Walmart: Stop Retaliation, Do Right in Our Neighborhoods!

Walmart has fired or disciplined 60 workers who’ve exercised their legally-protected right to speak up for better treatment. Walmart workers and allies have spent a month asking Walmart to reinstate fired workers and reverse disciplinary action, with no response. 

At the same time, Walmart is trying to enter Los Angeles with little regard for its neighbors, for the communities it’s affecting, or for the workers it will be employing. Workers – and Angelenos – deserve better.

 

We’ll be praying with our feet downtown on Thursday, September 5, at 11am in Pershing Square. We’ll be marching to the Chinatown Walmart location at Cesar E. Chavez and Grand and calling on Walmart to do right buy the 60 workers who’ve been fired and disciplined. 

We need your wisdom, your liturgical traditions, and your faith tradition’s insight to truly bear witness to our shared commitment to worker justice. Please also contact Pastor Bridie Roberts if you are interested in opportunities to nonviolently pursue a deeper commitment to this issue.ImageImage

 

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Domestic Workers Bill of Rights: Want Justice, Will Travel!

Last week, The California Domestic Worker Coalition kicked off a caravan to Sacramento to tell Jerry Brown to sign AB 241 (Ammianno,) the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights! CLUE-LA clergy joined civil rights advocates and domestic worker leaders at the LA County Federation of Labor to launch the journey with a press conference ask Jerry Brown to do the right thing and protect domestic workers.

 

Domestic workers care for the most precious parts of our lives – seniors, beloved children, our homes. Despite this, many domestic workers are can’t afford to feed their children, can’t afford to live in safe and secure homes, or lack the same protections and care that they provide for other elders. In fact, domestic workers are excluded from the basic wage, hour, and rest protections of federal labor law – a relic of racist and sexist compromises of our past. As one speaker mentioned, AB 241 is critical to end the “feminization of poverty” and build a movement to lift up women of color who lift up our loved ones.

 

CLUE-LA Ziegler Young Religious Leader Fellow Vincent Manalo, himself the nephew of a domestic worker here in Los Angeles, joined the caravan last Monday. We will continue to stand with domestic workers and fight to ensure that they’re no longer invisible under the law.

CA Religious & Faith Leaders: Please Sign TRUST ACT Letter to CA Sheriffs

Sign-on Letter from 
 
California Faith Leaders to
Sheriff’s Association & Gov. Brown
re: TRUST Act (A.B. 4)


           


Each day CA goes without the TRUST Act, the pain of deportation and family separation impacts hundreds more of our California neighbors.

Dear Clergy, Religious & Congregational leaders: 
 
We invite you to please take 2 minutes to read and sign this letter addressed to the California State Sheriff’s Association (cc:Gov. Jerry Brown),  asking the Sheriff’s Association to remove their opposition to the TRUST Act and support the TRUST ACT in its current amended form.  The voice of the faith community is critical to counter the powerful voices of law enforcement, as we express the need for common sense measures to protect due process and the unity of all California families.  

Read the letter in Spanish

Deadline to sign is August 25, 2013-  before the next meeting between the Sheriff’s Assoc. & Gov. Brown.

Please take a moment to forward to your colleagues.

This letter is co-sponsored by the following faith networks in California:  The Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice – CLUE-CA),  Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy (EBASE), the Immigration Task Force of the California Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church,  Universal Assembly of Pentecostal Churches, Inc., The Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice ( San Diego), Council on American-Islamic Relations- Los Angeles, Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of California,  The Episcopal Diocese of California Migration and Immigration Task Force, the United Church of Christ Immigration Taskforce, The Immigration Task Force of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church,  CLUE-Orange County, The United Church of Christ-Southern California and Nevada Conference, Council of American-Islamic Relations- SF-Bay Area, Reform CA-the California Reform Jewish Movement.
 
Whether or not you are part of one of these networks,  
we invite all religious leaders to sign and make your voice heard!
   
