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Squeezed from all sides
The squeeze on middle-class and working-class families is
tightening from all directions. In addition to lost homes, skipped
meals and neglected medical conditions, the consequences now
extend to abandoned cars and abandoned pets.
More people have lost their jobs and can't afford the gas for a job
hunt. Rising energy prices contribute to higher food costs.
Foreclosures are shredding the American dream for many
homeowners and displacing renters as well. In one sad indicator,
animal shelters throughout San Diego County say they are flooded
with pets people can no longer keep.
And healthcare costs for the average family continue to climb
A new study estimates that 25 million insured Americans are
under-insured, with flimsy coverage that leaves them vulnerable to
huge deductibles and out-of-pocket costs.
In May, the national unemployment rate made its biggest jump in
two decades -- 8.5 million workers are now unemployed, not
counting those forced into part-time work. Relatively high-paying
sectors like construction are particularly hard-hit, and the loss of
jobs drags down wages across industries.
The way out: Good jobs
There are lights of hope. In an inspiring commentary published in
the Los Angeles Times Wednesday, Radisson Hotel LAX owner
Peter Dumon admonished his fellow employers that the squeeze
on workers isn't helping the economy or their corporate bottom lines.
"The living wage is a profit-enhancing idea," Dumon writes.
He goes on:
Oddly, some businesses view their employees as costs to be
contained rather than resources to be nurtured. Are we really so
presumptuous as to assume that these men and women who
operate our hotels, clean our guest rooms and cook and serve
our meals should not benefit from the success they helped produce?
In San Diego, CPI is advocating local policies to create and
preserve living wage jobs with healthcare coverage. The
San Diego City Council will take crucial votes in the coming
As hearing dates are set, CPI will send alerts. Whether you can
attend the meeting, call your councilmember or send an e-mail, your
voice is needed! More than ever, we need strong local policies to
bolster our economic base of good jobs.
Affordable housing forum
On Saturday afternoon, June 28, a free public forum will address
potential solutions to the foreclosure crisis in San Diego County.
The high-powered panel includes:
Assembly housing committee;
City-County Reinvestment Task Force, which monitors lending
practices and promotes affordable housing;
the American Prospect
The forum will be 1-5 p.m. June 28, at the Tubman Chavez
Multicultural Center, the southeast corner of Euclid and Market
streets. Come ask your questions! For more information, contact
the Affordable Housing Coalition, firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-225-0377.
Good reads on the squeeze
A new book by Economic Policy Institute senior economist Jared
Bernstein, Crunch: Why Do I Feel So Squeezed?, is an accessible
explanation of what has happened to the bulk of Americans
economically, with a prescription for repairing the damage.
In The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker,
New York Times labor and workplace reporter Steven Greenhouse
explores the stress on workers of all types has the social contract
between employers and employees has eroded.
Center on Policy Initiatives
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June 13, 2008, 4:50 pmGreetings:
As you know, we immediately initiated complaints to Channel 10News in letters, calls, and emails in response to their attempt to demote
from the early morning slot on Channel 10News. I spoke with Lisa this morning to get details on her position and clarification on the offer from Channel 10News. In response to initial complaints, Sean Kennedy, Channel 10News Acting News director wrote to say Lisa was receiving a "prime presence" on the midday news and in a "reporting position" at 7 pm. Because we didn't understand what a "reporting position" was, it sounded pretty good on the surface. Lisa Lake
, this "reporting position" is really a field position on general assignment, meaning she would be running all over town to cover stories. Her hours could easily turn into a 12 hour day (unacceptable for a single mother). A field reporter is more an entry level position, and would be a serious demotion to a professional with over 17 years of dedicated service to that station. In addition, they wanted her to sign a contract that would allow them to dismiss her with only 2 weeks notice. Outrageous!!! Lisa Lake
Here are facts you should know about
's tenure at channel 10News as you customize the attached letter and send it in. We absolutely cannot back down on this one!!! Lisa Lake1. is the only African American employed in the newsroom. Lisa Lake2. She has been employed there 17 years, 13 years as the Morning and Midday news anchor.3. Several years ago, along with Fred Blankenship (who is now in Atlanta), applied for the 4 pm news slot. Both were denied. Lisa Lake4. The station claims the workforce is 6% African American. It is not. Ask for numbers of full time African American employees.4. With no prior notice, and on a Friday afternoon, Lisa was told that she was being taken off mornings "because of the changing audience." Yet the all of the evening news anchors are white.5. In the 42 year history of channel 10 there has never been one African American prime time news anchor.
To serve the growing Spanish speaking audience, Channel 10News started a full Spanish news broadcast on Channel 15. In essence they are already serving the Spanish audience with a full commitment. Lisa speaks Spanish fluently as well.
Apparently this is a growing problem at Channel 10. Here's an excerpt I received from the President of the NABET-CWA Union:"We have long been concerned with not only the (lack of) diversity of the anchor team at Channel 10, but how ALL employees are treated.
is the latest in a long line of employees who have received a bad deal. When we created "10NewsUnfair.com," we didn't choose the name lightly. Channel 10 is not treating its employees with fairness or respect. We support your position and urge you to share your feelings with KGTV President/General Manager, Ed Quinn (Edward_Quinn@10News.com). You can call his office directly at 619-237-6200. Tell him it's time to treat ALL employees with fairness and respect -- including Lisa Lake . Our Lisa Lake Unionis also urging advertisers to suspend their advertising contracts with the station as an effort to apply financial pressure. You will find the list of major local advertisers at 10NewsUnfair.com. It is no accident that management told the Catfish Club and UNCF to hit the road several years ago. They have lost their sense of community spirit, fairness and respect." Sincerely, Dennis Csillag, President, NABET-CWA Local 54
Please, please, please send your letters in, email, or call:Ed Quinn, General Manager10 News, KGTV
4600 Air Way, San Diego, CA 92102Main office: 619-237-1010 or Programming Comment Line 619-237-1010 ext 6686Email: email@example.com
The "sample" letter I wrote yesterday to Ed Quinn should be customized with your contact information. If you are not an African American, replace that with "concerned community citizen" or any other descriptive you chose. Just please don't sit on this!Thank you, Dee Sanford
Dee Sanford International
375 Winewood Street San Diego, CA 92114-5955Home ofc: 619 263-6868; Cell: 619 203-1590; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.deesanford.com
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Please watch brief movie clip below.Attached are flyers for the upcoming events. Please distribute them among your organizations and post on your websites.Request you forward this email to your Progressive audience to as many people as possible.Request you RSVP if you can make it this Sunday so I can plan refreshments.I know it is Father's Day.......I make no excuses....I said I would be there the 3rd Sunday of each month and...I will be.15June2008 Community Coalition Summit Movie ClipAutomatic Media Detection
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- We will have a presentation and successful boycotts and a strategy session
- Drug Policy Alliance Network will make a presentation on NORAI hope to see you there. We need your support.Walter760-917-1251