Protect Our Community

Unity Gathering at San Jose City Hall

Share a flyer: Unity Gathering Flyer

Come and express our values of unity and common cause. With civility and steadfastness, we join together now, as we will continue to do, in an ongoing and persistent advancement of our principles.

Come and add your treasured principles to this initial list. Sign up to continue the work in one of the areas where your voice is most needed.

To protect our community, the below organizations believe that:

  • Undocumented immigrants and the
    Dreamers must be protected
  • Hate crimes will not be tolerated
  • Constitutional rights must be protected
  • Affordable healthcare must be maintained
  • Climate progress and environmental justice
    must be advanced
  • ADD YOUR PRINCIPLES!!!

CO-SPONSORS:
Affordable Housing Network of Santa Clara County, African American Community Service Agency, Asian Law Alliance, CAIR, California Alliance of African American Educators, CHAM Deliverance Ministry, Coalition for Justice and Accountability, Human Agenda, Jewish Community Relations Council,  Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley, Latinos United for a New America (LUNA), MOSAIC CrossCultural Center SJSU, Move to Amend (MTA) of Santa Clara County, People Acting in Community Together (PACT), Sacred Heart Community Service, San Jose Peace and Justice Center, San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP, Services Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN), Silicon Valley DeBug, Ujima Adult and Family Services, SJSU Human Rights Program, Working Partnerships USA

Protect Our Community: Action Planning Day

We gathered in the rain to express our solidarity, and now we are ready to get to work! Led by non-profit leaders and community members, we will break into 3 working groups, to share up-to-date information and community concerns, and promote actions that everyone can take.

To protect our community, the organizations listed below believe that:

  • Undocumented immigrants and the Dreamers must be protected
  • Hate crimes will not be tolerated and constitutional rights must be protected
  • Affordable healthcare must be maintained

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Limited walk-in space will be available.

Action Day Flyer

CO-SPONSORS:
Affordable Housing Network of Santa Clara County, African American Community Service Agency, Asian Law Alliance, Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute, Black Leadership Kitchen Cabinet/Criminal Justice Committee, Californians for Justice, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), California Alliance of African American Educators, Center for Employment Training (CET), CHAM Deliverance Ministry, Coalition for Justice and Accountability, Human Agenda, Islamic Networks Group (ING), Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley, Latinos United for a New America (LUNA), Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center SJSU, Move to Amend (MTA) of Santa Clara County, National Pan-Hellenic Council of Santa Clara Valley, Pacifica Institute, People Acting in Community Together (PACT), Sacred Heart Community Service, Santa Clara Valley Chapter ACLU, San Jose Peace and Justice Center, San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP, SEIU 2015, SEIUUSWW, Services Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN), Silicon Valley DeBug, Ujima Adult and Family Services, SJSU Human Rights Program, South Bay Labor Council, Unite Here Local 19, Working Partnerships USA

Peace Rally To Denounce Hate

Please join Assembly Member Ash Kalra, Council Member Sylvia Arenas and other community leaders to denounce the recent rash of hate crimes towards people of Indian origin around the nation including incidents in our local community. Everyone is welcome to attend to denounce the hatred that seems to be seeping into our everyday life and the victims who are suffering due to the physical and verbal attacks.

We are grateful that we will have in attendance:

  • Assembly Member Kansen Chu
  • Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco
  • San Jose Sikh Gurdwara
  • Hindu American Foundation
  • Evergreen Islamic Center
  • Silicon Andhra

We look forward to more leaders and local organizations to be in attendance and will update the list as we receive confirmations. For any questions, please email Chelsey.Seagraves@asm.ca.gov

Los Gatos JCC receives bomb threat

It’s happened yet again. The Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center in Los Gatos was evacuated due to a bomb threat. [See story here.]

Last week, the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto was evacuated after receiving a similar threat. Across the county, more than 73 such centers have received similar threats. Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis and Philadelphia have been desecrated. Mosques, including the Evergreen Islamic Center, have received threats and individual Muslims have been harassed. A man yelling “get out of my country” shot two Indian men in Kansas, killing one and wounding the other.

Incidents of harassment against immigrants and suspected immigrants are on the rise. I believe it is only a handful of people who are acting out, but their actions affect many of our friends and neighbors, not just Jews or Muslims, Sikhs or Hindus.

Some misguided people in our midst seem to believe that since the election the rules of civility have changed, and that it is now somehow acceptable to lash out against our brothers and sisters. They are sadly mistaken. This is not our way; this behavior is not acceptable in our nation.

An attack on anyone because of their religion or race is an attack on us all, and together we will rise to defend all the diverse religions and cultures that together make up our Silicon Valley community.

It’s time for the Justice Department to get serious about investigating these incidents, and arresting and prosecuting those responsible.

And as for the rest of us- visit your local JCC. They sponsor events and classes open to the whole community. Bring a friend. Join. Donate. Reach out.

#IStandWithTheJCC

Rev. D. Andrew Kille
Chair, SiVIC