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Chavez, ‘Chuey’ honored at school

Chavez, 'Chuey' honored at school

Gary Warth, San Diego Union Tribune, July 26, 2015  New campus will offer training in high-demand fields BARRIO LOGAN — While its main mission will be educating students hoping to enter new careers, the campus set to open in Barrio Logan this fall also will be a bit of a history museum celebrating the neighborhood and its people. Inside the two-story lobby of San Diego Continuing Education’s Cesar Chavez campus, the latest sign of a neighborhood on the upswing, a display case will hold artifacts found during the building’s construction and various items associated with the life of Chavez, a […]

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UDW members protect homecare, say ‘NO’ to ALEC

UDW members protect homecare, say ‘NO’ to ALEC

This week, hundreds of UDW homecare providers from across California joined nearly 3,000 protesters to declare that California a “No ALEC Zone!” ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council is holding its annual meeting in San Diego. The meeting is a way for the corporate millionaires and billionaires of ALEC to wine and dine politicians while encouraging them to support legislation that keeps worker’s wages low, makes the 1% richer by destroying the middle class, and threatens programs like IHSS. From the moment news of the meeting broke, labor and community activists began making plans to fight back against ALEC’s shady […]

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ALEC Gets a Raucous Reception in San Diego

ALEC Gets a Raucous Reception in San Diego

Doug Porter, San Diego Free Press, July 23, 2015 “This is California. We fight for workers’ rights. We fight for affordable healthcare.” – Labor Leader Mickey Kasparian   The American Legislative Exchange Council’s 2015 annual meeting in San Diego drew more protesters than it did delegates. And (for few moments, anyway) the issue of what ALEC actually does to took precedence over the appearances of GOP aspirants to the presidency. A united front of labor and activist organizations staged a rally in the Embarcadero Park North, located behind the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, where legislators and lobbyists were gathered. Buses […]

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Labor Rally Sends ALEC Conference Into Lockdown Mode

Labor Rally Sends ALEC Conference Into Lockdown Mode

Bill Raden, Capital & Main, July 23, 2015 For several tense hours yesterday San Diego’s plush Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel, located in the city’s Embarcadero district, felt more like Athens’ besieged Parliament than a resort on California’s laid-back shoreline. Around 2 p.m. the hotel, which is playing host to this year’s annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), sealed off all entrances except its main lobby in what became a virtual lockdown. For the 1,300 state legislators and corporate lobbyists gathered inside, the perceived security threat turned out to be from those who stand the most to lose from […]

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Hundreds protest as ALEC conference begins

Hundreds protest as ALEC conference begins

FOX 5, July 23, 2015 More than 1,000 protesters aligned with organized labor and social justice organizations demonstrated Wednesday in downtown San Diego against an organization that they contend allows corporate lobbyists to cozy up to lawmakers. The organization, the American Legislative Exchange Council, is meeting this week at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. A spokesperson for ALEC, which bills itself as the nation’s largest nonpartisan voluntary membership organization of state legislators, could not be reached for comment. The council is governed by state legislators who comprised the board of directors and is advised by the Private Enterprise Advisory Council, a […]

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