IN-PERSON ACTION ITEM: PETITION MONDAY!
Stop by Starbucks today between 2 and 7 PM to pick up or drop off your SB54 petitions- it's time to step up the pressure on our Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin to support the bill. This bill provides essential public safety protection for *all* residents of her assembly district. See you this afternoon, progressive warriors!
July 31, 2-7pm
540 N Ventu Park Rd
Newbury Park, CA 91320
CALL ACTION ITEM CONTACT:
Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin
(916) 319-2044 (Sacramento)
Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Assemblymember Irwin's in ____________, California. I'm calling to urge her to stand with her constituents on both sides of Ventura County and support S.B. 54, the California Values Act. The bill's amendments have clearly addressed any concerns about violent criminals being deported - now it's time to have faith in due process. Criminals will always be arrested and prosecuted according to our laws - and Federal immigration officials should not be involved with local law enforcement. If our community is afraid of speaking to police about crime, then they will be victimized and criminals will go unpunished. That doesn't make anyone safer. She has a duty to protect our community. Assemblymember Irwin should know that we are watching her vote on this issue very closely. She must decide: Does she stand with us, the people who elected her -- or does she stand with the Trump administration's draconian immigration policies? Thank you!
Remember when you call to be very polite to the staffers to whom you speak - they could be a high school intern who goes to school with your kids (not theoretical - some interns do go to school with our kids).
Irwin continues to hold back from committing her support for the bill, citing her concern that she wants Federal immigration forces to continue to be allowed into our jails to round up migrants who may or may not be guilty of a crime (last time we checked, you still had to be convicted to be guilty - so people arrested for jaywalking can be deported, or who are accused of, but not guilty of, more serious crimes). Having said that, the bill allows police to communicate with I.C.E. about criminals guilty of serious felonies (as defined in the bill's amendments). So why would Assembly member Irwin continue to refuse support for the bill?
S.B. 54 would ban local and state agencies from using state resources to cooperate with federal authorities in enforcing Trump's immigration policies, with exceptions for the sharing of information about violent and serious felons. The bill would require state agencies -- not merely law enforcement, but all others that interact with and collect information about California residents -- to ensure they are not collecting more personal information than necessary to perform their duties and provide services.
Irwin is one of the key swing votes on the measure, and she is torn between her large Hispanic constituency (particularly in the western part of Ventura County) and her perception of the views of white constituents in the eastern part of her district. (She is also being pulled toward opposing the bill by her collegiality with Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean, who has not been swayed by amendments to the bill that allow advance notification to immigration authorities when violent criminals are about to be released from prison.)
Indivisible: Conejo activists need to show Irwin that there is strong sentiment in favor of the California Values Act in the East County, and that support for the measure is not limited to Hispanics.