Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) issued the following statement marking the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty.
“Fifty years ago, President Johnson declared a war on poverty to tackle the endemic causes of economic inequality in our country. As we continue our economic recovery, we must renew the mission to end poverty. For millions of Californians there is still no way into the middle class. We have an opportunity to ensure that the California dream is an opportunity for all, and not just for a select few.”
Recently, Senator DeSaulnier formed the Ending Poverty and Inequality in California (EPIC) Caucus. The mission of the EPIC Caucus is to reduce the number of people living in poverty and to increase economic opportunity for all Californians. The bicameral, bipartisan caucus aims to institutionalize legislative efforts to address inequality and poverty in a data-driven manner.
Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has been named the co-chair of the EPIC Caucus.
“I’m pleased to have been named co-chair of the caucus,” Stone said. “The causes of poverty are numerous and complex, and an overwhelming number of Californians continue to face countless barriers to exiting poverty and establishing better futures for themselves and their families. With this effort we hope to take a comprehensive approach to solving this multifaceted problem that affects so many of the state’s residents.”
Senators Jim Beall, Ellen Corbett, Noreen Evans, Loni Hancock, Carol Liu, Bill Monning, Holly Mitchell, Alex Padilla, Lois Wolk, and Roderick D. Wright have joined the EPIC Caucus. Assemblymembers Luis Alejo, Toni Atkins, Susan Bonilla, Steven Bradford, Rocky Chávez, Wesley Chesbro, Lorena Gonzalez, and Adam Gray have also signed onto the caucus.