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For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross PostingFebruary 18th, 2017Contact: Jose Eduardo Sanchez, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA), 323 905 4923; Armando Carmona, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), 323 250 3018; Thousands of Angelenos March to City Hall to Demand Sanctuary Policies Community Groups and Organizations Present Sanctuary Platform (Los Angeles) – Today, over 30 organizations join the people of Los Angeles in defining the term “sanctuary city” at the “Free the People Immigration March -  Sanctuary for All.” The groups are taking to the streets and call for sanctuary policies. Those targeted by the current federal government’s policies – including immigrants, Muslims, Blacks, LGBTQ individuals – are also declaring Los Angeles a sanctuary city. “We are here today to issue an urgent call to Mayor Garcetti and to all of our elected officials to protect us with more than words – we demand action, and we have provided a platform of concrete policies that, together, would transform Los Angeles into a true sanctuary city,” said Ameena Qazi, Executive Director of the National Lawyers Guild of Los Angeles (NLG-LA), one of the march sponsors. A broad coalition of organizations, representing many facets of our diverse city, are presenting a slate of policy demands that reflect a community vision of safety and protection. “We need bold leadership now from our elected officials. Los Angeles must be a beacon for its residents and for the nation by standing up to the Trump administration’s hateful agenda,” said Maegan Ortiz of the Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA), another of the dozens of march sponsors. The Coalition demands that LA City and County leaders:   1. Enact unequivocal sanctuary policies that:    a.    Prevent collection of unnecessary information about immigration status;     b.    Protect private information collected about residents;     c.    Prohibit local resources (including law enforcement) from being used for federal immigration enforcement or         the establishment of a Muslim registry; and     d.    Establish a body to monitor and oversee immigration enforcement actions locally. 2. Refuse to enact the forthcoming national stop-and-frisk policy, which will exacerbate the targeting of communities of color, place the most vulnerable communities under increased threat, and feed mass-criminalization and mass-incarceration. 3. Disentangle local law enforcement from federal immigration enforcement: Get ICE out of Los Angeles Sheriffs Department (LASD) jails and modernize the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Special Order 40, the police policy…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 15, 2017Media Contact: Emiliano Bourgois-Chacon; (415) 282-6209, X*131; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; Armando Carmona, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , 323-250-3018; Day Laborers and Domestic Workers celebrate Celebrate 25th Anniversary of SF Day Labor Program and Women’s Collective SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- The San Francisco Day Labor Program and Women’s Collective of Dolores Street Community Services, a worker-run collective that unites, empowers and organizes immigrant labor and domestic workers, celebrates its 25th Anniversary with the Grand Re-opening of the newly remodeled power center for organized workers on Thursday, February 16th, 2016 from 10:00 am - 2:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP at http://bit.ly/GrandReopening2017 WHAT: Grand Reopening of Immigrant Worker Center, Ribbon-cutting, kick-off of new wage theft Jornaler@ App, food, music, educational presentations, and histories of immigrant workers. WHERE: 3358 Cesar Chavez Street, San Francisco, CA 94110WHEN: Thursday, February 16 from 10:00am - 2:00pmAdmission: This event is free and open to the public. Hillary Ronen, San Francisco’s District 9 Supervisor is confirmed to cut the inaugural ribbon, accompanied by Patrick Mulligan, Director of the San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLON), and representatives of the San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs. “Now more than ever, it is paramount to invest in empowering our most vulnerable populations so they can defend themselves against injustice”, said Wendy Phillips, Executive Director of Dolores Street Community Services. “We are investing in infrastructure because we see an expanded set of needs in our immigrant worker population and a growing opportunity to provide solutions in the marketplace”, said Antonio Aguilera, director of the San Francisco Day Labor Program and Women’s Collective. “Day Laborers and Domestic Workers are a needed workforce for many industries, especially at home, where they enable many others to attend work, while their properties and families are receiving proper care.” Over 40 day laborers and domestic workers have been remodeling the Worker Power Center, creating classrooms, service areas, and office space that will allow them to have more and better opportunities to professionalize skills, discover new vocational pathways for dignified work, and participate in the worker and immigrant rights movement. In addition to work procurement and legal defense services, the worker power center offers primary health services, food pantries, chiropractic services, residency and income verification letters, tools lending, workshops and practical training opportunities. All services are organized by workers…
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross PostingFebruary 10th, 2017Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; ICE’s Attempts to Normalize Immigration Raids Must be Challenged at Every Turn Los Angeles, CA – On Friday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a press statement acknowledging that they detained more than 160 individuals during immigrations on Thursday February 9th 2017. This statement comes as ICE agents repeatedly attempted to counter claims made by immigration advocates and lawyers regarding the arrests of “over 100 immigrants” through home raids in several cities in southern California. In response, David Abud, Regional Organizer from the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement: "We recognize these raids as an effort by ICE and the new administration to sow chaos and intimidate our communities. They are attempting to normalize these attacks towards our community and we must be ready, at a moments notice, to mobilize and resist. In the face of these efforts, we will remain vigilant, focused, and organized. We are now more than ever emboldened to fight every single deportation and all further attacks on our communities in whatever form they may appear." “Ironically, this most recent attempt to terrorize Los Angeles residents will likely compel local elected officials to take more aggressive actions themselves.  When Mr Trump was first elected, we heard many statements offering moral support for communities the has threatened.  Now it is time for leaders to action and to demonstrate the courage that immigrants are showing in response to Mr Trump’s bullying.” “In Los Angeles, we will continue to push for Universal Representation and to make it a Sanctuary City that provides safety for all of its residents. Throughout California, a consensus is emerging in support of SB-54 (The "Values Act,” Senator de Leon) which would ensure public safety for all Calfornia residents.” ###
