March 1, 2019: Thousands to join Sen. Holly J. Mitchell at Wednesday rally for brighter, healthier Central California

March 01, 2019

Guest Press Release

Media Advisory                                                                                                                      Contact: Samantha Garcia

March 1, 2019                                                                                      916-996-8987;                                                 

What:  ​Equity on the Mall is an annual one-day event where thousands of San Joaquin Valley residents come to the State Capitol to advocate for a “Golden State for All.” Communities throughout the San Joaquin Valley spend the day together to bring much-needed attention to the health inequities faced by children and families living in the Valley and to propose pathways to create sustainable change that addresses the systemic inequities experiences by Valley families. 


Young children are the most vulnerable members of a community and the source of its greatest potential. To improve health and well-being of children in the Valley, we must advance programs and policy changes that promote community health and health equity for all. That is why, this year, Equity on the Mall is honored to be able to partner with Senator Holly Mitchell to launch the Select Committee on Social Determinants of Children’s Well-Being.


Who:   ​The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund (SJVHF), a cohort of 18 state and national foundations and 90 community organizations, host Equity on the Mall with over 2,000 participating San Joaquin Valley residents who will work to advance their regional policy platform by bringing their voices to Sacramento. Speakers at the event will include:

• Senator  Holly J. Mitchell, D-Los Angeles

• Senator Hurtado

• Assembly Member Arambula

• Stockton Mayor Tubbs

• Dolores Huerta, Labor Leader and Civil Rights Activist

• Chet Hewitt, President and CEO of Sierra Health Foundation

• And many more


When: ​Wednesday, March 6, 2019 starting at 9:00 AM

​             10:00 AM – Addressing Health and Racial Equities in the San Joaquin Valley (Room 4202)

​             11:00 AM – Rally on the West Steps (State and community leaders/community performances) 

1:00 PM    – Senate Select Committee on Social Determinants of Children’s Well-Being (Room112)

​*Speakers are available for interviews upon request.


Where: California State Capitol


Why: ​   For far too long, communities in the San Joaquin Valley have not benefitted from opportunities that make California golden for other regions. One in three families with children under 18 have

 incomes below the Federal Poverty Line. One in four children in the Valley face food insecurity, while one in four schools do not have access to clean water. We can change that together. We are honored to join Senator Mitchell in launching the Select Committee’s first hearing, focused on homelessness and housing. This will lift up new voices and provide an opportunity to learn about the barriers and impacts experienced by children with no or inadequate housing. For these reasons and many others, the San Joaquin Valley is uniting to call on our State leaders to help create a healthier Valley and a more equitable California for our children and our future.