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I don't have to tell you how conflicted members of certain communities can become over Day Laborer

By Dianna Perez
Published on LatinoLA: June 4, 2007


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Dear Community Member,

Unfortunately, I don't have to tell you how conflicted members of certain communities can become over Day Laborers; people just simply trying to put food on the table and eek-out an existence.

A similar issue is at hand in the Sunland-Tujunga area and I am hoping that as you gather information, read the supporting material and talk with your colleagues, you will help us bring this issue to light inside your organizations and surrounding community. Moreover, we are hoping to count on you for support and participation.

Here's a quick summary of what's transpired: Permits were originally granted to Home Depot to build and open a new store in Sunland-Tujunga. A segment of that community was extremely upset and as part of their efforts to prevent this from ever occurring,
took to waging a racist campaigned, alleging numerous allegations, not the least of which, that Sunland-Tujunga would be "overrunned with illegal
workers‘«ō.

This fear of an influx of day laborers is the real issue behind their campaign. So much so, that back in January of this year, a committee was formed and over 200 so-called, ‘«£concerned citizens‘«ō came to the Van Nuys Planning Commission hearing and ‘«£voiced‘«ō their concerns about how a new Home Depot would hurt rather than help the Sunland-Tujunga Community. With no organized opposition, their efforts were successful in that the Planning Commission, along with Wendy Gruel, voted to temporarily suspend Home Depot‘«÷s
building permits until a later hearing could determine why these permits should be reinstated.

This new hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 7 at 3:00 p.m. at Van Nuys City Hall. The Address is 14410 Sylvan St. 2nd Floor Van Nuys, CA 91401.

Our hope is to attend the hearing with numerous people (200 members) and say, ‘«£NO TO RACISM, YES TO IMMIGRANT RIGHTS, AND SUPPORT HOME DEPOT IN SUNLAND-TUJUNGA."

Additionally, it should be known that Home Depot starts their employees at a living wage of $12.00/hr. and pays health and dental benefits to full-time as well as part-time employees. When we have a voice in the type of employers that enter into our community,
we are taking charge of our communities. And our communities' workers deserve to raise their families with dignity, living wages and benefits.

For our families and for our communities please learn more and share your voice. We sincerely thank you in advance and hope to see you at this crucial hearing.






About Dianna Perez:
Community Organizer
carcahadas@yahoo.com




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