Monday, February 20, 2017

Schedule of city council and board of supervisors meetings

Here is the schedule of upcoming city council and Board of Supervisors meetings at which resident protections will be discussed. They need to hear from you.
All the city council resolutions appear to be based upon the flawed resolution coming from the Santa Rosa City Council - which claims that Santa Rosa is "Indivisible," but stated that it would weaken the resolution to actually include all the residents. Intentionally or unintentionally, Sebastopol and Sonoma appear to be talking only about immigrants and deportation, while stating that their resolutions are about the safety of all residents.
If you live in Sebastopol or Sonoma, please consider going to your city council meeting and representing It Won't Happen Here, which says you want them to protect everyone. Thank them for their efforts on behalf of immigrants, but explain that more is needed.
Today was the 75th anniversary of the order to inter Japanese who were citizens of this country. If this can happen under one of the better presidents, imagine what can happen under one of the worst.
The Board of Supervisors is still in the process of determining what their resolution will include, beyond access to services for all residents. Their agenda item mentions only immigrants. Please show up and let them know that you want them to protect everyone. Let them know that It Won't Happen Here represents the voices of thousands of people in this county. Again, thank them for their efforts on behalf of immigrants, but explain that more is needed.
None of these resolutions protect the LGBTQ+ community, religious minorities, women, Blacks, etc., yet all have been threatened by the Trump administration.
We actively support all efforts on behalf of immigrants (most threatened at the moment), but it is simple to include everyone - no ICE to contend with.
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
Tuesday, February 21, 8:30 am (Hard to know when Item 38 will be discussed - later in the morning, but best to be early)
Item 38. County Immigration Initiative Legislative Update and Timeline
A) Accept a report on recent immigration-related legislative and executive actions, authorize the Chair to sign a letter of support for Senate Bill 54 (De León) that also advocates for certain amendments, and direct staff to conduct legislative advocacy for SB 54 in accordance with the County's Legislative Program; and
B) Accept an update on the County's initiative to improve the safety and enhance access to services for undocumented residents and communities, authorize the extension of the Unaccompanied Child Deportation Defense Program, and approve the Sonoma County Immigration Initiative proposal and timeline.
Sebastopol City Council
Tuesday, February 21, 6:00 pm
Sebastopol Cultural Community Center, 390 Morris St., Sebastopol
Consideration of Adoption of Resolution for Safeguarding the Civil Rights, Safety and Dignity of all Sebastopol Residents and Consideration of Letter of Support for SB 54, Law enforcement: Sharing Data (2017-2018) introduced by Senator De León
Santa Rosa City Council
No meeting on Tuesday, February 21
Tuesday, February 28, 4:00 pm
No items on the preliminary agenda related to protection of residents
Sonoma City Council
Wednesday, February 22, 6:00 pm
Community Meeting Room, 177 First Street West, Sonoma
Discussion, Consideration, and Possible Action Regarding a Request by Mayor Hundley to Discuss Approving a Resolution to Affirm the City of Sonoma’s Commitment to Diversity and to Safeguarding the Civil Rights, Safety, and Dignity of all of our Residents
Petaluma City Council
Monday, February 27, 6:00 pm
City Hall, 11 English St., Petaluma
Too soon for the agenda to be published

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

This is the group and the guy that just held a 2-day training for the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office. Some of us have seen this guy in action in the documentary "Do Not Resist." He's batshit crazy and training our law enforcement. We need to be educating the Board of Supervisors and the public about this. This is relevant to anti-police brutality work and to immigration work.
Freitas supports this and he supports the immigration policy of Jeff Sessions. It's going to be interesting to see how the supes are going to justify kissing Freitas' ass while he refuses to listen to them on their "don't mention sanctuary" resolution.
We need to support Julie Combs on the Santa Rosa City Council (and any council member in the county who agrees with her) as she seeks ways to send those arrested by city police departments to jails other than Sonoma County's - to jails in counties where the sheriff does not support ICE and does not support Jeff Sessions or Calibre and all the hate that go along with that.

"Are You Prepared to Kill Somebody?" A Day With One of America's Most Popular Police Trainers
The dark vision of "killology" expert Dave Grossman.

...he also views the world as almost unrecognizably dangerous: a place where gang members seek to set records for killing cops, where a kid "in every school" is thinking about racking up "a body count." His latest book, Assassination Generation, insists that violent video games are turning the nation's youth into mass murderers. The recent wave of "massacres" is just the beginning... It won't just happen with guns, but with hammers, axes, hatchets, knives, and swords. His voice jumps an octave: "Hacking and stabbing little kids! You don't think they'll attack day cares? It's already happening in China. When you hear about a day care massacre," he shouts, "tell them Grossman said it was coming!"

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Sebastopol City Council is meeting tonight and the statement is not on the agenda, but the Graton Day Labor Center workers will be taking part in Public Comment in favor of sanctuary. You can, too. The meeting is at 6:00 in the Community Center's Junior Annex on Morris St., Sebastopol.

