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PRESERVING DEMOCRACY


"Que Dios te bendiga y esté contigo siempre."
*God bless you and be with you always.*

That was my mom's blessing 22 and a half years ago. Since my first day in this country, I knew the journey would not be easy. I came to the U.S. with a single wish: to have a better life and help my family. Like so many others, I left everything behind: my family, my house, my friends, my land. Being in a different country, having a different culture, different language, different EVERYTHING wasn't easy for sure. But like every immigrant with big dreams, I started to learn. To move around. To work hard (sometimes holding two different jobs), long hours with little time to rest. However, everything is worth it when you're fulfilling your dreams. I came to succeed, and over the years, I was growing, achieving my dream. It wasn't only for my loved ones anymore, but it was also for my community.

Going to church every Sunday wasn't enough. Little by little, I started to get more involved with the issues that my brothers and sisters were facing. I was just like them – once alone in this wonderful country – but people were kind enough to support me. It was now my turn to give back some of the love that I received. Together, we faced the lack of health services, foreclosures, the great opportunity to have a driver's license, fight for better jobs and housing, and improve the process of becoming a citizen. Now, many of us are facing the fear and anxiety of being caught anywhere, any place, and at any given time for no reason and face deportation for the only crime we committed: being in this country without documentation that says "LEGAL ALIEN" or "LAWFUL LEGAL RESIDENT."

Lately, it hasn't been easy to go outside of our homes, to go to our jobs, or go to our church or temple, because there's a possibility that we will never be able to see our children or family again. It's becoming a struggle every day. We are good people who came to this country leaving everything behind just to have a better life. We just want to be citizens of this community, city, and country. Peace to all, and may God be with us forever!

Anonymous, One LA Leader










 


HOW WE MAKE DEMOCRACY WORK!


One LA is in the forefront of providing community outreach and education to immigrant communities targeted by new presidential executive orders. We have held over 15 "Know Your Rights" forums throughout Los Angeles County since January 2017, reaching more than 1,000 LA County residents. Through Neighborhood Legal Services Los Angeles (NLSLA), a One LA institutional member, One LA leaders and LA County residents have been educated on the implications of recent presidential executive orders. These orders address the enforcement of immigration regulations, as well as the Muslim and Refugee Travel Ban. "Train the Trainer" seminars have also been held to inform leaders of the civil rights and due process rights to which all U.S. residents are entitled, regardless of immigration status. These trainings leverage the skills and talents of One LA leaders to further educate more LA County residents.

One LA has formed an Immigration Strategy Team. This group is crafting a vision/action plan and will meet with LA County and state-elected leaders. These decision-makers will ensure that all families, including blended immigrant families – those with US citizens and unauthorized immigrants – are protected and treated fairly. This task force will also challenge unconstitutional orders and implementation practices by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and other law enforcement agencies.

–Yvonne Mariajimenez
 

On Saturday, March 11, One LA's Mara Cohen was one of 2,000+ people to host an event called "People Power," sponsored by the ACLU.

According to the ACLU, “Immigration will be the first battle we wage, but many others are coming. On immigration, just like activists organized locally to demand the release of people detained at our airports by federal authorities. 'People Power' activists will organize in our communities to ensure that our local law enforcement officials defend – not threaten – our friends, families, and neighbors.”

“I posted my event on the ACLU’s 'People Power' website, expecting maybe five people to sign up to attend. I ended up with 45 people, mostly strangers. I was completely overwhelmed by the energy and enthusiasm to resist President Trump’s dangerous agenda.”

Mara’s attendees agreed to meet with local officials. Sister Judy Donovan attended Mara’s gathering and briefed the group on One LA’s organizing efforts in support of immigrant families. Attendees agreed to reconvene on April 15 to plan more local actions, so stay tuned!

–Mara Cohen, Friend of One LA
VICTORY!



On March 7, One LA leaders celebrated another election victory for the most vulnerable in Los Angeles County. Together, with a coalition of other organizations and with the support of County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, leaders worked to pass Measure H— a quarter cent sales tax to fund critical services for homeless populations as well as money to prevent further homelessness for those at risk.

Following our successful efforts to pass Measure HHH in November, which was a county-wide ballot measure to fund the construction of housing for the homeless, One LA leaders rallied again to support Measure H this month. Expecting turnout to be low, leaders held civic academies and information sessions in their congregations to encourage their members to get out the vote.

