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Invitation to LRT Membership meeting this Saturday at 1 PM

You are invited to the Latino and Latina Roundtable membership meeting this Saturday, June 9 beginning at 1 PM at our offices (the Solidarity Center) at the Village (1444 E. Holt Ave. in Pomona — Entrance #3 – Classroom 6).  This is a membership meeting and we will have applications available for those who have not yet signed up or paid their dues this year.  Since we will be taking votes on important issues, we urge you to become a member. 

 

Jose Zapata Calderon
President of Latino and Latina Roundtable
Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies
1050 North Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711-6101
(909) 952-1640
 Jose_Calderon@pitzer.edu
Website:  www.josezcalderon.com

Your Invitation to Support Day Laborers and Worker Community: Fernando Pedraza Memorial SATURDAY MAY 5th 10am-12pm

Please  join us in celebrating the life of Jose Fernando Pedraza and strength of the day labor community this Saturday, May 5th from 10 am – 12pm at the corner of Arrow and Grove in Rancho Cucamonga.  The Fernando Pedraza Community Coalition is a loose coalition of day laborers, community members, organizers, and students from the Claremont Colleges. The goal of FPCC is to create and maintain a relationship between each group and to create a supportive network for the workers. This coalition aims to continue Fernando Pedraza’s struggle, a day laborer, organizer and leader who strove to make the corner (Arrow and Grove in Rancho Cucamonga) a safe and positive place for workers. We will have music, food, and speakers!  Attached is a flyer with details. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail me or call/text me at (818) 631-5712.

Daniela Alvarenga
Hecker Community Fellow
Day Labor Centers | Pitzer in Ontario
Community Engagement Center
909.607.8183

After raucous meeting, San Dimas won’t become first LA County city to oppose sanctuary state law – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Big victory past midnight as San Dimas city council voted 3-2 against a resolution presented by Councilmember Ryan Vienna to oppose SB-54. A testament to the work of a community-based coalition (that included the Latino and Latina Roundtable, LCLAA, IYC, NAACP, and others) that organized and prepared speakers, wrote an alternative resolution, carried out legal research, mobilized a core of San Dimas residents, gathered petitions, held meetings with the mayor, gathered support from dozens of organizations, and handled the verbal attacks of dozens of right wing militants with discipline and unity.

See Article:

After raucous meeting, San Dimas won’t become first LA County city to oppose sanctuary state law

Jose Zapata Calderon
Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies
1050 North Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711-6101
(909) 952-1640
 Jose_Calderon@pitzer.edu
Website:  www.josezcalderon.com

San Dimas Organizational Call to Action- Join Sign-On Letter by TOMORROW, TUES APRIL 23RD

Dear ICE out of LA & CA,

We need your support!

ORGANIZATIONAL CALL TO ACTION:


San Dimas City Council is proposing one anti-immigrant resolution and one pro-immigrant resolution (this is thanks to advocacy of local organizers).

YOU CAN SEE AGENDA HERE

In the city agenda they are including multiple e-mails from anti-immigrants and an e-mail from the City of Alamitos asking them to join them!

We need your support! You can support in these 3 ways:

ICE OUT SAN DIMAS! MIGRA FUERA DE SAN DIMAS!

ORGANIZATIONAL SIGN-ON LETTER:

SEE ATTACHED AND LET US KNOW IF YOUR ORGANIZATION CAN SIGN-ON BY TUESDAY 12PM by replying to this e-mail.

SEND ORGANIZATIONAL E-MAIL today or tomorrow

Mayor: Curtis Morris,   cmorris@ci.san-dimas.ca.us

Mayor Pro Tem: Denis Bertone,  dbertone@ci.san-dimas.ca.us

Council Member: Emmet Badar,  ebadar@ci.san-dimas.ca.us

Council Member: John Ebenir,   jebiner@ci.san-dimas.ca.us


 Council Member: Ryan Vienna,  rvienna@ci.san-dimas.ca.us

SUPPORT US IN PERSON & SHARE WITH YOUR NETWORKS

6:00PM- Press Conference and Rally

7:00 PM- City Council Meeting and Public Comment

Facebook Event  

Location: San Dimas City Hall

245 E Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773

Thank you in advance for your time and support!

Best,

Marcela

San Gabriel Valley Immigrant Youth Coalition


Sign-on Letter_ San Dimas City

San Dimas SB54 Item

Join us in support of SB-54 at San Dimas City Council on April 24 at 6 PM

COMMUNITY COALITION UNITES AGAINST SAN DIMAS CITY COUNCIL

TAKING ACTION AGAINST SB-54 ON APRIL 24, 2018

On April 24, 2018 at 7:00 pm the San Dimas City Council has an agenda item to discuss taking action to support the federal government lawsuit against California. You are invited to a rally with speakers in front of City Council Chambers at 6:00 PM and to be part of the many who will support SB-54 inside city hall at 7 PM.

