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Upcoming Events: Defend the Dream

January 15, Martin Luther King Day, begins a week of action to fight for the rights of all immigrants, but especially the 1,700 Dreamers living in Santa Cruz county.

In December, Congress voted to deport immigrant youth by failing to pass a Dream Act. With every day that passes, more and more youth are losing their protections under DACA.

Join together with Sanctuary and concerned community members to send a clear message to Congress: No Dream, No Deal. We need a clean Dream Act now.

Follow Santa Cruz Dreamers in Washington DC On Social Media

Like and follow the Santa Cruz Dreamer Project on Facebook for on-the-spot updates from the SC Dream Team in Washington DC!

March With Sanctuary Santa Cruz

 Martin Luther King March
January 15, 2018 9 am
March forms at Cedar and Cathcart. Look for the Sanctuary banner!

Santa Cruz Women’s March
January 20, 2018 11am
March forms at Locust and Pacific St. Look for the Sanctuary banner!

Phone Bank for a Clean Dream Act

Congressional staff members have confirmed that calls to Congress-members from their constituents have the greatest impact on their decision making. Join us to make calls to voters to ask them to call their Congressional Representative to pass the DREAM Act. You’ll need to bring a phone and laptop or tablet. Come for an hour, make some calls- you don’t have to stay the whole time!

Sign up to Phone Bank

 

 

Songs for Las Posadas

Outside the house (Travelers):

In heaven’s name,
I ask for shelter,
For she cannot walk,
My beloved wife.
Inside the house (Inhabitant):
This place is no inn,
Continue on your way,
I cannot open the door,
I fear you may be a thief.
Outside the house (Travelers):
Don’t be so inhumane,
Give us charity,
For it is God in the heavens,
That will award you for it.
Inside the house (Inhabitant):
You can go now,
And bother (us) no more,
Because if I become angry
I will surely beat you.
Outside the house (Travelers):
We come exhausted,
From Nazareth,
I’m a carpenter,
By the name of Joseph.
Inside the house (Inhabitant):
I don’t care for your name
Let me sleep
Because I’ve already told you,
I will not open.
Outside the house (Travelers):
She asks you for shelter,
Dear inhabitant,
Just for one night,
The queen in the heavens.
Inside the house (Inhabitant):
Well, if she is a queen,
Who solicits this from us,
How is it that by night,
She wanders all alone?
Outside the house (Travelers):
My wife is Mary,
She is Queen of the heavens,
And she will be the mother,
Of the divine word.
Inside the house (Inhabitant):
Are you Joseph?
Is your wife Mary?
Come in travelers,
I didn’t recognize you.
Outside the house (Travelers):
May God repay you sirs,
For your kindness,
And may heaven shower you,
With happiness.
EVERYONE:
What a joyful home
That harbors us this day,
The pure virgin,
Beautiful Mary.
Come in sacred travelers, travelers
Come, take this corner,
Although this dwelling is poor, this dwelling
We offer with our hearts.
Let’s sing with joy, joy
Everyone, as we consider
That Jesus, Joseph and Mary, and Mary
Have come today to honor us.

 

Campanas de Belen

Campana sobre campana (English)

Bethlehem, bells of Bethlehem
That the angels ring
What news do you bring me?

(Chorus)
Bethlehem, bells of Bethlehem
That the angels ring
What news do you bring me?

Your flock is gathered,
Where are you going little shepherd?
I’m going to the stable to bring
Cottage cheese, lard and wine.

(Chorus)

Bell after bell,
And after bell, two!
Lean out that window
God is being born.

(Chorus)

Walking at midnight,
Where are you going shepherd?
To the Child who’s being born,
As to God, I’m bringing my heart.

