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Ambar González es una joven líder y defensora dedicada a los derechos de los inmigrantes y refugiados. “Es un año nuevo y hay mucho que hacer en la lucha por los derechos de los inmigrantes y los refugiados. Por eso les pido que se convierta en miembro de SIREN para el 2019,” afirma.
Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN) - Bay Area has spent the last several years building the political power of immigrant and youth voters with the aim of shifting the political landscape in the region and across the state. In 2018, we doubled down on our commitment to building this political muscle by registering more than fifteen thousand new immigrant and youth voters, contacting a hundred and sixty thousand already-registered voters, and mobilizing more than two hundred volunteers. In the 2018 midterm elections, our efforts helped generate one of the highest turnouts in state history for a midterm and resulted in the passage of critical local and state ballot measures, as well as the defeat of House members opposed to immigrant rights.
One of SIREN's youth leaders, Miguel, participated in phone banking and door-to-door canvassing of Spanish-speaking voters. Although Miguel and his family cannot vote because of their immigration status, the day after the election he told us: "The community was my voice at the polls yesterday. Immigrants and youth came out and demonstrated our power in Northern California and the Central Valley. Through our voting power, we are passing policies in our state and region that are impacting our families, and we will carry our momentum into 2019 to fight for immigrant rights and protections for immigrant youth."
While SIREN doesn't engage voters on behalf of specific candidates, we heard the mounting frustration from voters over the lack of action on immigrants' rights. Our volunteers made more than eighty thousand phone calls to voters in House Districts 10 and 21, which are represented by Rep. Jeff Denham (R) and Rep. David Valadao (R), and the number-one issue immigrant voters wanted to talk about was the fact that Congress wasn't doing enough for immigrants. From not passing a clean DREAM Act to not pushing back against President Trump's executive orders restricting immigration, immigrant voters shared their disapproval of the empty promises of their congressional representatives. Not surprisingly, Dunham and Valadao both lost.
As we head into 2019, we have our work cut out for us. In 2018, SIREN opened an office in Fresno and established our immigration legal services, community organizing, policy advocacy, and voter engagement with Central Valley immigrant and youth voters. We know we have the political power and leverage to move Congress on issues like a clean DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform. And through our base-building work, we've built an infrastructure for and secured the trust of the community to lead outreach efforts focused on the 2020 census. It's critical that we overcome the many challenges and barriers to an accurate count and ensure that immigrant communities receive their fair share of funding.
Beyond the census, we have momentum and the capacity heading into the 2020 elections to have an even greater impact. When we launched our campaign a few years ago, immigrant community leaders dubbed it "Votar Para Ganar" (Vote to Win), because that is our goal. With 2019 approaching, we are gearing up to win even bigger victories for immigrant and refugee communities in the state and to create a more welcoming California for years to come.
Maricela Gutiérrez is the executive director of Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN), a nonprofit organization serving Northern and Central California that has worked on immigrant and refugee rights issues for more than thirty years. She was born and raised in the Central Valley.
EXTENDED DEADLINE: TUESDAY 29, 2018 at 11:59 PM
2018 Liberation Youth Summer Institute:
The Summer Liberation Youth Institute is a program designed to empower immigrant youth with grassroots community organizing, policy advocacy, civic engagement, and campaign development tools to build a movement for social justice. Youth will engage in critical discussions on systems of oppression and privilege, education access, LGBTQ issues, racial and economic equity, problem solving strategies, organizing and much more!
Participants will gain skills in: immigration policy advocacy 101, campaign planning, civic engagement, political education, media training, community organizing, and will have the opportunity to attend field trips to; social justice and advocacy events, and conduct legislative visits.
Program Dates: 10 sessions (10 am -5 pm)
June 14, June 16*, June 19, June 20, June 23*, June 26,
June 28, June 30*, July 3, July 5 (*Saturdays)
Program Graduation: Monday July 9, 2018 (5:30 -7:00 PM)
*Participants will receive a stipend*
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2018 INSTITUTO DE VERANO DE LIBERACIÓN PARA JÓVENES:
El Instituto de Verano de Liberacion para jóvenes es un programa diseñado para empoderar a los jóvenes inmigrantes con conocimiento acerca de como apoyar las políticas y leyes, herramientas de compromiso cívico y de desarrollo de campañas para construir un movimiento para la justicia social.Los jóvenes participarán en discusiones críticas sobre los sistemas de opresión y privilegios, acceso a la educación, LGBTQ, injusticia racial, desigualdad económica, estrategias de resolución de problemas, y mucho más.
Los participantes obtendrán habilidades de política de inmigración, defensa de la deportación, planificación de campañas, compromiso cívico, asuntos sociales, organización comunitaria, y tendrán la oportunidad de asistir a eventos de justicia social y defensa, oficinas legislativas para reunirse e interactuar con funcionarios electos y líderes comunitarios.
¡El instituto tiene como objetivo capacitar a los jóvenes a entender problemas sociales y aprender a como apoyar el cambio social!
Fechas del programa: 10 sesiones (10 a.m. -5 p.m.)
14 de junio, 16 de junio *, 19 de junio, 20 de junio, 23 de junio *,
26 de junio, 28 de junio, 30 de junio *, 3 de julio, 5 de julio (* sábados)
Graduación del programa: 9 de julio (5:30 -7: 00 PM)
*Los participantes recibirán un beca*
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The fight for immigrant rights continues to be an uphill battle as both Congress refuses to act and the current administration is relentless in its efforts to deport and oppress the communities we serve. Despite the challenges we face, over the last few weeks the rise in youth activism across the country has shown us that our youth has tremendous power and can be the drivers of change.Read More