Open Letter Calling on all U.S. Political Parties to Adopt Platforms that Repeal the Muslim Travel Ban, Reverse Historic-Low Cap on Refugees

We the undersigned organizational representatives of the African, Arab, Iranian, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian American communities; interfaith partners; and civil, education, human and immigrant rights allies, call on all national political parties to include repealing the Muslim Ban and reversing the all-time-low cap on the annual number of refugees admitted into the United States as signature issues in their 2020 party platforms.

Statement Regarding Santa Clara County’s Civil Detainer Policy

Statement Regarding Santa Clara County’s Civil Detainer Policy

We express our profound condolences to the family and loved ones of Bambi Larson who was tragically murdered in San Jose on February 28. We also urge the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and San Jose officials to not distort or politicize this tragedy into an issue regarding immigration by altering the County’s current civil detainer policy. At this time, healing and unity is what is needed rather than attempts to cause division among our County’s residents. We ask our elected officials to keep the County’s current policy intact so that all community members - regardless of immigration status - can feel safe and are treated equally.

Đức is Here to Stay! USCIS Cancels Appointment Again

Today, community members across Santa Clara County celebrated in the success of the #KeepDucHome 2019 action. More than 50 people—ranging from community led organizations, faith based organizations, nonprofit representatives, attorneys, San Jose City Officials, and Santa Clara County staff—arrived to the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services USCIS in Santa Clara to demand that father, husband, and community leader Đức Nguyễn not be separated from his family.

Community Action: Stop the Detention and Deportation of a San Jose Community Member Who was Unexpectedly Asked to Check-In with Immigration Authorities

ViệtUnity South-Bay and PACT (People Acting in Community Together) would like to invite you to a community action regarding a beloved community member’s risk for ICE detention and deportation. Father, husband, community leader, and member of St. Maria Goretti Đức Nguyễn has lived in San Jose for 23 years. Đức has contributed his heart and soul to this region for over two decades, but ICE wants to take that away.

Rapid Response Network in Santa Clara County Protests ICE’s Latest Attempt to Deny Immigrants Right to Due Process

The Rapid Response Network in Santa Clara County, along with impacted families, immigration lawyers, religious leaders and other allies, will gather on Thursday, December 20th at 12 pm to denounce ICE’s latest tactics aimed at denying immigrants their right to due process and call for the closure of the Morgan Hill office.  The group will conduct a delegation to deliver a cease and desist letter to the Morgan Hill office.

Statement from PACT Board Officers: Reconciliation & Moving Forward Together

We, as PACT, sincerely apologize for our decision to rescind the award to honor Zahra Billoo for her leadership in the local community. In our efforts to be responsive to one set of leaders, we inadvertently participated in efforts to silence a faith leader and close partner expressing moral critique of an ongoing human rights crisis in Palestine. In fact, conversations are much needed about the injustice that occurs every day in Palestine, and its connection to the issues we work on including racism, border walls, and police violence.

PACT’s Dialogue & Action Calls for Santa Clara County Police Chiefs and County Sheriff to train officers on implicit bias and procedural justice

People Acting in Community Together

 

Contacts: Frank Richardson, 408.307.1118, franklin_richardson@yahoo.com; Yeme Girma, 408.396.4084, yemieg@yahoo.com; Akemi Flynn, 408.504.8030 or akemi@pactsj.org; Jesus Ruiz, 408.230.5239, jesus@pactsj.org

 

SAN JOSE

 

PACT’s Dialogue & Action Calls for Santa Clara County Police Chiefs
and County Sheriff to train officers on implicit bias and procedural justice

 

Who: Police Chiefs from San Jose, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Campbell and Sunnyvale, the Santa Clara County Sheriff Smith and District Attorney Rosen will meet with hundreds of diverse community members and faith leaders.

 

What: People Acting in Community Together (PACT) is hosting its first gathering of police chiefs from across Santa Clara County. The chiefs, sheriff and DA will share unique insight and experiences on best practices for public safety. Community members will share their experiences with law enforcement and ideas for positive changes.

 

PACT will ask the chiefs and Sheriff to commit to implementing training and to have follow-up meeting with community members to work for increased transparency and accountability that are essential to community trust which is necessary for safety and justice for all, community members and police.

 

The event aims to transform the community through dialogue between the community and the local law enforcement to build understanding across different experiences, to promote safety and justice for all. 

