On August 12th LiftGen Legal Affairs Chair, Deanna Niño and Chair, Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen engaged with the ACLU's Virtual Lobby Day in Sacramento. We spoke with Assemblymember Todd Gloria this morning to ask him to support two important bills currently in the California Legislature: AB 901 Reducing Criminalization of Youth and SB 731 Kenneth Ross Jr. Police Decertification Act. AB 901 will support youth and keep them on track by providing educational resources, tutoring, counseling, mentoring and other appropriate supports, rather than pushing them into the juvenile justice system. And SB 731 helps decertify police officers who have been fired for excessive force, sexual misconduct and dishonesty. Assemblymember Gloria said he was in support of AB 901 and talked about the need to put more funding into social services.
Being on the call was inspiring because it reminded us that we can make a huge impact on the lives of minoritized communities and all of us, decriminalizing People of Color through direct conversations with legislators. It reminds all of us that elected officials work for us and need to hear from us!
You can make your voice heard too!
Call Your Lawmakers! 📱
Connector Line to Call Your CA Assemblymembers: 1-833-946-2258
Connector Line to Call Your CA Senators: 1-844-924-2258
What to say when calling legislators about SB 731 & AB 901:
My name is [NAME] and I live in [CITY]. I urge you to support SB 731 & AB 901.
SB 731 will help keep Californians safe and make sure that officers who violate the law cannot continue bouncing from department to department. This bill will create a process to remove abusive police from the streets and protect historically marginalized people targeted by police violence.
[Personal story here if applicable.]
AB 901 will prevent innocent young people from being pushed into the criminal justice system. Many innocent youth are on “informal probation” for non-criminal behavioral problems such as poor grades, being late to class, or talking during class. Placing youth under the supervision of probation officers when they haven’t been accused of a crime is not the response our youth need.
[Personal story here if applicable.]
Please support AB 731 & AB 901. Thank you
On June 7th 2020, members of Lifting Generations joined in a car caravan organized by Black Lives Matter San Diego stopping at 14 different sites of violence against Blacks across San Diego including La Jolla where Monique Clark was shot at a UTC pool party by a white man. In solidarity with justice for Blacks, Lifting Generation members drove in long lines of cars with signs calling for justice and demanding that Black Lives Matter. There were hundreds and hundreds of cars across the county taking part in this socially distanced peaceful protest to end violence against Blacks in our country.
The Route Planned by Black Lives Matter San Diego
Jenn Budd speaking to Lifting Generations at Thorn Brewery, Barrio Logan
Andrea Guerrero, Executive Director of Alliance San Diego describing the New Border Vision
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen, Chair of Lifting Generations and Jenn Budd, Civil Rights Activist
February 7, 2020
(Warning: This post and links contain disturbing stories of violence, misogyny, and racism.)
I keep deleting the start of this post because I am not sure how to thank Jenn Budd for speaking to us last night. How do you thank someone who has undergone unfathomable attacks and threats to her life and well-being while training and working for Border Patrol? How do you thank someone for leaving Border Patrol and unveiling the truth about the violence, lies, crimes, misogyny, and shocking monstrosities that are the fabric of Border Patrol? How do you thank someone who has dedicated her life to a humane border policy that treats migrants like sisters and brothers? Dedicated her life to pulling back the curtain on abuse at the border? It was not easy for any of us to hear the terrifying recounting of events but we are all better for knowing the truth. We are so horrified that we must continue to take action. Ways we can do that are to call out Border Patrol for their abuses and lies, write letters, take to the streets and Border Patrol offices and demonstrate, research local, state, and federal candidates to ensure their positions on the border ensure massive reform and respect for all of our sisters and brothers, share what we learned, and motivate like-minded people to register to vote, vote, and write letters to get likely democrats to vote. We raised $800 for Alliance San Diego. Their New Border Vision is what we hope will gain traction so we can begin to live up to the promise of a welcoming and just United States.
About this Event
You're invited to hear from former border patrol agent turned activist, Jenn Budd. Join Us February 6, 2020. 6:30-8:30 PM.
From Jenn on Twitter: "As a former agent, I can tell you that cruelty is the point. They have the ability to treat families humanely but choose not to bc Border Patrol does not value the lives of immigrants. This is taught in the academy & reinforced by management."
Ms. Budd has been featured on MSNBC, Newsweek, the New York Times, USA Today, Politico and more.
Location: Thorn Brewing-Barrio Logan
1745 National Ave. Barrio Logan, CA 92113
*Adult content, not appropriate for young children.
Wow! LiftGen members and guests were blown away by the powerful discussion of timely issues by four local women candidates of color on January 13th 2020: Andrea Cardenas - Chula Vista City Council; Marisa Calderon - CA 50; Olga Diaz - SD County Board of Supervisors, and Lawana Richmond - SDUSD School Board. A robust discussion of how each candidate will address gun violence, the goodness that migrants bring to our communities and harness their experience and knowledge as women of color to enrich their constituencies and more were appreciated and served to educate and inspire the audience in attendance. Thank you to LiftGen members Carolyn Shadle for hosting and to Deanna Niño and Elif Tinney for researching local candidates and communicating with them! Thanks to local artist Elizabeth Tobias for her "Voting is My Superpower" artwork! Don't miss our next event and mark your calendars for February 6, 2020 6:30-8:30 to hear from Jenn Budd, former Border Patrol Agent turned migrant activist! Get your tickets here: Jenn Budd tickets.
