The CA Native Vote Project will gather the community in early 2022 to hear first-hand about funding. Courtesy of the CA Native Vote Project.
The California Native Vote Project invites local Native Americans and Alaska Natives and allies to join the conversation as the organization decides how best to use funding from Measure J. increase.
A listening session on Saturday, March 4th will ask the community which programs or projects this funding should go towards.
LA County voters approved Measure J in 2020. The bill appropriated more than 10% of her county’s locally generated unrestricted funds to address the disproportionate effects of racial injustice. Funds will be invested in projects related to youth development, vocational training, small business development, supportive housing services, and alternatives to incarceration.
Native Voting Project organizer Juay Roybal-Kastl, who hosted a virtual listening session on March 1, said: It was that people in our community trusted the work that the California Native Voting Project was doing. is. ”
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has directed the CEO to form a 17-member Measure J Reimagine LA Advisory Board. The committee provided funding recommendations to her CEO in June 2021. Then, in August 2021, the Major J Redefinition LA Advisory Board was expanded to become the Care First and Community Investment Advisory Board. – Voting members.
In 2021, $500,000 to the City/County of Los Angeles Native American Indian Commission of the $44 million to ensure that all LA County residents can purchase safe, permanent, and affordable housing. was allocated for indigenous housing. In 2022, he has been allocated $500,000 for native youth programs.
Joseph (Joey) Williams, Kern Valley Indian-Nuwa (Kawaiisu) & Xicano represent the Native American Indian Committee on the Voting Commission. He said the previous year’s funding has been helpful, but this is just the beginning, and he’s always seeking more funding for Native American and Alaska Native communities.
According to Roybal-Kastl, Homeboy Industries’ listening sessions are tailored to welcome community members far from the native community. This can result from a variety of experiences, including incarceration, foster care, drug and alcohol addiction, and domestic violence.
According to the Prison Policy Initiative, indigenous peoples accounted for 2.1% of federally incarcerated people in 2019, less than 1% of the total US population and more than their share. Additionally, incarceration rates for Native youth are second only to black youth and higher than white, Hispanic and Asian youth combined.
Homeboy Industries in LA resources, training, and support for those previously involved in gangs or previously incarcerated.
Roybal-Kastl added that speaking with this demographic will allow the California Native Vote Project to propose rehabilitation and assistance programs for this demographic.
Roybal-Kastl says: “But many of us suffer from generational trauma that fuels domestic violence, fuels addiction and drives homelessness. We help communities heal. We have to find a way.”
She added that many people want health care to be part of their resource allocation.According to the Indian Health Service, American Indians and Alaska Natives have shorter life expectancies than the U.S. population of all races. are also 5.5 years shorter and disproportionately ill with chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, diabetes, accidental injury, assault/homicide, and intentional self-harm. – Harm/suicide, and chronic lower respiratory tract disease. This is understood to be due to inadequate education, disproportionate poverty, discrimination in the provision of health services, and cultural differences towards modern health care.
“Do we sit down and talk about what’s important to you? We’re sitting in these rooms with these people trying to tell them that this is what we need.” Because we no longer ask for permission,” added Roybal-Kastl.
To register for the California Native Vote Project listening session, please visit www.bit.ly/cnvplisteningsession.