Staff at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) in Los Angeles, Calif., joined board members and community members in early May to take part in the Multi-Ethnic Immigrant Worker Organizing Network (MIWON) march commemorating International Workers Day 2012.
This year marks the 13th anniversary of the march and attracted thousands of immigrant rights advocates coming together to call attention to a number of local, state and national efforts. Some of those initiatives included the Dream Act, worker rights initiatives, and comprehensive immigration reform.
Free Screenings at Community Health Fair
Then it was off to the Community Health Fair at CARECEN. As part of a partnership with St. Vincent Medical Center, CARECEN hosted a free health fair for hundreds of Pico Union/Westlake residents.
The health fair offered mammograms, ultrasounds, blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol and diabetes screenings. The event also included trained staff that assisted participants in applying for low-cost medical insurance.
Student Mural Unveiling on May 24
CARECEN has been working with the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex ALC (Academic Leadership Community) students for over a year to develop a mural at the school.
The first phase of the project included a series of discussions and activities around the history of Latin America and discussions led by CARECEN’s Day Labor Center participants. Students used that information to develop small art exercises that were merged into a mural.
The message students want to convey in their mural is the importance of preserving and building an understanding of their roots. Now, in its final stages of completion, the mural will be unveiled for students, parents and staff on May 24.
The vision of CARECEN is for the Los Angeles region to become a place where Central Americans and all other communities can live in peace, with dignity, and enjoy economic well-being, social justice, and political empowerment.