September 28, 2001

CRLA Host Its Annual Tardeada Fund Raiser

California Rural Legal Assistance invites you to its Annual San Diego Tardeada Fund Raiser. CRLA is a statewide, non-profit, equal justice legal aid providing advocacy for poor, rural people throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties and California. This year we celebrate 35 years of legal services to California's rural poor. From 20 offices located throughout the state, CRLA lawyers and staff work tirelessly to help California's disenfranchised secure free civil legal assistance. Locally, CRLA operates an office in Oceanside from which we recently assisted migrant workers from North County secure legal assistance as victims of an unprovoked "hate-crime" attack. But the office also helps workers secure unpaid wages and educates them about their basic rights related to minimum wage, unemployment, worker compensation, social security and other benefits.

As the event, CRLA will honor Dr. Alberto Ochoa and attorney Maurice Jourdance for their significant contributions to the legal and educational communities of San Diego. In addition to the honorees, special guests include the Honorable Cruz Reynoso; author & poet, Gary Soto; and Showtime Original Series, Resurrection Blvd, personages Mauricio Mendoza and Ruth Livier. This tardeada event is used to help raise program funds as well as community consciousness regarding rural low-income families and their access to civil justice.

Come celebrate CRLA's 35th anniversary on Saturday, October 6, 2001, at the home of Thomas & Lorna Saiz of the CPA firm Calderon, Jaham & Osborn from 1 pm to 4 pm. Suggested contributions range from $35-$2500. For more information about attending or sponsoring this event please call CRLA Development @ (209) 386-0720 or email kimsrain@aol.com.

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