URGENT CALL TO ACTION TO #FREECLAUDIA:
Call Border Patrol in Chula Vista at 619-498-9750 to demand DHS not initiate removal proceedings and release Claudia to let her apply for DACA and get back to her family and her education.
“Hi, my name is ________________, and I am a concerned community member calling in support of Claudia Sarahi Rueda Vidal, DOB: 1/15/95, a DACA eligible youth, college student and beloved community member from Boyle Heights. Claudia has been a mentor in the community to other youth and has long fought for justice for others. I demand that Border Patrol release her to her family and community to let her apply for DACA with USCIS.”

Know Your Plan

Sábado, abril 22, 10am to 1pm

En el salón multiusos de la preparatoria de Culver City
4401 Elenda Street,Culver City, CA 90230
Estacionamiento para este evento es en la esculea CCMS

Presentación de las 10:00 am a las 12:00 pm.
Habrá mesas de recursos para la comunidad disponibles hasta las 1:00 pm.

Presentaciones acerca de:
– Como crear un plan de emergencia
– Como crear un plan de custodia y protección legal para sus hijos
– Como actualizar la información de sus hijos en la escuela
– Información sobre recursos legales y de consejería

En las instalaciones de la escuela:
– Habrá cuidado de niños
– Comida gratis
– Servicios de traducción limitados
– Servicios gratuitos de notarios públicos* para legalizar documentos de trámite de custodia para sus hijos en caso de emergencia.

Saturday, April 22nd, 10am to 1pm
Culver City High School, Multi-purpose Room
4401 Elenda Street,Culver City, CA 90230
Parking is in CCMS parking lot

Presentation from 10:00 am – 12:00 p.m.
Resource Tables available until 1:00 p.m.

A Presentation On:
– How to create a Family Preparedness Plan
– Establishing caregiver custody for your children
– School Records update
– Legal and Counseling Resource awareness

On site:
– Childcare available
– Food served
– Limited translation services
– Free notary services* for caregiver documents

Sponsored by | Patrocinado por: Culver City Action Network, CCHS / CCUSD, Fineshriber Family Foundation, iPrint Services, Venice Family Clinic, National Immigration Law Center

This note briefly recounts Culver City Action Network’s campaign leading to passage of a Culver City sanctuary resolution and collects some of the key resources used in the campaign, in case they may be useful to others.

On March 27, 2017, the Culver City Council voted 3-1 to adopt a strong “Sanctuary City” resolution. This marked the successful conclusion of a campaign that Culver City Action Network began in earnest in early February with this letter outlining our seven key demands and providing detailed reference materials and models to the City Council. From the beginning, we linked sanctuary for immigrants with issues of overpolicing, racial profiling, Islamophobia, and suppression of political protest. This effort built on our previous work to pass a strong schools-focused resolution through the Culver City School Board, which was much more receptive. That was followed by our hosting at local public schools two successful immigration Know Your Rights workshops generously provided by the National Immigration Law Center.

After we learned that the Council was unlikely to take up the sanctuary issue without further organizing, we packed a mid-February City Council meeting with visible supporters, spoke out during the public comment period, and got the Council to agree to put sanctuary on the agenda for a meeting six weeks later. In the interim, the Council also considered and approved 3-2 a resolution endorsing California SB 54, the “California Values Act” a/k/a Sanctuary State. The SB 54 endorsement had been promoted by Indivisible Culver City, with which we worked closely throughout.

To prepare for the March 27 meeting, we developed and circulate this detailed FAQ document explaining the campaign and responding to various Culver City-specific issues, as well as this one-page summary accompanied by an infographic (in English and Spanish). A supportive City Council member (Meghan Sahli-Wells) helped organize a community forum with the Police Department to explain current immigration-related practices and answer public questions. After that forum, we sent one follow-up letter to the Council and another to the local press.  We organized a post-card writing party to express our support to the Council and publicized our effort with a booth and signs (1, 2, 3, 4 — thanks, Daniel!) along the Ciclavia route the weekend before the vote. We also used the Action Network platform to create an email letter campaign to the Council, as well as a facebook page and member email list. And we met with City Council members in small groups.

After the Council’s agenda with draft resolutions was announced, we wrote to the Council with our recommendations for an even stronger resolution. Those recommendations were endorsed by the ACLU of Southern California in a letter to the Council. We turned out an overflow crowd to the Council meeting, vastly outnumbering the small number of out-of-town provocateurs who disrupted the meeting with boos and racist, xenophobic rants. We organized a master script to distribute a coherent series of points in one-minute units among our list of speakers. Many other community members spoke movingly as well. You can view the video of the meeting here (sanctuary is agenda item A-1 at 81:42). KCRW coverage is here. After the successful vote, we again used the Action Network platform to facilitate thank-you messages to the Council.

You can contact Culver City Action Network on Facebook or at culvercityaction@gmail.com
PS — This toolkit from the Center for Popular Democracy, Protecting Immigrant Communities: Municipal Policy to Confront Mass Deportation and Criminalization, just became available and would be very useful for a campaign like ours.