California Legalizes Public Banks

From the Standing Rock movement came Indigenous activities across the nation to divest from banks that supported the Dakota Access Pipeline. The growth of the movement to divest brought to light one of the biggest issues concerning economic justice in the United States: banks that do not support the real economy.

The Indigenous divestment movement engendered into public consciousness the need to better secure public assets, such as pension funds.  Banks into which state, local, and the national government invest public money that’s used in for-profit speculation rather than in local communities hurt the real economy. This issue raised the question of alternatives.

Gov Newsom Legalized Public Banking

California Legalizes Public Banking

California is one jurisdiction that provided an answer to that question.

In September, the California State Legislature passed Assembly Bill 857, a law that allows public banking in our state and the establishment of a banking framework that includes socially responsible charters, anti-corruption clauses, transparency, a board that includes community development professionals, and prohibitions on retail locations and on unbalanced competition with community banks and credit unions. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law on October 2nd.

Sushil Jacob, a senior staff attorney for economic justice with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, explains that, somewhat like nonprofits, the boards of public banks are made up of community members who have business experience. It is then the responsibility of the community to monitor board members in staying true to community values, such as investment in affordable housing, making student loans more affordable, saving people from foreclosure, and creating more infrastructure to defend against the effects of climate change.

Jacob continues that, while it is important to pressure the federal government on such issues, real change is going to take place at the state and local levels.

For more information on public banking, see YES! Journalism for People Building a Better World, from which this information was taken, and The Los Angeles Times: Public banks can be formed in California: Newsom signs new law.

ICE Raids have Started in California

July 12, 2019 – Daily Mail

  • ICE raids are planned to start Sunday with 2,000 people expected to be arrested
  • Some Bay Area attorneys claim raids began in Contra Costa County last Sunday
  • Yesterday they demanded information from ICE federal offices in San Francisco 
  • Nancy Pelosi said agents must have a judicial warrant to enter immigrants home

ICE Raids – Know Your Rights

ACLU of Northern California – Updated: January, 2018

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“What to do if ICE confronts you

  • Do NOT open your door. ICE can’t come into your home unless they have a signed search warrant or you let them in. If officers are at your door, ask them to pass the warrant under the door before you open it. An arrest warrant (or an administrative warrant of removal) is not enough to come inside you home. If ICE officers want to enter your home, they must have a valid judicial search warrant that says the officers have a right to enter or search that particular address or areas specified. If the agents don’t speak your language, ask for an interpreter.
  • Check out the warrant. Look at the top and at the signature line to see if it was issued by a court and signed by a judge. Only a court/judge warrant grants ICE permission to enter your premises. One issued by DHS or ICE and signed by a DHS or ICE employee does not.
  • Do NOT resist if ICE agents force their way in. Say “I do not consent to your entry,” but do not physically resist.
  • Tell them you want to speak to a lawyer. ICE can use anything you say against you in your immigration case, so claim your right to remain silent! Say, “I want to speak to a lawyer and choose to remain silent.”
  • Do NOT sign. Be careful what you sign. ICE might ask you to sign forms agreeing to be deported without first seeing a judge.
  • Afraid to go back? If you get arrested and there is a final order for your deportation, be sure to let agents know if you have a fear of returning to your home country.
  • Find an attorney. If you get detained, don’t give up hope! Get a trustworthy lawyer and explore all options to fight deportation.
  • Report raids or checkpoints. (see Rapid Response numbers)
  • Document. If it’s possible, take photos, videos, and notes on exactly what happened. Write down badge numbers. Note if ICE interferes with your right to take photos or video.

Northern California Local Rapid Response Hotlines

The following are hotline numbers for local rapid response networks. These numbers are meant for EMERGENCIES ONLY to report ICE activity and enforcement actions.

Alameda County (510) 241-4011
Central Valley (559) 206-0151
Stand Together Contra Costa (925) 900-5151
Humboldt County (707) 282-5226
Marin County (415) 991-4545
Monterey County (831) 643-5225
North Bay: Solano, Sonoma & Napa Counties (707) 800-4544
Sacramento & Yolo Counties (916) 245-6773
San Francisco City (415) 200-1548
Santa Clara County (408) 290-1144
Santa Cruz County (831) 239-4289
San Mateo County (203) 666-4472
Services, Immigration Rights and Education Network (SIREN) Rapid Response Text Platform
Community members: (201) 468-6088
Allies: (918) 609-4480

Find A Person in Detention

  • To find someone who has been detained, access ICE’s online detainee locator at or call the Northern California field office at (415) 844-5512.

Be Prepared

Make sure your family knows:

  • Your A number so they can find you if you get arrested;
  • The phone number of a trusted resource for immigration legal advice; and
  • Which friends and relatives can help with family obligations.”

Further information: KIND – Kids In Need Of Defense

The American Bar Association Denounces Brutal Conditions at Child Detention Centers

“Inhumane and illegal,” a violation of ‘human decency,’ are two expressions used by American Bar Association (ABA) President Bob Carlson.

In an official statement on June 25, Carlson joined civil libertarians and human rights organizations in an impassioned denunciation of the conditions children undergo in immigration detention centers at the U.S./Mexico border as a violation of U.S. law as well as a contempt for “common decency.”

Child border detention centers

As critics have previously disclosed, Carlson’s statement cited “overcrowded facilities that lack the most basic of human necessities”. He also asserted, “The American Bar Association is appalled by credible reports of hundreds of children being held in unsafe and unhealthy conditions in violation of federal and state law, court settlements and common decency.”

In the core of his statement Carlson declared, “The ABA calls on federal authorities to immediately end this inhumane and illegal treatment of children and provide attorney access to facilities operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.”

