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San Francisco’s day laborers find jobs scarce

San Francisco’s day laborers find jobs scarce

By Guadalupe González Mission Local It’s a bright Thursday morning and 10 men are outside the San Francisco Day Labor Program and Women’s Collective. Inside another 30 men sit in the waiting room. A few check e-mail and Facebook on the four computers available. In the back, a thin man plucks the strings of a

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Workers celebrate, businesses oppose San Diego’s minimum wage increase

By Pablo J. Sáinz La Prensa San Diego Last week, San Diego became the largest city in the United States to pass a minimum wage hike and earned sick days policy, but workers’ groups say it is not enough while business-owners say it is too much. During the Monday, July 14th, San Diego City Council

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Audio Documentary: Mexicali deportees with a dream of return

By Jéssica Bedolla El Nuevo Sol The goal of this audio documentary is to put a human face on the devastating effects of deportations on immigrant families by giving voice to the deportees themselves. The documentary includes interviews with people affected by deportations and their accounts of their forced exodus back to the south as

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Chicano Park muralist Victor Ochoa: “My love for education started in the barrios”

By Pablo J. Sáinz La Prensa San Diego After almost a quarter of a century teaching art in formal educational institutions, Chicano Park muralist Victor Ochoa retired from traditional classrooms last week, when MAAC Community Charter School ended its school year. Ochoa taught art at MAAC for 13 years, but before that he had taught

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For Some, San Francisco Latino History Began With Irish Songs

By Lydia Chávez Mission Local As a boy, Francisco Camplis acquired a repertoire of songs that would have served him well in Dublin. Never mind that Camplis, now 80 years old, was the son of two Mexican immigrants in SoMa. Like his compadres he attended St. Patrick’s School on Fifth Street and every St. Patrick’s

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With a Dream of Return: Deportees in Mexicali

By Jéssica Bedolla EL NUEVO SOL The goal of this audio documentary is to put a human face on the devastating effects of deportations on immigrant families by giving voice to the deportees themselves. The documentary includes interviews with people affected by deportations and their accounts of their forced exodus back to the south as

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