Trust Act Pray-In Sept 19th

Thank you to the several dozen faith and community leaders who gathered for a morning PRAY-In for TRUST (Act).  There were meditations, prayers from various traditions, singing, reflections, and a collective prayer for  RESTORED TRUST.

A giant heart with prayers written on it from those most affected was delivered to Sheriff Ahern.  See the transcript in the TV Telemundo 48 coverage to see his misguided and fear-based response.

See the media coverage below:
1) In print:
San Jose Mercury/CC Times/Oakland Tribune political blog:

2) On the radio:
KPFA Radio. Ft. Rev. Lee, Rev. Scott, Pancho.

3) On television:  KSTS Telemundo 48, San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose. 6:00 PM News, Sept. 19, 2013.& KNSO Telemundo 51, Fresno
English translation of tv coverage

Anchor: A statewide association is opposing that the Governor sign a bill that could reduce the number of deportations in California, the so-called TRUST Act.

Anchor: Pilar Niño spoke today with the President of this organization and will tell us what was done today to try to get him to change his mind.
Pilar Niño, reporter: Indeed. This is about the California Sheriffs Association, and that’s why today, demonstrators came here to the office of the Alameda Sheriff, here in Oakland, who is its director.
Indigenous rituals, songs, and prayers. Community and religious groups who seek to halt opposition to a bill that would limit deportations in the state resorted to everything today. They were seeking to move the heart of the Sheriff of Alameda, Gregory Ahern.
Etelvina López, MUA: To tell the Sheriff to put his hand upon his conscience, and realize that many mothers are separated from their children, or fathers, who are the only breadwinners for their children, and are deported.
Reporter: This bill, the Trust Act, is already on the Governor’s desk awaiting his signature. It would make it so that people arrested for minor crimes are not turned over to ICE for deportation in the state.
Jon Rodney: For example, traffic infractions, selling food in the street without a permit…
Reporter: For example, Pancho. He was arrested for refusing to leave a plaza while he was meditating during the Occupy Oakland movement.
Reporter, to Pancho: Isn’t it insane to expose yourself to ICE?
Pancho: It’s insane to allow our communities to continue being unprotected.
Reporter: The bill was vetoed by the Governor last year. They say that the current version is more strict and allows ICE to intervene in cases of serious crimes. Even so, the Association of Sheriffs headed by Ahern was opposing.
That’s why today, they wrote messages on this [giant cardboard] heart.
Jon Rodney: …and seeing that the sheriffs open their hearts to the immigrant community.
Reporter: In spite of the prayers, the association did not give in.
Sheriff Ahern: [English] We have access to local and state databases and records…
[Translated voice-over]: We have access to local and state databases and records, but what we don’t know is the history of individuals outside of California. Immigration could have information about people who’ve committed serious violent crimes in other states, so we believe they should continue to be allowed to contact the detainees.
[Transcript of story adds, Community groups responded that this concern doesn’t make sense, since it was considered in the proposal.]

However, the final decision will be the Governor’s. He has until October 13th to sign it or veto it.

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