“We urge Congress to pass supplemental appropriations to ensure the appropriate treatment and care of unaccompanied immigrant children in government custody,” Carlson stated. “And we call on the Administration to enforce laws and settlements that guarantee humane, minimal standards of care for vulnerable children no matter how they arrived in our country.”

CBS News provides details that support Bob Carlson’s claims in the following video.

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Inspectors say kids detained at Texas border center without adequate food, water

If you are concerned about the treatment of children in U.S./Mexico border detention centers, you can follow this story further in related articles below. Much of the information in this particular account was taken from Alternet: American Bar Association decries ‘inhumane and illegal’ conditions at child detention centers: A violation of ‘common decency’

Related links:

Vox: These photos were the Trump administration’s attempt to quiet criticism. They’re only increasing critics’ horror.

ScaryMommy: Doctor Compares Holding Centers For Migrant Kids To ‘Torture Facilities’

MarketWatch: Advocates say the fastest Away to help immigrants separated from their children: Post their bail


Update: Trump Delays ICE Raids for 2 Weeks

On Saturday June 22, President Trump tweeted that he is placing a 2-week delay on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids, previously anticipated to begin throughout the country on Sunday, June 23. According to the tweet his decision is “at the request of Democrats”. The tweet gives Congress two weeks to make progress on immigration reform, “if not. Deportations start.”

WH delays ICE raids

See MSNBC News coverage here

The ICE plan to target undocumented immigrants in 10 cities across the country, including San Francisco, sent many people into panic mode. In a statement issued yesterday, San Francisco Police vowed that officers will not help ICE in any immigration raids.

Governor Gavin Newsom and Mayors of Oakland and San Jose denounced the projected ICE raids.

For further information on possible upcoming ICE raids, see the following ABC 7 News coverage from which this information was taken (click the ‘San Francisco’ heading). Also see related links below.

White House Holding ICE Raids – Soon!

ICE raids in 10 US cities

According to a previous CNN report responding to a recent presidential tweet, ICE raids will begin Sunday, June 23 2019 and continue over several days. This report is confirmed by a senior immigration official who asserted that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is set to launch impending raids in 10 U.S. cities. An email received by this author stated these cities are to include Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, and San Francisco, targeting approximately 2,000 people.

In vehement support of the expected raid, Acting ICE Director Mark Morgan stated, “If you’re here illegally, then you should be removed … and in this case, that includes families.”

Possibly in response to Democratic leaders challenging the planned raids as “shameful,” “a reelection stunt” and “a despicable act of racism,” the White House amplified its determination to order raids, signalling that the ‘illegal’ immigrants to be seized in the upcoming [ICE] roundup “broke the law” and will be deported. In response, local Democratic politicians are giving assurance that they will oppose the operation.

The White House tweeted statement asserts:

“The people that ICE will apprehend have already been ordered to be deported. This means that they have run from the law and run from the courts. These are people that are supposed to go back to their home country. They broke the law by coming into the country, & now by staying.”

Although, the White House had announced earlier this week that ICE will “begin … removing millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States,”  a report from The Washington Post reiterated the previous estimate of 2,000 targeted families. Rumor has it that the priority for ICE is arresting and removing illegal immigrants “who [it considers] pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security.”

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A report from The Miami Herald states that among the first to be targeted will be minors who came into the U.S. without their parents and have since turned 18 [DACA recipients], people who were ordered removed in absentia, and people who missed a court hearing and did not respond to letters mailed to their homes by the Department of Justice.

The raids are expected to encounter appreciable opposition from local officials and politicians who represent sanctuary cities, counties and states, as well as authorities who view the raids as inhumane.

Sanctuary cities counties and states

In the past, ICE raids have received a significant opposing response in California, as are the upcoming roundups. Gov. Gavin Newsom called the impending removals “cruel.”

“I want Californians to know they have legal rights and protections, regardless of their immigration status,” said Newsom. “California is a place of refuge – that includes our schools, our courts and our hospitals and clinics. We hold certain institutions sacred and people should continue to access programs and services they need.”

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser, commented that her city “remains a proud sanctuary city, and we are committed to protecting the rights of all our immigrant families in the face of these disturbing threats.”

In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti stated that his city and local law enforcement wouldn’t participate in the operation.

“Los Angeles will always stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters, and our law enforcement officers will never participate in these actions,” Garcetti stated. “No Angeleno should ever have to fear being snatched from their home or separated from their loved ones — and we are doing everything we can to provide immigrant families with the information and support they need.”

The White House responded to these pushbacks:

“Well some cities are going to fight it. But if you notice they’re generally high crime cities, if you look at Chicago they’re fighting it. If you look at other cities they’re fighting it. Many of those cities are high crime cities and they’re sanctuary cities,” he said.

If you are concerned about the impending ICE raids, please alert your city, county, and state officials, along with your national representatives.

For more information on expected national ICE raids, see the following sites, from which this information was taken.

Valley News Live, Fargo ND, per CNN – ‘ICE expected to launch massive immigration raids in 10 US cities’

Fox News: Trump doubles down on expected ICE raid amid pushback from local Dem politicians

FOX News: Officials: Agents In Impending ICE Raid Shouldn’t Expect Cooperation From Local Authorities

California Senate Shelves Bill Tying Affordable Housing to Climate Crisis, Public Transit

June 7, 2019 – YouTube coverage

Senate Democrats have removed SB 50 from the docket for the 2019 legislative session. Aiming to tackle housing, public transit and wildfires, it came under fire for loopholes and weak mandates, but policy conversation now proceeds in other venues.

Housing Bill put on hold

See Details Here

From: THE REAL NEWS, YouTube