The 1.3 million Californians impacted by the 2009 cuts to the SSI/SSP program are older adults and people with disabilities. Since poverty disproportionately affects women and people of color, the suffering caused by these cuts also disproportionately affects women and people of color.

Their stories are all different. Many are women who worked at home taking care of their families, rather than participating in the labor market. Many are people who became disabled due to an accident or disease. One thing they all have in common is the impossible choices they must make every day—between food and medicine, heat and transportation, health care and rent.

 

California can and should do better for its most vulnerable citizens.