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Inland groups show support for ‘Sanctuary State’ bill

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Inland groups show support for ‘Sanctuary State’ bill

Faith based leaders from across California visited their local representatives in Sacramento last Wednesday–demanding they protect the rights of undocumented immigrants and religious freedom.

“It is this [Presidential] administration that has declared law and order,” PICO California Co-Executive Director Rev. Ben McBride expressed. “We are living in a different moment. And this different moment is going to call upon us to have different kind of courage and different kind of conversation.”

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Sanctuary Churches move to protect Undocumented immigrants

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Sanctuary Churches move to protect Undocumented immigrants

Churches across the United States have formed a grassroots movement to oppose the Trump administration’s immigration policies and to offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants threatened with immediate deportation. More than 800 churches and some synagogues have declared themselves sanctuaries and are taking other measures to stop the deportation of immigrants who are in the country illegally.

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Hands Around the Mosque Celebrates Unity, Denounces Division

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Hands Around the Mosque Celebrates Unity, Denounces Division

Standing, arms outstretched and hands clasped with their neighbor’s, Jews, Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Buddhists and pagans surrounded Santa Clara’s Muslim Community Association (MCA building for Hands Around the Mosque, an interfaith showing of solidarity in support of American Muslims on March 19.

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Obamacare supporters rally at Congressman's Springfield Office

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Obamacare supporters rally at Congressman's Springfield Office

While lawmakers in Washington grapple over repealing and replacing Obamacare, protesters are taking to the streets in Springfield. They're taking a message against a possible repeal straight to congressman Billy long's office in Springfield. Missouri faith voices and Springfield’s NAACP are teaming up to also pray for better healthcare and to send the letter. The letter asks the congressman to help repair and expand Obamacare rather than get rid of it.

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GOP health care overhaul vote draws protesters to Rep. Billy Long's Springfield office

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GOP health care overhaul vote draws protesters to Rep. Billy Long's Springfield office

Representatives from the NAACP's Springfield branch and Faith Voices of Southwest Missouri presented a letter to Royce Reding, Long's local district director. The letter, written by Cheryl Clay of the local NAACP and Susan Schmalzbauer of Faith Voices, credits the Affordable Care Act with improving health care coverage for women and African-Americans and implores Long to repair Obamacare instead of gutting it.

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 Local Churches and Cities to Defy Trump Immigration Policy

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Local Churches and Cities to Defy Trump Immigration Policy

As President Donald Trump continues to push his immigration policies, which include mass deportation of undocumented immigrants, churches and government leaders throughout L.A. County are preparing for a showdown. 

Last week, the Malibu City Council voted 3-2 in favor of a resolution to become a sanctuary city.  Backers said the move is a chance for Malibu’s privileged to stand up for the city’s vulnerable population.

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Rent control law gains supporters as battle wages

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Rent control law gains supporters as battle wages

Residents Joan MacDonald and Steve Chandler, who signed the original petition to put Measure V on the Nov. 8 ballot, will partner with Linda Williams and groups Urban Habitat and Faith in Action Bay Area to battle efforts to render the rent control initiative invalid. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge William J. Elfving last week granted their request to intervene in the suit.

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Immigration: Bay Area families rush to make deportation-preparedness plans

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Immigration: Bay Area families rush to make deportation-preparedness plans

The Oakland residents are among a growing number of immigrants who are preparing for the worst by making deportation-preparedness plans. Across the Bay Area, immigrant rights advocates and faith-based organizations are advising undocumented residents and those in mixed-status households to create a family plan that includes making child-custody arrangements and getting their finances in order.

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Trying anti-crime program a commendable step

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Trying anti-crime program a commendable step

San Bernardino may soon have a new tool to address violent crime. Earlier this month, the City Council approved a contract with California Partnerships for Safe Communities to implement a program known as Ceasefire, which, among other things, seeks to work with individuals at risk of involvement in violent crime and find productive solutions.

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Sanctuary in the age of Trump: Coming to a church near you

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Sanctuary in the age of Trump: Coming to a church near you

Faith leaders and congregants connected to LA Voice — a coalition of churches, synagogues and mosques — are stepping up to offer sanctuary in their own homes throughout Los Angeles County. The Rev. Zachary Hoover, executive director of LA Voice, a member of PICO National Network, said that “with some hustle” they could find sanctuary housing for more than 150 people.

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