Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro is scheduled Wednesday to tour skid row and a South Los Angeles nonprofit organization assisting former foster youth, visit the Downtown Women’s Center and participate in a town hall in Pasadena on worker solidarity and migrant justice.
The candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination will be joined by local and national housing advocates on his tour of skid row that will begin and end at Downtown Women’s Center, which serves homelessness and formerly homeless women.
The Right Way Foundation in the Crenshaw district will be Castro’s second stop of the day. He will meet with former foster youth who have aged out of foster care system.
Castro will conclude his day by joining members of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, day laborers and domestic and low-wage workers at a town hall on worker solidarity and migrant justice at the Pasadena Community Job Center.
The visit comes one day before seven of Castro’s opponents in the race for the Democratic nomination debate at Loyola Marymount University. Castro failed to qualify for Thursday’s debate and the Nov. 20 debate in Atlanta because he did not meet the polling standards after qualifying for each of the first four debates.
This is Castro’s second visit to the Los Angeles area this month. He spoke to a classroom of political science students at East Los Angeles College about government, politics, policy and public service on Dec. 2.
The following day he joined members of Black Lives Matter as they demanded that Los Angeles Police Department officers who shot and killed a man running through a mall carrying a long knife be held accountable; attended a roundtable discussion on veterans’ homelessness at the Rosslyn Hotel in downtown Los Angeles and conducted a luncheon fundraiser in Boyle Heights.
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