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Below you will find a running list of actions at local, state, national, and international levels. Please email Eliana at for any questions or to add an action to the list.

Current Actions

Every Sunday beginning May 24th 8:00 – 9:00 pm PST. #HonorLivesLost, an online weekly candle-lighting ritual to uplift incarcerated people we have lost to COVID-19 and #DeathbyIncarceration in California. English program: Spanish program:  


WEBINAR: Regularization of Undocumented Migrants During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

Wednesday, May 27, 5:30-7:00am PT

The Global Coalition on Migration (GCM) will hold a series of discussions on the impact of the Covid-

19 pandemic on the situation of migrants worldwide. The first webinar in the series will look at

regularization, which has been used by countries throughout the world in recent decades as a

migration policy tool. During the global pandemic, some governments have extended the validity of

residence permits or are considering regularization schemes based on the presence of migrants in key sectors of the economy. This webinar will look at the current context in different regions and will

situate the discussion within the global level international human rights framework. Register here or by emailing

Past Actions

Register for the #Shutdown850: People’s Assessment of the Ordinance

Sunday May 24th from 3:00-4:30pm.

Please register by Friday May 22

San Francisco just passed a law to permanently close the jail at 850 Bryant by November 1, 2020. This is a huge victory and a groundbreaking stance against incarceration. But even a 10-1 vote and resounding support from community doesn’t mean that the #ShutDown850 campaign is complete. There are still over 100 people inside County Jail 4 today, and we won’t stop until the day they’re free. In this session, we will be presenting the overview of the law, how it prevents new jails, and what’s left before the decrepit CJ4 cells are emptied once and for all! Join us to have a discussion about how we ensure this new legislation results in material freedom for those currently locked in SF jails. REGISTER BY CLICKING BELOW!



Friday, May 22, 11:00am-12:30pm PT

COVID-19 Relief, Federal Benefits and Public Charge: Who is Eligible for What and Will It Matter?

Registration deadline: 8:59am PT May 21


TRAUMA SERIES by Latinx Therapists Action Network and DWN

Thursday, May 21st, 2020, 11:00am PST

The second session of a two-part series on Building Understanding and Sharing Tools for Healing for those in the migrant rights movement, offered by Latinx Therapists Action Network and Detention Watch Network. The second part of the series will be on Secondary Trauma and Grief, taking place on Thursday, May 21, 2020 in Spanish and English.

Register here



May 25th – June 13th, 2020

Online Training for the Effective Immigration Advocate from Oaxaca, Mexico!
This is a three-week online program, May 25th to June 13th, with typically one, two-hour class per day, either in the morning or the afternoon, including language seminars and a variety of content seminars. 

To read more about this program and apply please click here.


Initiate Justice – Webinar Wednesdays:Programming & Credits During COVID-19

Wednesday, May 20th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM PST

What’s going on with programming? Can your loved one still receive RAC credits during COVID-19? Join us for another Webinar Wednesday on May 20th to hear about how Programming & Credits are being impacted by COVID-19. This week, our guest speakers are James King from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Ayla Benjamin and Ella Turenne from the Transformative In-Prison Workgroup (TPW). Click below to REGISTER NOW.



Building Unity in the Mass Incarceration Crisis, 

Centering Black Migrant Experiences in the Fight for Abolition 

Learn about the current conditions in US immigration detention centers and at the US-Mexico border and how they intersect with anti-blackness and histories of mass incarceration. Lessons will be shared from organizing against detention and deportation, the realities and opportunities presented by Covid-19, and what we can do to cultivate hope and community resilience in the face of current intersecting crises. To receive a link for the webinar please RSVP at:



Protest the plan for McFarland, which just voted, to open two new immigration detention centers (over 1,400 beds!). Email Mayor Sally Gonzlez ( and call her out for backing private corporations! 



When you sign on to this support letter, it will be auto-sent to Assembly Member Phil Ting, Senator Holly Mitchell, Senator Nancy Skinner, Assembly member Shirley Webber, Chief of Staff Irene Ho, and Staff Lashae Collins.



Southern Poverty Law Center will host a live webinar to empower people without law degrees to seek the release of their loved ones from ICE custody. They will explain, step by step, how to prepare and submit to ICE requests for humanitarian parole in the time of COVID-19.

The webinar will be available in English and Spanish. Link to RSVP.



Submit a public comment to the Adelanto City Council members to stop the plans to expand Adelanto Detention Facility. In the face of this pandemic, GEO continues to seek a vote from the Adelanto city council for the expansion of 700 beds. The council’s next meeting is scheduled for TODAY, Wednesday, May 13, 2020 when they will vote on the expansion of Adelanto.

Email public comments with subject line “Vote No on Detention Expansion” to the Adelanto City Council Members,,,,, and

Make sure to BCC Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity ( to assure the Adelanto Community Council is held accountable.

Please send email before noon on May 13 to make sure it is read and counted!


How to File Complaints Related to Covid-19 hosted by Caitlin Henry! Wednesday, May 13, 2020 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Caitlin will be teaching us how to file a complaint related to COVID-19 and updating us on COVID-related litigation & how CDCR is responding. There will also be time designated for Q&A as well. This webinar will be very informative to learn more about how to prepare for a legal case or hearing. We hope to see you there!


