Faith & Labor Stand Against Racists in Orange County



Then they came for me--

    and there was no one left to speak for me.

-Martin Niemöller


Last Sunday in Laguna Beach, an anti-immigrant, white supremacist group held a "vigil" for the families of the victims of illegal immigrants and refugees. It would have been just another in the series of such vigils that had managed to take place mostly unnoticed every month for the past four months-- but this time, the hate and vitriol spewed by the event organizer poured salt on the fresh wounds of all of us who were still reeling from the aftermath of the recent deadly events in Charlottesville, VA. 

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Action Checklist: End of August

  • THURSDAY, AUGUST 24TH: Phone Bank for SB 54 with ACLU - RSVP ONLINE

  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 26TH: Become a Legal Observer at Protests - TRAINING INFO

  • TUESDAY, AUGUST 29TH: OC Clergy and Community Gathering - RSVP ON FB

  • Take Action for Pastor Noe, Who Is Still In Detention - SEE LIST

  • Demand Basic Community Protections from R.D. Olson Hotel Development - CALL NOW

  • Support an Ordinance to Stop Abuse of Hotel Housekeepers - SIGN ON NOW

  • Get Trained To Accompany Immigrants to ICE Check-Ins - REQUEST MORE INFO

  • Receive CLUE's Training to Train Others in Nonviolent Civil Disobedience and Resistance  - REQUEST MORE INFO

Action Checklist - Early August

  • TODAY: Take Action for Pastor Noe, Who Is Still In Detention - SEE ACTION LIST

  • TUESDAY, AUGUST 8TH: CLUE P♀WER'S First Salon Uplifts Women in the Workforce - SEE FLYER

  • THURSDAY, AUGUST 10TH: OC Sacred Resistance and Sanctuary Event - RSVP ON FB

  • THURSDAY, AUGUST 17TH: Attend Women Upholding the Economy Forum - SEE FLYER

  • Demand Basic Community Protections from R.D. Olson Hotel Development - CALL NOW

  • Support an Ordinance to Stop Abuse of Hotel Housekeepers - SIGN ON NOW

  • Sign Up To Accompany Immigrants to ICE Check-Ins - REQUEST MORE INFO

  • Receive CLUE's Training to Train Others in Nonviolent Civil Disobedience and Resistance  - REQUEST MORE INFO

Take Action for Pastor Noe

This morning, July 24th, Pastor Noe Nolberto Carias Mayorga of the Iglesia Pentecostal Cristo la Roca de Poder Asambleas de Dios was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Los Angeles.  Pastor Carias:

·       Is an Evangelical Assemblies of God Pastor

·       Is married to a US Citizen with two citizen children ages 5 and 7

·       Is facing deportation solely because he entered the US as a teenager without permission 25 years ago

·       Has pending motions to remove his deportation orders plus a motion to re-open case

·       Had a stay of removal granted under former administration

·       Had a renewal petition for a stay of removal denied last week

·       Was detained this morning and is facing deportation

We will not stand by while his family is separated and his ministry harmed.

Please help:

1)     Attend a public prayer vigil;

In Los Angeles:

July 25th, 11am-1:00pm, Federal Building, Offices of ICE, 300 N. Los Angeles, CA 90012

July 26th, 11am-1:00pm, Federal Building, Offices of ICE, 300 N. Los Angeles, CA 90012

July 27th, 11am-1:00pm, Federal Building, Offices of ICE, 300 N. Los Angeles, CA 90012

July 28th, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Pastor Carias’ Church, 1925 Temple St., Suite 211, Los Angeles CA 90026

If you can attend, please let us know which day(s) you will be there at the form on

If you are somewhere else in the country, please join us in prayer, ideally in front of your local ICE offices.  If you gather in prayer, please take a picture, post a picture with this hashtag #libertad4noe or #pray4noe and send it to with the date and place noted.

We will continue to update you on upcoming and ongoing prayer vigils until he is released and his family reunited.


