Community Leaders to Discuss Just Growth and Income Inequality in Silicon Valley at a Town Hall Tonight
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Service Workers West (USWW) will bring together a diverse group of academics and community leaders to discuss growing income inequality in Silicon Valley and ways to promote just growth that builds the middle class.
NOTE: To watch a livestream of the town hall go to http://www.seiu-usww.org/town-hall-meeting/
The forum will feature Dr. Bill Armaline, assistant professor of justice studies, San Jose State University; Dr. Chris Benner, associate professor of community and regional development at University of California–Davis; Teresa Castellanos, Santa Clara County Committee on Commonsense Immigration Reform; Dave Cortese, supervisor, Santa Clara County; Lauren Jacobs, vice president from SEIU-USWW; and Pastor Jeff Moore, NAACP president–San Jose chapter.
The forum will examine the efforts of Silicon Valley security officers to form a union, and how that effort can be a model of cooperation between wealthy companies and the community to reduce income inequality and spur wider economic growth.
Security officers guard the campuses of some of the wealthiest companies in the world such as Google and Apple, yet these same officers have a hard time making ends meet. Working enough hours to qualify for benefits and to earn enough on which to live is a major issue for officers in the Silicon Valley—many of whom are classified as part-time employees. They have recently launched a campaign to form a union.
WHO: Dr. Bill Armaline, assistant professor of justice studies, San Jose State University
Dr. Chris Benner, associate professor of community and regional development at U.C.–Davis
Teresa Castellanos, Santa Clara County Committee on Commonsense Immigration Reform
Dave Cortese, supervisor, Santa Clara County
Lauren Jacobs, vice president from SEIU-USWW
Pastor Jeff Moore, NAACP president, San Jose chapter
WHAT: Town Hall
WHEN: Wednesday, April 17, 5:15 p.m.
WHERE: Antioch Baptist Church, 268 E. Julian St., San Jose, CA
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