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New Video About California’s Child Poverty Crisis

California can dramatically reduce child poverty with research-backed solutions. Legislation now in the State Senate will create a roadmap for California to cut child poverty in half over 20 years. But most Californians don’t even know that we have the highest child poverty in the nation. That’s why we created this brand new video. Child poverty is… Read More »

AB 1520 Passes Senate Human Services Committee

On Tuesday, The Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Act (AB 1520) passed the Senate Human Services Committee by a unanimous and bipartisan vote. Since its introduction, AB 1520 has been amended to create a statewide task force made up of leaders inside and outside of government charged with developing a comprehensive, data-driven plan to eliminate… Read More »

State Budget Wins for California Kids

Governor Jerry Brown just signed the 2017–2018 budget that includes some key wins for California’s children living in poverty: More than one million more households will now be eligible for the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), a program that puts money back in the pockets of poor working families. The expansion raises the eligibility… Read More »

Get the Facts on AB 1520, the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force

Assembly Bill 1520, the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force, creates an expert task force made up of leaders and stakeholders from inside and outside government that will develop a comprehensive, data-driven plan that lays the groundwork to eliminate deep child poverty and reduce child poverty overall by 50% over 20 years.… Read More »

Applying Science to Solve Poverty: CA’s AB 1520

By David Grusky, Ph.D, Professor of Sociology, Stanford University; Director, Stanford Center on Poverty & Inequality (Above, Professor Grusky testifies at an April hearing for AB 1520) May 2017 – When a highway bridge collapses in California, as one recently did in Big Sur, there’s no paralyzing legislative debate about whether to fix it, how… Read More »

Moms in Support of AB 1520

We’re honoring moms this week, because after-school programs, early childhood education, and access to high-quality child care benefit more than kids–they help lift moms out of poverty, too. Failure to address child poverty guarantees the continued cycle of poverty. Moms want more for our kids and their futures. Moms need support, and strong moms support… Read More »

Rally to End Child Poverty Covered in the LA Times

Sunday’s Rally to End Child Poverty drew almost 500 people to South Los Angeles, and marked a catalyst for the movement to end child poverty in California. The LA Times article features some of the rally’s speakers, including high school senior Ilene Garcia, Rep. John Lewis, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Assemblywoman Autumn Burke.… Read More »

BREAKING: Landmark legislation to reduce child poverty by 50% introduced in California State Assembly

Assemblywoman Autumn Burke (D–Inglewood) just introduced The Lifting Children and Families out of Poverty Act, AB 1520, in the California State Assembly. This landmark legislation commits California to a goal of reducing child poverty by 50% over 20 years, and provides a framework of research-backed solutions to achieve it. California has the highest rate of… Read More »

A Time for Action

Dear Supporter: The national election results were shocking. Despite the results, I believe most Americans are good people who care about each other and our country. So we need to build bridges, respect one another, better communicate and fight hard everyday to ensure constitutional protections are enforced and essential services continue. The election results also… Read More »