Sacramento State Capitol Protest April 28th Seen as Prelude to National day of Boycott for Latino Workers

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Planned nationwide protest May 1st gets head start from injured workers.

California’s State Capitol will be the site of an April 28th (Friday) protest calling attention to the deplorable conditions and corruption within the state’s workers’ compensation system, according to nurse Barbara Clark, an advocate for indigent health issues.

Clark is a former nurse of the Adventist hospital in Bakersfield and will speak at the Friday rally on the South steps of the State Capitol at 11 am.

“Home remedies, black market pain medications, men and women working with injuries, etc. These are all the symptoms of our state’s broken workers’ compensation system. If the injured worker is an undocumented Hispanic the troubles multiply seven fold,” cites Clark.

Clark points to recent Congressional hearings concerning the Adventist Health System and the practice of price gouging targeted at Hispanic uninsured patients.

“It’s in the Congressional record, the Adventist hospital chain would routinely triple hospital charges for a Latino, the second they walked into the admitting room,” reported Clark.

“Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger continues to boast about his one and only accomplishment of his administration, protecting the corporate profits of his political contributors, while placing disabled and handicapped injured workers in jeopardy,” Clark cited. She was referring to the passage of the work comp reform bill SB 899 two yeas ago by the California legislature.

“It is insulting to watch our state’s governor fumble the rights of injured workers that are awaiting medical treatment and pain medications to protect his corporate friends at the Adventist hospital chain,” Clark said.

Friday’s rally at 11 am honors the injuries and deaths of California’s workers, but has recently been seen as a pre-cursor to the planned nationwide Hispanic boycott of business on May 1st.

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