Action Checklist, Mid-March

10 Ways to Participate in #SacredResistance NOW

  • March 16th in LA: Speak out against Muslim Ban 2.0 with our Friends at Vigilant Love  - RSVP ON FB

  • March 17th in OC: Hear Chris Crass speak on Courage for Racial Reconciliation - RSVP ON FB

  • March 17th everywhere: Join CLUE P♀WER in supporting anti-human trafficking efforts - SIGN THE LETTER

  • March 18th in PASADENA: Attend a resistance training with the Community Job Center - MORE INFO

  • Spread the word about our Summer Organizing Fellowship - SHARE THIS POST

  • Speak out against a raw development deal for the Hollywood community -  SIGN THE PETITION

  • Support the CA Values Act to refuse California resources for federal deportation efforts - SIGN THE PETITION

  • Share the CAIR Reporting Page with your Muslim/AMEMSA friends on Social Media - GO TO THE FORM

  • Demand Accountability from LA County Sherriffs after 4 Died In Custody  - SIGN THE PETITION

  • Empower our initiatives to organize for the protection of our immigrant and AMEMSA neighbors - DONATE TODAY

And One More! #11:


URGENT: Rapid Response To Father's Detention

From our friends at NDLON:

Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez (A 095 776 645), a 48-year-old father of four USC children, has lived in the US for nearly 30 years. This morning, he was picked up by ICE just after he and his wife dropped their 13-year-old daughter off at school. Mr. Avelica-Gonzalez’s wife and 12-year-old daughter were in the car, had just left one of the school’s campuses (on Avenue 28) and were headed to the second to drop off their 12-year-old daughter when an unmarked vehicle stopped their car at Griffin Ave., only a block from where they had just dropped off their other daughter.

unnamed_(1).jpg

Romulo's Children

Romulo likely had a prior deportation order resulting from what seemed to be an encounter with an unscrupulous lawyer who represented him a few years ago. Romulo has lived in the US since 1990 and is from Mexico. The father apparently has one prior DUI from nearly a decade ago and two driving infractions. 

It would be great if you could organize the faith community to raise a ruckus about this and help to stop the deportation. I think ICE will seek to act very quickly on this case:

I hope that you can help by contacting the LA Field Office at the numbers here and express clearly that they must not deport Romulo Avelica Gonzalez, A 095 776 645 as doing so would be devastating for LA-area students and their families.

David Marin, LA Field Office Director, 213 830 5931

Norma Bonales Garibay, LA Deputy Field Office Director, 213 830 7912

Jorge Field, Assistant Field Office Director, 213 830 7908 / 213 216 5629

Romulo’s niece, Diana, is one of MALDEF’s high school aged interns, and for this reason, the case was brought to MALDEF’s attention. MALDEF brought it to NDLON’s attention, and we both have engaged with the family and the school. The school, including its Executive Director, is committed to push back, and has mobilized the school community for an assembly at 3 pm today, and has already reached out to the offices of Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Supervisor Solis, and will be reaching out to ICE.


Action Checklist - End of February

  • OC: Learn How To Respond During an ICE Raid on March 3rd in Orange County - MORE INFO

  • LA: Learn How To Respond During an ICE Raid on March 3rd in Los Angeles - RSVP ON FB

  • LA: Attend CLUE's InGathering Forum on March 9th to explore Sacred Resistance to tyranny - RSVP ON OUR SITE

  • LB: Receive Practical Training for Sacred Resistance on March 11th in Long Beach -  RSVP ON FB

  • Support the CA Values Act to refuse California resources for federal deportation efforts - SIGN THE PETITION

  • Share the CAIR Reporting Page with your Muslim/AMEMSA friends on Social Media - GO TO THE FORM

  • Pledge to vote YES on H and share your pledge with others - SIGN THE PLEDGE

  • Empower our initiatives to organize for the protection of our immigrant and AMEMSA neighbors - DONATE TODAY


CLUE Opposes LGBT Discrimination

Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), called to the task of sacred resistance to inhumane policies that serve to divide our communities,  reiterates our commitment to a religious foundational principle that all human beings are imbued with what many consider divine attributes and thus of infinite worth and dignity. If any specific set of people are attacked then this diminishes what many of our faiths view as the image of God. At this challenging time, we are called to proclaim that we stand with LGBTQI people and their allies. Any denial of their human rights is an attack against the image of God in all of us. 

