Training: Orientation to the Deportation Process

Training: Orientation to the Deportation Process

Join us tomorrow Wednesday February 12, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM for our monthly EBIIC meeting. We will have a special Orientation to the Deportation Process given by Centro Legal de la Raza, especially for FAITH allies, leaders and volunteers.

What: Orientation to the Deportation Process
Where: University Lutheran Chapel (2425 College Ave. Berkeley)
When: February 12, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
If you need a ride from the downtown Berkeley BART, please let us know today – 415-297-8222 and plan to arrive at 8:30 am. 

This special orientation will help faith and community volunteers understand the legal process of deportation proceedings and will help us to better support those around us.

There will be a time for Q&A.

Please invite others!

We hope to see you there!

For more information please email Daniel at


Vigil this Saturday – Also Training

Vigil this Saturday – Also Training

Greetings! A friendly reminder that we will be gathering for Prayer and Vigil this Saturday, February 1st at  11 am at West County Detention Facility.  You won’t want to miss this powerful vigil led by Innerchange, a group that works with immigrant unaccompanied minors in Oakland and San Francisco.
We will also be taking a special post-release offering for Janet Ramirez who was released last September, but who still has not been granted authorization to work, making it very difficult for her to support herself and her daughter.  Please bring Bart tickets or cash.  Many thanks!

VIGIL for Immigrant Detainees
Saturday, Feb. 1st, 11 am- 12 noon
West County Detention Facility
5555 Giant Highway, Richmond

ALSO, earlier that morning -this same Saturday, there will be a special orientation for those interested in visiting immigrant detainees at West County Detention Facility.  This visitation program is coordinated by CIVIC (Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement) and operates every Friday from 11 am-2 pm.  This program provides a vital service to detainees.

Visitation Volunteer Orientation
Saturday, February 1st from 9 am – 10am
Mt. Dialbo Unitarian Universalist Church
Bortin Hall
55 Eckley Lane
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
TO RSVP, click here. For questions, contact Suzanne Llewellyn:

CLUE-LA’s 2nd Annual InGathering: Income Inequality And The Living Wage Movement

Please join us at Holman United Methodist Church (3320 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90018) on Tuesday, February 25th, from 11:00am-1:00pm (delicious lunch provided for $15, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds).

Oxfam published a report this month noting that 85 people in the world have the collective wealth of another 3.5 BILLION people.  The Walton family, which owns Wal-Mart, controls a fortune equal to the wealth of the bottom 42 percent of Americans combined.  400 Americans have more wealth than half of all Americans combined.

The reality of a $8.00 an hour minimum wage, under-employment (working an insufficient number of hours), a large service and informal economy, and simply too many low-paying occupations makes CLUE-LA’s work crucial and urgently needed.  

Such income inequality challenges most religious traditions’ belief in the inherent worth of all people.  This year’s CLUE-LA InGathering will focus on the growing Living Wage Movement, and what our role of people of faith can be in the fight for economic fairness. Fast food workers, hotel workers, public sector workers…all are God’s children, and Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and so many other traditions have ancient roots in lifting up the marginalized, the dispirited, the oppressed.  

There is a movement afoot to transform our poverty-wage jobs into jobs that can sustain families. CLUE-LA is at the forefront of this movement, and we hope you will join us to learn how our traditions approach income disparity and what you can do to support the movement!

After you register for the event, you will be taken to an optional page allowing you to pay in advance for the lunch.

Thank you!

Rabbi Jonathan, Pastor Bridie, and the Entire CLUE-LA Staff


February 25, 2014 at 11am – 1pm


Holman United Methodist Church
3320 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90018
Google map and directions


Pamela Hope ·

CLUE-LA · 464 Lucas Ave, Suite 202, Los Angeles, CA 90017, United States

January WCDF Monthly Prayer Vigil led by Jewish Youth for Social Action

This past Saturday we had our monthly vigil at West County Detention Facility in Richmond, CA. It was led by the Jewish Youth for Community Action, an innovative leadership training empowering Jewish youth for social action, and Kehilla Community Synagogue.

It was a beautiful, prayerful and moving time where we heard testimonies, chanted and even shared poetry.  Watch video of one of the chants.

