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Assembly/Asamblea: 20 jan/en

Friday, January 20 / Viernes, 20 Enero; 2-4pm
Veterans’ Memorial Building, 846 Front Street, Santa Cruz

Join us on Trump’s Inauguration Day to show your support for sanctuary status in our city and county. You’ll learn about all the different projects going on around protecting immigrants and have a chance to get involved yourself, if you’re not already.

Únase a nosotros en el Día de Inauguración de Trump para mostrar su apoyo al estado de santuario en nuestra ciudad y nuestro condado. Se enterará de todos los proyectos en curso que tienen el objetivo de proteger a inmigrantes. Además, tendrá oportunidades de involucrarse.

City Sanctuary Resolution/Resolución de Santuario de la Ciudad

Thanks to Chris Krohn and to ALL other council members — YES, especially including council member Cynthia Mathews — who voted to affirm our status as a sanctuary community. Below is a report from council member Chris Krohn.  As he mentions, the council (a) passed a resolution with essential sanctuary language and (b) has directed staff to return Jan 24 or Feb 14 with specific strong ordinance language and police department policies.  Watsonville will also act on January 24.

The Sanctuary movement will be gathering in another Asamblea or Assembly on the afternoon of the inauguration day of protests.  This will be a good time for sanctuary-related projects to announce events, recruit volunteers, report to the larger movement on what you are doing and what needs to be done.  Groups and projects, formal and informal wishing to network through Sanctuary Santa Cruz should email http://pdc.solidarity.sanctuary@gmail.com.

Here is what we looked like from Chris’s seat up front:

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Here is council member Krohn’s message:

I really appreciate all of you coming out tonight…wow!

A “resolution” was passed by the Santa Cruz City Council. There are two ways of initiating legislation by the city council: 1) resolution and 2) ordinance. This is what the California city clerk’s organization says what the difference is between these two:

What is the difference between a resolution and ordinance?

Legislative action may be taken by either resolution or ordinance. The primary difference is that an ordinance effectuates a local law. A municipal code is comprised of ordinances and serves as a City’s constitution of sorts. A resolution is much less formal and generally addresses administrative and other similar types of matters
(source).

Tonight, the Santa Cruz city council passed a resolution supporting the city as a “sanctuary city” and offering help and hope to our immigrant community. The resolution was unanimous. That’s huge.

The testimony from the community and city council members was awe-inspiring, heartfelt and a model for community-building. Speakers came forward to talk about being 28-years old with a one-year old and working in the fields for 10 years ‘sin papeles” (without papers) and always worrying about that ‘knock at the door.’ She also pointed out that there are 21,000 immigrants “sin papeles” who paid income tax in Santa Cruz County last year. Erik pointed out that “107 people were arrested and deported in 2006.” Vicki said simply, “Do not obey in advance,” echoing a quote from Yale professor, Timothy Snyder. Paul led the charge and said we must “go beyond” the other 38 cities that have sanctuary city ordinances and resolutions. Santa Cruz has an opportunity to lead on this issue. And perhaps Steve said it best when he stated, “So much in  life is not what we say, it’s what we do.”

So hopefully the Santa Cruz city council went out and DID. We passed a resolution to protect some of the most vulnerable in our community. Great!

In addition, we were able to put on the January 24th agenda (or Feb. 14th, but I am hoping sooner than later) an item to place some teeth into this resolution. We have a chance to put on ordinance language, which will be codified and provide some teeth to the resolution.

So, we need everyone’s continued participation as we move forward. La lucha sigue (the struggle continues), it’s not over. We need to come back on Jan 24th (or Feb 14th) and get the teeth included in the community-inspired, thoughtful, and hopeful message we passed tonight.

I took a picture of all of your beautiful faces tonight from my seat on the city council dais. Wow! You all look great.

cheers,

Chris Krohn

County Sanctuary Resolution/Resolución de Santuario del Condado

We got off to a great start on the 10th of January! ¡El 10 enero empezamos con una victoria importante! The County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the following resolution in support of sanctuary status for the county. La Mesa de Supervisores del Condado adoptó por unanimidad la resolución siguiente (inglés) en apoyo del estado de santuario para el condado.

RESOLUTION TO MAINTAIN TRUST AND SAFETY FOR LOCAL IMMIGRANTS

WHEREAS, many Santa Cruz County residents have deep concerns about the potential policies and actions of the President-Elect; and
WHEREAS, many immigrants are particularly fearful in the wake of the election; and
WHEREAS, it is important to make it clear that we are one community in Santa Cruz County and all of our children, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers, regardless of immigration status, contribute to the social and economic fabric of this community; and
WHEREAS, it is important for our Board to make a statement of support to the immigrant community and for the County to be a place of sanctuary for immigrants who live and work in our community; and
WHEREAS, a relationship of trust between California’s immigrant residents and our local agencies, including law enforcement, schools, and hospitals, is essential to carrying out basic local functions; and
WHEREAS, that trust is threatened when local agencies are involved in immigration enforcement; and
WHEREAS, a strong community is one that includes people of all backgrounds and invests in all of its people; and
WHEREAS, Santa Cruz County will be a model for a more just and equitable society for everyone.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SANTA CRUZ COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS:
1. Santa Cruz County hereby declares itself a place of sanctuary in that no County resources may be used to assist in the enforcement of Federal immigration law or to gather or disseminate information regarding the immigration status of individuals or any other such personal information unless such assistance is required by Federal or State statue, regulation, or court decision.
2. The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors commends the Sheriff for not entangling his department with federal immigration policies and for building trust with all the communities his department serves.
3. The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors directs County departments to review their confidentiality policies in order to ensure that eligible individuals are not deterred from seeking services or engaging with County services based on immigration status.

City and county to consider sanctuary status/Ciudad y condado considerarán estado de santuario

This is the post excerpt.

On Jan. 10, the Santa Cruz City Council and the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors will be considering sanctuary status. We need all supporters of immigrants to show up at these meetings: 9:30am in the Board of Supervisors chambers, 5th floor of the County Building in Santa Cruz (Facebook event), 3:30pm in City Hall (Facebook event).

El 10 enero, el Consejo Municipal de Santa Cruz y la Mesa de Supervisores del Condado de Santa Cruz van a considerar el estado de santuario. Exigimos que todos partidarios de inmigrantes aparezcan en esas reuniones: 9:30am en la sala de la Mesa de Supervisores, 5° piso del Edificio del Condado en Santa Cruz (evento de Facebook), 3:30pm en el Ayuntamiento (evento de Facebook).