April 15th, CITY HEIGHTS is Rising for $15

April 15th, CITY HEIGHTS is Rising for $15

National Day of Action: Fight for $15 – San Diego! Promo Video https://youtu.be/qO-oeYnubzg 
Edited & Produced by Aaron Leaf IRATE Productions 
Video Footage by Syd Stevens

 The Fight for $15 for All! is a national movement that is forcing the big corporations to rethink how they do business in America. People all across the US are participating in a historic day of action on 4/15. Together we can make sure all workers have access to good jobs that pay $15/hr so we can all support our families and live with dignity.

We will unite as a community at 1:30 here in City Heights at Rosa Parks 3795 Fairmount Ave. We will RISE UP in support of a Better City Heights for All and then get on the bus! We will join dozens of other communities at San Diego State University in a solidarity rally as workers and communities who are fighting to win Good Jobs, $15/hr and Union Rights for All!

We will travel as a community to SDSU.
Free chartered buses and food will be provided.
The bus will depart at 3:00pm and return at 8:00pm. Bring your family and friends!

“The same people being constantly victimized by police brutality are also being consistently victimized by deprivation of resources and not having access to living wage jobs,” Montague Simmons, Organization for Black Struggle

WE RISE UP for Good Jobs & Self Sufficiency

  • Because the average household income is $26,538, below the poverty line.
  • Because Africans, African-Americans and Latinos have been displaced to City Heights and like areas by gentrification. The rent is too high city-wide.
  • Because City Heights has the highest concentration of nonprofit service providers in San Diego County, with more than $265 million invested in service providers, but little evidence shows they’ve improved the lives of residents.

WE RISE UP for an END to Racial Profiling and the Systemic Criminalization of Our Communities

  • Because Blacks are stopped twice as often as their driving age demographic representation and are searched at three times – and Latinos at twice – the rate of Whites.
  • Because Racial profiling, also in the form of curfew sweeps and gang documentation make engaging in activities that are normally considered innocent, such as walking, and being out after certain hours, unlawful. Having such a record makes it hard for people to get and keep a legitimate job, attend school and maintain their housing. Often forcing people back onto the streets in order to survive, leading to prison and/or deportation.

WE RISE UP because it is time for San Diego to EMBRACE all its people

  • City Heights became home to many immigrants and refugees fleeing violence in their homelands: Ethnic Albanians from Kosovo, Central Americans, East Africans, and Kurds. More than 30 languages and 80 dialects are now spoken in City Heights. Making it one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the nation.
Sources:
“Average Household Income – $26,538” http://www.sandiego.gov/redevelopment-agency/cityhts.shtml
“Blacks are stopped twice as often as their driving age demographic representation.  Blacks are searched at three times – and Latinos at twice – the rate of Whites. ” http://voiceofsandiego.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/ACLU-Letter-to-City-Council.VehicleData.2014.05.13.pdf
“City Heights has the highest concentration of nonprofit service providers in San Diego County, with more than $265 million invested in service providers, but little evidence to show they’ve improved the lives of residents” http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/nov/18/san-diegos-richest-poor-neighborhood-two-decades-l/

About April15.org

We are fast food cashiers and cooks, retail employees, home care providers, and airport workers who have come together from all over the country – and the world – to fight for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation.

We work for corporations that generate tremendous profits, but don’t pay employees enough to cover basic needs like food, health care, rent, and transportation. Most of us are adults, many of us have families to support, and far too many of us are forced to rely on public assistance to scrape by.

Low-wage jobs like ours are the fastest growing jobs in the nation, and they need to pay more so that workers like us can make ends meet, and rebuild the middle class and get the economy working again.

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