CLE/Webinar on COVID-19 in Prisons/Jails Advocacy Strategies: Organizing, Policy and Movement Lawyering. Friday, May 15, 2020 from 11-12:30 CST.

This webinar features organizers, policy advocates, and lawyers who will discuss community-based strategies to decarcerate and /or improve carceral conditions during the Covid-19 pandemic. Mates: Here’s the info for our second CLE/Webinar on COVID-19 scheduled for May 15 at 11:00amCST Please pre-register here:

Thursday, May 14th, 2020. 2:00 pm ET. Sentencing Project presents Strategies to Reduce Incarceration during COVID-19.


NATIONAL #FREETHEMALL DAY OF ACTION — May 14 (sign up by May 13, 9am PT)

Join Detention Watch Network (DWN), along with organizations and community across the country for a  #FreeThemAll National Day of Action on Thursday, May 14th to send a loud and clear message to elected officials at all levels of government urging them to use their power as elected officials to demand releases and pressure ICE Field Office Directors to #FreeThemAll. Sign-up here by Wednesday, May 13th to let them know your organization will be taking action. They are tracking these efforts and want to alert the media on the coordinated actions people are taking across the country.

On Thursday DWN et al will send an email reminder to signify the start of the day of action and include social media posts for you to share and amplify. 

Thursday’s national action will be the first in series of national days of action to #FreeThemAll as we continue to raise our voices and escalate the call to get all people out of detention now.

#FreeThemAll National Day of Action Toolkit



In addition to calling and tweeting at ICE to demand the release of individuals in detention, for which you can use this FlattenICE toolkit (, you now can write letters — no stamps or envelopes needed — with this Google Form!

While acting to #FlattenICE, use this great sustainable call-ins graphic (thanks to Havannah and Hien from APSC, also on p. 8 of the FlattenICE toolkit) and remember to TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. 

Friday, May 8th AND Ongoing: SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN: Message Gov. Gavin Newsom to #FreeThemAll

This #Faithful Friday and upcoming days, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity (IM4HI) invites you to continue to send your creative and beautiful HEARTS to Gov. Newsom to use his legal authority to halt the expansion of immigration detention, suspend transfers to ICE, and increase the numbers released from CDCR to save lives before it is too late.

We know that our Governor is a huge Twitter user, so we are using this medium to reach him with the message #FreeThemAll, #HaveAHeart and #Faithful Fridays.

Post on Facebook or Twitter, tagging @gavinnewsom.


Thursday, May 7th: ORGANIZATIONAL SIGN-ON to urge Gov. Newsom to preserve the SEED Initiative, The sign on collection form will be open until Thursday, May 7 at 12 PM.

The SEED (Social Entrepreneurs for Economic Development) Initiative is geared towards economic relief and recovery for undocumented immigrants. 

UCLA Labor Center is planning to submit an updated version of an April 3 letter signed by 116 organizations that was sent to Governor Newsom’s office in support of the SEED Initiative. A copy of the letter can be viewed at:

With the COVID-19 crisis and the exclusion of undocumented immigrants in the federal relief bill, and with DACA and TPS hanging by a thread, it is imperative that undocumented immigrants in California have access to immediate relief and that undocumented immigrants be included in the state’s economic relief and recovery efforts.

Please consider signing on to this organizational letter to Governor Newsom urging him to ensure that undocumented immigrants are part of upcoming economic recovery efforts by preserving the SEED Initiative.


ORGANIZATIONAL SIGN-ON to AB3228 – Accountability in Detention Act

AB3228 is a bill focused on holding private operators accountable for violations of human rights in immigration detention facilities. It is another critical bill on detention that we are hoping to see move during this legislative session in California and force the state to act where the federal government has failed. Immigration Defense Advocates (IDA) is asking for organizations to sign a letter of support for this bill.

You can sign on to the bill using this link.


MESSAGE REPRESENTATIVES: Call on ICE’s El Paso Field Office to Provide Phone Access to Detained Individuals

Despite the 2013 lawsuit in CA and resulting 2016 Lyon v. ICE Settlement Agreement which requires ICE to meet certain phone access standards in immigration detention centers, including access to free, unmonitored legal calls in private spaces, ICE continues to fail to meet these standards. “The government’s failure to provide free, confidential phone calls to people held in immigration detention also violates the government’s own internal guidelines.”

On May 4, a lawsuit (Carranza v. ICE) was filed to force ICE to eliminate the barriers to phone access in two immigration detention centers in the El Paso area, each with the combined capacity to detain thousands of people. (More info at:

Wednesday April 22 from 10 AM – 12 PM

10 AM: Meet at parking lot (1155 Veteran Blvd, Redwood City). We will then caravan together toward the Maguire Jail.

 Jails and ICE detention have never been safe, and in this public health crisis, people’s lives are at risk for serious illness or even death. We need action NOW!

#StopCOVIDinSMCjails #FreeThemAll