Sunday, February 11: Protecting Immigrants in our County
Sara Matlin, chair of the North Peninsula Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU-NP), has had her hands full lately working to counter the effects of deceptive and inhumane Federal immigration policies (not only under the Trump administration, but also under the Obama administration). With the current White House intent on deporting as many immigrants as possible and San Mateo County a home for a number of immigrants trying to find work and stability, the ACLU-NP fights to disentangle local law enforcement from the ICE deportation machine.
The local chapter is part of the San Mateo County Coalition for Immigrant Rights (SMCCfIR), which Sara helped found in 2010. The SMCCfIR is a growing collaboration of more than 30 community groups, faith-based organizations, immigrant rights attorneys, and other service providers advocating for the rights of undocumented residents of San Mateo County. As Sara puts it, the ACLU-NP and the Coalition strive to “think globally and act locally” in the realm of immigrant rights. That thinking is statewide as well, with the recent passage of SB 54, the California Values Act, which will make this a sort of sanctuary state, eliminating most state support for the federal deportation system. Even with the measure’s enactment, the old ways are likely to not fade away easily, so the ACLU-NP and the Coalition will be pushing the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement agencies to learn and comply with the new law.
On Sunday, February 11, Sara Matlin will be the guest of PASMC with a talk entitled “Making Immigrant Rights Real in San Mateo County.” Sara will address the ACLU-NP’s efforts to protect civil rights here, and the obstacles to do that with different levels of law enforcement. She will also offer ways for citizens to get involved in changing public policy to protect immigrant rights.
The event begins at 7 PM at the Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo, 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue in San Mateo. Admission is free, contributions will be accepted. The UUSM is wheelchair accessible.
Sara is a lawyer and a life-long activist and community organizer, whose work began in her teenage years, when she worked against U.S. military intervention in Central America. In addition to being chair of ACLU-NP, she is also the Bilingual Counsel with Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy Initiative in Oakland. In this work, Sara empowers Spanish- and English-speaking nonprofit organizations to become leaders in policy change movements.
Mark your calendar on February 11 for an evening about justice-related work that is going on right here at home!