Civil Rights/Immigration Team

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

 The MLK Day Observances were attended by many MVCAN members.  On Sunday, guests were treated to a wonderful performance by various gospel singers and Danny Glover and Felix Justice.  On Monday, many members participated in roundtable discussions and our voter registration efforts.  Lisa Scarsella made posters of civil rights heroes that were carried at the candlelight vigil on Sunday night and were displayed on Monday.  Our participation was appreciated by Marin City officials.  

From: Monique Brown <mbrown.mccsd@gmail.com>

Subject: Thank You!!

Date: January 18, 2018 at 3:04:36 PM PST

Hello Mill Valley Community Action Network members!

On behalf of the Marin City MLK Coalition and Marin City CSD, I wanted to take a moment to express my appreciate for all of your efforts and support of our 20th Annual Dr. King celebration events! 

Your contributions were invaluable and we are so very thankful for your thoughtful gifts of time, fiscal sponsorship and participation in our events! I hope you enjoyed both days of celebration as much as I did. 

Thank you, again, for being a tremendous partner in this equity work and for your support and partnership! I look forward to our continued work together in 2018.

Best,

Monique Brown | General Manager 

Marin City Community Services District

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 “Jarvis Masters Day of Meditation, Prayer and Action” on Friday, January 26.

On this day we are asking people to take some time, alone or in community, to pray for Jarvis, for his well-being, for his release from prison and to take action on his behalf.  Jarvis is asking that we write to California Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra to bring attention to his case and to how long he has been waiting for it to be heard. You will find a sample letter attached along with a Fact Sheet about Jarvis.

 Governor Jerry Brown, 1315 10th St.                                                                     Sacramento, CA 95814                                                                                                         Attorney General Xavier Becerra

455 Golden Gate Ave, #1000, San Francisco, CA 94102

You can help by spreading the word about his case, through your communities, faith groups, human rights organizations, local newspapers and media and wherever possible.  If you are able to organize a group gathering, please let us know.  At the age of fifty-five, Jarvis’s health is unstable, and he is exhausted waiting for exoneration from a crime he did not commit. He does not wish to die in prison. Jarvis seeks justice and freedom, and he needs your help to push for judicial action. To bring public and judicial attention to his case Jarvis began a hunger strike just after Thanksgiving. He has lost over 60 pounds and has been hospitalized twice. He ended the strike with a plea that people speak out in support of his and others' moral and legal right to have their appeals heard in a timely manner. 

 "I cannot describe the horror of being kept on death row for year after year after year while waiting for the opportunity to prove my innocence. I’m tired, depressed and sometimes tempted to give up. I am sustained by my Buddhist meditation practice, and the love and support of my friends. However, I’m getting older and sicker and afraid of becoming one of the many people on death row who die of natural causes without ever having their appeals heard.”

The well-known Buddhist author and teacher, Pema Chodron says this about Jarvis:

“Jarvis is an easy man to respect and an easy man to love.  What I learn from him all the time is what it really means to keep one’s vows of not harming and of helping other people in whatever ways one can.  I always think, ‘If Jarvis can do it in those most challenging and difficult situations, I can do it too.’ It is a continual aspiration from my heart that Jarvis Masters not be killed and tha I have the pleasure of knowing him as a free man; a free man who I know will benefit all of the people he encounters.”

While on death row, Jarvis has written two books, FindingFreedom and That Bird Has My Wings in which he describes his journey to death row, where he became a Buddhist practitioner and teacher.  His writings have inspired people all over the world. 

Please help and join us on this day of meditation, prayer and action on January 26, 2018.

You can learn more about Jarvis and his case on his website at www.freejarvis.org or on his

 Facebook page: Finding Freedom: Jarvis Masters.

LOVE LIVES IN MARIN-February 14th, 4pm Mill Valley Depot Plaza

 A collaboration between MV Can and the Marin Interfaith Council, we will be "kicking-off" the "Love Lives in Marin" campaign on February 14, 4-5 pm at the Depot Plaza.  The rally will feature music and speakers including Mill Valley Councilwoman Sashi McEntee, Fatima Hansia from the Mill Valley Islamic Center, and Tam High Principal J.C. Farr. 

MEET THE FILM MAKER 

The documentary film, The Interrupters (trailer here), produced in partnership with the director of Hoop Dreams will be screened in San Rafael. Following the film, there will be an interview with renowned journalist and filmmaker Alex Kotlowitz  on the link between poverty, social justice and health.

The screening takes place on Thursday evening, January 25th at the Rafael Theater. Advance tickets:  https://marincityfilm.eventbrite.com.   

 

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 civil-rights-lead@mvcan.org 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:  

https://docs.google.com/ document/d/ 16X9jTgLxIIZBDeKojsJXsOAjutYfL cxeQugjW0rncqA/edit

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 rmerton@endisolation.org.   The website is www.endisolation.com.

IMMIGRATION PRAYER VIGIL AT WEST COUNTY DETENTION CENTER

MVCAN ACTIONS OF THE WEEK



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