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Please join us in helping make calls and send emails today, tomorrow and Monday to help close the Northwest Detention Center, and ban all for-profit prisons in Washington State! Together we can help make this a reality! See directions on who to call and/or email below. Thank you for your help in moving this essential bill forward!
From our friends at La Resistencia:
By Monday afternoon (January 27th): we have three very time sensitive Calls to Action for you related to the Private Prison Ban Bill!
Please use the script and contact information below the email signature! **It is important that you follow this script so we are consistent with our messaging.**
Thank you for your support!
Coalition Steering Committee
Representing 180+ Organizations
Maru Mora Villalpando & Kelsen Caldwell
Call to Action #1: Contacting House Leadership
We need you to reach out on behalf of your organization to House Leadership expressing your support for the Private Prison Ban Bill (HB2576) and your desire for a hearing. Phone calls to House Speaker Jinkins and any of the reps below are a priority.
House Leadership Contact InformationSpeaker
Laurie Jinkins (District 27)
Legislative Assistant: Ann.Dasch@leg.wa.gov
Pat Sullivan (District 47)
Legislative Assistant: Lesley.Roberts@leg.wa.gov
Majority Caucus Chair
Eric Pettigrew (District 37)
Legislative Assistant: Erika.Odem@leg.wa.gov
Majority Floor Leader
Monica Jurado Stonier (District 49)
Legislative Assistant: Sarah.Kohout@leg.wa.gov
Marcus Riccelli (District 3)
Legislative Assistant: Kylie.Peterson@leg.wa.gov
Deputy Majority Leader
Larry Springer (District 45)
Legislative Assistant: Lacey.Stanage@leg.wa.gov
Majority Caucus Vice Chair
Lillian Ortiz-Self (District 21)
Legislative Assistant: Israel.Rios@leg.wa.gov
Former Speaker of the House
Frank Chopp (District 43)
Legislative Assistant: Daniel.Lugo@leg.wa.gov
Calling Script for Contacting House Leadership
"Hi, is Representative (name) available?"
"My name is (your name), and I'm a representative from (your organization), which is part of a coalition of over 180 organizations that supports a private prison ban in Washington State. As a representative of (your organization), I'm calling to let your office know that we support HB2576, and to ask Representative (rep name) to support the bill and assign a committee hearing date as soon as possible. Can we count on Representative (rep name) to advocate for a committee hearing date and to support the bill? (*add this if it applies to you, and you can travel to Olympia when there is a hearing*) Our organization will be attending any hearings and look forward to signing in favor of the bill at the hearing. Thank you!"
Email Template for Contacting House Leadership
Dear (representative name),
I'm a representative from (your organization), which is part of a coalition of over 180 organizations that supports a private prison ban in Washington State. As a representative of (your organization), I'm writing to let your office know that we support HB2576, and to ask Representative (rep name) to support the bill and assign a committee hearing date as soon as possible. Can we count on Representative (rep name) to advocate for a committee hearing date and to support the bill? (*add this if it applies to you, and you can travel to Olympia when there is a hearing*) Our organization will be attending any hearings and look forward to signing in favor of the bill at the hearing. Thank you for your support in making Washington State a more just place.
Call to Action #2: Contacting Senate Human Services, Reentry and Rehabilitation Committee Members
We have a Senate hearing for SB6442 on January 29th at 8:00am. Please email Senator Darneille and cc the other committee members showing your organization’s support of the bill. A template email is below (once again, please utilize our talking points and be sure to emphasize this effort is about ending ALL forms of private prisons (including administrative detention) in Washington. And, if you can join us for the hearing on the 29th at 8:00am on behalf of your organization, we ask that you sign in as supporting the bill.
Senate Committee Leadership Contact Information
Email Template for SB6442
Dear Senator Darneille and Human Services, Reentry and Rehabilitation Committee Members,
I'm a representative from (your organization), which is part of a coalition of over 180 organizations that supports a private prison ban in Washington State. As a representative of (your organization), I'm writing to let your office know that we support SB6442, and to ask for your support of the bill. Can we count on you to support the bill? (*add this if it applies to you, and you can travel to Olympia when there is a hearing*) Our organization will be attending the hearing on Jan. 29 and look forward to signing in favor of the bill at the hearing. Thank you for your support in making Washington State a more just place.
Call to Action #3: Attend Senate Hearing on 1/29 at 8:00am
Come to the Senate Committee Hearing on January 29th at 8:00am and sign in favor of the bill at the hearing (on behalf of your organization).
Our mission is to support the rights of immigrants and their families, giving priority to those who live or work on the Olympic Peninsula and immigrant detainees within Washington State, through access to legal services, standing witness, family support, community education and advocacy for local, state and national issues.
1) Tuesday, January 21, 4:30 – 6 pm
This JCIRA event takes the place of the monthly meeting.
