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...
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...
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...
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...
This week, Monday, May 21, hundreds of immigrants and immigrant rights advocates from across California came to Sacramento to encourage lawmakers to approve legislation that supports immigrant workers and their families.
In 2011, the state passed landmark legislation benefiting immigrant communities, ranging from providing undocumented students financial assistance to changes in car impoundment policies. This show of civic engagement at the state level is important to our state as our national election nears.
CJJC and our sister organizations Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA), Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rightsof Los Angeles (CHIRLA), and Asian Law Caucus (ALC) participated in meetings with state senators urging their support for the Trust Act and the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights.
The Trust Act would restore some balance to the impacts of the repressive dragnet of the deportation program S-Comm by limiting in California what ICE holds are honored by local police. Potentially avoiding situations like the Vista, San Diego County father of five, Alfonso Martinez Sanchez, 39 who had gone to the market to buy milk, ended up being deported, and then died in the desert trying to get back to his family.
According to the family, the store clerk, a friend of Martinez asked whether Martinez could mind the store while he dealt with an emergency.
A deputy who went to the store to deliver new synthetic drug regulatons encounted Martinez. He signed for the letter as an employee of the store and the deputy asked to see his ID. The deputy called Border Patrol when Martinez showed a Mexican ID card. Martinez was deported. He tried several times to cross the border but kept getting arrested. On his final try April 20, he paid a smuggler to bring him across. After a full day of walking across the desert he collapsed.
To read more of this compelling and tragic story click here.
"We are confident all the work immigrant communities are doing by stepping up and telling their stories, organizing in their communities to push back against S-Comm and coming to Sacramento to encourage lawmakers to do the right thing, will pay off in the form of the Trust Act passing and being signed by Gov. Brown, and ultimately prevent tragic cases like the one described above, from happening." says Cinthya Muñoz Ramos," Immigrant Rights Organizer for Causa Justa :: Just Cause.
Causa Justa, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, Grayton Day Labor Center, North Bay Organizing Project and CARECEN all join forces in Sacramento June 12
State Senate Committee Approves Trust Act 2.0
The Senate Public Safety Committee approved by a vote of 5-2, the new version of the TRUST Act, (AB1081) which was introduced by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano.
Causa Justa and scores of other allies including Mujeres Unidas y Activas, Grayton Day Labor Center, North Bay Organizing Project and CARECEN, the Asian Law Caucus, all went to Sacramento today to urge lawmakers to approve the TRUST Act, which was voted on and approved by the California Senate Public Safety Committee today.
Said Assemblymember Tom Ammiano. "… Today's vote recognizes that S-Comm is sabotaging our public safety. The TRUST Act is the solution we need to begin rebuilding the confidence that our local law enforcement worked so hard to build, but that ICE has shattered."
TRUST Act 2.0 would restrict who law enforcement agencies can hold for deportation at the request of immigration agents. If the bill is enacted it will change California’s participation in the draconian Secure Communities program. The bill heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. So far 72,694 Californians have been deported by the S-Comm program.
Last year the Trust Act 1.0 was set to become law but everything shifted after ICE changed its rules and forced the state to take part in the “Secure” Communities deportation program. As a result, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano introduced a new TRUST Act to add safeguards to ICE’s misguided S-Comm program, protecting our rights and ensuring our state doesn’t go the way of Arizona.
Here's some of the coverage compiled by one of our allies, California Immigrant Policy Center
• Huffington Post:
• La Opinion
• KPCC (LA NPR affiliate) blog:
• New America Media
• National Telemundo
• LA Telemundo
• Sacramento Univision
• SF Univision
• KPFA Radio (Bay Area)
• KBBF Radio (Santa Rosa)
• KIQI Radio (San Francisco and Sacramento)
• Colorlines (preview of hearing):
On International Workers Day, join the Oakland Sin Fronteras' contingent in the March for Immigrant Rights!
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
3:00pm: GATHER AT FRUITVALE BART PLAZA
3:30pm: ASSEMBLE ON INTERNATIONAL for opening rally & program
4:00pm: MARCH DOWN INTERNATIONAL BOULEVARD
5:30pm: ARRIVE 14TH & BROADWAY for a community rally with speakers and performers!
Mujeres Unidas y Activas, Xican@ Moratorium Coalition, Anakbayan East Bay,
East Side Arts Alliance, Filipino Advocates for Justice, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Hand in Hand National Domestic Employers Association, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Causa Justa;Just Cause, 67 Sueños, Young Workers United, Asian Youth Promoting Advocacy & Leadership, Youth Together, Alameda County United in Defense of Immigrant Rights, La Raza Centro Legal/Day Laborers, Filipino Community Center, Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, CA-NV Philippine Solidarity Task Force of United Methodist Church, and more....
En el Día Internacional de los Trabajadores, unase al contingente de Oakland Sin Fronteras
El Día Internacional del Obrero, únase a CJJC, a la par de muchos otros, en la marcha por los Derechos de los Migrantes! CJJC traerá a las calles nuestra unión afro y latina, y nuestro compromiso a los derechos de los migrantes como una batalla clave que avanza la justicia racial y los derechos de los obreros en nuestra sociedad.
Wrike - Project Management
3:00pm: REUNIRSE EN LA PLAZA DE FRUITVALE BART
3:30pm: FORMAR CONTINGENTE EN LA CALLE INTERNACIONAL para empezar la programa
4:00pm: MARCHA POR LA CALLE INTERNACIONAL
5:30pm: LLEGAMOS A LAS CALLES 14 Y BROADWAY para un rally comunitario con oradores y artistas!
Mujeres Unidas y Activas, Xican@ Moratorium Coalition, Anakbayan East Bay,
East Side Arts Alliance, Filipino Advocates for Justice, Mano en Mano Assosiacion Nacional de Empleadores de Trabajadoras Domesticas, Alianza Nacional de Trabajadoras del Hogar, Causa Justa;Just Cause, 67 Sueños, Jovenes Trabajadores Unidos, AYPAL, Youth Together, ACUDIR, La Raza Centro Legal/Day Laborers, Filipino Community Center, Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, CA-NV Philippine Solidarity Task Force of United Methodist Church y mas...