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High Priority in 2011: Assemblyman Tom Ammiano's AB 1081
by Bill Carpenter (wcarpent [at]
Friday Apr 29th, 2011 11:40 AM
The video shows a rally held at the State Building in San Francisco on April 25th urging the passage of a California law that will exempt the state from one aspect of the federal government's draconian immigration policies. The proposed law -- AB 1081 -- passed its first hurdle the next day as Renée Saucedo reports below.

Five-minute QT movie. 21MB.
Renée Saucedo reported that the day after this rally AB1081 had been approved by its first commmittee in the California legislature:

Dear Friends and Allies in the State immigrant rights movement!

We had a wonderful victory yesterday in Sacramento when the Assembly Public Safety Committee voted 4-3 in favor of AB1081, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano's bill that would limit "S-COMM" by allowing counties in California to choose whether or not they wish to participate in this federal program. As you know, "S-COMM" is an Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) program which automatically sends fingerprints taken at local police stations to ICE. Thousands of people have been deported because of "S-COMM," most of them charged with minor infractions or with nothing at all!
Tuvimos una maravillosa victoria ayer en Sacramento cuando el Comite de Seguridad Publica de la Asamblea Estatal voto 4-3 a favor de AB1081, la propuesta de ley del Asambleista Tom Ammiano que limitaria el Programa "S-COMM" al permitir que los Condados decidan si implementar este Programa o no. Como sabemos, "S-COMM" es un Programa de Inmigracion que manda automaticamente las huellas digitales de las policias locales a Inmigracion. Miles de personas al nivel estatal han sido deportadas por este Programa, aun cuando tuvieron cargos menores o no tuvieron cargo ninguno!

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§Support AB 1081
by Bill Carpenter Friday Apr 29th, 2011 11:40 AM
About 100 people piled into the Assembly hearing room yesterday, most of them day laborers, domestic workers, farmworkers, and allies from places like San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Mountain View, Los Angeles, Concord, Santa Cruz, and Oakland. People gave powerful testimony and many children were there to make the statement that they are the most impacted by the deportations. After the vote, everyone chanted happily, and the whole state capital building reverberated!


SPECIAL THANKS to those who made donations for the transportation, to the volunteer drivers, and to everyone who made this victory possible:

David Williams
Norman Saucedo
Giancarlo Campagna
National Day Labor Organizing Network
American Friends Service Committee (Stockton)
Cecilia Cava
Megan Gaydos
Jon Rodney
Karl Kramer
Diana Macasa
Hannah Pallmeyer
Joel Aguiar

NEXT STEPS include attending the Assembly Finance Committee, the next step for our bill. We'll let you know when we know the exact date.

In Solidarity,
Renee Saucedo
La Raza Centro Legal

Como 100 personas entraron al salon de audiencias, la mayoria siendo jornaleros, trabajadoras domesticas, trabajadores del campo, y alliados. Vinieron desde San Francisco, Oakland, Sta. Rosa, Los Angeles, Mountain View, Santa Cruz, Concord. La gente dio testimonio poderoso, y muchos ninos estuvieron presentes para demostrar que ellos son los mas afectados por las redadas. Despues del voto, los cantos del grupo se oyeron por todo el capitolio!


MUCHAS GRACIAS a las personas quienes dieron donaciones, fueron voluntarios etc. (Lista de nombres arriba).

PROXIMOS PASOS incluyen asistir al Comite de Finanzas de la Asamblea, la proxima parada para nuestra propuesta de ley. Les dejaremos saber la fecha exacta.

En Solidaridad,
Renee Saucedo
La Raza Centro Legal
§Support AB 1081
by Bill Carpenter Friday Apr 29th, 2011 11:40 AM