1st Annual Cambodian Mixer

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Honorable Councilman Dee Andrews, Councilman Patrick O’Donnell, and Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal are hosting a Cambodian Mixer on tonight, April 2, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Ernest S. McBride Sr. Park, gymnasium, 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. The purpose of the mixer is to focus on the Cambodian community and introduce them to a variety of agencies that provide free services.

With an estimated 60,000 Cambodians in Long Beach, the issues that this community faces have many complex layers. One of the barriers to crucial services, other than language, is an overwhelming level of suspicion about government. Most of the Cambodian population in Long Beach fled the Khmer Rouge, a period that saw the death of approximately 2 million Cambodians through the combined result of political executions , starvation , and forced labor, and it is understandable why they may be apprehensive engaging in city services and agencies.

All residents are encouraged to attend the mixer to learn about various community agencies that can assist them and their neighborhood. “In difficult times, it is important to know what resources are available to help prepare for any possible obstacles. More over, Long Beach has great community pride and we look out for one another. Although we face challenging times, together we shall overcome them”, said Councilman Andrews.

“This is a great opportunity for members of the community to meet City staff and discover new resources”, Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell said. Agencies throughout the city will be in attendance to explain their services and answer any questions. “This event should be a wonderful opportunity for the Cambodian community to become more aware of information and assistance they may not have known was available to them”, said Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal.

Among the over 20 service oriented agencies participating, attendee’s will have a chance to learn about employment opportunities, immigration assistance, housing, and clinical services. There will be information offered from family enrichment to business support. The City of Long Beach, Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network, and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles are sponsoring this free event.

Free parking is available. For more information call the Office of Councilman Dee Andrews at (562) 570-6816.

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