March 12, 2004

Community Notes:

San Diego Attorneys Offer Free Legal Advice at Library’s Sixth Annual Law Day Event on March 13

Free Legal advice from local attorneys will be offered Saturday, March 13 as part of the City of San Diego Public Library’s sixth annual Law Day. Each year, hundreds of San Diegans take part in the event and receive private counsel on such topics as bankruptcy law, family law, civil litigation, personal injury, medical malpractice, consumer protection, immigration, criminal law and other legal issues.

Law Day 2004 will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mission Valley Branch Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway. The nonprofit, community event is open to the public.

“Law Day is a very popular event where the public can receive important legal advice at no charge,” said City Library Director Anna Tatár. “The event allows people to get information they need who may not be able to afford it or are unsure about the legal process.”

Attorneys participating in Law Day are in good standing with the state bar of California and licensed in state and federal courts of California. The attorneys have proven to be experienced, qualified professionals with a strong commitment to volunteerism in the community.

For more information, contact the Mission Valley Branch Library at 858-573-5007 or the Law Offices of Mark L. Miller at 619-574-0551.

Cinco de Mayo Community Celebration

The Vista Townsite Community Partnership will be holding their 4th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration on May 1, 2004 in Vista. They are looking for sponsors, vendors, performers, an “Little Miss Cinco de Mayo” participant’s ages 5-11. For more information call 760.806.8980 or lmjohnson@vtcp.org.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta de la Communidad

El Vista Townsite Community Partnership celebrará la Fiesta del Cinco de Mayo, por la cuarta vez, el primerro de mayo, 2004, en Vista. Buscan patrocinaddores, vendedores, artistas, y también muchachas entre la edad de cinco y 11 para la competición para “La Pequeña Señorita del Cinco de Mayo”. Para más información, llame a 760.806.8980 ó a lmjohnson@vtcp.org.

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH PRESENTS ESTHER CHAVEZ CANO

Mira Mesa - On Friday, March 26 from 6:30 to 8 pm. at Miramar College, Esther Chavez Cano,  director of Casa Amiga in Ciudad Juarez and advocate of women’s rights in Mexico, will speak through an interpreter about the more than 300 young women who have been found murdered and mutilated in and around Ciudad Juarez over the last ten years.

The murders are known as the “maquiladora murders” since many of the victims worked in the maquiladora industry.

Esther Chavez Cano founded Casa Amiga in 1999 to provide services to the families of the victims and survivors of similar abuse. Chavez Cano has garnered recognition and numerous awards from international organizations for her work on behalf of women’s rights.

“The Ciudad Juarez Tragedy - Disappearances and Mutilations of Young Women on the U.S./Mexico Industrial Border” will be held in lecture hall I-101 at Miramar College. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, call the Miramar College Public Information Office at (858) 536-7876.

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