While the current administration attempts to roll back the protection and the rights that the LGBTQI community has won over the past decades, CLUE will stand in its way, engaging in sacred resistance and demanding not only that current law be observed—that LGBTQI persons not be discriminated against in housing, employment, public accommodations, government services—but we will continue to demand that the law be as expansive as possible so that LGBTQI people and their unique gifts be completely honored as a sacred part of the human fabric that they inherently are.

The Hebrew Bible teaches that the original person, created out of the earth/adamah, was created in the image of God and called Adam. This original being, by Divine ordinance, is the source of all humanity, reflecting as humanity grew the infinite facets of God’s image. All of us are descendants of the original being, and thus we celebrate all these facets. “For You are the source of life, by Your light do we see light.” (Psalms 36:10)

 

CLUE Board of Directors
Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Cohen
Rev. Jim Conn
Rabbi Stephen Einstein
Esperanza Fonseca
The Rev. Francisco Garcia
Father Mike Gutierrez
Rev. Sarah Halverson-Cano
Betty Hung, Esq
Rev. Stephanie Jaeger, Ph.D
Glynndana Shevlin
Rev. William D. Smart, Jr
Mary Stancavage
Bishop Mary Anne Swenson
Rev. Heidi Worthen-Gamble
Richard Zaldivar


Rabbi Jonathan Klein, Executive Director


Action Checklist: Early February 2017

Essential Acts of #SacredResistance to kick off your February:

  • Come to Long Beach City Council on February 7th at 4pm to support Long Beach becoming a Sanctuary City - LEARN MORE
  • Support the CA Values Act to refuse California resources for federal deportation efforts - SIGN THE PETITION
  • Share the CAIR Reporting Page with your Muslim/AMEMSA friends on Social Media - GO TO THE FORM
  • Share the Yes on H video with friends and groups based in LA County on Facebook - WATCH THE VIDEO
  • Volunteer for No on S to stop a the shutdown of development throughouth Los Angeles - CANVAS or PHONE BANK
  • Read a Book with Us and talk real change at the UCLA Labor Center on February 16th - RSVP ON FB
  • Celebrate our Victories at our annual Orange County Architects of Justice Dinner, February 22nd at 6pm - BUY TICKETS
  • Empower our initiatives to organize for the protection of our immigrant and AMEMSA neighbors - DONATE TODAY

Long Beach Moves Toward Sanctuary

unnamed.jpg

Last Tuesday, more than 100 faith and community leaders gathered outside of Long Beach City Hall for a vigil of solidarity with those most affected by recent Executive Orders on immigration. Rev. Ricardo Avila of St. Luke's Episcopal Church led the event, opening with the announcement that his church would become a Sanctuary Parish for those facing deportation or otherwise in need of help. Reverend Noel Anderson (shown above) also shared from his perspective as a leader in the national Sanctuary Movement.

On Tuesday, February 6th at 4pm, we have the opportunity to start turning this energy into policy! Council will vote on whether to support the California Values Act, which will prevent state resources from being used for any federal deportation efforts. While we're thrilled that Councilmember Gonzales proposed this official support, we know that more is needed.

CLUE is organizing dozens of clergy and community leaders to show support of an official sanctuary designation for the city of Long Beach, both at a press conference before the council meeting, and at the meeting itself. Whether or not we pass sanctuary policy at the state level, city policies are an important show of protection and solidarity to local residents. We welcome you to advocate for sanctuary policies not only in Long Beach, but in every city in California. 

 unnamed_(2).jpg

 


Action Checklist - End of January 2017

Your Guide to Sacred Resistance for Trump's Second Week in Office:

  • Oppose confirmation of "Foreclosure King" Steve Mnuchin to Secretary of the Treasury - sign now!
  • Oppose confirmation of anti-labor fast-food CEO Andy Pudzer to Secretary of Labor - sign now!
  • Organize and mobilize for Orange County at our Clergy and Community Gathering, January 31st at 10am - RSVP now!
  • Get sanctuary training on the basic rights of immigrants and AMEMSA people, February 1st at 10am - RSVP now! 
  • Organize and mobilize for women at our CLUE P♀WER meeting, February 1st at 10:30am - RSVP now!
  • Organize and mobilize for Black and Brown communities at our Black-Brown Clergy Coalition Meeting, February 9th at 1pm - RSVP now!
  • Celebrate our victories and connect with other progressive clergy and laity at our annual Orange County Architects of Justice Dinner, February 22nd at 6pm - buy tickets today!
  • Empower our initiatives to organize for the protection of our immigrant and AMEMSA neighbors - donate to CLUE today!