Please contact us for the the address of the meeting place, firstname.lastname@example.org
TURNING UP THE HEAT ON ICE: A REPORT FROM THE FRONT LINES
Communities partnering with state and local government officials to mobilize resistance to ICE and Border Patrol Actions
Monserrat Padilla, Co-Director, Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN)
Annie Benson, Senior Directing Attorney, Washington Defender Association (WDA) Immigrant Defense Project
Both organizations (WAISN and WDA), along with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, ACLU of Washington and WAISN member organizations, led the effort to pass the Keep Washington Working Act, which Governor Inslee signed into law in May 2019.The Act is the strongest "sanctuary" law in the U.S. Speakers will discuss the law’s protections, restrictions on state and local government engagement with ICE and Border Patrol, and implementation efforts. Another focus will be on Courthouse Arrests, including Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s lawsuit to stop ICE and Border Patrol from arresting people who are coming and going from court.There will be time for questions and community discussion.
(For more information see the LA Times article on Northwest Immigration News in the "Other News" box below.)
2) Friday, January 24, 7 – 10 pm, A People’s Dance, Benefit for JCIRA, Rosewind Common House, Umatilla and Haines.
A fun community event to raise money for a worthy cause – JCIRA. Please note that Rosewind Common House is a fragrance-free and shoe-free space. People are welcome to bring and wear slippers.
Any questions, contact email@example.com
3) Saturday, January 25, 7 – 9 pm, PT Songlines Concert, Benefit for JCIRA, Cotton Building,
607 Water St.
Experience the joy of singing with your friends and neighbors. Songs by Co-directors Laurence Cole and Gretchen Sleicher will be featured, including several inspired by the lives of immigrants and refugees. Suggested donation $15-20, no one turned away.
Any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
4) Wednesday, February 5, WAISN Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Day. 8 am - 5 pm in Olympia. Registration ends Jan 16.
Join hundreds of organizations and individuals from across the state to advocate for pro-immigrant policies supporting all Washington residents. Events include training in advocacy, sharing tools and methods, and appointments with our state legislators.
For details, contact Kathleen.Holt@gmail.com
5) Friday, March 6, Community Resource Connections,
9 am – 3 pm, Verne Burton Community Center, Port Angeles.
JCIRA will have a table and informally share information with community organizations in Clallam County.
For details, contact Jean, email@example.com
Spanish Conversation Night at Finnriver in Chimacum.
Join Spanish Conversation Night with Norma Avila! On the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month from 4:30-6:00pm. Come and brush up on your Spanish speaking skills through conversation, games and songs. All are welcome! Donations suggested.
Other Upcoming Events in the Region
1) Saturday, January 11, 1:00-3:00pm,
#Shutdown NWDC Forum
Washington Hall, 153 14th Avenue, Seattle
Community members and organizations supporting the #Shutdown NWDC Campaign are invited to a forum where we will learn about the current state of detention, deportation, and resistance locally and nationally, share campaign updates, and offer opportunities for you, your organization, and your friends to get more deeply involved in the campaign.
More Info/RSVP: TinyURL.com/ ShutdownNWDC
2) For Peninsula College Dreamweek Events in Forks
January 20-24 see flyer below:
1) Northwest Immigration News: A December 27 article in the Los Angeles Times reports how "The Northwest turns up the heat on ICE, making it harder to arrest and deport immigrants." JCIRA believes you'll find this article inspiring, and at the same time, we hope it moves all of us to continue the struggle for immigrant rights with conviction in 2020.
2.) See Forbes, "The Most Inspiring Immigration Stories of 2019."
3) Alejandro Santiago - Latin American Art Gallery: Responsible for the creation of the documentary "Twenty Five Hundred and One", which documents the ambitious project by Alejandro Santiago to populate his village in Oaxaca, Mexico with 2,500 life size ceramic sculptures. The sculptures were created to replace the large number of the people who left the village in order to seek higher paying jobs in the United States.
JCIRA Thanks You for Your Support in 2019
It´s been a busy and successful year for JCIRA, and we´ve helped many wonderful and beleaguered people for whom we advocate or help with direct assistance. Our Legal Defense and Family Support Fund has helped families with over $13,000 to date, providing support for legal fees, rent, medical expenses, citizenship application fees, bond payments, food, clothing and more. We look to your continued support in 2020!
CITY OF MARYSVILLE CHANGES POLICY AND AGREES TO SETTLE LAWSUIT AFTER UNLAWFULLY DETAINING IMMIGRANT
Seattle, WA – Enrique Ahumada Meza (Mr. Ahumada) settled a lawsuit against the City of Marysville involving two separate occasions in which the City of Marysville unlawfully detained Mr. Ahumada in late 2017 and early 2018. According to the terms of the settlement, the City agreed to pay Mr. Ahumada $85,000 for violating his Fourth Amendment rights by unlawfully detaining him pursuant to a detainer issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In addition, the City has changed its policy to ensure that other immigrants are not unlawfully detained. Mr. Ahumada was represented by the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and McNaul Ebel Nawrot & Helgren PLLC in the case. The case was originally filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.
