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The training team coordinates, plans, and hosts trainings and events for rapid response responders and organizers. To sign up for a scheduled training or event, send a message to YARR and name the training you want to attend in your message.
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On November 8, students from across Santa Cruz County will be organizing walkouts in defense of DACA and their immigrant friends and families. The fate of the DACA program—thus their lives—will be in the hands of the Supreme Court. YARR stands in solidarity with the more than 5,000 Central Coast DACA recipients who are fighting to stay in their community because their #HomeIsHere. We encourage you to join in a day of action when we will show the nation the power and resilience of our communities.
Join the #HomeIsHere Rally in Santa Cruz
Town Clock, 2020 N Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz CA 95060
Why is the DACA program before the Supreme Court? Since September 2017, when the Trump Administration attempted to arbitrarily terminate DACA, the program has been protected by lower court decisions. However, the Trump administration appealed and demanded the Supreme Court to weigh in. Oral arguments are scheduled to begin November 12th and the Supreme Court will hand down its decision sometime between January and June of 2020.
What does this mean for DACA recipients? It means that the program that has allowed them to work, go to school, drive, contribute to their communities and live without fear of deportation is in real danger of being terminated once and for all. That is why we urge beneficiaries to renew their DACA now! Go to www.HomeisHere.us for everything you need to know about the renewal process.
What can allies do? Now, more than ever, we need the support of friends and allies. You can donate to the DACA Renewal Fund to help cover the application fee. Likewise, we are encouraging students, educators, administrators and organizations to support actions like the school walkouts happening across the country on November 8th.
Regardless of outcome, we will not give up because #HomeisHere and we will not let hatred and racism dictate the fate of our immigrant neighbors, students, and friends.
Love + Solidarity,
Come learn how to effectively observe and document law enforcement activities in order to defend people’s rights. Legal Observers are often the first responders called to support community members, so this training is a key way to participate in the rapid response network. Please join us if you haven’t had the chance to learn legal observation — and if you’ve completed a training, please feel free to come again for a refresher.
A broad coalition of local climate groups is organizing a week of actions 9/20 to 9/27 to alert citizens and public officials to the need for immediate emergency action on all levels.
We face future in which millions of people are at risk of displacement by climate change, yet the primary response of our government is to build a wall to keep out refugees and concentration camps to hold them.
Recently, evacuees from Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas were forced off ferries entering US ports due to a last minute rule change by immigration officials. We must act now to protect the millions in the global south who are the most vulnerable to climate change.
We must resist rhetoric that dehumanize immigrants and the current administration’s attempt to dismantle humanitarian relief and asylum policies for victims of natural disasters.
Fri 9/20, 3:30 – 6pm: Youth Action in Watsonville, Watsonville Plaza
Fri 9/20, 4-8pm: Global Climate Strike Kick-Off at Louden Nelson Center – Forum including music, basketball, food, kid art activities, speakers and panels.
Fri 9/27 2:15pm Climate Strike Walkout & March – converges at River and Front Street in Santa Cruz
For a complete list of events visit, https://scruzclimate.org/
RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services is the leading organization helping separated families, detained families, unaccompanied minors, and others who are seeking asylum in the United States.
- whole family
- A sweet or savory vegetarian pie*
- $5+ donation per person to benefit RAICES + extra $ for tamales
- Your own plate/fork/spoon/napkin/mug
JOIN US TO HEAR FIRSTHAND ACCOUNTS from the past year of autonomous
mutual aid and direct action organizing in the border regions of El Paso/Juarez and Tijuana/San Diego— and learn about ways to support and get involved.
$5-20 donation suggested – no one turned away, A fundraiser for migrant solidarity and border/detention camp resistance projects
Featuring collectives/crews from the borderlands:
* Tornillo: The Occupation @rvlt_19
* Hecate Society
* Comedor Contra viento y marea
* Casa Carmelita
* Food Not Walls
* No More Deaths/No Más Muertes
Facebook event page—RSVP and invite friends:
There will also be a print/art sale with all proceeds going to the
groups on tour. Bring your own art to contribute to the sale!
You can donate directly to support the tour at:
(Donations needed now for gas money!)
WEBSITES AND SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS FOR PARTICIPATING GROUPS:
Santa Cruz Indivisible and the SC Women’s March are sponsoring the Santa Cruz vigil for the national day of action. Around the country people are marching on immigration detention concentration camps and holding vigils to demand an end to human detention camps. It’s important in these times to show that there is local support for the movement to end inhumane treatment of migrants in our time. And it’s vital medicine for all of us to be around like-minded people in this age of willful ignorance & cruelty – collective power is the antidote to despair.
Showing up for Racial Justice, Rapid Response Network of Santa Clara County and Community Agency for Resources, Advocacy and Services of Gilroy are sponsoring the Morgan Hill vigil for the national day of action. Around the country people are marching on immigration detention concentration camps and holding vigils to demand an end to human detention camps. In Morgan Hill we will march from the intersection of Tennant and Monterey Roads to the local ICE office at 220 Vineyard Court, where a host of guest speakers will address the crowd.
Gain more depth of knowledge in order to prepare to facilitate Legal Observation trainings in the community. We’ll go through the entire training, review effective techniques for leading a Legal Observation training, and take time for additional reflection on common questions and challenges that can arise in a Legal Observation workshop. If you’ve been trained in Legal Observation before, this is a great way to get more involved with YARR and to increase our collective capacity to offer more of these trainings in the communit
Get the knowledge and resources you need to be able to offer Know Your Rights trainings that support immigrant communities. We’ll cover people’s rights in relation to ICE, local community resources, how folks can protect themselves and their loved ones, AB450 and Public Charge, and family care plans. Spanish language fluency and cultural competency are especially encouraged but not required.
Come learn how to effectively observe and document law enforcement activities in order to defend people’s rights. Legal Observers are often the first responders called to support community members, so this training is a key way to participate in the rapid response network. Please join us if you haven’t had the chance to learn legal observation — and if you’ve completed a training, please feel free to come again for a refresher!