A few things happening this Monday, first is Hands Across Alameda which is an event created by the moderator of Alameda Peeps to get folks to come together and make a highly visual statement that, despite the national insanity, this city is unified and supportive of all residents. From the event details:
On February 20th, 2017 residents of Alameda and surrounding cities will meet on the beach to create a human chain stretching the entire length of Alameda Beach and then some.
The goal is reach from crab cove to the bay farm bridge, where residents from bay farm will continue to chain along the bay trail.
This is not a fundraiser. It is simply a gesture of support and unity for all the residents in Alameda and beyond.
Simply put, everyone belongs here.
Also, if a show of unity is not enough and you want to do more at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, February 20 there will be a town hall on the next steps around the City’s Sanctuary City policy. From the Facebook page invite:
+ ACLU of Northern California – Raquel Ortega
+ Karina Rivera (Supervisor Wilma Chan)
+ Cinthya Munoz (Supervisor Richard Vella) – Alameda County Ad Hoc Committee on Immigration and Refugee Rights
+ Deborah Lee, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity
+ Susan Davis, AUSD Community Affairs
+ Olivia Higgins, AUSD LGBTQ Roundtable
As concerned community residents, we are coming together to discuss ways to deepen our understanding of what it means when we say that “Everyone Belongs Here.”
Our aim is to strengthen our commitment and find practical ways to support the City Council’s resolution to be a “Sanctuary City.” We will discuss specific steps we can take to make Alameda a truly inclusive, supportive community for all.
We seek to:
• Identify issues, actions and activities that community members and the City Council can do to be prepared to put our City’s Sanctuary City resolution into action for all Alamedans.
• Identify how local action can support our local community, as well as encourage systemic change at a regional, state and federal level
• Educate the community about the potential impacts of anticipated federal policies and how we can counter them and provide stand behind our commitment to provide Sanctuary for all people in our island city.
Please join us! This event is free and open to all.
Both event are open to the public and much needed give the unpredictability of the current administration and the captiousness of the actions that have been taken against some US residents.