The RIL Blog

Why Wages Matter in the Fight to End Hunger

The holiday season is a time of giving. More now than any other time of year, people feel compelled to donate their time and resources to organizations that feed the hungry. With hunger at the forefront of people’s minds this season, we have a real opportunity to further the conversation and engage people in advocacy…

SSI and Reaching the Federal Poverty Level.

SSI, People With Disabilities, and Reaching the Federal Poverty Level. Information Bulletin #366 (11/2012). ~ Steve Gold http://stevegoldada.blogspot.com/2012/11/ssi-people-with-disabilities-and.html Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is basically a federal program for people who are disabled (and older Americans). As of 2011, there were about 6.7 million people with disabilities who received SSI (another 1 million recipients were over…

RIL’s Statement on the “Occupy Movement”

Resources for Independent Living www.ril-sacramento.org RIL’s STATEMENT ON THE “OCCUPY MOVEMENT” November 28, 2011 In solidarity with our sister Independent Living Center in Chico, Independent Living Services of Northern California (ILSNC), RIL sends a message of support to peaceful protesters in Sacramento, Oakland, UC Davis, and all other American cities and around the world.  We…

Proposed State Budget Cuts to IHSS

  Proposed State Budget Trigger Cuts to IHSS Submitted by Frances Gracechild, Chair, Advisory Committee, based on excerpts from the California Disability Community Action Network Report,  Nov 1,2001   Dear Yolo County Supervisors and all Yolo County IHSS stakeholders:   As the current Chair of the Yolo County IHSS Advisory Committee I am pleased to…

We need not just jobs, but jobs that pay

We need not just jobs, but jobs that pay By Barbara Ehrenreich, Special to CNN August 23, 2011 12:12 p.m. EDT Editor’s note: Barbara Ehrenreich’s book “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America” (Macmillan) has just been released in a 10th-anniversary edition with a new afterword by the author. (CNN) — Everyone to…

Guest Blog: Asm. Mariko Yamada

California’s Adult Day Health Care System: Transition to Nowhere By Assemblymember Mariko Yamada Chair, Assembly Committee on Aging and Long Term Care Almost forty years ago, California pioneered a system to keep frail elders and persons with disabilities in supportive community day settings.  In response to the highly publicized, disturbing stories of nursing home abuse…

Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow

STATE BUDGET READY or Not FOR RESUBMITTAL TO THE GOVERNOR Dear Readers, As this newsletter goes to the printer (JUNE 29TH) the Governor and Democratic leadership have reached a budget deal without Republican support. This revised version contains the mysteriously evil practice of “TRIGGERS” to achieve a projected (a lot like gambling) balanced budget. What…


Coming Soon “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”: A blog by executive director Frances Gracechild