AB 10, which would provide period products to low-income schools, is on Governor Brown’s desk, with rumors that he may reject it. Please speak up!
Providing period products in schools may not sound like a big deal to you, but it can make the difference between girls being successful students or not. A single box of tampons can cost $7. Girls who can’t afford menstrual products may improvise with toilet paper, paper towels, or socks – or they may choose to miss school. When New York City ran a pilot program that provided free menstrual products, attendance rose 2.4%.
Please call (916) 445-2841 and say: “My name is __. I live in __. I want Governor Brown to approve AB10. Lack of access to menstrual products can keep students from attending school or can distract girls from their studies. AB10 will reduce one of the most shameful impacts of deep poverty among school age girls.”
Read this fact sheet for more about AB 10 and the need for free period products in schools. (And while you’re there, take a look at the enormous list of supporters, and the one opponent … and ask yourself why?)
IEB, through its Outreach to Organizations Team, has partnered with the Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB). September was Hunger Action Month, and ACCFB hosted an event on September 27 to educate the community about the farm bill, a key piece of broad legislation that funds critical anti-hunger programs, primarily the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, is called CalFresh in California.
IEB was well represented at the event, which included a celebration of SNAP’s 40th birthday, and featured presentations from Shanti Prasad, Senior Policy Advocate with ACCFB; Melissa Cannon, Nutrition Policy Advocate with California Food Policy Advocates; and Armando Nieto, executive director with Community Food and Justice Coalition.
IEB representatives included Nick Travaglini, Toni Henle, Linda Dougall, Ward Kanowsky, LeAnn Kanowsky, Harold Klobukowski, and Daryl Walke. Also pictured: presenter Shanti Prasad.
Key takeaways included the following:
The House Committee on Agriculture has jurisdiction over the farm bill. The committee is chaired by Michael Conaway (R-TX) with Collin Peterson (D-MN) as the ranking member. Majority members from California include Jeff Denham and Doug LaMalfa. The minority member from California is Jim Costa.
SNAP is on the chopping block. The FY 2018 House Budget Resolution includes drastic cuts to SNAP.
Even though the farm bill has not been introduced yet (it is currently subject to “listening sessions” throughout the country), we can still contact our members of Congress now and urge them to vote no on the 2018 House Budget Resolution and to protect safety net programs like SNAP.
Many of us likely know people who are DACA recipients, but they may not feel safe enough to tell anyone other than close friends and family about their status.
Meet Lara. Lara’s parents, hoping for a better life, brought her to the United States from Mexico when she was one year old. Lara is a DACA recipient. An Indivisible East Bay member interviewed her a couple of days after Trump announced his decision to terminate DACA. This is Part One of Lara’s story.
How are you feeling?
I’m okay. Trump’s made it very clear that his interest is not about the people—it’s about whatever makes political sense to him. I wasn’t surprised. He said, “Don’t worry Dreamers, you don’t have anything to worry about”–I had hopes that when he said we didn’t have a lot to worry about, that we actually didn’t have a lot to worry about, but I should have known.
I’m okay now. I’ve cried it out, screamed it out, spoken with a lot of other DACAmented folks and Dreamer students and, it’s disappointing and discouraging, but we’ve been here before. We’re just going to have to find a way to survive and keep going. I’m in a good place. It helps when people who are outside of your DACAmented community offer hope and are supportive.
Did you go to any of the protests?
I didn’t, and one of the reasons why I don’t do those anymore is because if anything happens, not of my doing but if something were to go bad, if alt-right people show up, if there’s a confrontation and the police show up, I know what’s going to happen to me. I can’t afford to risk deportation. If I was still working in a restaurant, still renting a room in a poor neighborhood, or wasn’t married, then maybe. But now I have a great apartment, an awesome job, and am married, so I have much more to lose. I think of those things and can’t risk losing them over a protest. Not to talk down to those who chose to participate and are in my same situation, but that is a risk I no longer choose to take.
Do things feel worse now?
Yes. Because before when we would protest and rally, there weren’t people waiting to physically fight us and there weren’t SWAT police with guns pointed at us. There weren’t agents from ICE waiting to round us up, the way they are now. We always knew it could happen but now there’s a militarized cop presence. We didn’t have to worry about crazy white guys showing up with swastikas. The concerns were always there in the back of our minds, but they weren’t in our face the way they are now. It’s not worth me risking my job, my actual life, putting my husband in that position, stressing my parents out, over a movement that is always going to be there. I just can’t afford to be the one getting arrested any more.
Are you careful about how you reveal your status?
