DACA Students Speak Out at Senator Feinstein's Office


On September 7th, 2017 we were honored to host three DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients who are students at San Diego State University at Senator Feinstein's San Diego District Office.  Since President Trump's ending of the DACA program on September 5th, all three students have been emboldened to come out of the shadows and share their immigration and education stories with key stakeholders.  Field Representative, Ryan Williams, heard their stories of struggle and achievement and will pass them along to Senator Feinstein who is co-sponsoring the DREAM Act to give them and the other 220,000 DACA recipients in California a path to citizenship. The students shared stories of being brought to this country when they were very young, being thrown into English-only school, surviving, getting straight As, helping their parents who work triple shifts and night shifts, never asking for money, trying to find a way to make money to help their families, struggling to pay for college, and being so grateful that DACA allowed them to get decent jobs, work and study without fear.  The young women who spoke said that since the news that DACA was ending was announced they have been in a state of shock with younger siblings asking if they will be abandoned  if they are taken away.  All 3 women have career or graduate school plans and now have uncertain futures.  The struggles and trauma associated with this systemic injustice is an unbearable weight.  All three students have been relying upon the undocumented community at SDSU's Education Without Borders group to support one another while no immediate solutions are clear.  Also present at the meeting was a SDSU student ally of undocumented students, and a mother of a DACA student with physical dis/Abilities who spoke passionately on behalf of her daughter's right to be here and have a path to citizenship.  Current DACA recipients whose DACA expires between September 5th and March 5, 2018 must have their applications received by October 5, 2017 to renew their DACA for 2 more years.  This renewal comes with a $495 fee that many may not be able to afford.  Support the DREAM Act here.


Also, a big thank you to Ana Anderson, Deanna Niño, Dan Gamez, and Elif Tinney for taking the time out of their schedules to make their asks of the Senator at this meeting.


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Defend DACA Rally San Diego




Thanks to everyone who came out today and lifted their voices in support of "dreamers" who were brought here as children. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program allowed them to go to school, work etc. without fear of deportation. That all ended today with Trump's actions . BUT tonight, hundreds of people came out in support of Dreamers and support Congress passing the Dream Act which would give dreamers a path to citizenship. Call your reps and tell them you support the Dream act!

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Celebrate Women's Equality Day. March with us in the 12th Annual Suffrage Parade

Dress up in white, wave your "Votes for Women" sign and join us to celebrate the journey of the women's movement.


Celebrate Women's Equality Day with Lifting Generations as we join with other local women's organizations to march 12th Annual Suffrage Parade, sponsored by the Women's Museum of California!

   Women's Equality Day commemorates the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, August 26, 1920.


Listen to the enactments of the Suffragists from the First Wave of Feminism:
Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth,  
Carrie Chapman Catt, Ellen Browning Scripps, Harriett Tubman, Alice Paul, Eleanor Roosevelt

Then march in a Suffrage Parade, with equality chants, through the Prado

Meet August 26th at 4:00 PM
Lawn area by the Hall of Nations
Balboa Park, San Diego
(across from the Organ Pavilion)



For more information 


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ACLU Attorney to Speak about Policing, Civil Rights, and Immigration





It couldn't be more timely. Come and hear from ACLU attorney Bardis Vakili talk about civil rights, policing and immigrant issues tonight at 909 Grand Avenue in Pacific Beach 6-8 PM. Bring your questions. Light snacks and drinks will be served. Please register for free-it's fast and easy- here:



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Youth Advocacy Chair Meets with Legislators in Washington DC

IMG_0509.JPGYouth Advocacy Chair and high school student, Maya Landsberg, is in Washington DC meeting with legislators to communicate our Lifting Generations asks.  After completing the Georgetown University 2017 American Politics Institute course, Landsberg met with legislative staff in Rep. Scott Peters, Sen. Kamala Harris, and Sen. Feinstein's offices.  She's hoping to meet with Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton tomorrow!  We are so thankful for your service, Ms. Landsberg.

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Lifting Generations Speaks to Support Muslim Students in SDUSD

IMG_0511.JPGLifting Generations Co-Chair of Immigrant and Minority Affairs, Elif Tinney speaks in support of safe spaces for Muslim students in SDUSD


Lifting Generations members Elif Tinney, Andrea Esajian, and Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen spoke in support of San Diego Unified School District's "Addressing Tolerance Through the Comprehensive School Counseling and Guidance Plan" at tonight's SDUSD Board Meeting.  We asked about how the program will be funded, how it will reach all students quickly given the lengthy 7 year roll-out plan, and how the plan will address Islamophobia given the current hateful rhetoric towards people of the Muslim faith in our communities, state and nation.  Before the public comment period the Board voted in favor of the plan.  The comments by community members were overwhelmingly in favor but criticized the plan for not mentioning the current need to support Muslim students in particular and also imploring the Board to continue seeking input and collaboration with CAIR, the Council for American Islamic Relations.  Many Muslim Americans spoke thoughtfully and passionately about supporting Muslim youth in schools and providing safe-spaces long with a curriculum to promote understanding of the Muslim faith.  In response, Board President Richard Barrera spoke in defense of focusing on targeted groups such as Muslims, as this has always been how SDUSD has responded to the needs of students with a special focus.  Loud detractors in the crowd were drowned out by the applause of the audience when Barrera called out the hateful speech of hecklers in the audience.  Lifting Generations is proud to be a part of supporting Muslim students and will hold SDUSD accountable for protecting them.

