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‘Pilgrimage Of Hope’ To Raise Awareness Of Immigrants’ Plight In California’s Central Valley (Photo By Cindy Smith/Diocese Of San Joaquin)

‘Pilgrimage of Hope’ to Raise Awareness of Immigrants’ Plight in California’s Central Valley

San Joaquin Bishop David Rice said the pilgrimage, a march to raise awareness about the plight of undocumented persons and refugees, will begin May 4 after a celebration of the Eucharist and a blessing at St. James Cathedral in Fresno. From there, pilgrims will walk north approximately 17 miles per day, until they reach Sacramento, the state capital, on May 20, and join with other activists and faith groups in observance of California’s Immigrant Day of Action.
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Concrete Conversations: Exposing The Prison Industry

Community Forum to Encourage Parents, Kids to Learn More About Prison System

The purpose of the event is to expose systemic oppression centered around the prison industry complex, especially private prisons. The conversations will include a look at policies and laws that are in place, a discussion on some of the “startling statistics” and a talk about the trauma and restrictions faced by people once they are released from prison.
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Stockton Working On Response To ICE Raids - CBS Sacramento

Stockton Leaders Working On Response To ICE Raids

Stockton city leaders are working with community groups to come up with a response to deal with the raids and help people understand their rights. “We are asking people, don’t give false information either, it’s better not to say anything, don’t try and change your name, for sure we don’t want you to try and run, any of those things. We just want to make sure you remain silent until you get an attorney,” said Pastor Trena Turner, executive director of Faith in the Valley.
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Stockton Council Votes To Partner With Advance Peace

Council Votes to Partner with Advance Peace

The Stockton City Council voted in favor of partnering with Advance Peace, a gun-violence reduction program that has both drawn harsh criticism and optimism from the community. On Tuesday, the council voted 6-1 to include “in its public safety planning a commitment, support and partnership with Advance Peace,” an initiative first implemented in Richmond. Stockton will now test the program for four years to see if it does indeed bring peace to the city.
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Mayor Michael Tubbs Gathers Advance Peace Supporters Ahead Of Stockton Council Meeting

Mayor Gathers Advance Peace Supporters Ahead of Stockton Council Meeting

Gun violence in Stockton continues to be a hot-button issue. It’s guaranteed to take center stage tonight when the City Council will be asked to consider a resolution supporting a four-year partnership with Advance Peace, a crime-reduction program that has shown some promise in Richmond, the East Bay city where it was first introduced. The program has riled some residents who believe mistakenly that Advance Peace is publicly funded and pays criminals not to commit crimes.
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Faith In The Valley And Other Stockton Organizations All Publicly Support Advance Peace At A Press Conference

Stockton Mayor Continues Push for Controversial ‘Advance Peace’ Program

Elbert Holman, Vice Mayor of the City of Stockton, Bishop Rufus K. Turner with Victory in Praise and Faith in the Valley, Fathers and Families of San Joaquin, Cleveland Schools Remembers, and NAACP all publicly support Advance Peace. Julie Schardt, an organizer with Cleveland School Remembers says their group had been interested in Advance Peace long before it was announced that Mayor Michael Tubbs was interested in bringing it to Stockton.
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Organizations Like Faith In The Valley Are Seeking Ways Legal Residents And Citizens Like This Farmworker Can Respond If Massive Roundups And Deportations Begin. (Photo By Rich Pedroncelli, AP)

Rapid Response Training Programs are Aiming to Document ICE Activities

“We cannot stop ICE from doing what they do,” said Curtis Smith, a local pastor and community organizer, as he warned the volunteers not to interfere with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “But we can offer support so that people know they can count on their community to show up in their time of need.” The “rapid response” training program was one of a half-dozen being carried out this fall by Faith in the Valley.
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