Friday, September 22, 2017

DOLORES : Sacramento Showing

A great film. A tribute to a great organizer.

DOLORES  |  1 hour 38 minutes
The Tower Theatre

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

DACA Funds Available

San Francisco, CA – September 13, 2017 – Mission Asset Fund (MAF) today announced it will provide $1,000,000 in scholarships to 2,000+ Dreamers to pay for DACA renewals by the October 5 deadline.
Last week, the Trump administration announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program is ending. DACA has provided security, safety, and a livelihood for 800,000 young people commonly known as “Dreamers.” Of the 154,000 Dreamers eligible to renew their DACA permits before the program ends in six months, most will be able to cover the application costs themselves. For those Dreamers who are eligible for renewal but can’t afford the $495 application fee, MAF is stepping in with a solution now available nationwide: scholarships to help Dreamers renew their DACA status (
Between now and the October 5 deadline, MAF will provide 2,000 Dreamers with scholarships of $495 to renew their DACA permit. Capital to finance these scholarships come from the DACA Renewal Fund, launched this week with growing support from the philanthropic community.
“We were shocked and horrified to learn that President Trump ended DACA,” says José Quiñonez, MAF’s CEO and 2016 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow. He added, “We sprang into action once we saw a small window of opportunity to help thousands of Dreamers to renew their protective status. The time to help these young people is now.”
DACA recipients with a permit expiring between now and March 5 across the nation are eligible to receive the scholarships. $500,000 of the fund is being specifically targeted to California students attending community colleges, at California State Universities, and the University of California. As time is of the essence, this online scholarship will be processed within a day, with same-day checks available in San Francisco and by overnight mail in other parts of the country.
MAF has a long history of working with Dreamers and has helped hundreds to pay for DACA application fees using a 0% interest loan. This initiative—offering scholarships within 24-48 hours to Dreamers—builds on this track record of success. DACA recipients with expiring permits are encouraged to visit and apply immediately.
Philanthropic supporters of this fund include: the Weingart Foundation, Irvine Foundation, Tipping Point Community, The Chavez Family Foundation, and San Francisco Foundation.

Monday, September 18, 2017

California Legislature passes "Almost" Sanctuary bill

California Legislature passes “Almost” Sanctuary State Bill

Kevin de Leon

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, introduced SB54 shortly after Trump's election to cut off most interactions between federal immigration agents and local police and sheriff's officers. Following sharp dissent from law enforcement officials and Brown's intervention, it was scaled back significantly.
The final version prohibits law enforcement officials from asking about a person's immigration status or participating in immigration enforcement efforts. It also prohibits law enforcement officials from being deputized as immigration agents or arresting people on civil immigration warrants.

Several of the compromises were criticized by immigrants’ rights activists.

Nancy Pelosi Press Conference Derailed by Dreamer Protesters in San Fran...

SAN FRANCISCO — Protesters shouted down House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, on Monday morning, denouncing her for negotiating with President Donald Trump as she tried to hold a news conference advocating for the Dream Act.
About 40 young protesters, including undocumented immigrants, surrounded her as she started an event at College Track, an education nonprofit in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood, shouting at the top of their lungs for 30 minutes straight.
The protesters harangued Pelosi for using Dreamers as “bargaining chips” in negotiations with Trump, and for being “complicit” with stepped-up deportations under the eight years of the Obama administration.
“You met with Trump and you call that resistance?” they chanted. “This is what resistance looks like!”
In recent weeks, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., have held several meetings with Trump, and last week announced that they were making progress toward a deal that would involve passing the Dream Act — which would protect young undocumented people brought to the U.S. illegally as children — in exchange for some border security measures.
Many of the protesters said they opposed that deal, and others said that they opposed the Dream Act because it didn’t cover enough undocumented immigrants. The bill would essentially replace provisions of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program put in place by Obama.
Pelosi, who looked on uncomfortably from the middle of the protest, tried several times to talk with the demonstrators, telling them, “I totally agree with you.” But she barely got a few words in as they continued their call-and-response chanting

