(From Pioneer Blvd., pg. 1
)Low income workers in thisarea face many challengesincluding: denial of minimumwage, lack of overtime pay, longwork hours, denial of meal andrest periods, and a general lack of health and safety in theworkplace. In addition, languagebarriers, immigration status, age,problems finding transportation,fear of retaliation, the pressure of the economic crisis, isolation frommainstream America anddiscrimination comprise otherobstacles for workers.During part of the picnic,staff and workers made plans forthe next year to challenge and endexploitation in the area.Additionally, Steve Zrucky,Senior Attorney at Legal AidFoundation of Los Angeles,Employment Law unit, conducteda “Know your Rights”presentation around CA laborlaws.
Timeline for Workers Rights at Display
Many workers shared their stories,willingness and strength to fightagainst these injustices and todemand their rights.In the last two years,
helped workers obtain over $75,000in back wages and penalties. SAN’sstrategies include: writing demandletters, holding settlement meetings,and organizing visits and publicactions in front of violating stores.
hopes that the PioneerBlvd. Worker Right's OrganizingProject will bring together diversecommunities and create change,ultimately allowing the employer-worker relationship to be supportive,rather than exploitative.(
From Online Release, Pg. 1)
Addressing the prevalence of domestic violence inthe South Asian community, the PSA shares the story of ayoung South Asian family. The family appears in “maritalbliss” on the outside, yet, behind close doors, their conflictescalates and violence occurs. Through dialogue andpositive behavior, the PSA encourages violence preventionand healthy relationships.After a feedback session for the PSA, an anonymoussurvivor asserted, “I wish my in-laws and ex-husbandcould have seen this PSA. It openly deals with poor family dynamics and how to change.”In addition to the PSA’s new availability online, and its current run on channel Ntv, the PSA was shownat Naz’s Artesia Theater through summer 2009. It also played on local Los Angeles South Asian televisionprograms earlier in the year. AWAZ estimates that over 50,000 people have already viewed the PSA.The PSA, from the start, remained a community-wide effort. While survivors and staff came up withmessaging, a local production group (the Narra Group) wrote, directed, and edited the PSA, and a localmusician, Manisha Shahane, provided the music.
PSA Actors Depict Family Addressing Violence