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January 26, 2017

Two minute hate

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

I’m really proud of the City government and the School Board for taking steps to proactively announce that this City is a welcoming space in light of the most recent news out of the White House:

and this:

While it’s a small gesture, it’s a gesture nonetheless which is much needed during this vomit inducing world that we currently exist in:

Alameda, California – January 20, 2017 Both Alameda’s City Council and the Board of Education of the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) have in recent weeks affirmed their commitment to safety and respect for all individuals.

At its meeting on January 17, Alameda City Councilmembers voted unanimously (with one member not present) to adopt a resolution that reaffirms the City of Alameda’s commitment as a Sanctuary City to the values of dignity, inclusivity, and respect for all individuals, regardless of ethnic or national origin, gender, race, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or immigration status. (Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer had to leave for the Mayor’s Conference in Washington D.C. before the vote.)

At its meeting on January 13, AUSD’s Board of Education members unanimously expressed support for a resolution declaring AUSD a “safe haven” district for all students. The Board will vote on this resolution at its meeting January 24, 2017.

The City’s Resolution

The City’s resolution that was adopted Tuesday night reconfirms existing City policies and serves as a formal declaration that the City has and will continue to be inclusive to all individuals.

“Following the election, fears that certain groups of people might be targeted or deported have increased in our city,” stated City Manager Jill Keimach. “Those fears are based on a number of factors, including statements made by the President-elect during the campaign and on social media.” On December 20, 2016, the City Council unanimously directed staff to prepare a resolution, reaffirming the City of Alameda’s commitment to LGBTQ rights, religious freedoms, and racial, social, and economic justice, and our commitment to the values of inclusivity, respect, and dignity.

The City’s resolution is the latest action in a century-long tradition of embracing diversity and respecting the civil and human rights of its residents, while acknowledging and understanding laws at every level in the past were often at odds to progress. Since 1917 the City’s Social Service Human Relations Board (SSHRB) has been working to create an environment that encourages and brings about mutual understanding, respect, and goodwill among groups of people in the community. Over the years the City has also co-sponsored campaigns including “Alamedans Together Against Hate,” “Pledge for a Hate Free Alameda,” “No Room for Hate in Alameda,” “Everyone Belongs Here,” and most recently “Love Our Island.”

Thirty community members lined up to speak Tuesday night, one quoting Martin Luther King Jr., “True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.” Alameda’s resolution reaffirms the stance the City took many years ago against biased, racist, and unconstitutional acts.

Councilmember Matarrese directed staff to include that all requests or mandates from the federal government for use of City resources, or the absence of such requests, be reported on a regular basis to the City Council for advice and direction. “The dichotomy of starting this week with the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and ending it with the events in Washington is not lost on me,” stated Councilmember Jim Oddie, who brought the resolution to Council as a referral in December. “We all have more work to do to increase inclusivity in Alameda and ensure that justice is for all.”

The School District’s Resolution

At its meeting on January 10, 2017, AUSD staff presented the Board of Education with a resolution designating AUSD a “safe haven” district that has an “unequivocal commitment to ensuring a safe educational environment for all.” The resolution also reaffirms within the confines of the law the authority of the Superintendent to protect the data and identities of any student, family member, or school employee who may be adversely affected by efforts to collect such information.

“Ours is a very diverse district,” AUSD Superintendent Sean McPhetridge says. “About 17 percent of our students are English Language Learners; among them they speak more than 72 languages. Last year we launched the ‘Everyone Belongs Here’ campaign, in partnership with nine other Alameda-based organizations that asserts that our schools are safe spaces for all students. We have had an uptick in hate speech at our school sites since the election.  This resolution re-affirms that inclusivity, safety, and respect for all is a core value of our district.”

In recognition of the resolutions, both the City and the school district will hang banner-sized versions of the “Everyone Belongs Here” poster in their lobbies today. Over the next several weeks, the district will also hang the banners at each school site.

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20 Comments »

  1. Yep.

    Comment by Susan Paulukonis — January 26, 2017 @ 6:12 am

  2. Everyone One Belongs Here Poster

    Can’t even get their fucking poster description right..

    Comment by jack — January 26, 2017 @ 8:55 am

  3. The incredible self draining swamp…The State Department’s entire senior management team just resigned

    Comment by jack — January 26, 2017 @ 9:02 am

    • looks like your needed in Washington right now. Jack.