State and city law enforcement do not have authority to enforce federal immigration laws and cannot hold immigrants based on a detainer or civil immigration warrant from ICE, unless that detainer is accompanied by a warrant signed by a federal judge. Under its new policy, the City of Marysville will not detain people based on immigration detainers or civil immigration warrants. The policy also reflects recent updates to Washington state law as it sets limits on sharing information with federal authorities, provides for warnings to a detained individual before federal immigration officers can interview a City inmate, and makes clear the prohibitions on notifying immigration authorities about the release of an inmate, among other changes. These changes bring the City’s policy in line with the Keep Washington Working Act, S.B. 5497, which became law last May.
Mr. Ahumada was first detained by the City of Marysville Police Department in December 2017, when officers refused to let Mr. Ahumada go because of an ICE detainer, even though a state court had already ordered his release from custody. Mr. Ahumada was subsequently transferred to ICE custody at the Northwest Detention Center and released on bond in February 2018. After Mr. Ahumada’s release, on February 14, 2018, he turned himself into the Marysville Police Department because his time in immigration detention had caused him to miss a state court hearing. The state court again ordered him released, but the Marysville Police Department unlawfully detained Mr. Ahumada again, this time overnight, based on an ICE detainer. During this second detention, the Department also denied Mr. Ahumada access to critical medication that he must take daily. He was transferred to ICE’s custody on February 15, 2017. ICE then realized he had just bonded out and let him go a second time.
“Every time that I think about what the City of Marysville did to me, it brings up painful memories,” remarked Mr. Ahumada. “But I am glad that the City has changed its policy so that other immigrants like me do not have to suffer the same wrongs and treatment that I experienced.”
“This settlement agreement underscores what federal courts have already made abundantly clear: that local governments are not authorized, and may be held accountable, when they choose to hold someone to enforce civil immigration law,” said Matt Adams, Legal Director for NWIRP.
“At a time when immigrants are being unfairly targeted throughout the United States, it is essential that courts enforce their rights and uphold the rule of law. We are gratified the City of Marysville agreed to change its policy and to compensate Mr. Ahumeda for the mistreatment he endured,” said Avi Lipman and Curtis Isacke of McNaul Ebel Nawrot & Helgren PLLC.
A link to the complaint can be found here
A copy of the settlement agreement and new policy can be found here
Matt Adams, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Please Join Us!
A PEOPLE’S DANCE
Friday, January 24, 7-10 pm
Rosewind Common House - Umatilla St, at Haines.
Hosted by DJ Ellen Bonjorno, our PT, KPTZ and NYC friend (who’ll be in town that week.) A fun community event! Why not? Plus, we will raise funds for a worthy cause – JCIRA!
Please note that Rosewind Common House is a fragrance-free and shoe-free space. People are welcome to bring and wear slippers.
Connect via the Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/586359898765625/
PT SONGLINES WINTER CONCERT
Saturday, January 25, 7 - 9 pm
Cotton Building, 607 Water St, next door to Elevated Ice Cream
Experience the joy of singing with your friends and neighbors. Songs by co-directors Laurence Cole and Gretchen Sleicher will be featured, including several inspired by the lives of immigrants and refugees.
Suggested donation $15-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Connect via the Facebook Event page:
Breaking: (Seattle, WA, 1/5/20) – CAIR Washington is assisting more than 60 Iranians and Iranian-Americans of all ages who were detained at length and questioned at the Peace Arch Border Crossing in Blaine, Wash.
Those detained reported that their passports were confiscated and they were questioned about their political views and allegiances. CBP officials contacted at the Blaine Port of Entry provided no comment or reasons for the detentions.
Masih Fouladi, executive director of CAIR-WA. “We are working to verify reports of a broad nationwide directive to detain Iranian-Americans at ports of entry so that we can provide community members with accurate travel guidance. We will continue to update the community and other civil rights organizations as we obtain more information.”
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• If you or your family is being impacted by these operations, you can call the hotline at 1-844-724-3737 so we can connect you to the organizations and support.
• Organizational reps are currently working at the locations reported to assist directly impacted families.
• A coalition is organizing an united organized form of support. CAIR will share how we can support as developments unfold.
CAIR-WA Executive Director Masih Fouladi, 714-801-0349; CAIR-WA Communications Coordinator Jessica Schreindl, firstname.lastname@example.org, 206.367.4081
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 4:30 - 6:00pm; contact email@example.com for the address.
Annie Benson has devoted her professional life to working for social justice. From 2000-2014 her work at the Washington Defender Association (WDA) focused on defending the rights of noncitizen defendants, especially those faced with deportations while in prison. Since then, she has been the Senior Directing Attorney at the WDA, a collaborating attorney with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center ... and a supporter and friend of JCIRA.
Annie's current work deals with laws and actions to limit ICE and Border Patrol enforcement in Washington state. A strong bill dealing with this issue was passed and signed by Gov. Inslee in May, 2019 - but what's actually happening on the ground? How can individuals and non-profit organizations protect immigrants and help this bill succeed?
BE SURE TO JOIN US FOR THIS SPECIAL LOOK INSIDE OUR OWN STATE'S IMMIGRANT RIGHTS ISSUES
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