2)     If you are in Southern California, contact the ICE leadership:

David Marin, David.a.marin@ice.dhs.gov213-830-5931, Field Office Director at DHS/ICE ERO, Los Angeles District Office

Jorge Field, Jorge.R.Field@ice.dhs.gov213-830-7911, Assistant Field Office Director, Enforcement and Removal Operations, Los Angeles Field Office, Media, Congressional and Outreach

Noe Nolberto Carias Mayorga, DOB: 4/26/75, A-Number: A029 274 285

Script: I am (Title/Name) from (Church/Ministry/Organization) and I am calling to ask for the reléase from detention of Pastor Noe Carias Mayorga who has qualifying cases through his marriage to a US citizen and his ministry as an Assemblies of God Pastor, has no criminal history and who has motions pending for removal of 25 year old deportation orders resulting from entering without permission as a teenager.

3)     Send an email and call the member of the House or Senate Homeland Security Committee closest to you and ask for their help:

Talking Points:

  • We are calling (writing) on behalf of Pastor Noe Carias who has been detained by ICE.
  • He is an Assemblies of God Pastor ministering to a congregation, married to an American citizen with citizen children
  • His only offense was entering without permission 25 years ago as a teenager
  • He had a stay of removal for the past two years
  • His lawyer has filed motions to remove his deportation orders and to re-open his case
  • We are asking for you to investigate the case of Pastor Noe Carias, to advocate for him to be released from detention and to initiate the review and revision of applicable Homeland Security priorities.

List of Republican members of the Homeland Security Committee of the House:


Alabama: Mike Rogers, District 3

Arizona: Martha McSally, District 2

Florida: John Rutherford, District 4

Kansas: Ron Estes, District 4

Louisiana: Clay Higgins, District 3

Missouri: Bennie Thompson, District 2

New York: Peter King, District 2, John Katko District 24, Dan Donovan, District 11

Pennsylvania: Lou Barletta, District 11, Scott Perry, District 4, Brian Fitzpatrick, District 8

South Carolina: Jeff Duncan, District 3

Texas: Lamar Smith, District 21, Will Hurd, District 23, John Ratcliffe, District 4, Michael McCaul, District 10

Wisconsin: Mike Gallagher, District 8


Democratic members of the Homeland Security Committee of the House:


California: J. Luis Correa, District 46. Nanette Barragan, District 44

Florida: Val Butler Demings

Louisiana: Cedric L. Richmond, District 2

Massachusetts: William R. Keating, District 9

New Jersey: Donald M. Payne, District 10, Bonnie Water Coleman, District 12

New York: Kathleen Rice, District 4

Rhode Island: James R. Langevin, District 2

Texas: Filemon Vela, District 34


Republican members of the Homeland Security Committee of the Senate:


Arizona: John McCain

Kentucky: Rand Paul

Montana: Steve Danes

North Dakota: John Hoeven

Ohio: Rob Portman

Oklahoma: James Lankford

Virginia: Thomas Garrett

Wyoming: Michael Enzi


Democratic members of Homeland Security Committee of the Senate


California: Kamala Harris

Delaware: Thomas R. Carpen

Michigan: Gary Peters

Montana: Jon Tester

North Dakota: Heidi Heitkamp

New Hampshire: Margaret Hassen

YRLF Mid-Fellowship Reflections 2017

Halfway through the 2017 Ziegler Young Religious Leaders Fellowship, our dynamic team of eight capable fellows has experienced and accomplished a lot. Here are their reflections:

Jean Carlos

Jean Carlos Arce 

Santa Monica

The Ziegler Young Religious Leaders Organizing Fellowship has thus far been an amazing experience. There has been a great balance between formal "in class" training and on the ground work. We have had the opportunity to learn from an incredibly talented and passionate group of individuals--clergy, organizers, professors, and workers. Speaking with the workers and seeing how our organizing efforts encourages them and helps them hope in a more just future is helping fuel my work on a daily basis.


