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EVENTS MIX FUN, ACTIVISM.

Byline: Rick Orlov Staff Writer

If it's Labor Day, it must be time for politics and picnics, rallies and speeches, softball games and the Jerry Lewis telethon.

This year is no exception.

The official labor event for Los Angeles is the 29th annual Labor Solidarity March in Wilmington, with people gathering at 8 a.m. Monday for the 10 a.m. march that ends at Banning Park with a rally and picnic.

Cardinal Roger Mahony, Roman Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles, will be celebrating a special Mass for workers at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Vincent Catholic Church, 621 W. Adams Blvd.

The Mass is being called the Jubilee Day of Workers and is one of 34 days the Vatican has set aside to recognize different groups during the Jubilee Year 2000.

Following the Mass, Mahony is scheduled to join with the Immigration Reform Coalition at the church to launch a voter registration drive for the November election.

``The president and Congress we elect in November will make decisions affecting immigrants and our families,'' said Eliseo Medina of the Service Employees International Union.

American Airlines flight attendants also will use the day to kick off their drive for a new contract with a noon rally outside the airline's terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. With the theme of ``We Share the Air,'' the 23,000 flight attendants recently applied to the National Mediation Board to intervene after talks with the company broke off.

Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, will address the 12th Annual Interfaith Labor Day Celebration with a speech on California labor policy to the San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council. A family barbecue will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, with the program beginning at 7 p.m. at the Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd.

But the weekend is not all serious.

The Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley is holding its second annual Labor Day softball game and picnic from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Park, 14201 Huston St., Sherman Oaks.

Two teams of elected officials and their aides will face off. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Woodland Hills, will serve as an umpire.

Others involved include Assemblyman Scott Wildman, D-Glendale; Assemblyman Antonio Villaraigosa, D-Los Angeles; Assemblyman Tony Cardenas, D-Panorama City; and Los Angeles City Councilman Alex Padilla.
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