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Rise Up Napa

Rise Up Napa is a progressive, social justice minded, grassroots community-based group focused on preserving human rights, civil liberties, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, the environment, racial equality & religious freedoms. We are attuned to the local, state and national political climate and plan to remain vigilant.

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Sanctuary Status

Joyce, Dottie, Bonnie and I went to this.  There were lots of people there from our Church and other churches.  Our pastor had gotten into a car accident and wasn’t there until the end which resulted in the meeting being somewhat diffuse.  However there was a lot of interest and information primarily about how local law enforcement is not cooperating with ICE.  All local officials there were opposed to formally becoming a sanctuary city or county because they are afraid they will lose Federal funding.  They did not explain how SF, LA, San Jose, Santa Rosa, Solano County etc etc were proceeding forward while Napa is hanging back.  There attitude was that becoming a sanctuary city or county or church was just a symbolic act and they didn’t seem to recognize the power of symbols.
Irit was there and kept saying that what local officials were doing was not enough.  She was not clear about what would be enough.  Pedroza is putting forward a proclamation at the Board of Supes meeting on Tuesday.  She said the proclamation was “sweet” and didn’t go far enough.  She encouraged all to come to the Bd of Supes mtg hopefully arriving by 8:30 am Tues.  I am going.
I think the Register article this am may force our Church into action.  They were acting mighty proud of it today and since the paper says we are on the road to becoming a sanctuary church we may just have to do it.  I might be a little over cynical and do think it would be fabulous all around if the Church and possibly others, ( the Quakers, the Synagogue) proceeded forward.  It was so great to have 4 of us there and there are a lot of others who are ready to move.
We need some leadership.  I just don’t have what it takes to try to lead this effort and am praying that someone will step up.


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Puertas Abiertas report; Jon Ossoff, Civil Resistance, and Non-compliance Resistance

I.  PUERTAS ABIERTAS: On Wednesday of this past week, 3/15, Joyce, Liz, and I attended a meeting at Puertas Abiertas.  This was a meeting of many of the local authorities and administrative personnel who have in interest in assisting Napa County residents with immigration issues and potential issues.  The chiefs of the Napa City Police, California Highway Patrol, Napa County Sheriff, Calistoga, and St. Helena police departments were there as well as personnel from Napa County probation and juvenile services, Child Welfare Services, Puertas Abiertas, NVUSD, and Mentis (Liz!).  It was very informative though it was not productive from a volunteer perspective.  I would have liked to personally been able to volunteer for something!  Those attending shared what was happening in their respective offices, and I took the following notes:
1.  California Senate Bill 54 is working its way through the legislature which will essentially establish the State of California as a sanctuary state.  (At least that is what they are calling the bill)  I looked on-line and the bill had a committee vote last Friday; don’t know the outcome.  I didn’t read the bill but the articles about it indicate that it is legislation prohibiting state and local law enforcement from using their resources in assisting federal authorities with immigration enforcement.
2.  There is an Immigration Town Hall scheduled for April 18th with Bill Dodd from 6-8 p.m. at the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center.
3.  The representative from Child Welfare Services gave a presentation about what happens to children whose parents are picked up by ICE.  The woman did her best to allay concerns about such children entering the foster care system if such an event happened.  She said that CWS has a “home” that the children are initially taken to which is a regular “safe” house.  She said that CWS’ priority was to place any child whose parents have been detained by ICE with a family member or friend.  There was talk about having parents who fear they may be detained sign powers of attorney and letters to assist with placing their children should they be detained, and also talk about obtaining assistance through the “probate court” with guardianships as necessary.  From what was said, it was pretty clear to me that all concerned wanted the best for any such child but that this was very new territory and that their procedures were emerging.
4.  One of the Napa County Sheriff’s was there (I didn’t catch his name), and explained his department’s policies in dealing with ICE as follows: the officers will not assist ICE; they have agreed with the ICE personnel from SF that ICE will notify the sheriff’s office through the Napa Central dispatch office when ICE is intending to come to Napa Valley, and ICE will let the sheriff know how many people they plan to pick up.  They will not say who or where on their initial contact with dispatch.  After the person or persons are removed and ICE has returned to SF, they will notify the sheriff again through Napa Central dispatch, informed the sheriff about who they removed, where the person(s) were picked up, the person(s)’ dates of birth, and also their A numbers (Alien numbers).  The A number is important because that is how the person(s) whereabouts can be tracked by their family through the ICE system after they have been detained.  He also said that schools, churches and hospitals are off limits for immigration removal, and that juveniles are not at risk of removal.  The woman from Napa County probation said that CA law prohibits getting info from juvenile authorities without a court order, and she said that only happened once in the 14 years that she had been working at the County.
5.  A woman representing the NVUSD said that her office has developed a resource kit for families with potential immigration issues.
6.  Several people, including Joyce, spoke about the fear and anxiety the threat of detention is causing in Napa County.
Joyce & Liz, please add anything that I missed.
II.  JON OSSOFF:  I did the training to be a phone bank captain for Jon today and have received a packet of information to move forward.  The election is 4/18 and I believe if Jon receives 50% of the vote on that date, he is the winner.  If no one receives 50% of the vote, the top two finishers will have a run-off election in June.  So this is high stakes situation.  I would like to have a phone bank next weekend, 3/24 and/or 3/25.  It would be very challenging to host it at my house for a variety of reasons, not the least of which there are many stairs, so I would prefer to find another location if possible.  I might be able to host it at my employers’ office and will ask about that.  If one of you can host it, please let me know.  There is the library community room, I will also look into that. We might want to do it both days or have two shifts on one day.  I am also going to contact the people I worked with on the Hillary campaign and see if any of them are interested.  Please let me know your thoughts about this.  The only equipment needed per volunteer is a cell phone and a tablet or laptop.
III.  CIVIL RESISTANCE: Power to the People:  I just happened to catch this amazing program on KQED radio on Thursday night.  This is the link:  http://americaabroadmedia.org/radio/civil-resistance-power-people. This was very informative and incredibly powerful.  In particular, it featured a man named James Morris Lawson, Jr. who was a person who worked with the students in Nashville during the civil rights era.  He said so many wise things but one thing in particular that struck me was about the “burden of change”.  He trained the students to not react to the vicious words and treatment they were receiving, including being spit on and physical violence, because they all knew that if the students did react, they would be the ones punished and expelled, not the white students.  I looked up Mr. Lawson on-line and you can actually watch a film of a training, and it will break your heart.
IV.  NON-COMPLIANCE RESISTANCE.  Another thing I learned from the CIVIL RESISTANCE: Power to the People, was confirming the effectiveness of non-compliance resistance, boycotting, etc.  Apparently, the Russian Revolution began in just that way, with women refusing to buy bread.  Related to this, I heard a news story this week about applications being made for federal contracts for work building the Wall.  One of the people that was featured in this program was a guy in SF who made something (I missed what it was), had applied to get a federal contract, and he said he hoped he would be used as a subcontractor for the Wall.  I think this is may be a great project for us, organizing a boycott of those individuals applying or getting contracts to build this waste-of-the-taxpayers money to the tune of $30 billion.  Maybe the Napa Women’s March people might be interested in doing this as well?  Just my thoughts.