Sarah Bedore 

Predatory Lending

I am working towards putting an end to the injustice of the Predatory Lending Industry. This is a large and long-term goal, but I feel it will be achievable if the work is continued and we do not give up in the struggle. Although my piece of this goal is a small one, I feel that it will begin a larger movement to help bring justice to the payday and installment lending industry. I'm wanting to start an alternative way to look at lending, one that comes from a faith and justice perspective. I'm hoping that as a community we can come together to meet the needs of those who find themselves in financial crisis. My idea is to start a movement of creating community emergency funds within congregations - hoping that in the future individuals in financial emergencies can turn to their communities to receive interest-free loans that will better suit the needs of them, their families, and overall, their community. As I do this work, I find energy and encouragement in the hope that flows through the humanity of all beings: that we long to care for one another; that we long to see prosperity, goodness, and opportunity for all people; that we long for the needs of all to be met. 


Lucero Garcia 

Orange County / Immigration

As a CLUE fellow this summer, this journey has been an enriching, impactful experience. Although it has only been one month since I embarked on this wonderful opportunity, the knowledge that I have gained is remarkably valuable. Reflecting on my experience so far, as I continue to work on issues of immigration in OC and keep building connections with clergy and organizers who are committed to this work, my faith keeps growing. I have grown spiritually and my faith has impacted my work tremendously; learning about other faith traditions that approach the justice work in similar ways that I do, gives me the power and hope to endure every challenge that crosses my path. This fellowship has taught me that faith-based/rooted organizing mobilizes people of different faiths to stand up against all injustices—I am deeply honored and thankful to be part of this work. 


Edgar Gonzalez 

Long Beach / Immigration

I am spending my time in the fellowship, and beyond, working on getting the stories of the undocumented in Long Beach out of the shadows and into the light. Rather than simply being a statistic, I want their stories to define what it means to be undocumented in America and break down the monolith that has been created to define this community.

Eliana.jpgEliana Mastrangelo 

Black-Jewish Justice Alliance

So far, in the fellowship, I’ve been learning a lot about Faith-Rooted organizing! I’ve been deeply moved by my visits with clergy and faith leaders who are active in the Black Jewish Justice Alliance. It’s been wonderful to hear about their communities, their commitment to justice and their visions for BJJA’s work. Working with CLUE and the amazing clergy is shaping my future rabbinate in ways I’m only beginning to understand. 


Adam Overton 

State Policy

This summer I've been the CLUE CA Legislation Guru, keeping track of bills on Affordable Housing and other areas of major importance to our ongoing fight for economic justice. Having never tracked state legislation before, and knowing little about affordable housing, the learning curve has been steep. As a low-wage and immigrant community activist, I've witnessed up-close the testimonies of those affected by low-wage labor, lack of sufficient health-care, and threat of deportation, but for some reason the way the legislative process and affordable housing policy are often explained has always seemed so rooted in concept, planning, and economics, that I've long struggled to understand them in a visceral, human way -- until now.

With CLUE's faith-rooted training regimen, plus daily contact with the love and wisdom of CLUE members across the southland, my heart has softened and my will strengthened in ways I could have never managed alone.

Leanette.jpgLeanette Pokuwaah 

Downtown / Immigration

With this summer fellowship already halfway through, I have definitely been learning and growing.  I have such a deeper understanding more  how important it is to build relationships and connections with various diverse group of people. Through these built relationships I have been so moved by each person's story.  I am truly inspired by all the unique stories I have heard.  I am also thankful for the wonderful community I have back home in Chicago because of the support and love they freely give especially when this work gets tough.


Amanda Zeidner 


The YRLF fellowship has been an exciting opportunity to engage in organizing work and learn about faith-rooted organizing. I've loved continuing to work on CLUE P♀WER (People Organizing for Women's Economic Rights), but have also really enjoyed getting to know the other campaigns CLUE is working on throughout LA and Orange County. One of the experiences which has had the most impact on me this summer was participating in a pilgrimage to Adelanto Detention Facility. Showing support for the nine Adelanto hunger strikers through prayer and picketing was a powerful reminder of the influence of love in situations where there is extreme injustice.

