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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 California

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.  Above Right: Phil Tucker, project Director Tides Center -California Health Communities Network, at news conference announcing "Mercados Campaign."

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Thursday, April 19, 2007
Contact: Cres Vellucci, CalHCN, 916/996-9170 or Phil Tucker 707/479-6000

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Mexican Consulate to participate in news conference Friday to unveil campaign to help abused, sexually harassed Latino grocery workers

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 Street.

Tom 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.


Toll free Hot line Available to Help Mercado Workers

California 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.

That number is toll free 1-866-917-5605

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