January 2008

Sentinel Article – Holiday Party at Jordan Downs

Tyrone Freeman and Kids

Hundreds of residents of the
Jordan Downs Public Housing complex in Watts, packed the community’s recreation
room a few days before Christmas to participate in a holiday party provided by
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles (SCLCLA),
The Poor People’s Campaign, and Clean Up America.

In addition to the celebratory occasion that featured live
music and other local entertainment along with holiday signs and banners, the
party hosts treated the Jordan Down residents to over 400 free turkeys and toys
for the children.

Tyrone Freeman and Rev. Eric Lee, chair and president/CEO,
respectively, of the SCLCLA and Donnie Porter, president of Clean Up America,
got the party started at 1:00 p.m., at the Jordan Downs Recreation Center.

“We are especially honored during this time of year to continue the legacy
of Dr. King to extend good will to those greatest in need,” said Tyrone
Freeman.

Jordan Downs, with over 700 housing units serving a balanced
mix of Black and Latino families, according to Mary Griffin, Jordan Downs
Recreation Assistant, is one of the most underserved communities in the City of
Los Angeles and has not had any new economic development in over 50 years, as
indicated in the literature from The Poor People’s Campaign.

Earlier this year, the SCLCLA engaged over 500 residents in a ‘day of dialogue’
to discuss a plan to improve that community with new, quality homes. The turkey
and gift giveaway, just before Christmas, a time of year when families come
together to give thanks, exchange gifts, and celebrate the last holiday of the
year, demonstrated that the SCLC and The Poor People’s Campaign, intend to
follow-up on their commitment.

Rev. Lee told the audience, “We are here today to improve the quality of
life for Jordan Downs residents.”

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference and The Poor People’s Campaign was
created by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to help eradicate poverty and create a
more just society. Earlier this year, The Poor People’s Campaign was
re-launched by a collaborative partnership of community leaders and prominent
organizations ranging from civil and human rights, labor, faith-based,
political, and business.

Jordan Downs is one of several major public housing
communities in Watts that provides rental housing assistance payments to those
individuals and families, who otherwise, would not be able to pay their full,
monthly rent.

Mary Griffin, a recreation assistant and full-time employee of Jordan Downs,
explained that the free items being distributed today will truly make the
difference between inside the homes of some of her neighbors. “Many of the
Jordan Down residents,” she said, “would not have a turkey or gifts
for their children, if it were not for the kindness and generosity of The Poor
People’s Campaign and the SCLC.”

While the residents of Jordan Downs were graciously accepting the hospitality
of the SCLCLA, The Poor People’s Campaign and Clean Up America, residents of
Nickerson Gardens, another major public housing property with 1,053 units, only
a few minutes from Jordan Downs, were also celebrating the holiday season with
a free meal and a free toy giveaway.

Donny Joubert, Housing Authority recreation assistant and member of the Watts
Gang Task Force, said, “Every year at this time we provide a free meal for
the Nickerson Gardens residents and giveaway free toys for the children.”

Karl Stephens, Nickerson Gardens facility director,
indicated that there are many people, individuals, public agencies, and elected
officials that deserve the credit for this year’s event but he made special
mention of the support of Los Angeles City Councilmember Janice Hahn, the City
of Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Department, LA City Camp, and the Housing
Authority.

The Nickerson Gardens pre-Christmas event featured gifts for all of the
children as well as an opportunity to be among the winners of over 30 bicycles,
shirts from Philadelphia ’76ers basketball player Andre Miller, and personal
care gift bags for the adults.

The act of giving as well as the true spirit of the holiday season, which
includes extending a hand to someone in need, was pervasive throughout the
recreation areas of Jordan Downs and Nickerson Gardens, just before Christmas.

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GOVERNOR PROPOSES TO SLASH IHSS BUDGET

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed to slash $110 million from In-Home Supportive Services on Jan. 10, in attempt to close a $14 billion state budget gap.

His plan proposes to reduce IHSS consumers’ hours by cutting “non-medical” IHSS care, including meal preparation, meal clean-up and food shopping.

This short-sighted proposal means that, unless low-wage homecare workers provide “non-medical” care for no pay (above and beyond the time they already donate), seniors and people with disabilities are left vulnerable, said Tyrone Freeman, president of the United Long-Term Care Workers’ Union. These clients run the risk of malnourishment, illness, or injury, which ultimately could force them into a hospital, nursing home, or institution, Freeman continued.

