Despite tireless organizing and community presence that packed the main hearing room as well the “over-flow” room, the San Francisco Detainer Policy was unfortunately not able to have its first hearing before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, Sept. 17.
Organizers and advocates were successful in limiting the harmful impact of carve outs on community members, but the negotiation...
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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...
Tawonna Richards has been living in her East Oakland 2-bedroom apartment since April 2011. She lives there with her children ages 5 and 10. Tawonna came in to our housing clinic for help after the landlord refused to address severe habitability issues.
She had complained to the landlord that the walls and carpets in one of the bedrooms were infested...
"Fight for a Fair Economy, Fight for Jobs with Justice!"
Help us build broader support for and deeper solidarity among all the different actions/campaigns and the organizations anchoring them.
Oakland Low Wage/Fast Food Workers Rally (Nat’l Day of Action)
Thursday, August 29th, 4pm, AFL-CIO Labor Temple, 8400 Enterprise Way, Oakland
Anchor groups: ACCE, EBASE, SEIU
“Call the Governor" Action for CA Domestic...
Last Friday Eleanor Duperroir came to our San Francisco office almost in tears. She was sick and tired of trying to deal with Fannie Mae and the property manager they hired by herself. Her electricity had been turned off and the water was scheduled to be turned off that Monday. Her family couldn’t afford to live another day without utilities.
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...
Join us for our Housing Can’t Wait March TODAY--Tuesday, July 9 at 11am, at the 24th Street BART station plaza, SF.
Our Housing Can't Wait March and Speak-out is the day that the Right to the City Alliance, of which we are a member, along with the National Low Income Housing Coalition, is filing a lawsuit targeting Ed DeMarco, the acting Director...
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 bill that will not legalize 11 million people and leave millions out of a pathway to citizenship, a promise that has been the foundation for our support to begin with.
At the same time, we cannot support a bill that is also guaranteed to increase death and destruction in immigrant life through increased militarization of the border.
Recent reports, including a study of the legislation by the Congressional Budget Office, make clear that, as designed, S. 744 will deny the possibility of securing citizenship and legal status to many.
Millions of immigrants will be left vulnerable and in fear of deportation for the rest of their lives.
At a time when FBI reports and other statistics affirm that the border has been and continues to be safe, legislation that will increase the number of Border Patrol agents by 20,000 further endangers our communities.
And, when we consider that $40 billion for “border security” will be allocated over the next 10 years, when there has been no justice in cases involving Border Patrol agents known to have abused their authority and even kill with impunity, S. 744 will turn the southern border of the United States into a permanent war zone.
Opinion polls and our common moral sense tell us that this is not the “Immigration reform” Latinos voted for.
In its current form, S. 744 also promises to continue mass racial profiling and deportations, institute controversial guest worker programs and do nothing to ameliorate the very causes that brought about our demands for immigration reform in the first place.
Under such conditions, we cannot support immigration reform that includes the Corker-Hoeven amendments.
Act Now: No More Militarization of the border, Yes to including workers!
THE NEW GANG OF 8 PLAN CALL FOR ACTION! CALL TODAY!
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:
•Made a new deal Wednesday night that greatly increases border enforcement, without any increase in accountability and transparency, via more agents and more fencing. (THUNE Amendment 1197). The deal they struck calls for 20,000 MORE agents on the border and 700 miles of new fencing.
•Meanwhile, The Grassley Amendment 1299 would replace and worsen the already punitive Senate bill 744 provisions regarding gang membership disqualification bars to legalization and deportation for those with lawful status. It would create a new broad definition of criminal street gang and substantially increasing the burden of proof on a person to prove he did not know or reasonably should have known about the gang. A person would be permanently blocked from legal status and/or deported if the person falls within this new amendment.
Call 1-866-940-2439 to be connected with your Senators. You can also call the Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121 or find Senators' direct lines at www.senate.gov
Please call Boxer and Feinstein immediately. Tell them:
"My name is _____________, and I LIVE IN THE BAY AREA. I am calling to ask Senator _________ to reject the proposal that the Gang of 8 is talking about RIGHT NOW to double the number of agents in border communities and add hundreds of miles of more fencing. I am also calling the Senator to opposed the Grassley Amendment #1299 that relates to suspected gang membership because: This amendment would punish mere “membership,” and is nothing more than guilt by association."
