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Rapid Response Training Programs are Aiming to Document ICE Activities

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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Our Work in San Joaquin

Faith in San Joaquin leaders have been holding a series of prayer/praise walks targeting the five hot spots in Stockton to build relationships within those areas, identify new leaders and increase participation in Live Free efforts to reduce violence and increase alternatives to incarceration.

In addition to our work to ensure full implementation of Prop. 47 in San Joaquin county, our leaders are working to shape the use of funds from a local sales tax to help fund re-entry services and rehabilitation and to help build out local Cease Fire efforts to reduce gun violence.

Our leaders are also part of the Health for ALL work across the Valley to build momentum for additional state and county-level policy to cover the Valley’s remaining uninsured residents and to strengthen the health care safety net. At the county level, this includes educating stakeholders about the need to use county surplus savings for mental health and community clinics in Stockton.

Our key issues include:

  • LIVE FREE: Police Accountability and Transparency
  • La Red: Know Your Rights Training (Immigrants, Stop & Frisk, Protest, Students), Rapid Response, Developing Safe-Haven Congregations
  • ECO-INTERFAITH: Clean air and clean energy
  • HEALTH4ALL: Protection of Affordable Health Care and Provisional Healthcare for Undocumented Community

The glory of our gospel does not shield us from the ugliness and dehumanizing effects of social injustice. Instead it summons us to stand in defense of the disenfranchised and in direct opposition to those systems and individuals who perpetuate the same.

Pastor Jack Hilliard
Upper Room Ministries

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