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Western Center Roundup – April 2024

Fighting For Equity In Birthing 
This month we observed Black Maternal Health Week and celebrated the people working across the country to improve birth outcomes for Black women and birthing people. Black Maternal Health Week is observed from April 11th through 17th to amplify the voices and concerns of the Black community and to raise awareness about the maternal healthcare injustices they face. Together, we must advocate for systemic changes, foster community engagement, and promote policies that seek to reduce and ultimately eliminate racial disparities in maternal and infant mortality and morbidity.
Standing In Solidarity  
This month we paused to recognize Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day and drew inspiration from the resilience of the Armenian people, especially our friends and neighbors here in California. We also drew inspiration from the climate activists and nature lovers who focused our attention on the beauty and splendor of our planet in recognition of Earth Month. Finally, all of us at Western Center joined our neighbors in honoring Passover and Ramadan along with all who observe and celebrate these holidays.
Blog Post: Will The Supreme Court Criminalize Poverty And Homelessness And If It Does, What Will California Do?
As the Supreme Court considers harsh penalties for poverty and homelessness, Western Center director of policy advocacy Brandon Greene has worked alongside our housing team and other housing advocates to successfully halt legislative action in California that would criminalize homelessness. This month, Brandon digs into the Grants Pass case and considers what happens next in the fight to protect the rights of the unhoused.
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Blog Post: Should Sickness Lead To Bankruptcy? Help Us Protect Californians From Medical Debt
Western Center associate director of policy advocacy Lindy Nguy and senior attorney Helen Tran are leading WCLP’s work to protect Californians from crippling hospital debt. According to 2023 research by the Urban Institute, hospital debt can make up as much as 70% of medical debt. Too often, California hospitals are failing to share financial options and benefits that reduce debt burden, and instead, share collections timetables that expose the most financially vulnerable to ruthless collections practices. Western Center is advocating for comprehensive financial protections for Californians.
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SAVE THE DATE! 
OCTOBER 23RD! Western Center’s Annual Fundraiser: Garden Party returns live (and by live stream) to the Ebell of Los Angeles! Garden Party is a networking and awards event for the legal, policy, and social justice fields, recognizing leaders on the frontlines who have worked to transform policies and laws and dismantle harmful systems to build a more just California. Ticket sales open in July when we will announce the line up of 2024 honorees and special guests. Sponsorships are available now!
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On Tuesday, June 18th at 7PM (doors open at 6:00 PM), we will be hosting our 2nd Annual POVERTY IS NOT A JOKE comedy benefit at Dynasty Typewriter in Los Angeles. Join us as we network, share a much-needed laugh, and raise funds for our work to end poverty. Our lineup will be announced in the coming weeks. Event proceeds will support our program expansions to end racial disparities in maternal and infant health, ensure tenants with low incomes stay safely housed, and alleviate the burden of medical debt. Grab your tickets today!
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Join our Team
As Western Center continues to position itself for greater reach and impact in 2024, we currently have three positions open: Policy Advocate – HousingDevelopment and Events Manager, and Senior Communications Strategist.

Please share these opportunities widely with your networks!

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