 

When: May 31, 2018, 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm

 

Where: Emmanuel Baptist Church, 467 North White Road, San Jose, CA 95127

 

Why:  This Dialogue is especially urgent following local and national incidents and concerns about safety, racial profiling, including two major student mass murders; police calls about “suspicious” Black people in cities across the region and country; the killing of Stephon Clark and Stevie Juarez by police; and the Santa Clara County Grand Jury recommendation for local law enforcement training on mental health issues to end the OIS (office involved shootings) and fatalities.  

 

This is PACT's 8th Beloved Community Dialogue since we launched on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr weekend in 2015.  Past Dialogues and the work between events has resulted in significant positive changes at SJPD, such as the no choke-hold policy, mandatory body worn cameras, de-escalation training, and more.

 

This Dialogue will highlight best practices from the important changes in police policies and practices that we have been able to achieve through PACT, SJPD and the Independent Police Auditor working together over the past few years.

 

The President of the California Police Chiefs Association, Chief David Swing of Morgan Hill, will participate with other members of the Santa Clara County Police Chiefs Association invited by SJPD Chief Garcia.

 

The goal is to engage more police chiefs and to develop strong partnerships between community members and their police departments across the county.  This is important to community members across the county, as many have interactions with law enforcement in other cities throughout the region.

Holy Thursday Prayer & Foot-washing at ICE Facility in Morgan Hill

*UPDATE: SUPERVISOR DAVE CORTESE WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE*

MEDIA ALERT

Contacts: Fr. Jon Pedigo (English/Spanish) 408-757-6344;  Akemi Flynn 408-504-8030; Erik Poicon(English/Spanish) 408-838-1883;
 

Holy Thursday Prayer & Foot-washing at ICE Facility in Morgan Hill
 

 

WHO: Faith and grassroots community leaders with PACT: People Acting in Community Together; Supervisor Dave Cortese.

WHAT: Faith leaders will ask ICE officers if they can conduct a foot-washing with detainees held at their facility. Leaders will also address. Protest the unjust enforcement activity tearing our community apart. Indiscriminate ICE activities result in arrests and the indefinite detention of long time, law-abiding residents

WHEN: Thursday March 29 at 12:00 p.m            

WHERE: 220 Vineyard Blvd., Morgan Hill, Ca, 95037

WHY: Holy Thursday is a day of solidarity and prayer. Santa Clara County continues to be targeted by ICE operations which continue to create fear in our community. In order to show solidarity with those being detained by ICE, faith leaders will offer to wash the feet of those that are being detained as a sign of solidarity, equality and to prepare them for the long and dangerous journey that awaits them. In the last 10 days,  Santa Clara Rapid Response Network has received at least 90 calls from concerned community members claiming they have seen or have had family members picked-up by ICE. Faith Leaders will respond to Sheriff Laurie Smith for permitting ICE agents enter county jails which is in violation of the Santa Clara Detainer Policy and the CA Truth ACT.

 

Also, PACT faith and community leaders will gather again for a Good Friday Peace Vigil:

 

WHEN: Friday, March 30 at 5:00pm           

WHERE: Outside Dr. MLK Library, corner of San Fernando & 4th St, downtown San Jose

 

WHY: On Good Friday, as Christians gather around the world to remember the state-sanctioned killing of Jesus, PACT clergy and leaders will join the weeklyFriday Peace Vigil to connect the story of our faith with the ongoing story of peace seekers in our world.  
 

When war continues, state executions take lives, and economic and racial inequalities continue to grow, we recognize that Jesus is being crucified again and again in the suffering of people around the world. 

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PACT: People Acting in Community Together is a multiracial, multi-faith organization that empowers people to create a more just community.  PACT has more than 30 member congregations and partner schools representing 50,000 people in Santa Clara County. PACT is part of PICO California and the PICO National Network, one of the largest grassroots community networks in the country.

www.pactsj.org  http://www.facebook.com/PACTSJ  https://twitter.com/#!/PACTSJ

 

PICO California is the state’s largest community organizing network. We organize in 73 cities, 15 school districts, and in more than one-half of the state's Senate and Assembly districts.  PICO California was established in 1994, bringing together local federations from throughout California to affect meaningful budget and policy change at the state level. Over the past 20 years, our organizing and policy advocacy has resulted in increased investments in education and healthcare, and in programs and services that are critical for working families. Together, we represent 480 congregations and 450,000 families of diverse economic, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds committed to advancing racial and economic justice in California through organizing, advocacy, and voter engagement. Visit www.PICOCalifornia.org to learn more. PICO California and its federations are non-partisan and do not endorse or support candidates for office.

Rapid Response Network Launches Hotline in South Bay

Community Members to call in the case of immigration enforcement in their community

SAN JOSE, California— The Rapid Response Network in Santa Clara County is a community defense project developed to protect immigrant families from deportation threats from the federal administration, and to provide moral and accompaniment support during and after immigration
operations in our community.