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

When DACA Ends

Community Advisory | Sept 13, 2017
I. Initial and Renewal Applications 
On September 5, 2017, President Trump directed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to phase out and eventually end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) over two and half years. This means that, as of September 5, 2017: 
• USCIS will continue to process all pending INITIAL applications ACCEPTED as of September 5, 2017. 
• USCIS will reject all other new INITIAL applications. 
• USCIS will continue to process all pending RENEWAL applications that have already been filed. 
• USCIS will continue to accept and process RENEWAL applications until October 5, 2017 from applicants whose DACA expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018. DACA recipients whose DACA has already expired are no longer eligible to renew. 
• USCIS will reject all INITIAL and RENEWAL applications received after October 5, 2017. 

IMPORTANT: Individuals with a current, unexpired grant of DACA will continue to hold DACA until it expires. This means that current DACA recipients maintain their protection from deportation and work permit until their current expiration date. USCIS will not refer DACA recipients and applicants to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation unless they meet USCIS’ Notice to Appear guidance or post a risk to national security or public safety. Applicants with currently pending and processing applications should attend biometrics appointments and respond to any requests for additional evidence they receive from USCIS. 

Silence Is Complicity - Jorge Ramos

Silence Is Complicity - Jorge Ramos

David Bacon to Speak at Sac State Today


as a part of the Farm to Fork celebration.  Sept  13. 

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. . . They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

-Donald Trump, June 16, 2015

In the Fields of the North/ En Los Campos del Norte by David Bacon
Univerity of California Press, 2017
Reviewed by Duane Campbell

We are not animals. We are human beings.”

In an impressive and important new book, David Bacon effectively counters the racism and xenophobia advanced by our current president and promoted in right-wing media by providing hundreds of photos and clear descriptions of the real life and work of the immigrants harvesting the food we eat.  

Bacon does so by interviewing farmworkers and photographing farmworkers in their “housing” and in their work. He reports and records the humanity of the thousands of people who come north to harvest our crops and to feed their families as best they can.

Photojournalist David Bacon has a long history of documenting the lives of immigrant people, including the important books:, Illegal People: How Globalization creates migration and criminalizes immigrants. (2008) and The Right to Stay Home: How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration (Beacon Press, 2013), as well as a long list of journal articles.

In The Fields of the North, Bacon uses his extensive and award-winning photography to tell more of the story. This is not just a book with some photos, but rather a series of extended photo essays (with over 300 photos)  showing that images and words have a combined power far beyond either words or images by themselves. Bacon tells the story of cycles of exploitation and poverty suffered by tens of thousands moving from season to season, working in the fields to harvest our food for subminimum wages, and facing the racism and political power of growers and their labor contractors.

Monday, September 11, 2017

California Will Sue Trump in Support of DACA

LOS ÁNGELES, California.- California demandó este lunes al gobierno del presidente Donald Trump por la decisión de poner fin en seis meses la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA), programa que protege temporalmente de la deportación a unos 800,000 jóvenes indocumentados beneficiarios.
La demanda presentada por el fiscal estatal, Xavier Becerra, tiene argumentos similares a la acción legal presentada la semana pasada por 15 estados y Washington DC: señala que el gobierno viola la Constitución y otras leyes al rescindir DACA.
A California se le unieron, en impugnaciones por separado, los estados de Maryland, Maine y Minnesota.
Becerra había advertido que California presentaría su propia demanda porque más de 200,000 beneficiados por el DACA viven en el estado y sería el más afectado con su cancelación.

California sued the Trump administration Monday over its decision to end a program that shields young immigrants from deportation, saying it would be especially hard hit because it has more of the immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally by parents or by parents who overstayed visas than any other U.S. state.

The lawsuit's legal arguments largely mirror those already filed in a lawsuit last week by 15 other states and the District of Columbia. Attorney generals for the states of Maine, Maryland and Minnesota joined California's lawsuit.



Thursday, September 07, 2017

Pass SB 54: Call Governor Brown today

Californians from across the state are rallying at the State Capitol to pass the California Values Act (SB 54).

