Civil Rights/Immigration Team

 Contact team lead Peter Graumann at civil-rights-lead@mvcan.org for more info.

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

More than 50 people attended an-hour long vigil last Saturday at the entrance to the West County Detention Facility in Richmond.  The medium security prison holds many undocumented people awaiting deportation. One family's plight was highlighted--the group raised more than $500 to help them.

ENDING MONEY BAIL

SB10, which would end the imprisonment of poor people lacking the ability to bail themselves out of jail, has passed the Senate and is moving through the Assembly.  Please contact     Marin Assemblyman Marc Levine to urge his support.  Email David Sforza, Levine's legislative director.  David.Sforza@asm.ca.gov


COMMUNITY FORUM WITH MARIN ASSEMBLYMAN MARC LEVINE

Monday, Aug 14, 2017  3:00 p.m.– 4:30 p.m.                          The Redwoods
40 Camino Alto
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Please RSVP here. If you are unable to attend but would still like to talk, don’t hesitate to call the office at (415) 479-4920.

 

SB54 HEARING IN SAN RAFAEL

A coalition of pro-immigrant rights groups presented at San Rafael City Council on July 17 to urge them to send a letter of support for SB 54. Mayor Phillips declined to put it on the agenda, but suggested a forum on the matter:

http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20170718/sanctuary-cities-forum-planned-in-san-rafael

That forum is now set for August 7TH AT 5:30PM for members of the community to come together and discuss SB 54. A good turnout is important, so please attend, regardless of where you live.

Please call City Manager, Jim Schutz, 415-485-3070, and ask him to put support of SB 54 on the 8/7 agenda so there can be a vote right after the forum. 

MARIN RAPID RESPONSE TRAINING HAS STARTED

The trainings began July 27th with rapid responders & legal observers training

  • These people go out to a specified area within Marin when ICE activity is reported to help verify the activity and if so, document as a legal observer
  • General volunteers, US citizens preferred

     Coalition Leaders Training

  • These are the people who will be helping to supervise and lead the rapid response network in Marin, including coordinating rapid response volunteers and hotline dispatchers
  • Ideally will attend all three trainings

Next Training Session: Monday, August 7th 5:00-8:00 PM     

Hotline Dispatchers Training

  • These people will be answering the rapid response hotline for reports of ICE raids, communicating with affected community members who call in as well as rapid responders who will go out to where the reported immigration enforcement action is occurring
  • Must be bilingual

Training Location:
3240 Kerner Blvd., Room 109 and Room 110
San Rafael, CA 94901

SLOW START TO MILL VALLEY TOLERANCE TASK FORCE

MVCan has nominated two representatives for Mill Valley's Tolerance Task Force.  The Task Force was called for by Mayor Sloan and Councilmember McEntee in response to racist incidents including Nazi graffiti sprayed around town. Another such incident occurred at Tamalpais High School during July.  Lisa Ristorucci and Barbara Rowe are our nominees. We recently received a letter from the city saying it has not yet selected citizen participants but is beginning the organization process.  Let's hope this process is transparent to all.

MILL VALLEY CITY COUNCIL

Despite multiple appearances before the Mill Valley City Council, we have so far not succeeded in getting a vote in support of SB54, the legislation that would provide sanctuary protections for all Californians.  However our pleas have not fallen on completely deaf ears; both Mayor Jessica Sloan and Vice Mayor Stephanie Moulton-Peters have let us know they support SB54 and are drafting a letter expressing their endorsement.   

6/20/17

No Deportation; Free Hugo and Rodrigo

A report on the June 20th rally by Immigration Team Member Dorothy McQuown.

 Tuesday’s rally in support of Hugo Mejia and Rodrigo Nunez in front of the ICE office in SF was smaller than the previous one, but no less enthusiastic and moving, with various chants, and admissions of “I'm not documented and I'm not afraid” by some speakers.  I saw a number of people with tears in their eyes during the speeches (including me). I would estimate 75 people at the most compared to up to 200 two weeks ago when it was held at lunch hour. This one was at 10 AM while Hugo and Rodrigo faced judges on TV screens in a room upstairs. Speakers included Hugo’s wife Yadira in person, Rodrigo’s wife Cristina via speaker phone and translator, several representatives from the men’s unions, an aide to a south bay legislator and again Rabbi-Cantor Elana Rosen-Brown from Rodef Sholom in San Rafael. A number of religious and community groups, including several in Marin were there. An attorney for the two men came out and spoke to us after the “hearing” which she stated was not a hearing at all, but a talking to. Rodrigo’s case has been presented and the judge said he would make a final determination within a few days. Two hundred pages of documentation in support of Hugo, who is from San Rafael, were presented at this time. He will have another hearing tomorrow (the 22nd),I believe, based on that material.

