March 28, 2008

Community Notes:

Journey for Better Jobs

Monday March 31

9:30 A.M. to 2 P.M.

San Diego Convention Center to San Diego County Administration Center

In Honor of ‘Cesar Chavez Day’ and the ongoing fight to protect San Diego’s working class, the San Diego-Imperial Countries Labort Council will lead a line of hundreds of the region’s Union members through Downtown to demand that all businesses treat their employees with dignity and respect.

Stops on the route will include (times approximate)

9:30 A.M. — San Diego Convention Center

10:45 A.M. — Wells Fargo Building, 5th Ave. and B St.

11:30 A.M. — Civic Center Plaza

12:30 P.M. — State of California Building, 1400 Front St.

1:15 P.M. — Lane Field, Pacific Highway & W. Broadway

1:45 P.M. — San Diego Country Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway

In an effort to honor the legacy of Cesar Chavez, more than 700 members from dozens of local unions will spend Cesar Chavez Day by marching through the sidewalks of Downtown San Diego to demand that employers treat them with dignity and respect on the job.

The “Journey for Better Jobs” will highlight the contract plights of workers at five different locations over the course of the day.

The line of people, all dressed in red t-shirts, will leave from the San Diego Convention Center at 9:30 a.m. Participants will honor the Convention Center as a model for treating employees with respect.

Other stops on the Journey will include the Wells Fargo Building, San Diego City Hall, the State of California Building, the site of Lane Field and the County Administration Center.

Each stop will highlight a different battle San Diego’s working families are currently facing. Janitors fighting for self-sustaining wages at Downtown office buildings will be at the Wells Fargo Building at 5th Avenue and B Street. City sanitation workers will voice their concerns with the outsourcing of city jobs at City Hall. School employees and state workers will shine light on the effects of proposed budget cuts. Hotel workers will stand united with workers in the construction trades at the site of the proposed hotel project at Lane Field. County and domestic workers will demand competitive wages at the County Administration Center.

El IRS necesita su ayuda

Empezando en mayo, pagos de estímulo económico de hasta $600 para individuos ($1,200 para parejas casadas) serán emitidos por el IRS basados en las declaraciones de impuestos de 2007. Los padres de familia también reciben $300 por cada niño elegible.

Las personas deben presentar una declaración de impuestos del 2007. Eso es todo. Pero es aquí que el IRS necesita ayuda. Millones de personas son elegibles pero podrían no saberlo. Hay ciertos jubilados, veteranos discapacitados y trabajadores de bajos ingresos que normalmente no presentan una declaración de impuestos. Este año, ellos deben declarar para recibir el pago.

Las personas pueden ayudar no solamente al IRS pero a tal vez a si mismos, sus amigos o familiares. Ayúdenos a correr la voz. Las personas que tienen al menos $3,000 de ingresos del trabajo o ciertos beneficios del Seguro Social, Jubilación Ferroviaria y Asuntos de Veteranos podrían ser elegibles.

Ellos necesitan presentar una declaración. Nosotros haremos el resto. Por favor, visite para ver detalles. Gracias.

The IRS needs your help.

Starting in May, economic stimulus payments of up to $600 for individuals ($1,200 for married couples) will be issued by the IRS based on 2007 tax returns. Parents also get $300 for each eligible child.

People must file a 2007 tax return. That’s it. But here’s where the IRS needs help. Millions of people are eligible but may not know it. These are certain retirees, disabled vets and low-wage workers who normally don’t file a tax return. This year, they must file to receive the payments.

People can help not just the IRS but perhaps themselves, friends or family. Help us spread the word. People who have at least $3,000 from wages or certain benefits from Social Security, Railroad Retirement and Veterans Affairs may be eligible.

They need to file a return. We’ll do the rest. Please, visit for details.

“Por La Salud De San Diego” Health Fair to Address Health Care Issues In Barrio Logan

More than 1,000 participants are expected to attend “Por La Salud de San Diego” Health Fair in Chicano Park on Saturday March 29th, 2008. The fair, sponsored by the Association of Professionals and Students, seeks to address health care issues in lower income families by offering a number of free health services to the community at no cost whatsoever.

Studies have shown that Hispanics bear a disproportionate burden of disease, injury, death, and disability as compared to other non-Hispanics. As the largest ethnic population in the United States, Hispanics court a higher risk of illness with little to no health care to offset the illnesses that affect them and their families.

With 25.4 percent of the population cited as Hispanic in the latest US population census, and about 10.6% of families or 14.6% of the population below the national poverty line, the community of San Diego typifies the hardships that a rising cost of health care can incur on lower income communities.

The event coordinator, is expecting the participation of various medical and health oriented enterprises, including the San Diego County Health Dept., along with 24 Hr. Fitness, Family Health Centers of San Diego, Better Life Chiropractor and Community Health Groups among others that will provide such services as body mass index screening (BMI) and blood pressure screenings. These services will help further encourage community members maintain a healthy lifestyle by alerting them of the dangers of high cholesterol food consumption and its effect on the human body.

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