Social Security benefits for same-sex couples
On April 11, 2010, an energized crowd of more than 700 people rallied at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and marched more than a mile to the Social Security Administration office in Hollywood today to demand an end to the unconscionable discrimination that deprives older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) taxpayers of more than $120 million in Social Security benefits every year.
Representative Linda Sanchez —a member of the House Subcommittee on Social Security—announced that she will author legislation to provide equal Social Security benefits for same-sex couples and Rep. Judy Chu offered to co-author the bill. Other political and community leaders who spoke out at the event included Sen. Barbara Boxer, Rep. Laura Richardson, L.A. City Councilmember Paul Koretz, West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center CEO Lorri L. Jean, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey and AIDS Community Action Foundation President Craig R. Miller..
Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters
4th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Walk
Thousands of people from across Southern California joined the 4th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Walk in East Los Angeles on Saturday, April 6 2002 –marking the ninth anniversary of the legendary farm worker and civil rights leader’s death and the 40th anniversary of theUnited Farm Workers.
Walkers who assembled Saturday at East Los Angeles College Stadium for the walk included Chavez’s widow, Helen Chavez, other Chavez family members and UFW President Arturo Rodriguez. Also participating were Hollywood figures including Martin Sheen ("West Wing"); Jackie Guerra, Pete Leal, Austin Marquez, Edward James Olmos ("American Family"); Esai Morales ("NYPD Blue", "American Family"); Mike Farrell ("Providence" "M*A*S*H");Ed Begley, Jr. ("Wednesday 9:30/8:30 Central" & "Six Feet Under"); Marisol Nichols ("Resurrection Blvd."); Richard Coca, Evelina Fernandez, Mike Gomez, Sal Lopez, Dyana Ortelli, Jose Luis Valuenzuela ("Luminarias"); and Michele Greene ("L.A. Law" reunion special & the independent film "A Family Affair"). Many elected officials also joined the walk, including U.S. Rep. Hilda Solis, state Sen. Richard Alarcon, Sen. Gloria Romero, Sen. Nell Soto, Speaker of the Assembly Herb Wesson, Assemblymembers Marco Firebaugh, Judy Chu and Paul Koretz, and Board of Equalization member John Chiang.