(Chorus)

Mi Burrito Sabanero

My little donkey

With my little donkey I go way to Bethlehem
With my little donkey I go way to Bethlehem
If they see me, if they see me
I go way to Bethlehem

The bright morning star illuminates my footpath
The bright morning star illuminates my footpath
If they see me, if they see me
I go way to Bethlehem

With my little donkey I go singing,
my little donkey goes trotting
With my little donkey I go singing,
my little donkey goes trotting
If they see me, if they see me
I go way to Bethlehem

tuki tuki tukituki
tuki tuki tukita
Hurry up my little donkey
that we are already going to arrive

tuki tuki tukituki
tuki tuki tukitu
Hurry up my little donkey
lets go to see Jesus

With my little donkey I go way to Bethlehem
With my little donkey I go way to Bethlehem
If they see me, if they see me
I go way to Bethlehem

The bright morning star illuminates my footpath
The bright morning star illuminates my footpath
If they see me, if they see me
I go way to Bethlehem

With my little donkey I go singing,
my little donkey goes trotting
With my little donkey I go singing,
my little donkey goes trotting
If they see me, if they see me
I go way to Bethlehem

tuki tuki tukituki
tuki tuki tukita
Hurry up my little donkey
that we are already going to arrive

tuki tuki tukituki
tuki tuki tukitu
Hurry up my little donkey
lets go to see Jesus

With my little donkey,
I go way to Bethlehem
With my little donkey,
I go way to Bethlehem
If they see me, if they see me
I go way to Bethlehem

If they see me, if they see me,
I go way to Bethlehem…

Letra canto canción para pedir posada

 

Voices of Muslim Identity

At the “Voices of Muslim Identity” event last night at the Resource Center for Nonviolence, 180 people enjoyed wonderful music, panelists, food, learning about many different Muslim identities in our community and land. Organized by the Muslim Solidarity Group of Sanctuary Santa Cruz.

Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity Interview based theater production by Ping Chong and Company.

 

Sanctuary SC Nominated for Scott Kennedy “Drawing the Line” Award from Resource Center for Nonviolence

The Resource Center for Nonviolence (RCNV) will grant the Scott Kennedy Drawing the Line Award at the RCNV Annual Dinner, October 13, 2017 from 5 to 9 pm, at Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz. Sanctuary Santa Cruz is honored to be among the other nominees for this year’s award.

Sanctuary Santa Cruz is being recognized for organizing community support for our immigrant neighbors threatened with deportation. Sanctuary Santa Cruz was formed by and for the whole Santa Cruz community to support those neighbors, friends and fellow workers who face discrimination and harassment.

Past recipients of RCNV’s Scott Kennedy Drawing the Line Award have included the Day Worker Center, Brown Berets, Beach Flats Community Garden, Freedom Sleepers, Peace United Church of Christ and its 2015 BDS conference, and war resisters.

The Drawing the Line Award was initiated in the 1980’s by RCNV’s co-founder Scott Kennedy to celebrate nonviolent action in the face of social coercions and laws that ask us to violate our deepest values and spirit. The anarchist philosopher Paul Goodman called these “free actions, actions from our deepest nature.”

Paul Goodman wrote his essay, Reflections on Drawing the Line, to call attention to moments in our lives when we resist “self-betrayal on some concrete issue, that inwardly one knows to be crucial, that unless resisted would break the spirit and destroy integrity.” Goodman observed, “Our organized style of society has yearly become more relentless, and young people need more encouragement to resist it. We must, in small groups, draw the line and try action more directly satisfactory to our deep nature.”

For tickets to the Awards Dinner, contact the Resource Center for Nonviolence.

RCNV: Office phone: 831-423-1626. Cell phone: 831-251-4833.

Governor Signs Bill Making CA a Sanctuary State

Governor Jerry has signed Brown SB 54!

The California Values Act is now the law. Santa Cruz is a Sanctuary City in a Sanctuary County in a Sanctuary State!

Now it’s time for us to make sure our local officials are prepared to keep ICE away from our schools, colleges, universities, churches, courthouses, civic buildings, hospitals, medical facilities, parks, community centers, and jails.
It’s up to the rest of us to confront them on the streets.
ICE will keep trying to terrorize our neighborhoods and abduct our neighbors, you can count on it.
But we can organize now better than ever to show them they are not welcome here, and they cannot prey on us without being resisted.

