|You're Invited - "California Can Do Better" - Supreme Court Decision Activities||
Throughout the United States, immigrant communities and their allies await for two very important announcements this week: The Supreme Court of the United States will rule no the constitutionality of the health care law and Arizona's tough, anti-immigrant law, SB1070.
In Los Angeles, we are gearing up to respond as a community should the decision of the High Court come down in favor of Arizona and against basic human values. Racial profiling will not be tolerated and that's why on the same day the court announces its ruling, we will hold a vigil and rally called "California Can Do Better".
Look below for a schedule of activities that will take place in Los Angeles.
|Victory: No Double Fees for Vendors!||
CHIRLA thanks Supervisor Gloria Molina and her colleagues on the LA County Board of Supervisors for voting to revise the Department of Public Health's fees for individual vendor pushcarts. In effect, by not doubling this fee (from $301 to $602, setting it at $342) the Board sided on the side of vendors whose jobs will now be saved. In these times, preserving jobs for the community should be our main priority. CHIRLA's Pedro Trujillo and Joseph Villela joined the Board meeting this morning to support the measure. This is a small yet significant victory for immigrant families whose bread is put on the table by the palerteros and paleteras, ice cream vendors, of Los Angeles.
CHIRLA agradece el voto de la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Los Angeles, en especial el de Supervisora Gloria Molina, para no doblar el costo de las tarifas (de $301 a $602) para vendedores de carritos. Los Supervisores se unieron para que los vendedores ambulantes no perdieron sus trabajos. El salvaguardar trabajos en nuestra comunidad debe de ser nuestra prioridad colectiva. Los compañeros de CHIRLA Pedro Trujillo y Joseph Villela estuvieron presentes en la reunión de hoy apoyando la medida. Una pequeña batalla lograda con impacto significativo para las familias inmigrantes cuyo esfuerzo es para poner el pan de cada dia en sus mesas.
|Thank You for Supporting CHIRLA's Spring Gala!||
Thanks to the support of our generous Sponsors and Donors, CHIRLA’s 2013 Spring Gala was a big success! Almost 500 community leaders, politicians, advocates, organizations and individuals joined us at the historic Park Plaza in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate our theme of Families Fighting for Reform. The event was covered by Telemundo and Univision.
The evening’s Honorees: Alejandro Mayorkas, Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS); Congressmember Lucille Roybal-Allard, U.S. Representative for California’s 40th Congressional District; Warehouse Workers United; and CHIRLA’s Families Fighting for Reform represent CHIRLA’s many allies who have won victories for the immigrant community in their fight for progress, justice and acceptance. They have forged new avenues of possibility for workers, students, and our movement as a whole, and we were delighted to recognize the accomplishments of this distinguished group of leaders for our community.
|Statement: Ending Racial Profiling in America||
STATEMENT OF Angelica Salas, Executive Director Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, CHIRLA
Hearing “Ending Racial Profiling in America”
SENATE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE CONSTITUTION, CIVIL RIGHTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS
UNITED STATES SENATE
APRIL 17, 2012
I am honored to submit this testimony for the record on behalf of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) regarding today’s hearing on racial profiling. Formed in 1986, CHIRLA’s missions is to advance the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees in Los Angeles; promote harmonious multi-ethnic and multi-racial human relations; and through coalition-building, advocacy, community education and organizing, empower immigrants and their allies to build a more just society. Racial profiling is a long-standing concern of the immigrant community in California, and with the increased immigration enforcement – including the expanding involvement of local police departments and sheriffs agencies – the threat is greater than it has ever been. In addition, CHIRLA works closely with representatives of minorities, vulnerable groups and other communities of color, all of whom are also adversely impacted by racial profiling by law enforcement agencies.