You may also email hand collected Signatures of Faith Leaders and send to:  volunteericir@gmail.com or ICIR/CLUE,1814 Franklin St., #325, Oakland, CA  94612.
Also, EVERYONE CAN JOIN THE INTERFAITH CALL-IN DAY:  AUGUST 22nd
Ask Governor Brown to sign the most inclusive TRUST Act possible into law this year. Your call will only take minutes, but it could keep families from being torn apart, protect battered spouses and victims of crimes, and bring a sense of safety, dignity, and trust to the interactions between law enforcement and California’s 3 million undocumented immigrants.   
 Call:  1-866-730-9344 
Text “TRUSTAct” to 877-877 or fill out this form: http://media.rac.org/imm2013/reminderform.html to receive text reminders and updates for the Call-In Day. 
 Thank you & many blessings!

Immigration reform supporters, opponents rally at Rep. Miller’s office

Immigration reform supporters, opponents rally at Rep. Miller’s office

RANCHO CUCAMONGA — Scores of advocates on both sides of the national immigration issue converged Friday at the office of a local congressman to rally their causes.

About two dozen immigration reform advocates from the Justice for Immigration Coalition are asking Rep. Gary Miller, R-Rancho Cucamonga, to support legislation that would allow a path for citizenship for 11 million undocumented citizens.

“I’m here in support of a new law on immigration because the one that we have does not answer the needs of the people,” said San Bernardino County Diocese Auxiliary Bishop Rutilio Del Riego, who came on behalf of the diocese in support of immigration reform. “We need a new law on immigration that is comprehensive, not piece by piece, and includes the path to citizenship and contributes to the unity of families.”

Benjamin Wood, an organizer with the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center, and the Rancho Cucamonga Day Laborers, had a petition signed by nearly 700 in San Bernardino County to show the congressman “how much the folks in his district support immigration reform.”

“There’s too many people living in the shadows, and it’s time for people to participate fully in a society that they’ve been a part of for a number of years,” Wood said.

Also at Miller’s office on Friday were about two dozen supporters of legal immigration and jobs for American workers. Among them were anti-illegal immigration advocates, including those from the Claremont-based We The People California’s Crusader, who are against legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to become citizens.

Vicky Arzaga-Chapman of Rancho Cucamonga is involved with the group.

“I understand that they want citizenship,” said Arzaga-Chapman. “I’m Filipino and I have a lot of friends who became legal U.S. citizens, but you have to go about it the right way. I don’t begrudge any of them, but they need to go the legal route, and I’m not talking about changing the laws to have them become citizens.”

Rancho Cucamonga resident John Batten, who was with the group of anti-illegal immigration advocates, said he was rallying for American workers.

“We have over 22 million unemployed Americans and American veterans. I want to see them get jobs, not somebody who comes across the border illegally. I’m all for immigration — that’s what made this country great. We have to have legal immigration and we need jobs for Americans.”

Chris Marsh, district director for Miller, said the congressman agrees “the system is badly broken in need of fixing” but is focusing on two priorities right now as far as the immigration debate goes.

Marsh said Miller’s priorities are “making sure American jobs are preserved for American workers,” and to strengthen the nation’s borders and coastlines.

“Once those priorities are met, we can discuss all other aspects of the immigration debate,” Marsh said.

Read more: http://www.dailybulletin.com/news/ci_23741482/immigration-reform-supporters-opponents-rally-at-rep-millers#ixzz2bPNuoQQO

