WATER CRISIS IN CALIFORNIA: #agua4all town hall to ADDRESS WATER INEQUALITY ACROSS THE STATE
Panel of Experts Includes Representative from Governor’s Office on Water Rights Policy
Sacramento, Calif., (February 22, 2016) – A panel of water policy experts, advocates and community voices will be featured in a Town Hall this Wednesday, February 24, at The California Museum. The event is part of The California Endowment’s #Agua4All Campaign, which raises awareness about the lack of access to safe and clean water for at least one million Californians.
The Town Hall will be followed by a reception inside the museum at the new exhibit, “Kingdom of Dust: Drought & Decline in California’s Central Valley,” which just opened on February 2 and chronicles the human effects of the state’s ongoing drought – which has compounded some of the state’s most entrenched poverty. The exhibit features the work of Tulare County-based photographer Matt Black, who will give the keynote speech at the reception.
WHAT: #Agua4All Town Hall and Reception
WHERE: The California Museum, 1020 O Street, Downtown Sacramento
WHEN: Wednesday, February 24, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
PANELISTS: Panel One 3:30 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.
Felicia Marcus, Chair, State Water Resources Control Board
Laurel Firestone, Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director, Community Water Center
Noe Paramo, Legislative Advocate, California Rural Legal Assistance
Panel Two 4:10 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Maria Elena Puente, Community Resident, Yolo County
Guadalupe Ramirez, Community Resident, San Joaquin Couty
Erasto Teran, Community Resident, Porterville
Tomas Garcia, Community Resident, East Porterville
Sandra Garcia, Community Resident, Poplar
Miguel Bibanco, Opinions ThekNOw Youth Media
Craig Martinez, Program Manager, The California Endowment
Reception 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Matt Black, Featured Photographer, Keynote speech
Spoken Word performances by students from Health Professions High School, Sacramento
VISUALS: Media are welcome to photograph the Kingdom of Dust exhibit on the first floor of the museum.
MEDIA CONTACT: Carolyn Becker, (916) 769-7976 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About The California Endowment
The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental affordable improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. Through its ‘Health Happens Here’ campaign and ten-year initiative for Building Healthy Communities, The Endowment is creating places where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. At its core, The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The California Endowment’s homepage at www.calendow.org.