On March 6, the day before the election, a group of One LA leaders joined Rabbi Dara Frimmer of Temple Isaiah and Fr. Arturo Corral of La Placita, who gave moral authority to the measure at a press conference. They were flanked by Mayor Eric Garcetti and Supervisors Mark Ridley Thomas and Sheila Kuehl. The measure passed by a mere 2%, or approximately 16,000 votes, driving home the message to One LA leaders that all politics is local, and every vote counts.

–Surya Kalra, One LA Organizer
 


IMMIGRATION: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS – WORKSHOPS

WHEN & WHERE:
Sunday, March 19 – Spanish-Only
3 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: Precious Blood Church
435 S. Occidental Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90057

Sunday, March 19 – Spanish and English
3 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: St. Agnes Parish
2625 S. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Saturday, March 25 – Spanish and English
11 AM – 2 PM
Location: The Wellness Center Auditorium
1200 N. Straight St.
#1008
Los Angeles, CA 90033
NOTE: This workshop also includes traffic ticket amnesty and Prop 47 record expungement.

Thursday, April 20 – Spanish-Only
6 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Roscoe Elementary School Parent Center
10765 Strathern St.
Sun Valley, CA 91352

 
EDUCATION: MEETING WITH LAUSD SUPT. MICHELLE KING

WHEN & WHERE:
Tuesday, March 21
11 AM
Location: LAUSD Headquarters
333 S. Beaudry Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
For more information, please contact Janet Hirsch at janethirsch59@gmail.com.

 
INTERFAITH EVENT: "LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF"

WHEN & WHERE:
Wednesday, March 22
7 PM – 9 PM
Location: Temple Isaiah
10345 W. Pico Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90064
For more information, please contact Janet Hirsch at janethirsch59@gmail.com.

 
GUEST SPEAKER: "TEACHING TOLERANCE" WITH JOSEPH J. LEVIN, JR.
(Co-Founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center)

WHEN & WHERE:
Monday, March 27
7:30 PM
Location: Temple Isaiah
10345 W. Pico Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Reserve your seat at rsvp@templeisaiah.com.

 
HEALTHCARE

SAVE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT RALLY – WHEN & WHERE:
Thursday, March 23
12 PM
Location: The Cathedral of Our Lady of Los Angeles
555 W. Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
For more information, please contact mparedes@wellchild.org.
 
UNDERSTANDING PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE ACA – WHEN & WHERE:
Monday, April 24
7 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: One LA Office
515 W. 27th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90007

 
IAF SCHOLAR SEMINAR: WITH RON WHITE
(Author of American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant)

WHEN & WHERE:
Tuesday, March 28 & Wednesday, March 29
Location: The Embassy Suites LAX
1440 Imperial Hwy.
El Segundo, CA 90245
Contact the One LA Office if interested in attending.

 
ONE LA LEADERS MEETINGS

WHEN & WHERE:
Wednesday, May 3
7 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Temple Isaiah
10345 W. Pico Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90064

WHEN & WHERE:
Wednesday, July 5
7 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: TBD

 
ONE LA LEADERSHIP TRAININGS

BUILDING A RELATIONAL CULTURE – WHEN & WHERE:
Saturday, March 18
9 AM – 12 PM
Location: Augustus Hawkins High School
825 W. 60th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90044
Contact Surya Kalra at skalra.iaf@gmail.com.

JUNE WEEKEND LEADERSHIP TRAINING – WHEN & WHERE:
Saturday, June 24 & Sunday, June 25
Location: TBD
Contact the One LA Office if interested in attending.

IAF NATIONAL TRAINING – WHEN & WHERE:
Tuesday, July 11 – Tuesday, July 18
Location: American Jewish University
15600 Mulholland Dr.
Bel Aire, CA 90077
Contact the One LA Office if interested in attending.

ONE LA DELEGATES ASSEMBLY – WHEN & WHERE:
Sunday, July 16
2 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: TBD
 
PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR WORK IS!


One LA has been hard at work building a broad-based organization that develops leaders among ordinary citizens, builds power in communities that are often shut out of public decision-making, and has the capacity to shape the economic future of Los Angeles County.

Invest in One LA and its continued work of creating a vibrant and inclusive democratic culture in Los Angeles. 

 


THANK YOU FOR READING
THE AGITATOR!



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