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Webinar: From Sanctuary to Freedom: Cities in Resistance


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Immediately after the presidential election, mayors across the country have taken a bold public stance, declaring their cities to be “sanctuary cities,” and vowing to protect their cities' residents against the potential harsh policies that are anticipated to come from the new federal administration and Congress. Throughout the country, we also see a heightened increase of hate violence and racially charged rhetoric in the media against immigrants, including calls for banning Muslims, stronger immigration enforcement, and the dismantling of the key deportation-deferral program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

While the frame of sanctuary cities is designed as protection for undocumented and migrant residents, it also offers an opportunity to engage us all in critical questions about how we shape our democracy and local places: What makes a city a sanctuary? Sanctuary for whom and from what? Many community organizations are using a broader Rebel Cities framework, as well as the newly-launched #FreedomCities, which redefines what safety and freedom truly mean for communities.

Elected officials, government agencies, residents, non-profits, grantmakers, and local businesses all have a role to play in shaping cities that are safe for all residents. For local grantmakers who are deeply embedded in their communities, and regional, state, and national grantmakers of all kinds who support community power-building for the most impacted communities, better alignment with our grantmaking is critical to further strengthen our investments within a region. Philanthropy has a role in leveraging existing organizations working on cross-cutting campaigns like immigration reform, economic development, and affordable housing to build upon emergent work that addresses the threat to undocumented residents. Although large urban centers and more progressive public figures have been leading on sanctuary cities, under-resourced and conservative smaller towns and rural areas are grappling with similar immigration issues that need more exploration.

- Carl Lipscombe | Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
- Kimi Lee | Bay Resistance
- Lizeth Chacon | Colorado People's Alliance
- Rachael DeCruz | Center for Social Inclusion (CSI)
- Greg Casar | Local Progress Board Member and Austin City Council Member
- Opening remarks by Alexandra Desautels, The California Endowment, and member of NFG’s Democratizing Development Program

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Webinar: From Sanctuary to Freedom: Cities in Resistance

  1. 1. From Sanctuary to Freedom: Cities in Resistance Conference Call for Funders Monday, February 27, 2017
  2. 2. Opening Remarks Alex Desautels Program Manager The California Endowment
  3. 3. Rachel DeCruz Racial Equity Project Manager Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) Carl Lipscombe Deputy Director Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) Greg Casar Local Progress Board Member and Austin City Council Member Kimi Lee Director Bay Rising Lizeth Chacon Executive Director Colorado People’s Alliance Speakers
  4. 4. Greg Casar Local Progress Board Member and Austin City Council Member
  5. 5. Gregorio Casar Council Member Austin, TX Local Progress Board Member
  6. 6. Local Progress is a member-led network of 550+ progressive local elected officials from 40+ states Goals: 1) Share best practices and provide technical assistance on a broad array of progressive municipal policies 2) Support elected leaders through training, leadership development, networking and the development of a community of shared practice 3) Coordinate trans-local campaigns for cities to have state & national impact 2017 Priorities: Sanctuary Cities & Immigrant Protections, Just Policing, Sustainable and Equitable Infrastructure, Economic Justice
  7. 7. Seeking Sanctuary in Austin, TX
  8. 8. Rachel DeCruz Racial Equity Project Manager, Center for Social Inclusion (CSI)
  9. 9. Oregon California Virginia Fairfax County Portland Multnomah County Metro Alameda County = Active GARE Members = Current GARE Engagements Massachusett sBoston Washington Seattle Tacoma Minnesota Iowa Dubuque Iowa City Wisconsin Dane County Madison Metropolitan Council Minneapolis Minneapolis Park Board Saint Paul = Racial Equity Here Members New Mexico Albuquerque Texas Austin Kentucky Louisville Pennsylvan ia Philadelphia Michigan Ottawa County Washtenaw County MI Dept of Civil Rights Grand Rapids Government Alliance on Race and Equity
  10. 10. King County,WA • Welcoming County • Strengthen information and response hubs operated by nonprofit/community organizations • Develop and distribute Know Your Rights material and trainings throughout the county via CBOs • Establish a legal defense fund – support the naturalization process and fight deportation • “Inclusive Communities Pledge” signed by 70 elected officials in King County Executive Constantine and Council establish a one-time $750,000 fund
  11. 11. Louisville, KY
  12. 12. Contact Information • King County: • Louisville:
  13. 13. Stay Connected: CSI: Contact us: Rachael DeCruz– GARE:
  14. 14. Lizeth Chacon Executive Director, Colorado People’s Alliance
  15. 15. Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA) Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA) is a racial justice, member driven organization dedicated to advancing and wining progressive social change locally, statewide, and nationally. COPA builds power to improve the live of all Coloradans through leadership development, organizing, and Alliance building.
  16. 16. Sanctuary City Demands What makes a true Sanctuary City? - No ICE Holds - No ICE Notifications - No Proactive Communication - Honor Sensitive Areas - Create an Immigrant Legal Defense Fund
  17. 17. Kimi Lee Director, Bay Rising
  18. 18. Bay Resistance
  19. 19. Bay Resistance • Convened by Bay Rising, Jobs with Justice SF, EBASE, SEIU USWW and SF Rising • Over 50 organizations (community groups and unions signed up) • Over 15,000 in text network and email listserve in one month since J20 • Organized Jan 20th, People’s Anti-Inauguration • Airport actions, education, healthcare, and weekly Tuesdays • Move reaction energy to building vision together
  20. 20. Trainings: *Organizing 101 * Direct Action * Know Your Rights: Immigration * Community Rapid Response for ICE Raids Bay Rising’s goal is to build regional organizing and civic engagement
  21. 21. Carl Lipscombe Deputy Director, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
  22. 22. To learn more about #FreedomCities visit Follow us @BAJITweet or Text FREEDOM to 738-674
  23. 23. Questions & Answers with the speakers
  24. 24. Thank you! Additional Resources from NFG’s Programs & Initiatives: • Democratizing Development [] • Re-cap of Policing and Criminalization in the Trump Era — Funders for Justice call with BLACKOUT Collective, DRUM, Mijente, Transgender Law Center, and National Immigration Law Center []