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Sun Jul 21 2019 (Updated 07/26/19)
Under Continuing ICE Threat, Rapid Response Mode for Communities
San Francisco Bay Area Protests, Ramps Up Capacity to Document ICE Operations
As news continues to pour in that the Trump administration’s attacks against immigrants and refugees has reached new lows, San Francisco Bay Area residents are feeling a renewed sense of urgency. On the heels of protests throughout the region on July 2 and further official announcements about coming ICE raids, July 12 saw a new round of demonstrations, including back-to-back protests at the city of San Francisco's Sansome Street ICE facility. In Palo Alto, Palantir Technologies was targeted for profiting from ICE contracts; additional demonstrations were held in Santa Rosa, Mountain View, Redwood City, Oakland, Berkeley, Concord, Fremont, San Jose, and elsewhere.

The Rapid Response Network (RRN) in Santa Clara County reported a recent increase in calls of observed ICE activity, as people are on high alert. In just this one county there are roughly 800 volunteers who respond when local ICE activity is reported, taking notes about or video of interactions between ICE and immigrants. As do similar immigration support groups across the US, the Santa Clara County RRN runs a 24-hour hotline that anyone can use to report ICE sightings in their neighborhood. The county's cities of Mountain View and San Jose have had increased reported ICE citings, and volunteer training registrations recently doubled.

Rapid responders create thorough documentation to ensure that ICE agents aren’t violating immigrants’ rights. In addition, they collect information to connect detainees with immigration lawyers after they’ve been arrested. Once ICE agents leave the scene, or if responders arrive to find it was a false alarm, volunteers then assist the local community by passing out cards with the hotline information. One of their top priorities is to remind undocumented families of their rights if ICE agents are to show up.

Immigrant Rights Resource Information: Rapid Response Network Helps Fill Urgent Need for Santa Clara Co. Immigrants | San Francisco Rapid Response Network | Marin Rapid Response Network | Santa Clara County Rapid Response Network | Calfornia Rapid Response Networks | Threats of Large Scale ICE Raids & Knowing Your Rights | Redadas de ICE: Conoce tus derechos si ICE te confronta

Protest Coverage & Event Announcements:

San Francisco — photo Emergency Protest at ICE (July 11) | photo Full Day of Protests at San Francisco ICE | photo ICE Sweep Protest is Display of Inimitable San Francisco Style at Cable Car Turnaround | calendar ICE HQ in SF| calendar Lights for Liberty Protest: Compassion Has No Walls | calendar Lights for Liberty Protest | calendar Never Again is Now Rally at UU Church in SF | calendar Block Party to Abolish ICE (July 30)

Fresno — photo Lights for Liberty

Mountain View — photo Vigil Protests Immigration Camps

Redwood City — photo Protest of Planned Federal Immigration Roundups Draws Hundreds | calendar Lights for Liberty Protest

Palo Alto — photo Protesters Target Palantir for Profiting from ICE Contracts | calendar Palo Alto Protest at Palantir

Santa Cruz — calendar Lights for Liberty Protest — Santa Cruz

San José — photo "Stop ICE" Demo in José Lights Up the Night | calendar Lights for Liberty José

Oakland — calendar Lights for Liberty: Lake Merritt | calendar Lights for Liberty: Downtown

calendar Lights for Liberty Worldwide Protests

Related Feature: Threat of Mass Roundup of Migrants Spurs Weeks of Protest
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