Legislation

Rep. Norma Torres announces legislation protecting students’ access to basic needs

Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (D-CA) was joined Wednesday by local students, as well as advocates and experts focused on combatting student hunger and homelessness, to announce new legislation to ensure college students – particularly Pell Grant recipients and attendees of community colleges and minority-serving institutions – are able to meet their basic needs while pursuing their education. The Basic Assistance for Students in College (BASIC) Act provides $500 million for grants to ensure institutions of higher learning have the resources they need to support their students’ day-to-day needs, and directs the federal government to streamline data sharing across agencies to help students who qualify for aid access it. Courtesy photo: Mt. San Antonio College student, Merlin Diaz, fights back tears as she speaks at the podium with her son, Matthew. “Higher education is an invaluable asset in the 21st century workforce, but students can’t go broke trying to pay for it,” Rep. Torres said. “The legislation I announced today will ensure the federal government is coordinating assistance efforts across agency lines, empower colleges and universities to identify students in need of support, and provide resources…

Asm. Reyes, Dolores Huerta convene leaders to end child poverty

Assemblywoman Eloise Reyes, Dolores Huerta and Conway Collis, co-chair of the state Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force and leader of the EndChildPovertyCA.org campaign, convened community leaders on Thursday, Oct. 31 to discuss child poverty in San Bernardino to work together to urge state lawmakers to finish implementing the Task Force plan to end deep child poverty in California. Participants met at the headquarters at the Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino. “We all know that poverty doesn’t happen by chance. It’s a direct result of public policy and generational poverty,” Assemblymember Reyes said as she called for further action on the Task Force Plan. “In San Bernardino County, 345,000 people live in poverty, and children are the most vulnerable population.”“I know when you think of the ‘IE,’ you think of ‘Inland Empire.’ From now on, I want you to think ‘Inclusion and Equity,” she added. “California allowed this to happen in part because there has never been a comprehensive plan,” said Collis of the state’s worst-in-nation child poverty crisis. “Now we have a plan that’s science based and data based.” “This…

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