Some of our members were at one of the ACLU’s People Power meetings today and their organizers kindly shared the meeting notes with us so you all can see the work they are doing. More info on People Power
April 2nd, 2017
Meeting began with an informal roll out of information by E.H., A.R, and J.N. The following information was reported:
City of Davis Police – 9 Freedom Cities policies
Policy 1 – YES – per US Constitution (4th amendment) & CA Law
Policy 2 – YES – per US Constitution (4th amendment) & CA Law
Policy 3 – YES – per CA Truth Act, took effect 1-1-2017
Policy 4 – YES – per CA Truth Act and CA Trust Act, took effect 1-1-2014
Policy 5 – YES – per City of Davis Sanctuary City Ordinance
Policy 6 – MIXED – “Yes,” to the extent of Federal Rule 8 USC $1373. Police do not
have a jail, so it doesn’t usually apply.
Policy 7 – YES – per US Constitution (14th Amendment) and Davis PD policy
Policy 8 – YES – per City of Davis Sanctuary City Ordinance. Additionally, Police are
audited monthly by a “Police Auditor” who reports directly to the
City Manager, Dirk Brazil.
Policy 9 – YES – US Constitution (14th amendment) and Dept. policy
UC Davis Police – 9 Freedom Cities policies
A.R. met one-on-one with Interim Chief Jennifer Garcia
They briefly reviewed the 9 Freedom Cities policies
Garcia was largely supportive and noted that UC Admin/President have been suppotive of the undocumented community
But she distinguished between “undocumented students” and “undocumented criminals”
She agreed to review the 9 Freedom Cities policies and then meet with a larger group
A. R. will schedule that week, ideally within the first 2 weeks of the quarter
Yolo County Sheriff – 9 Freedom Cities policies
“No” to all 9
Took issue with the language of “SHALL”
Willing to sign on if the word is “SHOULD”
Sheriff didn’t mention the constitution at all
Staff trained not to ask for immigration status
He doesn’t allow ICE in his facilities, including the jail
He doesn’t volunteer information such as release dates
He doesn’t do anything special for ICE
Anecdotally shared ICE asking for release date/time/location and the he had not not complied
Sheriff does outreach and is bilingual, related that he knows about discrimination
City of Woodland & Woodland School District has been contacted by Sheriff’s office
Sacramento Sheriff & ICE
Sacramento County Jail works to transfer incarcerated individuals directly to ICE detention
In short, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones currently works hand in hand with ICE
There was then some discussion of SB54 and recent changes that were made to appeal to more conservative state senators. They include:
- Allow local PD to contact ICE w/o a warrant if the person was previously deported for a violent felony
- Allow name/date if that info is freey
- ICE may interview/transfer is there is a judicial warrant
- Local PD can participate in joint task force so long as it’s not primarily an immigration issue
- Public libraries are SAFE ZONES
It was decided that it would be useful to address these concerns with local lawmakers and policy enforcers when we speak to them. This led to a discussion of our next action items.
- Contact other local Davis People Power hosts to consolidate contact lists, Google groups, and any other organizing materials
- Collaborate with them to schedule our next meeting (April 16th)
- Schedule a meeting with UC Davis Police Chief
- Reach out to campus groups – Muslim Student Association/AB540 to invite them to meeting
- Call John Garamendi – 530-753-5301 – “When/where will you be holding your town hall meeting during the upcoming Congressional recess?
- Call State Senator Bill Dodd to support SB54
- Vacaville: (707) 454-3808
- Sacramento: (916) 651-4003
The meeting concluded with a report out of other known resources and stakeholders in the community. A special spotlight should be put on the work on Indivisible Yolo, please see their on-going events below. Links and resources for other group is also provided.
Indivisible Yolo Organizer Meeting
Monday April 3rd
7:00 pm @ Bet Haverim
1715 Anderson Road
St. Luke’s Potluck Dinner & “Know Your Rights” Event
April 4th – 6:00pm
St. Luke’s Episcopal
515 Second Street
Woodland, CA 95695
Tax Day March
Sign Making Party on April 11th
Bus to Sacramento for Demonstration on April 15th
More External Resources/Stakeholders
- ACLU Know Your Rights Videos
- Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network
- YIIN Dinner Fundraiser Information
- Davis Phoenix Coalition – Gloria Partida & Anoosh Jorjorjian (Run Davis Pride)
Finally, the ACLU has provided further guidance on laws and policies that are particularly useful in the state of California. Please find them below:
(1) Pass a sanctuary policy. The ACLU of CA Sanctuary Toolkit has model policies and ordinances that can be adopted at different levels of local government. See https://www.aclusocal.org/en/publications/sanctuary-toolkit#Sanctuary-Counties.
(2) Non-Compliance Include a policy to ensure non-cooperation with any identity-based registry like the ordinance just passed in San Francisco, or a city policy based on the same idea: https://www.colorlines.com/articles/new-san-francisco-ordinance-keeps-city-cooperating-any-religion-based-registry.
(3) Support SB 54, the California Values Act
State legislation that would ensure that all Californians can rely on and access police, schools, hospitals, and courthouses without fear of deportation. SB 54 faces significant law enforcement opposition right now. Law enforcement agencies need to hear from you that you support the bill and that you do not want your police and sheriffs’ departments facilitating deportations. Here’s a sample letter that supportive law enforcement can send to the bill’s author: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1X3HAMYU93m2YiGcpAIKzw3nX-kjOlS3Lw6hIw8MOHAg/edit?usp=sharing
(4) Fully implement AB 953, the Racial and Identity Profiling Act. Ask your law enforcement leaders: What’s the department’s policy on racial and identity profiling? What are they doing about data collection? Will they analyze their data and report it to the public? Will they take action to commit to non-biased policing?
Would you agree to deputize officers to make ICE arrests?
Sanctuary policies extend beyond the UC Davis campus?