IMG_0520.PNGBoard Meeting attendees, including Lifting Generations members

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Know What's Going On: US Senate & House Legislative Calendars


The US Senate Legislative Calendar is an important tool to use to find out what's happening on this day in DC.  Click here to find what Congress will be working on today -- scroll down to "Document in Context" and click on "PDF."  Here's where you can find the US House calendar for the current day.

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Women Will Members Speak Out Against Islamophobia


Women Will members spoke tonight at San Diego Unified School District's school board meeting to support recent efforts by the district to protect Muslim student.  The anti-bullying program is intended to make sure that Muslim students in SDUSD are protected through a program to educate students about Islam.  Thank you to Women Will members Andrea Esajian, Elif Tinney, Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen, and Laura Beiser whose statement was caught by Board Member Kevin Beiser and posted on his Facebook feed with appreciation!IMG_0177.JPG

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Please Help Reunite Angel and Loris Who is Facing Deportation!

**UPDATE: July 13, 2017. Unfortunately, despite all in our community fighting hard as well as Senators Feinstein and Harris sending inquiries on Angel's behalf, Loris was deported to Italy.  Now the legal battle begins to bring these husbands back together.  Please contribute to their GoFundMe campaign if you can (Please visit our gofundme page to donate. ) or to a fund for another family who is losing a family member to an unjust deportation.  Please write and call your US Senators and ask them to adopt a sane immigration policy and to stop the abuses of immigrants and their families.**
Please also watch Angel's Video thank you to all of you who have donated.
Yesterday, Angel Osuna (Women Will member) and Loris Speltini were returning to San Diego after spending the day in Tijuana, Mexico and were stopped by Border Patrol.  After showing their identification, being questioned and searched Loris was taken away by Border Patrol. Angel is a US citizen and a full time student at UCSD studying sociology.  Loris is an Italian national here on a visa. Loris and Angel were married a year ago. The Border Patrol said that Loris’ visa is invalid because he is married and living here.  Neither Angel or Loris were allowed to use their phones while at Border Patrol and once Angel left Border Patrol to find legal help, for many hours Angel could not locate Loris. When Angel found out where Loris was being detained and brought him clothes and a toothbrush, Border Patrol would not let Angel see Loris.  They are forcing Loris to be deported even though Loris has volunteered to leave back to Italy.  An involuntary deportation could bar Loris from returning to his husband for years.  Although an immigration lawyer is trying to push for his voluntary deportation so that he may be able to return on a different visa with less of a delay, there is not much chance of the Border Patrol allowing this.  The bottom line is that Angel and Loris will most likely be separated - possibly for years – because, unknown to them, he had the wrong kind of visa.  The Border Patrol will essentially “punish” Loris with a 3 year ban for trying to return from a day trip in Tijuana with his husband to San Diego.  The current US administration’s crack-down on immigration has resulted in a married couple likely being torn apart for years.  Angel is a low-income student who qualifies for Medical.  Loris also does not have financial resources.  Angel is on track to graduate UCSD next year and plans to go to law school. The financial and emotional burden this has inflicted could shatter those plans.  Please help Angel with any amount so he can pay for the last-minute flight for Loris to be deported to Italy, legal fees, housing for Angel (as he may have to move out of married housing), lost work time and income.

Please visit our gofundme page to donate. 


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Dr. Cohn Dazzles Us with Knowledge at Second Speakers Series a Success


A big thank you to Dr. Marjorie Cohn who shared her legal and political expertise with us at our Second Speakers Series and General Membership Meeting.  Dr. Cohn spoke with Women Will supporters and members about the travel ban and withdrawal from the Paris Accords.  She described the legal foundations of an impeachable offense and outlined how this administration has not followed the law in a variety of ways.  Dr. Cohn graciously took questions from the audience and offered thoughtful and context-specific responses to questions that increased our knowledge.  

Thank you also to Women Will members Sarita Ordonez, Co-Chair of Legal Affairs and Maya Landsberg, Chair of Youth Advocacy, who presented an engaging and powerful introduction their work at Women Will.  Gratitude is also due Ana Anderson, Co-Chair of Meetings and Membership, who assured the evening went off smoothly and with tasty appetizers and drinks.  A special thank you goes to Andrea Esajian, Kristi Blackburn, and Cindy Phillips for your help with the space.


Please mark your calendars and save the date for our 3rd Speakers Series & General Membership Meeting on July 18th!


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