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross Posting February 8th, 2017 Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ;   NDLON Responds to Confirmation of Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General   Los Angeles, CA – On Wednesday, Jeff Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General of the United States amidst widespread controversy regarding his history of advocating against civil rights, his extreme anti-immigrant views and apparent sympathy towards white nationalist groups.   In response, Salvador Sarmiento, National Campaign Coordinator for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement: “The confirmation of Jeff Sessions as the top law enforcement officer in the U.S. demands a new level of vigilance and activism.  There should be no doubt at this point about Trump-Bannon agenda, and their contempt for immigrants and for the rule of law. We have an obligation right now to stand with those who are already being targeted and to defend our shared values of inclusion and equality." ###
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross PostingFebruary 8, 2016Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n Trump Issues “Call to Action” Asking Local Police to Report Undocumented Immigrants "They are taking away our weapons, one by one…  We have to give you the weapons you need.” Los Angeles, CA — On Wednesday, in a speech to Law enforcement officials President Donald Trump said that local law enforcement now has the power to report “illegals” to Secretary of Homeland Security Kelley. In the speech, President Trump issued a “call to action” to form a “new beginning” between the relationship between law enforcement and communities across the US. Only a day before, Senator Jeff Sessions, current nominee for Attorney General met with Sheriffs from some of the largest counties of California to discuss ways to expand law enforcement authority in detaining and transferring immigrants to ICE. In response, Chris Newman, Legal Director at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) issued the following statement: “Today’s speech lays bare that Mr. Trump’s strategy is to terrorize the American public as a political response to his own plunging popularity. However, Mr. Trump's effort to sow fear as a means of asserting executive authority will be met by resistance from protesters, from local lawmakers, and from the courts.  Underneath Mr. Trump's racist rhetoric and his weaponization of fear lies a more sinister  agenda to have the federal government take over local policing.  Ironically, Mr. Trump’s policy will balkanize immigration policy and undermine national unity, and it will erode public safety by widening distrust of law enforcement agencies.   Invariably though, some sheriffs will accept Mr. Trump’s invitation to join his mass deportation force, and they will likely suffer the same fate as Joe Arpaio in Arizona.  But the ultimate effect of today’s speech will likely be to strengthen the resolve of local lawmakers seeking to defend their communities from Mr. Trump’s reign of terror.   In California, for example, today’s speech will only further propel an emerging statewide consensus in favor of sanctuary state legislation that will separate criminal and immigration law enforcement.” ### For more information see: CA Values Act Clears State Senate Public Safety Committee The Human Rights Consequences of Sheriff & ICE Collaboration in Los Angeles In Face of Trump’s Threats, California is Doubling Down- Not Backing Down- on Sanctuary protections    
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross Posting //January 31st 2017Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; BREAKING: In Face of Trump’s Threats, California is Doubling Down- Not Backing Down- on Sanctuary protections Landmark Legislation (SB54) Makes First Significant Step Forward Los Angeles, CA – On Tuesday morning, California Senate Bill 54 (SB54) was debated in its first public hearing since its introduction in December. SB54, or the California Values Act, was introduced by Senator Leader Kevin de León is supported by an overwhelming consensus among immigrant rights community.   Over eighty activists and supporters of the legislation organized a caravan, on very short notice, to travel to Sacramento in support of the bill. In response to today’s committee vote, Pablo Alvarado, Director of NDLON issued the following statement: “As a community, we are organized and prepared to face whatever threats come our way. We refuse to fall into President Trump’s trap of dividing our community and further criminalizing our people.   Particularly as immigrants come together to defend against Trump’s attacks, we will fight along side California lawmakers seeking to get police and sheriffs out of the deportation business once and for all.  When signed into law, SB 54 will protect all California residents, it will propel the sanctuary city movement, and it will serve as a model for the nation.” ###
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross Posting // Available Online HereJanuary 25, 2017Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; NDLON Responds to President Trump’s Executive Action on Interior Enforcement: “¡Ni Un Paso Atrás!" In reaction to the Executive Order on interior enforcement released today by President Donald Trump, NDLON Executive Director Pablo Alvarado issued the following statement:   “President Trump’s executive order today might have been intended to cause fear, but instead it will result in defiance as communities across the country are inspired to support sanctuary policies to protect all residents from the collateral consequences of the Administration’s declaration of war against immigrants and refugees. “By restoring the thoroughly discredited Secure Communities program, Mr. Trump has all but ensured that more states and localities will adopt even stronger sanctuary policies.  The truth is that the Obama Administration was forced to abandon SCOMM precisely because of vigorous opposition from state and local officials across the country when it became clear that the program undermined public safety, resulted in grave rights violations, and sought to radically alter the relationship between federal and local law enforcement agencies.  The state and local rebellion against criminalizing deportation policies will likely grow in size and intensity.  In fact, becoming a sanctuary jurisdiction may now be the only way states and localities can avoid legal liability for participation in Secure Communities, which led to gross violations of constitutional rights according to numerous federal court rulings. “Mr. Trump’s call to triple the number of ICE agents is breathtaking.  Expanding a rogue federal police agency to enforce outdated and unjust laws will result in racial profiling, unlawful detention, and other constitutional violations.  And his resuscitation of the 287(g) program would replicate on the national level Arizona’s failed experiment in enlisting police as immigration agents. "The fact that Mr. Trump is trying to take the country backward is consistent with a campaign that was built on retrograde racist platitudes.  But he will not have the final word.  While some local jurisdictions will accept Trump’s invitation to follow the path of Sheriffs Joe Arpaio and Bull Connor—now infamous for their racism and egregious abuses of authority—today’s executive order will likely inspire the majority of Americans who voted to reject Trump’s racist agenda (including the vast majority of Americans in places where immigrants actually live) to pursue a different path.     For more information see, Trump can’t force ‘sanctuary cities’ to enforce…
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January 25,  2017
Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; 
Trump Is Still Selling Fear, But America Doesn’t Need To Buy It
 
