Annual May Day demonstration sparks conversations on social change

Long Beach residents marched for their rights as workers for International Workers’ Day.

Long Beach residents reveal the first ever People’s Budget Proposal

About forty residents gathered on Tuesday morning in front of City Hall to present and endorse the first ever “The People’s Budget Proposal” for the 2019 fiscal year. The budget proposal was authored by four local activist organizations: the Housing Habitability Coalition, the Invest in Youth Campaign, the Long Beach Language Access Coalition and the Sanctuary Long Beach Campaign. The groups requested that the Long Beach City Council approve a budget for 2019 which includes allocations addressing four areas: immigrant rights, language justice, safe housing and youth opportunities. A proposal for the city’s budget for the following year has not yet been revealed. “A budget is not merely a spreadsheet but [it is] a moral document that reflects our community’s values and our government’s commitment to the people,” said Jorge Rivera, program director with Long Beach Residents Empowered. “The People’s Budget Proposal is a reflection of the community’s passion and vision for a better community.” The People’s Budget asks that city officials include the following in their final budget: An allocation of $250,000 from the city’s general fund, meant for setting up a legal defense fund to help undocumented individuals find legal representation, which the city council approved in March.

1,300 participate in local Families Belong Together rally

Long Beach residents took signs, slogans and spirit on Saturday to participate in a Families Belong Together rally which began at Cesar Chavez Park. The Families Belong Together events arose nationwide in response to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s separation of migrant children and parents after processing them into detention centers. Along with this, activists used the platform to speak on local issues such as the Long Beach Values Act of 2018 — the city’s sanctuary policy. According to Maribel Cruz, operations manager of the Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, at least 1,300 people attended the local rally. The downtown event was hosted by the LBIRC and Families Belong Together Long Beach. In March, the Long Beach City Council voted to adopt the Long Beach Values Act, which expands upon California’s Senate Bill No. 54. The state law prevents local and state law enforcement from disclosing citizenship status to immigration enforcement agencies, with certain exceptions. Under the city’s policy, all city employees are barred from sharing information about a person's citizenship status with ICE unless the individual has been convicted of crimes listed in the bill’s text. Local activists protested the inclusion of these crimes, or “carve-outs,” because they put

Immigration clinic brings families to CSULB

Concerns and questions about immigration brought people to The Pointe on Saturday, where they met with attorneys at a free legal clinic. The Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition and Cal State Long Beach’s Future Underrepresented Educated Leaders hosted the clinic, welcoming upward of 50 attendees into the venue where they could have any questions relating to immigration answered by volunteer attorneys. The clinic had been planned for four weeks, but recent events, such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids across California that saw over 150 people arrested and President Donald Trump’s executive order calling for the construction of a wall along the Mexico-United States border, have led to many concerns about security from deportation. “It’s a large range of immigration questions,” said LBIRC Development Assistant Maribel Cruz. Petitioning for a family member’s citizenship, obtaining Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and what to do when faced with a deportation order are among the concerns that Cruz said people, both citizens and not, have reached out to the LBIRC for help with. Upon arrival to the Pointe, attendees filled out forms with information about their reason for seeking consultation before being paired with one of the 11 attorneys present. Cruz stated that

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