Dianne Feinstein: (202) 224-3841
Barbara Boxer: (202) 224-3553
HELP ENSURE DAY LABORERS HAVE PATH TO LEGALIZATION
Finally, Please join the following urgent action to help ensure day laborers have an avenue to legalization! The pathway to legalization and citizenship is closed to much of the day laborer community in the US because of a requirement to prove continuous employment at the 6 year and 10 year mark. The inconsistent and seasonal nature of day labor work (more work in the summer and less in the winter), means that day laborers will either be excluded from immigration reform or will have to remain with exploitative employers and in abusive working conditions for years in order to meet this requirement.
Support Maryland Senator Ben Cardin’s Amendment 1294 to add a Community Service component to the Senate bill's legalization program.
The bill now requires applicants to demonstrate employment history 6 years after receiving provisional status and again at 10 years. This means many immigrants will be excluded and may more will endure terrible working conditions to avoid becoming ineligible. Having a community service alternative will protect working people, encourage community engagement, and ensure an open path exists.
But we have to act fast. By the end of the day FRIDAY,
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 say the bill is the “last chance” to legalize the undocumented even though S.744 as written contains fatal flaws that will:
exclude most undocumented from legalization;
continue mass deportations;
create de facto immigrant worker indentured servitude;
fund billions in defense industry pork for more drones walls, and guards on the U.S.-Mexico border;
enable massive racial profiling and discrimination by codifying E-verify;
But this is not the first time the immigrant and Latino movements’ centerpiece reform bill has been overrun by xenophobic forces. History is repeating itself as S744 is being hijacked just as was the 1982 legalization bill advocated by then U.S. Rep. Edward Roybal, D-East Los Angeles.
Legendary in Latino circles and affectionately referred to as “the Old Man,” Ed Roybal was the father of Latino empowerment in California as well as a founder of the nascent immigrant rights movement.
In 1982 after years of trying to legalize undocumented immigrants Roybal championed the Simpson-Mazzoli legalization bill. But when the bill was amended to include measures that violated labor and human rights, Roybal introduced dozens of amendments, effectively killing the bill he had earlier advocated.
California Latino leaders including Roybal would try and fail again in 1984, this time walking out at the Democratic National Convention shaming presidential nominee Walter Mondale after Democratic Congressional leadership allowed anti-immigrant forces to gut the Latino-supported reform bill. The walkout killed the hijacked bill.
Persistence paid off as Roybal helped lead a coalition that in partnership with Republican President Reagan prodded Congress in 1986 to enact the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), an effective legalization for 2.9 million undocumented persons, an estimated 70 percent of the undocumented at that time.
The “amnesty” provisions of IRCA, contrary to the balderdash heard today in D.C., are sanctified among Latinos as one of the best programs ever undertaken by the federal government. That “amnesty” had immensely positive socio-economic benefits for immigrant-heavy states such as California and Texas in ensuing years.
How different Roybal’s 1982 and 1984 conclusions were to those of Democrats now! Today’s Democratic legislators appear set to support “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” no matter how punitive and/or ineffective its provisions are. Democrats want to claim victory with Latino voters who are spun daily by corporate media that hypes the bill in lockstep with the liberal establishment.
There’s too much pressure from the donors and special interests “to jump ship even if it’s the right thing to do” complain legislators and advocates. Indeed, President Obama held a White House meeting with advocates in May, instructing them not to try to improve S.744. Importantly, liberal foundations and interest groups supporting comprehensive immigration reform have donated tens of millions in recent years to mostly D.C.-based immigrant rights and Latino groups, in...
Mr. Martin Mercado has been fighting his landlords (represented by landlord attorney Daniel Bornstein) over a bogus eviction attempt from his Mission district apartment.
First they tried to *Costa-Hawkins him out of his studio in the Mission district
where he has lived with his family since 1993.
Then, when Mr. Mercado successfully defended himself and they couldn't get him out, they lied and said he didn't pay his rent. But he DID pay his rent, and the Eviction Defense Collaborative helped him prove that in court.
And… we got an amazing ruling! Not only does Mr. Mercado get to stay in his home indefinitely, he also got a promise for repairs and a rent reduction out of the ordeal!
We are super excited about Mr. Mercado's commitment to his struggle to stay in his home with his family. This is just one more example of why it is worth it to fight.
Says Mr. Mercado: "After winning they made it look like I hadn’t paid rent but I have proof that I did. This victory gives me energy and confidence that there are people supporting me.”