CCC-USS is in solidarity The undersigned are in solidarity with all protesters unjustly charged by San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow.
Read and sign the petition:
On Thursday October 15, 2020 charges were brought against additional protesters, 84 days after the July 21 protest and based on an independent investigation stemming from the District Attorney’s office. The recent charges against Amman Asfaw, Marcus Montgomery, and Joshua Powell represent targeted harassment against young Black men that is inconsistent with the values of San Luis Obispo.
Since June 1st, the San Luis Obispo police department and District Attorney’s office has attempted to intimidate and violently suppress public organizing that draws attention to and challenges racial injustices. The arrests and charges against Tianna Aratta and Elias Bautista, along with other protesters, show a clear targeting of Black and brown youth activists in our community. The new charges are an explicit political statement meant to silence anti-racist activism in the county.
As residents of San Luis Obispo County, we have a social responsibility to hold local law enforcement and the District Attorney’s office accountable for their continued violence and judicial overreach against Black and brown lives.
We must insist that all charges be dropped and no new charges are filed, and we must demand that our elected officials invest in communities of color and divest from the use-of-force (weaponized and judicialized) against protesters showing up for racial justice.
We stand with all activists and organizers fighting for Black lives.
No prosecution for SLO County protesters showing up for racial justice!
Call to Action:
In addition to signing this petition, submit public comments at the following meetings and/or send a letter or email to the following groups and individuals listed below. Insist these elected officials and task forces take action and voice their public advocacy for all the charges to be dropped against all anti-racist protesters targeted by DA Dan Dow and that no future charges are made.
SLO County Board of Supervisors
Next meeting is Tuesday, October 20th at 9am; view the agenda
Info on public comment included in the agenda. Public comments may also be emailed or mailed in advance of the meeting.
Contact supervisors by phone, mail, and email. Find your supervisor.
SLO Mayor & City Council Members
Next meeting Tuesday, October 20th at 6pm; view the agenda
Info on public comment included in the agenda. Public comments may also be emailed or mailed in advance of the meeting.
Contact the Mayor and SLO City Council Members by phone, mail, and email.
SLO City Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Taskforce
Next meeting Thursday October 22nd at 5:30pm
Info on public comment included on the website above; agenda not yet posted. Public comments may also be emailed or mailed in advance of the meeting.
We also encourage you to contact the individuals below to express your outrage and raise concerns about the operation of the Office of the San Luis Obispo District Attorney.
CA State Attorney General Xavier Becerra
@AG_Becerra on Twitter
State Senator Bill Monning
@billmonning on Twitter
State Assembly Representative Jordan Cunningham
@Cunning_Jordan on Twitter
Congressman Salud Carbajal
@RepCarbajal on Twitter
@repcarbajal on Instagram
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
Fill out this form to sign onto this letter: https://forms.gle/r9BJH5xR1k2DyCJV8
Know Your Rights Training: Learn about immigrant rights, advocacy, and resources
Wednesday May 27, 2020
4:10 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
RSVP by 5/26/20 noon:
This training is intended for the immigrant community, students, staff, and allies to learn foundational knowledge to protect and defend the rights of the immigrant community and to demonstrate solidarity with the immigrant community by ensuring they are empowered with the knowledge to be their own first line of defense!
UndocuAlly Working Group
The “DACA Decision Campus Action Plan” Template was developed as there is a strong likelihood that DACA’s rescindment will be affirmed by the Supreme Court – immediately impacting students and employees.
It is anticipated that the Court will likely issue its decision sometime between now and June 2020, with a likelihood of an announcement coming soon. The justices could potentially declare that DACA is unlawful as the Supreme Court's conservative majority signaled in November 2019 their likely decision will end the DACA program.
In anticipation of the imminent decision, we are working collaboratively to prepare a plan of action template that can be implemented in phases, with the goal to be ready prior to the announcement with the most urgent plans of action.
As the nation awaits the Supreme Court ruling on DACA, the lives of many undocumented students, employees and their collective families are in limbo. These individuals are a vital part of our community through their scholarship, labor, and their civic and cultural contributions to our state through their presence and vitality. We urge campus administrators to enhance the ways in which they serve, support, and uphold the rights for undocumented students and undocumented employees in preparation for the DACA Supreme Court decision.
We are sharing this information as a toolkit for your campus or department to build upon.
CCC-USS template: https://tinyurl.com/dacaplan
Message from Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented student Success
Our hearts and thoughts go out to the people who have been affected by this unprecedented event and we appreciate the healthcare workers, local communities, and agencies who are on the front lines working to contain the COVID-19 virus.
This guide was developed in response for easy link access to resources and information needed during this time. Please check back frequently to the linked information as there is rapidly changing information.
Short url to this guide: https://bit.ly/38TO3mX
Your donations provide direct support for students through:
DACA renewal and adjustment of status fees, funding for professional development, and other educational expenses. There is an urgent need specifically for DACA renewals due to the changing legal landscape.
