Events & Trainings

This page includes YARR sponsored events and trainings, events that YARR is cosponsoring with others, and events produced by others that we believe may be of interest to the community.

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.

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

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

Training for Advocates

Date: April 12, 2018

Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Location: Once your RSVP is received, you will be sent the location.

Sponsored by YARR, this Training for Advocates will prepare bilingual people to support families affected by detention or deportation. An Advocate reaches out to the family of the detained or deported and becomes the point-person between them and YARR and the other service groups in the area.

Advocates are not experts in legal support, media campaigns, fundraising or any of the rest of it.  They are just the conduit for information going to and from the affected family, and staying in touch with people on our side of things to make sure no balls get dropped.

* Introduction to YARR and the Services Working Group
* Walk-through of the various services available both through YARR and county-wide
* Role plays and training for meeting a caller for the first time
* Empathetic listening practice
* Cross-cultural organizing best practices
Essential “Know your rights” information

RSVP for the training by sending an email to  Once your RSVP is received, you will be sent the location.

Please invite others you know who are bi-lingual (Spanish/English) and good at task management.

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.



Legal Observation Training / entrenamiento de YARR y la observación legal

Date: March 19, 2018

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Location: Peace United Church, 900 High St

Sponsored by YARR.  Come learn how to effectively observe and document law enforcement activities in order to defend people’s rights and fight deportations. With increased ICE activity in our communities, this is an especially important training. Legal Observers are often the first responders called to support community members, so this training is a key way to participate in the 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!

RSVP to with Legal Observation in the subject line.

Hope to see you there!

Los participantes aprenderán como hacer observación y documentación durante las operaciones de ICE para defender los derechos de los inmigrantes y luchar contra las deportaciones. Con más actividad de ICE en nuestras comunidades, esta entrenamiento es muy importante. La mayoría del tiempo los observadores legales son los primeros en responder a las llamadas de los miembros de nuestra comunidad, por lo tanto este entrenamiento es clave para participar en la red de asistencia. Unase con nosotros si no ha tenido la oportunidad a aprender el sistema de observación legal –- y si ya ha completado un entrenamiento, también puede venir a refrescar la memoria.

Por favor, RSVP a con “observación legal” como sujeto.

Esperamos contar con su presencia,

Defend J20 Resistance! West Coast Speaking Tour

Date: March 13, 2018

Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm

Location: Freight Building, Depot Park 119 Center St. Santa Cruz

While it is not a YARR sponsored event, we encourage anyone to go who is resisting the Trump agenda, opposed to state repression, and working toward building a more beautiful world.

In the wake of massive protests against Trump’s inauguration in Washington,DC, over 200 people were mass-arrested and charged with unprecedented felonies. Because of shoddy evidence and the political nature of the charges, many people have already been acquitted. There are 59 defendants who still need support and solidarity. In this touring presentation, you’ll hear an overview and critical analysis of the case thus far, highlighting its role and significance in the changing landscape of political repression in the United States.

The event is free; donations are requested to cover costs for event space and travel for the presenters.