Protecting our neighbors | Opinion – California News

Protecting our neighbors | Opinion – California News

In an editorial in this newspaper, Rollie Atkinson stated a couple of months ago, “The immigration debate in Sonoma County is a real ‘bread and butter’ issue. At stake is supporting our county’s agriculture workforce, protecting immigrant families and preserving our family farms and ag-based economy.”

As you may be aware, detention and deportation has been ramped up since Trump took office. Several Sonoma County groups are working together to establish a rapid response network similar to one organized in San Francisco. This network requires numerous volunteers as legal observers. Legal observation can help stop a detention, deportation and family separation. It can help in the legal case if someone is detained.

Two legal observer trainings are being held soon: Tuesday, August 8, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Healdsburg Community Center, 1557 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, presented by Corazon Healdsburg and Thursday, August 24, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Mary Agatha Furth Center Rooms A & B, 8400 Old Redwood Highway, Windsor, presented by the Peace and Social Justice Ministry. Participation as a legal observer requires a smart phone. You are not expected to legally observe a raid that is greater than five miles from where you are.

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