More information is available here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1q_bSKBUw--adn0VN_M8JfQDOj__WKbvSSMQXRRXaDX8/edit

Actions to take NOW:

1.  SB 54:  The California Values Act SB 54 has been amended and is back in the California Assembly Judiciary Committee.  Please register for this call on Sunday, June 25th to learn more about how you can help get this passed.   

http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/GKW7M5FY7JWVMSTE

2.  Hugo Mejia and Rodrigo Nunes

The IUPAT - Painters and Allied Trade Union of which Hugo and Rodrigo are members, have joined the fight to free Hugo and Rodrigo from detention.  Please go to http://freehugo.org to sign a petition and to learn more about how to help.  

6/17/17

This is a great editorial from the NY Times:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/opinion/only-mass-deportation-can-save-america.html

So-called real Americans are screwing up America.

ACTIONS:

1) Please see e-mail re: SB 54.  It is essential that we all call key CA assembly members.  

2) Support Hugo and Rodrigo.

Call Hugo & Rodrigo’s Representatives: Let’s flood their phone lines!

Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom's Office: (916) 445-8994

Governor Jerry Brown's Office: (916) 445-2841 

The CA Attorney General's Office: (916) 445-9555

Senator Kamala Harris: (916) 448-2787

Senator Dianne Feinstein: (415) 393 – 0707

Email Jared Huffman to thank him for his unwavering efforts to support Hugo!

Writing letters of solidarity, love and support to Hugo: Now that Hugo has been in jail for over three weeks, it would be nice for him to feel our love and support more directly.  Please take a moment to write him a card/letter/note and send it in the mail.  This will be a powerful way for him to experience the love and support of his community.  If you would like to mail him a book or something more, please follow the instructions here

Mejia, Hugo   X-5131225  KBF405

Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center

12500 Bruceville Road

Elk Grove, CA  95757

Marin City Community FestivalSat, June 17th10am-6pm

Join us for a day that commemorates the freedom of African Americans. Be entertained by our Local Community Talent Showcase as well as: Spoken Word, Jazz, Blues, Community Gospel Choirs, Conscious Rap woven together by International DJ “Ken-Dread.”  Bring your event chair & blanket. Enjoy delicious food: Fresh Ethiopian Coffee, Homemade Baked goods, Belizian Cuisine  BBQ, Chicken & Ribs, Fish Dinners, Natural Beauty Products, Shea Butter, Baskets, Drums, Art, African Imports, Local Artists. Relax in our Health & Wellness Garden" featuring: Vegan Treats and Detox Drinks, Fresh Fruit and Veggies, Free smoothies.. Fresh Food Bag Giveaways. Massage Therapy, Sand Drawing Meditation. Drumming Circle and more. Enter our raffle to win special prizes. Bring your children to play in our Children’s Play area complete with a "Jumping Tent" Day begins with a Fathers Day Breakfast & Award Ceremony. This holiday celebrates the indomitable spirit and beauty of a people whose contributions to American society defy seemingly insurmountable odds. 

Event Theme, Economic Healing: Sliding Scale Donation

630 Drake Avenue. Marin City, California(By the Recreation Center)

NEXT TEAM MEETING

----Changed Date for Meeting---

Sunday, July 16th,  4:00 -5:30 pm, Marin Horizon School, 305 Montford Ave., Mill Valley.  Join us to find your role in the battles for justice and fair treatment of women, immigrants, working people and followers of all faiths.

Contact team lead Peter Graumann at civil-rights-lead@mvcan.org for more info.

