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.
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.
A police reform advocacy group says Sacramento officials still haven’t provided basic statistics regarding traffic stops in predominately black and Latino neighborhoods six months after it requested them.