Under the California Values Act, no state and local resources will be used for immigration enforcement, and schools, hospitals, and courthouses will remain safe spaces for all Californians, regardless of immigration status.

California is poised to lead the nation in protecting our families and communities. But the California Sheriffs Association is placing enormous pressure on Governor Brown and the state legislature to kill it. We need to be loud and unified to pass SB 54. Will you add your voice to the those rallying in Sacramento by making a call today?

Call Governor Jerry Brown or your Assembly member at 1-844-336-0046. This number will lead you to high priority Assembly members or Gov. Brown, depending on your zip code.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Trump is Wrong on DACA : Resist

Trump is wrong on DACA. We will not retreat.
DSA Immigrants’ Rights Committee Statement on DACA

President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, under pressure from a nine-state coalition led by the Texas Attorney General, represents another racist attack by his administration on immigrants, in this case on young people who were brought into the United States as children.  The undersigned members of the Democratic Socialists of America denounce the repeal of DACA and maintain solidarity with the nearly one million DACA recipients who will become targets for harassment and deportation by ICE.

We know DACA is insufficient. We remain committed to fighting alongside undocumented immigrants ineligible for DACA: those who have felony convictions, those without access to higher education, and those who immigrated as adults.  We reject the notion that immigrants should have to earn basic human rights and decent treatment by serving in the armed forces, getting a higher education, or being productive workers. DACA itself represents that kind of thinking turned into policy. The moral division between “deserving” and “undeserving” immigrants ignores the role of policing and the criminal justice system in criminalizing undocumented immigrants. Instead, we recognize the dignity and human rights of all immigrants and demand dignified and humane treatment of all people, regardless of how productive they are for the capitalist ruling class.

As socialists, we recognize the rights of the international working class to live without fear of persecution and repression by governments and bosses. The conditions that cause much of 21st-century immigration are symptoms of capitalist-driven global imperialism, driven in large part by the United States. We affirm the rights of all working people to remain and thrive in the locations of their choosing, but also recognize that the forces of capitalism - economic policies, military intervention, and climate change - increasingly force people to leave their homes and relocate in order to survive.

We reaffirm our commitment to the struggles of undocumented immigrants in this country, demanding their labor rights as workers and human rights as people. We are dedicated to building sanctuary spaces in our communities and demanding the implementation of Sanctuary policies on the city and state level throughout the country. As socialists, we recognize that migration is a human right and commit ourselves to working for full citizenship for all people and their right to organizing in the workplace.

We are committed to fighting the deep injustices within the criminal justice and immigration systems and demand comprehensive immigration reform that recognizes the rights and humanity of all working people, regardless of citizenship.

Liberation not deportation!
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Monday, September 04, 2017

Support Immigrants' Rights - Tues. Sacramento

Sept. 7 in Sacramento: Stand with California’s immigrants
When Donald Trump set his anti-immigrant agenda in motion, California lawmakers and Gov. Brown were among the first to stand up and say: Not in our state. We need to make sure they put their words into action now.
California sheriffs are ramping up their opposition to the California Values Act (S.B. 54), and Trump’s racist administration is doubling down on its threats to punish states that refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement. Now it seems that California lawmakers and Gov. Brown are caving to the opposition’s pressure and trying to water down the bill. To get all of the immigrant protections in S.B. 54 on the books, we must be relentless in our activism and show up in force on Sept. 7. Click here to RSVP
  • Event Name: Show up for Immigrants and the CA Values Act in Sacramento
  • What: 9:00 a.m.: Rally in front of the Capitol Building. 10:00 a.m.: March to the California Sheriffs' Association (1231 I St #200, Sacramento, CA 95814). Noon: Petition delivery at Gov. Brown's office.
  • Where: California State Capitol, 1315 10th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
  • When: Thursday, Sept. 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Trump’s war on immigrants is escalating. Last week, he pardoned the country’s number one racial profiler, former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who abused thousands of immigrants in his horrific “Tent City” detention camp. And now, Trump is seriously considering ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – a highly successful program that has given opportunity and peace of mind to nearly 1 million immigrants who came to the country as children. 
California passing S.B. 54 could shift the momentum. The California Values Act would build a firewall between local police and immigration enforcement, prohibit state agencies and employees from sharing information about an individual’s immigration status with the federal government and, most importantly, it would serve as model legislation for other states resisting Trump’s hateful, anti-immigrant regime. 
Will you join us in Sacramento for the Sept. 7 day of action? Click on the link below to RSVP.
Thank you for all you do,
Nicole Regalado, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

Sponsored by Sacramento Immigration Coalition and others.  

