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The fight for the Due Process Ordinance is advancing and we are happy to let you know that the ordinance was passed at the Public Safety Committee with a unanimous vote this Thursday Sep 5th! It will now go to the full board of supervisors September 17!
San Francisco - September 5, the SF Board of Supervisors' Neighborhood Services and Safety Committee approved the broadly-supported Due Process ordinance by Sup. John Avalos (D-11) to end the city’s response to burdensome and likely unconstitutional immigration hold requests from federal authorities. The proposed bill now heads to the full board later this month.
The room was packed with faith leaders, survivors of domestic...
(espanol sique) SAVE THE DATE: Join us Thursday, September 5 for two actions in the fight for the “Due Process for All” Ordinance to protect immigrant communities in San Francisco.
The SF Immigrant Rights Defense Committee's proposed legislation (lead sponsor Supervisor John Avalos) would prohibit SF law enforcement from honoring ICE hold requests.
Devastation is being wrought by ICE...
Media advisory for: Thursday, July 11, 2013
As pressure grows on the House to pass immigration reform this month, unique “Living Infographic” will highlight calls for inclusive immigration process
What: With Congress just back from recess and pressure mounting on the House over immigration reform, immigrant advocates and community leaders will participate in a symbolic “obstacle course” urging California...
The East Bay Immigrant Youth Coalition (EBIYC) joins statewide demands for Governor Brown to sign the TRUST Act
What: As part of the “UNDOCUMENTED CARAVAN TO RESTORE TRUST FOR CALIFORNIA”, the East Bay Immigrant Youth Coalition (EBIYC) and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) will rally along side with LGBTQ community members outside the Mission’s newly created, landmark “Undocuqueer”
Bill Will Increase Death and Destruction in Immigrant Life through Increased Militarization of the Border
June 24, 2013
In response to the very disturbing new proposals contained in the Corker-Hoeven Amendment to the Senate Bill S.744, Presente.org announces our opposition to the bill.
As advocates for immigrant rights, we cannot, in good conscience, lend our credibility and support to a...
Congressman Edward Roybal speaking to students gathered at Hazard Park, Los Angeles, in 1968.
LOS ANGELES, June 23 - As S.744, the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill continues its tortured transformation from an ostensibly well-intentioned reform concept to a punitive, national security bill, Latinos leaders are increasingly questioning the worthiness of the measure.
The internal debate is being polarized by those who...
Act Now: No More Militarization of the border, Yes to including workers!
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ACT NOW! NO TO MILITARIZATION OF THE BORDER; YES TO INCLUDING WORKERS
THE NEW GANG OF 8 PLAN IS EXCESSIVE, EXPENSIVE, AND EXTREME.
The Senate Gang of 8:
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By Cinthya Muñoz, May 5, 2013
Over the last couple of months CJJC has joined millions of people across the country who have taken to the streets to demand a Just Immigration Reform and an End to the Deportations as a first step to get there.
Deportations are at an all time high with over two million people deported since...
Video by Francisco Barradas
This May Day join us as we march for a Just Reform, an end to the Deportations and Justice for our communities!
May Day March, Wednesday, May 1. March with CJJC
Date: Wednesday, May 1
We will all be meeting at our CJJC offices on 2300 Mission Street #201.
We will meet at...
Following a spirited rally this morning led by community and faith groups and passionate testimony from scores of community members, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution calling on Sheriff Greg Ahern to stop the constitutionally dubious practice of holding people for extra time, beyond the point they would otherwise be released, just so they can be picked up for deportation. The Board approved today's resolution by a vote of 3-1.
With immigration reform on the horizon, the continued deportation of community members who could soon be on the road to citizenship is generating increasing controversy across the nation. A broad coalition of Alameda County community, labor and faith groups, organized by the ACUDIR coalition, is calling on the County to take national leadership by enacting a policy that ends cruel and costly ICE "holds" in the county.
If implemented by the Sheriff, "This policy will uphold key values of equality and fairness, keep families together, and strengthen relationships between communities and law enforcement," said Ariana Gil Nafarrate of Mujeres Unidas y Activas.
Said Cinthya Muñoz, of Causa Justa :: Just Cause: "Today is an important one. Many people took time off work, school, and even bringing their families here to share how important this is and to encourage the passage of this resolution. It is one small step in the right direction to ensure that communities will be treated fairly."
The resolution comes in response to extended detentions of community members in local jails, which have led to more than 2,000 deportations in the county since 2010.
The deportations have shattered families and eroded trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement. Immigration officials often take people before they have even had their day in court, and even victims and witnesses to crimes have been swept up in deportation proceedings.
At the heart of the problem are Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) "holds" or "detainer" requests, frequently triggered by the controversial "Secure Communities" deportation program. Through the requests, ICE asks officials like Sheriff Ahern to hold people for extra time, at taxpayer expense, when they would otherwise be released. Throughout California, holds have led to needless prolonged detention of immigrant domestic violence victims, street vendors arrested only for selling food without a permit, and even U.S. citizens.
As California's Attorney General confirmed late last year, these controversial requests are entirely optional. In fact, Santa Clara County, and Cook County in Illinois, have already stopped responding to the constitutionally questionable requests.
