On February 12 & 13, staff and members of Causa Justa :: Just Cause and allies from around the country are headed to Washington DC to call attention to the need for a real and fair plan for immigration reform. Four people representing CJJC include two staff members and two member leaders: Mai-stella Khantouche and Maria Hernandez.
250+ Immigrant Workers Gather to Stop Deportations, Ensure Inclusive Reform
On the day of the President's State of the Union address, reconstruction workers from post-Sandy New York, raided factory workers from Chicago, guestworkers from New Orleans, day laborers,
Comrades, two of our beloved members, who have been together for 26 years, and both of whom have been members since 2009, need our help. They have marched alongside us at countless actions, donated food and drinks to our member meetings, and have participated actively in our Cafes, in short they have contributed to our movement for social justice and...
By Jarymar Arana
Community members of all colors, genders, races, ages, and immigration status gave witness to the injustice and flawed nature of the so called "secure-communities" program at the Alameda County Public Protection Committee Hearing on the policy of ICE Detainers, January 10. The room was filled, and there were about 30 or 40 testimonies -- all against S-Comm.
Join us at the Alameda County Public Protection Committee Hearing on "ICE Detainers" January 10th 1:00pm @ 1221 Oak Street #512, Oakland CA, 94612 .
For the past two and a half years we have been pushing for an end to S-Comm and this is the first hearing in Alameda County where the Board of Supervisors will hear directly from our...
Movement to pass TRUST Act spurs new guidelines from ICE, but few families will be kept together in practice
Announcement underscores need for Gov. Brown to sign TRUST Act to fill in significant gaps in policy
On Friday, Dec. 21, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) announced revisions to the controversial Secure Communities deportation program and immigration detainer requests.
In response to the announcement, Reshma Shamasunder, Executive Director of the California Immigrant Policy Center, issued the following statement:
"[Friday's] announcement by ICE regarding the S-Comm program reaffirms what immigrant advocates have been calling for after several years of watching the program's disastrous results in communities throughout California: S-comm is a program that should be scrapped because it makes no one safer and tears families apart. It further validates the painful experiences of ice cream and tamale vendors, domestic violence survivors, and so many other community members who have unfairly faced deportation.
Migration is a Human Right - New work, new shirt!
We’re headed to Washington in January to push the Obama Administration to enact the most pro-active immigration legalization possible. Our communities need an immigrant rights movement today more than ever: from de-linking immigration enforcement and local police, to ensuring young dreamers
In the past year we, along with...
We are thrilled to announce that years of public pressure that CJJC helped lead finally pushed Wells Fargo to change course.
The bank faces a re-certification hearing under the Community Reinvestment Act, and in preparation for that hearing finally got rid of the majority of its investments in private prisons /detention centers that turn a profit from detaining immigrants and...
Sunday night was a historic moment. Governor Brown vetoed the Trust Act, turning his back on immigrant communities in crisis. [español sigue]
He also vetoed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, the Farm Worker Protection Bill, and the UC Workers Bill — grassroots bills that would have uplifted, improved, and made safer the lives of the immigrant majority, people of...
SF Immigrant Community Reacts With Outrage to Governor’s Vetoes
Groups Unite Around Vetoes of Trust Act, Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights and Farm Workers’ Heat Protection Bills
WHAT: Immigrant groups respond in outrage to Governor’s vetoes of Trust Act, Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, Farm Workers Heat Protection Legislation
WHERE: State Building 455 Golden Gate Avenue
WHEN: Thursday October...
Our Work Continues With Resilience and Courage
By Cinthya Muñoz Ramos
Thanks to Melanie Cervantes, Favianna Rodriguez and ACUDIR for the collaboration on these beautiful posters!
As our newspaper goes into print Oct 12, we await a signature that would mean life-changing possibilities for thousands of Californians and their families, the fighting chance at staying together.
For the last two...
Our families belong together. It's local law enforcement and ICE who should be separated. Immigrant Rights advocates and allies will head to Sacramento on Tuesday, August 28 as part of a TRUST Act Advocacy Day beginning at 10am on 7th and G streets in downtown Sacramento. A rally and press conference will be held on the North Steps of the Capitol.
On Friday, August 24, the Assembly passed AB 1081, 48-26, sending the measure to the Governor for his signature. The Governor has until September 30 to sign the bill. This follows the approval by the Senate on the Amended TRUST Act (AB1081) on Tuesday, August 21 with amendments by the author, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano. The Senate vote was 24-13. Join us as we head to Sacramento Tuesday, August 28, and beat the drums and call on Gov. Brown to sign the TRUST Act.