“The Governor has an overly simplified approach to dealing with our state’s budget deficit by only proposing cuts,” Freeman said. “The Governor should join lawmakers in examining new revenue options before pushing cuts to programs that provide essential, accessible, and affordable health care for the people with the greatest needs – especially cost-effective programs like IHSS.”

Homecare workers, including more than 100 from ULTCW, are traveling to Sacramento on Wednesday, Jan. 16 to lobby legislators against the proposed cuts.

Also, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards will be in Los Angeles on Thursday, Jan. 17 speaking at an SEIU rally and specifically addressing the dangerousness of the proposed cuts.

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Statewide Conference Call On Healthcare Reform

It was a rainy Sunday afternoon as health care workers
attended a statewide meeting that involved ULTCW offices in Ventura, Santa
Cruz, San Bernardino, Alameda and Solano.The magic of video conferencing allowed everyone to attend, including
President Tyrone Freeman.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement

Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on August
23, 1963.

Today, that famous speech still has the same power to join
all races together and create equality, just as it did on that victorious day. As we all know, Dr. Martin Luther King was a
great pioneer of the civil rights movement. What sets him apart from the rest is that he
fought peacefully for change.

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Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The SCLC of Greater Los Angeles and the SCLC Dream Foundation kicked off KING WEEK 2008 on Friday with a press conference at Los Angeles City Hall. ULTCW President and SCLC Chair Tyrone Freeman told the crowd that KING WEEK is a time to commemorate the achievements of Dr. King and evaluate how we, as justice seekers, can carry out his message and work in our lives.

The SCLC is working to carry out King’s work is through the re-ignition of the Poor People’s Campaign, an economic-based crusade King initiated shortly before his death.

The local campaign seeks to spur job training and development through its apprenticeship program and create affordable housing opportunities for people living paycheck to paycheck.

“We’re walking the walk — not just talking the talk,” Freeman told the crowd. KING WEEK continues through Jan. 21, culminating with the 31st annual King Dinner.

Upcoming Events:
Jan. 15 – Multi-Faith Prayer Breakfast
3320 W. ADAMS, LOS ANGELES CA 90018
Call (626)791-3847 for more details

Jan. 17
SCLC Reception and Fashion Show

Jan. 21
31st Annual King Dinner
Millennium Biltmore Hotel

For more information, visit the SCLC

*Photos courtesy of Tyrone Washington

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Dr. King’s Vision

The Martin Luther parade was held on January 21, 2008. The
parade has been held for many years to symbolize Dr. King’s message of
non-violence and equality.

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Ted Lieu Briefs Workers on Proposed Healthcare Reform

Healthcare Reform Bill holds Promise for Uninsured

Over 200 ULTCW members braved threatening storms Sunday to hear Torrance Assemblyman Ted Leiu speak at the Los Angeles Union Hall on the healthcare reform bill.

Long-term care union members from Del Norte to Imperial counties also joined President Tyrone Freeman and Secretary Treasurer Amanda Figueroa in Los Angeles via video teleconference for the update.

The main points of the Health Reform bill, according to Lieu, are:

·3.4 to 4 million adults will receive coverage

·800,000 children will be insured regardless of immigration status

·affordability – coverage for those up to 150% of the poverty level and

·subsidized coverage for those up to 400% of the poverty level, 5.5% at the highest level

·coverage cannot be denied for pre-existing conditions

·insurance companies are limited to 15% for administration costs

Further, Leiu said that the ballot initiative to finance the bill would include revenue from:

·Federal funds

·Employer mandate – all have to pay from 1% to 6.5% according to size of business

·Hospitals will pay a 4% provider fee

·$1.75 per pack tobacco tax

There are built in safeguards in the bill to prevent any fiscal threat to the general budget, said Leiu, who chairs the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee.

The bill is scheduled to go to the Senate Health Committee for a hearing on January 16th. Long-term care workers will be visiting their legislators to ask for their support, said Freeman.

To critics of the bill Freeman said, “We must start now. Without health care the quality of our lives is diminished and that’s no longer acceptable.”

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Healthcare Reform Bill holds Promise for Uninsured

Over 200 ULTCW members braved threatening storms Sunday to
hear Torrance Assemblyman Ted Leiu speak at the Los Angeles Union Hall on the
healthcare reform bill.

