De-Escalation Train the Trainers

Date: April 11, 2019

Time: 6pm - 8:30pm (dinner provided)

Location: Sanctuary Central at the Hub, 703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz

At this workshop, you will learn how to host a de-escalation training. To make the most of this workshop, we ask that participants ensure they have already attended one of the de-escalation trainings that YARR has hosted in the last two years. If you've been to a de-escalation training lead by a different group, get in touch at and we'll explore together whether this train-the-trainers will meet your needs.


De-escalation Skills for Activists

Date: April 6, 2019

Time: 9:00am - 12 noon

Location: Sanctuary Central at the Hub, 703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz

The focus of de-escalation is developing tools to non-violently address disruptions in protests and demonstrations. Together we will work on getting to know our trigger points and our super-powers, and we will learn and practice specific tools for de-escalating: ignoring, singing, empathy, and force.


Facilitation Skills for Trainers

Date: April 4, 2019

Time: 6:00-8:30 pm (dinner provided)

Location: Sanctuary Central at the Hub, 703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz

This workshop is for activists who want to improve their facilitation skills in order to better serve groups who come to learn at trainings. Develop practices that can help you engage with power differences in order to invite participation from everyone, keep a group moving forward with a shared purpose without leaving anyone behind, attend to the needs of individuals without sacrificing the whole, and take responsibility for the power you have as a facilitator. Learn practical tools to deal with challenges and develop responsible leadership with integrity.


Families Belong together

Date: June 30, 2018

Time: 2 pm

Location: Watsonville City Plaza

Sponsored by Move On, this rally is part of the national response to Donald Trump and his administration who are cruelly separating children from their families. Tell Donald Trump and his administration to stop separating kids from their parents!

Trump and his administration have been systematically criminalizing immigration and immigrants, from revoking Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to ramping up intimidating ICE tactics. 

Let's send a clear message to Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress: Families Belong Together.

Families Belong Together Rally

Date: June 30, 2018

Time: 10am - noon

Location: Meet at City Hall, March to Abbot Square for Rally

Hosted by local activists, this Families Belong Together event is part of a national day of action focused on shining light on the brutal decision by the current administration to remove children from their families when they are crossing the border of the US.

The administration has backpedaled a little bit since the initial order, but their solution is now to jail entire families (as well as children) while immigration proceedings unfold (which can often take years).  Additionally, the administration has made no move to reunite with their families the approximately 2,000 children who have already been taken.

Until those children are reunited with their families, they will remain in “baby jail,” and our focus must remain with them.

Until the administration ceases jailing entire families for the crime of fleeing unsafe conditions in their homelands,  our efforts to free them must be ceaseless.

The Poor People’s Campaign

Date: June 23, 2018

Time: 1 - 4pm

Location: Main Post Office 850 Front St

Sponsored by The Poor People's Campaign, this rally aims to continue the work of Martin Luther King in order to spark a nationwide movement that includes education, local
actions and nonviolent civil disobedience campaigns.  This Saturday's event will include an educational component, a march and an action.  The framework for the campaign is the demands that can be found here:


Date: June 16, 2018

Time: 12pm–5pm

Location: Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St., Santa Cruz

Sponsored by Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation, Juneteenth celebrates the anniversary of the American emancipation. Santa Cruz Juneteeth honors freedom and equality. The community-focused event is full of events including local musical acts playing in the park as guests dine on savory soul food samplings, participate in a basketball skills contest or compete in the famous sack race.

Sanctuary Santa Cruz and YARR will have an outreach booth at the festival. Come and show your solidarity with the African American community To sign up to help staff our Sanctuary/YARR booth at Juneteenth, email Sally.

Background on Juneteenth – On June 19th, 1865, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas with the news the Civil War had ended and enslaved people were now free.  150 years later, we celebrate this remarkable event at Juneteenth celebrations across the country.  A long-held tradition among African Americans, Juneteenth is a fun and special day for anyone who believes in freedom and equality for all people.

Santa Cruz Pride

Date: June 3, 2018

Time: 11 am - 4 pm

Location: Downtown Santa Cruz

Sponsored by the Santa Cruz Pride, this LGBTQ parade and festival strives to promote LGBTQ visibility and increase feelings of self-esteem while providing a common ground for exchanging information, building community and having fun. This day celebrates our positive contributions, our diverse sexualities, our cultures, our families, our accomplishments, our individuality and our ongoing struggle for civil rights and liberation.

Sanctuary Santa Cruz and YARR will have a contingent marching in the parade as well as an information and outreach booth at the festival grounds. Everyone is invited to join our contingent (assembling at 10:30 am on Pacific near Church). Show your solidarity with the LGBTQ community in the parade, then enjoy the festival at Cathcart and Cedar.

Please remember to wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, and your very best Pride Costumes and Regalia.  We also suggest bringing a bottle of water.

To sign up to help staff our Sanctuary/YARR booth at the festival, email Sally.

Migration is Beautiful, Immigration is a Human Right!

Date: April 28, 2018

Time: 10 AM - 4 PM

Location: Civic Plaza Community Room located on the fourth floor of 275 Main Street, Watsonville, CA 95076

Sponsored by the Santa Cruz County Community Coalition to Overcome Racism (SCCCCOR) and the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc. (CAB), this free bilingual workshop  celebrates the diverse stories of migration in our community, examines the devastating impact of the colonial mindset, and teaches how we can decolonize our minds and reclaim our rich cultural heritages and interdependence.

This is a FREE event and lunch will be provided!  Buses serve this area but please note that if you drive, there is a $5 all day parking fee for parking in the Civic Plaza Parking Garage, which is adjacent to the Civic Plaza.

To learn more about the workshop, please click here.

RSVP is required for this event! To register, please click here

Making a Childcare Safety Plan

Date: March 29, 2018

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

Location: Nueva Vista Apartments

Sponsored by Sanctuary Santa Cruz,  Making a Childcare Safety Plan is free and will be presented in Spanish.  Do you have a plan for the care of your children if something happens to you?  We invite you to come to our workshop and learn how to make a “CHILDCARE SAFETY PLAN” for your family.  We will start with a potluck at 6:00 so bring a dish to share if you'd like. The presentation will follow.