Statement on Immigration Executive Orders

A Statement From CLUE

Regarding President Trump's

Executive Orders on Immigration

Ratified by the CLUE Board, January 26th, 2017

Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice reiterates our fervent belief that this country must be a haven for those escaping violence and crushing poverty. Immigrants should not suffer discrimination based on their citizenship status. Families should be protected, not broken up by a failed immigration system built upon fear of the Other.

We hold as sacred the image of Abraham’s tent open to all four directions as a sign of hospitality, sacred shelter and refuge. We applaud the City and County of Los Angeles in taking steps to not cooperate with Federal immigration enforcement agencies, the City of Santa Ana for legislating their identity as a Sanctuary City, and the State of California for vowing to not cooperate with the federal government on issues which undermine the rights of Californians. Southern Californians of all faiths and no faith demand that scarce federal resources be used to house and clothe our people, to build schools and highways, to create a vibrant infrastructure and not be wasted on a foolish “Trump Wall” with Mexico. We commend state legislators for introducing SB-54 (De Leon, The California Values Act, to prevent CA resources for funding federal enforcement), SB-30 (Lara, to require a vote to build the wall in California), SB-29 (Lara, to prohibit contracting for privately-run detention centers), and SB-6 (Hueso, to fund immigrant legal services for deportation proceedings), all measures which honor the inherent worth and dignity of immigrants in our land of immigrants.

Our greatness will be judged by how just we are as a society, not by how many peoples we have antagonized, or countries we have demeaned. If we are to make America great, we must follow the words of the prophet Isaiah: “Zion will be redeemed with justice” (1:27). Opposition to bigotry is a holy act, and as a faith community, we will continue to practice sacred resistance whenever necessary.

CLUE Board of Directors
CLUE_Standard_Logo_-_High_Quality.jpgRev. Norman Copeland, Board Chair
Robert A. Branch
Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Cohen
Rev. Jim Conn
Rabbi Stephen Einstein
Esperanza Fonseca
The Rev. Francisco Garcia
Father Mike Gutierrez
Rev. Sarah Halverson-Cano
Betty Hung, Esq
Rev. Stephanie Jaeger, Ph.D
Glynndana Shevlin
Rev. William D. Smart, Jr
Mary Stancavage
Bishop Mary Anne Swenson
Rev. Heidi Worthen-Gamble
Richard Zaldivar

Rabbi Jonathan Klein, Executive Director

 


Where Was CLUE during Trump's Inauguration?

During Friday's inauguration, CLUE staff expressed their solidarity with AMEMSA, Latin@, and Black communities at events throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Each of us were left with a story of hope and Sacred Resistance.


Inauguration Events Calendar

Join us, and our partners and friends, in raising our voices in objection to Trump's inauguration! These events are important opportunities for education and networking for long-term change. Click on the event name to go to its Facebook event page or website:

(Pre-Inauguration)
We Are Here to Stay:
Fearless & United Rally, Art Performance
Saturday, January 14 at 11 AM
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 
501 North Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90012 

UTLA #SchoolTrump
Districtwide Demonstration
Thursday, January 19 at 7 AM
Schools Citywide

(Inauguration and Next-Day)
Caravan of Justice
Friday, January 20 at 10 AM
Location TBD 

United Against Hate
Inauguration March Los Angeles
Friday, January 20 at 11 AM
Olympic & Figueroa 





Protest Trump's Inauguration! 
United Front Against Fascism!
Friday, January 20 at 2 PM
Los Angeles City Hall

Inauguration Vigil for Human Rights: OC Rise!
Friday, January 20 at 5 PM
211 W Santa Ana Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92701-4100

Women's Rally Pasadena
Saturday, January 21 at 8 AM
Pasadena City Hall 

Women's March Los Angeles
Saturday, January 21 at 9 AM
Pershing Square 

(Post-Inauguration)
Rev. William Barber at Occidental College
Wednesday, February 1 at 7 PM
Occidental College
 


Connect

Get Updates