Most people who are close to me know because I’ve been so vocal these last few years. So, I’m not afraid of people seeing my Facebook posts or my views being seen or heard by the public. All the information I share is never my personal, private info. It’s more about information and resources to assist others. I’m very careful about what I do post and am selective about who I accept on my FB page.
When you graduated from High School, what did you think your future was going to be?
My dream was to go straight to a university and not waste time with community college, and become a lawyer. But discovering my status brought all that to a complete stop. It’s the story of most of us. Every single dreamer I know, we all have the same story. We didn’t know until the end of high school when we tried to apply for drivers’ permits. Otherwise, when do you ever ask your parents for your social security number? Until you need your driver’s license. When I was told that there is no social security number, that I can’t have a way of acquiring a license and I can’t go to university because I don’t qualify for financial aid and I don’t qualify for scholarships, that was just like wait, what do you mean? But I’ve been here in the US my entire life. I asked them: “Can’t I just apply to become a citizen?” My parents explained that no, because you’re Mexican–the laws are different.
I had known people who had come here from other countries who had become legalized quickly, but saw over the years how much harder it was for people from Mexico. It was devastating. So I decided, I’m just going to graduate now. I’d always been ahead in my classes, so as a junior I was already taking the 4th year of English. I took economics and government over the summer and graduated a year early so I could get a head start on community college. Since I knew it might take me longer than most people to go through community college, I started earlier and finished in two years at Delta College in Stockton. But even with that, I learned that nobody wanted to hire me with just an AA and especially without a social security number. I decided I had to go to a university and get a degree, but I also needed to work, so I started working a full time job and a part time job. I enrolled at De Anza College and got a paralegal degree. I thought to myself, if I can’t be a lawyer, at least let me be a paralegal and get my foot in the door. And no one would hire me because I didn’t have a social security number. The attorneys would all say: “You know you seem like a great girl with lots of enthusiasm, but I can’t hire you.”
Just attorney after attorney–it was devastating.
“Just give me a chance, pay me cash, you can pay me a lot less than the other paralegals,”I would say.
But they all said “No, it’s too risky, how can I as an attorney hire you under the table?”
One attorney finally gave me a chance–she gave me an internship and was also the attorney who did my initial DACA application. so it wasn’t until 2012 that I got a real chance. I was her intern and we did a lot of DACA cases and family law. I thought I wanted to do family law, but working with her, I realized I could never be an attorney. It was a good experience because it made me realize law wasn’t what I should be doing in life. It also made me see that many people needed help finding resources. A lot of these small cases were due to the lack of information.
So even though I started at Delta College, then years later went back to attend De Anza, I couldn’t get a real job so I kept all the other jobs–waitressing, being a nanny, cleaning houses. When DACA passed, I said okay, this is my chance to go back to school. When I do get my degree, I’ll have a chance to have a real job. Through AB 540, I could pay resident fees but it was hard to get scholarships. Thankfully, the California Dream Act had just passed, so I was able to apply for financial aid for the first time. [Ed note: Under California law AB 540, certain non-resident students are exempt from paying non-resident supplemental tuition. A student granted an AB 540 exemption is charged in-state tuition and fees].The lawyer convinced me to go back to school. By the time I’m done, I’ll be able to work and that’s what happened.
When your parents told you about your status, were you upset?
Oh yes, I was furious! All my plans went out the window completely. Not just the driver’s license, but everything. I was mad at them for a long time. Not having legal status affected so many little things. I remember when my friends turned 18 and wanted to go dancing or celebrate at a club, I couldn’t go because I didn’t have a California ID. In my 20s I never went to a bar or club that wasn’t Hispanic-related or a smaller venue where they would accept my Mexican consulate ID. I never joined my friends anywhere because I didn’t have the “proper” ID. Forget about going out to dance with friends, a Vegas trip or a vacation somewhere. Every time someone wanted to go out and celebrate, I would have to call the place and ask if they accepted the Mexican ID. I didn’t want to make a fool of myself and have them embarrass me again, which had happened before. Not all places accept it even though it’s a government issued ID. It’s where my understanding of racial discrimination first started.
To go from the kind of work you were doing — under the table, unprotected — to working in a professional capacity, what did that mean to you?
I served as a waitress for 11 years — from when I was 20 to 31. I worked at multiple restaurants: Denny’s, Applebee’s, mom and pop restaurants, catering jobs. And of course, those jobs are honorable, but they’re hard, physically straining jobs. Long hours and for years I worked at two or more restaurants, back to back. Especially if (customers) know you’re undocumented, they can get away with more exploitation than with citizen employees. Last year was the first year I’d spent Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day with my family. I had worked every single holiday before last year, for over 10 years. Places like Denny’s never close. I never got to spend any of the holidays with my family, I always had to work.