CCC-USS is a volunteer-led organization dedicated to supporting local undocumented students. The challenges undocumented students and their families face are in many ways different than the challenges faced by migrants seeking asylum at the border, yet they too are impacted by the current climate and laws.
Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to CCC-USS . Your donation provides direct support to undocumented students through sponsoring DACA renewals and professional development opportunities, printing Safety Guides for the community, and supporting events such as legal clinics. There are currently local students waiting for assistance. Thank you for your contributions.
We have several important updates, resources, and actions to share!
GEt Help for daca application renewals
IMPORTA Santa Barbara is offering free DACA renewal clinics*.
How to qualify:
DACA expiration before February 1, 2021.
Call to schedule your appointment at one of these offices:
Santa Barbara (805) 604-5060
129 E Carrillo St Month 2:30-6
Santa Maria (805) 453-0609
509 W Morrison Wed-Fri 2-6
Lompoc (805) 886-2199
604 E Ocean Suite E Mon-Wed 2-6
IMPORTA is a non-profit authorized to practice immigration law through trained “Accredited Representatives.” by U.S. Department of Justice
Update: 8/7/2020 Importa is no longer offering assistance with renewal fees.
INFO Alert! USCIS fees to Increase!
On Friday November 8, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued its proposal to increase & add fees.
DACA Renewal fee
will increase from $495 to $765
The citizenship application fee
will increase from $640 to $1,170 & does not include biometrics!
Asylum fee will be established
And for the first time in history a $50 fee for Asylum
The fee plan will be open to public comment for 30 days starting Nov. 14. The money raised through the new proposed fee schedule will be transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Visit the following url to comment:
DACA and the supreme court
The CSU Board of Trustees and the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration* joined over 164 colleges and universities from across the country in signing an amicus brief (amicus curiae) in the case before the Supreme Court — a “friend-of-the-court” brief which demonstrates unwavering support for the roughly 700,000 young immigrants who came to the United States as children and who hold Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.
The Supreme Court is ruling on the legality of the Trump Administration’s termination of DACA — not the legality of DACA itself.
*Cal Poly and Cuesta College are members
The case will be argued at the Supreme Court of the United States on November 12, 2019 with the court potentially handing down a ruling as soon as February 2020, which will determine whether DACA recipients will lose the ability to live, study, and work in the United States. The imminent threat of losing DACA protection places students at risk of losing employment, food security, housing, access to health care, educational opportunities, and the sense of safety and wellbeing.
Lower courts have already found DACA to be both legal and constitutional. We urge the justices to confirm the lower court rulings and reject the Trump Administration’s efforts to terminate this successful program.
CALL TO ACTION
We urge all Central Coast colleges, universities, and k-12 administrators to:
To our undocumented community: We see you, we hear you, and we are prepared to fight with and for you
We are archiving all of the letters of support and statements from allies, educators, and Central Coast organizations. If you have a letter you would like to add to the archive, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
October 16, 2019
San Luis Obispo, Calif.—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. Through our work together, we create social change to ensure educational equity for all students and build capacity to support undocumented students in our region.
On Tuesday October 15, 2019, an image targeting undocumented communities circulated on social media. The posting shows individuals that appear to be dressed in stereotypical gang attire, use of related gestures, and includes a racial slur. It is important to emphasize that the offensive term “illegal alien” used in the posting is not only inaccurate but also dehumanizing and discriminatory. The word “illegal” is not a noun, as a result, a human being can never be illegal. In addition, the use of the word “alien” to describe (im)migrants is rooted in U.S. exclusionary policies and practices that have historically denied human rights, discriminatively scapegoated groups of people, and justified violence and mistreatment.
These actions cause harm to our undocumented students, their families, and our community by perpetuating false narratives about undocumented people and the Latinx community. The impact of this dehumanizing language and the use of other people’s lives and experiences as a costume is abhorrent and far reaching. Actions like this contribute directly to the oppression of members of the Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo communities. More specifically, Latinx students, undocumented students, and students with undocumented family members have the right to an educational environment free from intimidation and harassment. These students report higher levels of anxiety, especially in the current political climate. Treating these situations as one-off incidents or acts of ignorance is also part of the problem—the problem is rooted in White supremacy.
Again, this is more than an “incident.” It is more than a “learning opportunity.” The Cal Poly administration has an obligation to name this behavior as racist and to actively change the persistent toxic campus culture and climate. We strongly encourage Cal Poly to move beyond a strategy of deflection and instead, hold those responsible to actionable consequences for the harm they have caused. Now more than ever, it is necessary to take action proportional to the seriousness of the toxic normalization of racism and xenophobia at Cal Poly that this act represents.
We stand in solidarity with all students, staff, and faculty of Color who have been harmed, threatened, and/or discriminated against during their time at Cal Poly. We commit to actions that challenge the roots of white supremacy at Cal Poly and in our communities. We will not be deterred or sidetracked from what Dr. King called the "fierce urgency of now.”
Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Success