 

Leaders from community organizations in San Jose and Mayor Liccardo are joining together on Thursday morning to announce the full launch of the hotline, and explain how community members can utilize the hotline, and support the efforts of the hotline. The hotline is being launched two days after World Refugee Day, as well as during Immigrant Heritage Month, to show support for our immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters as we stand together as one community.

 

The 24/7 hotline will allow community members to call to report any immigration operations in our county and receive moral, accompaniment and legal support.

 

WHO:    Mayor Sam Liccardo

              Supervisor Dave Cortese (invited)

Poncho Guevara, Sacred Heart Community Service Center

Akemi Flynn, People Acting in Community Together (PACT)              

Gemma Abels, Educator

Father Jon Pedigo, Diocese of San Jose

Marci Gerston, Temple Emanu-El

Community members

Local organizations such as: LUNA, South Bay Labor Council          

 

WHAT:   Press Conference to announce the launch of the Rapid Response Network in Santa Clara County and Hotline, with community members, local organizations and elected officials

 

WHEN:    Thursday, June 22, 2017

                 11:30AM PST

 

WHERE:    Santee Community Center

                 1399 Santee Dr, San Jose, CA 95122

 

About Santa Clara County Rapid Response Network/Hotline: This is a collaborative project led by PACT, Sacred Heart Community Service, Pangea Legal Services, SOMOS Mayfair, LUNA, SIREN, South Bay Labor Council, CARAS, Diocese of San José, Consulate of Mexico, Human Agenda, City of San Jose Office of Immigrant Affairs, and Santa Clara County Office of Immigrant Relations.

Faith Communities Stand with Immigrants 

PRESS RELEASE

Contacts: Fr. Jon Pedigo 408-757-6344; Rabbi Melanie Aron 408-355-3830; Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones 408-952-9418; Rev. Nicole LaMarche 510-520-4011; Akemi Flynn 408-504-8030 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2017
SAN JOSÉ, CA   

WHO:   Faith leaders from throughout Santa Clara County with public officials including Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, County Supervisor Dave Cortese, District Attorney Jeff Rosen, Assemblymember Ash Kalra and Mayor Sam Liccardo

WHAT:   Faith leaders with PACT: People Acting in Community Together will gather for collective action and multi-faith ritual to publicly launch “PACT’s Solidarity Network.”  This county-wide network of faith communities is standing and acting in solidarity with immigrants who are living in fear under the threat of deportation.

Faith Leaders will share their commitments to stand with, speak up, and take action to support and protect members of our community who are targeted with hate and fear by both political rhetoric and federal policies that threaten to tear families and communities apart.

Faith Leaders will ask elected officials for their continued commitment and strong leadership to protect immigrants and stand with congregations acting in solidarity.  


WHEN: Friday, April 7, 2017, 10:30 am 

WHERE: San Jose City Hall Plaza 


WHY:     In November, PACT faith leaders came together to develop the Solidarity Network to stand with, speak up, and take action to support and protect members of our community who are targeted with hate and fear at this unsettling time in our country.  Across our different faith traditions, we share the value of dignity and respect for all people.  We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves, to recognize and nurture our interdependence, and to heal the world.

Since November, PACT faith leaders have engaged their congregations and denominational leaders in learning about the threats and fears experienced by immigrants and the opportunities to be strong allies and protect our communities.  Hundreds of faith leaders and congregations members have participated in trainings and conversations and planning meetings to develop the Solidarity Network of congregations committed to work together and with the broader immigrant community to provide sanctuary/refuge and support and to be part of the Rapid Response Network.

This Santa Clara Countywide efforts is linked to the work of congregations and organizations with the PICO Network across the Bay Area, California and the country.  Hundreds of congregations from at least 20 denominations are taking action nationwide.

Related future events in Santa Clara County: 
Sun, April 9, 12:00-3:30pm
12:00pm - Procession from Newman Chapel at SJSU (10th & San Carlos) to Most Holy Trinity; 
 2:00 - Palm Sunday Mass at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2040 Nassau Dr, San Jose 95122
3:00 - Press conference: Immigrants Welcome Here! at Most Holy Trinity
Thurs, April 13 - Foot Washing at ICE Detention Facility, Morgan Hill Noon, April 13
Fri, April 14, 12:00 - Good Friday Street Theater of the Arrest and Deportation of Jesus, Federal Building