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Dolores Huerta : Labor, Chicana Heroine

by Deborah Klugman,

While Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez are ubiquitous in history textbooks, Huerta is most often sidelined. Many people, then and now, took her to be Chavez’s subordinate or assistant.

Labor activist and social justice crusader Dolores Huerta was participating in a 1988 protest in San Francisco when police descended on the demonstrators with tear gas and batons. Huerta, then 58, was among those brutally assaulted when an officer drove a baton with full force into her torso. Her internal injuries were extensive. She suffered three broken ribs, her spleen was shattered and had to be removed, and she spent months in recovery. But the indomitable Huerta recovered to again assume center stage in the ongoing battle for workers’ rights.
Footage of the assault on Huerta and other protesters is replayed in director Peter Bratt’s dynamic and informative film Dolores, a U.S. entry in the documentary category at Sundance, which will have special screenings September 8-14 at Los Angeles’ Nuart TheaterA mix of archival imagery and interviews with Huerta, her family and such prominent figures as Gloria Steinem, Angela Davis and Luis Valdez, the documentary portrays her as a pivotal yet relatively uncredited luminary in labor history.
While Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez are ubiquitous in history textbooks, Huerta is most often sidelined, her name even expunged from some high school curricula after she opined that “Republicans hate Latinos.” Many people, then and now, took her to be Chavez’s subordinate or assistant. Arizona’s state superintendent of public instruction, Tom Horne, once called her Chavez’s “girlfriend.” In fact, she co-founded the United Farm Workers and was equally instrumental in positioning its cause, via legislation, on the political map. It was she, not Chavez, who coined the slogan “Sí se puede” — the rallying cry for striking farm workers, later adopted by Barack Obama’ s supporters in his 2008 campaign for the presidency.
Dolores Huerta, 1976. (Photo: George Ballis)Dolores Huerta, 1976. (Photo: George Ballis)
Co-written by Bratt and Jessica Congdon, the nimbly-paced Dolores begins by establishing a historical context for the farm workers’ movement as rooted in the same endemic racism that fostered slavery and Jim Crow. That narrative is then interwoven with the story of Huerta’s growing involvement.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Political Leaders Say Support DACA

In a letter featuring more than 1,800 signatories,numerous governors, over 130 mayors, over 200 state legislators, and a host of faith, legal, community, and law enforcement leaders tell immigrant youth “we are ready to defend you,” calling on the Trump administration ”to preserve” the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and protect undocumented immigrant youth. “We also encourage President Trump and Republicans and Democrats in Congress to enact legislation that replaces fear and uncertainty with permanent protection for Dreamers,” the letter states:
Since June 2012, nearly 800,000 of these young people who came to the United States as children have come forward, passed background checks, and received permission to live and work in America. With DACA, they have advanced their education, started small businesses, and more fully established themselves as integral members of our society.
Ending DACA means all of these young people would be at risk of deportation and separation from their families and our communities; this would be senselessly cruel.
Ending DACA and removing hundreds of thousands of young men and women from our workforce also would cost the country an estimated  $460.3 billion in lost Gross Domestic Product over a decade and tens of billions more in lost contributions to Medicare and Social Security, and force businesses to incur $3.4 billion in turnover costs.
The letter, featuring the governors of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, and Virginia calls on Congress to do more than just sustaining DACA by ultimately passing the bipartisan DREAM Act of 2017, which would give permanent protections to immigrant youth and put them on a path to citizenship. Currently, bipartisan DREAM Act bills sit in both houses of Congress. “Nearly 8 in 10 voters support allowing DREAMers to remain permanently in the country,” notes the Center for American Progress, “including almost three-quarters of Trump voters.”