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As we discussed at our last training, the passage of the California Values Act (SB54) in extremely watered down form is a reminder that Sacramento politics are fickle, and that our best hope for strong protections for our immigrant communities is likely at the local level. While the bill represents incremental progress, it does NOT (as the original version would have) significantly minimize cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities. Minimizing that cooperation (or eliminating it altogether) is at the heart of any meaningful Sanctuary bill—so we’ll have to wait until next year to get a real “Sanctuary State” bill through the legislature.

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In the meantime, we can and must push for such legislation at the City and County levels, and there is a window of opportunity with Councilmember Gil Cedillo and his Immigrant Affairs, Civil Rights & Equity Committee. Earlier this month, Cedillo and Council President Herb Wesson introduced a resolution that would declare Los Angeles a “city of Sanctuary.” The resolution is entirely symbolic, but at least they are on record as supporting the idea.

Now we need Cedillo and the rest of the City Council to back up their words with action. And we have a chance to do this when he attends a Sanctuary Town Hall on Thursday October 5:.

The event will feature speakers like distinguished labor leader Maria Elena Durazo and longtime immigrants rights activist Angela Sanbrano, as well as representatives from the local ACLU and other immigrants rights groups.

More than anything, it is a chance to show Councilmember Cedillo that an organized and determined movement for sanctuary exists; that we expect him to take strong and bold action; and that we will mobilize the necessary popular support for any sanctuary ordinance he does introduce.

We hope we can count on your attendance at this important event. And that you can help us ensure a packed house.

Please RSVP to and include the following information:

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• phone number
• City Council District
• how many people you can bring

Here is the Facebook event page… Tell us you’re coming, and like and share widely!

At the Dropbox link below, please find the event flyer in both jpeg and pdf formats, in both English and Spanish:

Thanks, and see you next Thursday!<

Scott and Milena

Sanctuary City