San Luis Obispo County, Calif., (June 18, 2020) —
The Supreme Court has struck down the Trump administration’s attempt to end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program as “arbitrary and capricious.” This is an important victory that does not result in the immediate termination of DACA, and we join DACAmented individuals in their celebrations today. Still, immigration activists and legal experts across the country emphasize that the fight is far from over. This decision does not provide a permanent answer for DACA recipients and the other 11 million undocumented people in this country.
The Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success continues to work on behalf of undocumented students, students from mixed-status families, and the community at large for an equitable and just world. We acknowledge that these are unpredictable and perilous times. In its relentless drive to target immigrants, this administration heightens xenophobia and discrimination towards the undocumented community and endangers many of their human rights including education, health, safety, and access to social and legal justice. We will continue to fight all systems of oppression that endanger undocumented people.
CCC-USS will host a Central Coast Community Virtual Gathering to debrief the decision and celebrate and support one another, and discuss what’s next in the continued fight for immigration justice
Thursday June 18, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Join by Zoom: https://tinyurl.com/CCC-USS-DACA
We affirm our solidarity with the Black communities leading the protests against police brutality locally and across the country. We are in solidarity with those who are undocumented and Black, as they face oppressive policing from both law enforcement and I.C.E. It is important to continue elevating Black voices. Read “Reflection on My Identity as a Black, Immigrant, DACAmented, Woman” by Luisa Tembo, Program Assistant for the Women’s Policy Institute (WPI) at Women’s Foundation California and Cal Poly alumna (Class of 2017, Political Science major with Ethnic Studies, Public Policy, and Science and Technology minors).
The news today is a reminder that we must still continue to advocate for systemic change through all available avenues, including and beyond the judicial branch.
Other online gatherings:
We encourage DACAmented and undocumented community to attend Immigrant Risings’ “DACA Continues Gathering” tonight (June 18) at 5:30 p.m. PT Register here. They will hold an online community gathering for undocumented individuals (both with and without DACA) to create space and take care of mental and emotional wellbeing, and will share details about the Supreme Court decision and how it will impact recipients.
Attend the “DACA Supreme Court Decision Analysis with Immigrant Legal Defense (ILD) Attorneys”
Immigrant Legal Defense (ILD) is analyzing the decision and will have more information on what this means exactly for DACA recipients and the future of the DACA program.
Friday June 19, 2020 01:00 p.m. Pacific Time
To join the ILD webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83626763885?pwd=OW15SW5JclYrTVVSS1BHSDlUcUk4UT09 Password: 147626
The Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success (CCC-USS) is a collective of advocates and educators that challenges anti-immigrant and oppressive ideologies, institutional practices, and everyday actions that threaten undocumented and historically marginalized communities.
We are in solidarity with the Black communities leading the protests against police brutality locally and across the country. We are in solidarity with those who are undocumented and Black, as they face oppressive policing from both law enforcement and I.C.E. We call for Justice for George Floyd, beginning with the arrests of all four officers involved in his murder.
On Monday June 1st, 2020 hundreds of community members took to the streets of San Luis Obispo to call attention to police violence against Black people. Many of our local high school and college students were among these marchers. Soon after the march began, they were confronted not only by the San Luis Obispo Police Department but also by police forces called in from cities across the Central Coast, county sheriff deputies, county correctional officers, and Cal Poly University Police. Some officers were accompanied by police dogs.
Members of the Coalition were present the moment police forces used tear gas, rubber bullets, pepper spray, and flashbangs on unarmed protestors who were assembled on the street and sidewalk. In an effort to support the safety of the protestors, Coalition members were in attendance to provide food and water. Due to police escalations and attacks, members proceeded to inform protesters of their rights and provided medical aid to those harmed by tear gas and pepper spray. This scene has played out nationally as supporters and allies engaged in non-violent strategies against the police brutality and violence that Black communities continue to experience.
We are angered by actions taken against Black communities and allies engaged in non-violent strategies throughout the nation. Locally, we demand transparency in the decision making from state and local agencies, elected city officials and city administrators who authorized the use of force on unarmed protesters. The people who made this decision should be held accountable.
CALL TO ACTION FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY MEMBERS
The Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success