Mission & Principles

YARR’s Mission     

is to use our bodies, tactics and resources to document, resist and prevent actions by ICE or other repressive forces that would harm our fellow human beings.

YARR is is an all-volunteer organization.  If you have a vision for something that could (or should) happen, please be prepared to put in the work to make it so.  The best place to start is by joining a working group.

Sign up for our mailing list, and one of us will get in contact with you to help you get plugged in.  YARR: Put your body where your heart is!

How YARR Works

YARR’s current working groups:

Training – hosting trainings for rapid responders

Services – connecting families impacted by raids with legal, financial and other resources

The Tech & Logistics Crew (TLC) – how our phone system and other things like that work

Story – telling the stories of our communities through street art, social media & corporate press

Fundraising – raising funds, reimbursing people for expenditures

Coordination – making sure meetings happen and that the working groups are coordinated

YARR Principles

  • Solidarity is necessary to resist force and intimidation.
  • We aim to care for supporters and callers during and after actions.
  • We value community collaboration and mutual responsibility, and see this as inextricable from individual contribution and autonomy.
  • We aim to be accountable to communities we may impact, as well as to one another within the movement.
  • We aim to challenge systems of oppression in our work and within our organizing structure, including but not limited to, racism, classism, patriarchy, homophobia and ableism.
  • Solidarity will be practiced across ideological and tactical lines.
  • We will consistently assess capacity, to inform our choices and support us in setting attainable goals.
  • We aim to infuse our interactions with each other with kindness, honesty, and courageous love.

YARR Decision-making

  • An affinity group is a group of 4 or more people who have agreed to work together as part of YARR and speak with one voice when decisions are being made.
  • Decisions will be made among working group and affinity group spokes via consensus.  Blocks must be tied to YARR’s mission or values.
  • All proposals to have evaluation periods as part of them.
  • If a time-sensitive decision *must* be made, and no option has more than 50% enthusiasm among decision-makers, 2/3 majority vote is the fallback.
  • Decisions made internally in working groups or affinity groups can use whatever process that group likes.

Membership

Organizers agree to contribute a minimum of 4-6 hours per week on YARR work.

At any point, someone may be asked to leave YARR by a 2/3 majority vote.  This should not be viewed as a condemnation, but simply YARR deciding that it will be better able to serve its mission and values without that person’s participation.

In case of interpersonal conflict, mediators and conflict facilitators are available if the parties involved desire such support.

Basic Consensus Process:

1.  A proposal is made
2.  Clarifying questions are asked, until everyone fully understands the proposal
3.  Concerns are brought up and listed
4.  The group has time to amend the proposal in an attempt to incorporate the concerns
5.  Repeat steps 2 – 4 with the modified proposal (the facilitator decides how many times to do so)
6.  Check for stand-asides (note those for the record)
7.  Check for blocks (if there are any, the proposal is discarded)
8.  Check for active consensus

 

What We Do

YARR’s activities are constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community.  Right now we have 5 major areas of action:

1.  HOTLINE – We have a secure phone number, 831-239-4289, that you can call when you see ICE or other repressive forces in our county. We will dispatch trained community members to the site to document what’s happening and to support the people targeted.

Voices of Muslim Solidarity 2017

2.  COMMUNITY EDUCATION – We provide training or workshops on many skills and topics: Legal Observation, Bystander Intervention, Advocacy for Immigrant Families, Introduction to Nonviolent Direct Action, Community Organizing Tools, Anti-Oppression Practices, US-Latin American Relations … and more!

Just some of the people at Bystander Intervention Training January 2018

3. SERVICES – We can provide an advocate to connect people with material resources (e.g. clothing, food, rides) and needed services including lawyers, therapists, emergency child care. We can accompany people to ICE interviews, and mobilize political pressure to fight individual deportations.  If you need help, call our hotline, 831-239-4289, or email us.

4. RELATIONSHIP BUILDING – YARR has worked in solidarity with UCSC faculty and students, Santa Cruz May Day, the Muslim Solidarity Group, NAACP King Day March, and Sanctuary Santa Cruz.  We are always ready to expand our relationships. If your group or community would like to connect with YARR, please email us.

At the MLK March 2018
At the MLK March 2018
YARR outreach at Juneteenth 2018
YARR supports local Dreamers – January 2018

5. PUBLIC POLICY – We supported the passage of the Santa Cruz Sanctuary ordinance and exposed the violent reality of SCPD cooperation with ICE.  We successfully worked with others to pressure the sheriff to stop sharing release dates with ICE and are now working to ensure he keeps his promise to comply with SB54 and cease his cooperation with ICE.

Useful Links & Books

Resources regarding Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Resources about white supremacy

Resources about economic inequality

Books about Chicanx/Latinx/Immigrant Rights Activism (with an emphasis on CA):

  • Making Aztlán: Ideology and Culture of the Chicana and Chicano Movement, 1966-1977 by Juan Gómez-Quiñones and Irene Vásquez
  • ¡Chicana Power!: Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement by Maylei Blackwell
  • Black, Brown, Yellow and Left: Radical Activism in Los Angeles by Laura Pulido
  • Blowout!: Sal Castro and the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice by Sal Castro and Mario Garcia
  • Why David Sometimes Wins: Leadership, Organization, and Strategy in the California Farm Worker Movement by Marshall Ganz
  • Raza Sí, Migra No: Chicano Movement Struggles for Immigrant Rights in San Diego by Jimmy Patiño
  • The DREAMers: How the Undocumented Youth Movement Transformed the Immigrant Rights Debate by Walter J. Nicholls
  • Rallying for Immigrant Rights: The Fight for Inclusion in 21st Century America edited by Kim Voss and Irene Bloemraad
  • Latino Mass Mobilization: Immigration, Racialization, and Activism by Chris Zepeda-Millán
  • Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism Edited by Uriel Quesada, Letitia Gomez, and Salvador Vidal-Ortiz

A few key histories of Latinx Communities, Racialization, and White Supremacy in the US/CA:

  • Racial Fault Lines: The Historical Origins of White Supremacy in California by Tomás Almaguer
  • How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts by Natalia Molina
  • Occupied America: A History of Chicanos by Rudy Acuña
  • Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America by Juan Gonzalez