Long-term care union members from Del Norte to Imperial
counties also joined President Tyrone Freeman and Secretary Treasurer Amanda
Figueroa in Los Angeles via video teleconference for the update.

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Los Angeles Division Meetings

Baldwin Park
Morgan Park Community Center
4100 Baldwin Park Blvd.
Baldwin Park, CA 91760
November 19, 2008 –  6:00 p.m.

Crenshaw

Peoples Coordinated Services
5133 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90043
November 13, 2008 – 6:00 p.m.

Compton
Wilson Park/Banquet Room
123 N. Rose Avenue
Compton, CA 90221
November 27, 2008 – 6:00 p.m.

East Los Angeles
San Francisco Catholic Church
4800 Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
November 19, 2008 – 6:00 p.m.

Glendale
Glendale Public Library
222 East Harvard  St.
Glendale, CA 91205
November 6, 2008 – 6:00 p.m.

Hollywood/Dvin Restaurant

5123 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
November 11, 2008 – 6:00 p.m.

Hollywood II
Hope Lutheran Church
6720 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
November 19, 2008 – 6:00 p.m.

Inglewood
One Manchester Avenue
City Hall Community Room
November 12, 2008 – 6:00 p.m.

La Puente
La Puente Public Library
15920 E. Central Ave.
La Puente, CA 91744
NO MEETING IN NOVEMBER

Lancaster
Antelope Valley Senior Center
777 West Jackman Street
Lancaster, CA 93554
November 20, 20008 – 6:00 p.m.

Montebello
Montebello Library
1550 West Beverly Blvd.
Montebello, CA 90640
November 21, 2008 – 6:00 p.m.

Palmdale
38510 Sierra Hwy.
Palmdale, CA 93550
November 20, 2008 – 6:00 p.m.

Pasadena
Jackie Robinson Center
1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103
November 13, 2008 – 6:00 p.m.

Pacoima
Pacoima Public Library
13605 Van Nuys Blvd.
Pacoima, CA 91331
November 19, 2008 – 6:00 p.m.

Pomona
Pomona Public Library
625 S. Garey Ave.
Pomona,  CA 91766
November 13, 2008

South Central
Fredrick Roberts Park
4700 Honduran Street
Los Angeles, CA 90011
November 8, 2008 – 6:00 p.m.

South Central East and West
Watts Community Center
10950 S. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90002
November 20, 2008 – 6:00 p.m.

South Gate
Leland R. Weaver Library
4035 Tweedy Blvd.
South Gate, CA 90280
November 25, 2008 – 6:00 p.m.

Union Hall
2515 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90057
November 19, 2008 – 6:00 p.m.

Van Nuys
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
14646 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA 91405
November 20, 2008 – 6:00 p.m.

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Member Reporter Joyce Hayashi

Healthcare Reform
Bill holds Promise for Uninsured

Over 200 ULTCW members braved threatening storms Sunday to
hear Torrance Assemblyman Ted Leiu speak at the Los Angeles Union Hall on the
healthcare reform bill.

Long-term care union members from Del Norte to Imperial
counties also joined President Tyrone Freeman and Secretary Treasurer Amanda
Figueroa in Los Angeles via video teleconference for the update.

The main points of the Health Reform bill, according to
Lieu, are:

·3.4 to 4 million adults will receive coverage

·800,000 children will be insured regardless of
immigration status

·affordability – coverage for those up to 150% of the
poverty level and

·subsidized coverage for those up to 400% of the poverty
level, 5.5% at the highest level

·coverage cannot be denied for pre-existing conditions

·insurance companies are limited to 15% for
administration costs

Further, Leiu said that the ballot initiative to finance the
bill would include revenue from:

·Federal funds

·Employer mandate – all have to pay from 1% to 6.5%
according to size of business

·Hospitals will pay a 4% provider fee

·$1.75 per pack tobacco tax

There are built in safeguards in
the bill to prevent any fiscal threat to the general budget, said Leiu, who
chairs the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee.

The bill is scheduled to go to the Senate Health Committee
for a hearing on January 16th. Long-term care workers will be
visiting their legislators to ask for their support, said Freeman.

To critics of the bill Freeman said, “We must start now.
Without health care the quality of our lives is diminished and that’s no longer
acceptable.”

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