Was that common to others or just undocumented folks?
Just to the undocumented folks. As long as you could get the hours on the clock…it was just so complicated. They could go back and change the hours that you worked. It was really hard to endure and especially because the people who come in, they think you’re just an object that is there to serve. You’re there to serve them, to the deepest definition of what it is to serve, and they always use you as a punching bag to let out their frustration.
It was really hard at the end when I was going to grad school because I would serve these people who would speak at me as though I were this ignorant, uneducated “thing” that was just there to bring them their extra ranch or diet no ice, when in reality I was busting my butt to work full-time there and be in grad school full-time. I wanted to say “You have no idea how hard I’m working and how hard I’m trying to make it.” But you can’t say that, right? You can’t say you’re not the ignorant person they think you are and they treat you as. I had to quit because I couldn’t take it anymore. I was so burned out. People don’t say “please and thank you” and it’s common for folks to not use manners with servers. I knew I was going to get fired if I didn’t quit, that I was going to snap, so I just quit at the end. But it’s really hard, especially on the holidays when all you want is to be with your family so bad. The pay is only minimum wage. You work for so many hours at minimum wage and tips.
Have you been back to Mexico?
No. I was born there and went back for one Christmas when I was 5 before things got hard at the border, and that was it. I never went back.
Being a young adult, it really sucked at first, driving without a license which meant that I would have to have a cheap car that I could afford to lose, because if they pull you over, they could impound your car. It was really common before DACA to have a cheap car and be ready to get the next one. Most places won’t give car insurance if you don’t have a social security number. You’d get ticketed for driving without a license and your car would be impounded, and then you’d be stuck. You still have to go to work, pick up your kids. It was really frustrating to know I couldn’t have a nice car. Just the constant fear — when a cop would pull up behind you — trying to look as “normal” as you can. But it’s hard when you can’t have a decent looking car, right? Because you make yourself stand out more by having a cheap-looking car. It’s like a never-ending circle of bad circumstances.
Do your parents feel like they made the right decision?
They have always carried guilt because of me. They wish they had come before I was born. They have always felt so bad for putting me in this situation. But they had no way of knowing — they were 20 years old when they came here, searching for the American dream. They could have never foreseen all this. It’s better here than there. At least here, you can have a decent place to live and food to eat, kids can have a decent education. Just the safety reasons alone make it worth coming over here. People don’t understand how bad it is in Mexico. It’s not just like they show you on TV–it’s actually a lot worse. They carried guilt for years and years and I probably didn’t make it any easier when I was a teen. Once I started seeing that those were the cards I was dealt, and that I had to make them work, I decided because I was the oldest of 5, I didn’t want my parents to worry about me. I never asked them for financial help, ever. I didn’t care if I had to have two jobs, I never wanted them to have to worry about me. They hated that I worked graveyard and they never saw me on holidays, but they were proud I was doing what I needed to do to survive. I wasn’t just feeling bad for myself. I just did what I had to do.
When DACA passed and I was able to go back to school, that alleviated a lot of their guilt and they felt glad I finally had a real chance. But now with what Trump’s done, they regret it all over again and feel guilt all over again for putting me in this situation. I keep telling them, you cannot blame yourself for this.
We’ll post Part 2 of Lara’s story next week. We’d love to hear your comments – you can leave them at this post, or email them to email@example.com.
Our State Assembly just passed SB 54, the California Values Act, and now it’s going to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for signature. It’s vitally important that the Governor sign this legislation to prevent the state’s resources from being used by federal ICE and deportation forces.
What to say:
It’s critically important the Governor sign SB 54. The California Values Act is the first of what I hope will be many efforts to focus California’s resources and efforts on protecting and serving Californians instead of on federal ICE and deportation forces.
Several IEB members met with Senator Feinstein’s State Director Sean Elsbernd on September 5. Our first question at this first meeting since the Senator failed to hold a Town Hall during the August recess was (surprise!): when will the Senator have a real Town Hall!? Sean’s rationales aside, we heard two things loud & clear: they know this is important to us (thank you IEBers for your calls and emails); and the Senator clearly does not want to hold a Town Hall.
The rest of the meeting was more productive. Sean said using personal stories (instrumental in protecting the ACA) would be effective to resist the GOP’s anti-immigration agenda. He also suggested we send questions for an upcoming hearing at which Donald Trump Jr. will testify, and noted that questions could be submitted for the record which the witness would have to answer in writing.
Given that Feinstein is ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, her positions on judicial nominations and the process are critical. Sean said that the Senator wants above all to preserve the blue slip process, but in order to be heeded on that she can’t unnecessarily slow confirmations.