      Comment by JohnP.Trump is not my President. — January 26, 2017 @ 10:59 am

  4. After 8 vomit inducing years, I completely endorse the values on the Everyone Belongs Here poster, minus the criminals, sex fiends, bullies and illegal aliens. When you shine a spotlight on an issue, as Laura knows, the cockroaches scatter in search of darkness. When the choice comes, to spending money on Veterans, or Needy Citizens versus Illegal Aliens, our politicians will have to vote with the citizens watching them. When the crime lists are posted of illegal alien rapes, robberies and murders, our politicians will have to apologize for them. At least a little bit except in Sweden. In Sweden it is considered criminal to reveal the race and immigration status of the criminals. Mexico is not sending us their doctors and lawyers and skilled workers. South of the Border you are the 1% or the illiterate destitutes. Guess which are illegally coming here for our taxpayer dollars? Why would we be so stupid as to pay for them? Shine the light on them and stop paying for them and they will go away.

    Comment by Rising Sun — January 26, 2017 @ 10:26 am

    • Better to ignore certain comments. But how about not calling people cockroaches?

      Comment by MP — January 26, 2017 @ 10:40 am

  5. Trump administration will begin building more detention space for undocumented immigrants.

    This is a perfect opportunity for Alameda to trump Trump and Oddie’s double whammy (Trump = find and detain Oddie = find and educate),

    Alameda can do a great ad campaign on our “safe haven” policy…make it so great sounding that undocumentees from all over the globe will swarm here. Then have Trump build edification facilities disguised as detention facilities out at the Point. Then charge Trump a huge fee for housing and Oddifiying the detainees. In fact since the Alameda schools speak 71 different languages it’s a perfect opportunity to have the detainees interact with the students (maybe teach them new skills from the old country).

    Much better use for the Point than burying a bunch of veterans and a heck of a lot more income for the city.

    Comment by jack — January 26, 2017 @ 10:43 am

  6. Would be a great time for Spencer to speak boldly in defense of the inclusive values of our community and join other mayors in standing up to the current president.

    Comment by BC — January 26, 2017 @ 11:59 am

    • You meant “shun” instead of “join”, right?

      Comment by jack — January 26, 2017 @ 5:24 pm

  7. Looks like the swamp came to the comments section.

    Comment by Angela — January 26, 2017 @ 12:41 pm

  8. You should know what you are talking about before posting.

    Police know that immigrants don’t report crimes because they are afraid of getting arrested even if the police won’t automatically turn them over to ICE. They move to big cities because they are less visible there. So therefore it is somewhat disingenuous to suggest that somehow immigrants are “crime free” or that these areas have “lower” crime rates. In Oakland, immigrants are targeted by criminals, because they carry cash – they are even referred to by predators as “ATMs,” as they stand on corners look for work, ride the bus or BART. Prostitution, petty crime, drug dealing, and below market labor is a quick way to make cash for many. Many driving cars are not insured or licensed. Some immigrant children are not properly inoculated, lack proper medical or dental care, and glasses. Trump’s policy is open for criticism, but it is equally hard to defend our pre-Trump policy.

    Banners and signs won’t protect the children or the District from funding cuts, if they come. Would the school district be willing to float a bond measure so that we all can support students here illegally? Doubtful.

    And Jack – Nice video! The Dutch have a much better sense of humor than we do…

    Comment by Captain Obvious — January 26, 2017 @ 3:51 pm

    • ” Trump’s policy is open for criticism, but it is equally hard to defend our pre-Trump policy.” Non sequitur again. From the examples you picked, the only conclusion one can draw is that Trump’s policy will worsen the problems.

      Comment by BC — January 26, 2017 @ 4:56 pm

  9. Politicians at their very best. Trump signs a vague Executive Order. Blue State politicians respond in kind with promises to fight.

    The order was purposely vague because there are several court cases dealing with states’ rights that could make it difficult for the Trump administration to legally require cities and counties to enforce immigration law — and that limit what funds they can withhold from cities and counties. Currently, the Trump administration to targeting federal grants to police departments.

    There many, many court decisions that have found ICE detainers to violate the constitution — because they constitute unreasonable search and seizure. So they know many actions of ICE have been found to violate the constitution, and so there are limits to what they can do. So the Trump administration will have thread a small needle to avoid lawsuit based on the 4th and 10th amendments.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — January 26, 2017 @ 3:52 pm

    • Illegal immigrants are not protected and do have constitutional rights.

      Comment by jack — January 26, 2017 @ 8:23 pm

      • I should have known better. Of course any ‘person’ in this country has rights under the constitution.

        Comment by jack — January 28, 2017 @ 7:07 pm

  10. Mike McMahon is correct. Based on Supreme Court decisions, it is hard to imagine how Trump hopes to cut federal funding to “so called Sanctuary Cities” that isn’t directly related to immigration enforcement dollars or perhaps law enforcement grants. Trump himself specifically excluded law enforcement grants from the threatened cuts. So what does he think he is going to cut?

    The federal government can only withhold funds directly related to whatever policy they are trying to push. And even in this situation, Trump would probably need legislative support. I am not sure how many members of Congress would agree to cuts specifically targeting law enforcement grants to their districts or states to get through Congress.

    Comment by JohnB — January 27, 2017 @ 10:53 am


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