[WPC] Your Activist Alert from the Washington Peace Center!
Washington Peace Center
wpc at igc.org
Wed Dec 17 15:17:54 PST 2008
Hey There DC!
The Activist Awards Gala is upon us! Dance! Eat! Drink!
Celebrate!!!! Info below!!!
This week's Activist Alert is up! Check it out and get out to some
of the amazing events going on in the region this week.
It's all here
<http://www.washingtonpeacecenter.net/civic/activist_alert>! Just a
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Scroll down to this week's highlights and an action alert, and see
ya in the streets!
-Virginia, Paul, and Sonia
The 4th Annual Activist Awards Gala is here!
What are you going to wear?? December 18th is less than two weeks
away! Get ready for a night of music from Baltimore Hip Hop star Son
of Nun, Rock'n Girls Rock! DJs, and the amazing Mexicanos sin
Fronteras band, "Sin Fronteras"!
Speakers Dave Zirin, author of The People's History of Sports in the
US and Linda Leaks of EMPOWER DC will send you away inspired!
The DC51 Artists' Collective <http://dc51.com/> will have large and
small art for sale all night!
The WPC introduces the Rebeltini! Rebelling against the martini
industrial complex at a gala near you...
Want to spoil the surprise? Awardees listed HERE
<http://www.washingtonpeacecenter.net/civic/gala>on the website!
Dance Dance Dance! Food provided!
$10-$20 to get in, $35 Premier Entry (Includes Gift)
Friday, December 19, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Georgetown, on M Street in front of"The Shops at Georgetown"
Endorsed by the DC Guerilla Poetry Insurgency, sponsored by Massey
Media ATTIRE: Please dress warmly, wear red or green if possible,
and don that kitschy holiday scarf or Santa hat! SONGS: Get ready to
sing! Song books will be provided. Please send your song book
submissions by 12/18 to butterfly at lacy.com. Every effort will be
made to include all submissions in the song book.
Anti-consumerism caroling is always a load of fun, and Christmas is
the perfect time to call on shoppers to buy less! Please join us in
singing some great carols such as"Hark the Wal-Mart Angels
Sing,""Away in a Sweatshop," and"The Twelve Days of Shopping." There
are lots of reasons to call for a less consumptive holiday season.
Action Alert! Save Health Services for Mental Health Patients!
A major health care crisis is brewing in DC. Nearly 12,000 mental
health patients and their families are at risk, thanks to Mayor
Adrian Fenty's push to privatize hundreds of jobs at the DC
Department of Mental Health Community Services Agency (CSA). Please
click here now
to tell DC City Councilmembers to act. Councilmembers are set to
vote Tuesday on emergency legislation putting a moratorium on
privatizing services at the DC CSA. But some Councilmembers are
still on the fence and your action could be the difference. Click
to tell Councilmembers to pass emergency legislation that would stop
this impending disaster.
Article of the week:
<>Estimating the Contribution of Immigrant Business Owners to the
by Robert W. Fairlie, Ph.D.
According to Census 2000, immigrants constitute
12.2 percent of the total U.S. work force, and 12.5 percent of the
total population of U.S. business owners. The total business income
generated by immigrant business owners is $67 billion, representing
11.6 percent of all business income in the United States. Immigrant
business ownership is geographically concentrated in a few states.
. Immigrants are nearly 30 percent more likely to start a business
than are nonimmigrants, and they represent 16.7 percent of all new
business owners in the United States . Immigrant business owners
make significant contributions to business income, generating $67
billion of the $577 billion in U.S. business income, as estimated
from 2000 U.S. Census Immigrant business ownership is geographically
concentrated in a few states. Nearly 30 percent of all business
owners in California are immigrants, compared with about 12.5
percent of the population of U.S. business owners. Twenty-five
percent of business owners in New York and more than 20 percent in
New Jersey, Florida, and Hawaii are foreign-born.
. In California, immigrants are 34.2 percent of the new business
owners each month. Nearly 30 percent of all new business owners per
month in New York, Florida, and Tex as are immigrants.
. Immigrants own 11.2 percent of businesses with $100,000 or more
in sales and 10.8 percent of businesses with employees.
. Immigrants' contributions differ across sectors of the economy.
They own a large share--more than one-fifth--of businesses in the
arts, entertainment, and recreation industry. They also contribute
significantly to other services, transportation, and wholesale and
. Immigrants also own a large share of businesses in the lowest and
highest skill sectors and in several industries. . Although business
owners from Mexico constitute the largest share of immigrant
business owners, total immigrant business ownership, formation, and
income originate with immigrant business owners from around the
world. data. They generate nearly one-quarter of all business income
in California--nearly $20 billion--and nearly one-fifth of business
income in New York, Florida, and New Jersey.
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