ACT in Action
“I always thought that my vote didn’t count,” says Catherine Smith, ACT phone banker. “All my life I’ve been told that my vote is not going to matter, that they already have it figured out who and what is going to win,” adds Denise Thorne. “Through this work I’ve learned that your vote does count.” Both Catherine and Denise are excited to vote for the first time in their lives.
“Do you know Socrates’ Allegory of the Cave?” Reggie asks. He used this story to explain how we can be imprisoned by the limitations of our own thoughts. “There’s more to life than what’s in front of us.”
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Jamie Savoy has registered 239 voters since our voter registration campaign began in July! Jamie has used the hard lessons of the challenges of her life, along with her experience in customer service to develop her successful approach to voter registration.
Pyerse Dandridge is a leader in ACT’s work to increase the minimum wage. He has experienced the struggle to live on minimum wage noting that employers want workers with a grown up schedule, work ethic, and experience, but only want to pay them a teenager’s wage. He believes that when you pay employees a living wage, they have more ownership in the business which works to everyone’s advantage.
Sharon Rogoff is a member of Congregation B’nai Israel. She serves as the Secretary of the ACT Board.
David Ramirez is a member of St. Rose Catholic Church. He serves as the Treasurer of the ACT Board.
Antonio Campos is the Vice President of the Sacramento ACT Board of Directors. He is a leader at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
It’s been nine years since Angela Velazquez last saw her dad. In that time, Angela realizes, she’s inherited a trait that neither she nor her old man particularly wanted—fear.
She felt it that day her little sister didn’t come home, and a young Angela hesitated calling 911 because what if the police took her and her mom? It left her flushed on the side of a street that night a cop discovered she was driving without a license and impounded her car, but left her behind. Six years ago, the fear broke Angela down into panicked sobs when a driver ran a red light and totaled her vehicle. Not because she was hurt, but because she knew the authorities were on their way and was sure this time her luck had run out.
The 27-year-old is one of about 57,000 immigrants thought to be living in Sacramento County without authorization from the U.S. government. Angela came here from Mexico with her parents on a tourism visa when she was about 5. The plan was for her father Alberto to apply for permanent residency and, ultimately, citizenship, but he trusted the wrong lawyer and ended up flagged for deportation.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg took aim Monday at Sheriff Scott Jones’ decision to host a public forum with the nation’s top immigration enforcement official, calling the decision “cynical” and “mean.”
Steinberg said he will be joined by a large group of protesters before the Tuesday forum with Jones and acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan. Labor unions, faith leaders and pro-immigrant groups are expected at the vigil, while state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León is expected to attend the forum.
“This is the worst time for an elected official to organize such a forum to stoke the fears of people, people who are already afraid,” Steinberg said. “We’re going to make it clear that the people of Sacramento stand with those who are just trying to make a place for themselves in our great country and in our great state.”
On Tuesday, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones will be holding a community forum on immigration. His main guest is Thomas Homan, Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
In response, Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Sacramento Leaders announced a press conference and unity rally before the forum.
If the Trump administration orders mass deportations, undocumented immigrants could take refuge in Catholic churches with the support of local parishioners, said Sacramento’s Roman Catholic Bishop Jaime Soto on Ash Wednesday.
A Sacramento synagogue is declaring itself a sanctuary for refugees and undocumented people living in the United States, in response to rising fears about deportations.
Congregation B’nai Israel voted earlier this month to become a sanctuary. Sacramento Area Congregations Together, or Sacramento ACT, says other churches and synagogues are discussing the issue of sanctuary status.
Rev. Elizabeth Griswold says she is willing to do whatever it takes to fight a possible federal raid on Immigrants in her community who live in the U.S. illegally.
"I'll go to jail if I have to," said Griswold, speaking on the hypothetical situation that federal agents come to her congregation doors while housing immigrants.
The pastor at Parkside Community Church, United Church of Christ, in the Land Park area of Sacramento, says her congregation will be discussing joining other congregations in Sacramento when it comes to becoming a sanctuary if need be.
Religious congregations in the Sacramento area have agreed to shield undocumented immigrants from possible federal raids, an organized response to orders signed by President Donald Trump this week calling for more aggressive enforcement of immigration laws.
"We are not going to trade the civil rights of people for federal money you compromise a lot in politics but you don't compromise civil rights," Mayor Steinberg said.
By his early teens, Daniel Antonio Silva had already been in and out of juvenile hall. At 18, assault with a deadly weapon and murder charges landed him in prison for 39 years. Since his release in 2015, he credits prison rehabilitation programs with his success on the outside.
or Sacramento County’s undocumented residents, life is increasingly uncertain. With an incoming federal administration headed by President-elect Donald Trump, who has vowed to defund so-called “sanctuary cities” and jump-start mass deportation, one threat that has so far flown under the radar is what might happen to Sacramento County’s recently revived health care program for undocumented immigrants.