August 13, 2004

Community Notes:

Toy Giveaway to Park View Apartment Fire Victims

The National City Fire Department sponsored a “Relief Toy Give-Away” for the victims of a devastating apartment fire at the Park View Apartments. The residents evacuated their homes as fire moved its way through, eventually consuming sixteen apartments.

Fifteen children directly affected by the blaze, were invited to participate in a “Park View Apartment Relief Toy Give-Away”. A bus donated by the National School District, transported the Children and their families to Toys-R-Us, KB Toy Store and The Disney Store. The children were greeted by store employees, waiting to take them shopping.

The children were then transported to the west parking lot graciously donated by Westfield Shopping Town Plaza Bonita. The kids were greeted by waiting Fire Fighters, Police Officers, Fire Department volunteers and a volunteer from the City Manager’s Office. The Children and their families were treated to ice cream donated by Food 4 Less Grocery Store. The children also received gift bags form Westfield Shopping Town Plaza Bonita and free tickets to the circus donated by the National City Maac Project.

The National City Fire Department would like to thank all of the volunteers and stores who participated in the event; without their assistance and generosity, this event would not have been possible.

Free Veteran Workshop

The Veterans Small Business Outreach Center would like to invite veterans to our free Town Hall Meeting on August 17, 2004 from 9 am – 3:30 pm. The Town Hall Meeting will be hosted by National University and will be held at: National University Spectrum Learning Center, 9388 Lightwave Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123-1426.

The THM is a one day event, where veterans who want to start a business or expand their business will be able to access business resources and workshops at no charge, such as:

• SBA - lending programs

• Programs for Veteran Owned Business

• Federal Contracting Opportunities with Department of Veteran Affairs

• Small Business Development Center

• General Services Administration (GSA) – federal procurement opportunities

The Veteran Business Outreach Center, a division of Vietnam Veterans of California, Inc., is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3, in collaboration with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has formed a unique network of agencies providing services to veterans and veteran owned businesses from all professions, of all ages, and all periods of service who seek and receive direct business assistance through programs in numerous communities throughout the State of California.

Contact: Indria Gillespie, Business Development Specialist, Veterans Business Outreach Center. Tel: 916/393-8387 ext. 25; Fax: 916/393-8389.

Email: igillespie@vboc-ca.org; www.vboc-ca.org; www.vietvets.org

Chicano Moratorium

Sunday, August 29th, 6-9 PM

Chicano Perk cafe y cultura is making a call to the Progressive Chicano Mexicano community to attend and commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium against the Vietnam War in 1970. The platica by Carlos Pelayo will also address the poverty and racism our community faced then and faces today on an even larger scale. In addition, this event celebrates the continued building of an independent Chicano Mexicano movement nationwide to defend our community against racist legislation targeting our people, police and border patrol violence in our barrios, the systematic criminalization and imprisonment of our youth, and the lack of decent housing, healthcare, social services and jobs with liveable wages for our people. We understand that the conditions we face today are, in fact, worse than when our people took to the streets of East Los Angeles 30 years ago. Now more than ever is the time for us to confront the system and demand self-determination - the right to control our own political, economic, cultural and social destiny as a people on our own land.

Thirty years ago NCMC protested an unjust war by the U.S. against the Vietnamese People - a war in which our people were used as cannon fodder and made up over 20 % of the casualties though we were only 6% of the total population of the U.S. at the time. On August 26, we will challenge U.S. intervention in Mexico and the rest of Latin America and the Clinton administration’s support of the PRI/PAN government of Mexico’s dirty war against our brothers and sisters. We join independent organizations all over Mexico in calling for an immediate end to the militarization of Mexico and an end to the “free trade” policies that are nothing more that the sellout of Mexico to the International Monetary Fund” and the World Bank. We demand freedom for all political prisoners. The National Chicano Moratorium Committee further intends to organize throughout the Southwest and nationwide to stop our youth from joining the U.S. war machine. Our war is here, we fight for justice and self-determination.

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