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Fashion show to raise money for women living in poverty in Ghana

POWAY, Calif. -- To raise money for women living in poverty in Ghana, the San Diego Women's History Museum will present a fashion on Sunday, Sept. 18, called "A Century of San Diego Fashions."

The show is being produced by the museum with the support of the North County Giving Circle of Women's Empowerment International (WE), whose members will model the outfits displayed.

Enjoy "famous tamales" at Spirit of the Barrio Luncheon sponsored by Family Health Centers of San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- To increase awareness about its programs, services and role in the San Diego region, Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) has presented its Spirit of the Barrio Luncheon series for the past 25 years.

The next luncheon will be held on Friday, Sept. 16.

Dr. Mary Hurley will share her inspirational life journey from being a homeless teen on the streets of San Diego to becoming a successful orthopedic surgeon.

VIDEO: Blues festival to benefit San Diego Food Bank

SAN DIEGO -- Music lovers and others who wish to help the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank can support the organization by attending the first-ever AimLoan.com San Diego Blues Festival fundraiser.

The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, from 11 am to 8 pm on the waterfront at Embarcadero Marina Park North and include 10 local and national blues acts who will perform on two stages.

People of all ages are welcome to the family-friendly event, which will also include international food booths, local craft beer and wine vendors, along with arts and crafts vendors.

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San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality to discuss threats to LGBT community

SAN DIEGO -- As threats to equality for the LGBT community continue to mount, the San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (SAME) is working on plans to respond and fight back.

The group will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13, and will discuss the Proposition 8 case as it moves through the California Supreme Court; the FAIR Education Act; and the "Equality 9" situation.

ACTION ALERT: San Diegans to raise money for Storefront Emergency Shelter

SAN DIEGO -- Canvass For A Cause and other advocates to help homeless youth will raise money for the Storefront Emergency Shelter on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Storefront is San Diego’s only emergency shelter program for homeless, runaway and “street” youth and provides vital services to these vulnerable kids who are at risk for disease, predation, drugs and other threats that can befall young people who have no place to go.

White House honors GLSEN with Champion of Change award

WASHINGTON -- The White House has named GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, a Champion of Change for the organization’s two decades of pioneering work to fight bullying, violence and stigma directed at LGBT people in K-12 schools, and its contributions to efforts to prevent suicide among at-risk youth.

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Mama's Kitchen's new facility with expanded services opens today

SAN DIEGO -- Starting today, Mama's Kitchen officially opens the doors to its new facility, increasing the organization's ability to serve San Diegans living with HIV/AIDS and cancer.

The organization's operations have been moved from a leased space in a church basement to an 11,000-square-foot, warehouse-style facility on Home Avenue. This a major step forward for Mama's Kitchen, which has been serving three hot meals a day to its clients, 365 days a year, since its founding in 1990.

ACTION ALERT: Canvass for a Cause to speak out Saturday in support of prison reform

SAN DIEGO -- Once a month, volunteers and staff of Canvass for a Cause (CFAC) fan out across San Diego County and other parts of the state to go door to door in neighborhoods that tended to vote in favor Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California.

Leaders of the organization say they have been very successful getting their message of equality out to the public so they wanted to use their momentum to speak out against another issue that is important to them: the conditions inside of California prisons.

Courage Campaign to Stop SB 48: Cease misinformation and fear tactics about FAIR Act

LOS ANGELES -- After the passage of the FAIR Education Act (SB 48) in California last month, some anti-gay conservative groups have launched a campaign to repeal the law which ensures that the history and contributions of the LGBT people is not left out of school curriculum in the state.

THURSDAY: San Diego Democratic Club meeting to discuss threats to FAIR Education Act

SAN DIEGO -- With the passage of SB 48 in July making headlines after anti-gay conservative groups launched a campaign to overturn the new law, the San Diego Democratic Club (SDDC) will discuss threats to the FAIR Education Act at its next monthly meeting on Thursday, Aug. 25.

Upon signing the act on July 13, Gov. Jerry Brown said, “History should be honest. This bill revises existing laws that prohibit discrimination in education and ensures that the important contributions of Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life are included in our history books.”

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