 Los Angeles, CA – President Trump has promised to issue a series of executive orders on immigration today, starting at 1:30 pm ET. Last night, President Trump tweeted about a border wall, and continued to present “alternative facts”—with literally no basis in truth—alleging widespread voter fraud. We don’t know what is coming as Trump begins to convert campaign rhetoric into governing policy. However, in reaction to the President’s statements yesterday, and in anticipation of executive orders to be released later today, Pablo Alvarado of NDLON issued the following statement:  
  
“There is a relationship between President Trump’s delusional comments about voter fraud, his racist rhetoric toward Mexicans and Muslims, and his obsession with a border wall. In all instances, he is conjuring phantom threats, propagating distrust of facts, and stoking fear.
 
 "During the campaign, his immigrant-bashing was as part of a salesman’s trick—a carnival ploy—meant to invent a problem that ostensibly only he could fix. Now in office, he appears to be using fear as a deliberate effort to consolidate power.  
  
"It is, of course, possible that Mr. Trump truly is scared of immigrants and refugees. Perhaps the thing that scares him most is their courage because it is a character trait he apparently does not have. The idea of overcoming obstacles, facing adversity, building—rather than taking—wealth, is a concept that is foreign to Mr. Trump. 
  
"We can only speculate about Mr. Trump’s motivations, but the simple fact is that his fear does not need to be contagious.
 
