Town hall on jobs with Rep. Zoe Lofgren Monday

Media Advisory: For planning purposes only  – Aug. 19, 2011              

Maria Elena Riddle, CET Chief Operations Officer – (408) 287-7924
Jerry Jimenez, SEIU Local 521 – (408) 678-3391

Community members to voice concerns about lack of jobs

SAN JOSE, Calif. – August is typically the time when members of Congress head back to their home districts to meet with constituents before the next session begins. Everywhere they go, they’re hearing hardship stories that would touch even the most seasoned politicians.

With state unemployment near 12 percent, thousands of families are struggling as never before. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) will hear directly from working men and women who have lost their jobs at a town hall on Monday.

“We see first hand the growing need for jobs in our community,” said Hermelinda Sapien, President and CEO for Center for Employment Training in San Jose, the site of the town hall. “Each day we rise to the challenge of providing skills training and support to people seeking employment. It’s critical our congressional leaders help to develop more jobs now.”

WHAT: Town hall on jobs with Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D – San Jose)

WHEN: Monday, Aug. 22, 6 – 7 p.m.

WHERE: Center for Employment Training (CET), 701 Vine St., San Jose

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CET is dedicated to fighting poverty & dependence on public aid by making hands-on job training available to youth and adults of all educational levels & backgrounds. Its mission is to promote human development and education by providing people with marketable skills training and supportive services that contribute to self-sufficiency. For more information, visit

The Service Employees International Union is an organization of 2.1 million members united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide. SEIU is dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society. For more information, visit

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