Norma Smith, from Kehilla Community Synagogue, shared her poem “This God Justice” during the vigil, of which we would like to share an excerpt:
“This god, Justice
Is an atheist.
It’s not what it
Sounds like: she’s not
A non-believer, oh, no,
                                      He isn’t…

“My name
Is Jeremiah. I want you
To do good. I will
Argue you
Into it, I will
Persuade you, warn you,
threaten you,
love you more
than your understanding
can understand. I will
believe in you. I will walk around
with you. Even
when you want
to stop your ears, attack
and imprison me”

Watch another video where a youth shares a story.

We hope you can join us next month, February 1st, where InnerCHANGE, a missionary order among the poor, will lead the vigil. You won’t want to miss out!

Start the New Year off in Prayer for Immigration Justice.

Happy New Year! 

Start the New Year off in Prayer for Immigration Justice.
In 2014, we know we have more to do – to bring an end to the suffering and bring about lasting and meaningful change.  Let us unite our hearts and minds and intentions for this coming year!
Vigil led by Jewish Youth for Community Action and Kehilla Community Synagogue.  
What miraculous signs are we seeing? (Ex. 10-12)
Join us & bring a friend
Saturday, Jan. 4th, 2014 

11 am – 12 noon

This month’s Vigil led by Jewish Youth for Community Action and Kehilla Community Synagogue. 


Saturday, January 4th, 2014  –  11 am – 12 noon.
West County Detention Facility
5555 Giant Highway, Richmond, CA     


Click here to learn more about our monthly vigils

“Fair Process” Rally for Pauma Casino Workers”

Join Lisa this Saturday for the
“Fair Process” Rally for Pauma Casino Workers
Saturday, December 14, 2013
11 am – 1 pm
Corner of Highway 76 and Pauma Reservation Road, Pauma Valley 
We are arranging carpool’s from:
ICWJ’s Central San Diego office (3758 30th Street, San Diego) and
the Park and Ride in Vista (871 North Broadway, Escondido)
Please connect with Lisa to make carpool arrangements:

Over the past several months, workers at the Pauma Casino in the Pauma Valley have been organizing for a fair process to address low wages, poor working conditions, and to have a voice on the job.   Over many months the workers, together with their union organizers, overcame their fear of retaliation and intimidation by management.   Last month, accompanied by clergy and labor supporters, the workers delivered a petition to the Tribal management that was signed by more than 120 courageous souls.  Two weeks later, the petition arrived at our ICWJ office in its original package with a note from the Tribal management that read, “unopened and unread”.  Imagine the courage it took for those hundred plus workers to approach their management asking for a voice on the job and the management didn’t even give them the respect or common courtesy of acknowledging their communication.  The resolve of the employees is strong and they are determined to win their campaign.  This Saturday workers will rally outside of the casino and they invite us to join them.
Connect directly with Lisa to make arrangements for carpooling.

Walmart Workers, Even Santa, Arrested During Protest

Walmart Workers, Even Santa, Arrested During Protest

Ontario, California-Friday, November 29th, 2013


While folks are out fighting each other for Black Friday deals today, Walmart employees and supporters were staging large protests at 1,500 locations around the nation today for better work conditions and higher pay. At one of the protests at the Ontario Walmart location, employees and supporters were arrested today, along with a man dressed as Santa.

The Ontario rally began at 6 a.m. with more than 100 protesters outside of the Ontario location. Ten of the protesters were arrested including the one in the St. Nick outfit, while the other protesters walked along the sidewalk.

Several members of Pueblo de Fe Unido-Pilgrim Place were present at the rally and one of them -Karl Hilgert- dressed as Santa was arrested.

A second protest was scheduled for noon today at the Walmart at 4101 Crenshaw Blvd. in Los Angeles. Warehouse Workers United representative said that most Walmart employees make less than $17,000 a year, while the federal poverty level for a family of four is $23,500. Bill Simon, the president and CEO of Wal-Mart, had said in September that half of his employees in the nation make $25,000 a year.

Elizabeth Brennan, who works with Warehouse Workers United, a group that has organized the protests, said that it’s been an “ongoing discussion” about how Walmart treats its employees. She added that when some employees have spoken up about their poverty wages, they’ve had their hours cut and even some have been fired.

“We’re creating a national dialogue about the country’s largest retailer in its role in creating great jobs in the economy,” said Brennan.