 "Despite the gold trim around his office, President Trump is not a dictator, and he does not have the power to rule by decree. To the contrary, his efforts to attack institutions of democracy, to rollback constitutional protections, and to create division, will only invigorate and unify the very social movements that he is so afraid of. Immigrants and refugees have faced hardships that are literally unimaginable to Mr. Trump. We will be ready to defend ourselves today.”
 
 ***NDLON will have attorneys, community organizers, and members available for comment and interviews*** ###  
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross Posting January 21, 2017 Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ;   Past as Prologue:  The fight against the next Deporter-in-Chief must take place from the bottom up   Los Angeles, CA – As President Donald J. Trump is sworn into office, immigrant rights activists and people all over the country are gathering this weekend to protest the inauguration and send a message that “we will not comply with hate.”  Pablo Alvarado, Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:   “Our disappointment with the triumph of bigotry in the last election sits alongside our disappointment in President Obama’s failure on immigrant rights.  But discouragement, fear, and uncertainty must now be motivation for action.  As Dr. Cornel West advises, despair must not have the last word.  The lessons from the past must guide our work going forward, and we must organize among - and draw courage and strength from - those who are exposed to heightened suffering in the days to come.   “Eight years ago, many of us were enthusiastic about the possibility of having an actual advocate for progressive issues in the White House, specifically around immigrant and worker rights.  Long were the days, we thought, where we had to fight conservative and anti-immigrant administrations that would not listen to the concerns of the most vulnerable immigrants.   “Instead, we spent nearly a decade fighting the policies of a president that would come to be known as the ‘Deporter in Chief.’  We must not forget that President Barack Obama deported more people than any other president in the history of this country.   “President Obama, expanded deportation practices in ways few of us could have imagined, he conflated criminal and immigration law enforcement, and he helped build a deportation machine unprecedented in modern history.  And President Obama was enabled by a top-down approach to immigrant rights where our hopes for change were invested in the hands of others, lobbyists, politicians, media pundits.     “Before the last presidential election took place, we said that ‘regardless of who is president, immigrants and day laborers need to organize,’ and since day one, that is exactly what we have been doing.  Immigrants must defend themselves.   “Immediately after the election of Donald Trump, we called on communities across the country to strengthen local lines of defense – to convene popular assemblies, organize…
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross Posting January 10, 2017 Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ;   Coalition Provides Blueprint on How LA County Should Protect Immigrants   Groups Release Conclusions of Report on LASD Practices & Call on Sheriff and County Supervisors to Not Be Complicit in Trump’s Deportation Efforts   Los Angeles, CA — On Tuesday, a broad-based coalition of labor, faith, immigrant and civil rights groups called on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to protect the County’s immigrants in the face of expected anti-immigrant policies of the incoming Trump Administration.   More than thirty groups joined together and submitted recommendations in advance of a meeting of the Board of Supervisors in which Sheriff Jim McDonnell and other County officials will testify regarding existing policies and expected or necessary modifications to protect immigrants (see attachment below).   “LA County must not feed people into Trump’s deportation pipeline. LA County should be better than that,” said Emi MacLean, attorney at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), one of the authors of the recommendations. “We will all need to resist at every turn, and we will need to know that local and state leaders are not aligned with the hate-mongers who want to exploit fears and destroy families and communities.”   The blueprint of recommendations called on the Board of Supervisors, the governing body of LA County, to:   Endorse the California Values Act (SB 54, De Leon), the Due Process for All Act (AB 6, Bonta), and Assembly Bill 3 (Hueso), introduced at the state legislature to protect California’s immigrants; Continue efforts to establish a program to provide legal representation for all immigrants in deportation proceedings, prioritizing those who are detained and at most immediate risk of deportation; Prohibit the Sheriff’s Department from participating in federal immigration enforcement; Protect personal information of County residents from disclosure to the federal government for purposes of immigration enforcement or the creation of a Muslim registry; Establish a County oversight mechanism to monitor immigration enforcement actions affecting County residents; Oppose any registry based on religious identity or national origin; Re-affirm the County’s commitment to enforce wage theft and labor violations regardless of immigration status; and Commit to fight any effort to strip federal funding in response to County policies defending and protecting immigrants. “The County and Sheriff’s Department should immediately take concrete steps to protect residents from the dire economic,…
For Immediate release // Media Advisory for December 22nd 2016Contact: The Rev. Francisco Garcia, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; Guillermo Torres, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; Interfaith and Community Leaders Convene a Posada To Seek Protection For Immigrants Los Angeles, CA- On Thursday evening, Interfaith leaders from across Los Angeles will convene an interfaith posada, to walk together in prayer and solidarity across faith traditions, and stand against attempts to target, vilify and criminalize members of our immigrant family.  Leaders of various faiths recently gathered to publicly announce their commitment to provide sanctuary for immigrants and will now convene a posada to urge other political, community and faith leaders to join in the effort. “As people of faith and conscience, we stand together and proclaim that Los Angeles will be a place of sanctuary for all” said Reverend Francisco Garcia. To view this press conference, click herehere. WHAT: Interfaith Posada to seek protection for immigrants and refugees WHEN: Thursday, December 22, 2016 6:00pm WHERE: Will meet at La Plaza United Methodist Church (115 Paseo De La Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012) Brief stops at Los Angeles City Hall, and Los Angeles Police Department and will end at the Metropolitan Detention Center, (535 Alameda St., Los Angeles, 90012). Click here for a map of the route WHO:  Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, and the National Day Labor Organizing Network (NLDON), The Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), Jovenes, Inc., the Latino/Latina Roundtable, the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and others. Traditionally “La Posada” commemorates the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem and their search for shelter in preparation for Jesus’ birth. This year, on Thursday December 22 — in the shadow of looming public policy decisions by the incoming presidential administration — “La Posada” becomes a symbolic representation of the search for protection for immigrants and refugees targeted for oppression and marginalization. We will walk by several local and federal government, law and immigration enforcement locations that have direct impact on the well being of immigrant and refugee families, calling upon these entities to not cooperate with the intended policies of the new administration. Many faith traditions look to God for refuge and sanctuary, and call upon followers to practice the Golden Rule, to welcome the refugee, the stranger in our midst. We will stand together to demand that all immigrants, and all people, regardless of…

