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Western Center Roundup – March 2024

Celebrating Women’s History Month and Cesar Chavez Day

This month we pause to celebrate and recommit ourselves to centering racial and gender justice. We remain inspired by the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez, whose movement to center justice for farmworkers continues to inspire the work of Western Center and its allies in California and around the world. We also salute the trailblazers and history-making women we’re privileged to partner with every day in our fight for justice. Whether it’s leading the fight to protect access to affordable housing, ensuring all Californians have access to healthcare, or continuing to uplift and promote the CROWN Act, we honor all changemakers for their contributions to advancing racial and gender equity.

Congratulations to Western Center policy advocate Sandra Poole, who Assemblymember Stephanie Nguyen recognized as a 2024 Women’s History Month Honoree for Assembly District 10, AAPI Equity Alliance Executive Director Manjusha (Manju) Kulkarni, on being named a James Irvine Foundation 2024 Leadership Award recipient; and Western Center board member Christine Chambers Goodman, on being named a Los Angeles County Bar Association Women’s History Month Honoree. Finally, our very own executive director Crystal Crawford, California Democratic Party Controller Carolyn Fowler, activist for the homeless Shirley Raines, and State Senator Lola Smallwood Cuevas were named Women’s History Month honorees by the New Frontier Democratic Club for their unwavering commitment to equity and social justice.


Blog Post: Recognizing Trailblazers This Women’s History Month 

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Western Center senior health advocate Etecia Burrell is helping us all pause to recognize the invaluable efforts of women of color in American history. In a recent blog post, she highlights a few women leaders whose work powered the abolitionist, suffrage, labor, and civil rights movements and whose stories have been sidelined to elevate men.

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Western Center Settlement Leads to a Reduction in Medical Debt

Last year, Western Center and Consumer Law Center, Inc. settled our case against Santa Clara Valley Healthcare last year for alleged violations of hospital financial assistance laws, Since then, Santa Clara County has written off $1.48 million in patient debt and refunded more than $304,000 to patients. The settlement significantly improved the county’s hospital financial assistance program by adding more detailed information to patient notices, translating notices and posters into seven non-English languages and allowing patients to apply for financial assistance at any time during the collections process. To date, the Santa Clara Health Care Access Program is one of the most generous and innovative hospital charity care and discount payment programs in the state. This work has inspired new legislation to protect consumers from medical debt.


Blog Post: Tips On Preventing EBT Theft

More than $10 million is stolen from EBT recipients each month in California. This growing crisis thwarts access to healthy food options for California’s most vulnerable. In a recent blogpost, Western Center outreach and advocacy associate Abe Zavala-Rodriguez shares tips to help Californians avoid EBT theft and protect precious resources. 


Blog Post: Tips On Preventing EBT Theft

More than $10 million is stolen from EBT recipients each month in California. This growing crisis thwarts access to healthy food options for California’s most vulnerable. In a recent blogpost, Western Center advocate Abe Zavala-Rodriguez shares tips to help Californians avoid EBT theft and protect precious resources. 

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ICYMI: Watch the first 2024 Meet the Advocates

ICYMI: Western Center on Law and Poverty’s policy advocates recently hosted a deep dive into our 2024 legislative agenda, including our bills on medical debt protections, increasing housing voucher utilization, reducing Black maternal mortality, expanding pre-enrollment in Medi-Cal, housing as a human right, and much, much more!

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