeles.

Western Center will be honoring:
Cameron Rowland – Renowned Social Justice Artist
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP – Western Center Co-Counsel
Shirley Gibson – Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County
Clare Pastore – USC Gould School of Law

Sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets available here


Trump Administration Threats to our Clients

Taken together, this summer’s onslaught of new rules from the Trump administration has the potential to threaten the economic, housing, and food security of over 2 million Californians – which would cripple the future of our state. The news of these rules, combined with the president’s continuous anti-immigrant rhetoric, has already caused a “chilling effect;” families are foregoing vital health, food, and housing services for fear of retaliation, deportation, eviction, and separation.

To protect the well-being of California, and to assert the fundamental rights of everyone in our country, Western Center is litigating and advocating to stop the following rules and proposals from being implemented by the administration:

Public Charge – Impact: millions of people, 1/3 of whom are children

“This rule change is a direct attack on communities of color and their families, and furthers this administration’s desire to make this country work primarily for the wealthy and white. Our immigration system cannot be based on the racial animosities of this administration, or whether or not people are wealthy.” – Antionette Dozier, Western Center Senior Attorney Read more

Food Security – Impact: 120,000 California households

The SNAP categorical eligibility rule targets low-income families by seeking to end a long-standing and widely adopted rule that eases the application and retention burden for families that qualify for other federal benefits, like CalWORKs in California, for SNAP benefits – reducing hunger for millions of Americans.

“This newest proposal is just one more in a long line by this administration that will remove food, housing and other basic needs assistance for people already struggling to get by. No one in our country should go hungry, yet over 13 million children live below the federal poverty line and are in danger of going hungry every day. This policy makes hunger even more likely. It’s a step in the completely wrong direction.” – Jessica Bartholow, Western Center Policy Advocate Read more

Housing – Impact: 10,000 California families

The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s proposed “Mixed Status” rule threatens to exacerbate poverty by evicting over 25,000 families with mixed immigration status, betraying this country’s promise of opportunity in favor of an unreasoned, unworkable policy. Almost ten thousand of those families are in California Read more


Meet Sasha, Western Center Housing Policy Advocate

Meet Sasha! He’s one of Western Center’s amazing housing policy advocates. In the midst of a statewide housing crisis, the fight for laws that protect tenants and facilitate the creation and preservation of affordable housing is critical for the future of California. See how Sasha fights for affordable housing in California.