"Alameda County should take immediate leadership by enacting the strongest policy possible, since every ICE hold is a lawsuit and a constitutional crisis waiting to happen," said Muñoz of Causa Justa::Just Cause.
Efforts are also underway to limit ICE holds with statewide legislation - as California's TRUST Act advances, it has been copied in several states. Advocates believe that leadership in Alameda county could advance statewide and even national efforts to curb deportations.
Major march in SF Urging Leaders to champion
inclusive immigration reform
When and where: Wednesday, April 10
· 3:00 PM: Program begins at 1 Post St.
· 3:30 PM: March leaves 1 Post St. Route includes stops symbolizing need for reform to protect worker rights (4 Seasons Hotel), family unity (at 6th and Market), and to end painful deportations (fed. building).
· 5:00 PM: Rally at old Federal Building, 450 Golden Gate Ave.
Participants will carry hundreds of hand-made paper flowers, which symbolize the approximately 1,000 people deported from the US every day, and create an altar with the flowers in front of the federal building.
What: On a massive national day of action for immigration reform - with events from Washington, DC to Los Angeles - hundreds will march from the San Francisco Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein to the old Federal Building.
Who: Religious leaders will kick off the program with an interfaith prayer; workers, students, and community members will also address the crowd - including people currently facing unjust deportation. The Brass Liberation Orchestra will accompany the march.
Students, workers, and community leaders are calling for inclusive reform that upholds the principle that “all are created equal” by creating an immigration process that keeps all families together, protects workers rights, ends painful deportations, and ensures civil and human rights protections.
The action comes on the heels of the TRUST Act (AB-4-Ammiano) being approved by the Public Safety Committee in Sacramento yesterday, and the Asian Law Caucus, one of the bill's sponsors, filing a Freedom of Information lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for information as to whether ICE maneuvers last year helped defeat the TRUST Act veto Sept 12, by Gov. Brown. The bill would have limited entanglement between California law enforcement and immigration agencies.
To date, 93,500 Californians have been deported under the discredited "Secure Communities" program - most with minor convictions or none at all.
One community member Teodora Aparicio, who shared her story at yesterday's Alameda County budget hearing to end ICE's hold on our communities, will speak at the rally today. Here is her story.
Today's action is organized by a broad coalition of groups including Asian Law Caucus, ASPIRE, ACLU, Chinese for Affirmative Action, Causa Justa:Just Cause, Educators for Fair Consideration, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, Out for Immigration, SEIU Local 87, SEIU USWW, SEIU 1021, SF Labor Council, SFOP, Young Workers United, California Immigrant Policy Center, and many others.
Background: With unprecedented momentum and urgency for immigrant rights, Bay Area groups will join a national day of action April 10. California, with the nation’s largest immigration population, has suffered the most from unjust detentions, deportations, and firings of aspiring citizens.
So students, workers, and community groups are calling on the state’s representatives in Washington, DC to champion policies that promote inclusion and participation over exclusion and division.
(poster Jesús Barraza)
by Rinku Sen-Colorlines-
Wednesday, April 3 2013, 8:29 AM EST
We applaud the Associated Press’s announcement that it is eliminating the phrase “illegal immigrant” from the 2013 style guide. The AP Blog quotes Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll on the decision:
The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term “illegal immigrant” or the use of “illegal” to describe a person. Instead, it tells users that “illegal” should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally…
Change is a part of AP Style because the English language is constantly evolving, enriched by new words, phrases and uses. Our goal always is to use the most precise and accurate words so that the meaning is clear to any reader anywhere.
The change reflects new practice in newsrooms across the nation, where editors have been replacing the word when they run AP stories on immigration.
This decision is a victory for immigrant communities. We took a word that has been normalized by anti-immigrant forces and revealed it as unfit to print because it is both inaccurate and dehumanizing. We started Drop the I-Word in 2010 because we could see the harm that it was doing to our readers and community. In the early days, many people told us it didn’t matter, that the policy was all-important. But the word itself has blocked any reasonable discussion of policy issues, and we have been unable to move forward as a nation while its use has remained common.
The AP’s new guidance is also a victory for journalists, who strive daily to be accurate and honest with their readers. News people have nothing if not our ability to dig underneath the labels, as the AP says, that provide convenient categories for complex people and problems. When communities also experience those categories as demeaning of their humanity, we have failed at our jobs. The AP just gave us a little more clarity about how to avoid that. They’d like to hear our reactions, so send them a little note.
For years, immigration restrictionists have been stopping all discussion cold with “what about illegal don’t you understand?” Well, we did understand—that the word hid severe problems in the policy, that it has been applied selectively to people of color (undocumented, green-card holding, and citizens alike), and that it fuels hateful action.
People have lost their lives behind this word. Marcelo Lucero, an Ecuadoran immigrant was beaten to death on the streets of Brooklyn by men yelling that he was a “f__ illegal.” That state of affairs could not be allowed to continue and thousands of people just like you took a stand to bring it to an end.
This campaign is inspired and instructed by historic and contemporary struggles over language. The civil rights movement made us stop saying “colored” and worse. The women’s movement changed newspaper standards to use “Ms.” The LGBT community and GLAAD got “homosexual” replaced...