All posts filed under: Immigration

Dec 10 – Human Rights Day – Community Action for Refugees

December 10th is Human Rights Day! Join the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans – PANA and 20 other organizations 5pm downtown at the Waterfront Park (by the County admin building) to demonstrate support for refugees! County Center/ Little Italy trolley stop (Green line) MTS buses 280 / 923 / 83 We will be gathering as a community to lift up the refugee crisis, to stand up against hateful rhetoric, and to ask our public officials to take responsible action to welcome refugees. “California welcomes the most U.S. refugees each year, and San Diego is the #1 destination city. Every day, 10 refugees move to San Diego, and 80% are women and children.” Welcoming refugees requires that we ensure their inclusion in economic, social and political opportunities.​

Protest ALEC in San Diego [Video]

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) held its annual meeting in San Diego at the Grand Hyatt. Democrats, organized labor, community groups, and other allies rallied to make their voices heard. Funded by shadowy special interests, ALEC works to maximize corporate power and undermine democracy by providing “model legislation” for right-wing legislators. It seeks to block wage increases, disenfranchise voters, privatize schools and prisons, and deregulate firearms, to name just a few examples. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer spoke at the event, sharing the stage with fringe Republicans like Scott Walker and Mike Huckabee. ALEC is not welcome in California! For an in-depth description of why this was a big deal, read Doug Porter’s column(s) The ALEC Annual Meeting in San Diego: Who’s Coming and Why?

Jul 22 – Action Alert: Protest ALEC in San Diego

Get your protesting shoes ready, because we have a big one coming up. When Wednesday, July 22, starting at 3:00 p.m 3:00pm Union-sponsored Rally at Embarcadero Park North (just south of the hotel) (Public Restrooms are available here) 4:30pm Union March arrives at the Grand Hyatt Hotel; Gathering time. 5:00pm MAIN EVENT Rally begins at the Hyatt 6:00pm Launch tethered balloon banners (Not a “balloon release”) & Active Protest Events More events are being added all the time. Please check latest at Facebook “StopALEC Fest 2015” and RSVP Where Embarcadero Park North (400 Kettner Blvd) Transportation Public Trolley, Seaport Village Station (Green Line) is within a block of the hotel. Driving West on SR 94 — Take I-5 North and follow directions below for “North on I-5” North on I-5 — Exit 6th Ave. Left on 6th. Right on Ash Street. Left on Pacific Highway to Hyatt Hotel. South on I-5 — Exit Front St. Right on Ash Street. Left on Pacific Highway to Hyatt Hotel South on 163 — Exit Ash St. Left on …

Feb 11 – Tijuana/22000 a Photographic Examination of This Neighboring Mexican City

Tijuana, the city you thought you knew, will be revealed in a thoroughly different way when the Friends of the Point Loma Library present a look at “Tijuana/22000,” a photographic examination of this neighboring Mexican city. When Wednesday, February 11, 2015 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Where Point Loma/Hervey Community Room 3701 Voltaire St (map) San Diego CA 92107 In recent years, Tijuana’s downtown zip code —22000— has greatly transformed for the better. Artist/writer Paola Gonzalez teamed up with photographers Derrik Chin and Jofras to create a coffee table book that illustrates this new Tijuana, both old and new. Contact: Point Loma/Hervey Branch Library (619) 531-1539

State of the Union

President Obama used the State of the Union 2015 to set the discussion on issues of importance to all San Diegans – Tax Cuts for the Middle Class, Free Community College, Paid Family and Medical Leave, and Fast Internet Access. Learn more here. President Obama’s State of the Union Address — Remarks As Prepared for Delivery There is a ritual on State of the Union night in Washington. A little before the address, the White House sends out an embargoed copy of the President’s speech to the press (embargoed means that the press can see the speech, but they can’t report on it until a designated time). The reporters then start sending it around town to folks on Capitol Hill to get their reaction, then those people send it to all their friends, and eventually everyone in Washington can read along, but the public remains in the dark. This year that changed. For the first time, the White House made the full text of the speech available to citizens around the country online. On Medium, you can follow along with the speech as …

Oct 16 – Asylum in the United States: A Tour of Latin America and the Continent’s Claims

Yvette Lopez, Esq. “Asylum in the United States: A Tour of Latin America and the Continent’s Claims” When October 16, 2014 4-5:30pm Where Eleanor Roosevelt College, Room 115 9500 Gilman Drive La Jolla, CA 92093 Yvette Lopez is an immigration attorney in San Diego, California. She has dedicated her career to representing immigrants from all over the world. Her deportation defense practice focuses on applications for asylum, lawful permanent residents, cancellation of removal for nonresidents and naturalization cases. She has successfully represented individuals before the Immigration Courts, Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit. For several years, she was part of the United States Department of Justice Attorney General’s Honors Program and worked as an attorney advisor for the Immigration Courts in San Diego and Los Angeles. She has been a legal commentator on television and radio in the U.S. and Latin America and her work has been profiled on National Public Radio’s Marketplace Money. She was a columnist on immigration issues for Enlace, the Spanish edition of the …