What to Know
On Monday, the California Senate passed SB 54, unofficially called a “Sanctuary State” bill. SB 54 “bars state and local law enforcement agencies from using their resources, including money, facility, property, equipment or personnel, to help with immigration enforcement. They would be prohibited from asking about immigration status, giving federal immigration authorities access to interview a person in custody or assisting them in immigration enforcement.” SB 54 now heads to the California State Assembly, where the Democrats have a super majority, and if passed would likely be signed by Governor Jerry Brown.
In a two page memo released on Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered Justice Department officials nationwide to review reform agreements with police departments.” Since 2009, the Justice Department opened 25 investigations into law enforcement agencies and has been enforcing 14 consent decrees, along with some other agreements. Civil rights advocates fear that Sessions’s memo could frustrate prior agreements and imperil the status of agreements that have yet to be finalized, including a pending agreement with the Chicago Police Department.” To read why the review of police agreements matter, click here.
On Monday night, Trump signed legislation that repeals FCC privacy protections for internet users, rolling back rules that would have gone into effect later this year. The privacy rules, “would have banned Internet providers from collecting, storing, sharing and selling certain types of customer information without those customers’ consent. Data such as a person’s Web browsing history, app usage history and location details would have required a customer’s explicit permission before companies such as Verizon and Comcast could mine the information for advertising purposes.”
What to Do
Here are some upcoming events this week:
- April 5th | 12 – 1 PM EST: (Webinar) Steps My Organization Can Take to Protect Itself Webinar hosted by the Charity and Security Network
- April 5th | 2 – 3:30 PM EST: (Webinar) WEBINAR: ICE, Deportations & the State of DACA: What to Do if ICE Shows Up on Your Campus
- April 6th | 4 – 5:30 PM EST: (DC) Hate Violence is Spiking in America: How Congress and the Legal Community Are Responding panel with the American Bar Association
- April 9th | 3 – 5 PM EST: (Takoma Park) TEACH IN — Islamophobia: What is it? What can we do about it?
- April 10th | 7 PM EST: (DC) DC Justice for Muslims Coalition is hosting an Islamophobia & Allyship: A Training for Non-Muslims at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church
- April 10th | 7 – 9 PM EST: (Durham, NC) Know your Rights Workshop located at 1009 W Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701 hosted by Masjid Ar-Razzaq and organized by Muslims for Social Justice