Sponsor Needed for Guatemalan Trans Girl–no housing or financial support involved

This is an opportunity to help an asylum seeker get out of detention and does not involve housing or any financial or practical commitment. Please consider helping out. Reply directly to Esperanza. Julie

From: Esperanza Cuautle <advocate@pangealegal.org>
Date: Wed, Jun 26, 2019 at 1:56 PM
Subject: Do you know anyone who may be able/willing to sponsor a Trans girl?

Hi everyone,
I hope this email finds you all well. I, alongside another community organizer, are putting together a bond packet to request a bond with the immigration court for “Brittany”. She is an immigrant from Guatemala and is currently detained in Texas. Brittany doesn’t have an attorney, so she is representing herself. 
Brittany has a friend in Daly City who can house her upon release, however, the friend can’t sponsor Brittany because she doesn’t have legal status either. We had a volunteer who initially offered to sponsor Brittany but has gone MIA.
Hence, I’m reaching out to community members to ask if there is someone out there who can sponsor Brittany. I want to disclose that being a sponsor for Brittany entails giving personal info to ICE, writing a letter of support stating the sponsor will make sure she attends all her hearings, and provide tax returns to show ability to sustain Brittany. However, the sponsor won’t need to cover any of Brittany’s expenses because she will be moving in with her friend in Daly City. If bond is granted, I will help Brittany’s friend fundraise to pay the bond.
Let me know if anyone comes to mind who can help or help Brittany by spreading the word to your networks. I’m available via phone or email if any potential sponsors have additional questions before committing. Thank you so much in advance for any help you can provide!
Warmly,Esperanza__________________________Esperanza Cuautle VelazquezDirector of Operations Pangea Legal Services 
350 Sansome St, Suite 650, San Francisco, CA 94104

855 Lenzen Avenue, San José, CA 95126
Office: (415) 254-0475  Fax: (415) 593-5335

TIME SENSITIVE: Supreme Court Census Question Decision Press Conference Tomorrow 6/27

The Supreme Court will decide tomorrow as to whether or not to include a citizenship question on Census 2020. In response, the Alameda County Complete Count Committee is holding a press conference TOMORROW at noonWe invite individuals and organizations to attend and stand with us in affirming the importance of getting counted on Census 2020.We need a strong presence of supporters! If you can attend, PLEASE RSVP ASAP to benjamin.ulrey@acgov.org.Press Conference in Support of Alameda County Immigrant CommunitiesTOMORROW, June 27, at NOON at Alameda County Courthouse, 1225 Fallon Street in Downtown Oakland (please arrive a few minutes early!)Speakers: Alameda County Supervisors Wilma Chan and Nate Miley, a representative from Congresswoman’s Barbara Lee’s office, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, and multiple representatives from the immigrant community. Optional: Wear clothing that represents your organization (such as t-shirts or hats) or traditional attire that represents your ethnicity or culture.We will provide signs reading: “Our Community Counts. Our Community Belongs.”For more information, call Ben at 510-846-2066In partnership,Alameda Census Office
Casey Farmer, Executive Director
Alessia Simmonds, Outreach Manager
Ben Ulrey, Communications Coordinator

Sheriff Reform Project

At yesterday’s meeting, I agreed to send a copy of the one-page sheriff eligibility criteria proposal and/or the longer overview document on our messed up sheriff system and what needs to change. If you want either or both of these, please let me know and send me your email.

Wellstone Club Meeting
Thursday, May 23
“Alameda County Politics, Urgent and Overlooked”Sheriff Ahern, Public Safety, Sanctuary, Housing
Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, District 3
Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, District 5
Brian Hofer, Chair of Oakland Privacy Commission

Humanist Hall; 390 27th Street; Oaklandpotluck at 6PM – meeting at 6:45PMPlease Bring Something to Share


Do you live in California & believe in justice? Please join us in calling on Governor Newsom to remove Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern from the California Lottery Commission!

Background: The California Lottery is supposed to embrace the values of integrity, fairness, security, and transparency, but we know Sheriff Ahern has done nothing to uphold or honor those values in his position of power in the Bay Area. His Sheriff’s department has perpetrated a shocking array of human rights abuses, including overseeing 33+ in-custody deaths, punishing people in need of medical care, and forcing a woman to give birth alone in solitary confinement. Plus, in 12 years as Alameda County Sheriff, Ahern has overseen massive growth in his jail budget even as the jail population declined by 45% thanks to community-led reforms. That is why community groups in Alameda County are campaigning for a financial and performance audit of Ahern’s department.

Governor Newsom has the authority to remove Ahern from the Lottery Commission and reduce the reach of his influence. Here are the action steps:

  1. Please take 20 seconds today and sign the petition at bit.ly/AhernsNumbers to the governor to remove Ahern from this statewide position.
  2. Forward this email request to everyone you know in California!
  3. Post the petition link (bit.ly/AhernsNumbers) on social media! Include #AhernsNumbers in your post, and you can also include the attached graphics & tag @CAgovernor @GavinNewsom (if Twitter) 

May Day Sanctuary & Labor Rally & events in Oakland: Sorry but I can’t figure out how to post or upload the flyer here. Please email me at judith.stacey@nyu.edu if you would like me to send you the flyer with details. Rally starts at 3:30pm in Ozawa Plaza, a program & March to Lake amphitheater follow.

The Audit Ahern coalition has launched a petition to remove Sheriff Ahern from the State Lottery Commission. The main thrust of this campaign is to widely publicize Ahern’s many abuses. Please go to this site to read and sign and share the petition:  bit.ly/AhernsNumbers

Reminder about Sun Immigration events

Two Immigration Committee Events Sunday, Feb. 24th, 2019 Kehilla Community Synagogue Putting our Bodies on the Line Matthew Leber Reports Back from the Border 3:30-5pm in the sanctuary    Matthew Leber, Kehilla member and staff member of American Friends Service Committee helped organize the December 10th action at the San Diego Border that The Nation Magazine called “Best Action of 2018.”  We will hear from Matthew about his 24-hour experience in border patrol detention and from other Kehilla members who participated in the action. We will share song and prayer and will discuss of the role of direct action in supporting immigrant justice.  Meet and Greet and Light Dinner 5:00–6:45pm in the social hall Join us to welcome new immigrants who have been part of our accompaniment program over the past several years, along with their teams, hosts and sponsors. (There are now several newborn babies to celebrate among these families.)   Main course will be provided.  Please bring a vegetarian side dish, salad or dessert.  Label with ingredients if possible RSVP for either or both events to  immigrationcommitteechairs@kehillasynagogue.org Please come scent-free!