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The 35-year old Gudiel, who juggles two jobs and lives with her parents and brother in La Puente, a working class suburb of Los Angeles, has become the public face of a burgeoning crusade to defend homeowners from unfair evictions. Gudiel, her family, neighbors and other supporters have pledged to risk arrest when the Los Angeles County Sheriff tries to evict them this week from Gudiel’s home after Fannie Mae issue a foreclosure notice.
Gudiel is part of a broad coalition of California unions and community groups that have been fighting bank foreclosures for over a year. This week, the coalition — which is called Refund California and includes the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the California Nurses Association, the California Community Reinvestment Coalition, the California Teachers Association, PICO (a faith-based community group) and POWER (a Los Angeles community organization) — began a multi-week series of protests and public events to call on banks to fix the housing mess, pay their fair share of taxes, and help rebuild hard-hit neighborhoods.
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Hawthorne Mayor Pro Tem Alex Vargas joined a host of elected officials, union members, and thousands of students returning to school at the SEIU-ULTCW Fresh Start event. Held at the Ted Watkins Recreation Park, students from all over the county lined up to receive new backpacks, health screenings, and a fresh hair cut or manicure.
“Labor is not just a vital part of our economy, they are an integral part in our communities.” said the councilman as he spoke with a local reporter. “In the City of Hawthorne alone, the unemployment rate is currently at 16 percent. It is extremely important that we support labor by creating jobs through economic development in our cities.
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In honor of the quality care that the SEIU United Long Term Care Workers provide, the Hands-on Healing exhibit shines a light on the connection between the nurturing of others and nurturing our environment through our actions and voices. Whether touching, soothing, feeding, or raised as clenched fist, hands can stir emotion and change minds. This exhibit is centered on issues of social justice and features artists who use their work as a vehicle for social change.
You will be able to see the exhibit on the first floor gallery at the ULTCW office located at 2515 Beverly Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA, starting on Friday, October 7th. Artists will also be leading protest-poster making workshops in Los Angeles, Solano and San Bernadino couties for ULTCW members.
The exhibit, curated by Chris Hambrick, features internationally acclaimed artists and local favorites, including Favianna Rodriguez, Steve Alfaro, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Zeal Harris, Kristi Holohan, Safety First, Melanie Cervantes, Jesus Barraza, Ras Terms, Luca Bogoni & Nele Bronner, Power to the Poster, Hertz Alegrio, Oscar Magallanes and Larissa Marantz.
Learn more about the workshops at www.ULTCW.org/workshops
Interested in attending the reception or a poster-making workshop? Email Sura Hart to RSVP.
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Las dos horas que Paula Flores esperó en fila para recibir una mochila para su hijo y sus cuatro sobrinos dijo que bien valieron la pena. Calcula que por los útiles escolares que recibieron ha conseguido ahorrar unos 300 dólares en su bolsillo que ahora podrá gastar en otras necesidades.
“Venimos porque escuchamos en las noticias que iban a estar dando ayuda. Si no, nos hubiéramos quedado en casa porque ni dinero hay para salir a gastar”, dijo Flores, quien acudía por primera vez al Festival Fresh Start organizado por el sindicato SEIU, que representa a los trabajadores de cuidado de personas.
Aguantar el sol no fue problema para esta madre soltera, ya que a falta de trabajo se dedica a vender flores en la calle. Su familia sobrevive con la asistencia pública de los programas sociales.
A FREE DAYLONG EVENT DEDICATED TO PROVIDING LOCAL FAMILIES HARD HIT BY THE ECONOMY WITH BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLIES, LUNCH, ENTERTAINMENT, AND MORE…
LOS ANGELES — Today, over 11,000 Los Angeles area residents enjoyed a day at Ted Watkins Park, participating in the 2011 Fresh Start Community Festival produced by SEIU United Long Term Care Workers (ULTCW). The purpose of the free daylong festival is to provide families who have been hard hit by the economy with the break they need and to ensure that their children have the supplies necessary as they head back to school. Currently, in Los Angeles County alone, African Americans are facing 19% unemployment while Latinos are facing 14% unemployment.
“The economy has impacted the lives of millions of families throughout Los Angeles. From losing their jobs to losing their homes, this is a difficult time,” said Laphonza Butler, president of SEIU ULTCW. “The Fresh Start Festival is all about lending a hand to those in need and to let them know that we’re all in this together…no one is alone. Simply put, we could all use a Fresh Start.”
“We came today to get backpacks and school supplies because we had no idea where the kids were going to get them this year. Times are really tough. We have no income,” stated Loretta Torres who attended the Fresh Start Festival with her son, daughter, sister and niece.
The Fresh Start Festival featured FREE back-to-school supplies and backpacks, haircuts and nail polishing for children 5-15 years of age, health screenings, lunch, and family entertainment including the music of Salsa band Son Mayor, Aaron Nigel Smith, POWER 106 DJ Loud, R&B band Tyghtship, and the Taiko Drummers. Festival attendees were also entertained by the DeLeon Circus, juggler Scot Nery, Rhythm Child, the Bob Baker Marionettes and more.
Among the elected officials who joined the Fresh Start festivities were LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Assembly Speaker John Perez, State Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Congresswoman Laura Richardson, Assemblymember Isadore Hall, LA City Controller Wendy Greuel, LA City Council President Eric Garcetti, and Carson City Councilmember Mike Gipson.
“I am delighted to take part in this important event that ensures so many children get the right start to this school year,” Said Speaker Perez. “Education is so critical to our future as a state, and I am proud to be a part of an event where so many schoolchildren get the supplies and the encouragement they need to succeed in school.”
In addition to the presenting sponsor, SEIU ULTCW, other sponsors included Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, Office of LA City Council President Eric Garcetti, Brotherhood Crusade, Kinsey Family Foundation, California Forward, Marinello Beauty School, LA Barber College, Ted Watkins Memorial Park and the LA County Department of Parks and Recreation.
The LA Fresh Start Working Families Community Festival is made possible by the members of SEIU ULTCW, the United Long Term Care Workers’ Union. For more information on SEIU ULTCW, please visit www.ULTCW.org.
Contact: Wendy Carrillo – (213) 985-1694, Scott Mann – (323) 333-4850
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1. Telemundo News Story
2. KMEX News Story
3. NBC News
SAN DIMAS – About 50 union members and supporters gathered at the office of Rep. David Dreier, R-San Dimas, on Tuesday to protest proposed free-trade agreements between the U.S. and Colombia, Panama and South Korea.
The protesters, who were brought in by organizers from the Service Employees International Union- United Long Term Care Workers, gathered in front of Dreier’s office for a rally about 10 a.m., marching along the sidewalk and shouting slogans such as “Si, se puede” and “Keep jobs in the USA.”
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