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Media Advisory for December 21st 2016
Contact: The Rev. Francisco Garcia, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; Guillermo Torres, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ;

Interfaith Leaders Commit to Provide Sanctuary for immigrants; Urge Government, Community, and Other Faith Leaders to Join Effort  

Los Angeles, CA- On Wednesday morning, December 21st interfaith leaders from across Los Angeles will gather to publicly announce their commitment to provide sanctuary for immigrants and to urge other political, community and faith leaders to join in the effort. “As people of faith and conscience, we stand together and proclaim that Los Angeles will be a place of sanctuary for all” said Reverend Francisco Garcia. “We will gather for a prayerful call to resistance, as heads of multiple faith traditions to express our commitments of solidarity with the immigrant community.”

The focus of the press conference is to urge government, community, and other faith institutions to provide sanctuary for immigrant/refugee families and support all who are targeted by hateful rhetoric, actions, laws or policies. While the new administration entering the country’s executive office aims to criminalize and marginalize the immigrant family, members of the interfaith community urge resistance and action in support of “any member of the human family.”
Many faith communities have also begun to take a stance on offering sanctuary to the undocumented community and others that have become targets of hate in the wake of the presidential election.  

WHAT: Press Conference announcing interfaith posada and call for  “Sanctuary For All” and “No to the Criminalization of the Immigrant Family!

WHO: Bishop Jon Bruno, Episcopal Diocese of L.A.; Rev. Linda Culbertson, General Presbyter, Presbytery of the Pacific; Bishop Guy Erwin, the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA); Rabbi Jonathan Klein, ED, CLUE; Rev. Walter Contreras, National Latino Evangelical Coalition; other faith and community leaders.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 21st 2016 10:00am

WHERE:  The Episcopal Cathedral Center of St. Paul
840 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, at its annual convention on December 2-3, declared itself a "Sanctuary Diocese," committing itself to "holy resistance" in the face of hateful and discriminatory plans by the new Trump administration to deport millions of undocumented persons, to eliminate programs like DAPA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), and other programs providing relief and protection for hundreds of thousands of our immigrant community. To see the entire resolution, click here.

In this press conference, community leaders will announce an Interfaith Posada convened for Thursday, December 22, 6:00pm. Community members will gather the following day at La Plaza United Methodist Church (115 Paseo De La Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012) and end Outside of the Metropolitan Detention Center, (535 Alameda St., Los Angeles, 90012).