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URGENT – Phone Bank for Tax Scam

Things on the tax scam fight are changing quickly.

But one thing remains constant: the Republican caucus is hanging on by a thread. On the tax scam, Republican members in the House aren’t in agreement, even though they voted to go to conference last night. And, this weekend, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) said she may not be able to vote for the final tax bill. The continuing resolution holds many challenges, too, as the Freedom Caucus refuse to go along with the rest of the Republicans.

As they’re working on both bills, negotiations will create more and more wedges between the Republicans.

Here is a link to up to date analysis on what this tax scam does:  https://womensmarchnapavalleyaction.org/center-budget-po…alysis-resources/

Please start making phone calls, to mobilize constituent to fight this bill:

Listed below are instructions on making calls from your home computer. If you need a paper list, I can ask for one from OFA headquarters. Send me an email. whatisworking@gmail.com

Calling from home with your computer – 

These VPB are live and we do not have much time. Please call as much as you can.

Instructions

  1. Click one of the links below to access the Virtual Phone Bank
    CD 10 – Denham – English
    CD 21 – Valadao – English
    CD 25 – Knight
    CD 39 – Royce
    CD 45 – Walters
  2. If it is your first time calling, go to step 3.  If already registered, go to step 6.
  3. Register to make calls by clicking the “Click Here to Register” button below the green “Log In” button.
  4. Enter all required fields including: first name, last name, email address and zip code.  Hit the green “Save” button to continue.
  5. Once saved, you will be returned to the log in page.
  6. Enter the email address used to register, phone bank password “resist” and chose “Call4ACA” or “OFA” as the organization from the dropdown.
  7. Click ‘Log In” to start calling.
  8. Use your phone to dial the phone number listed on screen.
  9. Script should automatically appear on screen if there is only one voter, if there is more than one voter click on the name of the person who answers, to see the script*.
  10. Select appropriate non-contact and survey information.  Click “End Call/Save Information” to end the call and save the information recorded.
  11. Repeat steps 8-10.

*Please note – if a break is taken, be sure to log out and back in to ensure that all call information is saved.

Thank you for everything you do!

Linda Hemenway
OFA Sonoma



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