About the YRLF Program

YRLF Fellows' Bios

Action Checklist: Late July 2017

  • TODAY: Take Action to Stop Pastor Noe's Deportation! - SEE LIST

  • THURSDAY, AUGUST 3RD: Day of Action against Sheriff's Collusion with ICE - RSVP ON FB

  • THURSDAY, AUGUST 17TH: Attend Women Upholding the Economy Forum - SEE FLYER

  • Demand Basic Community Protections from R.D. Olson Hotel Development - CALL NOW

  • Call your State Senator in Support of AB-1505 and AB-291 - MORE POLICIES

  • Receive CLUE's Training to Train Others in Nonviolent Civil Disobedience and Resistance  - REQUEST MORE INFO

URGENT: Bail Reform Phone Calls

Dear CLUE Advocates,

The ever so important SB 10, Money Bail Reform, is getting a vote in the Assembly Public Safety Committee TOMORROW MORNING:  Help us dismantle the basic economic injustice of money bail, which leaves the poor and indigent in jail!

Here’s the people who will vote tomorrow (since AB 42 and SB 10 are very similar, it’s worth noting that those highlighted in green voted “yes” on AB 42;those highlighted in red voted “no” on AB 42):

Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (Chair)

Dem - 59


Contact Assembly Member Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr.

Capitol Office, Room 2117

P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0059; (916) 319-2059

Tom Lackey (Vice Chair)

Rep - 36


Contact Assembly Member Tom Lackey

Capitol Office, Room 2174

P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0036; (916) 319-2036

Heath Flora

Rep - 12


Contact Assembly Member Heath Flora

Capitol Office, Room 3149

P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0012; (916) 319-2012

Lorena S. Gonzalez Fletcher

Dem - 80


Contact Assembly Member Lorena S. Gonzalez Fletcher

Capitol Office, Room 2114

P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0080; (916) 319-2080

Bill Quirk

Dem - 20


Contact Assembly Member Bill Quirk

Capitol Office, Room 2163

P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0020; (916) 319-2020

Blanca E. Rubio

Dem - 48


Contact Assembly Member Blanca E. Rubio

Capitol Office, Room 5175

P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0048; (916) 319-2048

Miguel Santiago

Dem - 53


Contact Assembly Member Miguel Santiago

Capitol Office, Room 6027

P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0053; (916) 319-2053

Please call now to remind them to support money bail reform!  Thank those who voted in favor last time; request those who opposed last time (AB 42) that they support it (SB 10) this time!

There is no reason that poor people who cannot afford bail should be forced to sit in jail, ruining their jobs and preventing their families from coping with their situations… lives spiral out of control when high, incentivized maximums prevent people from going home.

Thank you!  Do it now!


Rabbi Klein

CLUE Guide to Housing Bills

In California, housing issues have reached a crisis level. The California Department of Housing and Community Development reports on some of the key issues currently facing housing justice for Californians:

  • During the last ten years, housing production averaged fewer than 80,000 new homes each year-- less than half of  the projected need of 180,000 additional homes annually.

  • More than 3 million households  pay more than 30 percent of their income toward rent, and more than 1.5 million households pay more than 50 percent of their income toward rent.

  • Overall homeownership rates are at their lowest since the 1940s.

  • California is home to 12 percent of the nation’s population, but a disproportionate 22 percent of the nation’s homeless population.

  • For California’s vulnerable populations, discrimination and inadequate accommodations for people with disabilities are worsening housing cost and affordability challenges.

In addition, KPCC reports that Los Angeles and surrounding areas report that day-laborers and immigrants now make up a hidden population of individuals who can no longer afford housing.


Housing justice is Economic Justice.

As CLUE, we educate, organize, and mobilize the faith community to accompany workers and their families in their struggle for good jobs, dignity, and justice. A large part of obtaining such dignity and justice is the ability to obtain, afford, and sustain a healthy living environment which allows individuals and families to thrive. We all long for safety, community and social engagement. Housing justice seeks to provide this for all.


Bills That Could Help:

CLUE is currently watching many different bills that may address the housing crisis in different ways. We are eager not only to get them passed in legislature, but to show such overwhelming public support that they can’t be easily vetoed by the governor-- as has happened to promising bills in the past! Here are our top 7 priorities:

  • AB-291 - The Immigrant Tenant Protection Act (Preventing Discrimination)

          STATUS: Passed Assembly; Senate Vote This Week

  • AB-686 - CA AFFH Obligation (Preventing Discrimination)

          STATUS: Passed Assembly; Stuck In Senate (No Further Readings Scheduled)

          GET INVOLVED: Call your State Senator to voice your support today!