WHERE:  245 EAST BONITA AVE, SAN DIMAS, CA 91773

WHO:  San Dimas United for Diversity and Inclusion (SDUDI) is a broad coalition of residents, business persons, churches, labor unions, students, teachers , civil rights organizations and attorneys.  This coalition has united to promote and protect the California Values Act, SB-54 and other California legislation which recognizes the value of immigrants to making California great.  They celebrate diversity and inclusion and oppose hate, prejudice and divisiveness.

WHY:  Councilman Ryan Vienna, also a Lieutenant in the L.A. Sheriff’s Department, proposed that the City Council support an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief by the Federation for American Immigration Reform and its legal arm which supports the Federal government lawsuit against California’s SB-54, AB-103 and AB-450.  If the City Council were to take any action against SB-54 it would in effect be making a major public policy statement that it is anti-immigrant, non inclusive and not welcoming to all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation or immigration status.  It would also be a violation of the 14th Amendment in that all persons are entitled to equal protection of the law. Also, it would be endorsing the Trump and ICE policies of over aggressive enforcement which breaks up families and puts more of a burden on the states such as children and family services.  The City is violating its own long standing policy of abstaining from federal and state conflicts. The City’s first obligation is to follow state law, especially those based on protecting public safety such as SB-54. Councilman Vienna is taking a position against his own department and against state law.

WHAT DO WE WANT? Justice and equality for all in San Dimas and California

 

Your Invitation to Latino and Latina Roundtable Meeting this Saturday at 1 PM

This is your invitation to the Latino and Latina Roundtable membership meeting this Saturday, April 21 beginning at 1 PM at our new offices (the Solidarity Center) at the Village (1444 E. Holt Ave. in Pomona — Entrance #3 – Classroom 6).  We ask that you arrive on time because we have a lot to discuss.  Among some of the items: a summary of the Cesar Chavez breakfast and the Pilgrimage and Festival; the upcoming city council meeting in San Dimas regarding SB-54; update on the College for all Coalition pipeline to college efforts; a proposal to head up an immigrant rights forum as part of the Poor People’s campaign, status of rent control petition in Pomona, and our part in upcoming efforts regarding Beautification day at Cesar Chavez Park, May 1,  annual Fernando Pedraza Memorial, and Salinas Farmworker Center opening celebration. 

 

Jose Zapata Calderon
President of the Latino and Latina Roundtable
Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies
1050 North Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711-6101
(909) 952-1640
 Jose_Calderon@pitzer.edu
Website:  www.josezcalderon.com

San Dimas City Council to take up SB-54 at April 24th public meeting

While San Dimas Mayor Curt Morris and Dennis Bertone don’t believe that “a brief opposing Senate Bill 54” should be taken up, Councilman Ryan Vienna, a Lieutenant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, “personally signed a brief opposing Senate Bill 54” and – has been pushing the council to do the same (resulting in another public meeting on the issue on April 24th).  Other cities, such as San Gabriel and Santa Ana have approved “safe cities” resolutions “affirming the city’s commitment to its immigrant population.”  The city council in Pomona, in putting this affirmation into action, went as far as to pass an ordinance that includes “the development and implementation of training materials for city personnel as they pertain to the requirements of SB 54.”

 

https://www.dailybulletin.com/2018/04/11/san-dimas-city-council-to-decide-when-to-discuss-sanctuary-state-laws-impact-on-city/

https://www.dailybulletin.com/2017/12/19/pomona-gives-final-approval-to-local-ordinance-ensuring-sanctuary-state-legislation-is-implemented/

 

Jose Zapata Calderon
Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies
1050 North Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711-6101
(909) 952-1640
 Jose_Calderon@pitzer.edu
Website:  www.josezcalderon.com

Show up at 6 PM for Press conference, rally, city council meeting on Tues., April 10 – ICE Out of San Dimas

The rally and press conference outside the San Dimas city chambers will begin at 6 PM.   Please show up to San Dimas City Council (245 East Bonita Ave.) at 6 PM for a rally and press conference on Tuesday, April 10th before the San Dimas City Council (set for 7 PM) where the city council will be taking up a discussion on opposing Senate Bill 54 (California Values Act).  This is part of a strategy of conservative right-wing groups to build momentum to get cities to sign on to a brief opposing the statewide bill that curtails cooperation between city and police with federal immigration officials. 

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