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Former DHS Officials Reveal Details about Border Agency Cover-Up in New Filing with International Tribunal

New testimony strengthens the case of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, the first extrajudicial killing case brought before the IACHR against the United States

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SAN DIEGO, CA — Today, the family of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas announced the filing of new testimony from three former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials who point to a cover up in a landmark case before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). The Hernandez case epitomizes the abuse, corruption, and impunity that pervade the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). 

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La Mesa, National City, the City and County of San Diego Honor Civil Rights Hero Fred Korematsu

Local cities and county deem January 30th “Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and Constitution” for his work resisting Japanese internment and fighting for social justice

SAN DIEGO, CA — On Tuesday, January 26th, the City of La Mesa and San Diego County will declare January 30th “Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution”. They join National City and the City of San Diego in honoring the late civil rights activist and remembering the history of the imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

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New City Council and Mayor Must Prioritize the Voice of Communities


San Diegans expect responsible governance, beginning with police reform.

SAN DIEGO, CA — Alliance San Diego congratulates the newly inaugurated San Diego Mayor and City Councilmembers. As an organization that empowers voters and city residents to build an inclusive democracy, Alliance San Diego urges the new Mayor and City Council to follow principles of good governance: 

  • Consult with affected stakeholders
  • Make informed and data-driven decisions
  • Be transparent to the public
  • Ensure meaningful oversight of city government
  • Exercise accountability to the public
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Reverend Doctor Yvette Flunder to Keynote the 33rd Annual All Peoples Celebration

SAN DIEGO, CA — Alliance San Diego is proud to announce Reverend Doctor Yvette Flunder, founder and Senior Pastor of the City of Refuge UCC and Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship, as the keynote speaker for the 33rd annual All Peoples Celebration, an event honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Get your tickets for the 33rd All Peoples Celebration here!

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Federal Judge Orders Trump to Open DACA For New Applicants

SAN DIEGO, CA — A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which would allow new applicants to apply for the first time since 2017. This order would potentially shield a new generation of youth—an estimated one million undocumented teens—from deportation. The restoration of DACA would be especially important to San Diegan youth whose dreams of college and career have suspended under this Administration.

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Voters Turn the Page for a More Inclusive Future

San Diegans joined the rest of the country in voting in record numbers on local, state and national candidates, ballot initiatives and issues

SAN DIEGO, CA — Showing up in record numbers despite a pandemic that has ravaged the country, San Diego voters joined the rest of the nation in participating in the 2020 Presidential Election. Former Vice President Joe Biden has won the presidential election, beating Donald Trump in a record election turnout and winning critical battleground states.

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Family Demands Answers for the Killing of David Villalobos by Border Patrol

Villalobos was developmentally delayed and his killing raises questions about whether the Border Patrol response was inappropriate, disproportional, and unnecessary. Family has set up a gofundme page to help pay for funeral expenses.

SAN DIEGO, CA  —  On Friday evening, October 23, 2020, a border patrol agent shot and killed David Villalobos, a thirty-year old father who was returning to his son and family in Riverside County. David was born in Mexico, but came with his mother to the United States when he was a child. He spent most of his life in the United States with his mother and five younger siblings who are all US citizens. Several years ago, David was forced to leave because he lacked legal status.

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San Diego Police Must Investigate Fatal Border Patrol Shooting in San Ysidro

Border agents have long history of tampering with evidence and obstructing justice

SAN DIEGO, CA —  The American Friends Service Committee and Alliance San Diego are calling on the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) to conduct an immediate, independent and thorough investigation of a fatal shooting by Border Patrol agents that took place on Friday, October 23 near the Las Americas Outlet mall in San Ysidro.

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Leading Voting Rights Organizations Call for a Criminal and Civil Investigation of County Assessor for Misappropriation of Public Funds

San Diego County Assessor Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr and his staff have been illegally campaigning against Prop 15 using public funds and resource

SAN DIEGO  — Today, the League of Women Voters of San Diego and Alliance San Diego filed a complaint calling for a criminal and civil investigation of the San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr. and his staff for using taxpayer resources to illegally campaign against Proposition 15, an initiative measure on the November 3, 2020 election ballot.

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New Mega Mural Unveiled in Chicano Park For Anastasio Hernandez Rojas

Artists, advocates and family members celebrate the completion of the 50-foot tall mural.


SAN DIEGO, CA — Work has now been completed on a new mega mural in Chicano Park memorializing Anastasio Hernández Rojas — a long-time San Diego resident who was brutally beaten and Tasered by border agents at the San Ysidro Port of Entry 10 years ago. He died days later at a local hospital. Despite several videos and eyewitness accounts, the agents involved were not prosecuted for Anastasio’s death, but the case has been brought before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Read more about Anastasio’s case here.

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