“With this bill, the California legislature stands against the immigration abuses that have ended the dreams of thousands of aspiring citizens of California,” Assemblymember Ammiano said. “We call on Governor Brown to sign it when it reaches his desk.”
Cinthya Muñoz, Immigrant Rights Organizer for CJJC said, “The Trust Act will be a great advance in protecting our families/communities right to remain together and limiting the way S-Comm is implemented in California.”
The bill, would save local resources and aid community policing by curtailing excess use of local jails for civil immigration enforcement.
Under TRUST, local law enforcement would have clear guidelines on when not to submit to immigration holds from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), while still allowing holds for those convicted of serious or violent felonies.
But there are new amendments that remove a requirement for counties to develop a specific plan to guard against racial profiling and other “excesses” to address concerns by the state Sheriffs’ Association. It also gives additional discretion to local authorities, which enables them to submit to holds those who have been formerly charged with a serious or violent felony.
The amendments constitute a compromise in response to concerns from the Sheriffs’ Association. (Entire text of amendents can be found by clicking here.)
“The Trust act will set the bare minimum guidelines while allowing counties to individually go beyond these. While we recognize and celebrate that this is a huge advance for the well being of our our communities , we will continue to fight to expand the protections that the Trust Act provides to as many more people as possible,” said Muñoz, Immigrant Rights Organizer for Causa Justa :: Just Cause.
She added, “Our hope is that once the Trust Act passes, counties can expand these protections to people who have been merely charged and make sure that those who have been convicted, are not excluded as well from the right to due process.
So remember, Join us in Sacramento with hundreds of others in support of the Trust Act on August 28th, 9:30am at 7th and G...
August 22, 2012
Judith A. Greene
Los Angeles County began its participation in the Secure Communities deportation program on
August 27, 2009, making it one of the first jurisdictions in America where the program, also
known as S-Comm, was...
After two years of mobilizing our Black and Latino membership, and working collaboratively with immigrant rights groups and allies, we’re celebrating that the TRUST Act (SB1081) passed out of the California Senate July 5.
Introduced by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, the bill pushes back against the “Secure” Communities massive deportation program — which is anything but secure for the thousands of families who have been separated from their parents, husbands, wives and children, stemming from no other reason than a jaywalking stop or a traffic violation.
The TRUST Act sends a clear message that California will not tolerate the severe anti-immigrant S-Comm deportation program which has been responsible for deporting 72,000 Californians, 7 out of 10 with either no conviction or for minor offenses.
"This is an important step forward. And these legislative fights are only a piece of the puzzle. At the end of the day, the only "secure" community is an organized one!" —Cinthya Muñoz, CJJC Immigrant Rights Organizer
At a time when "show me your papers" laws are spreading from Arizona to Alabama to Georgia, this victory also provides a much needed alternative. The Trust Act would block law enforcement from turning over someone to Immigration and Customs Enforcement unless they have been convicted of a serious felony.
CJJC Immigrant Rights Organizer Cinthya Muñoz says "this is an important step forward. And these legislative fights are only a piece of the puzzle. At the end of the day, the only "secure" community is an organized one!"
Said Assemblymember Ammiano, “The bill [… ] limits unjust and onerous detentions for deportation in local jails of community members who do not pose a threat to public safety,” said Ammiano.
The bill heads back to the Assembly for a concurrence vote and then on to the Governor's desk.
El Acta TRUST envía un mensaje claro de que California no tolerará el severo programa de deportación anti-inmigrante S-Comm, el cual ha sido responsable por la deportación de 72.000 californianos, de los cuales 7 de cada 10 fueron deportados sin convicción o delito menor.
En una época en la que leyes al estilo "muéstreme sus documentos" se están propagando desde Arizona hasta Alabama y Georgia, esta victoria también provee una alternativa muy necesitada. El Acta Trust impediría que la policía entregue a alguien al personal de Inmigración y Aduanas a menos que hayan sido encontrados culpables de un delito mayor.
Cinthya Muñoz, Organizadora de Derechos de Inmigrantes en CJJC, dice: "Éste es un importante paso adelante. Y estas luchas legislativas son sólo una pieza del rompecabezas. ¡Al fin y al cabo, la única comunidad "segura" es una organizada!"
Dice Ammiano, miembro de la asamblea: "El proyecto de ley [...] limita las detenciones injustas y onerosas para deportaciones en las cárceles locales de miembros de la comunidad que no presentan una amenaza a la seguridad pública."
El proyecto de ley ahora está encaminado a la Asamblea para un voto de concurrencia, y luego al despacho del Gobernador.