LiftGen Writes Letters to Encourage Dem Votes in 2020!
Thank you to those who came out last week to help us write letters to encourage likely democrat voters in super states to vote! We had a great time learning from board member Laura how to use the Vote Forward system. Thank you Laura! And thank you, Kim, for hosting us. We enjoyed yummy snacks, wine, and drinks as we wrote our encouragement, labelled and sealed envelopes, and stuck fun stamps on our work! Vote Forward makes it so easy - even printing and filling in each recipient's voter registration form that we include with the letter! Wow! I think we made a big difference for 2020! The best part is you can continue this letter writing at home. If you want to dig in, check Vote Forward out here! If you'd rather learn how to do it with us, keep an eye out for an October date when we will get together again to write letters and orient newbies to the process!
Yours in ReSisterhood,
One of the most powerful ways to get someone to vote is a handwritten letter! Just one voter can vote Trump out of the White House, flip a Senate seat to a Democrat and stop Republican gerrymandering through flipping a statehouse. Join us on Thursday, September 5th anytime between 6 and 8 PM. Just bring your laptop or phone and your reading glasses. We'll do the rest. Let's have fun together while we pave a path to a wonderful 2020! Contact Trish or another board member for the address in La Jolla.
Send a diaper to Congress and tell them to Treat migrants humanely!
Need your congressperson's address? Type your zipcode in here: https://www.contactingcongress.org/
Immigrant Roundtable Recap
A heartfelt thank you to those of you who were able to join us for our Immigrant Roundtable on Saturday evening. We were able to collect $1,140 for the Migrant Shelter in San Diego! The shelter also gained new volunteers!
Our three expert speakers gave us great insight into the complex but clearly "manufactured humanitarian crisis" at our border as Becca Taylor, Lead Coordinator of San Diego Migrant Shelter, reframed the current immigration situation. Throughout the talk, there was a focus on reframing language to humanize immigrants. We were reminded that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than the native born general population and are being detained when they are here to work and make a better life. There are 11 million undocumented immigrants that have been living and working in the U.S. for many years contributing to our nation who need a clear path to citizenship. Leah Hurwitz, recently retired immigration attorney, explained that new restrictive interpretations of US asylum laws, tremendous processing delays, and the new policy of making asylum seekers wait in Mexico for their cases to be heard in the US are pressing issues. Lilian Serrano, Chair of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, shared part of their work is to help families who are impacted by raids with legal assistance, and detained asylum-seeking immigrants who are waiting for hearing dates to pay unreachable bond amounts averaging $4000 per person. Ms. Serrano explained that immigrant communities and farmworker families in San Diego County, even those with documentation, are experiencing heightened fear such that they are afraid to go to the doctor or allow their children to access free school lunches because they think they may be deported if they access services that are rightfully theirs.
There is so much to do to support immigrants in our communities and our little community is doing this work with big hearts open to our newest neighbors! I want immigrants to bring their kids to the doctor if they are sick. If you agree, take a few minutes to make a call to your CA representative supporting a law that would give Medi-Cal access to undocumented immigrants (see the number and calling script below).
Call to Action for Immigrants
After a group of us at LiftGen volunteered at the Migrant Shelter on St. Patrick's Day, we asked you to help with clothing donations for migrant children and their families and you really came through! In just 72 hours our porch was overflowing with bags upon bags of gently used clothing for the families seeking asylum at the shelter run by the San Diego Rapid Response Network. One evening during those busy 72 hours, my partner answered the door and there stood a Bird Rock dad with huge cardboard boxes of packed with hundreds of brand new socks and t-shirts! The generosity and outpouring of love for migrants seeking asylum in our country is heartening.
Before this shelter was established a few months ago, migrant families were being dropped with their few belongings on the streets of San Diego to fend for themselves. Almost all of the families who come to the shelter spend just one night getting a shower, meals, a fresh set of clothing, help with travel plans to their sponsors and any requested medical care. The shelter serves about 150-300 new migrants each day, so your donations are very much still needed. If you still have boxes, drawers or bags of clothes you need to move out of your house, you can bring needed items to the shelter's collection center in UTC. Or if you want to pick an amount and hit the store for needed items, go for it!
- Shirts and sweaters (sizes small and medium)
- Pants (sizes 30 x 30 and below or boys XL)and M/S leggings
- Backpacks (used ok), shoelaces, hats & beanies
- Protein bars for travel bags (not granola bars)
- More international calling cards. These can be bought at Rite Aid, CVS, or Walgreens. We are going through these faster than anticipated, so we really appreciate the donations!
- Outdoor toys (no balls please. Tricycles, hula hoops. ask us in advance)
- You can also shop on our AMAZON WISH LIST!
Good Samaritan Episcopal Church- UTC Area
4321 Eastgate Mall, San Diego, CA 92121
Would you like to learn more about the shelter? Here is a news video documenting when Governor Newsom visited recently.
Keep fighting for what you know is right. We're right here alongside you!
Chair, Lifting Generations