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“Secure Communities” S-COMM: Es seguro para nuestra comunidad latina?

10 Feb

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El Dia 28 de Enero se dio un gran paso para la reinvidicacion de los derechos civiles especialmente para la comunidad latina. Ese dia se reunio una gran multitud en la catedral de San Francisco, California. Fueron aproximadamente 2000 personas venidas de diferentes organizaciones pro-inmigrantes y defensores de los derechos civiles del area de la bahia tales como PICO–PIA. (People Improving Communities through Organizing/Peninsula Interfaith Action).

Esta accion fue en protesta contra el programa federal llamado S-COMM “Comunidades Seguras” que se quiere aplicar al estado de California. Que con su sutil nombre es abiertamente un programa anti-inmigrante usado por ICE para la deportacion y separacion de familias de nuestra comunidad latina. Este programa funcionaria asi: la policia local aprovechando el perfil racial solicitaria documentos a las personas para verificiar su estado migratorio y al verificar que es una persona indocumentada. Esta seria detendida y derivada al departamento de ICE para su proceso inmediato de deportacion, accion injusta y cruel.

Fue grata mi sorpresa al saber que muchas autoridades religiosas de San Francisco como el arzobispo Niederauer apoyan nuestra causa justa y nuestras voces de protesta han sido y seran escuchadas. !!!!SEGUIMOS EN LA LUCHA!!!!

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On January 28th, a big step was taken towards the reinstatement of civil rights, especially for the latin community. On this day, a large group met in the cathedral in San Francisco, California. Approximately 2,000 people came from different pro-immigration organizations and groups that defend civil rights throughout the Bay Area such as PICO-PIA (People Improving Communities through Organizing/Peninsula Interfaith Action).

This meeting was to protest the federal program called S-COMM “Secure Communities” that was approved by the state of California. With its subtle name it’s actually an openly anti-immigration program used by ICE to deport and separate families from our community. The program works like this: the local police take advantage of racial profiling to ask for documentation from people to verify their legal status and check if they are undocumented. Then they would be detained by ICE and begin the immediate process of deportation, an injust and cruel response.

To my great suprise, many religious from San Francisco like the Archbishop Niederauer supported our just cause and our voices of protest were heard and will continue to be heard. !!!!SEGUIMOS EN LA LUCHA!!!!

Ernichan

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Day Worker Video Documentary

9 Mar

We have begun editing a documentary about the lives of the day workers.  The purpose of the video is to generate a deeper understanding within the Midpeninsula community-at-large about who the day workers are.  It will share some representative stories about the difficult decisions people made to leave home and  come to the U.S. and the challenges of their daily lives, once they are here.  While, the documentary will not provide any  specific recommendations on immigration reform, it will present the voices of the people being debated in statehouses across the country and Congress.   This week, the video team from the Day Worker Center of Mountain View will conduct the final two interviews.  In about a month, a 20 – 25 minute video should be complete and workers will begin to make community presentations with it, followed by question and answer sessions.  If you know of an organization that would be interested in having a presentation, please let us know in a comment here or a call to Maria at the Day Worker Center of Mountain View. The project was made possible with support from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The Midpeninsula Community Media Center has provided the video training and editing support for the production.