Feb 28, 2018
Though our programming reaches beyond the North Bay, KBBF is lucky to call Santa Rosa home. This month’s column is dedicated to the groups in Santa Rosa that are organizing to support Latinos and immigrant communities.
In the past few months, the North Bay Rapid Response Network has been training volunteers and doing outreach across Sonoma County as it creates a network to help people targeted during ICE raids and similar attacks. The hotline—707-800-4544, will operate around the clock. Because ICE raids often occur in the dark early morning hours, volunteers must be prepared to provide immediate support day and night. If you are interested in participating in a legal observer training, consult the North Bay Rapid Response Network’s Facebook page or its website at northbayop.org/rapidresponse/.
Issues related to DACA and immigration reform are on the minds and in the hearts of many people in Sonoma County. Recent attacks on immigrants have created an urgent need for community response. On March 5th, from noon-3pm, there is a planned walkout from school and work. Participants will meet at Santa Rosa Junior College’s graduation lawn to march downtown and present demands at the federal building on Sonoma Avenue, near Old Courthouse Square. Join local groups such as Dreamers Accion Day, Undocumented Student Union,Comité Vida,Mujeres Xigonas,DACA Sonoma County,North Bay Immigrant Youth Union, and MEChA de SRJC for the event. For more information, see the event listing on DACA Sonoma County’s Facebook page.
Feeding Ourselves, Feeding Our Souls is the theme of the second annual We the Future Social Justice Conference. Santa Rosa Junior College and the North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP) organize this free gathering that will focus on the “…healing, nourishing, and building healthy communities in the aftermath of the devastating North Bay fires.” Food justice visionaryNikki Silvestri, who was named one of the100 Most Influential African Americans byThe Root magazine, is the keynote speaker. People who register in advance are treated to a free lunch and noon concert by SLV, the critically acclaimed project of Sandra Lilia Velasquez, formerly of alt-Latin groupPistolera. She sings soulful Chicana protest songs combining pop, EDMC, hip-hop, and world genres comparable to Sade, Santigold, andAna Tijoux. It all happens April 13th, from 9am to 3pm, at the SRJC Petaluma Campus.wethefuture.santarosa.edu/.
On March 17th, Sonoma State University hosts its annual Latino Family Summit and NAKland for students in kindergarten through high school and their families. This free day of workshops, activities, food, music, and entertainment features Spanish-language workshops for parents. Middle and high school students learn about preparing for college, paying for college, and cultural empowerment. University faculty, staff, and students will be present to lead activities and answer questions. The festivities also feature NAKland, a carnival hosted by the Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, that provides games and activities for children under 12. The carnival promotes higher education to these youngsters through fun and mentorship. Reserve your spot at latinofamilysummit2018.eventbrite.com/.
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Mark Essick, John Mutz and Ernesto Oliveras
Date: Tuesday – April 3, 2018
Interview facilitated by: Elaine B. Holtz Producer/Host “Women’s Spaces”
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