As evidence that the Senator is listening to us, Sean noted that she mentioned in their morning staff meeting the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to prevent transfer of military equipment to civilian law enforcement. IEB had brought this issue to her attention at the August Commonwealth Club (not-a-town-hall) event.
As to whether Feinstein joins Senator Kamala Harris (and at last count 15 other Dems) in supporting the Sanders Medicare for All Bill, she wants to ensure that subsidies and the mandate remain in place; that both are needed for there to be more than one health insurance carrier in all counties to provide competition to keep costs down. She is not in principle against a single payer bill and would like to see the details of one.
Open questions: Sean wasn’t sure what Senator’s position is on repealing the Authorization for Use of Military Force. He conveyed to her our opinion that it should be repealed. Other issues discussed: the failure of the California legislature’s CA Desert Protection Act (AB 1000); the politicization of scientific research; NAFTA; and GOP bills to split the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The California Election Integrity Coalition, a non-partisan voting rights organization, will host its Second Annual Take Back The Vote National Conference on October 7-8 in Berkeley, CA at the South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis Street, corner of Ashby Avenue (near Ashby BART station).
Over 30 nationally recognized election integrity leaders from across the country will convene to discuss the current crises in our elections. Among our speakers or guests are computer scientists, professors, lawyers, journalists and election officials as well as federal, state and local legislators. They’ll present their findings, answer questions, and organize a national effort to restore publicly verified democracy in the United States.
Speakers include Drs. Barbara Simons and David Jefferson (Verified Voting), John Brakey (AZ), Lulu Friesdat (NY), Jan BenDor (MI), Lu Aptifer (MA), Karen McKim (WI), Dr. Laura Pressley (TX), Jonathan Simon, and more. See a list of speakers and topics here. Co-sponsors include the California Election Integrity Coalition, Voting Rights Task Force, Ballots for Bernie, Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club, and Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists.
Click here for more information or to register. Conference tickets are $25 per day, or $40 for both days if purchased in advance. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. You can help! The conference is funded entirely by individual contributions and organized by volunteers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to donate or volunteer.
Miembros de nuestra comunidad han expresado su preocupación por algunos de los más vulnerables entre nosotros que no quieran buscar ayuda durante esta crisis por temor a la intervención de la policía en el cuidado de su salud mental (y el posible intercambio de información con CBP/ICE). Le pedimos a una organización de ayuda local que nos aclarara este asunto. Por favor comparta esta información si conoce a alguien que lo necesite.
Las únicas amenazas de suicidio que llegan a la atención del personal de seguridad pública son aquellas que tienen: (1) un Plan conocido (2) que es Letal (3) con un método Accesible (4) y un marco de tiempo de Ahora. Plan. Letal. Accesible. Ahora. Los voluntarios de la Prevención del Suicidio están entrenados para desacelerar estas crisis. Si no se puede negociar con la persona para que renuncie el método y/o el tiempo, entonces se le arregla el transporte a la sala de urgencias. En Berkeley y San Francisco hay servicios de Crisis Móvil que van a la ubicación de la persona y la ayudan en ese momento con medicamento o con llamadas telefónicas a su familia, para desacelerar aún más la situación. El transporte a las salas de urgencias es, en otras palabras, muy raro, contrario al rumor.
Nuestra agencia recibe un promedio de 50,000 llamadas en un año y las llamadas de transportación tienen un promedio de 75 veces en un año. Las demás llamadas son apaciguadas. De esto nos encargamos.
Eve R. Meyer Directora ejecutiva Prevención del Suicidio de San Francisco P.O. Box 191350 San Francisco, CA 94117 Línea de crisis: (415) 781-0500 SFSuicide.org
Members of our community have expressed concern that some of the most vulnerable among us might be reluctant to reach out during this crisis for fear of law enforcement involvement (and possible information sharing with CBP/ICE ) in their mental health care. We reached out to a local aid organization to clarify the issue for us. Please feel free to pass this along if you know of anyone in need.
The only suicide threats that come to the attention of public safety personnel are ones that involve (1) a known Plan (2) that is Lethal (3) with an Accessible method (4) and a timeframe of NOW. Plan. Lethal. Access. Now. (It spells PLAN.) Suicide Prevention volunteers are trained to de-escalate these crises. If the person can not be negotiated to give up the method and or the time then transportation to an emergency room is arranged. This may be by ambulance or police depending on the community. In Berkeley and San Francisco there are Mobile Crisis services that will go to the person’s location and help on the spot with medication or family phone calls, further de-escalating the situation. Transportation to emergency rooms is, in other words, very rare, contrary to the rumor.