  • AB-1505 - An act to overturn the Palmer Decision, and allow inclusionary zoning rules for rental units (Increasing Access to Affordable Housing)

          STATUS: Passed Assembly! Senate vote this week!

  • AB-1506 - Residential Rent Control: Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act (Increasing Access to Affordable Housing) -

          STATUS: Put on hold for the rest of the year in response to pressure from landlords and builders

          GET INVOLVED: Call your Assemblymember to voice your support today!

  • AB-982 - To Amend the Ellis Act (Protecting Tenants Rights) -

          STATUS: Potentially Stuck In Assembly!

          GET INVOLVED: Call your Assemblymember to voice your support today!

  • SB-2 – The Building Homes and Jobs Act (Increasing Funding for Affordable Housing)

          STATUS: In Senate, vote this week!

  • AB-71 - The Bring California Home Act (Increasing Funding for Affordable Housing)

          STATUS: In Assembly, vote this week!


Click here to see the full spreadsheet on the housing policies which CLUE is highlighting and pushing for this bill cycle.

While we will update the sheet periodically, it is always best to check California Legislative Information to find the current status of the bill before making calls in support. If it is in the Assembly, then only call your Assembly member, if it is in the Senate, only call your Senate representative.

Thank you for your engagement with this critical issue! Your phone calls are vital to the process of passing a bill. Asking friends to join you can truly multiply the impact of your advocacy, so please share these instructions with others.


Action Checklist: Early July 2017

  • THURSDAY, JULY 6TH: Interfaith Press Conference in Support of SB-54 (CA Values Act) - SEE FLYER

  • FRIDAY, JULY 14TH: Summer of the People Disneyland Sleepout for Homelessness - SEE FB EVENT

  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 19TH: Save the Date to Attend Romulo Avelica's Next Deportation Hearing - WATCH VIDEO

  • Call LA City Councilmember O'Farrell and ask him NOT to support RD Olson's Hotel - CALL TODAY

  • Use and Share the Simplifed "Write to Congress" Web Tool - WRITE TO CONGRESS

  • Receive CLUE's Training to Train Others in Nonviolent Civil Disobedience and Resistance  - REQUEST MORE INFO

Port Workers Strike: Highlights from a Week of Action!

On Monday, June 19th, workers at all of the businesses owned by Bob Curry embarked on a one-week strike to raise awareness about their ongoing fight for justice. CLUE clergy, staff, and fellows had a strong presence at the ports and beyond throughout the intense week of action. Here are some of the key events of the strike:


CLUE Clergy Delegate to Owner Bob Curry 

June 13th (Pre-Strike)


A dozen Long Beach and area clergy went to Bob Curry's Cal Cartage headquarters to deliver a letter and attempt to speak with him. While he did not come out to meet the group, his lawyer did receive the letter. As a result, Bob Curry has said he would contact CLUE's Father Will to arrange a small meeting. 

>> Watch Video >>

>> Read Letter >>


USA Today Cover Story Breaks

June 16th (Pre-Strike)


On the same day that the strike was first announced, USA Today dropped a major cover story detailing the extensive labor (and moral) violations at the ports. This article, and its follow-up, was based on a yearlong investigation by the USA TODAY Network; the media coverage was in itself a major victory, and spurred public dialogue during the strike.

>> Read Article >>


CLUE Fellows Join the Ports Strike

Wednesday, June 21st 


During their week of training, our Young Religious Leadership Fellows joined port workers on the picket line. They also attended a Long Beach CLUE Committee meeting, where workers on strike shared personal testimony about their experiences at the ports. 


Clergy Join Press Conference at LA City Hall

Friday, June 23rd


In the past, Mayors Eric Garcetti (LA) and Robert Garcia (LB) came together for the Green Ports initiative. At Friday's press conference, clergy and community members expressed a demand for similar collaboration around worker justice issues.

>> Watch Video >>


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