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Take Action: Demand that Congress Reject Rollbacks to Child Protection Law

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014

To find your members of Congress, click here. As the U.S. government responds to the humanitarian crisis faced by unaccompanied children and families fleeing violence in El...

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Educational Equity

Alliance San Diego Responds to California’s 2014-2015 Budget

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014

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Inclusive Democracy

Push Back the Brazen Attack Against Hard Working San Diegans!

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014

Yesterday, the San Diego City Council overrode Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s veto and officially passed the earned sick days and minimum wage ordinance. This override means that...

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Alliance Updates

Push Back the Brazen Attack Against Hard Working San Diegans!

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Yesterday, the San Diego City Council overrode Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s veto and officially passed the earned sick days and minimum wage ordinance. This override means that the Earned Sick Leave-Minimum Wage is once again in place to help hardworking San Diegans who struggle to pay living expenses.

City Council stood up for 280,000 San Diegans who lack sick leave and nearly 200,000 low-wage workers who work hard every day and can’t afford rent and groceries.

Opponents will be in front of grocery stores and other areas in the city attempting to collect 34,000 signatures to repeal the law.

Our fight continues, we need you to get involved to push back against this brazen attack against hard working San Diegans.

What can you do:

  • Take the pledge not to sign the anti-sick days anti-minimum wage petitions.
  • Inform as many people as possible that the earned sick days and minimum wage policy has passed, and that any signature gathering effort is an attempt to take it away! Tell your friends: DON’T SIGN IT!
  • If you see a signature gatherer, call or text the following hotline: (619) 930 – 3300
  • Volunteer.

Will you take the pledge to protect the Earned Sick Leave-Minimum Wage Ordinance?

Please download the “Don’t Sign It” image by clicking here. Please post it on social media and print it out and hang it for all to see.

For more information, contact Christopher R. Wilson, chris@alliancesd.org, 619.928.9308

Take Action: Demand that Congress Reject Rollbacks to Child Protection Law

To find your members of Congress, click here.

As the U.S. government responds to the humanitarian crisis faced by unaccompanied children and families fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, both President Obama and some members of Congress are proposing to weaken important legal protections for vulnerable children.

This is wrong.

This important law, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), passed both chambers of Congress by unanimous consent and was signed into law by President Bush in 2008 to prevent the deportation of children back into the hands of traffickers and others who would exploit them.

We cannot allow thousands of children to be put at greater risk. If changes to this law are pushed through Congress, children will not have a meaningful opportunity to have their story heard, apply for asylum, or be cared for by child welfare personnel — and would be deported to potentially life-threatening situations.

Calls to your Senators and Representative are urgently needed. Tell them that Congress should not rescind this bipartisan law at precisely the time when more children are in need of these life-saving protections.

This heartbreaking story, shared by a partner of a Jesuit social center in Honduras is one of many that shows why these children need access to protection:

After “Leticia” was raped by over a dozen gang members, she and her family reported the crime to the police. They immediately began to receive death threats. In the absence of any protection, and likely complicity by police in the gang’s terror campaign, the local partner attempted to relocate Leticia to a women’s shelter. The shelter refused to take the case because of fear that they would not be able to protect either Leticia or their other beneficiaries from the gang. In the end to protect Leticia from further harm, she had to be sent to another country.

Here’s what to tell your members of Congress:

  • As your constituent in [CITY/STATE], I strongly oppose any rollbacks to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
  • Unaccompanied children fleeing violence should not be returned to unsafe situations, but must be protected and cared for humanely.
  • I expect you to stand firm against any proposal that would sacrifice a child’s safety for expediency.
  • The U.S. must instead find ways to reduce the violence these children face in their home countries and ensure that children who arrive to the U.S. have access to the legal counsel and services they need.

Thank You

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We asked and you answered. San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC) put out a call for donations and supplies for refugees on Saturday, July 5 and we received 33,000 items. We are humbled by the compassion and generosity of everyone who pitched in. We are distributing these items and will let the community know when we need more. Thank you for caring and opening your hearts.