Register and Vote as if your life depends on it

Are you eligible to vote? Don't squander that precious right -- make sure you're registered, and make sure your registration is accurate! The deadline to register for California's June 5, 2018 primary is May 21, 2018. Go through these questions right now to make sure your voice is heard and counted: Are you eligible to vote, … Continue reading Register and Vote as if your life depends on it

Racial Justice Task Force Forums

The Contra Costa County Racial Justice Task Force was created by the Board of Supervisors in April 2016, and given a mandate to: Research and identify consensus measures within the County to reduce racial disparities in the criminal justice system; Plan and oversee implementation of the measures once identified; and Report back to the Board … Continue reading Racial Justice Task Force Forums

CoCo Sheriff Retaliates Against Advocates Helping Detainees

The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office, under investigation for mistreatment of ICE detainees, has retaliated against the group that helped the detainees and helped spark the investigation. On March 6, 2018, the office of Sheriff Livingston terminated the visitation program at the West County Detention Facility (WCDF) that the non-profit advocacy group Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants … Continue reading CoCo Sheriff Retaliates Against Advocates Helping Detainees

Liberty and Justice For All

"Liberty and Justice for All" - these are words we don't always associate with this administration's immigration policy. But Contra Costa Deputy Public Defender Immigration Attorney Ali Saidi informed and inspired a large crowd in El Sobrante on January 27 about "Immigration Realities" and the new, innovative Stand Together CoCo immigrant rapid-response program. Courageous Resistance / Indivisible El Sobrante … Continue reading Liberty and Justice For All

Who’s Endorsing Contra Costa Sheriff Livingston? And Why?

By Champagne Brown and Judith Tannenbaum Although the filing period to elect the Contra Costa Sheriff hasn’t even opened yet, some local Democratic representatives have already endorsed incumbent Sheriff David Livingston in his re-election bid. This is the Sheriff who: has a contract with ICE to hold immigrant detainees at the West County Detention Facility … Continue reading Who’s Endorsing Contra Costa Sheriff Livingston? And Why?

Stand Together Contra Costa

On September 19, 2017, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the development of Stand Together CoCo, a county-wide immigrant rapid-response program. The innovative pilot, designed to operate from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020, will provide community education and support services for immigrants in Contra Costa, as well as no-cost … Continue reading Stand Together Contra Costa

Urge Contra Costa to Return Juvenile Justice Fees

By Judith Tannenbaum For over two decades, when a child faced criminal charges, Contra Costa and other California counties made the family pay for the child’s incarceration. This practice came to an end statewide this past October, when Governor Brown signed SB 190 into law. Now, Contra Costa is considering restoring these fines and fees to families, which … Continue reading Urge Contra Costa to Return Juvenile Justice Fees

Racial Justice Task Force Community Forums

The Contra Costa County Racial Justice Task Force was created by the Board of Supervisors on April 12, 2016, and given a mandate to: Research and identify consensus measures within the County to reduce racial disparities in the criminal justice system; Plan and oversee implementation of the measures once identified; and Report back to the … Continue reading Racial Justice Task Force Community Forums