Protecting Undocumented Workers in Gilroy

Brad Kava| Gilroy Dispatcher| Link to Article

ACTING TOGETHER Councilmembers Peter Leroe-Muñoz, Fred Tovar, Cat Tucker and Chief of Police Scot Smithee heard an impassioned plea from members of PACT.

ACTING TOGETHER Councilmembers Peter Leroe-Muñoz, Fred Tovar, Cat Tucker and Chief of Police Scot Smithee heard an impassioned plea from members of PACT.

A grassroots group of more than 50 Gilroyans was told that the city police department hasn’t and will not enforce federal immigration law Tuesday night at a meeting at South Valley Middle School.

Councilmembers Peter Leroe-Muñoz, Fred Tovar, Cat Tucker and Chief of Police Scot Smithee heard an impassioned plea from members of PACT, People Acting in Community Together, asking that they take action to protect undocumented workers.

PACT is a multicultural, multifaith organization that focuses on social justice and represents more than 50,000 people in Santa Clara County.

“The Chief really spoke to the issue in no uncertain terms that the police department doesn’t do immigration enforcement,” said Leroe-Muñoz afterwards. “That is not something they have done or will do.”

Leroe-Muñoz said the issue wasn’t so much about making Gilroy a “sanctuary city,” as it was about ensuring that all residents, documented or undocumented, are protected by police and the police are not enforcing federal laws.

They heard a moving plea from a middle school student who worried that his hard-working father would be deported and from community members who were afraid of the new immigration control office in Morgan Hill.

“I work with my father in the mornings and then he drops me off at school and I worry all day that he might be deported,” said Edwin Lopez.

Many said they feared living here under the threat of deportation.

“While hundreds of local governments across the country are establishing protection for undocumented immigrants in the face of increased ICE operations, Gilroy residents seek a city policy that clearly states such protection,” its agenda explained. “The opening of the ICE office in Morgan Hill has raised immigrant concerns in South County.”

In Gilroy, Latinos comprise nearly percent of the population and it is estimated that more than 10% of the total population is undocumented, the organization told representatives.

The organization asked for assurance from the Gilroy Police Department and the city council to protect undocumented workers from being deported.

California county sets up help hotline for targets of immigration raids

SAN JOSE, California — Officials and of leaders San Francisco Bay Area cities of San Jose and Santa Clara launched a Rapid Response Network Hotline to support immigrants threatened by federal immigration sweeps.

Through the network, anyone from Santa Clara County who witnesses immigration enforcement activity within the county is advised to immediately call the 24/7 hotline (408) 290-1144 to alert first responders. If the caller is a vulnerable immigrant, he or she will receive help in real-time, initially from the dispatcher who will encourage callers to assert their constitutional rights.

Lanzan línea de ayuda para reportar operativos de inmigración

El Condado de Santa Clara lanzó el jueves un nuevo sistema que permitirá a la ciudadanía en general tener una herramienta para reportar redadas de inmigración que se realicen en cualquier ciudad del condado.

A través de la Red de Respuesta Rápida la comunidad podrá recibir apoyo moral, además de asesoramiento legal.

South Bay community leaders launch ‘Rapid Response Network’ to protect undocumented immigrants

SAN JOSE — Building on a national push to create safe spaces for immigrant communities, activists and local politicians on Thursday launched the Santa Clara County ‘Rapid Response Network’ and hotline aimed at protecting undocumented immigrants from deportation.

The project, led by a coalition of South Bay organizations, will provide, “moral and accompaniment support during and after immigration operations in our community,” organizers said in a statement.

$141 million Lotto winners from San Jose still active in philanthropy years later

Long before they made headlines after winning a $141 million California lottery jackpot in 2001, Alcario and Carmen Castellano were stalwart supporters of San Jose’s Latino community and its events. Sure, their lottery windfall allowed them to make a much larger impact, but they were hardly newcomers to the scene.


FOLLOWING THE LEADERS: One of Silicon Valley’s famous financial power couples — NextGen Climate founder Tom Steyer and Beneficial State Bank co-CEO Kat Taylor — will join Community Health Partnership CEO Dolores Alvarado as this year’s honorees at People Acting in Community Together‘s annual Leadership Luncheon on Nov. 9.

Support for Muslim Community Prevails over Fear and Prejudice in Rival Rallies

Diane Andrews | The Santa Clara Weekly| Link to Article

American Congress for Truth (ACT) for America supporters rallying out of fear of Muslims, who they believe are infiltrating the Islamic code of law into the U.S. legal system, were far outnumbered by hundreds of Unity with Muslims supporters staging a counter-rally on June 10 in Santa Clara–home to a Muslim community and mosque. From 11 a.m. until about 3 p.m., each group staked out its own street corner at the busy intersection of Stevens Creek Blvd. and Winchester Blvd., bordering San Jose.

Japanese Americans join Unity Vigil

San José, CA - On June 10, 1000 people joined a Unity Vigil called by Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), People Acting in Community Together (PACT), and Meet a Muslim. More than 130 religious, community, oppressed nationality and other organizations endorsed the vigil, which was organized on a week’s notice.