By Nadin Abbott
Photos by Tom Abbott
July 31, 2014 (San Diego)--One of the myriad of groups at Comicon San Diego was Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street, which came fully armed with street theater. The group’s members contend that since the big banks and hedge funds caused the nation’s financial crisis, they should pay their fair share to clean it up.
April 17, 2014 (San Diego) – This is the one-year anniversary of the Digital Gym Cinema, the only venue in San Diego where you can watch the best in Latino film every month. Starting this Friday, 200 Cartas, the gut-busting comedy starring Jaime Camil and former Miss Universe, Dayanara Torres, will be back in San Diego for a very special one-week engagement of one of the highest-grossing films of San Diego Latino Film Festival's history!
By Miriam Raftery
March 31, 2014 (San Diego)—Monday, March 31st is Cesar Chavez Day in California and seven other states. It commemorates the birthday of the tenacious farm workers’ organizer and civil rights leader. Now, 21 years after Chavez’ death, a petition drive has been launched asking President Barack Obama to declare March 31 a national day of service. You can view or sign the petition here: http://www.takepart.com/chavez/petition.
In addition, a new movie , Cesar Chavez: History is made one step at a time, debuted this past weekend in theaters across the nation, including locally in San Diego and East County. The movie documents Chavez’ courage amid turbulent times as he fought for a better way of life for farm workers and their families. View a trailer here: http://www.fandango.com/movie-trailer/cesarchavez-trailer/168951.
By Janis Mork
April 1, 2013 (San Diego)- In honor of César Chávez day, all state administrative offices, most local government offices and schools will be closed today, and all trash/recyclables will be delayed by one day. For a full list of closures and the businesses that will remain open, visit: http://fox5sandiego.com/2013/04/01/closures-for-cesar-chavez-day/#axzz2PEZ9g7Tf.
Chávez was born March 31, 1927. He became active with the Community Service Organization, which helped fight racial and economic discrimination against Chicanos. He co-founded the National Farm Workers Association in the 1960’s. He believed in non-violence and organized strikes and boycotts to gain rights for migrant farm workers, gaining support to have his organization be the first successful farm workers’ union in the United States. Up until his death on April 23, 1993, he remained president of United Farm Workers of America (AFL-CIO).
EAST COUNTY ACTIVIST ESTELA DE LOS RIOS TO RECEIVE ASHLEY WALKER SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD JAN. 16 AT MARTIN LUTHER KING BREAKFAST
January 6, 2012 (East County) -- Estela De Los Rios, social justice advocate from El Cajon, has been selected to receive the Ashley Walker Social Justice Award from the San Diego Human Relations Commission. She has championed battles to end human trafficking, hate crimes, and discrimination in our region.