IMMIGRATION REFORM: Ramping up pressure in August

ImageIMMIGRATION REFORM: Ramping up pressure in August
 
By David Olson Press Enterprise
 
With the future of a comprehensive immigration-reform bill
now in the hands of the House of Representatives, immigrant, Latino and Asian-American activists are preparing for a major lobbying push in August, when members of Congress return to their districts.
Three Inland Republicans are among their targets: Reps. Ken Calvert, of Corona, Paul Cook, of Yucca Valley, and Gary Miller of Rancho Cucamonga.
Neither Miller, who in the past was a leading congressional voice against illegal immigration, nor first-term congressman Cook has decided whether they would support a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants in the country illegally, the top goal for immigrant-rights groups. Calvert is against citizenship eligibility for adults but is open to supporting it for some undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children.
Inland activists are requesting August meetings with all three congressmen, ramping up voter-registration drives and going door-to-door to talk with residents.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino is inviting all Inland members of Congress to a Mass next month as part of a Catholic Church effort to enact an immigration-system overhaul with a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.
Several demonstrations are planned in the next few weeks. On Friday, July 26, about 70 people, including a Catholic bishop, gathered outside Miller’s Rancho Cucamonga office and called on him to support a path to citizenship. About 20 counter-protesters called for strict enforcement of immigration laws and asked Miller to stick with his longtime anti-illegal-immigration positions. Some of the counter-demonstrators plan to meet next month with Inland members of Congress or their staffs.But most anti-illegal-immigration efforts have been more low-profile, focusing primarily on sending hundreds of thousands of constituent emails and faxes to congressional offices.
“I don’t know if demonstrations are particularly effective,” said Roy Beck, executive director of Virginia-based NumbersUSA, which people on both sides of the issue credited with helping to stop a 2007 immigration-overhaul bill by flooding Capitol Hill with voter opposition.
Immigrant-rights groups believe that events that feature speeches by undocumented immigrants and their families can influence members of Congress, as can constituent lobbying, voter registration and other strategies being planned for August.
“The next six, seven, eight weeks are critical for the immigrant-rights movement,” said Dawn Le, a spokeswoman for the Alliance for Citizenship, a national umbrella organization for dozens of groups that is helping coordinate the August push.
The Senate last month approved an immigration bill with a path to citizenship and stepped-up border security, but getting the bill through the GOP-controlled House is viewed as an uphill battle.
Immigrant-rights groups in August are focusing especially on Republican House members whose districts have significant Latino populations. Calvert, Cook and Miller represent districts that are between a third and half Latino.
Cook and Miller are among the congressmen on the priority list of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, said Max Sevillia, director of policy and legislative affairs for the group. The organization is urging local Latino elected officials to meet with the congressmen to push for a path to citizenship, he said.
Cook and Calvert represent safe Republican districts. Miller, though, is in a Democratic-leaning San Bernardino County district that is half Latino, so immigrant and Latino groups have focused especially on him.
Inland Congregations United for Change next month will redouble its immigration-reform efforts in Miller’s district with door-to-door visits with constituents, said Karen Borja, an organizer for the group. Those in support of a path to citizenship will be handed a cell phone to connect with Miller’s office, she said.
Miller is one of two California members of Congress that the six-state Latino voter-registration effort Mi Familia Vota is concentrating on in August.
Mi Familia Vota views Miller as politically vulnerable, said Lizette Escobedo, a spokeswoman for the group.
“Gary Miller’s stands don’t make sense for the demographics of his district,” Escobedo said. Among other things, she referred to Miller’s vote last month to authorize deportations of young undocumented immigrants now protected by an Obama administration program that covers many of those who arrived in the United States as children.
MORE THAN 30 MEETINGS
Miller’s offices have been barraged over the past several months with petitions, letters and phone calls on immigration. Friday’s demonstration was the latest of a number held in recent months.
The congressman and his staff members have had more than 30 meetings this year with people on both sides of the immigration issue, said Miller’s district director, Chris Marsh.
After Friday’s demonstration in front of Miller’s office, activists presented Marsh with cards in support of a path to citizenship from what they said are 1,600 district residents.
As he opened Friday’s event, Auxiliary Bishop Rutilio del Riego of the San Bernardino diocese urged Miller to support a path to citizenship to reunite families torn apart by deportations and to help those who have been trying in vain for a decade or more to immigrate legally.
But nearby, Vicky Arzaga-Chapman, 64, of Rancho Cucamonga, carried a sign that said “Uphold Our Laws.”
Arzaga-Chapman legally emigrated from the Philippines when she was 3. She qualified because her father fought with U.S. forces in World War II.
“This is a country of immigrants,” she said. “But we’re a nation of laws.”
Marsh said Miller will continue to gather information on immigration proposals from constituents but will insist on strong border-security and job-protection provisions in any legislation.
The congressman is especially sympathetic to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children, Marsh said.
Miller previously expressed those sentiments, so his vote last month to strip deportation protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants frayed the congressman’s relationship with immigrant-rights activists.
“The community is saying that we don’t know if we can trust him,” said Luz Gallegos, community programs director for TODEC Legal Center in Perris.
A statement from Miller’s office said the congressman voted against the Obama administration program because he believes the president does not have the power to bar deportation of anyone in the country illegally.
In the meetings that TODEC and other groups are trying to set up next month with Miller and other Inland members of Congress, undocumented immigrants would be among those invited.
“We want them to see the faces of people and hear the stories of people in their districts,” Gallegos said. “This is what leads to change.”
But Beck, of the anti-illegal-immigration group NumbersUSA, said members of Congress are swayed by registered voters in their districts. Those in the country illegally can’t vote.
NumbersUSA has assembled a base of about 2 million people who have signed up with to call, email or fax their members of Congress, he said.
Jay Sander, 42, a Miller constituent from Redlands, said he has lobbied the congressman repeatedly through NumbersUSA to remain firm in his positions on immigration, citing his concern of depressed wages and job losses if millions of immigrants become eligible for green cards. Economists differ on what effect legalization would have on jobs and salaries.