Our agency gets an average of 50,000 calls in a year and calls for transportation an average of 75 times in a year. All the rest are de-escalated. That is what we do.
Eve R. Meyer
San Francisco Suicide Prevention
P.O. Box 191350
San Francisco, CA 94117
Crisis line: (415) 781-0500 SFSuicide.org
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please get help as soon as possible so that the appropriate care can be provided as soon as possible and with the minimum risk of interaction with public safety personnel.
El martes, el cobarde-en-jefe Trump envió a su fiscal general (Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III) a declarar la dura decisión de rescindir el programa deAcción Diferida por Llegadas de la Niñez (DACA) a través del cual el Presidente Obama, por orden ejecutiva, había protegido más de 800,000 jóvenes inmigrantes indocumentados de deportación.
Con DACA, se les prometió a los jóvenes DREAMers, que fueron traídos aquí como niños sin culpa suya, que si salían a la luz se les podría ofrecer una oportunidad de empleo legal y un alivio del constante espectro de la deportación. La decisión malévola de Trump de destruir esta promesa apela directamente a su base racista y anti-inmigrante, y sólo sirve para destrozar a familias, amigos, vecinos y comunidades.
Los conceptos erróneos acerca de DACA abundan, no por menos las mentiras viciosas que Trump y otros miembros del GOP arrojan, muchas de las cualesSessions repitió cuando les dijo a los DREAMers que les estaba mostrando la puerta. La elegibilidad es complicada, estricta y costosa ($495 cada 2 años). Cumplir con ella no garantiza una aprobación, ni mucho menos una evaluación de manera oportuna. Estos son los puntos básicos para la elegibilidad:
Haber cumplido menos de 31 años de edad el 15 de junio del 2012 y haber entrado en EE.UU. antes de los 16 años de edad.
Haber residido continuamente en los Estados Unidos desde el 5 de junio del 2007 y haber estado físicamente presente el 15 de junio del 2012.
No haber tenido ningún estado legal el 15 de junio del 2012.
Estar en la escuela o haberse graduado, o ser veterano militar con licencia honorable
No tener ninguna condena por delito grave, delito menor significativo, 3 o más delitos menores, y no representar una amenaza para la seguridad nacional o la seguridad pública.
Las emisiones de DACA y los permisos de trabajo que se vencen entre hoy y el 5 de marzo del 2018 deben ser presentados para renovación antes del 5 de octubre del 2017.
La libertad condicional anticipada para viajar al extranjero ya no está disponible.
Estamos unidos en esta lucha.
Los destinatarios de la DACA y los solicitantes deben consultar a un abogado de inmigración calificado lo antes posible para determinar sus derechos, responsabilidades y opciones. Puede encontrar mucha información en el Internet, pero asegúrese de que la fuente sea confiable. El Departamento de Seguridad Nacional publicó una lista depreguntas frecuentes sobre la rescisión.
Hay muchos grupos y organizaciones que trabajan con la comunidad de inmigrantes. “¿Qué necesito saber sobre el final de DACA?” es unasesoramiento comunitario muy útil del Centro de Recursos Legales para Inmigrantes, que incluye enlaces a varias buenas fuentes de información:
El presidente Obama, quien por lo general ha estado callado mientras que Trump destruye y derriba tantos de los avances realizados durante su presidencia, emitió unadeclaración en Facebook en la que dijo que la decisión de Trump, a fin de cuentas, es sobre la propia decencia. Éste es obviamente un concepto totalmente ajeno al actual ocupante de la Casa Blanca.
On Thursday August 24, over 60 activists gathered in San Francisco for a rapid response rally to defend our public lands. The lunchtime rally, which took place in front of the Department of Interior’s regional offices in downtown San Francisco, was called in response to the close of the Trump Administration’s review of 27 national monuments, and breaking news that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had recommended the reduction of numerous national monuments.
Co-sponsored by the Sierra Club (national Our Wild America Campaign and San Francisco Bay Chapter), Center for Biological Diversity, and Natural Resources Defense Council, the rally also included speakers from the Trust for Public Land, 350.org and The Wilderness Society. Supporters from many other local progressive organizations including Audubon California and Golden Gate Audubon, Rainforest Action Network, CREDO, and more, also turned out.
Representatives of Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congresswoman Barbara Lee were there, and we read a statement of support from Congressman John Garamendi, a champion for the Bay Area’s closest national monument at-risk, Berryessa Snow Mountain.
The crowd was energetic, chanting “Hey Zinke, show us you care – Protect our land, our water, our air!” and “When our public lands are under attack – what do we do? Stand up, fight back!”
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