We thank you for holding this critical and timely hearing on racial profiling and the End Racial Profiling Act. CHIRLA is particularly concerned about many policies and programs at the national, state and local level which encourage or incentivize discriminatory law enforcement practices such as racial profiling. We believe that these practices are counterproductive, waste public resources and violate the civil and human rights of persons living in the United States.
|September 1, 2011 - LA's Women Workers||
|Reunión Comunitaria - Alivio Migratorio para Jóvenes Soñadores||
En colaboración con varios organismos estudiantiles de Los Angeles, la Red de California de Sueños invita a la comunidad a participar en un foro de información sobre el anuncio que hizo el Presidente Obama el 15 de junio de proveer alivio migratorio a jóvenes indocumentados, conocidos como soñadores. El esfuerzo de CHIRLA es conjunto a DTLA, UCLA-IDEAS, SFVDT, y OCDT. El taller es gratuito y todo padre de familia, estudiante, maestro, familiar, aliado, o persona interesada en el tema puede asistir.
Taller Informativo - Gratuito
Miércoles, 27 de junio de 2012
Iglesia de la Placita
535 N. Main St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
|May Day Voices - Bamby Salcedo, LGBT Community||
As part of this year's May Day pre-march rally on May 1, 2012, allies and supporters, including leaders of the faith community, unions, students, families, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, spoke about why they were marching. A very memorable, and well-received speech, was that of Bamby Salcedo, leader in the transgender community, an immigrant herself, and a member of the BIENESTAR family. Here's a recollection of her powerful words. We thank you, Bamby.
My name is Bamby Salcedo and I am here on behalf of the Queer Contingency.
It is important that we do recognize and understand that Lesbian, Gay, Bi, and Trans people are also part of the whole. We do have families, we do get affected by all of the situations that happen in our society. It is important that we are united, that we come together and we as a community demand dignity for our communities.
|Le Invitamos: "En California Lo Hacemos Mejor" - Fallo de Corte (SB1070)||
Por todo el país, comunidades inmigrantes y sus aliados esperan dos anuncios muy importantes para el bienestar y futuro de nuestras familias. La Corte Suprema de Estados Unidos anunciarán fallos referentes a la ley de cuidado de la salud y la ley anti-inmigrante de Arizona, la SB1070.
En Los Angeles, estamos organizando actividades para responder como comunidad a una decisión de los Magistrados que no sea favorable para la comunidad. Creemos que el perfilamiento racial no es tolerable y cualquier parte de la ley SB1070 que sea avalada será un atentado a los valores humanos y principios de libertad y democracia de esta gran nación.
Les invitamos a dos actividades programadas cuando se anuncie el fallo del Tribunal Supremo. No sabemos con exactitud cuando se anunciarán las decisiones pero tenemos una idea.
Por favor vea a continuación el horario de las actividades y esperamos nos acompañe.
|Forum: "Have the Last Word - Fight Unjust Deportations" June 9||
|Eulogy: A Star is Born||
CHIRLA is saddened to announce the passing of immigrant rights activist, dear friend and CHIRLA member, José Roberto Barrera.
Many of you know José from his work with IDEPSCA, SAJE and the CLEAN Carwash Campaign. José was a loyal son, caring brother, loving partner, and a true, non-pretentious community leader.
José lived for social justice. Everything he did, every stride that he took was for equality, justice and fairness for everybody. When it came to his family and friends, he was caring, loving, and jovial. He touched and changed so many lives. He was always willing to learn and be better, always willing to help. José was always reading and learning with a deep commitment to popular education and plans to return to school to get his degree.
It was so important to José to make his parents proud. He was one of the early organizers on the car wash campaign, and now we have three unionized car washes in Los Angeles. José was a dedicated friend, partner and son and leaves behind his parents Catalina and Enrique Barrera, and his life partner, Whelma Cabanawan.
Jose’s passing is a huge loss to CHIRLA and the activist community of Los Angeles. We will continue to be inspired by his dedication to our movement and we will honor his memory by fighting on for the causes that were so dear to him.
This evening, a new star will shine bright upon the dark sky. It's José organizing high up above.
Jose's Family needs your support: Please click here to make a donation of any amount to assist Jose’s family in paying for funeral and other costs. Your generous support is very much appreciated.