SB10-MONEY BAIL REFORM ACT

Please take action to get this passed in the California Assembly.  The money bail reform bill generated in the Assembly (AB42) failed, but the senate version has passed in the Senate and is now in the CA Assembly.

 https://ms.clicks.actions.aclu.org/t/gfH1AAabZaTC4uQBYDsHFKaJC9aEKPzTSNMsaaaaBSS5BMTVKQhaaJC9EKPz?t=1_141817&d=dgold94941%40aol.com&f=dgold94941%40aol.com&l=B38&x=&r=#

Please call Assemblyman Marc Levine at (415) 479-4920 or (916)  319-2010 or e-mail him at https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD10

SOLIDARITY WITH MUSLIMS & PEOPLE OF ALL FAITHS

Wednesday, June 14, 6:30 pm

Islamic Center of Mill Valley                         62 Shell Road, Mill Valley, CA 94941

RSVP Required: 

info@mvmasjid.com 

 Join us for a meal that transcends any generational, ethnic, or religious differences. Iftar, "breaking the fast", is an important and holy act for Muslims during the sacred month of Ramadan. Join Muslim & Jewish community members in exploring parallel texts from the Koran and the Torah and celebrate our Marin interfaith community with a festive Halal/Kosher meal.

In light of recent Islamophobic events, MIC encourages your prayerful support of our Muslim brothers & sisters and your attendance at this Interfaith Iftar as a faithful action of solidarity.

LEARN MORE ABOUT "RAPID RESPONSE" TO ICE ACTIVITY BY WATCHING THIS VIDEO:

https://www.ilrc.org/san-francisco-rapid-response-network-lessons-learned-and-best-practices

 JARED HUFFMAN TOWN HALL ON IMMIGRATION - JUNE 19, 4:30

Please join Congressman Jared Huffman, Congressman Mike Thompson and expert panelists for a Know Your Rights Informational Town Hall with Community Partners on immigration issues at the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Hall on Monday, June 19th. 

When: Monday, June 19, 2017 4:30 P.M. –  6:00 P.M. 

Where: Petaluma Veterans Memorial Hall, 1094 Petaluma Blvd South, Petaluma 94952

Please click here to register. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis up to capacity. 

If you have questions or need language or ASL interpretation, please contact my San Rafael office at (415) 258-9657, no later than June 15, 2017. 

PAST ACTIVITIES...

FREE HUGO AND RODRIGO!

Monday, June 5, 12:00 pm

Attend a large rally for Hugo Mejia and Rodrigo Nunez, who have been held in detention for weeks while threatened with deportation. The rally will occur from 12pm-1pm at the Federal/ICE Building in San Francisco, 630 Sansome St.

HELP CONVINCE THE MILL VALLEY CITY COUNCIL TO ENDORSE SB54

Monday, June 5th, 6:30pm  Mill Valley City Hall, council chambers.  Arrive by 6:15

Senate Bill 54 (SB54) will provide sanctuary protections for the targets of President Trump’s heartless deportation campaign.  If it wins passage, SB54 would block diversion of local or state resources to facilitate ICE sweeps.  Our schools, our hospitals and our courthouses would be safe spaces for everyone.  Earlier this month the Marin County Board of Supervisors endorsed the law; now it’s time for Mill Valley to take a stand.

MVCan will distribute flyers and speak in favor of SB54 during public open time at approx. 6:30pm.   Please see Peter Graumann when you arrive to get flyers and signs.

RAPID RESPONSE NETWORK

June 5, 2017  6:00-8:00 PM

Marin Health & Wellness Campus              3240 Kerner Blvd rm 109, San Rafael, CA 94901 

The meeting will be short to make time for the presentation of the RR models by guests from the Immigration legal Resource Center.

To RSVP contact: Francisco Diaz fdiaz@cwcenter.org

ALL ARE WELCOME

Saturday, June 3, 11:00-12:00 pm

Monthly vigil at West County Detention Center, 5555 Giant Highway, Richmond

Please copy and paste this link  for action to help Hugo Mejia.

PAST ACTIVITIES

5/15/2017 - RALLY IN SAN RAFAEL

Many team members participated in a large evening rally at Rodef Shalom to protest the detention of Hugo Mejia.  Hugo has lived in Marin for 15 years.  He is a hardworking husband and devoted father, volunteering with different community organizations.  He was detained by ICE when reporting for a construction project at Travis Air Force Base.  He is being considered for expedited deportation without due process.  

5/15/2017 - IMMIGRANT Day

Several team members joined the Canal Alliance, representing MVCAN at Immigrant Day in Sacramento to demand full protection of immigrants and celebrate immigrants as part of the fabric of California.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MVCan Member Gail Lester at "Free Hugo" rally in Richmond.

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Lisa Scarcella and Sue Fishman rally to free hugo Mejia

June 20th Rally at ICE HQ in SF to free Hugo and Rodrigo. 

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