April 3: This afternoon, both the CA Values Act (SB 54 - De Leon) and the Religious Freedom Act (SB 31- Lara) passed the California State Senate. SB 54 is the strongest pro-immigrant bill in the nation, and prohibits the use of state resources for immigration enforcement in the vast majority of cases. SB 31 prevents the creation or maintenance of a registry on the basis of religion, ethnicity, or national origin. Both bills will now move on to the Assembly.
Mar. 24: Advancing Justice - ALC joined other community groups to announce their support for AB 450, a bill authored by Assemblymember David Chiu, SEIU, and the California Labor Federation, which seeks to protect due process and workplace rights for workers by limiting employer cooperation with federal immigration authorities, including during workplace raids.
Mar. 21: This morning, Mayor Lee hosted a ceremony to celebrate the signing of Non-Cooperation with Identity-Based Registry Ordinance into law. Dozens of community members attended the ceremony in support of the ordinance that will prohibit San Francisco from using its resources toward a registry based on religion, national origin, or ethnicity.
A broad coalition of organizations - Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC), Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (ASATA), the National Lawyers Guild - San Francisco Bay Area (NLG SF), and the ACLU of Northern California advocated for the law.
Mar. 15: Our Workers' Rights team stopped one of the owners of the popular Burma Superstar restaurant chain, from asking existing workers to sign employment verification documents (which could potentially be used by immigration enforcement) and called into question the owner's requirement that workers sign documents waiving workplace rights such as meal and rest breaks and the right to seek relief in court or through a class action. The judge in the class action lawsuit found that the owner's actions were improper and ordered corrective action.
Mar. 13: The CA Values Act (SB 54 - DeLeon) passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on a 5-2 vote this morning. The bill ensures that state and local resources are not used to assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in carrying out deportations. Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus client Pedro Figueroa bravely testified before the committee about how he was turned over to ICE after going to a San Francisco Police Department station to pick up his car, which he had reported as stolen just days prior.
The CA Religious Freedom for All Act (SB 31 - Lara) also passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on a 5-0 vote. The bill prohibits the use of state and local resources for the creation of a registry based on religion, national origin, or ethnicity.
Both bills will be headed to the Senate floor toward the end of March.
Mar. 10: National Security & Civil Rights Community Advocate Jehan Hakim helped organize a nationwide rally by Yemeni Americans against the Muslim Ban; she also spoke at the press conference with city officials.
Mar. 9: The Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission unanimously endorsed the civil rights ordinance we have advocated for. The ordinance disentangles Trump’s FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF) from Oakland law enforcement. The draft ordinance will now go to Oakland City Council for further action.
Mar. 1: This afternoon, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to pass the San Francisco Anti-Registry ("Non-Cooperation with Identity Based Registry") Ordinance, the first law of its kind in the country. This ordinance prohibits San Francisco from taking any part in a Muslim registry or any registry based on religion, national origin, or ethnicity. This victory was made possible due to strong support from community members and our partner organizations.
Read more about the ordinance here.
Feb. 17: Today, Advancing Justice - ALC held a Day of Remembrance Event for the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066, the executive order that authorized the mass incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent. Don Tamaki and Imam Zaid spoke at this event, which drew approximately 200 attendees.
Feb. 16: Advancing Justice – California is sponsoring the California Voting for All Act, a state bill that would make California a nationwide leader on ensuring language access in the voting process for limited-English immigrant voters. The bill is carried by Assemblymember Rob Bonta, head of the legislature’s API Caucus. As the state with the most immigrant voters and the most limited-English voters in the nation, we believe California must be on the cutting edge of making translated ballots and bilingual poll workers available. The California Voting for All Act is a key part of building an accessible, inclusive, and diverse democracy in our state.
Read more about the bill here.
Feb. 7: Our Voting Rights Program was named to a statewide steering committee leading the implementation of SB 450, a bill passed in 2016 that will change how elections are administered in certain counties. If implemented correctly, the bill will create more flexible voting options for voters (more vote-by-mail, more early voting, etc.) and may increase turnout among our communities.
Feb. 1: Prior to tonight's Police Commission meeting, the San Francisco Police Department announced it would suspend its participation in the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). This victory comes after years of sustained pressure and organizing, including passage of the SAFE Civil Rights Ordinance, which required SFPD officers involved in JTTF to follow San Francisco's laws to protect against harmful racial and religious profiling and privacy violations. Earlier this month, we sent a letter with partner organizations to SFPD highlighting our concerns about the department's involvement with JTTF.
Any future involvement between SFPD and JTTF must be reviewed by the Board of Supervisors and Police Commission, and further requires public review and comment.
Jan. 31: The CA Values Act (SB 54 - DeLeon) passed Senate Public Safety Committee on a 5-2 vote this morning. The bill is the strongest pro-immigrant legislation in the country. The CA Values Act ensures that state and local resources cannot be used to assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement in carrying out deportations. The bill will be moving on to Senate Appropriations Committee in mid-February.
Read more about the bill here.
Jan. 28: Immediately following Trump’s Muslim Ban Executive Order, our attorneys were at San Francisco International Airport for several days providing free legal support for travelers who were detained or people whose family members were affected.
Jan. 17: Our Immigrant Rights attorneys filed a petition in federal court on behalf of an immigrant from a minority community in Laos. The petition helped secure his release after nine months in immigration detention.