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Sanctuary is not one secure community sheltering another threatened community, but ONE community taking care of itself

Sanctuary Santa Cruz includes:

  • DIGAME: is an independent advocacy group working to shift the local culture of power in Santa Cruz, by developing new methods and channels for people from vulnerable communities to be heard and by collaborating with and strengthening existing networks.
  • Your Allied Rapid Response (YARR): trains responders to use non-violent direct action to protect community members against ICE or against bullying and harassment. YARR responders also provide legal witness, triage and referral of victims to ongoing services
  • Sanctuary Sites: coordinates faith communities, organizations, businesses and individuals to support those in need of shelter
  • Mutual aid and empowerment of at-risk communities: provides Know Your Rights trainings, Guardianship Project and legal aid workshops
  • Fundraising for educational materials and legal fees and to sustain affected individuals
  • Political advocacy and community outreach to promote legislative reform