Evangelicals urge immigration action

Evangelicals urge immigration action

 
By MATTHEW FLEMING / REGISTER WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON – Evangelical leaders from Orange County and around the nation converged on the Capitol Wednesday as part of a greater effort to persuade House members to pass an overhaul of immigration law. The rally followed a morning of prayer and song and dance at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, two blocks from the Capitol.
The group had scheduled meetings with staff members of Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, Ed Royce, R-Fullerton, and Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, and dropped in on Rep. John Campbell, R-Irvine, whom the group had met with in April.
Article Tab: From left to right, Pastor Mike McClenahan of Solana Beach Presbyterian Church; Glen Peterson, regional director of World Relief in Garden Grove; and Rev. Fernando Tamara of Orange County First Assembly in Santa Ana, walk to meet with local members of Congress. Evangelical leaders from around the country rallied Wednesday at the Capitol to urge action on immigration reform.
From left to right, Pastor Mike McClenahan of Solana Beach Presbyterian Church; Glen Peterson, regional director of World Relief in Garden Grove; and Rev. Fernando Tamara of Orange County First Assembly in Santa Ana, walk to meet with local members of Congress. Evangelical leaders from around the country rallied Wednesday at the Capitol to urge action on immigration reform.
MATTHEW FLEMING, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
“We feel pleased with the meetings,” said Wendy Tarr, director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice of Orange County. “Royce expressed gratitude for us being there. … The things we’ve been hearing from everyone’s offices are that they are hopeful that something is going to happen, and it’s going to be hard but they’re working on it. We talked with Darrell Issa’s staff, and we think that we have allies in California.”
Tarr was joined by Rev. Fernando Tamara of Orange County First Assembly of God in Santa Ana; Glen Peterson, regional director of World Relief in Garden Grove; Pastor Mike McClenahan of Solana Beach Presbyterian Church; and David Jamies, an intern at World Relief Southern California. The group pleaded that it was time for Congress to act, although they supported no specific legislation.
“There’s an urgency, a moral urgency,” said Tamara. “And we don’t have a lot of tools to alter your decisions, but we are here, we are immigrants, we are pastors, and we want to establish a relationship with you. We can work together.”
Wednesday’s event was sponsored by the Evangelical Immigration Table, an informal group of evangelical leaders advocating specific immigration principles. More than 300 leaders participated, from 27 states.
“There’s so much rhetoric that is divisive that keeps you from thinking about a commonsense solution,” said McClenahan. “Let’s just get something done. There’s no perfect solution, but doing something is better than doing nothing.”
During Congress’ recess from Aug. 5 to Sept. 9, the Southern California evangelical group plans to team with local law enforcement and business groups to attend town halls and organize events urging congressional action.
Contact the writer: mfleming@ocregister.com