El Cerrito Shows UP NEW TIME: 5-6PM

20180621-untitled shoot-12By Carol Thomas-XL@MaryMartinDeShaw-0011-XL@MaryMartinDeShaw-0063-X3On a summer day in July of 2018 when news reports splashed out headlines and images of family separation, hundreds of residents descended on the intersection of San Pablo and Carlson. Families stacked the steps in front of the El Cerrito Plaza carrying signs of protest to say no to these policies.

Fast forward two months later.  As of August 31, according to the Washington Post, “Nearly two-thirds of the 497 minors still in custody — including 22 “tender-age” children, who are younger than 5 — have parents who were deported, mostly in the first weeks of Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy.”

And as recently as mid September, the New York Times reported that the number of migrant children being detained by the government has reached its highest level ever.  The Times showed that 12,800 children were detained in federal custody this month, compared to 2,400 children detained in May 2017. Federal shelters housing migrant children have remained filled at around 90 percent capacity since May of this year.

In addition to the assault on refugee families, Trump is proposing a regulation that could change the face of legal immigration — by restricting low-income immigrants. According to reporting by VOX New Trump Plan, it would give enormous discretion to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers to reject an immigrant’s application for admission, or for a green card, because the officer feels the immigrant doesn’t make enough money to support a large family or doesn’t have the resources to provide health care for a preexisting condition.

Please be advised that although the brash and heart wrenching reporting of family separation in July is no longer in the headlines, vulnerable families, refugees, immigrants, and our neighbors in our community are in peril.  What can you do?

1, Do not accept the normalization of administrative policies. Show UP! Thursday at 5:00 P.M. at the El Cerrito Plaza entrance on the west side, in front of Daiso.

2. Challenge your elected officials to push back on racist and heartless policies by calling and sending letters.

3. Write letters to the editors.

4. Stay informed and impassioned by connecting to organizations working directly with targeted families including:  Freedom for Immigrants, and  interfaith Movement for Human Integrity



El Cerrito Shows UP – Join Us!

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El Cerrito Shows Up

Thursday, August 30th at 6:00-7:00 PM

El Cerrito Plaza (San Pablo Ave. Entrance)

When El Cerritans and nearby residents come together for another Show UP at the El Cerrito Plaza entrance, pedestrians and commuters will encounter something unusual.  Judge Judy will come with gavel to preside over the hour long public spectacle of a community trial.  Residents can bring any charge against the man in the White House, as the list of constitutional violations, moral degradations, human humiliations, behavioral malfunctions is growing longer each day.

Come join others with your charges. Write them in large letters on your signs or make signs at the action.  Line the streets, raise your charges and come to a verdict!




Bake for Bonds hurdles past $10,000 goal!

Bake for Bonds Raises $10,451

Beautifully decorated Bake for Bonds table at the Kensington Market with community volunteers. Final tally raised for bond funds to support immigrants is $10,541

Update on Bake for Bonds

Bake for Bonds, now completing its third and final weekend, raised $8,200 as of Saturday, September 1st.  Organizers set a goal of $10,000 for funds to help immigrants transferred from West County Detention Center to private prisons out of state.  With a strong supportive community, organizers predict success at the end of Sunday.  Please join the campaign and buy some baked goods for a good cause. Find Bake for Bonds at Trader Joes in El Cerrito Plaza and Kensington Farmers Market from 10Am to 2PM. day1bakesale

Bake for Bonds launches the first weekend of bake sales – almost $500 raised in 4 hours.  Day 2 promises to be even greater – more sites and a 1-1 match for every dollar raised!

When El Cerrito Progressives launched a local effort to support the coalition of organizations raising funds for a Bay Area bond fund to support local ICE detainees, the outpouring of support heartened us all.  In addition to raising $3,000 within the first 10 days, a local neighbor donated funds and  suggested a city wide bake sale.  With a quick Canva graphic, catchy title and a bit of social media, neighbors came together to launch three weekends of scrumptious treats to be sold at some well traversed spots in our city. Don’t miss your chance to support a good cause.

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Local Voter Registration Drive Begins


Friends, we invite you to join the  El Cerrito Progressives’ Voter Registration Drive! The work will take place between Labor Day weekend and October 22, the deadline for registrants wanting to use a mail-in or polling-place regular ballot. Later registrants will have to use a provisional ballot.

We plan to set up tables at high-traffic locations such as Farmers’ Market, Ranch99, etc.  We also plan to canvass door-to-door in precincts with low voter registration rates in El Cerrito and Richmond Annex. Teams of 2 or more will be able to set their own schedules for this door-to-door work. The canvassing promises more voter engagement and education opportunities.

If you’ve never registered voters before, or if you’d like to go over the instructions including on-line options, please open this Doodle Poll and select your first (one click) and second choices (2 clicks) for times to attend training. There will be 2 beginners’ trainings offered on the most popular of these dates. Just click or copy and paste this link into your browser:


If you have training and experience in registering voters, or if you’ve signed up for the beginners’ training above, please go to this poll and select your first (one click) and second (2 clicks) choices for this training. We expect to give the training on only one date. This training will include strategies for ongoing engagement  including post carding, distributing the EC Progressive Scorecard and other voter information resources, accessing the on-line registration verification option, and most important, messaging strategies found most effective with uneducated, uninvolved, alienated potential voters as well as voters who may not agree with you on issues.


Even if you have limited time for registration activities, please consider taking one or both trainings to make you a more effective advocate and citizen.

For those of you who want to work as a poll worker or poll observer, watch for a follow-up email with information about the Contra Costa County Registrar’s community meetings, and poll worker trainings.

Please respond before Wednesday, August 15.


Landry Wildwind, Elections Committee,

El Cerrito Progressives

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.


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!