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Black workers to meet, rally

Resource and health fair set

OW Staff Writer | 8/29/2013, midnight
The Los Angeles Black Worker Center is planning a series of events Sept. 6-7 designed to shine a spotlight on ...
Los Angeles Black Worker Center.

The Los Angeles Black Worker Center is planning a series of events Sept. 6-7 designed to shine a spotlight on the job crisis for African American workers in the city.

A Black Worker Congress at Holman United Methodist Church will feature workers, as well as labor and community leaders strategizing on ways to reverse the job crisis in the Black community. The goal is to develop a blueprint to enable people to follow-up.

The congress will be followed by a rally of workers calling for quality jobs and a diverse workforce Sept. 7 from 8:30 a.m.-noon in Leimert Park Village.

The “Ready to Work” rally will kick off the day and will be followed by a health and resource fair. Here individuals can sign up for the Black Workers Center construction registry and talk with employers such as the MTA and Walmart to find out how to get into their job pipeline.

In addition, the health fair will feature representatives from the St. John Well Child and Family Center providing total health assessments on site and they also will make appointments to see people who require more time and have special needs.

The health professionals will also sign up people for Obamacare or state and local medical programs.

Interested individuals should bring the following to sign up a child or adult:

  • Birth certificate, Green Card, U.S. passport or citizenship certificate
  • Social Security card (if you have one)
  • Paycheck stub, letter from employer or federal income tax forms for proof of income
  • Proof of residency (California driver license or utility bill)
  • Proof of pregnancy (if pregnant)

At the Black Worker Congress, panel discussions will look at the state and human toll of Black unemployment and underemployment, how to organize a social movement for change and ways to improve anti-discrimination protections in the work place.

Another panel will focus on the best practices for forging labor and community partnerships to create job opportunities for Black workers particularly through public sector construction projects.

For additional information, contact the Black Worker Center at (323) 752-7287.