To help continue to promote the work and need of advocates, UCOP is developing a video series to explain the need for additional state funds and to mobilize more people to join the UC Advocacy Network and engage in budget advocacy on behalf of UC.
Students and city leaders weigh policy options regarding homelessness during annual UCLA Luskin Day at L.A. City Hall
Just how complex the problem of homelessness is in Los Angeles — and how to combat it — was the focus of a recent daylong program that brought students from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs together with community leaders and providers of homeless services from throughout the region at Los Angeles City Hall.
Homelessness in Los Angeles is a problem with a long history. It’s also a growing and complex issue, with no easy fix for the estimated 50,000-plus people living on streets of the city and throughout greater Los Angeles County.
Last June, Nanette Barragán ’00, U.S. Representative for the 44th Congressional District and a huge Dodgers fan, received an invite of a lifetime — throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium. Asking for advice ahead of time, she was told, “I advise you to throw from the front of the grass, not from the mound. You have certain challenges.”
“I wonder how many men he said that to? I was shocked, but it happens all the time,” she told a rapt crowd at UCLA’s James West Alumni Center, as part of a special discussion hosted by UCLA Government and Community Relations and the UCLA Latino Alumni Association.
As a lawyer and now Congresswoman, Barragán (D-San Pedro) is looking to inspire the next generation of women, and especially women of color, to break barriers and feel at home in male-dominated arenas, including law, Congress, and even the White House.
On the day that was once slated to mark the end of the federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, UCLA students, faculty, staff, alumni, immigrants’ rights leaders and community members came together to discuss DACA and the need for a comprehensive immigration policy and to encourage students to remember their value and persevere in the face of adversity.
The March 5 event, organized by students in the labor and workplace studies minor and held at the Northwest Auditorium, featured remarks from Gilbert Cedillo, Los Angeles city councilman; Maria Elena Durazo, Unite Here general vice president for immigration and civil rights, who is running for state senate; Monica Garcia, Los Angeles Unified School District board member; Ernesto Rocha, community organizer and membership coordinator at Community Coalition; Hilda Solis, Los Angeles county supervisor; and Kent Wong, director of the UCLA Labor Center.
Today (March 5) marks the Trump Administration’s deadline to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that has allowed some 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children to live, work, and study in the United States without fear of deportation. Despite the federal court injunction that has put the rescission on hold, there is still no permanent fix for these Dreamers or others like them, and the fear of deportation continues to loom large.
To the Campus Community:
For over a year now, immigrant communities on our campus and across the nation have struggled with uncertainty as ongoing debate in Washington threatens and leaves unresolved the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. At the same time, our international students and colleagues have been subjected to travel bans that predominantly target Muslims. We have also learned that some in our campus community are being impacted by the termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program.