Contact: Glenda 408-582-4060 or Gerardo 925-250-5700
What: Press Conference
When: Thursday, December 17, 2009, 11 a.m.
Where: 272 E. Santa Clara St. (Corner of 7th St.) in San Jose
San Jose Ethnic Supermarket Selling Expired Products More Than
a Year Old, Endangering Infants; Local Community Groups Call on
Owner to Stop
SAN JOSE - A supermarket here with a long history of
selling expired food products more than a year past the expiration
date and which pose a real health hazard to consumers – especially
infants – will be asked to sign a "code of conduct" here Thursday at
a news conference.
The briefing – which will include displays of the expired
products purchased at Su Vianda Supermarket by undercover shoppers –
is sponsored by Justice for Mercado Workers Coalition, which says Su
Vianda Supermarket has sold out-of-code food products to the mostly
Latino community for years.
Last year, the Coalition first made public Su Vianda's practices.
Undercover shoppers have since acquired more than one hundred
expired food products from the shelves of Su Vianda.
In one instance the practice has endangered infants. The
Coalition found three (3) small jars of Gerber Veal Gravy for
infants nearly a year old - with expiration dates 253 days before
the date of purchase. Jars of Ragu Spaghetti Sauce were expired for
more than a year - 476 days.
Local community residents, organizations and consumer advocates
are outraged by such unfair business practices; they will be calling
on Su Vianda to stop employing such measures and become a good
neighbor – especially to Latino families who are the main patrons of
this store. The Coalition urges local City Elected Officials to
intervene to help stop such abuses.
Newsom Backs Family Unity Immigration Rights Group
Mayor Newsom, Members of Congress Back Immigration Rights Group
Focused on Family;news Conference Wednesday SAN FRANCISCO - A bold,
new immigration rights group - backed by San Francisco mayor Gavin
Newsom and members of Congress - is focusing on the toll that a
failed immigration system is taking on children and families here.
A NEWS CONFERENCE to unveil the project will be held WEDNESDAY,
March 4, on the steps of CITY HALL at 12 Noon.
Appearances or statements from supporters will be read -
including Mayor Newsom and Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, among others.
To be known as the "Family Unity Committee of San Francisco," the
organization's goal is achieving comprehensive immigration reform by
putting a "human face on the issue and addressing the harm that our
broken immigration system is causing millions of U.S. citizens."
Only then, said the committee, "can we begin to put a stop to the
raids and deportations...policies that rip our families apart."
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‘Mercados Campaign' launched Friday to help exploited, abused Latino
grocery workers throughout the Bay Area, and State
Mexican Consul General Bruno
Figueroa addresses news media at Mercardos Campaign launch.
Above Left: State
Assemlymember Joe Coto, chair of the California Legislative Latino
Caucus, declares support for Mercardos Campaign.
Right: Phil Tucker, project Director Tides Center -California
Health Communities Network, at news conference announcing "Mercados
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see more pictures from the news conference
URGENT NEWS ADVISORY
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Contact: Cres Vellucci, CalHCN, 916/996-9170 or Phil Tucker
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see pictures from the news conference
Mexican Consulate to participate in news conference Friday to
unveil campaign to help abused, sexually harassed Latino grocery
SAN JOSE – The Mexican General Consulate will be among
those participating in a major news conference here Friday to
disclose evidence of wholesale abuse of Latino workers in hundreds –
and perhaps thousands – of small and medium size grocery stores
throughout the Bay Area and California.
A NEWS CONFERENCE to unveil the launch of a campaign to
help workers will be held FRIDAY, 10:30 a.m., 240 South Market
Alexander, political director, UFCW Local 5 with
other speakers and workers at news conference.
In addition to the Mexican General Consulate, labor unions,
community groups and elected officials are participating in the
campaign to provide relief for the workers – some of whom will be
present at the news conference.
An investigation has revealed that workers are abused, sexually
harassed, not paid for overtime, or the minimum wage – and sometimes
not paid at all – at grocery stores known as "Mercados," which
operate in immigrant communities.
Among those participating in the campaign are the League of
United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Association of Community
Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), California Healthy Communities
Network (CALHCN), Instituto Laboral de la Raza, Proyecto de
Ciudadanía de Salinas; and Local 5.
free Hot line Available to Help Mercado
Healthy Communities Network has announced it
has established a free "hotline" for Mercado
workers to obtain help if they are being
exploited, abused, sexually harassed,
underpaid or otherwise mistreated in their
workplace. Workers or supporters can call
the hotline without fear of recrimination at
work or by authorities.
number is toll free 1-866-917-5605