El Cerrito Shows UP

@MaryMartinDeShaw-0063-X3Join your neighbors and friends on Thursday, August 9th from 6-7 p.m. at the San Pablo Entrance to the El Cerrito Plaza – Demand Justice for Families!

Last week dozens of community residents gathered at a busy intersection to amplify the voices of those who are locked away in detention facilities across the country – many separated from their children.  Although the national media stations have reduced their coverage of the atrocious “family separation” policy, there are still over 700 children separated and isolated from family. Please stand up for these children.  Watch the live feed from the DeSaulnier Town Hall. He describes his own experience in Brownsville, Texas where he met with many of those families experiencing  grief and trauma as a result of current administration policies.  https://www.facebook.com/RepMarkDeSaulnier/videos/911060299105067/

See you on Thursday, August 9th.  Bring a sign – we are a human billboard!

Threat of deportation breaks families apart in our community – you can help

UPDATE:  El Cerrito Progressives raised thus far, $2,882 for bond funds to assist detainees at West County Detention Facility.  With 57 donors, 134 shares and 1,039 views, our community comes together.  We are not finished.  Please, if you are not one of the donors, you still have the opportunity to give.  Click the link below.

The Sheriff of Contra Costa County is ending its contract with ICE. There are over 148 detainees currently at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond that need funds to meet their bond requirement. The bonds average $5,000-$15,000. In addition, there are some local detainees that need to be returned to the Bay Area. Time is critical. The contract ends in 120 days and ICE has already started some transfers. We don’t just want the contract ended we want the detainees to be free on bond to pursue their cases with family support.

All donations will go directly to the West County Detention Facility Community Fund.
This is a partnership between Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, Freedom for Immigrants and the Contra Costa County Immigrant Rights Alliance.
Funds are managed by Freedom for Immigrants.

Individuals can make a difference. We want to bail out at least one of these detainees.

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Tenants Tell Your Stories!

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How much do you think this apartment can rent for in El Cerrito?

The housing market is booming for homeowners while tenants face skyrocketing rent increases in El Cerrito.  At a recent El Cerrito City Council Meeting, Human Rights Commissioner Makalia Aga reported that she and other seniors living in a property on Liberty Street were facing a rent increase of 20%.

 El Cerrito Progressive members met with the Aissia Ashoori, Housing Analyst for the City of El Cerrito to discuss tenant protections and potential actions including rent stabilization, just cause eviction protection and a moratorium on rental increase while setting plans in place.   Ms. Ashoori is continuing to seek out input from residents to shape further action.

Listening Session on Affordable Housing Rent Scheduled for Tuesday, August 21st at 7:00 p.m.           City Hall

Please contact us if you would like to share your story about your experience as a renter in El Cerrito.

 

 

El Cerrito Residents Demand Justice for Families Separated at the Border

IMG_1790 (1)El Cerrito Shows Up Sends a Message to Officials

When the Trump administration instituted a Zero Tolerance Policy at our southern border, the policy resulted in the criminalization of refugees.  Mothers and fathers were placed in detention, and their children were taken from them.  The family separation policy traumatized mothers, fathers, children, and really, most of America.  For weeks, the news interviewed anguished men and women who wondered where their children had been taken; the government dropped a veil of secrecy over the processing at the border; and top officials were unable to get answers from the Department of Homeland Security.  Thankfully, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued the Trump Administration and a Federal Court judge ordered the Trump Administration to reunify the 3,000 children with their parents.  The judge expected the Administration to complete the reunification effort by Thursday, July 26, 2018.

The Trump administration faltered on the court order, claiming that some parents did not qualify to be reunited, while other parents had already been deported –without their children.  To most immigrant right activists as well as residents and officials, it seemed evident the administration implemented a tragic policy with no clear plan to address the consequences.  Tracking down the children, required a system that had clearly been an afterthought, if any thought at all.   When the Trump Administration failed to meet the court order, local residents had something to say.

El Cerrito Shows Up, a weekly action organized by local activists, meets every Thursday from 6:00 to 7:00 PM  at the El Cerrito Plaza entrance on San Pablo.  Residents make creative signs,

Click the link to watch the news coverage by Univision and aired throughout the country.Broadcast of El Cerrito residents protest

 

Bake for Bonds

Bake for BONDS El Cerrito Progressives is supporting a grassroots community initiative to support West County Detainees threatened with deportation from our county.  If you are interested in being part of a city-wide bake sale please contact us at email: elcerritoprogressives@gmail.com   or as.fung@gmail.com.    Although we have already collected over 50 volunteers to bake or staff tables, we welcome more!

First Ever Truth Forum – Demand Transparency and Accountability

Under the TRUTH Act, any jurisdiction that has allowed ICE access in the past year is required to hold a community forum bringing transparency to local jail entanglement with immigration enforcement.

Through the advocacy efforts of coalitions and individuals the Board of Supervisors agreed to organize a community meeting so residents can learn about the level and type of ICE activity inside our community.  Sheriff David Livingston will be at the forum to answer questions from the Board of Supervisors and the community. Please join the Contra Costa Immigrant Rights Alliance  on Tuesday July 24, 2018 at 1 pm outside of 651 Pine Street, to rally for the Truth.

The coalition will also have speakers who will amplify Sheriff Livingston’s collaboration with ICE in Contra Costa. So please come out and support prior to entering the facility for the Truth Act forum at 2 pm.

We hope to see many of you there at 1 pm.

If you have any questions please contact Tony at Tony@workingeastbay.org

Truth Forum

Families Belong Together-Show UP! Thursday 7/26/2018

Rally at El Cerrito Plaza (San Pablo Entrance), 6-7pm, Thursday July 26.

On Thursday, July 26th the Trump administration will be facing its deadline to reunite the 3,000 children who were forcibly separated from their families.  Let’s show support for those families as we have been doing every week.  Join hundreds in voicing your opposition to family separation, ICE detention camps and the continued violation of refugee rights.  This event will be filled with songs, slogans and much more. We will be a HUMAN BILLBOARD visible on all streets surrounding the El Cerrito Plaza.  This is a family event!  Bring your signs or make one at our sign making station.

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