Civil Rights/Immigration Team
MVCAN ACTIONS OF THE WEEK
HUGO MEJIA IS FREE! IMMIGRATION JUDGE RULES HE CAN POST $15,000 BOND AND BE RELEASED PENDING FURTHER PROCEEDURES.
MVCan has been part of a coalition of neighborhood, labor, and immigrant rights groups that has supported the San Rafael father of three in his half-year struggle to be released from detention.
In ordering his release the judge emphasized that the widespread community support was a major reason she ruled in Hugo's favor. If you wrote a letter of support for Hugo, and there were dozens submitted directly to the judge, you helped convince her that he is a responsible member of his community and not a flight risk.
Previously our letters were gathered and given to ICE. These new letters were delivered directly to the judge who noted that the number of letters she read informed her decision to return him to his family and our community on bond.
Next Civil/Immigrant Rights Team Meeting is Sunday, December 3rd, 3:15:-4:00pm, at the Starbucks next to MV Safeway. This is just before the December general meeting of MVCan, 4pm at the MV Community Center. (Contact team lead Peter Graumann at email@example.com for more info
CONTRIBUTE TO THE UNDOCUFUND AT http://undocufund.org
THE UNDOCUFUND WILL ENSURE THAT UNDOCUMENTED FAMILIES DISPLACED BY THE
FIRES WILL HAVE THE SUPPORT AND RESOURCES THEY NEED TO RECOVER AND REBUILD.
The UndocuFund will provide direct funding to undocumented immigrants and their families to help with expenses incurred directly as a result of the fires including but not limited to:
- Temporary housing
- Home repairs
- Essential household items
- Medical and dental expenses
- Tools and equipment required for work
- Clean-up items
- Repair of essential vehicle
- Moving and storage expenses
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Necessary educational materials (computers, school books, supplies)
DROPPING A BANNER AGAINST HATE
By Fabrice Florin, MVCan
To protest hate speech and violence, members of a coalition of grassroots political groups, including the Mill Valley Community Action Network (MVCAN), held large banners above freeway overpasses in Marin County, CA.
One sign said ‘United Against Hate’, another said ‘No H8’. They were seen by thousands of people driving into San Francisco. A dozen activists held up those signs above the pedestrian walkway over Highway 101, off the Seminary Drive exit.
This "banner drop" protest was in response to an alt-right rally, Patriot Prayer, scheduled to take place at Crissy Field in San Francisco on Saturday, August 26, 2017. As drivers passed under the signs on their way south to San Francisco, thousands saw the signs, and hundreds honked their approval with our protest.
This political action was led by the Immigration and Civil Rights team of the Mill Valley Community Action Network (MVCAN), in coordination with Indivisible Sausalito and United Marin Rising.
LARGE PRISON DOOR RALLY FOR HUGO MEJIA, SAN RAFAEL FATHER BEING HELD UNDER THREAT OF DEPORTATION
The San Rafael father of three has been held for months in Oak Grove, Ca., a facility similar to the Richmond prison where the rally took place. Some 75 people turned out for Hugo at the West County Detention Center on August, 13th including Yadira, Hugo's wife, and his daughter.
Those wishing to help are asked to make calls, donate money and send letters--even if you've previously done so.
Call San Francisco ICE Field Director David Jennings directly at 415-844-5503. Use this link for script and instructions:
Contribute to Hugo’s Family GoFundMe Campaign so they have the means to continue to fight. Hugo has also shared that he's so appreciated everyone's letters of support to him.
Hugo Mejia X-5131225 KBF405 Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center 12500 Bruceville Road Elk Grove, CA 95757
BRINGING COMFORT TO DETAINEES
The Immigration & Civil Rights team met on July 30th. We heard moving accounts from two activists who visit ICE detainees in Richmond. Hundreds of men and women are locked up for months, even years. The organization, called "CIVIC" could use more volunteers. Multi-lingual is a plus, but not a requirement. Contact Rebecca Merton at firstname.lastname@example.org. The website is www.endisolation.com.
IMMIGRATION PRAYER VIGIL AT WEST COUNTY DETENTION CENTER