And we're postponing tonight's It Won't Happen Here Meeting - we all have plenty to do speaking out for It Won't Happen Here/Sanctuary. I'll let you know when I get a day and location for next week - we'll have plenty to discuss by then!
At least 300 people showed up at the Petaluma City Council meeting tonight just to get It Won't Happen Here on the agenda. These folks are our model! Thank you. I've heard back that the new Police Chief, who was sworn in tonight, made a statement of non-cooperation with the Trump administration.
The Santa Rosa City Council meeting to discuss their resolution will begin at 4:00 Tuesday afternoon. It will be discussed after public comment on subjects not on the agenda. The public comment will start no earlier than 5:00, so this will all be much later than the discussion last week. I'm not sure what they are going to do about an overflow crowd. Last week they set up chairs outside and broadcast the proceedings, but it's supposed to be raining tomorrow.
The principle feedback I received to my email about the resolution was concern about the phrase "shall not enforce Federal civil immigration laws and shall not use city monies, resources or personnel to investigate, question, detect or apprehend persons on the basis of a possible violation of immigration law, unless required by State or federal law."
That seems like double speak to many. The wording comes from the immigrants' rights community and is referring to laws which are constitutional now. Our statement has been written in anticipation of laws which will violate the Constitution and our civil liberties, so, obviously, the response of the two groups is different. The groups which have been working on sanctuary have been doing so for a very long time. I believe we should agree to support their wording on issues of immigration.
It was originally hoped that the city and county would consider immigration issues separately from our statement (though we include immigration in our statement) because the threat is different. The other marginalized communities are not being threatened with deportation with a structure in place for doing that. Both the city and county have lumped them together in one resolution. I don't personally see that as a problem. San Francisco has done a fine job of including all communities in their statement. They have only one "whereas" followed by a series of "resolved's" - one for each community, listing the individual threat to that community, followed by a promise to protect. Here's an example: "RESOLVED, That no matter the threats made by President-elect Trump, San Francisco will remain a Sanctuary City. We will not turn our back on the men and women from other countries who help make this city great, and who represent over one third of our population. This is the Golden Gate - we build bridges, not walls; and be it FURTHER RESOLVED, That we will never back down on women's rights, whether in healthcare, the workplace, or any other area threatened by a man who treats women as obstacles to be demeaned or objects to be assaulted...."
And what's best about the SF resolution is that it doesn't discuss how it's going to do this and it doesn't discuss laws - this implies a "by any means necessary" approach. It allows them to consider breaking unjust laws without saying so up front. It could be interpreted as cowardly, but I'm inclined to think it's clever.
The city's resolution is a first pass from the staff, not the council members. Julie Combs asked, at the last meeting, that the statement be inclusive of all threatened communities. It feels as though the staff just threw something in without much thought. The council is seeking suggestions with wording. Our statement has some specific wording about the threats and the communities. If you choose to speak, this is something you could speak about.
At the last meeting, council member John Sawyer said that things were coming out of Washington a lot faster than he had anticipated. We need to reiterate that point. The city needs to be ahead of the curve.
And, as with my comments about the county, we need the state, counties and cities to come together in a solidarity of resistance. We need to confirm for Trump that California is "out of control," out of his control. - Peace, Susan

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Tuesday, January 7, 7:00 p.m., we will be having a meeting at the Peace & Justice Center, 467 Sebastopol Ave., SR to discuss the BoS meeting and the Petaluma one and plan where we go from here.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

To date, we have 126 organizations, faith communities and businesses endorsing the It Won't Happen Here Declaration, as well as almost 1,700 signatures online and 1,400 signatures on hardcopy petitions.

Those working on It Won't Happen Here in Petaluma will be speaking out at the Petaluma City Council meeting on Monday, February 6, 6:00 pm, Petaluma City Hall. If you're from Petaluma, please consider attending.

Santa Rosa City Council will be considering a resolution on Tuesday, Feb 7. The resolution is focused on protecting immigrants from ICE. It can be found at

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will be considering a very weak statement - much weaker than the statement being sent to them by the Commission on Human Rights. It will be considered on Tuesday, January 7, in the morning. The session starts at 8:30 a.m. Looks like it might be considered mid-morning, but better to be early than miss it! Having put it on the agenda (with no public input on its wording), it can't be changed and we are forced to support it or reject it as is. It looks as though our work will continue and we'll have keep telling them we want more than this. 

Here's the wording:

Resolution Of The Board Of Supervisors Of The County Of Sonoma, State Of California, Affirming the County’s Commitment To Diversity And To Safeguarding The Civil Rights, Safety And Dignity Of All Our Residents.Whereas, the County of Sonoma (“County”) is home to persons of diverse racial, ethnic and national backgrounds, including a large immigrant population, with varied cultures, religions, orientations, abilities and viewpoints; andWhereas, the County believes that diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences of the American people makes our nation, our communities, and our economy richer and stronger; andWhereas, recent activities, including executive orders signed by the new federal administration, have spurred a sense of uncertainty and fear among many communities in Sonoma County, throughout our State and across the Nation; andWhereas, the County respects, upholds, and values equal protection and equal treatment for all of our residents, regardless of immigration status; andWhereas, the County assures its vulnerable communities that the County supports them, will strive to maintain and improve their quality of life, and will not tolerate acts of hate, discrimination, bullying, or harassment; andNow, Therefore, Be It Resolved that the Board of Supervisors commits to:
  1. Providing essential services to all County residents regardless of immigration status; and
  2. Developing solutions to ensure respect for the rights of all residents and to take actions to ensure the family unity, community security, dignity and due process for all residents of Sonoma County.
Our work will center around "developing solutions."
Here is the link to the full agenda item, which includes more than the resolution:
That evening, Tuesday, January 7, 7:00 p.m., we will be having a meeting at the Peace & Justice Center, 467 Sebastopol Ave., SR to discuss the BoS meeting and the Petaluma one and plan where we go from here.
Thank you to everyone who is working on this effort - which is much bigger than It Won't Happen Here Sonoma County - Comité Vida, Community Action Coalition, Santa Rosa Sanctuary Now! and others.
Our work is far from over, so please keep collecting signatures and requesting group endorsements. The statement with current endorsers is attached. And if you gave me the name of an organization and I haven't included it, please let me know. It has happened a couple of times!
Thank you!