Child Well-Being Cornerstone of May 15 California Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

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LOS ANGELES - May 8, 2018 - TelAve -- Contact:
Holden Slattery, The Chronicle of Social Change, 610-551- 3678
Cadonna Dory, Children's Defense Fund-CA, 323-385- 6342

Candidates in California's gubernatorial race will discuss pressing issues impacting the state's 9.1 million children during a May 15 forum in Los Angeles.

Children's Defense Fund-California, The Children's Partnership and The Chronicle of Social Change, a nonprofit news site, are co-hosting the nonpartisan event, entitled "Building Our Future: A Forum on Children with California's Gubernatorial Candidates."

The forum will take place on the campus of Los Angeles Trade Technical College; details are as follows:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: 2215 S. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90015, South Tent/South Campus

Confirmed candidates include Antonio Villairagosa, John Chiang and Delaine Eastin. John Cox and Travis Allen have expressed interest in attending, and will likely join. Participants will have the opportunity to outline their plans for improving the lives of California's most precious asset, our children.

This election will have significant impact on all of our communities. The forum is an opportunity for community members to participate in the democratic process and hear more about the candidates' positions on topics related to education, child welfare, health care access, technology investments for children and youth, among others.

The Governor-elect will replace current Jerry Brown, who will step down next year after serving two terms in his second go-round as governor. While Brown has promoted several important reforms affecting children, youth and families, today 20 percent of all children in California are living in poverty, including a disproportionate number of children of color. Changes in federal immigration policy have caused turmoil in a state where about one in six children are estimated to have at least one undocumented parent.

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Forum moderators, who lead the three organizations hosting the forum, are determined to elicit each candidate's plans to improve the lives of children in California.

"The next governor of California better put children at the top of his or her priority list," said Daniel Heimpel, publisher of The Chronicle of Social Change. "While they can't vote, rest assured that their fathers, mothers, grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins will keep them top of mind when going to the polls. On May 15, we will find out which candidate will be the true champion for our state's Golden children."

"We cannot build a future for California without recognizing today that too many of our children are experiencing homelessness, hunger, lack of health care, and inadequate education," said Shimica Gaskins, executive director of Children's Defense Fund-CA.

"Although we have made progress in recent years, our next governor must be one who protects the most vulnerable among us by prioritizing policies and building systems that support the whole child."

"Across the political spectrum, we all want our kids to grow up healthy, in safe environments, feeling loved and able to thrive," said Mayra E Alvarez, president of The Children's Partnership. "This election is a pivotal point in our state's history. Through their policies and programs, the next Governor of California has a real opportunity to lead the way in creating a better quality of life for our children and youth and in doing so, a better future for all of California."

Many organizations that understand the importance of prioritizing California's children are supporting this forum, including: Children's Hospital Los Angeles; The Pritzker Foster Care Initiative; The California Endowment; Alliance for a Better Community; California Pan Ethnic Health Network, GRACE; Southern California Grantmakers; Los Angeles Trade Technical College; and Liberty Hill Foundation.

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LA School Report and Los Angeles Daily News are media partners for the forum.

The following organizations are community partners:
The RightWay Foundation; SHIELDS for Families; United Friends of the Children; CASA of Los Angeles; Youth Justice Coalition; the Association of Community Human Service Agencies; the California Alliance of Child and Family Services; California Youth Connection; Teens Exploring Technology; AltaMed Health Services; Latino Coalition of Los Angeles; California Coverage and Health Initiatives; California Immigrant Policy Center; The Village Nation; Communities In Schools; Los Angeles African American Women Political Action Committee; Community Health Councils; DAR Public Health Consulting; Vision y Compromiso; and Orthopedic Hospital Medical Magnet High School.


The Chronicle of Social Change is a national news outlet that covers issues affecting vulnerable children, youth and their families. It is published by the nonprofit journalism organization Fostering Media Connections.

Children's Defense Fund-California (CDF-CA) is a state office of the Children's Defense Fund, a national child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for over 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. CDF-CA champions policies and programs that lift children out of poverty, ensure all children have access to health coverage and care and a quality education, and invest in our justice-involved youth.

The Children's Partnership is a trusted resource and advocate for children and families across California and the nation. A leading voice for children and their communities, The Children's Partnership sets a children's agenda on emerging issues. We create and champion policies that provide all children, especially those most in need, with the resources and opportunities they need to thrive.

The Chronicle of Social Change

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