As we follow the story of Christmas this time of year -- where Joseph and Mary journeyed as migrant refugees seeking shelter as they awaited the birth of their son, the Christ child -- we will walk together in prayer and solidarity across faith traditions, standing against attempts of the new presidential administration to target, vilify and criminalize members of our immigrant family. All our great faith traditions look to God for refuge and sanctuary, and call upon followers to practice the Golden Rule, to welcome the refugee, the stranger in our midst. We will stand together to demand that all immigrants, and all people, regardless of convictions and background, be protected by the city and county of Los Angeles. Our records do not define us or our communities.

Convening organizations: Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, and the National Day Labor Organizing Network (NLDON)

Sponsoring organizations: The Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), Jovenes, Inc., the Latino/Latina Roundtable, the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and others.

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 December 19th 2016
 Contact: Armando Carmona, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , (323) 250-3018 Legal Defense Fund Is Important First Step in Protecting Due Process For Immigrants Los Angeles - On Monday, the city of Los Angeles announced the creation of a $10 million dollar fund to “provide legal assistance for immigrants facing deportation.” In response, the Los Angeles Coalition for Universal Representation who collectively represent more than 20 community, faith, labor, policy, legal services, and immigrants’ rights organizations issued the following statement: “We commend Los Angeles leaders for their commitment today to provide $10 million dollars for deportation defense for our fellow Angelenos. The creation of the L.A. Justice Fund is an important first step in protecting the due process rights of all of our noncitizen community members going through deportation proceedings. We firmly believe that no person facing permanent separation from her family and community should have to defend herself without the assistance of a lawyer – especially when the federal government is represented by an attorney in every case. This is a question of basic fairness, and we applaud the efforts of our City and County leaders to even out the scales and ensure justice for our noncitizen family members, neighbors, and friends. New York City was the first to establish such a program. Called the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), the program has represented all detained New Yorkers in their deportation cases since 2014. NYIFUP has been a dramatic success, and we are proud that Los Angeles will join New York as a city leading the way on immigrants’ rights. Already before the election, nearly 70% of detained immigrants in the Los Angeles area did not have lawyers representing them in their deportation cases; those who did have counsel succeeded more than five times as often. Under a Trump administration, what was already a due process crisis could become a catastrophe.” “It is incumbent upon all of us to come together to meet the need to protect our noncitizen community members,” said Caitlin Bellis, an attorney at Public Counsel who represents detained immigrants, “This is an all hands on deck moment.” “We are glad to see Los Angeles leaders acknowledging the need for counsel in deportation proceedings, and moving Los Angeles towards providing due process for all members of our community. We look forward to partnering with them in the coming…
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross PostingDecember 8,  2016Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n ; Day Laborer Network Statement on Pres-Elect Trump Labor Secretary Pick Los Angeles— On Thursday, President- elect Trump announced the selection of Andy Puzder for Secretary of Labor, pending approval. Mr. Puzder is the CEO of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. parent company CKE Restaurants, a multi-national fast food conglomerate. In 2012 Puzder’s salary and compensation was reported as $4.485 million by Bloomberg, and he has been a vocal opponent of any minimum wage increases. In response to the selection, Cal Soto, Workers Rights Coordinator for the National Day Laborer Organizing network issued the following statement: “Almost across the board, president-elect Donald J. Trump’s cabinet choices are millionaires who have dedicated their careers to exploiting workers and doing everything possible to eliminate benefits and protections for them. Andy Puzder is a fast food executive that makes almost 300 times the amount of his employees in any given day, yet he still opposes minimum wage increases for the working people of this country.” “It is clear that the incoming administration will not only launch a full-scale assault on the rights of immigrants, but is also prepared to do the same to workers across the country. The Secretary of Labor will have discretion on how federal wage enforcement is funded, what wage-theft cases are pursued, and how to preserve the lives of workers through health and safety regulations.” “Now more than ever it is crucial to continue the local fights for worker justice. For example,  Fight For 15 has achieved tremendous victories that are benefiting all workers; we must continue to unapologetically support their efforts. “Day laborers, who have been on the front lines of this fight for decades, are now facing immense criminalization as immigrants and will likely be confronted with many more attempts to exploit their labor as protections from the federal government are rolled back. But even now, on the corners and in worker centers throughout the country, they are actively defending and preserving the rights of all workers.” “No matter who takes over the highest office, day laborers will continue to stand and fight to ensure safe and just workplaces for all, and NDLON will continue to support these efforts.” ###
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