 

CA Assembly passes SB 54, “Sanctuary State” Law

SB 54, the bill to limit local and state law enforcement cooperation with ICE, has passed the CA Assembly!
We must continue to fight to keep ICE completely out of our communities and our jails, but this bill represents significant progress!

http://www.ndlon.org/…/i…/1299-sb54-passes-ca-state-assembly

CA Assemblymember Mark Stone Urges ICE to Halt Imminent Deportation of Santa Cruz Constituent

SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has issued a regarding the imminent deportation of one of his constituents who were detained as a result of the February ICE raid in the City of Santa Cruz:

“Today I sent a letter to an ICE immigration official urging an emergency stay of removal on behalf of one of my constituents, a valued member of my community, who is set to be deported imminently.  My constituent has lived here for over a decade with an extended family including children, works for a local employer, and has built a productive and quiet life here in the Monterey Bay area.  That quiet life was welcomed and deserved after this person fled a violent country over a decade ago. But this person, who has no criminal background, was detained during the February raid conducted by ICE with the help of the Santa Cruz Police Department, without an arrest warrant or a home search warrant.  This person has no gang affiliation, which was the purported purpose and target of the raid.

Shortly after I heard about the raids in my district, I voiced my outrage that the Department of Homeland Security used a criminal investigation into gang activities as an opportunity to conduct an immigration raid with the help of Santa Cruz Police Department.  At that time, I stated that those raids undermined local trust of law enforcement and would cause fear that loved ones, neighbors and friends could simply be whisked away in the dead of night without warning and without cause.  If my constituent is deported, the case will exemplify the collateral damage of such raids — eroded community trust and reduced public safety.

Today I implore ICE to grant stays on pending deportations of those community members who are trying to leave behind violence in the countries they fled, and live quiet, productive lives with their families – just like my constituent.”

For more information contact:
Arianna Smith
arianna.smith@asm.ca.gov
916-319-2029

Upcoming Family Preparedness Workshops

We are calling on all trained volunteers to register and attend one or all of the upcoming Family Preparedness Workshops.

We need volunteers to assist families in filling out the Childcare Safety Plan.

Contact us for dates, locations, and link to registration form

Families who are at risk of their loved ones being detained by ICE agents preying on our communities need to have a clear written plan for the care of children if something bad were to happen to their parents or caregivers. We invite any parent in this position to attend our workshops to learn how to make a Childcare Safety Plan. We will have legal experts and trained volunteers on hand to help explain the various child custody options, and help fill out this important document. Family Preparedness Workshops are free of charge and open to all.

Not a trained Family Preparedness volunteer, but want to become one?

If you are interested in becoming a Family Preparedness volunteer, attend the upcoming Train-the-Trainer Workshop:

Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 from 12-1:30pm, Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz in the Fellowship Hall.

For more information and to RSVP for the Training, please contact Tonje Switzer at Community Bridges, 831-688-8840 X 208 or tonjes@cbridges.org.

Sponsored by Proyecto Plan Familiar, Monarch Services (Servicios Monarca) Community Bridges (Puentes de la Communidad), Sanctuary Santa Cruz, and Community Action board of Santa Cruz County (CAB).

 

 

6 ICE Officers Ambush Man Outside SC County Courthouse

Sanctuary has received a report that 6 ICE officers picked up a man as he was leaving the courthouse. If you have any information about the incident, please call (831) 239-4289 so Sanctuary can be in contact with the family and find out if they are safe.

This incident was witnessed yesterday, Tuesday, July 25, by Alex Calvo, Court Executive Officer, as reported by Angela Chesnut, a senior analyst for Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Chairperson John Leopold. Apparently, the person disappeared by ICE yesterday was an undocumented immigrant who had just emerged from the court building after a court appearance of some kind. It seems ICE was waiting for him outside because, in keeping with Santa Cruz County’s Sanctuary policy, Calvo will not allow ICE agents access into the court buildings to arrest people.

It would be helpful for citizens to demand that County Sheriff’s deputies should proactively confront ICE agents setting up ambushes like this at public buildings. We absolutely don’t have to accept this, and our Sheriff has the power to intervene, but he needs to be moved by the will of the People.

Please submit a comment at the Sheriff’s Office website, or call the Office at (831) 454-7600 to urge Sheriff John Hart to do more to protect our undocumented neighbors and friends!