PACT: People Acting in Community Together is multi-racial, multi-faith grassroots organization that empowers people to create a more just community and organizes for racial and economic justice.  PACT represents 25 congregations and schools and over 50,000 people in Santa Clara County, and is part of the PICO National Network.  www.pactsj.org,  www.facebook/pactsj
PICO National Network is the largest faith based, grassroots organizing network in the country.  Local PICO 52 federations, like PACT, work in over 150 cities and 17 states and is more than one million families and one thousand congregations from 40 different denominations and faiths. www.piconetwork.org

Hundreds Urge City Council to Protect Renters

PRESS RELEASE
Contacts: Christian Ollano (408) 910-6309, Ian Greensides (408) 915-7006, Carol Stephenson (408) 480-4367

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2017
SAN JOSÉ, CA                                        

PACT Leaders call on San Jose City Council Members for Just Cause Eviction Protections for Renters

WHO:   San Jose City Council Members Sylvia Arenas, Sergio Jimenez, Tam Nguyen, faith leaders and hundreds of community members who are committed to dialogue. 

WHAT:   Hundreds of community members will pack the church gym to demonstrate the urgent need for protections for renters who are being pushed out and living in fear due to unjust evictions and skyrocketing rents. The program will include community testimony, small group dialogue to share renters' experiences, and questions for public officials.

PACT leaders will ask City Councilmembers to commit to specific action at the April 18th City Council vote on:
Just Cause renter protections to prohibit eviction for no cause
Ellis Act relocation benefits for tenants in rent-controlled units 

WHEN: Thursday, March 30, 2017, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm 

WHERE: Gymnasium at Most Holy Trinity Church, 2040 Nassau Drive, San Jose, California  95122

WHY:     Between 2010 and 2016, over 2,000 no-cause evictions in rent controlled units were reported to the San Jose Housing Department, which does not account for non-reported no-cause evictions creating instability and displacement. The actual number of no-cause evictions during this time is estimated to be much larger.

Low-income people of color are overburdened by high rents, pushed into overcrowded spaces, or out of the Bay Area entirely. San Jose is at risk of losing its diversity, vibrancy and strong neighborhoods.

Right now, vulnerable community members are feeling especially threatened in a climate of fear nationwide. Immigrants, Muslims and people of color are facing real threats outside their homes and as renters feel instability in their homes, too. Because losing your housing is so financially devastating in San Jose, no cause evictions are just another form of deportation. Without a law that protects against no-cause evictions, people without legal status or citizenship are defenseless. In the current atmosphere of national xenophobia, immigrants are at risk to lose their housing without Just Cause Eviction Protections. 

On Tuesday, April 18 the issues of just cause eviction protection and Ellis Act protections are schedule before the San Jose City Councilmembers for a vote.


PACT: People Acting in Community Together is multi-racial, multi-faith grassroots organization that empowers people to create a more just community and organizes for racial and economic justice.  PACT represents 25 congregations and schools and over 50,000 people in Santa Clara County, and is part of the PICO National Network.  www.pactsj.org,  www.facebook/pactsj
PICO National Network is the largest faith based, grassroots organizing network in the country.  Local PICO 52 federations, like PACT, work in over 150 cities and 17 states and is more than one million families and one thousand congregations from 40 different denominations and faiths. www.piconetwork.org
 

PACT Parent Leaders call on School District and City to Support Undocumented Families.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SAN JOSÉ, CA                              

WHO:             San Jose Unified School District Board Members Teresa Castellanos and Susan Ellenberg, City Councilmember Dev Davis and representative from the office of City Council Member Raul Peralez. Parents and students of San Jose Unified School District.

WHAT:           PACT is bringing together immigrant students and families together with SJUSD school district board members and city Council (or their representative) to hear the concerns on the eve of the inauguration of a federal administration that has threatened increases in deportation.

The event includes a presentation by students from Downtown College Prep and how they experience and respond to various forms of oppression.  Attendees will participate in small group dialogue about the fears of immigrant parents and questions of commitment for public officials about a proposed resolution in the District.

WHEN:           Thursday, January 19, 2017
                       6:30pm – 7:30pm     

WHERE:         Sacred Heart of Jesus Church
                       325 Willow St. San Jose 95125

WHY:              Undocumented families feel threatened by the Trump Adminstration’s statements to increase deportation. Undocumented students, including those now protected by DACA, face the anxiety of their own deportation and children with undocumented family members fear separation. As members of the school district, students need to feel safe and to focus on their learning.

Various school districts throughout California have passed resolutions that state their support of undocumented families. 

PACT parent leaders are asking for commitment to a proposed resolution that will create a sense of belonging for undocumented families and offer assurances that children and families are protected.

Oakland Unified School District Resolution 

San Francisco Unified School District Statement