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Voices of the Movement: Sister Julie Kubasak

  You know the statistics. Nearly two million California children — that’s one in every five kids — lives in poverty. As a native Californian and a Christian, that pains me, as I’m sure it pains you and everyone who cares about the future of the state we call home. But my message to you… Read More »

Voices of the Movement: Sharonda Wade

  Here in California, we encourage our children to be anything they want to be. Maybe they dream of being a doctor, an astronaut, or even an actor. No matter who they are, though, one thing no child dreams of being is hungry. That includes children from low-income families and especially children who live, breathe,… Read More »

Do Your Taxes for Free. Get Your Money.

If budgets are tight in your family—and for most Californians, they are—then you probably dread tax season. But if you’re living paycheck-to-paycheck, taking the time to claim a good return can keep food on the table. It takes an expert’s eye to get it right, but not everyone can hire an accountant. Luckily, our partners… Read More »

What if your life was decided in six minutes?

    A mere six minutes into her life, an infant born in poverty in California is already five times more likely to drop out of school and has a 70 percent chance of staying trapped in poverty as an adult. For a state that prides itself on being a place of big dreams and limitless opportunity, California can and must… Read More »

The Fight is On

You may find it hard to believe, but California — where 1 in 5 children lives in poverty — has never launched a comprehensive, research-backed plan to tackle this crisis head-on. We’ve done it for the environment. We’re doing it for transportation. Now, thanks to the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force and your support,… Read More »

The Housing Crisis in Boyle Heights

Just west of the 5 freeway in the center of Boyle Heights, across the street from Evergreen Playground park, sits Our Lady of Talpa School, a K-8 school run by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. We recently visited the campus and spoke with Principal John Rojas about some of the hardships… Read More »

5 Articles to Get Smart on Poverty

  Poverty is complex and and the path forward may not always seem clear or direct. We hear from a lot of people that the issue is overwhelming. As a result, they disengage. We’ve put together a list of articles to help you get smart about child poverty. The truth is it’s not that complicated,… Read More »

A damn tough year in America

After a roller-coaster ride of bad policies, the federal government capped off the year with a billionaire tax cut that says private planes are more important than kids living in poverty. This is a shocking and terrible reality of today’s politics. But there are good reasons to be determined and hopeful about 2018. This year,… Read More »

California Kids Have a Right to Health Care

Unless Congress acts now, California could lose hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). About 1.3 million kids in California rely on CHIP for everything from prescriptions to emergency services—and without federal funds, their health is at risk. Congress let funding for CHIP expire in September, and… Read More »